I have a love hate relationship with white wire shelving. It’s affordable, readily available, adjustable and pretty nice looking. I should probably just resort to loving it because it’s in every one of our closets. But it can be so difficult to use. Crumbs fall, spills are messy, it’s difficult to clean and many items won’t stand straight on top of them.

Thank goodness the fix is super simple and affordable!

Foam board was my preferred solution since it was thick enough to hold everything and pretty easy to work with. But it created it’s own problems. Spills aren’t easy to wipe up. Plus the white color is a little boring. I wanted some color! Here’s my solution:

Supplies

Instructions 

Measure your shelves width and depth in the area where the foam shelf board will go.


Next cut the foam board just a tiny bit shorter than your shelf measurements. My shelf measured at 25′ w x 12′ d so I cut the foam board to 24′ w x 11 1/2′ d. Its much easier to make your foam boards a little too small as opposed to a little too big, especially after the next step of covering with wrapping paper or contact paper.

I then cut my contact paper / wrapping the same width as the foam board and one inch longer in depth than the foam board. This is so I could wrap the wrapping paper over the front side edges of the foam board.

If you’re using contact paper, simply place your contact paper onto the foam board (if you struggle with contact paper, take a look at my tutorial). For those using wrapping paper, follow these instructions:

Spray the adhesive spray over the foam board and place your wrapping paper on top. Starting in the middle, smooth the wrapping paper onto the board. I grabbed a long book to help smooth it down (a ruler would have been an easier choice, but I couldn’t find one).

Then spray about an inch in length on the opposite side of the foam bard so that you can wrap that extra 1 inch of wrapping paper around it. Remember that when using the adhesive spray make sure you’re in a well ventilated area.

Now place your foam board shelf cover onto your wire shelf and stock up with all your items.  You can LOVE wire shelving again!

(It was because of these binders that I was inspired to make the foam board shelves. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to store binders on wire shelving without the foam boards!)

 


 

 

 




 

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While we’ve got a good solution for larger cords, I noticed that our daily use electronics cords were a mess. Which is much less than ideal since it seems like my electronics are ALWAYS running low on battery. I can never remember which cord goes with which gadget. Oh how I wish every iPhone and iPad could just use the same charger!

Joe can look at any of the cords below and know exactly which electronic item they belong to. Me? I try to plug in every single cord until discovering the very last one fits 🙂 . Happens.Every.Time. Fortunately the problem was solved with this quick labeling trick.

Supplies

Instructions

For this project the pictures speak a thousand words. I just love how easy this one is.

First, pull out all the electronics cords you need labeled. I found 5 different ones that I use regularly. Using your label maker, print individual labels for each. I used label clear label maker cartridge with black ink.

Wrap a piece of washi tape around the end of your cord. Adhere the label to the washi tape. Then trim the edge of the washi tape to make a straight line.

Yep, that’s it. Easy peasy!

 

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

 

 

 

 




 

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As I’m sure many of you can relate, some home projects are home runs and others are epic fails. Not every creative organizing solution I envision in my head ends up working out in reality. But then some of them do.

We wanted to take some time to show you our most successful 10 organizing projects of 2016. Some of these projects were a gamble … I wasn’t sure if it would be a hit or miss, but fortunately these were hits!

 

1 | Christmas Light Storage

Storing Christmas lights has to be the WORST Christmas decoration to store. And even worse to take out of storage. Am I right? I used a simple piece of cardboard to make the whole process A LOT easier!

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

2 | Pringles Can Pen Holder 

This was a silly ‘hail Mary’ type of project that I honestly wasn’t sure if would actually hold up. Well over 9 months later, I’m still using these DIY pen holders in my craft closet. Added bonus: You’ll be forced to eat all the Pringles first. You’re welcome!

Pringles

3 | Triangular Drawer Storage 

I could spend every last dollar I have on storage gadgets. I LOVE them. But unfortunately I couldn’t find any triangular drawer storage dividers to store small odds & ends next to our extra long grilling supplies. So I made my own. There’s a first time for everything!

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

4 | Wine Tag Labels

One member of my family drinks the fancy wine and the other drinks lots of the cheap stuff. I’ll let you guess who is who, but to ensure I don’t accidentally grab the wrong bottle, I made these wine tag labels to easily denote type and price.

5 | Hair Dryer Storage 

Cabinet space is at a premium in our home, so taking up an entire bathroom cabinet for my hair dryer, straightener and curling iron wasn’t an option. Hair dryer storage products that I found in stores we’re just as bulky, defeating the purpose. So I made my own hair dryer storage VERY frugally with a couple thrift store items.

