Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all outdoor storage with:

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I know the saying goes “You don’t need more storage, you need less stuff”, but there’s times I truly believe that I NEED more storage. For example, our outdoor storage is next to nothing. Literally, we have none. It’s mostly because we don’t have a garage. Yep, you read that correctly NO GARAGE. Being in a townhouse downtown Seattle, garage parking is a luxury. Yes, parking is nice, but what I really want is all the storage possibilities that come with a garage.

A couple things that I’m storing inside our home that I would prefer to be outside are some of Reagan’s (our puppy) outdoor toys and car & bike cleaning supplies. My personal preference is if the item is USED outside I’d prefer that it’s STORED outside. Too much dirt and grime get brought inside, which means lots more cleaning of the home!

I spent months looking online for the perfectly sized storage bench for right outside our front door. While I love that we have an outlet right next to our front door (hanging Christmas lights is a breeze), it threw a wrench in my plan for extra storage. Since it’s an outdoor outlet, it has a large case that extends several inches off the wall. I didn’t have much depth to work with in the first place, but this made it even harder. So instead I decided that I needed to start looking in to two smaller storage options to work ‘around’ the outlet.

Well, these aren’t even supposed to be storage! They’re box plant holders and PERFECT for the DIY I had in store!

Today I’m going to give you a sneak peak at our newest outdoor storage solution and kick off a new series over the next couple weeks FULL of creative storage options for any outdoor space.

Swing on over next week for a step by step tutorial on exactly how we made these seated front porch storage solutions!

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Jennifer | Smart Fun DIY   Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main    Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty    Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Follow along on our Pinterest board for more upcycled inspiration!

Take a look at all these bloggers’ amazing thrift store projects:


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Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

This past fall I hosted my first baby shower. While I love planning parties, baby showers were brand new territory for me! Are they the same as bridal showers minus the fun cocktails? Do guests really want to play those baby games? And someone please describe all these baby presents to me!

Fortunately my good friend Emily was up for allowing this rookie to throw her a party. She also had an adorable nursery theme already picked out so I piggy backed on her ‘bless this nest’ nursery to use as her shower theme.

Tip #1: having a theme makes decorating SO much easier! 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Decorations can definitely rack up the costs of a shower. When the cuteness factor of an item goes up, apparently so can the price! Being frugal at heart, I was fine with doing a little bit more research in the name of saving money.

I don’t love the look of those plastic one use table clothes for fancier affairs. So instead I found pretty wrapping paper to roll out onto the table. A fun bonus is that colors & patterns are literally limitless AND much cheaper than purchasing a cotton table cloth that you may or may not use again.

Tip #2: Paper plates and plastic cups & utensils makes hosting SO much easier AND decorative! Lots of color options to choose from! 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Tip #3: Check out your local dollar store!

Unless you’re planning parties ALL the time, many of the themed party decorations you purchase might not be used again. For this reason, I always find a couple cheaper decorations to mix in with my go to staples that I use for lots of parties: vases & frames. I also throw in fresh flowers. While the flowers likely won’t last more than a week, they’re such a pretty touch and the guest of honor can take them with her after the event.

Tip #4: Spray paint is an easy way to transform items to fit your theme and color.

While I’m no expert in party planning or decorations, we had so much fun preparing this shower. And to my surprise it was so much easier than I thought! Here’s the scoop on what I purchased and how I decorated:

For the Table



Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Party Gifts

We made these fun little candy filled eggs as party favors for all the guests.


Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Keeping the decorations to the tables (dining room table and coffee tables) was just the right amount of pizzazz!

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your next shower!

 

 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

 

 

 

 

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For most of us the kitchen is the most used room in the house. Even if you’re like me and not crazy about cooking … we still have to eat! And that means I find myself in our kitchen A LOT. Very rarely do I hear someone say “I just have too much space in our kitchen.” So for most of us that means being creative with the space that we have and being thoughtful with our approach to organizing our kitchen items.

After searching the web, here’s the 5 best kitchen organization tips I’ve loving right now!

1  Organizing Recipes & Cookbooks

While I’m not a great cook (or even a GOOD cook), I do like to collect easy to make recipes. Anytime I’m flipping through a magazine and see something good, I’ll hold on to it for another time. I love how Sarah not only organized all her recipes with these pretty labels, but has a great way to showcase them on her counter!

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2 Effective Command Center

For whatever reason paper and clutter always end up in the kitchen. Always! I’ve tried so many different ways to avoid allowing paper to enter the kitchen, but it seems impossible. Apparently paper BELONGS in the kitchen! That’s why having a command center that works for you and your family is so important. Sarah at Must Have Mom! came up with a gorgeous command center that not only looks awesome in her kitchen, it helps keep her family of 6 organized!

