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

 ||| PAINT DIPPED BASKETS |||

Wicker baskets continue to stay in style and are such practical storage solutions. It can add an extra layer of color and texture to a room while keeping things tidy.

I wanted to update my basket with a dipped effect, but was hesitant to use the real dipping process (filling up a tub with paint and dipping the basket inside). I saw disaster written all over that. So instead I took a different approach and got the same look …..

Supplies

Instructions

I masked off areas of the baskets with masking tape and painted them with a small paint brush, working simultaneously between the inside and outside to avoid drips collecting between the wicker. Once I had finished painting the baskets I removed the masking tape before the paint had chance to dry to avoid the paint chipping off.

Using the painting tape, cover around the basket at the point where you want the paint to end. I tucked the tape in to the ribs of the basket a little to prevent paint dripping on to the lower parts. (Note that I painted the top half of my basket, as opposed to the bottom half)

For the first coat, I used a standard cut in tip paint brush. Starting at the top of the basket, I worked my way down with the paint.

Since we’re not painting a flat surface, the first coat is likely not going to completely cover all the basket. That’s OK!

Once the first coat dries (a couple hours), I used my small acrylic paint brush to get in to the nooks with a second coat.

As you can see the second coat really did the trick!

Once you’re satisfied with the paint coverage, slowly and carefully remove the painting tape BEFORE the paint dries. Removing painting tape over dry paint can sometimes pull the paint off as well!

I took a chance and didn’t use a protective clear top coat and haven’t had any issues with chipping yet. If you’re not as much of a dare devil as I am, I really like xxx protective coat. Just give it a quick spray in a well-ventilated area.

I used this basket in our guest room to store an extra blanket and magazines for our guests. But the uses for decorative baskets are really endless. And remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune on these if you’re willing to invest in a little DIYing!

 

 

 

 




 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

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

Meet the Bloggers

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

Follow along on our Pinterest board for more upcycled inspiration!

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


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100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

I hate downsizing. There I said it. I have a constant fear that I’ll someday need said item that I’m getting rid of. I’d rather spend hours figuring out the perfect organizational system for too much stuff than downsize. Yet even someone like me is able to get rid of these 100 things. Whether you throw away, recycle or donate, I promise you won’t miss these 100 things from your home!

1 Extra buttons in little plastic bags from every clothing item ever purchased | Odds are you don’t even have the shirt the buttons came with!

2 Window bill envelopes | besides paying bills when on earth would you use these?

3 Expired condiments

4 Scratched CDs | In this day and age if you’re going to even keep CDs they sure better be working!

5 Expired batteries | Just because you put them back in storage, doesn’t mean they’ll start working again 🙂 .

6 Cable cords and wires | Seriously, do you really have any idea what to do with these?

7 Expired canned goods

8 Tupperware containers missing their lid | I promise you’re never going to find the lid. Ever.

Old cell phones | “I’d really like to go back to using my Iphone 3” said no one ever. Trade it in or donate it.

10 Lanyards, name tags, bags from conferences

11 Magnets | Unless you use them, they just make your fridge look cluttered.

12 Dried-up nail polish

13 Travel mugs that leak | You’re welcome.

14 Unused notebooks

15 Address labels for your old house

16 Dollar store items that you’re still trying to figure out how to use

17 Tiny screws and nails from furniture you don’t even have anymore

18 Novelty kitchen gadgets | Everyone wants fresh squeezed orange juice, but how often are you actually squeezing those oranges?

19 Wedding favors

20 Past wedding invites

21 Expired coupons | Donate them to the military

22 Old bridesmaid dresses | Have you really worn it since the wedding?

23 Hangers from the dry cleaners

24 Extra salt and pepper shakers | Honestly, why would have you more?

25 White-out bottles | Deep down you know you don’t need these.

26 Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness

27 Old teeth whitening trays

28 Take out menus | The menu is the exact same online. I promise.

29 Backpacks or duffle bags that don’t get used enough | And no, don’t use these as storage solutions

30 Gorgeous uncomfortable shoes that you avoid because they give you blisters

31 Unused Exercise Equipment | This stuff is too bulky to store if you’re not using it.

32 Alarm clock | Isn’t your phone already sitting on your nightstand?

33 Plastic cutlery from takeout

34 Extra pencil sharpeners | You can have ONE

35 Paperweights

36 Hole punch | When’s the last time you’ve used yours?

37 Snacks your pets don’t like | Reagan is the worlds pickiest eater

38 Unused vases | Keep one for flowers you receive

39 Make up you’ll try “one day” | I’m looking at you Taylor Swift style lipsick

40 Travel brochures from trips you’ve already gone on

41 Stockings with runs | No amount of clear nail polish will take away the run

42 Cards you’ve received that have no sentimental value

43 Old emery boards | They’re SO cheap, just buy a new one

44 Highlighters | Save one or TWO tops

45 Too many sets of bed linens | Allow two per bed max

46 Piles of “scrap paper”

47 Gifts you don’t really like

48 Staple remover | Do you see my theme with office supplies?

49 Twisty ties | They really only make sense on bread bags

50 DVDs you don’t watch

51 Cooking utensils you have two of | Have you ever used two of the same utensil at the same time?

52 Promotional t-shirts that are WAY too big

53 Bills you don’t need to keep | Who wants to be reminded of how much money they’ve spent?

54 Extra key chains

55 Emergency sewing kits | How many ‘sewing emergencies’ can one person have?

56 Mason jars | Go on Pinterest and figure out a project for these or get rid of them!

57 Paper bags from a department store | Ok Ok, keep one or two tops

58 Touristy knick knacks that seemed like a good idea to purchase while on vacation

59 Fancy serving bowls that you can only use for special occasions

60 CDs that come with computer programs you’re no longer using

61 Extra bubble wrap | Takes up WAY too much room!

62 Keys that you don’t know what they’re for

63 Holiday decorations that you always forget to set out | Mine’s the Mardi Gras decorations for the party I never end up hosting

