Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I’m here to prove that organizing doesn’t always have to be expensive. All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all electronic hair products with

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As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you our 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. (Scroll to the bottom to see my fellow bloggers’ projects!)

Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


Last week we talked about the bathroom A LOT. In fact that’s ALL we talked about on the blog … cleaning, organizing & scrubbing. With good reason. Bathrooms are easy to overlook when organizing is concerned. Most of us don’t want to downsize the number of items we have in our bathrooms and there’s only so many containers one person can have under their sink. Right?!

The items that take up SO much room in my bathroom are my hair dryer, curling iron and straightener as well as their cords! (I have HUGE hatred of cords taking up a lot of room apparently.) I’ve been in search for the perfect basket to place these in for a while now. Nothing seemed to work. Regular bins didn’t do the trick and the newest organizing products made for hair dryers seemed to take up too much room in my cabinets.

Then a light bulb went off when I was at Goodwill last week staring right at these tall narrow clear vases. THESE were going to be my storage solution, with a little DIY.

Hair Dyer, Curling Iron & Straightener Storage

Materials Needed

  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Gloss Spray Paint: this is the ONLY pray paint I use. It’s a favorite amongst DIY bloggers. For this project I used these pink, teal and dark blue colors.
  • Superglue
  • Glass containers: These were my thrift store finds. I bought two taller ones (for a curling iron & straightener) and one shorter one (for my hair dryer).
  • Plastic bags
  • Painters Tape: Always get the good painters tape. I’ve found that the cheap stuff just doesn’t work as well and can completely ruin your project! I typically use Scotch brand, but Frog is another good option.

Instructions:

The VERY first thing that I do when starting a new DIY is to wash off the items that I’m working on. Especially since we’re spray painting it! The next step is to use your painters tape to designate the area that you want to add some color to. Make sure there’s no air bubbles by pressing your thumbs around the tape after you applied it to smooth out any bumps. I like the idea of adding color to the BOTTOM of the class containers as opposed to the top. With day to day use even the best spray paint will eventually chip. So keeping the spray paint at the bottom will of the containers will ensure that the color stays put.

Then place the plastic bags over the top of the containers adhering them with more painters tape. This is to ensure that our spray paint ONLY gets on the bottom of the containers and no where else.

Now we’re ready to spray paint. I always use cardboard boxes on top of garbage bags to do the spray painting. This ensures that the spray paint doesn’t make a mess. I used three light coats of spray paint to get the right color. Make sure you wait AT LEAST 30 minutes in between each coat. If you’re new to spray painting, make sure to check out my top 10 tips for a successful spray painted DIY.

Once the containers are dry, remove the painters tape SLOWLY and the plastic bags. Next we’re going to glue the containers together. This step is optional, but personally I really like it. Having the three containers glued together makes all of them more sturdy and easier to use when you’re taking out and putting away your hair products from your cabinet.

After adding a strip of super glue to a glass container, I lined them up next to my cutting board before pressing onto the other container. The cutting board helped make sure the containers stay in an even row.  You don’t have to use a cutting board … really anything straight & heavy. A wall would actually work as well! I held the jars together with both hands for a couple minutes to ensure the glue dried.


The hair dryer fits best in the shortest container. I put the straightener and curling iron in the two taller ones.

This is the perfect solution to ensure my hair products stay organized and take up as little room as possible!

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When we moved in to our new townhouse two years ago, I was on the mission to make this the worlds most organized & efficient moving process. There were post-it notes on the kitchen cabinets labeling what’s inside. Floor plans were drawn to scale on my computer to ensure all our furniture fit perfectly. And I even printed out custom labels for all our boxes denoting not only which room the box should go, but which floor.

Yet we never took time to organize our master  bathroom so it stayed a DISASTER for the last two years. I’m not sure if it was the fact that the master bath isn’t the most exciting place to organize. Or maybe it was that I couldn’t organize rouge without setting aside time for Joe and I to figure out how WE wanted the master bathroom laid out. Now that summer is ending and school is starting back up, it seemed like the perfect time to start tackling these organizational challenges that we’ve been putting off for … well.. two years.

If you’re nodding your head right now, make sure you read down to the bottom of this post for a $100 Target giveaway to style & organize your bathroom!

How we organized our master bathroom:

The very first thing we did was pull out EVERYTHING under our sink from the cabinets and drawers. Yes, this mess below was all pulled out and spread across our bedroom floor. I then washed off each of the items. Some were dusty and others were just plain disgusting. Question: why do mouthwash containers get so dirty? Odd right?

I wiped down all the cabinets of crumbs and spills. I decided that we needed a pop of color in our bathroom, so I used colorful drawer liners. These are actually are really easy DIY project that only takes 5 minutes to complete! Find some fun wrapping paper (I scored these at Target) and add contact paper and you’ve got a custom drawer liner! Check out our full DIY drawer liner tutorial.

I had originally used a thick clear drawer liner in the cabinets before we started this project so I figured I’d continue. Simply placing the original clear liners on top of my new ones make it a little more durable.

Now back to our pile of STUFF ….We also double checked that all these items were still being used. Was there anything that we were just throwing in our cabinets that we really didn’t use? Almost empty containers that we could combine? For some reason we had 4 … yes FOUR half used bottles of mouthwash. If that didn’t justify this organizing project, I don’t know what would!

Then we separated our items in to 4 categories:

  • Products we both use (toothpaste, mouthwash)
  • My products
  • Joe’s products
  • Necessities (toilet paper, towels, waste basket)

Next we evaluated our ‘real-estate’. Are there better drawers than others? Are there areas that only certain supplies will fit? Focus on those spots first and come to an agreement of what will go where. We have two sinks in our bathroom and storage under both of them, so we had to decide how to distribute the space.

Under Joe’s sink went the towels and taller containers.

Under my sink went the toilet paper and waste bin.

I found this adorable gray wire storage bin at Target that was perfect for our toilet paper. It even fit the Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® (Mega Rolls) that we put inside. If you haven’t heard of mega rolls you’re totally missing out. Each toilet paper roll has 4x more sheets that a regular roll and just as comfortable. THAT means you can change the toilet paper roll 4x less often. Score!

Target has a huge selection of these AND running a discount through 8/20. Who doesn’t love saving money? Just make sure to add this Target Cartwheel offer to save on your next purchase of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Mega Rolls.

The next area we tackled were the taller products that would go under Joe’s sink. These fun clear containers were a perfect size for under the sink. They also were wide enough to fit large lotion bottles, mouthwash and hair spray. Another Target find! We used three of them, one for joint items, one for Joe’s items and one for mine. I really liked the look of having specific LABELED containers to put these taller toiletries in.

Under my sink went a couple of these teal bathroom baskets. These are a quick way to store pouches full of beauty supplies. I store makeup in one, nail polish in another. I’m a HUGE fan of pouches, even in my purse!

Now we’re on to tackle the drawers. Our bathroom has three drawers in between the two sinks. I conceded and gave Joe the top drawer. Everyone always wants the top drawer, right? We’re a heavy cotton ball & q-tip using family, so these wide glass containers were large enough to store a good supply in. All I needed to do was put a label on the top, so we’d know which is which. Fortunately, I’ve never seen a product that I couldn’t label.

We used lightly tinted teal acrylic containers for the three drawers. I loved that there was a hint of color to them that matched the wrapping paper. I grabbed various sizes from Target to accommodate longer items (such as toothpaste) and smaller ones (such as toothbrush attachments). You definitely want a variety of sizes for drawer organization.

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Finally, UNDER our sink is as organized as above!

 

 

 

 

 

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Stop digging endlessly through your purse! We'll show you the top tips and tricks to keep your purse organized while ensuring you've got all the essentials!

It’s a catch 22. I want to store EVERYTHING in my purse, but I want to have to carry NOTHING. After having 1 (well 10) too many things in my purse, I’ve finally ‘downsized’ and organized with a system that’s been working for years. My secret is that every item in my purse goes in to some sort of pouch, even my snacks! Gone are the days of searching aimlessly through my purse hoping to pull up the one item I’m looking for.

Here’s everything in my purse:

Toiletries

Like many of us rushing from work, appointments and social activities, I want to make sure I can go from morning to evening with everything in my purse. My toiletry bag becomes essential. That includes a nail file, chapstick, a couple Band-Aids, pony tail holders, mini floss, lip gloss, stain remover, hand sanitizer, & a face wipe. While I don’t always use each item on a regular basis (although I’m probably pretty close to using my stain remover daily… oppps!), it’s reassuring to know that these items are there if I need them.

Snacks

While we’re talking about essentials, I ALWAYS carry a snack or two with me throughout the day. There’s no way I can make it through a busy day without a pick me up. I like to keep my snacks in a pouch as well. Once I’m finished it even doubles as a temporary place to put my wrappers meaning no crumbs at the bottom of my purse 🙂 .

These Weight Watchers Light String Cheese are a perfect size snack for me AND my pouch. I love the idea of having a healthy snack with me at all times (hello 2pm snack craving!!). At only 50 calories a stick, I grab a couple to snack on throughout the day. It’s a delicious way to get my calcium and satisfy that mid day craving. Grab yours at Meijer and take their No Strings Attached Challenge! If you don’t love the taste, receive a full refund … going on now through 9/17.

Gift Cards

I have a perpetual fear of loosing all my gift cards. Just the thought of hundreds of dollars of “free money” to my favorite stores gone is enough motivation to keep these organized. On a day to day basis I do NOT store all my gift cards in my purse. Instead these go in a cubby in my entry way closet. I take these with me in this cute business card holder when I do a big shopping/errands trip, not necessarily at the specific store that I have a gift card to, but a shopping trip in general. Sure enough I’m bound to go to one of the stores that I have a gift card to while out and about running errands.

Stop digging endlessly through your purse! We'll show you the top tips and tricks to keep your purse organized while ensuring you've got all the essentials!

Sunglasses & Iphone

I’m quite obsessed with my newest find, technically sunglass holders, but I also use one for my iphone & headphones. Not only is it perfect storage for these items, but the fabric doubles as a quick cleaning cloth. Before my phone would get so dirty at the bottom of my purse (with all the crumbs from my snacks!). These drawstring pouches have mage a HUGE difference!

Stop digging endlessly through your purse! We'll show you the top tips and tricks to keep your purse organized while ensuring you've got all the essentials! Stop digging endlessly through your purse! We'll show you the top tips and tricks to keep your purse organized while ensuring you've got all the essentials! When I’m grabbing something in my purse I go straight to the pouch it belongs! Now I need to work on getting more of those gift cards 🙂 .

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Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I’m here to prove that organizing doesn’t always have to be expensive. All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all those indivdiual batteries with a

 ||| Battery Storage |||

It’s gets better …. I’m not alone in this challenge! Pairing up with 19 other talented ladies, we’re bringing you our 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. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge 2

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled inspiration!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Supplies

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Instructions

I was on the hunt for the perfect silverware holder at Goodwill last weekend and believe it or not THIS was it! Although it’s not quite a looker right now, it will be getting quite the makeover. This silverware holder was DISGUSTING! I mean completely gross. So the first step for me was to give it a really good scrub. Soap and water worked wonders.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

There were some pretty gross velvet coverings both in the inside of each tray AND on the back. Obviously that had to go. It just took a fork and a little tug for the mess to be GONE! I then did one more scrub with a damp rag just to get all the dirt out. And then I thoroughly washed my hands 🙂 .

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Once dry, I did a quick and light sanding all around. No need to go crazy with the sand paper. One quick sanding is enough to give the spray paint something to grip on to. After sanding make sure to wipe down the silverware holder to ensure all the dust is out BEFORE moving on to the spray paint.

Now I’m a HUGE fan of spray paint. It’s without a doubt my favorite DIY home decor supply. The transformation it can do on a less-than-stunning item is amazing. If you’ve never spray painted home items before, take a look at my top 10 tips to spray paint success before moving on. You’ll be a pro in no time!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

If you notice in the photo above, there’s some remnants of that ugly velvet lining. That small part just wouldn’t come off so I left it on. I didn’t panick because although you can still see it now even after we spray painted, once the scrapbook paper lining goes down it will disappear!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Using my colorful scrapbook paper, I cut out lining for each of the trays. There’s no magic formula that will make this easy (unfortunately!), but my paper cutter seriously came in handy. Through trial and error I slowly cut thin strips off my lining to get the absolute perfect fit.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

I attached scrapbooking tape to the corners of each paper liner. Regular tape will probably work great as well. I really just wanted to ensure the corners are taped down so that they don’t fray once inside the silverware holder.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Now on to my favorite part …. labeling. I’ve never seen an item that couldn’t use a label. For this project, I whipped out my Epson portable label maker. Best. Organizing. Tool. EVER. For me it’s been totally worth the investment as it incorporates two of my favorite things: labels & my iphone. I can create the labels directly through an app on my iphone. GENIUS. Just last week I shared TWO organizing projects that both needed labels: 5 minute decorative binder clips & a portable medical binder.

Regardless of what label making tool you use, you’ll want a black ink with clear labels for each of your battery types. I created labels for my most common types of batteries AND a “Misc” for those one offs (aka – a watch battery).

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Make sure to place your label at the top of each tray so when you fill the tray full of batteries your label is still visible.

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

Now all your have to do is fill up the trays with all your batteries!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!
Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

May you NEVER have to search for a battery again!

Step by step tutorial to transition an old silverware holder from the thrift store in to an adorable battery storage solution!

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Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

While I hate spending big bucks on adorable office supplies, I love when my office organizing can also be PRETTY. Sometimes it feels like a catch 22, right? Fortunately, we’re smack dab in the middle of our paper organization series, where we’re showing you practical solutions to your biggest paper clutter challenges. These labeled AND colorful binder clips will be a perfect addition to all your paper organization needs!

 Supplies for Colorful Binder Clips

Instructions

Remove the tops of your clips by pinching the silver arms to remove each side.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Grab your favorite spray paint cans! I highly recommend a GLOSSY spray paint for this project. It makes the binder clips really pop with color. Are you new to DIY spray painting projects? Take a look at my top 10 tips for spray painting before you get started!

I spray two light coats on each binder clip, drying at least one hour in between. I also let them dry overnight just to be sure they’re completely dry.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

My absolute FAVORITE organizing supply is this Epson label maker. It was well worth the investment. Its small so that means portable, which is probably my favorite part. I typically don’t do my projects in our office (which is where our printer is). So I was constantly be running back and forth between the computer, printer and my project to get labels created. Yes, I burned a couple calories walking up & down all our stairs, but having a printer that I can carry with me is SO much easier.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Regardless of what labeling tool you use, you’ll want to label both the front and back of your binder clip so that means making 2 of each label. I chose to label my binder clips as: Mail, To Do, Bills, and Taxes. Now I never promised you that this would be the most EXCITING items to organize, but at least now when I’m looking at my tax documents I’ll have a pretty pink clip on top.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included! Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

May even your most boring paperwork be BEAUTIFULLY organized 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

One of the most important paperwork in your home is medical paperwork. And it’s likely the most confusing, right? While I can’t claim to decode medical terminology and insurance billing, I can help get these very important pieces of paper organized so that they’re easily accessible when you need them! A medical binder is essential for each member of your family and so easy to put together.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

As many of you know, Joe & I got a new member of our family last winter: a very energetic doberman puppy! Reagan had an overwhelming amount of vet appointments in her first couple months of coming home to us. Being totally new to doggy illnesses & lingo, I was constantly confused and definitely wasn’t getting the most out of our vet appointments. Adding to my confusion, we changed vets after a couple months and my new vet had lots of questions that I couldn’t remember the answer to. After months of feeling like an awful puppy mom, I needed a solution.

Not only is a medical binder great for each PERSON of your family, it can easily be adapted for the animals in your family! In it, you’ll find:

  • all medical bills & paperwork
  • an overview of each doctor (vet) appointment
  • important contact information and insurance numbers

I take Reagan’s with her to all her vet appointments.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!Supplies:

The first step is to decide HOW you want to label the folder tabs that will hold medical bills, notes and paperwork for each appointment. A couple options:

By Date: For Reagan, I opted to have one tab for each month. This may be a little overkill for many of you. Reagan was going to the vet almost every two weeks, so having all her records sorted by month was really helpful. As she gets older and has less appointments, I’ll plan adjust the tabs to quarterly. Within each month’s tab, I put ALL vet bills and any paperwork I receive from the vet, and medicine instructions.

By Type: In addition to having your paperwork sorted based on WHEN the appointments happened, it may be helpful to sort some of the paperwork based on a particular situation. For example, all Reagan’s paperwork (vet bills and all documents) for her spaying go in it’s own tab regardless of which month the appointments took place. This could be a good way to also organize medical information for people surgeries 🙂 !

By Insurance: If you’ve transitioned insurance companies recently, you may want to keep your information stored based on which insurance provider was covering the medical expenses.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

I used a combination of these folder tab options when creating Reagan’s binder. Here’s how I created her folder tabs:

Months: As I mentioned above, I’m starting out sorting Reagan’s paperwork based on month since she’s had a lot of vet appointments lately. As she gets older (and hopefully less prone to finding herself at the vet), I’ll likely switch these to quarterly or even yearly for the older paperwork.

Spaying: We’re getting ready to spay Reagan and our vet supplied us with LOTS of informational pamphlets. Since this is a big surgery, I like keeping all this information (plus corresponding vet bills) in its own tab. All the paperwork will be sorted based on date within the ‘spaying’ tab for easy access.

Notes: From time to time our vet supplies us with handouts on good-to-know puppy information. Instead of pitching it and promising myself I’ll remember it, I store it in the ‘notes’ tab.

Breeder: Our breeder gave us a packet of information when we picked up Reagan (AKC registration, lineage info, etc).

Instructions

Making Folder Tabs: Using my decorative label dicut punch, I punched out enough dicuts for the number of tabs that I want in a variety of colors.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

My absolute FAVORITE organizing supply is my Epson portable label maker. There’s even an app so I can literally label on the go 🙂 . Life. Complete. I printed out a label for each of the tabs using their clear label tape on black ink.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

I adhered each label to the top half of the dicut. Next, using scrapbooking tape (regular scotch tape would likely work fine), I placed two pieces of tape on the bottom quadrants of the dicut.

Using a full size (8 1/2 by 11) card stock paper, I turned the paper sideways (landscape) and taped the dicut in the middle. In effort to make it even, I chose not to eyeball ‘the middle’. Instead I measured out the half the width (which is 5 1/2 inches) and made a small mark. Don’t worry the mark won’t be visible as you’re putting your label right over it!

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

I really LOVE using these clear reusable envelopes, as they’re easy to grab and throw in my bag without taking up a lot of space. Realistically I knew I wouldn’t carry around a 3 ring binder in my bag. Using these clear thinner envelopes really makes these medical binders PORTABLE! (which was the goal!)

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

After putting all the folder tabs in the envelope, I went through the huge stack of Reagan’s medical paperwork. I placed each document in the appropriate section.

As I sorted through all the paperwork, I filled out this Doctor Visit Tracker. The goal was to be up to date documenting all Reagan’s appointments. I found that having one sheet listing all her appointments (and some basic details) was incredibly helpful. This sheet goes right in front of the folder tabs for easy reference.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

The final item added to Reagan’s medical binder was the Important Information Card. As you probably guessed, this card lists important information that I may need when making appointments and talking with the vet. It includes Reagan’s birth date, Breeder information & contact information for our vet.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

Any time we’re off to the vet, this binder comes with us!

Now if someone could just teach us how to read those insurance bills 🙂

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

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Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

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Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Every couple of months I decide to go completely ‘paperless’. I spend hours uploading all my documents to the latest and greatest in online technology. Luckily some of my systems have worked well for me. Yet no matter how hard I try I can never seem to remove paper from my home. So instead of trying to fight it, I’ve learned to embrace it. Enter PAPER ORGANIZATION SERIES. Each week, I’ll be tackling a different area of paper clutter around my home. This week you’ll need to pull out your three ring binders because we’re working on some pretty binder labels for all your 3 ring binders!

Now you may be thinking …. 3 ring binders? Am I back in high school? As much as I wish I was back to the carefree days of my teens, I don’t miss the binder filled homework! Those binders have now been replaced with important home owner documents, coupons, and wedding planning. Three ring binders are an easy to find and label paper storage solution. Perfect for all those documents that you can’t throw away!

At our house I have 4 different binders: warranties/home owner documents, couponing, taxes, & current projects (which is really a catch all for a lot of stuff 🙂 ).

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

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Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.Instructions

The first step is to cut your decorative scrapbook paper to fit the size of the clear side label pocket of the binder. I always cut the paper slightly smaller than the clear side pocket opener, because I HATE trying to push the paper through the opening. Here’s my rule of thumb measurements to cut your paper:

2 inch wide 3 Ring Binder =2 inches wide & 11 inches tall, so cut your paper to 1 1/2 inches wide & 10 1/2 inches tall 

3 inch wide 3 Ring Binder =  3 inches wide & 11 inches tall, so cut your paper to 2 1/2 inches wide & 10 1/2 inches tall 

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Now you’re ready to type the wording of each label. Instead of buying lettered stickers, I opted to print out the letters to save a little money. I love the look of the black wide font on top of my colorful scrapbook paper. I typed out my label wording for each binder with the largest font that would fit my cut scrapbook paper. This took a little trial and error. I printed the labels with different size fonts and measuring it up to the scrapbook paper.  For my 2 inch binders, 120 size Segoe UI Black font was my best option. Printing on thick card stock as opposed to regular printer paper gives the illusion that the letters actually ARE stickers!

Once printed, I then cut out each letter using my scissors. TIP: Using a more plain font makes cutting out the letters MUCH easier, as opposed to a more cursive style font.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Using either regular scotch tape or scrapbooking tape I put a little tape on the back of each letter before pressing it onto the scrapbooking paper. TIP: line up the letters on top of the scrapbook paper WITHOUT tape first to make sure they’re spaced out evenly before applying tape.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Slowly push your label inside the pocket. I like to read the label from bottom to top so I put my label in the pocket accordingly. TIP: Open up your binder to allow more room inside the clear side pocket before inserting your label.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Now when you’re organizing all your papers, you’ll have something pretty to look at!

I’ll see you NEXT week more tips on organizing your paper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

I’m thrilled to be joining 19 AMAZING bloggers in a monthly challenge where we transform a thrift store item into something for our home. Naturally, I’m taking this challenge with organization in mine. My love for organizing is only met by my obsession for saving money, so this monthly series right up my alley! Make sure to stop by the b log on the third Thursday of every month to see what new organizing challenge I’ve tackled at thrift store prices!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Chelc| Inside the Fox Den    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day    Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Marie | DIY Adulation    Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things    Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

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Cords cords cords literally EVERYWHERE. Joe & I have more electronics and gadgets than we likely ever need. Our counters and night stands are filled with electronics and cords… to the point that I don’t even know which cord is for which gadget. I’m convinced we have cords sitting out that don’t even fit anything.

So this month we’re tackling phone cords with a

 ||| DIY Phone Charging Station |||

Supplies

THIS is the box I picked up at the thrift store hoping to solve all my phone charging problems!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

The first step after deciding how many electronics you’re going to store (I’m fitting 5 in this box) is to drill the holes. I first took a marker to denote where the holes should go. No need to use a pencil because you’ll be drilling through your marks (and painting). I didn’t feel like measuring was super important as it was pretty easy to eyeball.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

No joke this was the first time I’ve ever used a drill. Obviously not an expert, but a couple things to remember:

  • Drills need to be charged ahead of time! Charge overnight (NOT 5 minutes before you need to use. Lesson learned.)
  • Once you’re finished drilling the holes, test out your largest electronic cords and make sure they fit through the hole. I eyeballed this when I did it and it wasn’t large enough. I then had to re-drill the holes AFTER I had already painted. Another lesson learned.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Once the holes were drilled, I sanded the entire box, including inside each of the drilled holes. Since this box hadn’t been painted before, the goal of sanding was to create a smooth surface. If you’re using an item that has been painted, stained or spray, the goal will be to strip away the previous application to ensure your paint will be able to ‘grip’ on to the wood. In general a light sanding will work for both. It’s human nature to oversand (is that a word?).

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Paint away! I used paint from an old paint sample from our laundry room, but acrylic paint would work just fine as well. You’ll notice the bottom isn’t painted. I’m going to place some fun colored contact paper on the bottom to serve as a ‘place-mat’ so why spend time on something that will go unnoticed??

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Two coats of paint later, we’re ready to accessorize!  To add a pop of color, I put a piece of contact paper at the bottom. If contact paper throws you for a loop and you’re nervous about laying down contact paper due to potentially bubbling, you could skip pealing and just place inside. Yes, it’s kind of cheating, but who’s keeping tabs? OR you could just use standard scrap-booking paper and tape it down. I PROMISE no one is keeping tabs!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Now you’re ready to charge! Like I mentioned above, I spent some time figuring out what the best placement for each of my electronics would be. I strongly recommend doing this step BEFORE putting the washi tape labels on. Putting the larger electronic cords at the ends worked better for this size box, but it will take a little trial and error to see which ones fit best.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

I’m a sucker for labels, but even more for this label maker. It’s portable and has an iphone app (doesn’t everything nowadays?), making it really easy to make labels. No need to run to our office to print labels on my computer. (Joe didn’t necessarily share my excitement in my new found ease in labeling 🙂 .)

UPDATE: a couple of you asked what the ‘charger’ was. We have a portable charger for when our phone battery is running low and we’re not near an outlet. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Before applying the labels, add washi tape around each cord. I cut the ends at a diagonal and attached my clear labels on top.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Now that my electronics are organized, let’s hope I remember to CHARGE them! 🙂

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Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

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