6 | Wrapping Paper Drawer Liners

I love pretty drawer liners. It ‘beautifies’ any drawer (and everything inside)… in the bathroom, kitchen, dresser, or night stand. But sometimes it’s hard to find the right pattern. Fortunately there’s a HUGE supply of beautiful wrapping paper available in almost much every store. This step by step guide to covering wrapping paper with contact paper to create the pretty drawer liners was a huge hit on the blog.

7 | Portable Medical Binder 

Keeping medical documents organized might have been the most difficult organization project that I tackled in 2016. But it felt oh so good once it was accomplished. I finally found a system that works.

 

8 | Monthly Greeting Card Organizer 

Organizing my greeting cards by the MONTH I need to use them completely ROCKED my world. Each month I simply grab the cards from the current month’s tab to fill out and mail.

greeting card

9 | Lunch Prep Station 

I know that packing and making lunches ahead of time will save me both time and money. But it always seems like such a hassle as I’m rushing out the door in the morning. I created a lunch prep station in my kitchen to make preparing lunches a breeze!

Lunch Prep Station

10 | Canvas Bags to Store Dirty Towels 

I hate running upstairs to the laundry room every time I needed to put a dirty kitchen towel away. These cute canvas bags hooked on the back of our kitchen closet made storing dirty towels SO much easier. Then once the bag was full, I do a load of laundry. (a win for organization and for this lazy girl!)

dirty towels

Here’s hoping that 2017 will be just as organized as 2016!

 

 

 

 

 




 

The BEST (and easiest) home organizing projects of the year!

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The best ways to prepare for your new baby!

When I ‘spilled the beans’ and told my girlfriends I was pregnant and due in April, they all assumed I had everything figured out. I heard lots of “oh I bet you’re so organized with everything”, “I’m sure you’ve already heard about x, y or z”, or “you’ve probably already done x a while ago”. Well, NO for the record I haven’t done any of those things yet and my head was officially spinning! Since this is my first pregnancy I had (read: STILL have) no clue what I’m doing or what I should be doing.

I decided early on that I wanted to make the most of my pregnancy time and get as much done as possible. And I’m not just talking about baby stuff. This includes non baby related projects that I want to get done around the house (arrr …. getting blinds for the home we’ve lived in for over 2 years). You know those projects that unfinished drive you crazy, but you just haven’t carved out time to complete yet. While I know I keep busy NOW, but I had NO idea what life was going to be like come April with a new baby boy joining the family. So no time like the present (or the next 9 months)…..

The best ways to prepare for your new baby!

How I Prepared for Our Baby!

Baby List

The very first thing I did was create a master list of everything that needed to be done before the baby arrives. Since I wasn’t really sure WHAT needed to be done, I spent the first month asking my friends lots of questions, reading books, and … well Googling. I complied over 100 things that needed to be accomplished before April. I know I know. That sounds CRAZY. While over 100 things to do does sound a bit nutty, I made the list extremely granular to help me take action on it.

For example, instead of just listing ‘baby announcements’ as a to-do item, I broke it down further – 1) make a list of everyone we want to send baby announcements to, 2) get addresses of everyone, 3) find a announcement design that I like. While breaking down an action item into smaller items adds a lot more to-dos, it also makes it much more ACTIONABLE.

If you need some help coming up with your list, check out my Top 10 Unique Things to Do Before You’re Due to get the ideas flowing.

The best ways to prepare for your new baby!

Home Projects

I spent a good two hours walking through each inch of our townhouse one weekend writing down every project I would like to get done (if time were no object). In a way it was kind of a ‘dream list’. Once completed, I reduced down the list to the realistic projects that were important to complete. This ended up being about half the items on the list to get done before the baby arrived.

Calendar 

Now that the to-do lists were complete (or work in progress) I moved everything over to my calendar. I’m a pen and paper gal, especially when it comes to huge projects (did I just call having a baby that?? Well, you know what I mean, right?!). Incorporating my baby tasks in to my AT-A-GLANCE calendars made perfect sense. I simply denoting baby oriented events and tasks in a blue pen.

I took my baby list & home projects list and designated a specific month that I will commit to accomplishing each task. This alone made me feel SO much less stressed. Huge to-do lists are great and all, but then you’ve got to get the work done. Keep in mind that in the 3rd trimester you may be less mobile AND you have no control over your due date! My goal is to have everything accomplished 1 month prior to my due date. This leaves me a little wiggle room for last minute odds & ends in case the baby arrives early.

