Organize with Martha and a giveaway!

In February I picked up this monster at the local grocery store. It’s a special addition magazine/book hybrid put out by MSLO in the winter…I’m sure to capture all of the people with organizing resolutions in the new year. I like to keep an organized home. It makes it easier to keep clean if everything has a designated spot, and it makes you reduce clutter if you’re constantly evaluating the systems you have in place. That’s why I was so excited to see Martha’s new line at Staples designed specifically for home organizing.

Admittedly, the line has many more items then just for the home office. It features ingenious options for the kitchen, pantry, and anywhere else you need a little organization. The line features furniture as well. This chair, desk, file cabinet combo are for sale on Staples.com

What caught my attention first though, was the line of shagreen leather organizing boxes. They come in three colors: white, Tifffany blue, and brown.

I immediately grabbed 6 of these in the white. While I adore Tiffany Blue, it’s not really the look I’m going for in my office, and white is truly my favorite color.

These are great for desk supplies or jewelery. I’d like to put some on my husbands dresser for him to organize his ever growing mountain of receipts, coins, golf tees, etc…

A cute little box for pencils or makeup brushes. Or maybe some brightly colored sharpies, depending on your business?

All the pieces in the line are stack-able so you can configure them to fit your needs.

She also has great filing pieces that you can cut down on paper clutter with. Remember, experts say you only need to save 7 years worth of bank statements, tax receipts and returns. Not 20 years in an overflowing Sephora shopping bag like my mother does. Hi mom!

I thought these were just incredibly smart. What a great way to corral take-out menus, recipes, coupons etc…

To manage day-to-day tasks the line has a variety of options for calendars, planners and agendas.

Dry-erase calendars and lists.

The turquoise notepad made it’s way on to my fridge.

These journals and notepads come in a variety of different sizes and for various functions. They have everything from diet journals and day planners to diary’s and address books.

Some of them feature the shagreen leather to coordinate with the desk accessories.

The most fun part of the line are the labels. They seriously have a sticker for every situation you could encounter.

Gift giving

Files, pantry, or stationary.

Wedding favors

Kids rooms

I totally bought these. I’m sick of looking at my detergent containers and want to decant the powders into glass jars. These will look perfect on them.

They have a ton of gift tags in the line. I think they’re not only going after gifting customers, but also people with home-based retail businesses.

Because, how cute would these be for a farmer’s market vendor?

These are for the address books to call out important items.

Lots of labels for the kitchen and pantry.

I need to go back and get some of these for the freezer.

Lastly, labels for the home. I’m not sure I like these stickers on the boxes. The boxes are pretty substantial looking and I think the stickers cheapen them.

I bought these in brass for them instead. I also bought a dozen for my recipe binders.

I’m so glad Staples partnered with Martha on this line. I hope they continue adding items because the possibilities are endless and with Martha leaving Macy’s and her future at JCP uncertain I think there is a huge market for this line to expand into. What’s your favorite item in the line? Leave it in the comments and I’ll randomly pick a winner for the planner in the color of their choice!

Good luck!

*Martha nor Staples have any idea who I am…I just like to give gifts and it’s a way for all you lurkers to finally comment! 🙂

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I am here with fabulous gift ideas that aren’t of the candle, slipper, or robe variety. Come on people, your mom deserves something tailored to her interests, not something you grabbed at Target before brunch.

For the mom that bakes...

Is this not the coolest thing ever??? Give this and then guilt trip her to make you delicious treats. 8 layer cake slicer . $59

Throw this in with it and you’re going to Hawaii next year for Christmas, Mom’s treat. $10

For the mom that loves to beautify…

I was actually told about this blush from my own mother. She’s cool like that. It’s Nars Orgasm. Stop giggling like a school girl and buy it. It’s the best shade on the market and looks great on any skintone. $28

For the new mom….

I don’t even have children yet, and I’m already having nightmares about changing time. How are you supposed to snap all those tiny buttons while you’re busy trying not get kicked in the chest or peed in the face? (True story, that happens, and not just with boys…)

These ingenious pants replace traditional snaps with a fast acting zipper making changing time less a war zone and more a drooling, smiling zone. Until you encounter a blowout. These pants can’t help you there. $30

For the mom that entertains

These modern simplicity champagne flutes from CB2 look great with any table setting and the price is ridic. $2.95 each

Matches are smelly. Let mom light candles in style. Versailles Silver Lighter $63

For the mom that is green and also a little tech savvy.

