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Waiting on Martha’s Tiny Laundry Room Makeover

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If you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, odds are it’s small — and not exactly your favorite place to spend Sunday afternoons. But even if you dread doing laundry, you can still make the space neat, clean and actually enjoyable to spend time in.

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Mandy of Waiting on Martha took that very approach when tackling her tiny laundry room makeover. “My laundry room is so small I can’t even walk in and turn around, so keeping it clutter free and maximizing the space is extremely important to me,” she says. She couldn’t add more square footage, so instead she made use of the existing space with new tools to help her reorganize and refresh the room.

Get her tips & tricks and see her laundry room makeover below!

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Combine wherever you can. Mandy traded out two old hampers that were taking up space for our Perry Divided Hamper. “Laundry is a necessary evil, but at least my PB hamper makes it easier,” she says. “With two compartments I can easily pre-sort colors, whites, and delicates.”

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Search for unused storage space. The unused empty slot above her laundry cabinets proved to be the perfect spot for our Benchwright Baskets. Now, they store her paper towels and out of season blankets.

Make the most of vertical space. What on earth is vertical space? Your walls, of course! It’s easy to forget about your four walls as an easy place to store things up and off the floor. We love how Mandy made use of door hooks to hang her vacuum and other laundry room storage items.

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Keep everyday items on hand. A small Newport Basket takes up minimal space on top of Mandy’s dryer, and holds her laundry must-haves — detergent, iron, steamer, etc.

See Mandy’s linen closet and bathroom makeovers, too!

How to Reorganize Your Linen Closet with Waiting on Martha

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The linen closet is one of the hidden organization downfalls of the house. Small, and usually tucked away in a hallway or back room, it’s easy to forget about it until you’re hunting for guest towels and bedding during the holidays.

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But it’s also one of the easiest spaces to tackle when it comes to home organization — one good afternoon and a few key organizing tools will result in one seriously sparkling and satisfyingly clean space.

Mandy of Waiting on Martha did just that this past weekend, using some of our favorite baskets. Take a look at her space and smart organizing tips, below!

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Handwritten tags by Jenn Gietzen

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Break out the baskets. Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet tidy, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. Do what Mandy did and mix and match — some woven, some wire. “I love that you can see what the wire baskets are holding,” says Mandy. “Like my favorite striped beach towels!”

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Label, label, label. “Baskets are one of my favorite ways to organize, but sometimes it’s hard to see what’s all in them,” says Mandy. “My solution? Group similar items together and label each basket with a handwritten tag.”

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Group by kind.The Newport baskets are my absolute go-to,” says Mandy. “I use the larger size to hold bedding and linens, the smaller size is perfect for cleaning supplies, bathroom necessities and everything you need to cure a cough or bandage a wound.”

Check out Mandy’s mini-bathroom makeover here.
See more of our experts’ organization tips here.

Waiting on Martha’s Bathroom Makeover

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Home makeovers are pretty intimidating. It’s easy to gush over before and afters and daydream about your own extreme home makeover, but when it comes to execution, budget and time can become huge barriers.

This year, we’re embracing the idea of a mini-makeover — small refreshes and organization projects that can transform a space while cutting down on time and money. Not sure where to start? No problem — that’s why we teamed up with Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha to tackle three common problem areas in the house.

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Take a look at her mini-bathroom makeover here to get inspired for your home! And stay tuned for Mandy’s linen closet and laundry room makeovers.

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Is your bathroom feeling cluttered? Don’t worry, you don’t need new built-ins to keep your bathroom organized — these glass vessels can keep everything from makeup to sea sponges looking pretty.

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Mandy’s tip: “I’m a sucker for great beauty products, but I hate having them roll around in my bathroom drawers. My solution? PB glass vases are an easy way to hold and display all the products I use on a daily basis.”

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Searching for more storage in your bathroom? This bathroom floor storage maximizes vertical space in small bathrooms without sacrificing on style.

Mandy’s tip: “PB’s Grant Floor Storage allows me to organize and display all my bathroom necessities from perfumes, products, to waters and candles. Plus the Grant’s ‘arms’ are great for hand towels and keeping my bag off the floor.”

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If you have the space, consider a portable hamper in your bathroom — this one is surprisingly chic, and makes it easy to keep dirty towels off the floor and in the laundry room where they belong.

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Baskets solve just about any organization problem in our book. Mandy chose these wire baskets for their durability and timeless style. They’re perfect for keeping fluffy towels and other bathtime necessities on hand.

Feeling inspired? See more of our experts’ bathroom organizing tips here. 

 

5 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January’s half-way point has come and gone, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.

Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!

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1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)

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2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)

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3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)

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4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable.  Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.

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5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)

Tell us: How do you like to kick the winter blues? 

