No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Lately I’ve been working to organize and decorate our laundry room (pictures to come soon!). It’s a pretty small space so I removed a lot of unnecessary clutter to make room to sort & fold our laundry. One thing that I noticed ALWAYS taking up room was the ironing cord. On too many occasions the cord would actually end up in the washer or dryer because the long cord was dangling everywhere. Enter: Ironing Cord Holder. When I showed Joe my final product he laughed and asked if I had officially run out of things to organize. Yet, I stand by the fact that this is a necessity in every laundry room 🙂 .

Supplies

  • Thick fabric (I used left over outdoor fabric that I made pillows with)
  • Velcro (if you use the kind with a sticky back, then you won’t need as much Iron on Fabric Tape)
  • Iron on Fabric Tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

The first thing I did was measure the available space for my holder on my iron (as shown to the right). No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!Mine was roughly 3 1/2 inches. To come up with my fabric height, I doubled that space (to make it thicker) & added an additional 2 inches (for fabric tape). My dimensions are 3 1/2 x 2 = 7 + 2 = 9 inches in height. If you have a standard iron, a good fabric width is 9 1/2 inches.

Make sure your iron is plugged in as you’re going to need throughout this project. This is a NO SEW project!

Once you’ve got your fabric cut, the next step is to create a nice 1/2 inch fold  on the top and bottom (off the height), securing / ironing with fabric tape (see below). Note that I use really skinny fabric tape, which helps for projects like these. If you have wider fabric tape, 1 inch width for example, you can simply cut it narrower for projects like this.

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Next, fold in the middle (of the height) and iron to create a crease (as shown below).

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Now we’re going to do the same step that we did for the top and bottom of the fabric on to both of the sides (width), folding in 1/2 inch and securing by ironing fabric tape inside.

Next, we need to close this large piece of fabric so that it will fit around your iron. I placed fabric tape on both sides (as shown below), folded in the middle (the big crease that we created earlier). Then iron to secure.

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

We’ve created our fabric piece and all that’s left is to add the Velcro! Since I used Velcro that was NOT sticky on one side, I used fabric tape to secure. Obviously the smarter option would have been to buy the sticky back Velcro 🙂 .

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

I opted to use two strips of Velcro for each side to ensure a stronger hold. Measure your Velcro strips to fit, making them just slightly shorter than the height of your fabric holder. Iron on or stick your Velcro to the fabric. When attaching the Velcro to the fabric, make sure that one set of strips is placed on the front left and the other on the back right. (If you put both Velcro strips on the same side of the fabric it will not close when looping around your iron.)

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

Tada! You’re now officially ready to organize your ironing cord!

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

May your ironing cords never dangle in to your washer again!

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

No more tangling ironing cords falling all over with this no sew DIY Ironing Cord Holder! Easy to make in only 15 minutes!

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Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

As someone who wakes up at the last possible minute, yet still wanting to be ready to go at the right time, I’m always trying to find ways to shave time off my morning routine. I pack my lunch the night before & I figured out how to streamline my morning beauty routine, so it only seems fitting to organize my morning outfit selection. My city, Seattle, has two seasons: raining & not raining. Although all my clothing revolves around those seasons, I’m still able to stand in front of my closet for 10 minutes looking at the same outfits over and over hoping that Clueless’ Cher’s closet system magically comes in to my life to pick an outfit for me!

Cher may have been ahead of her time with a computerized system in the 90’s, but I’ve found that the old fashion paper organization method can work with my closet in 2015 with these daily outfit labels!

Supplies:

  • Leftover cereal boxes
  • pretty con-tact paper
  • Thick marker or alphabet stickers
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbooking cutting tools, optional
  • This circular download template or an old CD / DVD

Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

Leftover cereal boxes work best, but in a pinch I opted for what I had, which was a rice, popcorn & graham cracker box. I flattened the boxes and covered with contact paper on both sides.
Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

I then used my scrapbooking cutting tools to cut out the appropriate size circles (outer AND inner circle to make a ‘doughnut’); you can also use this download template or an old CD (it’s roughly the same size). Simply cut out the template, trace on to the cardboard & cut with a scissor. I made 5 of these since my goal was to organize my outfits for the work week, but you could go crazy and add Saturday & Sunday!

Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

Now you’re ready to add the day of the week to each of your labels by either hand writing or alphabet stickers. I recommend labeling both sides!

Finally cut through one side of each of the ‘doughnuts’ so that you’re able to put these on your clothing hanger.

Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

Now you’re ready to plan your outfits!

On Saturday or Sunday, I’ll look through my closet while picking out outfits for the week. Each outfit is ironed and hung next to the appropriate day’s label.

All outfits are ready to go and easy to grab. These outfit labels could be great for little kids as well, making mornings easier for busy moms!

May you now be able to sleep in as long as possible in the morning!

Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

Make your mornings easier and stress free with these DIY outfit labels! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

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After a couple months of Amazon Subscribe & Save, Joe & I realized that our eyes were a little bigger than our stomach when ordering 3 containers of Oatmeal per month. Although the unintended purpose, these make ideal storage containers. They just needed some sprucing up!

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What you need

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

Measure the height & width of your containers (mine measured to be xx inches high and xx inches wide). I cut the contact paper 1/4 inch less than the height of the container and 2 inches longer than the width, so mine came out to be xxx by xxx). I prefer to use my paper cutter but you can definitely just use a scissor!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

After cutting the paper to size, peel one edge of the backing. Line up the sticky edge to the container, leaving the 1 inch allowance. Slowly press the adhesive side of the contact paper down on to the container while slowly peeling back the paper backing. Go in smooth strokes, pushing out any air bubbles a small section at a time. If any air bubbles do get trapped, you can just pull the adhesive back to smooth it down again.

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

Now all you have to do is fill them!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

I opted to use three of mine for under the sink storage. These worked perfect to quickly grab a garbage bag and separating out my small & large ziplock bags. Plus it gave a little design to an otherwise unattractive cabinet space.

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

To decorative diy storage containers & years of oatmeal ahead of us!

Turn extra oatmeal boxes in to easy decorative DIY storage containers, customized to match any color scheme! Perfect for any room!

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Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!This is my story of the missing socks. Sure enough, after a load of laundry there’s always at least one random sock without it’s partner.

every. single. time.

I’m convinced the drain eats them up or they mysterious get in between the walls. I put the solo socks back in my dresser drawer assuring myself that once I find the matching sock I’ll remember to pair them. Enter a sock drawer of individual unpaired socks.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

The solution: only paired socksget put back into the bedroom dresser drawers. Until the sock has it’s pair, it gets stored in the laundry room in these cute labeled baskets.

SUPPLIES

  • Two decorative baskets **
  • Ribbon
  • Labels (I used these)
  • Hole punch

** I made a second basket for socks that were past their prime and ones that truly lost their partner AKA “cleaning rags”.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

INSTRUCTIONS

Either hand-write or type out your labels, trimming according to label holder size. I typed mine and just printed on plain printer paper. Slip the labels in to the clear label holders and make a hole punch on each side.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Next loop the ribbon through the label holes ensuring the ribbon runs in the back of the label. Pull the ribbon around the entire basket, tying in a knot tightly on the back of the basket.

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Tada! You’ve got one basket for single socks and one for ‘socks turned rags’! Each time I do the laundry and find a single sock, I simply check my sock basket to either find it’s match or place the single sock in it.

Keep these out on top of your laundry machine or tuck them away in a nearby cabinet.

May your socks never be single again!

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

Never have missing socks after laundry again! This tutorial will keep your socks from going missing and laundry room organized!

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I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Each day when I get home from work I stand outside our front door trying at least three keys before I find the one that opens my front door. I find it a personal victory when I guess it right the first try.

As I’m navigating through my key chain I promise myself I’m going to find a solution to this frustration. Then the second I finally get through the front door my frustration is forgotten, well for 24 hours.

One of the problems is that my key chain is a disaster. Apparently I’m a key hoarder: holding on to keys in which I can’t even find a door to open. Hopefully most of you will be able to skip this, but my first step in my key chain organization project was to figure out what each of my keys go to!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Once I parted ways with the unneeded keys, I was ready to get started.

This DIY tutorial will not only make your key chain pretty & organized, but also use up some of that old nail polish that you’re yet to use up. Yep, you read that right. We’re pairing organization with beauty products!

