os + IRIS©

Every girl has that brand of jeans that just fit...perfectly. And when they find another brand that fit just as well, they are beyond thrilled. And that's just how we feel about IRIS©! Long time lovers of The Container Store, discovering yet another amazing home organization company gives us all the feels. So when the people over at IRIS© approached us about a collaboration, we were all in.  

And while we don't condone purchasing office supplies just for fun, we do suggest storing your items in a way that you can see them AND brings you joy. And that's just what we did with the items sent for us to test by IRIS©. 

First up in the package is a hobby case, which has a multitude of options for use. We chose to use it for batteries, screw drivers, and chargers, as they always send us scrambling to find these items every time there is a need for a battery change. 

Umm, can we say game changer. All batteries are organized by type, with separate compartments for chargers, screwdrivers, and scissors. And it's portable. We will never go back to our old way of storing these items. Christmas morning's got nothing on us.

The next item we were so excited to try out, a greeting card keeper. Long time letter writer and card sender, we love sending snail mail to our loved ones. But having all those cards for special occasions on hand can be trying, as having an organized system is key to finding the right card at the right time.  

 

And with the removable tabs, the individual sections not only can be labeled, but made larger to accommodate more cards. Never will we have to search through a stack of cards again! And to add a twist to the greeting card holder, we dropped the whole thing into a Oskar Bigso box, fitting perfectly. Now the box is functional, but discreet on our office desktop.

 

Now doesn't that look great?! 

And what would an office be without a great chair?! And what's even better than one chair, is two. These Eames inspired chairs are an elegant, comfortable addition to our serene workspace. They just go together, kind of like peanut butter and jelly...

 

And the last, but not least, item sent for us to test was IRIS© WOOZOO tabletop fan, which is hands down the best fan we have ever owned.  Its sleek design, quite motor, and power is key for those stressful deadlines. We will be buying one for every room in our home. And what's even better is the amazing folks over at IRIS© have decided that one reader will win a prize pack full of goodies shown in this post, to include the WOOZOO fan (totally jelly), plus a few possible extra surprises!  Head over to our Instagram page @organized_simplicity for all the details. 

 

Disclaimer: All items supplied to us were complimentary in exchange for our honest opinion. 

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client spaces---sari storage
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We absolutely love working on a unique organizing project. So when our client asked us to organize her saris and bindis, we were totally onboard. At the current moment, all items were being stored in plastic tubs, with really no rhyme or reason, making it more difficult for our client to find specifics when she needed them. Even worse, the current storage method could potentially ruin the delicate beading. These items needed a more practical way of storing in addition to preserving their integrity. 

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We decided that by utilizing a guest closet, using quality hangers and hanging the games would be ideal. Not only would it help to keep the saris shape, but also would be easier to store, access, and retrieve when needed. We used the Black Soft Matte Wooden Hangers from The Container Store. Due to the weight of the garments, a heavy duty hanger was necessary. When purchasing items remember the cheapest items isn't always best, as you will find that quality is beyond important and reduces the number of times an item will need to be replaced. 

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As for our client's extensive collection of bindis and bangles, we used Stackable Sweater Drawers from The Container Store. Their ability to be divided with inserts and customized to our specific need sealed the deal. These drawers were placed on the shelf in the closet, allowing our client to select items with easy to wear or pack for travel. 

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Once the clothing was arranged into a spare closet, our client inquired about storing the items for long term storage. We selected Natural Cotton Hanging Storage Bags  which would preserve the saris integrity and protect from dest, as these pieces were infrequently worn, and added a cedar hang up within each garment bag, keeping pest, mildew, and odors away from the delicate saris.

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And just like that, we completed a sari closet perfect for our client's needs, and what a fun and colorful project it was! 

 

 
os + Mom! Where's my car?
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Parents, ever entered your child's room at night to check on them, only to step on a lego? What about a toy car? You may as well have stepped on broken glass as the pain is so intense! (a slight exaggeration...and then again, maybe not) We have developed many easy organization systems for legos (more details to come soon, promise) but never really nailed car organization, other than dumping  the lot into bucket and slapping on a label. Does that work? Yes. Is it an easy system to follow? Yes. Is it aesthetically pleasing? Kinda. Would we like to see a better system to organize cars? Most definitely! And when we were contacted by Mom! Where's my car? we knew we had found our forever car storage and organization. 

Mom! Where's my car?, a wall garage organizer, is a small business started by a mom of twin boys, who had (and still do) a love for all things car, who wanted to put the brakes on toy car clutter. There is so much of this we can get behind, car love and organization, and the wall garage was definitely one of them and we couldn't wait to test it out.

Our 9 year old has had a passion for cars ever since we could remember. Perhaps all the matchbox cars as rewards for potty training guided her ever growing collection?! Proud yet protective of her cars, she has always done a phenomenal job of taking care of her collection, especially when cleaning up, ensuring little sibling fingers didn't find their way to her prized possessions. And when the wall garage arrived, you would have thought it was Christmas! Designating a spot by the window in her bedroom, we got to work with the install, which was a breeze.

