Before & After Pics of Rebecca Getting Organized

Historically I have not been the tidiest person. I come from a family of military-grade organizers. Even my 25-year-old brother’s apartment looks spick and span, and I’m always fighting against the constant current of clutter. Growing up, our house looked like it could have been a hotel — everything in it’s place, all the laundry hidden away, not a single dirty dish in the sink, and the towels neatly folded in the linen closet. Both of my parents seem to always be on active duty to make sure their houses are as clean and non-cluttered as possible.

And that’s why I’m the black sheep, so to speak. In high school, I opened my locker at-my-own-risk. In college, my car was lovingly referred to as “the portal to hell”. And now, although I’ve cleaned up my act and my home is less messy than the average person, there are some areas…. I could always improve.

1. Lotions, potions, makeup, and jewelry. 

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I paired the the Antique Metal Container with this super pretty Vintage Jewelry Holder to compliment the vintage accents I already had on my bathroom countertop. And let me tell ya — what a relief it is to have everything contained.

2. Guitar & banjo picks, headphone adapters, and other small items in the music room.

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What I absolutely love about this one is how the Love Is All You Need Trinket Tray just gets Beatles’ songs stuck in my head. It’s perfect for a music room. This would be a fantastic idea for a child’s guitar corner, too. There’s nothing that kids lose faster than their guitar picks, so having a nice little trinket tray will help keep them organized. (Start ’em young! On both music AND organization.) ;D

3. Open Shelving


First of all, who the heck knows how to fold a fitted sheet? Half the time, my linens end up looking like a tornado hit because I have no concept of the fold. In fact, my husband claims that I “Don’t know how to use blankets”, so I really needed help in this arena.  I took these super cute industrial-chic Galvanized Flower Boxes with Handle and put all my odds and ends items in there, such as my tealight candles and medicine. They really helped hide the clutter and they ended up being a great medicine caddy.

I hope you enjoyed my adventures in de-cluttering. If you haven’t already, pick up the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Except, don’t throw away your only pair of jean shorts in a fit of inspiration like I did.

What’s your favorite way to tidy up?




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Author: Rebecca McCusker

Rebecca is the Creative Coordinator for Craft House Designs. Her interests include writing, playing piano, guitar, songwriting, and playing in her all-female rock band Linden Hollow. She enjoys gardening, hiking, teaching piano, reading, and painting animal portraits. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband, cats, and Australian Shepherds.

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