How to style a shelf

Styling a shelf is one of the most difficult decorating challenges there is. Finding the perfect styling for your shelf takes time, but fortunately, there are a couple of design principles you can use to get great results fast. So let’s get to it and learn how to style a shelf!

We all want to display our favorite things in a beautiful way. However, that’s not an easy thing to achieve. If we display too many items we risk making the self look cluttered. Although using too few things might make the self feel undecorated.

In design, we always want to achieve the same things, even if we start from a different place each time we decorate. We want to achieve balance, flow, and cohesiveness. Luckily there are rules that can help us achieve these things.

Start with a blank canvas

It’s impossible to visualize how you want your shelf to look if it is already full of items. So make sure to start with clearing out your space and clean it before you get to decorating.

Once you start to place your items on the shelf again, start with the largest pieces and work your way out from there.

Use groups of three

Always group items in three or in an uneven number. It is easier to achieve balance with an unsymmetric arrangement, rather than in symmetric arrangements. Make sure to have some duplicate or similar items that you put into the different groups. Using similar items creates a theme or a thread in the styling which ties the whole design together.

Work in triangles

If you have a multilayer shelf or bookcase you want to mirror the arrangements or alternate the object’s placement to create a zig-zag line. This draws in the eye and creates a flow in your design. 

Mix size and hight

One really useful rule is to use decor objects in different sizes and shapes. You want to contrast your objects to create an interesting design. Every object does not have to be unique, it is actually better if a few elements repeat themselves. But it is crucial that you mix them up. In a bookshelf, an easy hack can be to have some books standing up and others laying down. This adds some drama to your styling.

What objects should you decorate with?

There is really no right and wrong when it comes to what you can bring into your decor. In my opinion, the best design is where function meets form. For purely decorative purposes I prefer plants and art.

Here are a couple of suggestions of objects you can use to decorate with:

  • Decorative storage
  • Artwork & Photos
  • Sculptures &Objects
  • Vases
  • Plants
  • Natural elements such as stones and wood.
  • Books

Finally, I just want to add a disclaimer that the more often you practice styling shelves, the better you will get at it. This skill is not reserved for a select few with the “eye” for decorating. Anyone who follows these rules can achieve good results.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Let me know in the comments if you have any great tips I didn’t mention here.

How to style a shelf

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What influences my design style

In this blog post, I want to talk about something that is very central to my creative business. Namely my design, or more specifically what influences my design style.

The purpose of this blog post is to let you in on my journey. It might still be early days for my creative business, but I can still shine some light on what inspires and influences my design.

Naturally, there are a bunch of things like motivation, available time and available resources that influence the results of my design. But here I am talking about what influences my design style.

If you are new here, you should check out my home decor and art print shop on Etsy, the SelectedCraftsStore. I also run the brand SelectedCrafts. Over time I have developed an esthetic that is very minimal, with lots of natural elements, like animals and flowers. That is what I want to write about today.

What influences my design style?

Most of us are blind to some things that truly influence us and I am probably influenced by a bunch of things that I am not even aware of. In this blog post, I will focus on the things that have a positive influence on my design. I suppose that most of these springs from my Swedish roots.

Growing up surrounded by the stunning northern nature has definitely made an imprint on me. I take every chance I get to spend time outdoors. In my design, I think this is very obvious in my many floral or nature-inspired designs.

Scandinavian tradition is also an aspect to my design, I love taking something really old with a lot of legacy and then try to make it a part of modern design. It is a fun and challenging task to try and balance the respect of traditions with the trends of today.

I believe that things that inspire me in my daily life, in most ways also influence my design. My life is influenced by intentional living and being close to nature and my loved ones. That shines through in my life as well as in my design.

All great design comes from providing function, great art, however, is something different entirely. I would not think so highly of myself as to call myself an artist, I prefer to call myself “a designer with ambition”. I feel confident when it comes to design because I have both studied design, worked with design. Calling myself a designer comes more naturally then calling myself an artist for some reason. I also sometimes refer to SelectedCrafts as my creative business.

I find growth very inspirational, I want to learn how to do things really well. Once I do, I want to move on to the next challenge. There is a lot of beauty in growing. I constantly remind myself that perfecting a skill, also is a kind of growth. There needs to be a good balance between the new and old in any creatives life.

To sum it up, I am very inspired by living, growing and challenging myself. And my design style has a lot of influences from modern design, nature, old tradititions.

Do you see any obvious influences in my design style? Then tell me, and let me know what inspires you! Nature, Fiction, Love? What ever it is leave me a comment down below.

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Skills every online business owner needs to learn

If you recently started a business or are thinking about starting a business? Then this blog post is for you! This blog post aims to help you figure out what to expect by looking at the skills every online business owner needs to learn.

I know from experience that it is very difficult to find reliable information about what you can expect as a new business owner. I have this blog, a brand and an art printable shop with a dropshipping integration. I don’t know everything about being a business owner. But I know quite alot about these topics.

So let me tell you which skills every business owner needs to learn!


