Tricks of the Trade: Folded Clothes

Drawers

We have so many different types of clothing—from jeans to scarves, from undergarments to work out clothes, from pajamas to bathing suits, and everything in between. What belongs in drawers? What should hang? Let’s talk about it!

In my opinion, items should only be hung if folding them will cause wrinkling, or cause them to lose their structure. With that said, I hang the following items: skirts, dresses, jackets, cardigans, camisoles, blouses, and button-down shirts. Naturally, I separate all of those items in my closet by type (skirts with skirts, dresses with dresses, etc.).

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Now that you know exactly which items I hang, let’s talk about what I fold and how I fold them! As is probably expected, I fold all of my shirts and divide them by tank tops, short sleeves, and long sleeves. I also fold my yoga work out clothes (including shirts and yoga pants) and try to keep these items separate from my other clothing so I don’t wear a nice tank top to spin class!

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In a separate set of drawers, I also fold my undergarments, socks, bathing suits, and hosiery.

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Finally, I fold all of my pajamas and sweatshirts. Again, I like to keep these items in their own space so I keep my daytime wear separate from my nighttime wear 🙂

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My hope is that this gives you a better sense of what you should fold or hang, and perhaps come up with a system that works for you!

You might also like to see my clothes closet and coat closet.

Wish List: Ceiling Decor

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In life, it can be incredibly challenging to force ourselves to look up, to see the exciting things that have yet to come, and to not get bogged down by what has already happened. So with decor, it is the same. When attempting to add life and vibrancy to a space, it can be tempting to add spice with painted floors, bright tiles, and over-the-top artwork, and while all of those are excellent initiatives, the ceiling is also a great, typically untouched space. Below are just a few examples of different patterns and textures that can be thrown on the ceiling — from paint to mirrors to rustic wood, the ceiling is a wonderful way to teach us to look up!

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Photos from: Domaine Home.

Office Desk Organization

The Office

A few months back, I outlined how to keep your personal desk organized, touching on everything from filing to styling. While many of these points transfer right over to the topic of office desk organization, the tips on styling change ever so slightly. An office desk is indubitably meant to be functional – this is where we spend 8 hours or more each day, after all – but given the amount of time we spend at it, shouldn’t we also go the extra mile to keep it from feeling boring and uninspired? My thoughts exactly.

Now I am definitely not the office desk master, but when my company moved offices recently, I took it as an opportunity to design the desk I always wanted. Here’s what I did!

1. Make a comfortable work environment with your laptop propped up, supplemented by a second monitor to increase your productivity.

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2. Get creative. I love using untraditional objects to hold my pens and pencils, such as a monogrammed mug.

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3. Add in personal items that remind you of people, places, and things you love.

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4. Keep it fresh with some nature. A succulent is a great touch!

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5. Tidy up! This holds true for just about anything, but especially your office desk. Make some piles and hold them down with pretty paper weights. 

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Printed

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I suppose it may be because I’m in a very committed relationship with my cow hide rug that I don’t typically gravitate toward other animal prints. Of course, I love the occasional leopard handbag or flat, but I had never thought of introducing a zebra-printed pillows in my house until I dug deep on Domaine Home. When placed correctly – that is to say, when it’s not an overwhelming amount of pattern – animal print can add vibrancy and interest to a space. A pop of zebra print on bar stools, for instance, is a great way to introduce pattern to your otherwise monotone kitchen. Just be sure to not go overboard, as no one finds comfort in a leopard rug, with corresponding leopard wallpaper and additional leopard bedding!

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It’s In The Details

Details

When it comes to organizing, the little details are just as important as the overall project. In fact, it’s the culmination of all the small, finishing touches that make the space appear organized in the first place. Without these precise details, a space may look as though it’s missing something.

Due to this, I wanted to outline some of my favorite finishing touches, or the little details that make all the difference when organizing, cleaning, or just living a tidy, beautiful life.

1. When making the bed (full tutorial here), it can be tempting to overlook little details like creasing the pillows and buttoning all buttons. Don’t overlook these! One little detail that I love is buttoning the duvet cover buttons so that they’re no longer visible. It’s a great finishing touch that makes the bed look like it’s ready to be photographed for a magazine.

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2. Continuing our button theme, it’s a wonderful finishing touch to button all your buttons and zip all your zippers on your clothes when you place them in your closet. You don’t have to button a blouse so much that you can’t easily take it on and off of a hanger, but just enough so that it hangs neatly.

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3. Also when placing clothes in your closet, be sure to orient the hangers in the same direction. When hangers are all facing different directions, the whole closet looks messy and unappealing, trust!

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4. The laws of direction apply to pantries as well. All food items, packages, jars, and the like should be facing toward you in the pantry. This finishing touch will make your life easier when you go to find an item in your pantry, and is also sure to impress any guest that comes to visit.

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5. Clear jars are possibly my favorite finishing touch. I love to use them for food, office supplies, and little trinkets that I need to store.

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6. Though because not everything can be stowed away in a clear jar (sadly enough), it’s always a good idea to write labels. I think I spoke too soon when I said clear jars were my favorite finishing touch; labels may just take the cake.

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7. Lastly, always, always, always have fresh flowers in any and every room. The ultimate finishing touch.