Monday, October 11, 2010

~living up to martha~

I am craving organization lately, craving it.
I am going through a total cleaning phase.
I am getting rid of stuff and trying to make it a goal to be very
organized, it just makes things easier all the way around.










I don't know if I will go to the extreme like in these photos
{I only wish my house looked this clean!}
But I am setting my standards high!
All photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Living.
xoxo

45 comments:

Jen said...

Who knew organization could be so lovely?

Ashley said...

I'm with you, my poor hubby barely had room in our car this morning, I loaded it up with TONS of stuff and dropped everything off at Goodwill....Have a fabulous day! xoxoxo www.1942charm.blogspot.com

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

I have the SAME EXACT pictures (cut out from Martha's magazine) in the very front of my inspiration binder. I even used her ideas for my kitchen utensil drawer:

http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/06/organizing-utensil-drawer.html

And hall closet:
http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/09/divide-conquer-hall-closet.html


Life is much easier now that I don't risk get my fingers sliced open everytime I reach for a fork!

Merripie said...

Great idea! Autumn always makes me take a second look at all I've accumulated over the year. Really with all the cold rainy days it's a great time to clean and organize. happy editing!
lilliedale.blogspot.com

ourthreesons said...

I thought those were your pictures at first, they are inspiring indeed.

mydesignchic said...

I am too! I just saw a post of a closet that was so beautifully organized...can't get it off my mind~

Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

Oh Mel I have all the exact same pictures! I saved them after stalking Martha's website and thought how I wished I could be this organized. I thought saving them on my computer would help motivate me. So far it hasn't.... Hope you have an amazing day!

High Street Cottage said...

Martha is beyond amazing. What I do love about her show/ideas is that, you can take what you want from them and leave the bits which you feel are not quite "live-able" for your home and family. She's a constant teacher too. I think Martha was really the one who shared her love of white china, and sageie greens, and vintage mixing bowls. A lot of her ideas filter through many of the blogs today. She's the best.

Samantha2818 said...

I would absolutely love my home to be this organised. I've been clearing stuff out and reorganising for months but as soon as I get rid of stuff more stuff seems to creep in. I don't know where I'm going wrong!

Welcome said...

Hi Melaine...ooohhh I'm sooo glad someone else is craving it! I'm sooo done having kids, but I've almost got that nesting feeling like I had when I was pregnant. I'm itching to throw things out and live "stuff-less". Martha makes my head spin : ) Stacey

Anonymous said...

Everyone seems to forget Martha never does anything on her own. She has many hands helping her!

Ana said...

Everytime I try to do something like that I find there are ALWAYS things that don´t exactly go anywhere or they don´t have the right size (this is very usual).The images are perfect and therefore belong to a perfect world , not really mine.

Lindsay said...

Organization is the best! Makes me feel like a new woman!

claudia b said...

That 2nd pic with all the green containers is my new "happy spot" - when the kids are driving me nuts and I need to go to my happy spot, it's that drawer.

sissie said...

I've been feeling the same way lately. My workshop is a mess and everytime I straighten it up, it gets messy again. LOL!

I've started on the closets. I really like to keep things organized. For some reason I can think clearer when things are in their place.

Love all the photos. If these don't inspire, then nothing else will!!

hugs
Sissie

Linda said...

I'm with ya girl. I feel exactly the same way. Looking at those pictures though, how many sets of measuring spoons and cups does a girl need? heehee

Linda

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

Oh, Martha. She sure knows how to set the bar high, doesn't she? :)

Simply LKJ said...

I just viewed those photos yesterday! Loved them all. I especially liked the "first aid" drawer. I can't tell you how many times we had to run upstairs for the occassional advil or bandaid...this is much more convenient!

Katie said...

I also enjoyed Martha's article, but was very upset with the picture (the second one you posted) that has open pills in a little bin. A huge no no, and I hope your readers get that too. It is not safe, even if you don't have children around, there is no label, so you don't know what it is and if you do now, could easily forget over time. Also, they don't last as long. They are kept safe and last to their expiration date in their bottle, but out of the bottle are exposed to oxygen and other elements that cause them to expire sooner. Just something I feel is important. It may look prettier, but it is not safe. Love your blog.

Debra said...

As I was looking @ those photos I was thinking, 'wow, she is organized!'. Something to strive for - I am feeling the same as you now - I fear I will toss anything that's not bolted down! :)

Dreamy Whites said...

Hello Melaine!
I love your post!
I dream of being this organized!
I dream of being Martha as well!
LOVE all of the pictures you shared with us!
Great post!
xoxox
Maria

Allison said...

Yes, great post, Melaine! I have also been craving organization. We are almost done with our kitchen and living room remodel and the house has been turned upside down for many months. It is a good time to sort through, clean out and organize! Those photos are just the inspiration I need!

Looking Glass said...

I'm "trying" too. It just never seems to last with me... I blame it on the males of the house :-)

~ Clare x

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Life is just so much less complicated and stressful when you are organized!

kelly said...

your making me drool! just got back from simply organized and was wanting to buy everything there! i get very excited to organize things!!

NanaDiana said...

As I was scrolling through the post I thought, OK...this chick's house is too good to be true. Then I find out that it belongs to Martha Stewart. And that's a good thing! Diana

Susan said...

Oh I do wish to be completely ORGANIZED! Can a creative and enthusiastic person ever really be totally organized? These pics are SO inspiring! I'm rooting for you!
I too want to live up to martha! :)
Blessings!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

i feel the same way, my life turned into chaos in the summer and now needs to be put back together!

bullie_mama said...

Martha is my idol. I've met her, talked to her about my cute Snow Angel girlyfriends and been to a taping of her show. I idolize the woman.
But do you think my house looks like hers?
Nope.
I think this is a great idea Melanie! If we look at her photos for inspiration, maybe we'll be more motivated every day! ;-)

A Lasting First Impression said...

LOVE THOSE PICTURES!!! AMAZING! I am working on your wreath, should have it done middle of November...Hope that works for you.
Good luck with the organization....I love when everything is in its place!

CoopDeVilla said...

So funny, I spent all weekend cleaning and organizing. I still have a lot to do... Oh, I did figure out that a wooden utensil holder is perfect for makeup pencils, brushes, and other little items. I spray painted it to match my bathroom and plan to line it with pretty paper to but it up a bit. Good luck with your projects. Love your blog.

Cheryl said...

I totally thought all those pictures were from your house!! :) If only we could be that organized in the real world. :)

Robyn said...

...if only I could!

Karrina said...

I think not anyone's home(especially homes that house children)are that picturesquely organized unless it's being photographed for a magazine or blog. While I am notorious for having to frequently declutter I often have to remind myself that some clutter i.e. a pretty wicker basket overflowing with toiletries, a pile of the kids school work/drawings on the coffee table or even just having a junk drawer)is ok. It's an indication that life, in every emotion, resides within.

the growers daughter said...

I totally get this. I'm in the middle of doing the same thing to my house - one room at a time. Between projects and redecorating and just life, I find my house is always in a state that would probably have Martha clicking her toungue and shaking her head! I checked this book out of the library, in attempts to bring out my inner Martha and found it super helpful!
http://www.amazon.com/Things-Organizing-Martha-Stewart-Living/dp/0609805940

It's her Good Things book but all on organizing.

the growers daughter said...

Oh - and I loved this colour in her kitchen so much, I used it in my dining room!

Dearest Home said...

Beautiful photos!! I have been doing the same thing ... organizing and simplifying! It is SO freeing

www.dearesthome.blogspot.com

Donna said...

Since I'm partial to Jadite, the drawer with the green containers is my favorite. Great ideas, very inspiring to open drawers and de-stash and organize!

natalie said...

Maybe you are nesting? :)

Natalie

abungalowproject

Robin said...

I wonder if it is the change of seasons? I've been feeling the same way also. Even woke my tired bones up two hours early this morning to try and make a dent in my laundry room.

Erin said...

I need Martha to come organize my stuff too. Like you, I've been anxious to get everything in tip top shape for the upcoming hiberation weather. I'm not sure it will ever reflect Martha, but we can try!

Gina said...

What great ideas for organizing all the little things that need a place within a home. I have been struggling to come up with a good plan for organizing a junk drawer, so these are great ideas to draw from. Thanks for posting them! :)

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

You and me both, it has to be done, i cant run a house with 3 kids the way I am going currently. Wish us both luck :0)
alicia

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. This article inspired me to reorganize my entire kitchen and help my daughter with her's. I also did a blog about it and added more ideas.
Have a great week.
~ Julie

warmfuzzies said...

Oh my goodness! So fuinny..I thought this was your house in these photos and I was getting so jealous of your organization skills that I wish i had!! lol

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