Here’s how I organize my calendars ….

The best ways to prepare for your new baby!

Weekly calendar

  • Tracking how far along I am by weeks
  • Details on doctors appointments, baby showers, & baby classes
  • Find available slots of time to complete items on my master to do list (making a calendar appointment helps me get the work done!)
  • List of questions to ask my doctor in the Notes section for the week of the appointment

Monthly calendar

  • Vacations
  • Doctor appointments & classes
  • Tracking how far along I am by weeks
  • Due date!
  • Family & friends visiting

Suggestions

In the back of my planner, I keep a list of baby product suggestions I receive from friends. Until a friend mentioned to me, I never heard of Boppy, FridaBaby, or Bumbo before!

The best ways to prepare for your new baby!

The best ways to prepare for your new baby!

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The best way to prepare for your first baby!

 

 

 

 




 

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas

‘Creative Christmas Decoration Storage’

It’s day three of the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series and since I’m a sucker for great organizing solutions, I’m sharing the 12 Most Creative Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas on the web! There’s now NO excuse not to put away your Christmas decorations at the end of the season 🙂 . 

1 Christmas Lights

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!{source}

2 Fragile Glass Ornaments

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

3 Christmas Tree

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

4 Labels

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

5 Garland

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

6 Christmas Cards

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

7 Wreaths

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

8 Wrapping Paper

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

9 Cardboard Dividers for Ornaments

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

10 Gift Wrap Station

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11 Egg Cartons for Ornaments

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

12 Clear Containers

12 Smart Ways to Store Your Christmas Decorations{source}

 

Take a look at ALL our Christmas ideas!

Day 1 Hilarious Christmas Party Games

Day 2 The Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

Day 3 Christmas Decoration Storage

Day 4 Christmas Tablescapes for Every Style

Day 5 Christmas Card Displays

Day 6 Christmas Traditions

Day 7 Fabulously Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Day 8 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Day 9 Christmas Printables

Day 10 Make Christmas Magical for Kids

Day 11 Christmas Mantels

Day 12 Beautiful + Unique Holiday Wreaths

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other amazing bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1 – 12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas ideas rounded up from the best blogs around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. Being surprised is way more fun 🙂 . Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

 

Meet The Bloggers

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

 

 

 

 




 

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The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

This summer I added some fun drawer liners in to pretty much EVERY drawer in our home. When you find something that works, why stop with one, right? Although I love opening all my drawers (bathrooms, kitchen, dresser, nightstand) to see colored drawer liners and plastic organizers, it drove me crazy when those organizers shifted around inside the drawer. Fortunately the fix was pretty quick and easy.

Supplies

Clear Damage Free Command Strips OR White Damage Free Command Strips | Drawer Organizers 

While some of my drawers, such as our silverware drawer, have larger sized organizers that cover the entire space of the drawer (and therefore don’t move around much), most of ours do not.

I considered attaching velcro to the bottom of the organizers. While velcro would definitely work (and I LOVE using velcro to fix problems), my new organizers are clear causing the velcro would show through and be very obvious. So instead I placed a couple clear damage free Command Strips to the corner of each organizer. I strongly recommend the damage free ones in case you want to move around your organizers at a later time. (I always seem to change my mind 🙂 )

Once the strips are applied to the organizers, press them down in the desired location within the drawer for at least 30 seconds.

The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

While the results likely weren’t super obvious to others, it made me so happy to see my drawer organizers staying exactly where I put them!

 

 

 

 




 

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Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

I was so excited when Joe came to me asking organizing advice. Then I found out what he needed help with. Wine. Yes, I love to drink wine, but I have NO idea how to organize it. By year, type, vineyard, color?? As the wine connoisseur in our family (not that there was much competition), fortunately Joe figured out how to sort the wine in the wine racks. But he needed wine tags, essentially labels for each wine bottle. THAT I can do. I was born to make labels. And these are pretty easy. Here’s how:

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Instructions

Print out the Printable Label sheet and using either scissors or your paper cutter, cut out each wine tag. Then cut out the circle in the middle with either scissors or a 1 1/2 inch hole punch.

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

To grab a copy of your own Wine Tag Labels, just download it from our Organization Toolkit now!

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Once your tags are made (easy right?), you’ll need to label them. There’s the Lindsay Method and the Joe method.