I decided from the start that I wanted to learn how to do my own books. Mainly because it is very expansive to hire accountants and tax-specialists. I started reading books about bookkeeping and then decided which bookkeeping software I wanted to use. I am very happy that I know how to do my books today, but the road to getting there has been long and boring. Naturally, you can hire help, but it is a huge expense for a small business. I would recommend every business owner to learn bookkeeping.

Preparing a tax statement

Nothing feels as scary as preparing tax statements until you have done it for the first time. I decided to read up in a couple of “worst-case scenarios” to understand what would happen if I messed up. This was actually very helpful because I learned that, in my country Sweden, as long as you have your bookkeeping in place and do your tax statements in time. Then the worst thing that could happen is that you have to make changes and correct any error that might have occurred. I also recommend actually talking to your tax authority, they want to help you to do your taxes right.

VAT – Laws and regulations

Gosh… Sadly this skill is non-negotiable. If you plan on selling products or services. Even if it is via a market platform like Etsy or via a dropshipping company like Printful. You need to know what VAT-laws are applicable to your country. This is important not only to make sure your business is following the law but also because you might not be able to do your bookkeeping right. Its a painstaking process but once you learn about it, you will feel empowered and in control. After you have this skill you can easily make and sell anything you want.

How to drive traffic via Pinterest

After I had set up this blog and nu Etsy store the SelectedCraftsStore I started using Pinterest for my marketing. The reason I started with Pinterest and not Facebook or Instagram is because Pinterest algorithms are based on SEO. That means that the content I make in Pinterest will be relevant all year round, or evergreen as it is called.

Compared to Instagram and Facebook where your post will just be at the top of people’s newsfeed for an hour or two. Then all the hard work you put into crafting your content won’t give you any rewards. I would really recommend any small business owner to start a Pinterest account. A Pinterest Business account to be more specific, it is free and offers more insights than a personal account.

How to automate social media

All I can say is that my life would not be about anything else then social media if it weren’t for Tailwind and Buffer. Both are automated schedulers for social media. I had no idea that social media requires so much time, both in terms of content creation and in terms of maintenance. As a business owner with limited time, you realize quickly that social media is a nice to have, not need to have. If you, however, feel you want to spend time sometime on social media. Learning how to use automation tools is essential.

How to stay organized

I love using an old fashioned personal planner, but no matter what medium you like. The important thing is that you learn how to stay organized. If you are a newbie business owner, don’t worry, if you keep building your business you will learn this skill. Otherwise, it will become completely impossible for you to run your business. In the beginning, I would recommend just starting somewhere and eventually, routines, structure, and systems will grow from that. I still keep planning, reevaluating and improving my business constantly. So don’t feel discouraged in the beginning, you can do it!

How to create products

This is not such an easy feat if you have never done it before. I really struggled in the beginning. Luckily for me, my business grew from an initial desire to be able to sell my own art and designs. I started by figuring out what I really want to help people to do. In my case, it is: to help people live beautiful lives they love. That desire to help is not necessarily limited to only one type of product.

But from the start, I aimed for one very particular product, namely digitally downloadable art prints. I educated myself on how to make the prints, and then I just keep making prints until I got very good at it. Now I have branched out and also sell clip art, planners and printed version of my designs. All my products come from my quest to help others live beautiful lives.

How to price products

Choosing the right price for your products can be a very tricky thing for beginners. I decided to just start with a number that people would consider paying for my products. In the price, I included: my costs + value of my time + small profit. But remember that you won’t just price your products once and be done with it. Pricing is a living thing and changes a lot over time. I also recommend doing some research if there are any tools available that can help you compare your prices to similar products. For example, I have used a tool called PriceWoot that does exactly this for Etsy shops.

How to manage a blog and write blog posts

This skill might depend a little on the way you decided to structure your business. If you aren’t planning to have a blog then you can skip this part.

Building a blog takes a lot of time, even if you go for ready build design. This blog took more than a year to build and design. But it is important to not get stuck building and rebuilding your blog. At some point even if the blog isn’t finished, you have to start making content and writing posts. That is the only thing you should focus on in the beginning.

I decided early on my business journey that I wanted to have a blog. For several reasons, I wanted to be able to write about what I love and to help my followers with their struggles. Also because I wanted the blog to be at the heart of my business, I want to create a little SelectedCrafts eco-system with the blog in the center.

How to run a newsletter

It doesn’t matter if you are a small, online or creative – business. Every business owner needs a newsletter. In the beginning, you don’t even need to have anything to write, just collecting the email addresses are enough. I personally use Convertkit, for two reasons. For one it makes it super simple to manage the content you send to your list. Convertkit also makes it really easy to implement sign-up forms on your blog/website. Also if you don’t have a website, don’t worry. Convertkit can create one as your sign-up form. They provide a free version, you can test out so why not start right now!

How to keep feeling motivated and happy

This is also a skill I think every entrepreneur has to learn eventually. In the beginning everything is new, fun and exciting. Your business may be a mess but you are still so happy that you started. Then after a while, all that happiness and excitement go away. Now being a business owner becomes a part of your daily life and the initial happiness might slowly fade away. Then you will always be stuck with the mess we call our businesses.