A solar charger for her cell phone or anything with a USB port. Prepare to have to explain how to use it to her every time she calls. $50

For the mom that is stylish, a little tech savvy, and likes attention in airport security…

I’m obsessed with this Ipad case. If your mom has taste, she will be too. $120

For the mom that thinks she’s French…

Tres delightful! £10

For the mid-century mom…

A Charley Harper Iphone case. Pop in a Stan Getz CD and the first season of Mad Men and she’ll be sashaying around like Joanie in no time. $14.95

For the mom that loves a good monogram…

This cute tray can be personalized with a variety of designs and colors. Wrap it up with some Tervis tumblers and a bottle of Margarita mix and she’s set for summer. $49

These can also be personalized in a multitude of ways. Just think how impressed Muffie and Buffy will be when she sets these on the table during the monthly bridge game. $40

Speaking of Muffie, I guess she has personalized stationary. Your mom can have it too. $78

For the mom that is organized…

I love a good storage box and these are so chic. Organize her closet together as a special add-on.  No, you can’t have her scrunchies, they’re coming back in style. $65

Does your mom recycle with a paper bag shoved under the sink? Give her something sleek and compartmentalized with this trash/recycle duo from the Container Store. Then tell her to bust out the recyclable shopping bags and stop killing the planet. $129

For the mom that has everything…

Have a personalized piece of art work made featuring her home, cabin, chateau, or ski chalet. Price upon request, which means you probably can’t afford it, unless your mom really does own a chateau. In that case, I’m a wonderful travel companion.

My love of “The Amandas”

Are any of you watching the show The Amandas on the Style network? I am OBSESSED. What could ever get me to turn the channel from my beloved Bravo?

This nutcase:

I use that term in the most lovingly way possibly. I think I found my long lost twin sister and no not because we look eerily related. She’s Amanda Leblanc owner of Closet Prescription, an organizing firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. Her show, The Amandas is a reality show about her business, her employees, and the homes and lives they transform through organization.

As you can see from that photo, they are basically Charlie’s Angels in stilettos and wielding power tools. I love this show for a myriad of reasons but the biggest one is that they show how Amanda runs her actual business. Yes there are magical before and afters (and we’ll get to those) but what puts the “reality” into the show is how Amanda balances her work/life/kids/husband, how she deals with problem employees, and how she grapples with her own personal demons of insecurity, anxiety and ADD.  In one of the early episodes they film her trying to relate to the other moms at school and her fear of introducing herself to them. Issues you definitely wouldn’t think a strong-minded entrepreneur would have to deal with but she does and it shows that you can be highly successful and functional in many aspects of your life, but simple things like meeting new people, or trying new things can be total roadblocks for anyone regardless of success or personality. Amanda also demands perfection from her employees and their projects which can make her come across a little unlikeable but I think most of it comes from editing and her young employees inexperience with having a boss that won’t accept laziness or talking back. Ok, on to the porn…

(All images from theamandas.com)

This is the office of a cupcake store. I am a believer in white when organizing but that’s just my personal preference. It’s just important to keep the color the same so your eye isn’t competing all over the room.

This is a closet for triplets. It’s truly amazing what you can do with just a standard closet. You don’t have to have a walk-in to be organized!

This is the inside f the cupcake store’s foodtruck. My only concern is the white and pink boxes on the left. Are they nailed down or will they scatter all over once the truck gets going?

What’s interesting about this closet is that it already had an organizing system in place but it just wasn’t being used effectively. Wood hangers, though? I’m a strictly Huggable Hangers gal.

This is my favorite of all her projects I’ve seen. Such a beautiful nursery transformed from basically a household dumping ground.

Are any of you watching the show? This week she’s tearing up NeNe’s ( from RHOA) closet…OMG. What projects in your life do you need help organizing with? I actually just got my first client in Walla Walla for organizing rather than designing and I can’t wait to get started! The before/after pics are going to be amazing:)