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3 A Great Utensil Drawer

I truly believe kitchen drawers show how organized (or not organized) a kitchen is. It’s so easy to cram as much as possible in to a drawer that no one will likely see. Kati at Houseful of Handmade came up with the MOST creative way to organize her kitchen drawers that I’ve ever seen! She’s got an easy to follow tutorial to make this organizing project a breeze.

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4 A Fridge Organization System

For some reason messy fridge seems to be synonymous with messy kitchen! Find out how to turn your fridge from the photo below to the clean AND organized fridge we all want.

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5 A Perfectly Organized Pantry

Pantries are another place that’s easy to get messy quick. Heidi from Honey Bear Lane has an amazing 10 step organizning process to get your pantry in tip top shape. Plus, just look at how PRETTY hers is!

 

 

 

 

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After moving in to our townhouse a couple years ago, we’ve racked up a good amount of paint cans and lots of painting! Labeling these with more complete information (including date purchased and room used in) found it’s way to the bottom of a very long to do list.

Yes, this seemed like a back-burner project for the longest time. That was until I needed to touch up the paint in several rooms we had painted. Uh oh. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember which paint went with which room (apparently I use LOTS of different shades of gray paint!) and I was pretty sure I was missing a couple paint cans as well. Thank goodness my local Benjamin Moore store kept a file of my past purchases.

So no time like the present to get these paint cans organized with better labels.

I know what some of you are thinking …. typically when you purchase a new can of paint, it’s already labeled: either at the top of the can, if the store is mixing the paint for you, or on the side if it’s an off the shelf pre-made color. But not typically both. For this labeling project, I chose to stick labels on both sides. The main reason for this is that I’m admittedly a messy painter and paint often drips on the side of the can, not only causing a mess, but also covering the original label. So better safe than sorry with two labels, right?

I created these labels on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper and printed on stickered white paper. In the template, you’ll find labels for the tops of your 1 gallon cans, 1 quart cans, and 1 pint cans as well as universal labels for the sides of all these cans.

Grab the printable paint can template that I put together.

To make these super easy to adhere, print them out with my stickered white paper. I used my paper cutting tools to cut out the individual labels, but a simple scissor will also do the job just fine!

Each label has space to fill out the following:

  • Brand
  • Paint color
  • Date purchased
  • Room
  • Paint finish (matte, semi-gloss, etc)
  • Notes
  • Small circle to make a paint mark for quick visual color reference

Dab a little paint in the circle for a quick visual color reference. I could barely see this color paint … I guess it literally is just a gray tint!

Although I claim to be finished painting rooms in our home (which definitely makes Joe happy), I printed off a couple extra labels just IN CASE I find another room to paint in the future. I store all any extra labels in plastic pouches for easy use.

Grab the printable paint can template!

Here’s a quick list of the supplies needed for this project:


 

 

 

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The 10 latest trend in organizers that help you get and stay organized on a daily basis! Affordable and smart home organizing tools!

I’m a big Amazon shopper, aka shopping online and getting items delivered right to your door, for a couple reasons. First, Joe & I share one car and since I work from home and he works in an office, he gets the car on most days. Now that often puts my shopping and running errors for the weekend…. AKA the busiest days to shop. The second reason, I’m super frugal. I hate hate spending too much (or really any) money on something (OK anything). I’ve found that for MOST items, Amazon meets or beats prices at the close by stores in my city.

Here’s my favorites organizers (just click on the photo to get the details):

1 Under the Sink Storage Shelves

The majority of under the sink storage solutions are one size SHOULD fit all. But unfortunately that doesn’t work for most. I love that this shelf storage is adjustable to work around the pipes under your sink!

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2 Mop & Broom Holder

I used to use individual hooks for our broom, dust pan, mop, and bags. Having ONE adjustable holder is easier, takes up less room and visually looks a lot better.

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3 Car Hanger Holder Hooks

It’s just as easy to hook my purse to the back of the drivers seat as it is to throw it on the ground of the passenger seat (which is what I would always do). Plus it’s a LOT less dirty AND nothing will fall out of your seat!

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4 Headphone Holder

No more tangled headphones stuffed at the bottom of my purse. This tiny holder takes up very little room but solves a very BIG problem 🙂 .

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5 Soap, Shampoo & Condition Dispenser for the Shower

This is an easy way to eliminate shower bottle clutter and bulky over the shower head holders. It stores shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Added bonus is that you can adhere this to any spot in the shower that you like! 

