Taking a Page Out of the Dutch Book of Organizational Design!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>As a collector, I find myself on a continual quest to keep my home tidy while using, in a creative or decorative way, all the items I lug home from vacations, antique fairs and flea markets. It’s a constant battle between my inner creative diva and my anal-retentive side that insists everything in my home must have a place and be kept in perfect order.

While visiting a clog factory north of Amsterdam, I found the perfect way to display my tourist clogs while at the same time solving a necessary organizational problem in my home.

Clogs (antique, new, vintage or used) are the perfect accessory for decorating the walls of your work room. Simply store your tools, paint brushes, art supplies or gardening accessories inside the wooden clogs. Attach a wall-hanging hook to the back of a pair (or two or three) of clogs toma+clogs.jpg”>toma+clogs.jpg” border=”0″ />and hang them from a nail in your office or atelier for an inventive and creative home storage solution! This kills the proverbial two birds with one stone by giving you reason to display your holiday souvenir while finding a much needed decorative storage space for utilitarian items.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to work I go….

The Antiques Diva™

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • I was just cleaning out my shed this weekend and found my pair of wooden clogs..Kept thinking what do I do with them..You're idea in the craft room is perfect. I'll keep my paint brushes in them….Thanks, Kaye

  • I just saw a photo of another use for clogs in Blueprint Magazines Dec 2007 issue (part of the Martha empire, sadly didn’t make it).

    The clogs are painted a bright shiny red, and filled with Christmas gifts as a substitute for a Christmas stocking…tres fun!

    The article also recommends the site dutchvillage.com for some authentic dutch shopping…and you can visit their village in Holland Michigan if you can’t visit the AD!Tulips and stroopwafels anyone?
    – la Reine

  • What great ideas, La Reine!

    In Holland you often see a single clog hanging outside by the front door (naturally, a Dutch door). This is such an utterly cute surprise, that I’ve sworn that once I have an appropriate front door, I’ll be hanging my clogs outside too! My dad and his wife, The Queen of Okolo, hang a clog in their barn to stash “barn things”. While I bought my clogs entirely on a whim as a decorative piece, would you believe that I actually wear them when gardening? Then come December, I wash them with soap and water and set them by the fire for Sinterklaas and his Black Pete’s to fill with pepernoten!

    The Antiques Diva ™

  • Several years ago while visiting La Hague for a FAWCO conference, I was given a beautiful hand-painted clog. For a year it decorated a bookshelf, then I took it outdoors, filled it with dirt and a lavender plant, and voila! a clog planter. Its been outdoors for several years now with no discernible damage.

    Hmmm…the Super Bowl is this week-end…maybe a clog chip-and-dip bowl to add a little international flavor to the festivities?? The possibilities are endless…
    la reine