Yesterday morning was panicked. I could not find one of my favorite earrings, and I was late to boot. Enter a situation my husband cannot bring himself to understand...
Me: Babe, have you seen my peach and gold colored earring?? I can't find it and I'm late and I don't want to have to change clothes!
Husband: Just wear another pair...
Me: ANSWER THE QUESTION!!! HAVE YOU SEEN MY EARRING?!?!?!?!?! I DON'T HAVE TIME TO CHANGE CLOTHES!!!
Husband: (now scared for his very life) I haven't seen it; how can I help? Wait... why would you need to change clothes?
Me: (completely unable to process his sweet offer for help b/c I'm blinded by my lateness and need for said earring) YOU CAN HELP ME FIND MY EARRING! Oh wait... It's here under my other eleventy-million earrings.
Husband: Great! But, why couldn't you just wear another pair of earrings??
Me: Oh, honey - you just don't understand...
Ladies, I know you're with me on this one - sometimes your earrings just MAKE your outfit. I couldn't waste the time to come up with another cohesive work look after I was late; I NEEDED that earring. This is why I couldn't find it...
Let's play I spy. Can you find the following?
7 pairs of earrings
1 bobby pin
This is a shelf in my closet built ins, and it's right next to my full length mirror (outfit central!), so things are just strewn across it regularly. I decided last night that the earring fiasco was not one that needed repeating, but it surely would happen again if I didn't do something about my "shelf of crap," as my husband calls it.
Enter the mesh basket that I found cleaning a few days back...
While I'm not in love with the color, it was free, and therefore perfectly on budget for my organization project. =) Don't you love when you discover previously unused, but still extraordinarily useful things lying around your home?! I do.
So I began organizing my earrings. I matched them up and made sure all of them had their backs, and of course I ended up short about 5 backs... how does this happen?! I think the same creature eats earring backs, hair ties, and socks from the dryer. Really, where do they go??
After all the organizing was done, I started attaching them to the red basket, and... Viola!
(Sorry for the lame-o picture quality, it was nighttime) Now I have them displayed in such a way that I can locate them quickly, and I'll still be able to use the inside of the basket to store something else! Suh-weet! Plus I still have 2 unused sides of the basket... I think it's time to go earring shopping ;) And the big payoff? I knew exactly where my earrings were this morning, and anytime you can cut some hectic out of your morning, it's a great, great thing.
You could re-create something similar with a wire mesh basket from the $1 section at Target - I know I've seen them there. Have you made any small changes lately that have had a big impact on your organization? If so, I'd love to hear!
Happy Tuesday, friends!