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6 Towel Rack Hanging Holder

I really like the flexibility of creating a towel rack anywhere, even a mud room or laundry room. It comes in 4 fun colors and is easy to spray paint if you don’t find the right color for your room.

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7 Bedside Caddy

Admittedly I don’t really love the way most bedside caddies look. But I do LOVE this one. It’s sleek, contemporary and stores all my reading material. I prefer to put this on the side of the bed that’s closer to the wall so it isn’t visible. But I like the style enough that I would be OK if it was more exposed.

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8 Drawer Spice Liner

These strips hold up to 24 regular sized spice jars and are completely adjustable (no installation or permanent mounting needed). Being able to see the labels make searching for the right spice so much easier!

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9 Computer Monitor Stand with Organizer

I love all the stylish desks that trending on the web. In reality though, I know I’ll need a couple extra accessories on my desk, which can look messy and cluttered. This contemporary bamboo monitor stand doubles as an organizer, which means less items on your desk! (and it’s surprisingly cheap.)

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10 Folding Trunk Organizer

Most of us are in our car WAY too many hours in the day. I use this foldable trunk organizer to hold the some important essentials in our trunk. I like that this organizers fits nicely in the back of our trunk and velcros to stay put to the floor.

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I seem to be the only person I know that doesn’t mind cleaning. That’s not to say it’s my favorite past time, but I can deal with a little house cleaning on a daily basis. Admittedly I use it as my cardio 🙂 . While I don’t mind tackling the bathroom and dusting the baseboards, I don’t like wasting time on cleaning solutions & tricks that aren’t as effective as advertised. Here’s my favorite cleaning solutions that not only do the trick, but save a little time. Enough time for me to go to the gym maybe???

1 Clean your bedroom quickly

And yes, that includes the closet too! Believe it or not, cleaning the closet and bedroom doesn’t have to be an all day activity. The key is to follow a game plan first.

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2 Daily cleaning printable:

Have a list and make check it twice. This keeps me on task doing a little cleaning each day instead of all the chores piling up. Literally.

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3 Faux clean your house in 14 minutes

Last minute house guests? Needing to clean fast for a party? This is no time for deep cleaning. Instead use these easy tricks to make your home look cleaner than it really is!

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4 How to easily keep your bathroom clean

Most people’s least favorite room to clean and can be made even worse the longer it sits uncleaned. Instead use these simple techniques to quickly keep the bathroom cleaned daily.

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5 Cleaning your home with a Pet

Keeping the house clean with a pet is NO easy task. Even the cleanest dog still needs to be cleaned up after. Especially when you eventually let your dog have full rein of the house including all the beds even though you claimed you never would (Ops!). Reagan, you’re one lucky dog!

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Now there’s no excuse for a QUICK house clean!

 

 

 

  

 

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If you’re anything like me, your weekdays are jam packed. Yet, the LAST thing I want to do during the weekend is a list full of chores. Instead of trying to do EVERYTHING during the weekend, I commit to doing the 8 things that I believe will help make the upcoming workweek smoother.  Some weekends I tackle these things right away Friday night or Saturday morning. Other weeks these get done Sunday evening right before I go to bed. Either way, I know this list is pretty obtainable, even when my weekends are busy. It also sets me up for a more productive workweek.

1 Calendar

Before you even think of diving in to laundry or heading to the grocery store, you should take time to review your calendar for the upcoming week (AND the following week). In order to prepare for the week to come, you’ve got to know what’s going on! As I look at my upcoming week, I’m searching for days & blocks of time where I can get a little bit more done and days that I have TOO much going on and need to reprioritize. Are there any events that I’m going to where I’ll need to bring food? Do I have a big presentation at work that I need to spend an evening preparing for? I also take a couple minutes to confirm all my appointments, dinners, etc.

The 8 things I do each weekend for a more productive week! These are easy to accomplish and help start my work week off prepared!

2 Food

Now that I know what’s going on this upcoming week, I’m ready to plan my meals for the week! Even before I start a grocerylist, I look through our fridge and toss anything that’s expired or questionable. I started doing this after one TOO many times of thinking that a food item in the fridge was edible only to find out it expired several months ago (I know, it’s gross).

Based on what’s going on this coming week, I can easily figure out what meals I want to make and any food items I need to buy for social events. I keep a standard grocery list of running items I want to make sure we always have (baking soda, olive oil, etc), Doing a quick scan to see if we’re running low on any of those items as well as all the ingredients I need for the meals I picked out for this week, I complete my list.

Now with grocery list in hand I head to the grocery store … EARLY!  Saturday morning is my preferred time. By this time most grocery stores have stocked up for the weekend so everything is fresh. Plus just as you’re likely thinking now .. Who goes to the grocery store on Saturday mornings? That’s right. Groceries stores are pretty much empty which makes shopping SO much easier!

