Getting Organized With Kate and Laurel


As I've spoken about on the blog before a major theme that I'm trying to embrace in my life this year is balance.  With that has already come a lot of shifting around and a lot of change in the way that I do things.  I've been putting a huge focus on setting boundaries, having scheduled time for work and for play, and one thing that I wasn't so much anticipating was the very real need to get organized.  I'm sure by this point almost all of us have watched Marie Kondo's Netflix special and felt this incredible urge to purge your house of clutter, get rid of everything that isn't sparking joy and start all over again.  I like to think that our home functions well and for the most part it does... until it doesn't.  We have this awful habit, especially when it comes to documents (i.e.: mail, bills, homework, permission slips, the piece of paper my son barely scribbled on that the teacher deemed important enough to send home…) to just let them pile up and seemingly forget about them until it's Thursday and the permission slip is due and holy heck where did that tiny green piece of paper go?!  That paired with the ever-changing schedule of my husband and his travel dates that I seem to constantly be forgetting until he's kissing me goodbye to go out of town really made me face our organizational shortcomings once and for all.  I'm busy, my husband is busy, our son's school and extracurricular activity schedule is busy… and I just needed a place to make sense of it all.  So when Kate and Laurel reached out to me about working together, I honestly could have cried happy tears for the opportunity to partner with them to create the most organized, functional, and beautiful home command center that I possibly could to combat some of those organizational woes.


I truly love Kate and Laurel's line of home decor and organizational products - they have really thought of everything when it comes to creating a home that is both beautiful, and incredibly functional without completely breaking the bank to do so.  (Stick around to the end of this post for an awesome giveaway and a special surprise!) Kate and Laurel also does an amazing job of catering to so many different decor preferences so it's so easy when looking through their website to find pieces that compliment your own personal style and fit into your home beautifully.  But maybe the best part of all is their mission to give back by donating a portion of all of their sales to Gilda's Club to help those whom have been impacted by cancer.  I was so excited to get the opportunity to partner with a brand that is doing so much in the way of making other people's lives a little bit lighter.




Before now, we never had a dedicated place to sit down and handle our responsibilities.  I'd grab everything I needed to meal prep for the week from the kitchen, bring it into the living room, and sit down on the couch to make a plan … only to have to lug everything back into the kitchen (which let's face it… more often than not there would be cookbooks left in the living room until I got around to putting things away later that night and it was just overwhelming.)  I wanted to build a space within our home that tackled the organizational problem, gave all the scattered things a home, and gave me a place to actually sit down and address the things that needed to be taken care of.   When I saw the Kaya Pub Table and Welborn Bar Stools (for reference I went with the 26in size) I knew that these would be the perfect pieces to build our command center around.  I truly love this table, it's the perfect size and the simplistic design really makes me happy.  We also chose the Francesca Organizer which is a great catch all for pens, notebooks, stationery items, stamps etc.  It's given all of those little things a nice, organized home.




This entire space is centered around the one thing that we realized we needed the most - a family calendar.  I really liked the Wallcott Calendar, it's cute, it's simple, it's dry erase so it can be used year after year, and it's magnetic - so any super important invitations, permission slips, etc can be hung up so that they're front of mind.  Being able to see the entire family's schedule for the month at a glance has been such a simple step in reducing stress and last minute surprises.  We also knew we needed a place to finally be able to make sense of all the documents that are floating around.  I loved the Wallcott Wall Organizers.  They're perfect for giving everything that we previously would just stack up a home and allow me to handle each category when I have the time in a way that isn't overwhelming.  Bills go in one slot, mail and other letters that need responding to in another, there's even a spot for homework.  It's such a relief to truly have everything in it's place and not be searching through a stack of papers when I need to take care of something.




I'm sure that I'm not the only one who feels some level of stress when it comes to taking care of the things that make a home and family function, so on top of having this space be highly organized and very functional in that sense, I also wanted it to be beautiful and a calm place to sit down and take care of business.  I chose the Bosc Chalkboard to put on the main wall above the table to incorporate a little something pretty.  Getting to change out the design on the chalkboard to fit the season and the mood is a really fun way for me to flex my creative muscles and it is one of the little touches that makes me smile when I see the space.  We also really loved these shelves - they're super cute and simple and adding some of our favorite things like books, plants, and art into this space gives it so much more personality and warmth.  Another piece I loved were these candle holders.  They match the shelves so well and I love the design, plus there's nothing like the warm glow of a candle to calm you and get you in a good mood!  Kate and Laurel is also kind of known for their adorable trays - I loved the pattern and texture of the Marmora Wood Tray and feel like it's the perfect touch in this space!  Throwing in some pretty florals totally gets me in a good mood and I feel like I can handle all of the things sitting here now!





I truly couldn't be happier with how this space came together, it serves so much purpose in our home and now sorting through the mail, meal planning, and handling all of the responsibilities of our family is actually something that I enjoy and find peace in.

Kate and Laurel has been so kind to offer Honey and the Hive followers 30% off their entire purchase at www.kateandlaurel.com with the code "HONEYANDTHEHIVE" - valid until 2/28/2019.

EDIT: GIVEAWAY CLOSED!  Congratulations to TheAmazingRose!
And now…. the moment you've all been waiting for … I'm partnering with Kate and Laurel on an extra special giveaway to help you to add a little extra joy to your own home!  One lucky winner is going to receive a $100 gift card to Kate and Laurel as well as a $50 gift card to Honey and the Hive!


