What could you use this tree to organize?

Sometimes when we are organizing we make the organization look like art.  We organize books by the colour of their spine, hang baskets on a wall in an interesting pattern or use brightly coloured baskets to hold exercise equipment. Let’s look at the reverse of this idea.  Can artwork help you get organized?

wooden tree artwork

This piece of artwork provides storage opportunities.

I  attended the National Home Show in Toronto Canada a few years ago.  I saw this great piece of artwork.  If you have a small home this artwork is dual purpose.  It can be used to hold CDs, video games and equipment, and books.  Plants would look lovely on this tree especially ivy or other hanging plants that would give it “leaves”.  It would be fun to decorate it for any season or special event.

a sign with hooks holding cycling gear mounted on a wall.

Here is a creative use of a sign. This piece of artwork has hooks added to it to organize cycling gear. When the cycling gear is removed you have a lovely picture on your wall.


Let me know about artwork in your home that helps you stay organized.

Julie Stobbe, professional organizerJulie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, virtually using Zoom. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of teaching to reduce clutter, in your home, office, mind and time. She guides and supports you to be accountable for your time, to complete projects and reach your goals. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Seana Turner on September 11, 2023 at 6:02 am

    I love that tree. I think my daughter would put that in her home. She loves books!

    I so admire people who can look at something and be creative with it.

    I’m trying to think if I have any artwork that helps me stay organized… nothing is jumping to mind. BUT, I did see a very cool bookshelf in a lovely NYC apartment last week that was so creative the way it was designed. Instead of horizontal shelves, it had little wooden “plus signs” throughout, each about eight inches across. It was perfect for displaying small things of all kinds.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 13, 2023 at 1:19 pm

      I have seen a lot of repurposed furniture for example a piano mounted on a wall and made into a bookcase. It is creative. Finding something that is art first and organizing second is harder. The “+” signs must look wonderful.

  2. Diane N Quintana on September 11, 2023 at 7:48 am

    I don’t have any artwork which can be used as an organizing device. The tree you pictured is really interesting. It would be such fun to have if you have a large enough space for it.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 13, 2023 at 1:20 pm

      I agree. Think of using it for jewelry. It might look like leaves or ivy hanging from it.

  3. Linda Samuels on September 11, 2023 at 8:53 am

    This is a fun way to look at art as potential pieces for organizing. A few ideas come to mind.

    You can use beautiful pieces of pottery or vintage ceramics to contain kitchen utensils, writing implements, or art supplies. While this isn’t exactly the same thing, I’ve seen fun wall hooks that use molded leaves, doggie bottoms, or Lego pieces to hold clothing, bags, or other hangable items. I’ve also seen hooks with glass frames above that have beautiful or vintage art under the glass part.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 13, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      There are lovely repurposed items that can be used to organize in creative and inventive ways. I love your suggestions.

  4. Julie Bestry on September 12, 2023 at 2:03 am

    I’m not at all an artistic person; I think I tend to be literal and plain, so I’m often agog when I see the creative things my clients choose to do to decorate their spaces. I’ve been trying to think of art for organizing, and can only think of artistic things that are shaped like containers. My sister has a ceramic umbrella stand that my grandmother made her, and it’s shaped like a dog, and there’s all sorts of pottery used to hold kitchen doodads like spatulas. But I think someone would have to have a much more creative eye than mine to blend the creative and the functional. I’m boring. 😉

    That tree, though, is very cool!

    • Julie Stobbe on September 13, 2023 at 1:24 pm

      I like the tree because it doesn’t take up floor space, looks interesting, you can change what is on it to create a new look and it is simple, visually uncluttered.

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