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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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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Getting organized: Organize your finances

Today, I’m going to talk about something that isn’t that fun to talk about- organizing finances.

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This is admittedly one of my biggest struggles- we’ve gotten slightly better at organizing our finances, but we’ve far from arrived. Two of our best resources for organizing our finances are our home binder, the mail bins in our command center, and our “bills to pay” list in the command center. 
First, let me tell you how we use our home binder to track finances. We have an entire page dedicated to tracking finances. It is right behind our monthly  calendar, and even though we don’t always use it the right way, it does give us a pretty good picture of monthly expenses. 
We also use our “week at a glance” sheets in the binder to write down what bills are due for the week, or what we need to spend that week if there is something extra coming due. 
We have three mail bins in our command center. The one on the left is for bills that are due. The center one is for bills that have been paid, but haven’t cleared yet. The bin on the right is for things that need to be filed. Everything else goes to the shredder. 
We also use the second pic frame from the left to record what bills are due and the dates they are due. 
We have also tried to keep a grocery list to record what we run out of, and make a meal plan before shopping. This has cut down on impulse purchases dramatically. 
As I said before, we are still working to become better at organizing our finances, but we certainly have improved a lot. Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? 
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Getting Organized: Command Centers

I’ve briefly talked about our command center before, but now I’m about to talk about it in depth.

The command center is completely DIY’d and we really do use it a lot. The bulletin board, which holds inspiration for me (pictures, Bible verses and quotes), is made from a large picture frame that the glass broke out of. We no longer used the frame, so I cut a piece of foam board to fit the frame and covered it in fabric. The calendar board was bought from Hobby Lobby, but the calendar is DIY’d with some line tape. Here is how our calendar looked a few months ago! 
Each week, we use the calendar to look at what bills are coming due, what other expenditures we’ll have, and what important dates are coming up. The smaller red weekly calendar is where all of this information gets recorded. 
These frames hold our cleaning checklist, bill pay list (where we list what bills are due and when), the red weekly calendar, and a weekly menu board. The frames were $3 Dollar General specials and the items within the frames were made by me on the printer. 
The mail bins are just Chlorox Fresh Brush boxes covered with black canvas and adorned with mail plates.  You can read about how I made them here. We use these to organize bills that need to be paid, bills that need to clear, and bills that need to be filed. Everything else promptly goes to the shredder. 
Having this command center makes it so much easier to know what’s going on in each family member’s lives during the week, as well as helping us organize finances and eliminate piles of paper around the house. It’s honestly one of the best things I ever did. 
Hope you’ll join us next week for some financial organizing tips! Thanks for reading!

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Command Centers

One key household management device I use is a command center.

It is here that we manage incoming bills and mail, monthly events, weekly schedules, cleaning chores for the week/month, grocery shopping, dinners for the week, and projects. We update the command center every Sunday, the same day we plan meals and grocery shop. The command center hangs on the wall above my sewing machine, which occasionally becomes an impromptu desk.

The large “bulletin board” on the left is not a bulletin board at all. When we moved, one of the large frames that held my bridal portrait was damaged. The glass broke and it was cheaper to buy a new frame than to cut a new glass pane. The frame itself was in good shape, and I really needed a bulletin board with a black frame. I opted to get a piece of foam poster board, which I covered in fabric I already owned. It made a nice bulletin board!

The whiteboard calendar was just a regular whiteboard and bulletin board combination that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I used line tape and washi tape to create a dry erase calendar.

I then bought inexpensive black 8×10 frames and printed a weekly chore list and a menu for the week. The weekly schedule is something I already had on hand, and the memo board, where we write what bills are due, is just a plain piece of paper. All are fully “dry erase” thanks to the glass.

The three mail bins actually aren’t bins at all. They are fabric covered cardboard boxes with letter plates attached. You can read more about those here.