That’s when you have to find days to stay motivated. This is easier said than done, there are many negative feelings that will diminish your confidence and your self-image. I set goals that I keep striving towards. But whatever you find that works for you, just keep doing that!

And don’t get me wrong, I love SelectedCrafts, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t face challenges. I am still growing and learning.

If you liked this blog post you should also check out this post about my favorite online business resources. Or if you are curious about other parts of my business check out the posts in the Business and Products category.

So what do you think? What skills would you say are essential? Make sure to let me know if I have missed something in the comments down below!

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How to frame your art

There are a lot of ways to frame your art. If you are a novice art collector it can be difficult to know what framing options you have and how to choose the best frame for your artworks. In this blog post, we look at how to frame art properly.

You can find frames at your local art dealer, buy frames online or shop second hand. You could even make DIY frames. Hopefully, you can find a framing option that suits you.

In this blog post we look at how to choose the right frame:
  • Type
  • Style
  • Size
  • Position

Choose the correct frame type

When I talk about a frame type, I refer to the structure of the frame.

There are endless options when choosing materials and styling for a frame but in general, there are few groups of frames:

– With a border and covered with glass
– Without a border not covered with glass
– With two sides of glass, transparent frames.
– Open frames without glass
– Digital frames
– Poster Hangers

Whichever frame type you choose you should always aim for the same thing, to frame your art for a lifetime. This can be tricky because not all types of art require the same kind of protection.

For example, the best way to protect drawings and watercolors is by framing them in a frame where it is covered by glass or acrylic. This will protect it from wear and tear and prolong the lifespan of the artwork. Both glass and acrylic protect the art from dust and dirt, but some acrylic covered frames also have built-in UV-protection.

Other kinds of art like oil and acrylic is usually sturdy and don’t require any extra protection. They can actually get damaged by being squeezed into a covered frame. These art types it is better off in an open frame that simply complements the art. Most paintings are painted on standard-sized canvases which makes it easy to find frames for them. Please keep in mind that oil and acrylic paintings require occasional maintenance. You should dust your paintings gently with a feather duster, never clean a painting.

Frames can be very expensive and not everyone has the budget to invest in brand new frames for every artwork in their home. Luckily there are many other options to consider like buying frames second hand or DIY’ing your frames.

It is also very likely that you prefer to display your art in a certain way. Maybe that’s without a frame altogether. That is fine! As long as you remember that the way you frame your art effects the lifespan of your artworks.

Choosing a frame a style

There are not of different styles of frames, from covered in gold antiques to wood and metal. You can have frames that are just a transparent glass cover, frames that have sculptural or decorative features or very minimal frames. Which style you go for is entirely based on your preferences.

A ground rule is to choose a frame based on the artwork and not the other way around. You want to find a frame that provides a decent amount of contrast, without overpowering or blending into the artwork. When settling for colors or materials for your frame, a piece of general advice is to choose something that ties the artwork to the rest of your home decor.

I would never recommend separating old collectors painting from its original frame because it would significantly lower the value of the piece. But with that said, there is nothing that says that you can’t combine a certain motif or technique with a frame in clashing color or material. This usually only creates intrigue. Another tip for creating intrigue is to go for a frame in an unusual shape like for example round or triangular. You don’t see that type of frames all too often but they are beautiful features in gallery walls for example.

Choosing the right frame size

The most common scenario is that you order a frame in the same size as your artwork. But this doesn’t have to be the case. You can absolutely go for a frame that is bigger than the actual artwork. Then you would usually use a frame with a white or black mounting board, but there are no rules.

Other oversized options include black boxes who are usually deeper than regular frames to display items such as sculptures, medals or memorabilia. Transparent frames or frames with both a glas front and back have become very popular to display both art, photographs and dried flowers.

Going for a larger frame is actually a really handy design hack. Especially if you have fallen in love with a small art piece. The size of the frame will help to give the art more impact by drawing the eye to the artwork.

For certain artworks, you might want to use a cardboard mount or edge around your art. This creates creating contrasting trim that highlights your art. This is a very common way to display art and the cardboard pieces called Passepartout.

You can also use a method called floating, that is when you attach a cardboard or foam spacer behind your artwork. This creates some depth between the mount of the frame and the artwork, that 3D effect is called floating. This effect can also be achieved if you hang a transparent glas frame directly on a wall, which makes it look like there if floating off the wall.

But in most cases you want you to be careful to choose a frame in the same size as your art. For example with poster hangers, it is very important that you get the size right. Otherwise, the art might look very misplaced.

How to position your art

The first thing when positioning your art is the size, usually smaller artworks, and photographs can be placed on tabletops, but it usually makes sense to place larger artworks on the floor or on the wall.

There are a lot of things to think of when you position your art. From a preservation point of view, there are a few things to consider. You should avoid direct sunlight, avoid other light sources, and never put your artwork in a damp place. All artworks will be damaged by sunlight over time so if it is possible it is wise to use an acrylic frame that protects from UV-Light. If you want to add additional lighting to your art, you should consider LED lights because they have the least impact on your art. Placing art in damp places is a risk. I personally have art in my bathroom for example, but I use covered frames and space is very well ventilated.

