VIP Home: Things Are Coming Together + Awkward Shoe Storage Turned Bracelet Organizer (w/ video)

 

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Being a fashionista comes with a price. That price is real estate space because we fashionistas normally accumulate more clothes and accessories than we have storage space for them. So, what do we do? Well…in my case, lots of jewelry and other accessories gets tossed into various rubber-maid containers and stored in and under things. Not the best process, but it works…sometimes *wink*

Not many of us ladies have the luxury of turning a garage into a giant walk-in closet/office like blogger/vblogger DulceCandy; however, we can organize our current closet spaces to make them feel more like the ones we dream of having*wink* Fashionistas dream of the day when we can open the french doors to our closets and run through the racks singing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah or whatever tunes suit our fancies. Perhaps by then we will all have maids like Rosie on the Jetsons to do the laundry and keep the shoes tidy *wink*

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For the past few weeks, I have been organizing my apartment’s closet. It is a slow and steady process, but it will definitely be worth it in the end. While shopping for organization at Bed Bath & Beyond in Johnson City, TN, I stumbled upon what I thought was the most genius shoe organizer EVER. A revolving shoe caddy. I sat there in the store reading the box and dreaming of what it would be like to have a remote-controlled, revolving shoe cabinet with all the shoes color-coordinated…quickly, I snapped myself out of my daydream, put the revolving shoe-organizer in the buggy, and proceeded to the check out.

Once I got my organizing necessities back to my apartment, I got to work–see last week’s VIP Home post here. I also assembled my revolving shoe-organizer. I will not spoil all of the humor of the video below; however, I must state that assembling things is not my forte *wink*

So, did I leave the shoe organizer a shoe organizer? No–it did not work well for my space for two reasons:

1. The spot where I had planned on putting it was too small, and it did not revolve properly making it hard to access my shoes easily.

2. My floors are a bit cattywampus which caused the organizer to be a bit cattywampus. My apartment dates back to the 20’s, and I am 90% certain the room that is now my closet was once a sleeping porch…but that is another VIP Home for another day *wink*

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So, what made me decide to turn the shoe organizer into a giant jewelry holder? Well, over the past few years I have gotten a lot of bracelets–some as gifts and some I bought myself–and they were all thrown into a crowded, plastic container. Every time I got ready to wear a bracelet, I would have to dig through and hope I found the one I was looking for in a reasonable amount of time. It recently got to the point where I seldom wore bracelets because it was too big of a hassle. Phew…long story short. It was an easy way to get all of my bracelets out of a box and out where I could see them and wear them more freely.

Moral of the Story: Just because something didn’t work out exactly how you planned does NOT mean that it is an epic fail. Step back, look at the situation from a different point of view, and figure out how to solve it. This works when organizing your closet or when organizing your life *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

VIP Home: 3-Step-Process to Organizing a Closet + Video

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home! 

This week on VIP Home, I am going to share with y’all my 3-Step-Process of organizing my apartment’s closet space with Part 1 (of 3) of my VIP Home Closet Organization series! Check out the video below + see how Ziva, my Giant Schnauzer, enjoyed the organizing fun! Hm…I wonder how many more times I can say “organizing” before y’all watch the video *wink*

Y’all be sure to come back next week where I reveal some more footage + how I turned a shoe organizer into a…a…I guess y’all will just have to see next Monday *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Never Shop Hungry (Curtain Fest Part 5)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

June is coming to an end which unfortunately means so is Curtain Fest *sad face* Oh, no! There is no need for tears because the VIP has another super fabulous home series coming y’all’s way in July…check out the Instagram photo below for a little hint *wink*

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 Now, let’s chat about this week’s VIP Home blog that is all about my new and spectacular shower curtain + why you should never shop for curtains hungry *wink*

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I picked up this beauty (after an epic fail I will share with y’all later in this blog) at Bed Bath & Beyond in Johnson City, Tennessee. The colors of the curtain are slightly muted and blend well with the lime sorbet colored walls, and the pattern adds a vintage-feel. Click here to get the VIP’s same shower curtain by Dena Home at Bed Bath & Beyond.

 VIP Tip: When working with a small bathroom space, look for a light-hued shower curtain with a large, open pattern. The light color and large pattern will add depth to the space while giving the eye something attractive at which to look. 

Now...time to discuss the epic fail. I will preface by saying the shower curtain itself is not ugly--it just did not work in my space.  I picked up this shower curtain for a steal-of-a-deal at Target one evening after I had finished painting my bathroom. I was exhausted, hungry, and tired of living in the chaos of the move. So, when I stumbled upon this shower curtain, I said to myself, "the colors match--this will definitely work! Plus, it's only $14.00."
Now…time to discuss the epic fail. I will preface by saying the shower curtain itself is not ugly–it just did not work in my space.

I picked up the shower curtain shown above for a steal-of-a-deal at Target late one evening after I had finished painting my bathroom. I was exhausted, hungry, and tired of living in the chaos of the move–I was extremely ready to be done with the bathroom, and all I had left to do was find a shower curtain. So, when I stumbled upon this shower curtain, I said to myself, “The colors match–this will definitely work! Plus, it’s only $14.00.”

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As soon as I got it home, I immediately hung it up and loved it–or so I thought. Then morning came, and I walked into my bathroom to only discover that I hated it–lime green walls + a too-short, multicolored, geometric shower curtain =ugh. When my mom came over to check on the progress, she hated it–probably more than I did! But at that moment, we both agreed that I needed something different–something a little less busy. And that I did not need to shop hungry.

Moral of the story–we just have to be patient, eat a few snacks, then make a decision *wink* 

Be sure to tune in next week for the new VIP Home outdoor series! I cannot wait to share it with y'all!

Be sure to tune in next week for the new VIP Home outdoor series! I cannot wait to share it with y’all!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn