Craft cabinet woes

Some people have a craft room. I have a craft cabinet. It’s a rather nice setup compared to the packed chest and drawers I had at our old house. I’m not complaining, so please don’t think that.

The cabinet has a nice amount of space, but it’s not organized anymore. It needs a good cleaning out and a little reorganizing.

I’m not 100% sure what I want to do to it yet, but I’m eyeballing all of that wasted space on the doors.

I’d like to use the cabinet to do something like this:

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This craft cabinet makes good use of the space and is super organized and attractive as well. I would want to do something like this. I have a bad habit of buying organizers and decor when I can easily make something using materials I already have.

I’m challenging myself to create organizers for my craft cabinet, using materials I already own.

Tune in not next week, but the week after next week for the final result.

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Taming the paper clutter 

​I don’t know about you, but we surely seem to be drowning in paper, and I don’t mean the spendable kind.  
Each day,  it seems like there is a lot of mail, Emorie’s school papers and who knows what else.  I thought for this week’s organization post we could talk about methods of management for all the papers. 

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1. Sort that mail!
In our house,  we have three mail bins. One is for outgoing mail,  while the other is for bills and one is for anything that needs to be filed. Anything else goes straight to the shredder.

3. Use a paper shredder 

You would be surprised how much junk mail we get each month. Our papery shredder really comes in handy.  I’ve started shredding junk mail as soon as it comes in.  

5. National “Do Not Mail” List 

Yes,  it’s a thing and it’s awesome. Remember when the “do not call” list first became popular? This is the same kind of thing but for opting out of Unwanted bulk mail. I encourage you to try. 

6. Finance binder

We use a finance binder to hold on to bill stubs and other documents.  It’s nice having all of those things in one convenient place and it truly does help you track where your money is going. 

7.Put Those School Papers in A Folder

We use two fingers at our home.  One is for parent communications and one for homework.  This is working well so far. 

What paper organization tips do you use? Feel free to comment below and share!!
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Organization: a new command center

The whole purpose of a command center is to help you manage and organize your home.

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When we first made our command center, it did a great job of organizing and managing our home. Over time, though, it was a different story. Oh, it was still nice, attractive, and useful, we just didn’t use it. We talked about it and we realized why we weren’t using it: the command center was located in our office, and we don’t walk by it unless it’s intentional.

We began looking around our home for a more traveled area in which we’ll pass by the command center several times a day. We don’t currently have a mudroom, but it is on our long term list of things to do. We didn’t want to put it in our living room and there isn’t a good place in the kitchen.

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One side of our pantry (the side that isn’t pictured above) doubles as a coat closet. We also park our shoes in here when we come in the door. I also have to go in there in the mornings to collect my purse and the diaper bag. It’s kind of like our “mini-mud room.” Therefore, the pantry seemed like the most logical choice.

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I started by moving the hanging rack down a bit to accommodate the command center. I also removed any unnecessary bags from the hooks- for instance, Emorie’s swim bag was still in here. The child is not currently in swimming, as it is February. Out it went!

I simplified the command center quite a bit, by reducing its size and making it function better for us. I sometimes felt the large command center we had before seemed overwhelming. The cleaning checklist was moved to the laundry room, since that’s where the cleaning supplies are stored. Just made better sense to me.

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Sorry about the boob light reflection in the glass 🙁

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All in all, I really like how this turned out! And it’s getting way more use as well 🙂 Send me pictures of your command centers. I’d love to see them!

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Back to school…back to school…

A week from this Friday, this girl is headed back to work. I have to say I’m not completely ready to give up my summer vacation yet. It just seems like summer goes by A LOT faster than it did when I was a kid.

We’ve had a great summer and we’ve surely accomplished a lot. Our daughter “graduated from” pre-school level swim lessons. She attended Vacation Bible School for the second year. We went to WV to visit my grandparents, did a lot of swimming, and she participated in our local library’s summer reading program- she read 76 books! *proud English teacher mother moment* Around the house, we painted and started working on our nursery, we finally got a dining room table, and we finally got our closets organized. No wonder I am so tired!

Now, though, comes the hard part. It’s time to get back on schedule. Time to get back in routine. After examining our usual school year routine, I found that we are not only rushed and strapped for time, but we do not get enough sleep. Here is what a typical day during this school year will look like for our family: (*Note: We have church on Wednesday evenings and gymnastics on Thursday evenings, so there is a little variation on those days).

5:15- Get up
5:15-6:15: Get ready, get Emorie ready
6:30: Leave the house; take Emorie to day care
6:55: Arrive at work
6:55-4:15: Work day (Unless it’s Tuesday. We have staff meetings and are usually at work til 5)
4:40: Pick up Emorie
5:00- Start dinner
5:30- 6:15: Eat, clean up kitchen
6:30 to 7:45: Play time
7:45-8:10: Chore of the day
8:30: Bath time (For Emorie)
9:00: Bed time (for Emorie)
*The hubs and I try to go to bed no later than 10.

Like her mother, Emorie is a very routine-oriented person. To help our sweet girl get back into the school year groove, we created this for her:

It’s her very own “back to school command center!” It’s in her playroom, as she doesn’t really have a good place for it in her bedroom. Everything was deliberately placed low so she can hang her bookbag up and since she is just learning to read, there are pictures to help her see what she needs to do.