Another part of art positioning is simply how to make it look good in your home. I gathered some ideas that will help you get great results.

Here are my best tips on hanging art:

  1. Get your measurements of the frame and space right from the start.
  2. The art should feel like it is the right size for your space.
  3. Hang your art at eye level and around 60 inches or 150 cm from the floor.
  4. If your art hangs above furniture, the width of the art should cover at least 2/3 of the furniture.
  5. Hang art above furniture at a minimum of 12 inches 20 cm.
  6. Use a paper template in the size of your artwork, to mark out where the nail or hook should go. Then you mark it out on the paper template first and then and put the nail straight through it. Remove the paper afterward.
  7. If you are hanging multiple artworks, cut out paper templates and try out your composition on the wall. It will give you a better idea of how the finished result will look before you start hanging your art.
  8. If you are hanging multiple artworks, the space between frames should be no more then 3 inches or 8 cm apart. Rather hang frames to close than too far.

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If you are struggling to find art for a specific space in your home? Then check out this blog post on how to choose art for every room in your house.

Maybe you think that it seems like to much fuzz to invest in artwork and frames. Then check out this blog post to see if a digital art frame is a better option for you!

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Why the KonMari method is best for beginner organizers

In this blog post, I just want to talk about why the KonMari method is best for beginner organizers. Choosing the right organization method from the start of your journey is vital. There are a lot of different organization methods out there to choose from. At the end of the day, the only thing that’s important is that you find a method that you really like and stick to. But in this blog post, I will tell you why I would recommend that you start with the KonMari method.

When the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” came around. I had already been educating myself about organization methods for quite some time. Comparing different methods and trying to figure out what worked best for me. But from the get-go there where some things that really separated the Kondo method from the rest.

Easy to understand

The foundation of the method is based on one simple question: Does this item spark joy? The goal is to only have items in your home that sparks joy or have a very clear functionality. Only keep things in your home that you love or use daily. This is very easy to grasp even for someone just starting out.

Puts you first

The KonMari method doesn’t impose any unnecessary rules about what you can and cannot have in your home. If you love books, shoes or scrapbooking, the Kondo method won’t make you get rid of these things. It simply asks if it sparks joy. It is quite common that hobbies and collections take up a lot of space in our home, but these things might be very important for our happiness. The KonMari method takes that into account and only suggests that you have a dedicated place in your home for these things.

It is systematic

The KonMari method recognizes several different categories of items that we have in our homes. This system is very inclusive and accounts for every struggle you might face. For each category there is a suggested way of purging, decluttering and storing those items. The Kondo method suggests that we organize things after categories and not after location, like many other methods. The fact that the KonMari method is systematic makes it really easy to make a plan to start organizing and then keep it.

The different category is:

  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Paper
  • Konomo (Miscellaneous)
  • Sentimental

Helps you to visualize your ideal home

I know that it is easy to feel so overwhelmed by a decluttering or organization project that you never even start. The KonMari method helps you to visualize your ideal home and helps you stay motivated to work towards it. Motivation is ultimately the most important thing, without it chances are that you won’t see it through to the end.

It begins and ends with gratitude

A lot of organizing methods can make you feel guilty or bad because you don’t already have an organized home. The KonMari method meets you where ever you are on your organizing journey. This also makes it very helpful for people with other struggles, like poor mental health for example.

The KonMari method will teach you to give thanks for your home and your belongings. It will make you feel happy to make improvements in your life. Most importantly it will make you feel in charge of your situation, even if that means starting with a mess. That is something I find very unique and difficult to improve on. Somehow Marie Kondo found a way to brainwash me into thinking that cleaning and organizing is a fun activity. I am very grateful for that!

What do you think? Which methods are you considering to try? Make sure to tell me in the comments!

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How to make a home decor plan

Everyone wants a beautiful and cohesive home but it is not so simple to achieve that. In this blog post, I will teach you how to make a home decor plan so your home looks more put together. I will also help you to get started and provide you with some actionable steps to take.

Most people have a sense of what their decorating style looks like, but a lot of people struggle to make their home look as put together as they want. It’s easy to think that you lack some kind of important skill that other people possess, at least that is what I used to think. I started to follow interior bloggers, YouTubers, and interior decorating magazines. Eventually figured out what ALL of those great designers had in common. They make a plan, and then they stick to it. Let’s dive right in and look at what you need to make your own home decor plan. Make sure to download my free workbook and get access to helpful tips and templates!

How to make a home decor plan

Find a theme

Take a moment to really think about your style and how you want your home decor to look. Then write it down. All ideas are easier to work with once you put them into words. In the free workbook, you will find a lot of helpful questions to get you started. Try to not get too into details in the early stages. Great interior design is rarely just one style, it is a mix of influences.