5 Brilliant Before and Afters: Our Top Pottery Barn Home Makeovers

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Whether it’s Pretty in Pink or Extreme Home Makeover, everyone loves a good before and after — including us! We love getting inspired by home makeovers — it’s amazing to see what elbow grease, paint, and great taste can accomplish. Take a look at 5 of our favorite home makeovers and before and afters, below.

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1. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

TIP: Want to spice up your neutral color palette? Mix and match patterns to make things interesting without having to repaint any walls.

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2. Before and After: Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

TIP: Make the most of awkward spaces. Sarah didn’t let her entryway’s sloped ceiling get in the way of storage — these built-ins maximize square footage.

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3. Before and After: Jonathan Stiers’ Breezeway Refresh

TIP: Don’t be afraid of giving an outdoor space the same luxuries — curtains, fluffy pillows and rugs — that you would give an indoor space. When you purchase the right materials, it’ll last you for many summer seasons to come!

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4. A Family Room Makeover Fit for Chic Fun

TIP: If you have a thing for white sofas, slipcovers are the way to go. Just wash them when the spaghetti sauce strikes! Plus, we love the way they look extra shabby-chic as they wear.

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5. Before and After: Jonathan’s Incredible Kitchen Renovation

TIP: Having open shelves were high on Jonathan’s priority list, so he used an over-sized clock to break up all of the lines in the space.

 See more of our favorite spaces here. 

New Year’s Resolutions: How To Organize Your Home Room by Room

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Who doesn’t feel extra motivated to organize your home come January 1st? But as the month wears on, it’s easy to lose steam, and let all of the home organization to-do’s slip to the bottom of the list. This year, we’ve gathered our favorite organization tips and tricks to make sure you can organize your home room by room — and actually (yes, actually!) make it happen. To top it off, our experts share how to make sure your home is organized year round. Read on to get their tips!

(PS: You can see more of the entryway makeover pictured below here.)

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1. Stay Organized: How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

TIP: “Agreements we make with ourselves are easy to fudge: Find someone to commit to your decluttering goal with, whether it’s one person or a group,” says Professional Organizer Jennifer Phelps. “Everyone should set a goal — whether it’s a similar or different project — and hold each other accountable. Encourage each other, confess when you fall behind, and share rewards and celebrations!”

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2. Refresh, Renovate and Organize Your Living Room

TIP: “Often, I recommend clients remove everything from the room that isn’t essential, like the couch or TV,” says Professional Organizer Liz Jenkins. “Then, they can group together the decorative items, and donate or discard anything that doesn’t really speak to them or their current style and ‘shop’ from what’s left. Once things are back in place, you can identify holes in your décor and purchase accordingly.”

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3. How to Organize Your Bathroom (and Actually Keep It Clean!)

TIP: Define problem areas. Under the vanity, drawers, medicine cabinets and bathroom shelving become automatic dumping grounds in many bathrooms. Take the time to sort through each space. “I recommend completely emptying the whole area, sorting what you have and then grouping like with like,” says Liz Jenkins. “You may find you have 8 bottles of hair spray but you didn’t realize it because they were scattered around in different spots.”

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4. 8 Ways to Organize and Refresh Your Home Office

TIP: Paper is the biggest issue in home offices. Think about going digital as much as possible, but if you’d rather stick to hard copies, you’ll have to get organized. “Rarely does anyone enjoy filing and sorting through paper. But it’s a necessary evil,” Professional Organizer Amy Trager says. “Create paper systems that are realistic and reasonable. Don’t make a system that needs to be kept up on a daily basis if you know you won’t get to it more than once a week.”

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5. Welcome Your Guests With an Impeccably Organized Entryway

TIP: Are you someone who leaves their mail to pile up for days, weeks or even months on the entry console? Try this trick: Put all of your (non-urgent) mail in a pretty basket in your entryway. Instead of stressing about it during the week, save it for a lazy weekend morning, when you can sort through it over a cup of coffee.

Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

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New year, new look! January is all about fresh starts, and this January we want to help all of our fans and followers reimagine their home for a new year. We’ll be sharing our expert design tips and tricks, top helpful links from around the web, and exclusive makeovers from some of our favorite bloggers and designers.

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Let’s kick off this week with one seriously stunning bedroom makeover from Erin Gates, featuring some of our favorite bedding: Our Morgan Duvet and our Caramel Ombre Faux Fur Throw.

 

Although we’re big fans of embracing color in the new year, we love how Erin used a neutral palette to create a calm and soothing space that still has plenty going on. A luxurious mix of patterns and textures completely transformed this bedroom — taking it from shabby to chic.

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Take a look at the full bedroom makeover details (including before and afters) on Erin’s blog, Elements of Style.

(Photos by Sarah Winchester