This command center is then synced (by hand, you techies) with my home management binder. Think of the binder as a mobile command center, as it is with me always and includes the exact same info (monthly calendar, weekly calendar, weekly menu plan, project plans, blog plans, finance chart). I’ll post more about the binder soon.

I also employ this same tactic in my classroom. Here I manage weekly duties, monthly events, weekly events, and just general info that I need to remember. The wire rack is for items that need to be filed, taken to the office, or taken to the media center. I update this, you guessed it- every Friday.
                          

What household management ideas work for you?

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Command Centers

One key household management device I use is a command center.

It is here that we manage incoming bills and mail, monthly events, weekly schedules, cleaning chores for the week/month, grocery shopping, dinners for the week, and projects. We update the command center every Sunday, the same day we plan meals and grocery shop. The command center hangs on the wall above my sewing machine, which occasionally becomes an impromptu desk.

The large “bulletin board” on the left is not a bulletin board at all. When we moved, one of the large frames that held my bridal portrait was damaged. The glass broke and it was cheaper to buy a new frame than to cut a new glass pane. The frame itself was in good shape, and I really needed a bulletin board with a black frame. I opted to get a piece of foam poster board, which I covered in fabric I already owned. It made a nice bulletin board!

The whiteboard calendar was just a regular whiteboard and bulletin board combination that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I used line tape and washi tape to create a dry erase calendar.

I then bought inexpensive black 8×10 frames and printed a weekly chore list and a menu for the week. The weekly schedule is something I already had on hand, and the memo board, where we write what bills are due, is just a plain piece of paper. All are fully “dry erase” thanks to the glass.

The three mail bins actually aren’t bins at all. They are fabric covered cardboard boxes with letter plates attached. You can read more about those here.

This command center is then synced (by hand, you techies) with my home management binder. Think of the binder as a mobile command center, as it is with me always and includes the exact same info (monthly calendar, weekly calendar, weekly menu plan, project plans, blog plans, finance chart). I’ll post more about the binder soon.

I also employ this same tactic in my classroom. Here I manage weekly duties, monthly events, weekly events, and just general info that I need to remember. The wire rack is for items that need to be filed, taken to the office, or taken to the media center. I update this, you guessed it- every Friday.
                          

What household management ideas work for you?

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Command Centers

One key household management device I use is a command center.

It is here that we manage incoming bills and mail, monthly events, weekly schedules, cleaning chores for the week/month, grocery shopping, dinners for the week, and projects. We update the command center every Sunday, the same day we plan meals and grocery shop. The command center hangs on the wall above my sewing machine, which occasionally becomes an impromptu desk.

The large “bulletin board” on the left is not a bulletin board at all. When we moved, one of the large frames that held my bridal portrait was damaged. The glass broke and it was cheaper to buy a new frame than to cut a new glass pane. The frame itself was in good shape, and I really needed a bulletin board with a black frame. I opted to get a piece of foam poster board, which I covered in fabric I already owned. It made a nice bulletin board!

The whiteboard calendar was just a regular whiteboard and bulletin board combination that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I used line tape and washi tape to create a dry erase calendar.

I then bought inexpensive black 8×10 frames and printed a weekly chore list and a menu for the week. The weekly schedule is something I already had on hand, and the memo board, where we write what bills are due, is just a plain piece of paper. All are fully “dry erase” thanks to the glass.

The three mail bins actually aren’t bins at all. They are fabric covered cardboard boxes with letter plates attached. You can read more about those here.

This command center is then synced (by hand, you techies) with my home management binder. Think of the binder as a mobile command center, as it is with me always and includes the exact same info (monthly calendar, weekly calendar, weekly menu plan, project plans, blog plans, finance chart). I’ll post more about the binder soon.

I also employ this same tactic in my classroom. Here I manage weekly duties, monthly events, weekly events, and just general info that I need to remember. The wire rack is for items that need to be filed, taken to the office, or taken to the media center. I update this, you guessed it- every Friday.
                          

What household management ideas work for you?

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