Start with the essentials

You should always start your decorating with the things that will make the biggest impact. I call these items the home decor essentials. They are the first things that you should invest in. The home decor essentials are:

  1. Area rugs and carpets
  2. Curtains
  3. Lamps and lightning
  4. Plants
  5. Artwork and wall art
  6. Decorative storage

If you want more in-depth help and tips on how to pick these items, check out this post about home decor essentials.

Make moodboards

There are a lot of great ways to create beautiful and inspiring moodboards. A great place to search for inspiration is on Pinterest where you can create your own home decor board. If you, however, are more like me and like to craft your own moodboard, you can simply use the template provided in the home decor workbook.

A mood board will help you to remember and visualize the theme that you are going for. It is a great way to make sure that the different parts of your home decor won’t clash. You can include anything you want in your moodboard like fabrics and wallpapers.

Write down your measurements

This is the single most important aspect of getting on top of your home decor. Most people have a sense of their style and preferences, but when it comes to home decor but fail to remember the importance of proper planning. One of the most common issues is that you don’t have your measurements and colors with you when you go shopping. Sadly our memories don’t always server ur right might end up buying things that looked amazing in the store but looks completely misplaced once we actually bring it into your home decor. No matter how stylish furniture or decor you buy, it will look out of place if it is in the wrong size. I know that it is a really boring part of decorating, but it is totally worth the effort! Write down your measurements and you will never have to return an item to the store again.

Seattle for a few statement pieces

All great interiors have this rule in common, you should settle for a few impactful decor pieces and let your decor revolve around them. If you mix brings to many elements into your home decor it will feel unbalanced and chaotic. Be mindful of the things you have and invest in fewer pieces that you really love instead!

Keep digital copies of your plans

It’s important that you keep easily accessible copies of your measurements and moodboards. If you don’t bring them with you when you go shopping you can’t reap the rewards of all the hard work you have put in. A simple solution is to keep photos on your phone or on your Google drive for example. This way you are always prepared if you are out shopping and won’t risk buying something too big, small, or in clashing color.

Make sure to download the FREE Home Decor Workbook and get started with your decorating today.

If you are looking for more helpful decorating tips, check out my other blog posts here.

Do you think I missed any important aspect of home decor planning? Or do you agree with the things I have mentioned? I’d love to hear your thoughts, let me know in the comments down below!

My favorite online business resources

In this blog post, I would like to share some of my favorite online business resources and tools. These are the tools that I use when I create my designs and for managing my art print and dropshipping business.

For those of you who are new here my name is Cajsa and I run the brand SelectedCrafts. You are currently visiting the SelectedCrafts blog. I also run the SelectedCraftsStore, a store where I sell the designs I make on the platform Etsy. I have set up my online business to be as low maintenance and passive as possible. That way I can focus most of my time designing and doing what I love.

Today I offer both digital and physical products in the store. I have a range of digital products such as clipart, digital downloads. In also offer physical prints and products through my amazing dropshipping partner Printful.

In this blog post, I just want to share my favorite small online business resources with you. These are the tools that I use to run my business.


A online design and layout tool for creatives. I love Canva and could not live without it. I use it daily to design everything in my business, including the products I make and sell, blog graphics and Pinterest pins.

Canva doesn’t have the same amount of features and functions as the entire Adobe Suite. I would say Canva is a mix of the most important features. I currently pay for Canva for work to get access to some additional features. But they offer a free version of the tool so you can get familiar with the tool.


Krita is a free drawing app for pc. I use it to clean-up and prepare the watercolors scans I make and sell as clipart in the SelectedCraftsStore. Krita can naturally also be used to make digital drawings. Krita is completely free to download and it offers the most common functionality you want from a drawing app.

For Mac users, I have heard that Procreate is equivalent to Krita.


Convertkit is the tool I use to send out my newsletters. It is great, intuitive and easy to get started with. I strongly recommend Convertkit to anyone who runs a creative business. I currently use a paid version of Convertkit, but they have recently launched a free version. So there are no reasons not to start using it straight away! A newsletter is such an essential resource for any business owner.


E-rank is a tool I use to keep track of my Etsy listings. E-rank is primarily a tool that helps with your SEO, but it offers a wide range of functionality. For instance, they have a spell-checker that makes sure you don’t have any misspelled words or tags in your Etsy listings. They also give actionable suggestions on how to improve your listings and store. It comes as free and a paid version, but I am completely happy with the Free version for now.


Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling and publishing tool. It comes with a free trial period and I would strongly recommend any creative business owner to use it. It lets you plan, public, share and repurpose your pins and content very easily. I drive most of my traffic from Pinterest to my blog and store, since most of the traffic comes from Pinterest Tailwind is absolutely essential to me. Tailwind also has an Instagram publisher that I have started to check out. If you are serious about driving your own traffic, Tailwind is what you need. So make sure to test it out.


Buffer is a Facebook post scheduler and publisher. Buffer also has really smart features for replying to comments. When I first started my Facebook page, I used Facebook’s own tool for pages… I hated it! It was slow, difficult to use and sometimes the posts I had carefully crafted weren’t even saved properly. It was horrible. That’s why I decided to start using Buffer and it works like a charm!