BONUS reading: Easy Lunch Prep Station

The 8 things I do each weekend for a more productive week! These are easy to accomplish and help start my work week off prepared!

3 Email

Like most of us, I’m on email all the time. But unlike some, I get overly obsessive with keeping my email organized. I keep two folders in my Gmail account that I check weekly: “waiting to hear back”, which are any emails I’ve sent others that I need a response from in order to get something done & “to do later”, which is exactly what it sounds like :). In addition to cleaning out my inbox weekly, reviewing these two folders helps prompt to-do list items.

BONUS reading: 7 Gmail Hacks That Will Change Your Life


4 Laundry

After too many week day mornings of looking for an outfit only to realize it’s dirty in the hamper, I committed to doing laundry on the weekends. In fact, I put a load in right before I go to the grocery store on Saturday mornings. For those weekends that I don’t have enough dirty clothes to do a full load, I make sure I sort my laundry (whites, colors, delicates). I also throw in a load of sheets. Anything I can do to prevent our laundry situation from going crazy, I’ll do!

BONUS reading: Why I LOVE My Laundry Room

The 8 things I do each weekend for a more productive week! These are easy to accomplish and help start my work week off prepared!

5 Garbage

This is a super duper easy one, but I find it makes life easier during the week. I empty out all our trash bins throughout our house and get the trash ready for pick up day. It’s amazing how quickly the small trash bins around our house can fill up!

6 Clothes

Anyone else have clothes laying around your room that you just didn’t have time to hang up in your closet? Story of our lives. I take a couple minutes to pick everything up and put our closet back in order.

Then once our dirty laundry is done and put away, I pick out all my outfits for the week. Make sure to check the weather forecast as you’re doing this! It’s so much easier for me to do this at one time instead of each morning when I’m rushing out of the house. I do the same for gym clothes, as I try to prevent ANY excuse I know I’ll come up with to not work out.

BONUS reading: Organize Your Clothes with Labels Outfit Labels

The 8 things I do each weekend for a more productive week! These are easy to accomplish and help start my work week off prepared!

7 To Do List

Not only do I go through my to-do list and reprioritize the tasks as needed, I also spend about 10 minutes just brainstorming any projects or things I need to get done the following week. I literally try to empty out ANYTHING that’s on my mind, but not written down. I’m a strong believer that if it’s not written down I won’t remember it (which means I won’t do it)!

BONUS reading: Top 10 Things Organized People Do Regularly

8 Junk Bin

We’ve all got these in our home. If you’re like me, you have MANY of these! Weekdays are often so busy for us, that it’s easier to just throw our ‘junk’ in a basket as opposed to putting everything in it’s correct space. I know some fellow professional organizers would disagree, but sometimes life’s too busy to be organized all the time! But, I don’t let these bins get out of control. EVER. The easiest way to ensure this is to empty them on a weekly basis!

BONUS reading: The ONE Item That Keeps Our House Clutter FREE

The 8 things I do each weekend for a more productive week! These are easy to accomplish and help start my work week off prepared!

I hope these tips & tricks help you get AND stay organized each week!

The 8 things I do each weekend for a more productive week! These are easy to accomplish and help start my work week off prepared!

 

 

 

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Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

I can’t get enough clear storage containers …. I have them in every shape and size in EVERY room of our home. While I refuse to part with these organizing staples, there are definitely more creative (and decorative) ways to increase storage in a room.  Here’s 5 of my favorite ideas. No containers anywhere!

 

1 The 5 Minute Drawer Organizer

Even though the contents of most drawers are somewhat hidden usually giving an excuse for a rather unorganized mess inside (hello junk drawers), I LOVE it when there’s an easy and quick way to create compartments within my kitchen drawers!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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2 Galvanized Steel Hooks

Coats and scarves thrown on a couch or chair is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard to me! HATE it. Whether your solution is making more space in your closets or this unique coat hook, there’s always a way to get the jackets off the couch!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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3 Painted Confetti Pattern Bowl

These are all the rage lately and I can understand why. Colorful, attractive and easy way to store small jewelry can be a lifesaver. I put these in our master bedroom as well as our bathroom.

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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4 Paint Dipped Baskets

Another big trend popping up all over is the paint dipped look. It’s such an easy way to enhance the standard wicker basket while creating needed storage around the house!

Take a look at these incredibly creative, yet practical storage solutions for all areas of the home! Perfect ways to eliminate clutter in any room.

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5 Photo Wall Pocket Organizer

I love that this photo solution is not only storage but always a chic way to display photos in any room of the house!

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