Lindsay’s Method:

Top of tag = price

Bottom of tag = type of wine

Pen color = type of wine (red for reds, orange and yellows for whites, pinks for rose, silver for champagnes)

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Joe’s Method:

Alright, for those of you with a little bit more sophisticated in your wine collection skills, here’s Joe’s version of labeling:

Top of tag = year (This could either be the year it was made OR the year you want to drink it. Just decide which method you’ll use and stay consistent with all bottles)

Bottom of tag = Vineyard & Type

Pen color = Any 🙂

Make these fun DIY wine tag organizers to keep your wine stash organized. You'll now be able to quickly find the wine you're looking for!

Are you a Lindsay style or Joe style wine labeler?

 

 

 

 

 




 

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DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

I’m excited to share a fun little project that had been on my mind for a while … especially since I un-optimistically expected a 50-50 chance that this would go as planned. Well it did (thank goodness!) and has made me so happy every time I open the drawer. Let me explain …. we’ve got a couple grilling supplies that are so long they need to be placed diagonally in our kitchen drawer. That’s totally fine, but it was ruining my ability to put in any drawer dividers or containers into the drawer, thus the mess below. And I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never owned a house where the kitchen had TOO many drawers or cabinets. Kitchen space is always precious.

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

After searching (and SEARCHING), I gave up looking for triangular drawer dividers to separate the diagonally placed grilling tools from the ‘junk’ that was accumulating in the drawer (aka the 3 soy sauces, two identical scissors, random rubber bands and post-its). I couldn’t find ANYTHING on the market that would work … literally NOTHING. So I decided I would try to DIY a solution. The only limitation I gave myself was that nothing was to be glued onto the drawer. Given the fact that I wasn’t sure if this solution would work, I didn’t want to risk ruining the drawer.

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Supplies Needed for Triangular Kitchen drawer dividers 

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Instructions

The first step is to measure your drawer to determine your divider measurements. My drawer measured 16” w x 17” l x 3 1/4” h. I took everything out of my drawer minus the grilling tools to see how much diagonal space they took up. Then I was able to allocate space & determine the ideal size for the two dividers. Each divider will have three pieces: two small side pieces & one long diagonal piece. I recommend making your divider pieces a tiny bit shorter than your drawer height. (my drawer was 3 1/4” high so I cut my dividers to 3” high.)

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Now once you’ve got your measurements, it’s time to cut your acrylic plastic. I was super nervous to do this, hoping (and praying) I didn’t mess it up. Well, it was pretty darn easy. I made tiny circles with a black marker to denote the measurements of each piece. Make sure to mark the side of the acrylic paper with the label (you’ll peal it off after you cut). I do believe the ease in cutting had a lot to do with purchasing the right plastic ‘thickness’. I chose .05 inch thickness because I wanted it to be thick enough so it wasn’t flimsy, but thin enough that it was relatively easy to cut. The .05 inch worked for me.

I used my ruler to help guide me to a straight line as I cut the acrylic. I put pressure on the ruler with one hand while the other hand cut the acrylic.

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Once you’ve got your piece cut, remove the sticky liner and lightly sand the cut edge. Now don’t worry if your cut edge isn’t perfect (mine wasn’t). When gluing the drawer dividers together (detailed instructions later in this post), the cut edge will face the bottom of the drawer so no one ever know that I didn’t cut the plastic perfectly.

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Spray painting is definitely optional, but I love the touch of color in my drawers. I only sprayed ONE side of the dividers. Since the acrylic plastic was clear, the color showed through both sides. When gluing the sides together (again, more details on that step below), the spray painted side was the outer side of my divider containers (aka- the sides that touch the drawer not the items inside the divider). This way the paint wouldn’t be in jeopardy of chipping at all.

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Using superglue, I glued the perpendicular edge together first (using the two smaller pieces). Then I glued the large piece diagonally connecting the two smaller pieces. A strong cutting board was a great tool to lean the pieces against while holding dry. Take your time with the gluing and don’t rush it. Let the divider sit until it’s totally dry.

Remember:

  • The cut edge should face the bottom
  • The spray painted side should face the outside of the divider

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Once the glue is dry you’re ready to put these in your drawers! I was a little nervous that these would move around within the drawer since I didn’t glue them on to the drawer directly. Nope, not at all. Such a pleasant surprise!

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

To add an extra touch of decoration to this functional project, I added some 5 minute DIY drawer liners underneath.

DIY triangular kitchen drawer divider step by step guide solves all my kitchen storage problems!

Did you notice I got rid of all the extra soy sauce?? 🙂

 

 

 

 




 

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