I still use the free version which lets you plan for 10 posts in advance. It is just enough at this time on my online business journey since I am still growing my business. Some day I will definitely start paying for the premium service.


Art printables on Etsy course -EvaKnows

This course was a lifesaver when I started my business. This is a step-by-step course on how to start an art printable Etsy shop from scratch. I can really recommend it to any creative who is thinking of starting to use Etsy. I still follow the youtube channel of Eva knows like its a bible. She has so much useful information for new online business owners.

So make sure to check out the full course here! Or check out her free mini-courses to see what she offers.

Traffic Avalanche – CreateandGo

This is a very in-depth course about Pinterest. You will learn the mechanics behind the Pinterest algorithms and SEO. More importantly, you will learn how to set up a Pinterest strategy. This is the perfect course when you have already set up your blog or business and are getting serious about driving traffic. Check it out here.


This blog, SelectedCrafts, is a WordPress blog. I knew from the start that I wanted to be self-hosted. In other words, I will pay to own my blog and domain name. Being self-hosted also means that I will be able to monetize the blog one day. I love WordPress, it is easy to use and to manage and there are a lot of help and tutorials out there. I also went the line and purchased a custom WP theme. That way I will always have the support and can focus my time in writing content instead of managing the blog.


Grammarly is a free spell-checking plugin for the Chrome browser. I use it daily and particularly for writing blog posts. Sadly it doesn’t find every error I make, but it definitely makes my writing better.


Bokio is the tool I use to do my bookkeeping, an essential resource for my business. It is sadly only designed only for Swedish bookkeeping and tax laws. But I still wanted to put the information here, if there are any other Swedish entrepreneurs or creatives out there. I have also heard that my friends from the US and UK use a tool called Quickbooks.


I could not run my online business without Google. I use my Google Drive to collect and structure everything in my business from ideas to tax-statements.

I use almost all Google features from time to time but here are some of my favorites:

Google Transcribe. I sometimes use the transcribe feature on my smartphone when writing blog posts. It saves me tons of time and I really recommend it.

Google One is a service I have decided to pay for, to get access to extra storage space. The great thing is that my family can also use that space until I fill it out with business-related files.

Google Analytics is an incredibly powerful tool for analyzing your traffic and SEO. It has a lot of different functions for trend analyzing, predicting and forecasting. I am just starting out and I am still learning but I am already convinced Google Analytics will grow to be an essential part of my business.

What resources do you use in your online business? Are you thinking about starting an online business of your own? Or do you have any great resources to share with me? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Recycled Kitchen Decor

In this blog post, I wanted to show one of my favorite kitchen decor hacks. Getting the kitchen decor of your dreams doesn’t have to be expansive if you are crafty. So let me show you one of my favorite recycled kitchen decor tips.

A common struggle in kitchen decor is that you want food and supplies to be accessible when you need them. But at the same time, you don’t want to display all of your ugly food and liquid containers. That is where this affordable kitchen recycle project will help you!

The kitchen decor tip I want to give you is to simply switch out ugly bottles and containers for better-looking ones. In my case, I recycled two bottles, one glass-bottle that I decided to replace an old plastic-bottle with. In my experience, beautiful kitchen decor is all about function, shape and choosing the right materials. For instance, I hate the feeling and look of most store-bought plastic containers, I’m happy to switch them out whenever I can.

You might wonder: “Then why to choose ugly plastic containers in the first place?”. The answer is simple because it is way more affordable to buy in bulk. I usually have a set ugly bottle hidden away in my pantry, I use them to refill the smaller decorative bottles and containers I want to have on display in my kitchen. Once in a while, you end up with an ingredient in a really ugly bottle that you want to have easy access to. Don’t let that wreck your entire decor, switch out the bottle

So let me tell you what to do!

  • Beautiful bottle, I choose glass.
  • A label maker
  • A pourer (mine was 2 dollars for 2 at the dollar store)
  1. Clean your bottle carefully and make sure you remove any glue from the old labels.
  2. Switch the content from the old bottle to the new bottle.
  3. Attach the pourer.
  4. Make a new label with the name of the content with your label maker. I use this label-maker and I love it!

    Pro tip: You can make an additional label for the expiration date!

Now you have a beautiful and easy to use a bottle that looks like it belongs in a kitchen decor magazine.

The beauty of the kitchen hack is that you can do it to almost anything in your kitchen that comes in an ugly container and it will instantly look elegant and cohesive.

I love to repurpose and upcycle things any chance I get. Not only is it great for the environment, but it can also help you get a stylish kitchen decor. I also use a lot of the kitchen the things I recycle for my other DIY projects. So there are only upsides to recycling.

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5 reasons to start organizing today

Maybe you don’t know where to start organizing or you just need that extra push to get started. This blog post will help you find the motivation you need to start with your organization project. In this post, we will look at 5 reasons to start organizing today

First of all, I just want to mention that there are a lot of great reasons to start organizing but in this blog post I have collected the top 5 most important reasons to start to organize. I have previously mentioned on this blog that I mistakenly thought cleaning and organization were the same things. But Oh boy, how wrong I was! The organization is the thing you do to make sure you don’t spend all of your time cleanings That’s why I love to organize!

