making life easier

My golden rules for organizing:


1.must have easy access

2.leave some room to grow (edit + add)



I'm very assertive when it comes to organizing, so here it goes (especially for people who landed here from other websites...)


If we had a separate office I would've done it little differently with less boxes. However, this is where we pay bills, read and play computers, not to "study" or "work" so stacked boxes don't bother us, and I'm certainly not gonna spend $30 or more for Expedit drawers because I consider living in this apartment a temporary and do not want to spend too much money for something I might or might not use if we get to "own" our place in the future. I know I'll use the boxes no matter where I go.


The boxes on top mostly hold statements, important documents we don't need to access every day. They are all labeled so if my hubby needs a car insurance statement he can go right into "auto" box. I go through those boxes a couple of times a year to shred old papers to make room for new papers so I never run out of room.

Because we live in a small space, editing is critical. If I see something overflowing on this shelf I edit and then add. If we have kids in the future and need more books and toys I'll re-structure the whole thing.


Also if you look at the pictures of our entire apartment you can see how neutral it is. I love neutral palette and I don't really like "splash" of color. I especially keep this bookcase very neutral because it's right in the dining room I wanted it to blend in with our white walls to look like a built-in. I also try to use natural materials for storage if they can be seen but I use lots of clear plastic boxes for storage in the closets etc.


Bottom line, this bookcase serves us very very well.





  • Pam Estrada 6y

    When you get rid of things, do you put them on your local group? Great place to give things away to others who might be able to use them.
  • Kim Kreidler 5y

    Could ya come by for a consultation?! I need help! Your area is beautiful! I love the lighting. Terrific area.
  • captcreate 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called What's on your shelves?, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Kim Westendorf 5y

    Just saw this on Unclutterer. I LOVE this!
  • almostbunnies 5y

    Thank you. I guess you are one of the few who like my bookcase lol. I saw many negative comments there. This is not a "work" "work" area but more like a space we pay bills and read. ugh
  • digitallydc 5y

    wow, this is my dream. You've really inspired me. (Just saw on unclutterer.)
  • SiameezTwin 5y

    I like your bookcase too and I saw this on Unclutterer. You have inspired me to tackle my home office Expedits this weekend! :)
  • almostbunnies 5y

    digitallydc + SiameezTwin, Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear my photo can inspire people :)
  • janna_u 5y

    Lovely space! I'm thinking that the boxes in the upper left came from Container Store... Where did you get the baskets in the bottom row?
    Thanks! Janna
  • almostbunnies 5y

    Janna- they are from the container store too but they might have stopped carrying those. I didn't see them in the store the last time I was there:(
  • Hello Twiggs 5y

    I also love organizing and boxes and glass containers and everything to put things in their places!!!!
  • Q_uilted T_hrifted 5y

    I wish you were my neighbor!
  • PioneerValleyGirl 5y

  • Avant-Gardenist 5y

    i love you just the way you are, please come h ♥ m e
  • shabsi 5y

    i hope u r flattered by this but im adopting ur organisational techniques for my study which is currently in a mess.
    =need ur advice, how would u suggest i organise all my read books/chick lit/novels...they r currently left on the shelves which are drilled to the study wall, but i find that the books r collecting dust becos i have been leaving the windows open for fresh air.
  • almostbunnies 5y

    shabsi Honestly, I'm not a fan of keeping many books on a wall shelf - unless all the covers are unified or similar... they seem very distracting and cluttered to me. I would buy small cheap paper boxes from IKEA or something and store novels in them. But I'd have an open basket or magazine rack by my desk and keep the books or novels I often read.
  • almostbunnies 4y

    mhwharwhood oops little too later but they are from the Container Store
  • Sophie 4y

    I love the "R" mug!
  • Makes Cakes 3y

    I am looking at this as a place to put scrapbooks. What are the dimensions of the inside of the shelf? Would a 12x12 album fit?
  • Honey We're Home 2y

    So gorgeous and well organized! I just featured this on my blog! Have a great weekend! -Megan // Honey We're Home
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