Home Decor

Finally organizing my shoes

Shoe ottoman


I am in the process of overhauling my bedroom into the restful, peaceful and organized space that I need it to be.  It is a large, sometimes overwhelming job, but the results so far are very satisfactory.  My sleep feels more restful and it is easier to find what I am looking for.

My shoes have needed to be organized for years.  I used an over-the-door organizer for a while, but anything larger than a ballet flat didn’t fit in it well.  There were leftover pairs of shoes that still created an unsightly mess.  I gave that up and stored my shoes under my bed, some of them in their boxes and some loose.  The loose shoes were dusty and the shoes in boxes would often slide out of reach.  My knees and I hated this.

For a person that wears flip-flops, slippers or Uggs most of the time, I had way too many pairs of shoes.  I donated or threw away old, worn shoes and shoes I know I would never wear.  This left with me with a reasonable number of pairs of shoes, but they still needed to be organized.

I am always browsing websites and spotted a shoe ottoman around a year ago.  It was gorgeous, sophisticated and more expensive than I liked at around $300.  I thought of it when I began my room overhaul, but I was still not willing to pay that much.  I turned to Amazon and found the perfect option.  Except for my four pairs of boots and two pairs of flip-flops that  I wear all the time, all of my shoes fit into this shoe ottoman.  I am in love.  The ottoman can also be used as a table or for extra seating.  I fully recommend getting one (or two) of these.

shoe ottoman - open

My ottoman is sold here.

Here are a few other options.





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My Recommendations from Amazon’s New and Interesting Finds section

Am I the only one who has fallen down the rabbit hole that is Amazon’s New and Interesting Finds?  I have a weakness for things that are cute and quirky, so I always find something that I really love in this section.  These are some of my favorites.  I narrowed it down to 10, but there are so many more options.

1. I already have these guys in my kitchen.  They’re perfect for serving up soup and chili and even rice and casserole dishes.


2.  I’ll admit it, I have a slight addiction to cute mugs.  This one is a combo of a couple of things I like: cartoons and cats (plus, it’s pink).  Plus, I may slightly resemble Pusheen.


3. More kitties!  I tend to bake and cook more in the fall and winter.  These would make an adorable addition to any kitchen.


4. Another cute mug… This sassy fox might be my spirit animal.

fox mug

5. This fox welcome mat screams fall.  Who needs a generic rectangular mat?


6. I love to drink tea year around and Earl Grey is one of favorites.  Plus, something needs to go in all of these cute mugs that I have.




7. It’s almost that time to bring the outdoors in as cooler weather approaches. Succulents are relatively easy to take care of and these would go perfectly with #8.


8. You get to make three tiny gardens with this set of planters.   These have a lot of creative (and cute) potential.


9. I love the color of this tea kettle.  If only it matched my kitchen decor.  I’ll have to add this to my wish list.


10. I love almost everything that is vintage and retro looking and this toaster fits the bill. Plus I love pastels.



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Cuteness at Pier 1


I am always excited to decorate for my favorite season, Autumn.  I took a trip to Pier 1 last week and was overwhelmed by the sheer cuteness of many items.  I was in need of new wine glasses, so I figured why not buy the ones with adorable animals on them.  I love all animals, but foxes are one of my favorites.  I couldn’t resist bringing the little guy above home.  He looks like he was frolicking in a pile of leaves.  Each item was under $10, so these were affordable options for sprucing up my home.  Many of the items in “The Critter Crew” collection are on sale, so I would recommend checking them out soon.

My fox is not available online, but he has a big brother (and a friend) available here:


The wine glasses are sold here: