Monday, July 23, 2012

Jewelry Organization Part 2 - Necklaces

A few weeks ago, I showed you my cleaned out and reorganized jewelry (Part 1).  My dresser was a mess with an older jewelry box that wasn't really functional for me and jewelry I don't wear.  I cleaned everything out and used dishes I already had to reorganize my earrings, bracelets, and rings.  I had seen various jewelry displays on websites and Pinterest so I decided that hanging my necklaces would give me a way to display them and also keep them from getting tangled.

I already had a corkboard bulletin board at home that was sitting in a closet unused.  I went to Joann Fabrics and got a remnant of fabric.  I was so excited the day I went.  I bought a bunch of remnants for various projects and some ribbon.  I spent only $25 and saved $50!  But, I digress.

Here is what I started with.

I laid the fabric out and cut it to the correct size to cover the board.  I also left extra to make sure I had enough to pull around and cover the edges.

I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the wooden edges of the board.

I folded the edges like a present to make nice corners before I stapled the final sides.

Then I attached hardware to hang it on the wall.

The final product!  I even hung it by myself (hubby wasn't home and I couldn't wait:).  I think it made him nervous.  Heehee

With my necklaces hanging on it...I don't have very many after cleaning them out.

Here is a close up of my necklaces on the board.  I used push pins I already had because I liked the silver kind instead of plastic and I couldn't find any at Joann Fabrics.  These are school themed so I am on the lookout for some different ones.

I am enjoying that I can see everything I have now and it is nicely organized!  Plus, I have added a bit of color and "art" to my bedroom.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I Made it for Free! - Coloring Box

While wasting time on Pinterest (after the amount of time I am on it, I'm sure wasting is the correct word:), I pinned this nifty little thing.  It is from a post by  The great thing about this is that I had the post-its, markers, and box all at home so my project was...COMPLETELY FREE!  I love it!

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I love this idea!  Since we were going to dinner a few nights ago and my daughter loves to draw, I thought I'd put something together to occupy her at the restaurant.  I started with a plastic wipes case.  We had 2 of them sitting around for the last 3 years of my daughter being potty trained and I found them while cleaning out her closet.

I originally covered it in fabric to make it pretty.  Epic fail!  It kept the latch from closing so into the trash it went and I started over with the 2nd one I had laying around. I also used post-it notes and markers.

I used clear packing tape to attach the back of the post-it note pad to the lid of the wipes container.

After I was finished attaching the two pads, the inside of the lid looked like this.

Then I added the markers.  I chose markers because I thought it could be left in the car without them melting (especially since its over 100 in Chicago today...just crazy!).  Also, my daughter is old enough that she won't draw on anything other than the paper with them.

And finally, here is what it looks like closed.  

Everything fit very well and its very handy to leave in the car or grab when I know we are going out and need to keep my daughter busy.  Got to love Pinterest:)



Monday, July 16, 2012

How to Organize User Manuals

I have been planning to reorganize all our household manuals for awhile, especially because hubby complains every time he goes looking for one and can't find it.  Once upon a time, they were all organized in binders.  Each manual was in its own sheet protector.  However, the binders became huge and the manuals were always sliding out and some didn't fit well in the sheet protectors.  So, I ended up with this on a shelf in my laundry room...

One of my desk drawers was holding a mess of folders and paper.  I moved these supplies into the cabinet that holds the rest of my office supplies.  This emptied out the drawer for me to use for the manuals.  I also think a file box would work if you did not have an available file drawer.

My next step was to sort the manuals into categories.  Some categories I used were small appliances, laundry, toys, computer, etc.  One of my dogs was watching the process very closely:)

I had enough hanging folders and labels for all my categories.  I used my label maker for each category and attached it to the little piece of paper for the hanging file folder.

Then I put any manuals for that category into the folder.  I continued this process until everything was in a folder.

Finally, I put all the folders into the drawer.  I still have room in the drawer in case I need to add any other manuals in the future.

Here is a close up of the labeled folders in the drawer.

