New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?


Life Hacks

You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 


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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


Better Homes and Gardens
Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


DIY Village
How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


A bowl full of lemons
How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


Once Upon A Hive
I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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Back to school: how we save time in the morning 


Preparation is key to a less stressful morning. Do Anything you can do ahead of time to get yourself prepared for the next day. Some people are far better at this than I am, but I still want to take the time to share what works for us.


1. Use an agenda to be more organized overall

I like to read my agenda the night before to make myself aware of any to do list items for the next day, and any appointments or meetings we might have. This way I don’t have any “surprises” and I know what I’m facing (for the most part) when walking out the door.


2. Get your clothes ready the night before. 

I like to lay out everything I’ll need AND make sure it’s ironed the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning. This includes workout clothes and my work outfit, down to undies and shoes. I do this for my kids’ clothes as well.


3. Use grab and go breakfast items. 

I like to make several breakfasts ahead of time and freeze them. Then I just grab them, heat them and eat them. It saves a lot of time.

4. Put everything you’ll need by the door. Then you can just grab it and walk out.

5. Pack lunches the night before so you aren’t scrambling to do it in the AM. 

6. Unload your dish washer at night so you can put your dirty breakfast dishes in the dishwasher before you leave. 

7. Check your bags the night before to make sure you aren’t missing anything you need. 


Lastly, don’t forget to say goodbye to your loved ones!! I hope this list has been helpful! What do you do to prepare for your day the night before?

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: How I use my agenda to be more organized

As we prepare to go back to school, I am trying to make sure I’m as organized as possible. There have been cooking days so the freezer will be stocked with healthy meals, there have been closet and dresser cleaning days, and now I’ve purchased a new planner as well. I was enjoying bullet journaling, but it wasn’t the best use of my time. 


I looked at pricier planners like those designed by Erin Condren and Emily Ley, and while I liked them, I wasn’t sure I could justify spending $60 on an agenda I’d only use for a year and a half. Enter the Day Designer by Blue Sky.


Cute, lightweight, and only $20. The front pages of the agenda contain spaces for setting goals and creating a plan for accomplishing those goals.



It also features both monthly spreads and weekly spreads. I have started color coding my calendar entries: one color for each family member and a separate color for church activities.

I use it to record activities and appointments for all four of us, plus work and blog stuff for me.


Each calendar has a space for a to do list, setting goals, and reflection.  


I use the weekly spread to track habits and set three main goals. There is also space to record things you’re grateful for.


I also track fitnesss plans, blog posts, and plan meals. A weekly to do list is included as well. 


There are also blank pages in the back where you can do whatever you like. I use them to make lists, plan blog posts and record important dates:




I like to use sticky note pads for my shopping lists and things that are subject to change, such as Christmas lists and thrift store shopping lists.


Each night before you go to bed, reflect on the day, but take a peek at tomorrow. What do you need to do? Where do you need to be? Looking at your agenda each day ensures that you remember what you’re supposed to do and where you’re supposed to be.

How do you use your agenda to simplify your life?

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A much more organized pantry


Our pantry used to be very well organized, but we got a little lazy.


And then we got even lazier. Things weren’t put away, things weren’t paired down and thrown away, and things were just…chaotic. 


It was definitely time to do something about it.

I decided to take everything out and assess the space. While it was empty, I gave the room a good cleaning.

I then decided to categorize everything and organize it as according to category. 


I also used some smaller baskets to house fruits and veggies, and two wood crates to make a shelf for my cookbooks. 



I moved some items out of the pantry that didn’t need to be there. 


When I was finished, I had a much more organized space. I love that I can see everything and I know where everything is. 


The space functions so much better for us now. 

Our printer is currently on the brink of death so as soon as I fix it, I’ll make new ones. Then this pantry will be complete.

What space makeovers have you done recently?

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Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: Where to buy bins and baskets


Organizing is a huge part of my life (and my income) but it can be expensive. I want to share some cost effective ways to get organized. 

1. Shop your home


You’d be surprised what bins and baskets you may have around the house. I have several that I am not currently using, so I always look through those before I buy anything new.


2. Target, HomeGoods, Dollar General, Big Lots

Those are just some of my favorite places to buy bins and baskets without breaking the bank.

Just look at Target’s current offerings:


Hobby Lobby has a nice selection, but they are pricy. They do have frequent sales and coupons, so if you’re a HL fan, you may want to watch for those. HomeGoods and Marshalls have lots of high end choices for a fraction of the price. 

I bought these cute metal baskets from Dollar General.


I’d steer clear of Dollar Tree baskets though. They’re not very big and they often don’t hold up well. They do make nice drawer organizers, though. 


