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. 

                                  [source]

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!!
Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoise HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!


link party 1


New banner June 2014

Continue Reading

A craft room inspiration wall

Do you remember last week when I moved our command center from our office to our pantry?

 download (13)

The old command center

DSC_0298

The new one

The absence of the command center left behind a big, empty wall. I decided to repurpose the big bulletin board and make this wall a place for inspiration.

DSC_0328

I added the cover of the current issue of Country Living to my inspiration board, as well as two of my favorite Bible verses. I also added a cross and a sign I found at Hobby Lobby, and three pictures of my blessings. After all, they are my biggest inspirations.

What inspires you?

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate Addict, The Turquoise Home, A Place of My Taste, The Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My Pinterventures, The Lady Prefers to Save, The Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish Cottage, Bluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential Mommy, Christine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

link party 1

New banner June 2014

WIW_Logo-1

monday-meetupnew

MMSeptember_zps326fcb0d

Continue Reading

Magazine storage

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

DSC_0312

In an effort to declutter this house and simplify our lives, I am going through our belongings and purging what we don’t use or need.

What I learned is I am a magazine hoarder. I started by going through all my magazines and narrowing my subscriptions down to four magazines. I then went through my stacks of magazines and kept only the last three months’ issues. I also kept some special issues, such as the Christmas issues.

DSC_0454

I then bought some magazine files from Ikea and covered them with some pretty scrapbook paper.

DSC_0316

I also purchased some Tim Holtz Ideology bookplates and made some labels for each magazine I subscribe to.

DSC_0314

I’d say the magazine files have helped my magazine hoarding problem significantly.

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate Addict, The Turquoise Home, A Place of My Taste, The Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My Pinterventures, The Lady Prefers to Save, The Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish Cottage, Bluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential Mommy, Christine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

link party 1

New banner June 2014

WIW_Logo-1

monday-meetupnew

MMSeptember_zps326fcb0d

Continue Reading

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. 
Continue Reading

21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
Continue Reading

21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
Continue Reading

21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
Continue Reading

21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
Continue Reading

Craft supply storage

Ladies, want to make your husband nervous? Walk around the house with a tape measure.

The sight of me with either a hammer or a tape measure usually causes my husband to roll his eyes and nervously ask,” So what are you doing now?”


We had our craft supplies in an old dresser in our old house. This didn’t work because it was too hard to organize and I couldn’t find anything. If you know me, you know how much I hate looking for things! When we moved, I found a TV cabinet on Craigslist for $100. It was important to me that I maximize the space, but have everything be removable in case we ever wanted to use it as a TV cabinet again. I did that, but then it kind of got out of control.

My craft cabinet was a hot mess. I am the mother of a preschooler, a Sunday School teacher, a crafter and a serial DIY-er. To say craft supplies are plentiful at our house would be an understatement. In fact, we had so many craft supplies, we didn’t know how to store them!

I thought about cutting plywood shelves to put in the armoire, but they would not be removable. I had an old shoe organizer shelf in the armoire already, so I took the second shelf off of it so I could have a little more storage space. Then, I re-labeled all my boxes, stacked them differently, and went through everything in the cabinet. What needed to be discarded was thrown away, what needed to be stored someplace else was moved, and what needed to be kept was better organized.

The polka dot boxes are shoe boxes covered with fabric. The black 12×12 boxes and black photo boxes are from Hobby Lobby, and we’ve had them awhile. The white boxes are from Ikea. The mason jars and plastic containers came from Dollar Tree.
I also utilized some Oatmeal canisters and soup cans covered with scrapbook paper to corral my scissors, pipe cleaners and other crafting goodies.

The bottom cabinets hold Rubbermaid drawer systems for fabric remnants and sewing items, as well as scrapbooking items. We also store photography items and candles here, too.

Right now, I have Command hooks on the doors, which I have used to hang items. I want to get some Ikea Bekvam spice racks to hang items on the armoire doors as well, but we shall see.

I’m not completely satisfied yet with this project. The cabinet is nice and organized now and everything is accessible. It’s a little boring though- I think it needs some color. Maybe after I get my spice racks on the doors, I’ll feel better about it. 
Still, though. Let’s see that side-by-side: 
                                Before                                                                                               After

And the bottom of the cabinet, before, left and right, after:

Continue Reading

Craft supply storage

Ladies, want to make your husband nervous? Walk around the house with a tape measure.

The sight of me with either a hammer or a tape measure usually causes my husband to roll his eyes and nervously ask,” So what are you doing now?”


We had our craft supplies in an old dresser in our old house. This didn’t work because it was too hard to organize and I couldn’t find anything. If you know me, you know how much I hate looking for things! When we moved, I found a TV cabinet on Craigslist for $100. It was important to me that I maximize the space, but have everything be removable in case we ever wanted to use it as a TV cabinet again. I did that, but then it kind of got out of control.

My craft cabinet was a hot mess. I am the mother of a preschooler, a Sunday School teacher, a crafter and a serial DIY-er. To say craft supplies are plentiful at our house would be an understatement. In fact, we had so many craft supplies, we didn’t know how to store them!

I thought about cutting plywood shelves to put in the armoire, but they would not be removable. I had an old shoe organizer shelf in the armoire already, so I took the second shelf off of it so I could have a little more storage space. Then, I re-labeled all my boxes, stacked them differently, and went through everything in the cabinet. What needed to be discarded was thrown away, what needed to be stored someplace else was moved, and what needed to be kept was better organized.

The polka dot boxes are shoe boxes covered with fabric. The black 12×12 boxes and black photo boxes are from Hobby Lobby, and we’ve had them awhile. The white boxes are from Ikea. The mason jars and plastic containers came from Dollar Tree.
I also utilized some Oatmeal canisters and soup cans covered with scrapbook paper to corral my scissors, pipe cleaners and other crafting goodies.

The bottom cabinets hold Rubbermaid drawer systems for fabric remnants and sewing items, as well as scrapbooking items. We also store photography items and candles here, too.

Right now, I have Command hooks on the doors, which I have used to hang items. I want to get some Ikea Bekvam spice racks to hang items on the armoire doors as well, but we shall see.

I’m not completely satisfied yet with this project. The cabinet is nice and organized now and everything is accessible. It’s a little boring though- I think it needs some color. Maybe after I get my spice racks on the doors, I’ll feel better about it. 
Still, though. Let’s see that side-by-side: 
                                Before                                                                                               After

And the bottom of the cabinet, before, left and right, after:

Continue Reading