So lets cut to the chase, here are the top 5 reasons to start organizing today!

1. To find your things

I asked the internet how much time the average person spends on finding lost possessions. Apparently we spend on average 10 minutes a day, searching for our lost things like phones, keys, sunglasses, etc. That more than an hour a week and a total of 4 hours a month. So if you start to organize your life today. You could potentially save 4 hours a month, that you can spend on more productive endeavors.

Also, there is nothing worse than NOT finding an item when you really need it. All of that frustration can be kept to a minimum if you start to organize today.

2. To feel creative

Having an organized life will leave a lot more space for creativity. I am not the type of person that micromanages my life, but I do try to simplify it. By keeping as many areas in my life as structured as possible, I leave room for ideas and inspiration. There are many things that come together when you start to organize, some mentioned in this blog post. For me, these things are ALL required for me to feel creative. Before I can feel creative I need to feel, calm and in control.

Chaos, clutter, and stress eat away at any motivation that might find me. Chances are that you work in the same way, so if you want to feel more creative, start to organize today!

3. To feel in control

An organized life is a life that you are in charge of. Naturally, you cant organize away all of your struggles! But you can definitely make them feel more manageable. If you want to take charge of your home and your situation, organization can be a powerful tool. It makes you feel empowered and it makes you feel in control. There are many ways to use organization both in your home and in other areas of your life to achieve this effect. I can really recommend starting to use a personal planner, it helps you keep thoughts, ideas and important information in one and the same place. A planner will add both structure and simplicity to your daily life.

4. To feel calm

This is the main reason I got into organizing in the first place. I can get very anxious sometimes. But having an organized home and schedule makes me feel less stressed. Being organized in the aspects of my life that I can control, makes me feel less stressed out about the things I can’t control.

I also love that very rare feeling when everything just works seamlessly. I dream about getting so organized I never have to spend another second wondering where things are. Although that’s probably not entirely possible because I plan to have other *less organized* people in my daily life.

5. Eliminate excuses

When you find things when you need them and you feel calm, in control, and full of creativity. You will start to do the things you really love more often. Simply because there are no longer any obstacles that you need to overcome.

For me, I noticed that the more organized I get, the more time I spend doing things I love. For instance, I do a lot more cooking since I organized my pantry and started doing weekly meal plans. Because I already know I have everything I need when I start. Then suddenly half the effort is already gone when it is time to make dinner. When things feel effortless you won’t have any more excuses or obstacles and you can start enjoying the simple things in life.

I hope this blogpost inspired you to start with your organization today! Let me know if I missed something that you think should have made the list. If you want to get started, but still feel a little lost check out this blogpost on 10 steps to start with organizing!

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10 steps to start with organizing

Getting started with organizing if you are completely new to it, is way more difficult than you would think. Maybe you have thought about stepping up your organizing game, but don’t know where to start. Then you are in the right place, in this blog post, I will tell you 10 simple steps to get you started with organizing.

Organizing can feel very intimidating when you’re first starting out. I think it’s important to remember that organizing is not something you will just do once and then you are done. Organizing is exactly like exercising, you need to do it on a regular basis if it’s going to give you any long term benefits.

I was under the false impression that cleaning and organizing was the same thing for a long time. But that’s very far from the truth, cleaning is the thing you do to get rid of dirt, organizing is the thing you do to minimize the amount of cleaning needed. I am an organization lover because I really don’t like to clean.

So where do you start with organizing?

Below is a list that I put together based on my experience organizing my and other people’s houses. These are the most important steps to do when you what to start organizing.

10 steps to start with organizing
  1. Make a plan of action
  2. Settle for an organizing method
  3. Start with what makes the biggest impact
  4. Tackle the hardest challenge straight away
  5. Set reasonable expectations
  6. Don’t cut any corners
  7. Take breaks
  8. Celebrate small victories
  9. Check-in with yourself
  10. Decorate

Make a plan of action

Before you start tackling any part of your house sit down and write down which rooms and which spaces in your home that you want to organize first. If you don’t know where to start in your home, just ask yourself if there is a particular space that annoys you. That’s the perfect place to start!

In this step, it is also a good idea to assess if you have everything you need to succeed with your organizing project. Sometimes it is difficult to know what you will need in advance and that is perfectly fine. Other times you might already know that you need to invest in storage solutions or organizing aids.

I would strongly recommend investing in propper storage solutions because you can bring it with you from one home to the next. It might feel a bit daunting because of the pricetags. But remember that a well-organized home is invaluable!

You can also go ahead and collect bins, baskets, and trays that you already have at hand. A lot of the things we have at home can be repurposed for free. You can even look in your recycle bin for cardboard boxes, glas jars, and metal cans. Storage and organization do not have to be expensive. When I first started out, I used every item at home that could resemble a container of some sort. This actually got me very far!  

Remember to write own your plan, it makes it accessible and structured. You can also use it too track your achievements and cross out things as you finish them. This will keep you feeling motivated.