SUPPLIES

  • Old toothbrush
  • Dish detergent
  • Enough nail polish for each of your keys
  • clear coat nail polish or clear protector spray
  • Keys
  • Painters tape
  • Paper towels/newspaper

First order of business? Wash your keys. Bet you’ve never done that before! Me neither. I opted for a quick and easy soaking with dish detergent for 5 minutes while I dug out the rest of my supplies.

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Then taking an old toothbrush (I save my old toothbrushes for various DIY projects), I quickly scrubbed the keys down. You wouldn’t put nail polish on dirty nails, so why do it on dirty keys!?

Next thing I did was get rid of all my extra my key rings. I really only need one, but over the years have mysteriously collected many of these, which aren’t necessary and bulk up my key chain.

Taping the keys with painters tape is essential for me, as ‘straight lines’ are not something in my vocabulary! I then paired each of my keys with a nail polish. After laying out some paper towels I paint my first coat on one side (and edges) of each key. I let these sit for an hour before flipping over and painting the other side of each. I did three coats on each side, but you may choose to opt for less!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Once you’re satisfied with the color/number of coats, put a protector over it – either a top coat or protector spray. I had some clear protector spray handy as I use on many craft projects.

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

Of course you can add a cute key chain, but if you want to really go minimal the keys add enough of a decorative touch on their own!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

I painted our extra set of house keys that we give to guests.

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

May your keys look as good as your nails!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

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I love to organize and that extends to my key chain! This simple and fun key chain organization project even includes a beauty product!

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Not being the cook in the family I don’t often reach for the spices, but my husband does regularly. Fortunately my love for organizing trumps my confusion in the kitchen.

I hated the way our spice containers were all different shapes & sizes and in those rare occasions where I use them, it would take a long time sifting through to find the spice I needed.

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This rolling end cabinet that the spices were in wasn’t working either, so I cleared out a drawer for the spices.

My two priorities with this project were to have matching containers and easily identifiable labels.

SUPPLIES:

STEPS:

First step is to create the new labels, which will go on the lid of each new spice jar. This Spice Container Labels word document download is what I used for my Container Store clear spice jars in the link above. I made a label for each of the spices I currently had (many of which I couldn’t even pronounce!).

Print these on label sheets (I really like the Avery ones listed above).

Now the labels need to be cut to fit the lids. If you have a circular paper cutter (from scrapbooking or the like), I recommend using it so that it will make an even circle. If not, you can always trace the top your new lids on your printed labels and cut them out (if you trace, flip over your Avery paper to the back to trace with a pencil so that the pencil marks don’t show).

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Place each label on the lid of each new spice jar.

Once all your new spice jars are labeled, transfer the spices in to the new jars. To make it a little less messy (be warned …. it’s still going to be messy!), I used a piece of paper as a makeshift filter.

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Now if you want to get REALLY fancy (which I didn’t), you can alphabetize all your spices!

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May your spices be organized and you’re easily able to pronounce all of them!


Do your spices need a makeover? Make your spices organized and easy to find with this easy spice container organizing tutorial!

 

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It’s always smart to store the essentials in your trunk, JUST incase!

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

As the seasons change, it always seems like the right time to re-organize, re-fresh, re-clean.

Ummm..actually, who am I kidding. I do this daily. I don’t need a weather change as a prompt.

But our car was in need of some major cleaning out and organizing after a summer of road trips and camping. The first area I’m tackling is the trunk! I like to keep essentials in a nice organized manner in the event that ‘something’ happens. Hopefully I won’t need these items, but as the saying goes ‘better safe than sorry.’

 

Here are my top 10 trunk essentials 

1 Extra BlanketI store an old blanket that doesn’t really match any of our bedrooms. It’s come in handy to use as an extra blanket camping and when we go to outdoor concerts. And in the event that we had a real emergency, it’s wise to have extra blankets available.

2 Several Garbage Bags | These have been really useful to prevent the car from getting dirty – putting our dirty boots in post hiking trip and transporting plants in from Home Depot. Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

3 Water & Food I store two water bottles and a couple bags of nuts in the event that we need food or water. I’ve heard that it’s bad to keep plastic water bottles in a hot car for long periods of time. Yet in the event that we had a real emergency I figured that it would be better to have bad water than no water at all. We’ve also used the water for cleaning up spills.