3. Make Something

I have covered diaper boxes with fabric and also with twine and rope. I have covered shoe boxes with fabric and paper, and then embellished them with book plates. Get creative! You’d be surprised what you can upcycle. 

Organization is life-changing, but it doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Tips and Tricks Tuesday. Have a great day.

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Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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A much-improved linen closet


Our linen closet used to be organized. Like everyone else around here, summer has slowed him down and made him a little lazy. Wait, you don’t refer to your linen closet as a person? Well, why not? 😜

In all seriousness, our linen closet was pretty bad. Stuff everywhere and we had to search for what we needed. Take a look:


You may be thinking, “That’s not so bad!”

What about now?

This linen closet was full of junk and wasted space all at the same time. I didn’t even know that was possible.

I saw this awesome picture in Real Simple.

I thought, “I can do that. I NEED to do that.”

First, I took everything out of the closet. It’s a linen closet, but it’s in our bathroom, so it houses some other things too. We don’t have anywhere else to put our luggage, so it lives here. 

I grabbed a few metal baskets from Dollar General, a DIY basket from another room, and repurposed the brown bins I already had. I also grabbed an empty hamper from another room.


I stashed those extra pillows in that empty hamper. It takes up less space than the laundry basket and it looks less cluttered.


I stashed the towels in the built in shelves on the right, and I stashed our heavier comforter here as well.


Brown fabric drawers hold wash cloths, paper products and first aid supplies.


Metal baskets house sheets, toiletries and hand towels.


I rolled our quilt to save space. Snapping bins corral nail care supplies ($9 at Dollar General).


Let’s see that before and after:

Before:


After:


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

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A DIY library book tote


One of the youngest members of our family got her first library card last week. Our sweet girl was so excited! When we got home, our library books ended up here:


That table catches everything!

I knew I needed to solve this problem, because I didn’t want the little sister to tear up the books. I found these super cool tote bags.


I grabbed some stick on letters.


I painted around the letters with some black craft paint.


Now we have a super cute tote to not only hold those books up out of reach, but we can use them to carry our books to and from the library!


I’m going to consider this a win. What quick and easy solution have you created lately?

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: tricks for a more organized closet


I am intrigued by bloggers who create capsule wardrobes but I’ve never been able to create one myself.  I have, however, managed to pare down my wardrobe and simplify it a bit.

Today I’d like to share a few tips on how you can have fewer clothing items to choose from, but still have more to wear.

Basically, I have three separate occasions by which my clothes are categorized: Workout and exercise clothes, dress clothes/church clothes, and casual clothes. I also keep one or two formal dresses.


I have been bad about buying things because I liked them, not necessarily because I had anything to wear with them. Then, I’d end up with a closet full of clothes I liked, but nothing to wear with them.

1. Only buy an item of clothing if you can make three outfits with that piece. 

If you cannot think of three different things that you already have that will go with that piece, then don’t buy it. It is hard at first, but you will get used to it.

2. Clean out your closet twice a year

I always clean mine out twice a year, usually when I switch out seasonal clothes. If something is torn, worn or stained, pitch it. If something is too tight or too big, donate or consign it. I keep a consignment bin where I throw things that my family outgrows. When the bin is full, we donate it. If you haven’t worn something in a year, then donate it.

3. Know what your colors are

Know your favorite colors, favorite styles and what colors you feel most confident in. It’s ok to go out on a limb just a bit, but if you’re unsure about wearing it, you probably won’t.

4. Be ruthless

Remove any and everything that doesn’t fit or you no longer wear. Don’t keep it if there’s a chance you won’t wear it.

I was able to pare my spring/summer wardrobe significantly: I reduced my wardrobe to six dresses, four pairs of shorts, two dress pants, four skirts, six short sleeve shirts, four dress shirts, and two pairs of jeans.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my closet simplifying tips!

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Organize your fridge

 

 

Our summer is busy already, and because we’re involved in so many different activities, it seems we’re never home. Our fridge, which is normally organized and neat, was looking pretty bad.

I was getting frustrated because things were falling out when you opened the door. I also couldn’t seem to find anything. I was at a new dollar store which recently opened near my parents’ home when I spotted these plastic fridge trays.

They actually offered three different sizes of them, and the prices were good. Plus, they look like the pricier acrylic trays that are so common in the blogosphere. I’m all about things that look expensive but aren’t.

I bought four of the smaller size, and four of the mid sized. I plan to later buy two of the large size, but they were sold out, and that would have put me over budget. Still, I’d say that this is an improvement, wouldn’t you? I ended up spending about $30 to get our fridge organized. It’s definitely a big help because now I can see everything in our fridge and I can tell when we’re out of something.


I’m still working to organize this monstrosity of a freezer. Can’t wait to show you next week what I did with it.


How have you organized your fridge and freezer?

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