Review by Ali Burdon from Very Berry Handmade
I imagine that for many crafty people, a minimalist home with everything hidden away in sleek white cupboards, isn’t a particularly appealing idea. But even if you’re the sort of person who likes a bit of cosy clutter and a few nick-nacks around the place, you’ll probably still be interested in ideas to help make sure that you can find important paperwork quickly and keep your cleaning tools and dirty laundry out of sight! Jane Hughes’ book, Pretty, Organised, is definitely for the kind of person who’d like their home to be less cluttered and more organised, but wants to have fun (and stay colourful!) whilst doing it.
Like a lot of people, I have long been a fan of Jane’s blog Teawagontales, her retro Scandi-influenced style is so attractive and inspirational. Happily, her quirky style and use of fab vintage textiles and graphic design is really reflected in the book. I love the use of sweet Richard Scarry illustrations on these shelves:
There’s lots of fun upcycling ideas, which is something I really associate with Jane’s blog too, so there’s no need to break the bank whilst you try and get more organised. I love these nifty ideas for using colourful retro tins:
The book addresses different parts of the home in turn and include sections for the kitchen, bathroom, home office/craft room and the garden. There are 30 step-by-step projects, as well as lots of additional ideas for other ways to improve the organisation of your home. There’s also a insightful introductory section with practical ideas about how to get started with the decluttering process (which can feel so overwhelming).
The projects cover a variety of skill levels and include a range of techniques, including sewing, stencilling, decoupage and a little bit of basic hammer-and-nails type DIY. There’s also a wealth of additional tips and further ideas for improving storage around your home, with lots of inspiring photos.
This is a really fun book which takes what could be quite a depressing subject (ugh, getting organised!) and makes it fun and creative.
Pretty Organised: 30 Decorative Storage Ideas to Declutter Your Home