4 Cleaning Spray & Paper TowelsWith the amount of road trips that we take, we do a lot of eating in the car, thus lots of spills and crumbs. Cleaning supplies have come in handy quite often!

5 Extra TowelIt’s great to have as a buffer between the car seat and anything else. We’ve put them on the seats when we’ve had dogs in our car. These specifically came in handy after a canoeing trip when I felt out of the canoe and was soaking wet. (Which was my last canoeing trip)

6 First Aid KitI make sure it’s stocked with a lot of band-aids of different sizes, as I tend to get blisters easily. Especially with more outdoor summer activities!

7 Extra Grocery BagsI can’t count the number of times on my hand when I went to the grocery store and forgot my plastic bags. Ugh. I always keep a couple in the trunk, just in case.

8 Flash LightMake sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk! Believe it or not, I’ve actually used the flashlight for extra light to put on make-up in the car before going out to dinner. Obviously not the intended reason for the flashlight, but it did come in handy 🙂 .

9 Small Umbrella | I live in Seattle. No further explanation needed.

10 Trunk OrganizerThis is the one I purchased to put all our items in. I love it and highly recommend it because: 1) it’cheap. 2) it can expand or shrink in size (we all know that trunk space is valuable so I love the options this organizer has). 3) it has Velcro on the bottom so it stays put! No worrying about things in the trunk moving around.

the top trunk essentials!

Any other essentials that you store in your trunk?

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

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The last time I lived in a college dorm was my sophomore year of college, over 13 years ago. Starting my junior year, I moved to an off campus house with girlfriends and said goodbye to dorm life by throwing away my shower sandals & caddy in exchange for a bedroom without bunk-beds and a shower that wouldn’t cause foot fungus. Who would have thought over a decade later a shower caddy would be one of my best morning routine time savers?

So before I indulge you in explaining my seemingly juvenile bathroom accessory, let me assure you that I don’t still use shower shoes 🙂 .

The toiletry caddy idea originated after my husband and I purchased our first condo 5 years ago in Chicago. This was the first time that we lived in a two bathroom home. I typically wake up earlier during the weekdays and according to him I make A LOT of noise getting ready in our master bathroom. I offered to use the guest bedroom in the morning, but our guest bathroom was super small and didn’t have drawers for all my toiletries. I ended up making MORE noise each morning trekking my toiletries from our master bath to the guest bath. Poor Joe couldn’t get any sleep in the mornings.

So I started throwing all my toiletries in an extra shower caddy …..

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Here’s what you need to make your own shower caddy organizer:

Since you can’t create a toiletry caddy without a caddy, that will be your first step. Mine is so old that I can’t find it online anywhere, but here, here and here are a couple good options. My preference is plainer the better as I find that too many compartments and gadgets sometimes make organizing HARDER!

Next pull out all your toiletries that you use on a daily basis. (I’m not talking about the super hold hairspray that you only use on a Saturday night.) Put all your day-to-day toiletries in a row from most used to least used, left to right. (this isn’t 100% necessary, but it IS kind of entertaining). In the event that you don’t have room for everything, those items on the right won’t make it in the caddy. And I’ll admit it. Toothbrush wasn’t the furthest left for me 🙁 .

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Remember all those make up bags you get with your free gift at department stores? Put them to use by storing your makeup inside!

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Same thing for cotton balls & q-tips.

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For any of my toiletries that are rather large (mouthwash, I’m looking at you), I transferred in to smaller Container Store clear container. For the mouthwash I went for a tall narrow container in order to optimize the most room in my caddy. The small white one? Baby powder ( = my version of dry shampoo). Take a look back up at the photo of all my toiletries to see how often I use it 🙂 .

Now all you need to do is make a little room under your sink to store your shower caddy once you’re finished getting ready in the morning!

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Note that I don’t put my straightener, curling iron or hair dryer in my caddy. I just don’t use these everyday and don’t have room.

The benefits of using the shower caddy:

  • I can easily transfer to any of our bathrooms to get ready in (I HATE sharing a bathroom in the morning)
  • All my toiletries that I need are right in front of me (therefore no sifting through drawers)
  • It makes me reduce the number of random products that I use in the morning
  • Storage is easy underneath any bathroom sink cabinets



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