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And then, like mother, like daughter, our 9 year old go to work color sorting her cars before deciding on their final placement on the wall garage. We were not allowed to photograph until she was 100% happy with how they looked.  A girl after our own hearts! Now without fail, overtime the cars are played with, they are put back with no stragglers for my foot to accidentally find at night. 

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We can say hands down, this is THE best toy car organizer that is on the market at this time. And you have a chance to win a wall car garage from Mom! Where's my car?. Head over to our Instagram page, @organized_simplicity for all of the details!

 
 
 
os + savor
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What is the one thing all parents struggle with? A close second behind toddler meltdowns and a strong desire for wine before 5pm, is kids mementos and artwork (read: paper clutter overload). You could get a life size plastic storage tub, dump it all in, and hope for the best. But we all know that method creates nothing but anxiety. You could ask you child's teacher to be selective on what they send home, I mean, do we really need EVERY worksheet that our child lays their hands on?! (Nothing but love to all the teachers out there!) What if we took it upon ourselves to have a system in place that prevented the years of school paper pileup? Enter savor to help us do just that, and quite stylishly we might add!

Savor, began by two moms with school aged children who were tired of the 'ugly plastic bin' catch-all used to corral all the artwork, report cards, and mementos. They developed The Library, which comes in two different versions: The Baby Keepsake Box and The School Years Keepsake Box, with a choice of 3 different color collections that are handcrafted, custom-dyed fabric boxes in such fun colors. Each type includes 50+ labels, initials to personalize your child's box. The Baby Box includes 9 drawers and 8 vertical files, while The School Box includes 16 vertical files, perfect for collecting those items we as parents would love to preserve over time, passing them down to our children proudly.

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We were honored when approached by savor to test out their bespoke product. As organizers, any product that creates a system and thereby creates peace, is one we can get behind.

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We, similar to many other parents, stored our children's keepsakes in plastic bins under the bed. We had already created a system of photographing artwork to make photobooks, keeping only the top picks, eliminating and editing school work and school report, all while keeping baby mementos in their own storage. Did we love the way it was stored? No. Did if function to our highest standards? No. Was it easy to reminisce with our children and their mementos? No. Were we proud of our storage solution as professional organizers? Absolutely not. 

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Upon receiving the boxes, we noted the high quality of the fabric and the gorgeous hue of the color right off the bat. The included stickers to organize encompassed a broad range of categories, and the compartments and folders made of high quality, able to withstand lots of little hands, and more than enough space to keep those items that we hold dear to our hearts. And being able to have a home for specific keepsake items, priceless!

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Did we mention the choice of colors coordinate great either within children's rooms, or within adults decor as well, without standing out like an eyesore.  Perfection!  Now, for any expecting parents or clients with children, we have a new go-to gift! You can purchase these savor Baby Keepsake Boxes here and the School Years here

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client spaces---pantry volume 3
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One of our top favorite spaces to organize is the pantry.  Finding no two spaces to be identical, working our magic to make them functional and gorgeous is like putting together a very large puzzle. And we love every moment of it!

A recent pantry we had the pleasure of working on was such an incredible space, but lacked structure.  The homeowner was having difficulty finding items to prepare and knowing what to add to her shopping list. Traveling quite a bit, the homeowner wanted the pantry to be streamlined, saving her time looking for items she needed.

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To begin we took everything out, tossed expired product, and grouped like items. During this process we take note for the homeowners of which items have been tossed so that they may add them to their shopping list. Using Linus bins, can risers, and a large turntable for future decanted items, we arranged the pantry to flow, making finding items simple. Besides looking amazingly organized, the pantry is no longer overwhelming, easy to locate items and create a shopping list when opening the doors.

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We also created an area for outdoor/pool dishes for entertaining and an area for large backstock items.

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os + BriteLite Tribe

Tis the season of giving.  And we all have that one person who is beyond difficult to shop for.  For this type of individual, we love finding that one gift that is found of the beaten path.  And we found one that fits those the bill.  Enter the BriteLite Tribe Letter Lightbox.    

Now I'm sure you're all like, I've seen those letterbox sets, but there is an incredible difference between this lightbox and its competitors. Not only does it come with black letters, but also color letters and comes in 4 color choices.  It is upgradable, with the option to add pastel letters and additional packs such as emoji, graphic, or the ever popular, celebration pack, making these fun and quirky lightboxes a must have for that special someone on your shopping list.

And the way into our hearts (as most of you know) is through all things organizing, the letter lightbox has its own letter keeper, available in blue or pink, helping you sort and keep all those goodies separated and easy to find.