Settle for an organizing method

You can also decide early on if you want to use any special organizing method. I would strongly recommend doing so. Even if your plan is to just start decluttering. Because once you have made the decision to start organizing you are well on your way and will need actionable steps to take.

Don’t get stuck here though it is always better to just start! My personal favorite is the Konmari method because it is all about bringing gratitude and happiness into the organizing process. The series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo can be found on Netflix, or you could buy her book here.

Start with what makes the biggest impact

Try to tackle the thing that will make the biggest impact in your home first. For example, if you are struggling with a wardrobe the looks like it has exploded then try to handle this area first. By getting rid of a big eyesore or something that has bothered you for ages you will really get motivated. Then you can carry this achievement with you on to the next organization project.

10 steps to start with organizing

Tackle the hardest thing straight away

If you start with something that you really can see the result and difference from. Then you should feel confident enough to tackle the hardest thing or the biggest challenge in your home. This might mean different things to different people.

When I started organizing my first apartment it was definitely my wardrobe. I had NEVER purged that wardrobe, it was a monster! It took days to get through all of the clothes, *I really wish I had known about the Konmari method at the time*. But once I got through it, the success made me feel soo happy and proud of my self. Also to some extent, it improved my confidence. Suddenly I didn’t have to dive into an ocean of clothes every time I wanted to wear something. I just went “shopping” in my own wardrobe.

Set reasonable expectations

Organizing a home is a marathon and not a sprint! Arm yourself with a reasonable time frame, realistic expectations and loads and loads of patience. I am telling you this so you don’t have to make the same mistakes as I did.

When I first started out I had this overpowering motivation to get things done. That is super useful when you are getting started, but I didn’t give myself reasonable expectations, I didn’t have a written action plan. So every time my energy runs out, which id does eventually. Even though I had achieved pretty marvelous things. I still felt like it was a failure because it wasn’t all done.

Don’t cut any corners

The best approach throughout the whole organizing project is to leave as little work for your future self as possible. For example:

  • Throw away all trash.
  • Store away only clean items. (Dishes, clothes, etc)
  • Store things only in clean furniture or storage items.
  • Try to be patient.

At some point be very tempting to just merge everything under your bed and forget about it. It feels amazing at the moment because everything looks tidy. Trust me, I have done just that more times than I can remember. Sometimes you just really want to envision how things will look once they’re done.

This behavior will long term bring down your motivation to organize, because if you bring yourself to start and you have to start with cleaning. It will feel like a horrendous chore. It is not the end of the world though, just brush it off and keep going!

You can also try to change your everyday chores and habits in small ways, to keep things uncluttered and clean at all times. It will make more impact then you think.

Take breaks

Organizing can be very frustrating, especially if you’re living together with others who also want a say in how things should be done. Be patient with others and yourself!

In a purging or decluttering process, a lot of emotions will be stirred up. It’s important to remember that is ok to take breaks and step away for a moment to reposition yourself.

Celebrate small victories

This is my personal favorite! Remember to celebrate small victories even though it might be something as very simple. 

Celebrating in small ways really helps with motivation.
For example, taking a coffee pause and appreciating our hard work.

You can even plan in this small rewards in your plan if you like, to make sure you actually celebrate. You should also plan a big celebration for when you finish your organization project. You could plan a dinner-party or pamper yourself with something out of the ordinary.

Check-in with yourself

Organizing is very emotionally straining especially if you’re just starting out. You might also be dealing with negative thoughts and feelings and organization projects can actually stir up some of those feelings.

When I first started there was just so much guilt involved in not being able to keep my home put together. Let me just say this to you DROP THE GUILT! You can’t know, what you haven’t even learned yet. It is NEVER too late to start building the life you want. Take it from someone who realized this recently!

Organizing can be a really fun process. If you are feeling down take a step back, take the day of. Organizing and cleaning should not be used as some form of self-punishment. Your projects will be right there waiting for you when you feel better!

Lastly, I just want to add that organizing is an excellent way to push yourself out of your comfort zone. I think in many ways I use cleaning and organizing as a way to handle my stress and anxiety. It makes me very happy and it makes me feel calm and in control. Naturally, I have to work on that in other ways as well, but organizing my home has made wonders for my wellbeing.


Naturally, you want to decorate your space once you have finished your organizing project. This is probably the thing most people look forward to the most, just remember that it is okay to invest in new home decor.

Sometimes I have finished organizing a room, the guilt over everything I have purged can out can kind of resurface. That makes me feel too guilty about buying a new thing. At the same time having things we love at home is what it is about, don’t save things you “kind-of-don’t-hate” out of guilt.

Instead, invest in things that truly makes you happy. There is a huge difference in not bringing anything new into our home and being intentional about what we bring. It really is ok to invest in your home. In the same way, we need to celebrate small victories we should also take pride in a home. Once we’ve finished organizing a room, it should become a room you love.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog post, let me know what you think in the comment below! I would love to know if you decide to start with an organization of a project of your own!

I have lot of other blog posts about the organization and cleaning check them out over here!

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