I am hoping this will be a system that works better for us.  If you think the binder system will work for you, I have found one for you to look at.  Pinterest has a lot of ideas as well. (of course:)



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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Under Construction - Part 1

We have been under construction for about a week now.  I have mentioned in previous posts that we are repainting our living room, kitchen, stairway and upstairs hall.  These portions of our house all connect so we went with one continuous color.  It has been chaos, but things are starting to come together.  I am very lucky and thankful that my hubby is very handy.

These doors have always been there, but previously had very ornate trim that was not our style.  In addition to the new wall color (loving the buttery yellow!), he has put the new trim on these doors and new baseboards.

This is one of my kitchen windows.  He put all the casing and trim around it and made it look very pretty for me!  It just had a sill at the bottom before.  The other window had all the trim work done when we moved in but this window was not finished in the same way.  I love it!

Those are the first big projects to be finished.  I also have a new kitchen ceiling light, new trim on the wainscoting, and new outlets and switches (no more tan 30 year old switches that don't match the switch covers!)  And I have dimmer switches too!

As we finish more of the rooms, I will show off some more great pictures.  Along with the painting, I have plans for redoing some furniture, maybe new window treatments, and more.  This is going to be an ongoing project (hubby is


Monday, July 9, 2012

Jewelry Organization Part 1 - My Dresser

To get ready for our garage sale, I was trying to clean out as much as I could to put into the sale.  I mentioned before that I am in a definite clean out and simplify mood lately (too bad my daughter doesn't want to let go of some of those toys:).  I wear some jewelry, but I mostly wear the same pieces every day. 

I basically started with a big mess!  I have had the same jewelry box forever, I think since high school.  Not my style anymore and, because my dresser is tall, I had problems seeing into it.  Sorry, it is in a corner of our bedroom and the lighting is bad.

I sorted through everything in the jewelry box and put items I no longer wear into the garage sale pile.  This is what I was left with...not very much at all.  I had all the dishes I used sitting in my kitchen, rarely used.  I re-purposed them into jewelry holders for my dresser.  Now I can clearly see my choices when I'm getting ready in the morning.

I have had the ladybug dish a long time.  This now holds the items I wear every day like my watch.

This bowl holds bracelets.  Again, I had the bowl in my kitchen.  We used it for cereal sometimes, but we have three others:)

The last step was to put some sentimental pieces into my closet.  These are items that have been passed along in my family but are too old to wear.  Some are also nicer items that I don't wear too often and want put away for safe keeping.  They fit nicely in a plastic container I had sitting around in the top of my closet.

Part 2 of my jewelry organization will be a board I am going to make to hang necklaces.  I only have a few but the board will keep them from being tangled and add some "artwork" to a wall in our bedroom.  Stay tuned for that post.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Decorating Inspiration - 4th of July

I am very excited that when my living room is finished, I will have a buffet to decorate.  There are so many cute ideas floating around Pinterest and the blogs of ways to add cuteness and flair to tables, mantles, and so much more.  I have been pinning these ideas like crazy so I can refer to them to decorate soon:)  I thought I'd share some of my favorites for the 4th of July today.


I already have a hurricane that is sitting unused...gasp!  I have found so many different ideas of what to fill it with for the holidays.  I'm really excited to use it now!  I love this simple and inexpensive way using some ribbon and scrapbook paper.


I love all the different ways bloggers are sharing to fill glass jars.  So many ideas for every holiday and season.  I like the idea of trying to keep the major pieces the same such as glass jars and frames and just changing what is inside.


Another item I plan to incorporate is a frame.  I am planning on white because I do not want to spend the money on a different frame each season and white will go well with what I have in my house.  I have found so many cute printables that bloggers are sharing for FREE!  So generous of them since I haven't the first idea how to create one myself.  Maybe one day....:)

I'd also like something for my front door.  I have a small wooden flag that hangs on my front door for 4th of July, but it is not something I made and definitely isn't as cute as the ideas I have seen floating around.  I have a few different styles I'd like such as...




Loving all the great ideas!  Now I just need to start creating:)  Happy 4th of July!