Did you see Oprah's Favorite Things episode? One of my favorite things about watching it has to be the audience reactions — seeing them scream, cry, and hug the random strangers next to them just warms my heart. This year, O featured her most fantastical favorites yet, and while some of them were geared toward gadget geeks, others had a pretty stylish touch. Click through to see Oprah's favorite (fashiony) things!
All right, kids. The time to do your Spring cleaning is quickly expiring. So if you haven't yet Swiffered up the dust bunnies in the dark corners of your home and tossed those early 2000s trendy accessories, the hour is now. Once you're done purging, you might as well organize "the keepers." The Container Store is here to help you in this endeavor with its Spring Organization Sale. The annual sale offers everything you need to whip your clutter into shape, from shoe storage to recycling bins. Here are some of my picks to get you started:
The saying "Out of sight, out of mind" often holds true for the garage. We fawn over our living rooms and dream of remodeling our kitchens but all too often leave the old parking house out in the cold, losing value day after day. Instead of abandoning it to be a useless, dark piece of real estate, make the best of the space and turn it into storage heaven with a few simple tricks.
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Corkboards are helpful for displaying things that aren't "keepers," but using pushpins on your child's artwork or a memorable invitation can really ding it up. The obvious solution would be to use a magnet, but what if you don't have a magnetic refrigerator or other surface? If that's the case, then Good Grips MagTacks ($3.49, reduced from $6.99) are for you. These helpful objects are a pushpin and a magnet in one, which allow you to slip your precious photos or artwork between the top magnet and its pushpin base to avoid ruining them with holes. You can also store the tack head in the magnet base, if you are using a refrigerator or some type of steel message board. Pretty clever, eh?
It's that time again. Tax time! What a blast! While you're itemizing and swimming through a mucky pond of receipts, why not organize your home a little bit as well? The Container Store is offering 20 percent off all items storewide as part of its Tax Time Sale, now through March 1. Just enter the code CLUTTERCREW to snag the discount. I'm thinking I might take this opportunity to get my closet under control. To see my picks from the store, read more
It's not often that I have top-secret papers that need to be shredded, but it happens occasionally. I can't justify cluttering up my house with a clunky shredder, or spending the dollars on something I rarely use. I would, however, throw down for a pair of The Container Store Stainless Steel Shredding Scissors ($8.99). For that periodic confidential envelope, or when I want to make confetti or packing stuffing, these shredding scissors will come in handy. Yeah, they require a little more work than an electronic paper shredder, but it's fun work.
The Container Store is holding its Annual Storewide Shelving Sale, offering 25 percent off all of their shelving, including the Elfa system, InterMetro, Metro Commercial, modular steel cubes, solid mahogany modular cubes, Ladoro, freestanding, Janus, and wall-mounted shelving. Looking at the pile of shoes in my closet is pretty much akin to looking into a toy box, so I think I'll take advantage of this sale and get my footwear under control with some affordable shelving! Here are a few things I wouldn't mind taking home from the sale:
You might have seen the Design House Stockholm Carrie Shopping Basket when I featured it in my Not Your Grandma's Lace Trend Alert, or even snuck a peek of it used as a magazine holder in my very own house. I must admit, I shelled out $44 for the basket from Zinc Details — kind of a lot for my shelter mag storage, but I couldn't resist! When I caught it selling for $37 at Unica Home, I felt a little cheated. Now that I've seen it selling at the Container Store for $29.99 (what a steal!), I really just feel as dumb as a rock. But, perhaps this means I can snatch one up to use as an actual shopping basket. : )
The Container Store is currently running its Summer sale, offering great discounts on over 100 products for organization and storage. I run wild whenever I enter The Container Store, wanting to take home everything I touch. Unfortunately, I just can't bring myself to drop big dollars on organization items. But, considering these awesome savings, I'm thinking now is about the time I should whip the leaning tower of shoes in my closet into shape. Then I won't feel so guilty in a month when I pick up a new pair of Fall boots! Here are a few items I wouldn't mind taking home from the sale:
This year you've probably invested in a couple gorgeous sandals, like this Franco Sarto Marquis Thong Sandal ($80). Why hide their fabulousness? There's a way to showcase your prettiest Summer sandals when you're not wearing them without making a mess of your closet.
To learn how to display your sandal pride, read more