Our next “back to school project” will be to create a “homework station” for her. No, she isn’t yet in kindergarten and doesn’t have homework, but it will give us a spot to do some “mama school.”

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Organizing: My home office

Remember yesterday when I showed you this mess in my office?

We had several systems in our office that worked quite nicely for managing our finances and schedule, but lately, we have gotten lazy. What you see here is a pile of things that includes mail, owners manuals, and balloons from my daughter’s birthday party. 
Today, while my kiddo slept, I made sure to tackle this mess. I started out by separating out the pile. What needed to be shredded? What needed to put away in its rightful place? What needed to be thrown away? 
I shredded some things, thrown some things away, and put away the balloons. I then put the owner’s manuals back into our handy dandy file box where we store them all. 
By the way, this is just a plastic file box with some scrapbook paper modge podged onto it and an ornate book plate. 
This is my sewing machine (which I use for a desk often) with a now much neater top. The polka dot binder is actually our home management binder. 
I took the opportunity to neaten up our command center as well. 
I shredded some things, filed some things, and threw some things away. The letter bins house these items, from left to right: bills that are due, bills we have paid and are waiting to clear, and things that need to be filed. The picture frames serve these functions: weekly cleaning checklist, things to remember (usually which bills need to be paid and when they are due), weekly schedule for the current week, and weekly menu. 
This is how we structure our command center calendar: important events (often birthdays) are written in black. Anything having to do with hubby is red, anything having to do with me is green, and anything having to do with our kids is green. As you can see, our daughter is the busiest member of our house! 
Our desktop still could be a little more clean, but for now, it is much neater than it was yesterday. 
Next year, this room is going to change drastically. There will be hardwood floors and floor to ceiling built in shelves. We are hoping to make it more of a sitting room and less of an office. 
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Command center DIY: Mail organizers

Mail sorting used to be a problem in our house. All of the mail in our house either ended up getting piled up on the console table by the front door, stuffed into the baskets under that table, or piled up someplace in our office. I’d get frustrated because the mail would end up getting lost.  I also hate paper piles, so even if the mail didn’t get lost, the piles still frustrated me.
I coveted various expensive mail organizers for months. I scoured the internet in search of knockoffs, but couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. I was just about to buy some lumber and beg my crafty daddy for help when I had an idea.

It all started when I was opening a box of Clorox Fresh Brush toilet scrubbers. The box was nearly the right width to fit a letter. I tested it and it worked. I have been making magazine files out of cereal boxes for years. These are made the same way but on a smaller scale.
Just cut the box flaps off the top. Cut your box sides so that they are angled. Then, measure your fabric for the inside of the boxes. You can also use scrapbook paper. Use Modge Podge to adhere your paper or fabric to the box. Then, measure and cut the fabric to cover the outside of your boxes. I used a thick black canvas fabric I already had on hand. 
Then, I attached metal nameplates to the front.
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. By the way, the mail piles are gone 😉
                                      
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Command center DIY: Mail organizers

Mail sorting used to be a problem in our house. All of the mail in our house either ended up getting piled up on the console table by the front door, stuffed into the baskets under that table, or piled up someplace in our office. I’d get frustrated because the mail would end up getting lost.  I also hate paper piles, so even if the mail didn’t get lost, the piles still frustrated me.
I coveted various expensive mail organizers for months. I scoured the internet in search of knockoffs, but couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. I was just about to buy some lumber and beg my crafty daddy for help when I had an idea.

It all started when I was opening a box of Clorox Fresh Brush toilet scrubbers. The box was nearly the right width to fit a letter. I tested it and it worked. I have been making magazine files out of cereal boxes for years. These are made the same way but on a smaller scale.
Just cut the box flaps off the top. Cut your box sides so that they are angled. Then, measure your fabric for the inside of the boxes. You can also use scrapbook paper. Use Modge Podge to adhere your paper or fabric to the box. Then, measure and cut the fabric to cover the outside of your boxes. I used a thick black canvas fabric I already had on hand. 
Then, I attached metal nameplates to the front.
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. By the way, the mail piles are gone 😉
                                      
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Command center DIY: Mail organizers

Mail sorting used to be a problem in our house. All of the mail in our house either ended up getting piled up on the console table by the front door, stuffed into the baskets under that table, or piled up someplace in our office. I’d get frustrated because the mail would end up getting lost.  I also hate paper piles, so even if the mail didn’t get lost, the piles still frustrated me.
I coveted various expensive mail organizers for months. I scoured the internet in search of knockoffs, but couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. I was just about to buy some lumber and beg my crafty daddy for help when I had an idea.

It all started when I was opening a box of Clorox Fresh Brush toilet scrubbers. The box was nearly the right width to fit a letter. I tested it and it worked. I have been making magazine files out of cereal boxes for years. These are made the same way but on a smaller scale.
Just cut the box flaps off the top. Cut your box sides so that they are angled. Then, measure your fabric for the inside of the boxes. You can also use scrapbook paper. Use Modge Podge to adhere your paper or fabric to the box. Then, measure and cut the fabric to cover the outside of your boxes. I used a thick black canvas fabric I already had on hand. 
Then, I attached metal nameplates to the front.
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. By the way, the mail piles are gone 😉
                                      
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