Whether it is to use for warning signs:

For just plain old fun:

Or kind reminders:

The BriteLite Tribe Letter Lightbox is one to add to your list (for yourself!) this holiday season!

Want in on the fun? You're in luck! We've teamed up with BriteLite Tribe to give one lucky reader their choice of white or black letterbox and a blue letterkeeper (a $65 value). What are you waiting for? Head over to our Instagram for all the details and to enter. Good luck and happy holidays!

2016 holiday gift guide

Tis the season for gift giving is upon us. We love gifts as much as the next, with just one slight difference.  With the desire of having less stuff, combined with being overly Type A, thoughtful gift giving is where we want our loved ones (and readers!) to be.  That being said, we put together a list of great gift ideas that will please even the toughest of people. And remember, quality over quantity this holiday season! img_5502

For her:

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For the newlyweds:

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For kids:

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For the teenager:

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For the Grandparents:

 

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For animal lovers:

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71kubsuqqml-_sl1500_For the stocking:

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What are your holiday gift go-to's for the year?  

organizing bags---os + RedDog®

Bags. As women we love our bags. And the bigger, the better. Everything's all great, until you try to find the things inside. Keys, phone, wallet seem to fall into a black hole, and then all of the feelings (mostly frustration) start to flood in. So aggravating. Even as organized as we are, we still find this to happen to us. So when we were contacted by RedDog® to test one of their BagPods handbag organizer, we were so on board! Based in the U.K., RedDog® bags are made of supple, luscious leather with high quality sticking, with the perfect pockets for organizing accessories to boot. img_5034

 

When testing out our BagPod, we added the items that we struggled finding on a daily basis.  Wallet, earbuds, pens, cell phone, square chip reader, business cards, keys, notebook. All the items that are pertinent to a successful business consultation, and can be easily found and retrieved, as nothing looks worse than a pro organizer who can't find something within her own bag. 

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And what's even more amazing that organization within our bag is this BagPod is easily removed and added to a new bag with ease. No more unpacking and repacking, just take the BagPod out with all of the accessories and place in the new bag. Simple, just the way we like it. As an added bonus the BagPod can be used as a clutch, over the shoulder bag (as it comes with a removable strap), or as an organizer insert. 

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How do you keep items in place in your bag? 

organizing spaces---coat closet

About a year ago, we took an ordinary coat closet from drab and dysfunctional, to fabulous and organized with a little space planning and an amazing paint job. But after using the closet for over 4 full seasons, we found that a few adjustments were due.  img_5275

For starters, not having lids on our accessory baskets was a bad decision, as over time dust creeps in. No good. Secondly, no labels on the black bins left everyone guessing constantly where their shoes belonged. Completely defeated the purpose. And lastly, using just the hooks at the rear of the closet to hang coats was so unrealistic, as many of them are too bulky and would constantly fall. And then came along Closet Spice and their gorgeous rose gold hangers and we knew that it was meant to be!

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img_5281Made of amazing quality, these rose gold hangers were the perfect addition to our already gorgeous closet. And to top it off, their heavy duty build holds the weight of our winter coats with no issue, and Closet Spice makes a rose gold scarf organizer to boot. Once again, we are smitten with our coat closet!

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**Closet Spice was kind enough to send us these items in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are ours alone.

organizing spaces---os + three by three seattle®

There are just some companies/brands that you feel make things with just you in mind. One of our top five companies is three by three seattle®. It's like they just get us! Stylish, practical, sleek, organized, just a few words to describe their products. From calendars, to memo boards, to magnets, we want it ALL! So when we were contacted by three by three seattle® to test one of their coveted Peggy boards, we couldn't resist. img_5170

One thing about the Peggy board that we thought right off the bat was fantastic is that it comes in 3 different sizes, finding that perfect fit for a specific area. A close second favorite is the Peggy has accessories to customize and tailor it to your individual needs. And we knew exactly what area needed that extra storage.

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Our small entryway boasts a fun gallery wall with an opposing boring wall.  Needing a centralized place to drop keys, sunglasses, an area to jot down to-do's, and drop the mail, the Peggy's streamlined and adjustable accessories fit the bill, using j hooks, peg hooks, a pen pocket, and a magazine file to keep all items in their own space. Did we mention that it is high enough that little fingers can't get ahold of our Tom Ford sunglasses?! Like we said, perfection! 

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The Peggy is totally versatile and could be used in a variety of areas. Several we would consider extra beneficial:

  • craft organization
  • above a small desk for a student
  • within a closet for a jewelry/accessory display
  • small kitchen for kitchen utensils
  • inside garage for small tools
  • in a college dorm room
  • a studio apartment

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Want a Peggy of your own? Head over to three by three seattle® and use promo code: OS15 to save 15%, good thru 12/31/2016. So tell us, how are you going to use your Peggy?!y

**All items in this post were provided by three by three Seattle and were provided to us for our honest opinion. All opinions expressed are our own.