To enter the giveaway, simply make sure to follow @honeyandthehive @kateandlaurel  @kelsey.delange on Instagram.  Once you've done that leave a comment below on this blog post letting us know your Instagram handle, and how you would use this prize to make your home an even happier place!  We'll be randomly selecting a winner on Tuesday, February 12th!

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  1. IG handle is pyrothighs. I would use this prize to organize and display my crystal/rock collection with floating and accent shelves. I see sooo many I would love to have!!

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  2. IG handle is sydmariephoto. I would use the prize to get my office organized!

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  3. Ig handle is Shelbyraee___
    I would love to use these pretty pieces to organize my own little work space for my calligraphy projects, bullet journaling and other small Knick knacks I keep around to keep me inspired!

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  4. my instagram handle is rachaelxgilley. I would use this for our office/living room area, because we are both pretty neat people, it's just the paper overflow that I feel I don't know what to do with.

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  5. My IG: theamazingrose
    How I’d love to make my home a more joyful home if given the opportunity: I’d LOVE to add some pins to my BattleVest and add more greenery around the house with a plant stand or maybe even a bangin’ shelf!

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  6. IG handle is ohyouvandal. We collect handmade pottery, and I would love to have some shelving to display more of it! And, obviously, I need some more prints 😁.

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  7. IG handle is emkra_ I live in a teeny tiny studio apartment with my boyfriend, so it’s hard to keep our space neat and organized (how we like it ��) with such minimal options for shelving, storage, etc. I’m also an artist, so I have all of my supplies scattered throughout the space, as well as our own personal belongings. I’d love to have better options for organization and of course some beautiful honey and the hive prints to display ♥️

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  8. IG handle: lettersfromagoodfriend
    I would probably use this prize to upgrade my home work space area, AND upgrade some of our plant babies to the beautiful planters/plant stands I saw on the website ��

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  9. @maloriesandoval on Instagram. I would LOVE to finally get a system down for all the little things that end up in the ole junk drawer.

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  10. @blendingbybetty - I would use it to help with our bedroom remodel!!

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  11. @ggreen1379 I would use it to organize so that way my dinner table can be a dinner table - not a catchall/constant source of anxiety! And I would get some beautiful cards so I can send notes to friends - happy mail instead of just bills!

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  12. Anonymous2/07/2019

    @karla_giovannis on Instagram. I would get a new coffee table and some prints for my living room

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  13. Danielle2/07/2019

    IG: d0gm0m
    If given the opportunity I would love to purchase some of the organization items if I won the gift card I really like the pin boards and calendars on the website! I also need way more honey and the hive pins! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  14. Marilyn Angela2/07/2019

    My Instagram is @marilynangela40. I would use this prize to get some cute accent shelves to hang new prints and my collection of crystals

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  15. xx_libra1001 I would love to win this giveaway to redecorate my bedroom!

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  16. Tiffanyanna2/07/2019

    @tiffanyanna on instagram. i would use these pretty decor pieces to also make a little command center for my family and of course i need some honey and the hive prints to make it even cuter. thanks for the opportunity to win this!

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  17. Maryhart2/07/2019

    My instagram handle is @maryandheart I would like to win this giveaway to redecorate my home office and get some new pins for my jacket!

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  18. @thebutterfly2018 is my instagram account. This giveaway would be perfect for me to organize my kitchen and get some cute honey and the hive towels for in there too!

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  19. Anonymous2/07/2019

    @exquisitedi on insta
    I wwould use this prize to update my own storage needs!

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  20. Anonymous2/07/2019

    Instagram: @crissyhamester
    I would use this prize to create a space for me to start working on my calligraphy! And would def need a custom pet print as well :)

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  21. Instagram @alybee_423! I would definitely use this for doing my baby’s room I haven’t purchased any furniture yet and honestly not sure what direction to go this would definitely help ❤️

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  22. I love how Kelsey has transformed her spaces and turned them into a no fuss, clean, and serene place to organize one's life and thoughts! I am in love with organizing anything and everything and working hard to incorporate Feng Shui to bring about calm and peace into my home and home office! Kelsey's designs would make a beautiful addition to my home as well as Kate and Laurel organization pieces to help inspire me and beautify my surroundings💜

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  23. Kat Smith2/09/2019

    Hello! My IG handle is: kismithh. I would use the Honey and the Hive gift card to buy some pins I have been eyeing! I would use the Kate and Laurel gift card to buy something from the Kaya collection! Thank-you for the opportunity!

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  24. Hi! My Instagram handle is dmd4116. I recently moved from CT to TX and am missing home a bit - I would love to find some things to make my new apartment feel more like home. Thank you!

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  25. Hi! I’m @jazzzyjesss, i have been a huge fan of Honey & The Hive forever!i just left my cool job, friends and family to move to Vegas and pursue my dream of working with Childhood Cancer Foundation, I’d love to make my new life so cute and adorable with new things in my quaint apartment. I would be ✨SO LUCKY✨ To win!

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  26. Following!�� My insta is @mollydotoh
    Thanks very much for this opportunity, best vibes to you and yours ✨

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  27. Staceyannhancock i just started a new job (after 5 years at home with my babes) and I’m feeling all sorts of unorganized! A little inspiration from Honey & Hive will help keep the smiles coming too!

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  28. @annematteucci I just took a leap and started my own business (MatteucciCreativeLab.com) to follow my passion and help others with what I love doing! I just started redecorating my home office and have been stalking the Kate and Laurel site and waiting until I can afford everything I’ve been basically obsessing over lol. I’m also in need of some artwork so this would just be such a blessing!

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