64 Any dishware that doesn’t match the rest of your set

65 Dried up super glue or super glue that’s lids are glued shut

66 Those amazing organizational systems that worked in your previous apartment but not in your current place

67 Recipe books you rarely use | One word: Pinterest 

68 Magazines you’ve already read

69 Worn-Out Hairbrushes | We all get grossed out seeing other people’s old hairbrushes

70 Single earrings | Look for the pair or get rid of it

71 Too many workout clothes | Remember, buying workout clothes doesn’t burn calories

72 Plastic hangers that you get from the store

73 Remotes that don’t have a use | Whoever invented the universal remote is GENIUS!

74 Dishware that doesn’t stack easily and/or takes up too much room

75 Craft supplies for projects that you never actually started (or completed)

76 The cheap pans that keep burning your meal | But you won’t have any more excuses for burnt food 🙂

77 Novelty baking dishes that can’t be used regularly

78 Extra pajama sets | A couple for cold weather and a couple for warm weather is good enough!

79 Accessories to old electronics | Don’t we wish all iphone versions used the same charger??

80 Broken hangers, even if they’re the fancy expensive wood kind

81 Boxes from electronics | Unless you think there’s a good chance you’ll return it, hold the box for only a couple weeks

82 Hairdryer attachments that never get used

83 Stained clothing you can’t get cleaned | The stain will drive you crazy

84 Too many coolers | If you have room for these, I want to move in to your house!

85 Holiday themed dishes | I love these as much as you do, but I only have room for dishes I can use ALL year round

86 Belts that don’t fit

87 Scarves you never wear

88 Too many hats & gloves | Find a couple pairs that go with ALL your winter coats

89 Chopsticks | Unless you really REALLY use them

90 Shampoo bottles from hotels | Use them within the first month back from your trip or get rid of them

91 Air fresheners | Unless they’re the kind with refills

92 Clothes that are WAY too small | One size down is OK, but anything more? Just buy new clothes to celebrate!

93 Matches from restaurants | Save one pack

94 Cheap pens that run out of ink easily

95 Too many baking dishes | How many can you really fit in your oven at the same time?

96 Old ratty towels | Turn them in to rags or get rid of them!

97 Makeup samples that you only like because they’re free

98 Unnecessary receipts | Do you really want an itemized grocery receipt from a year ago?

99 Cookie cutters | If you’ve used them in the last month you get a pass!

100 Empty bottles of anything

100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

Here's our top 100 things to get rid of IMMEDIATELY!

Any others I missed?

100 things around your house to throw away NOW that you'll never miss and probably didn't realize you had! Speaking from the ultimate pack rat!

 

 

 

 




 

 

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I found out the other week that Joe doesn’t always read my blog posts. Obviously he’s not my target market, but what?!?! I felt a little like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex & The City when Samantha tells her that she doesn’t always have time to read her newspaper column. In his defense he claims he doesn’t need to read them because he pretty much watches each post being created in our kitchen on almost a daily basis!

So when I was working on our entry way command center, he did his customary “working on a blog post”? I thought to myself, who on earth would care to see how I set up a couple shelves near our entry way. A week later friends saw the newly installed entry way command center and said “Ohhhh when is this going to be on the blog?”

Entry way command center

So apparently my last ditch effort to get all the clutter off of our counters is officially blog worthy. Great news because this may have been my LONGEST in progress home project ever. No matter how many baskets and containers we have throughout our house, we ALWAYS seem to have extra ‘stuff’ on our counter tops.

Counter clutter is the one thing that make our place look messy and small.

I’m constantly moving keys, headphones, mail, & Reagan’s leash to put them in a dish of sorts on our counter. Then these dishes start to pile up and I’ve created a whole new area of clutter. It’s a vicious cycle!

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Unfortunately we don’t have a big front door entry way area so it never occurred to me to use the small wall space that we had. But that’s what we did! Not loving any of the prepaid command centers I was seeing online (I wanted clean & metal), I opted to make my own pieces….. well buy my own (no DIY for this project)!

Here Were The Problem Areas / What I Purchased 

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

I loved the look of these hooks and also loved how easy they were to ‘hang’ up (aka- peal off the tape on the back), as the rest of the command center needed to be nailed in.

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Here’s the final product!

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

These pocket cubbies were great for more miscellaneous items that we need near our entry, such as Reagan’s puppy harness, chap stick, & headphones.

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Keys, hats & sunglasses are within easy access on the silver square hooks.

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

Since it’s just Joe & I in our house, the third mail rack doubled as puppy towel holder to dry off Reagan’s feet when it’s raining!

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

May your counters be forever empty!I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

 

 




 

I had to be creative to make our entry way command center since we don't really have an entry way! Proof that you don't need a lot of room to get organized!

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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!

Since getting our new puppy in December, it seems like we’re going through a lot more dirty towels & washcloths to clean up all spills that a crazy little puppy will cause! Living in a 3 story townhouse, I was definitely getting my exercise walking up all the flights of stairs to put just one dirty towel in the laundry basket. That’s when the piles started building up in the kitchen.

Disgusting dirty towel piles.

My quick solution was to put these in a reusable grocery bag to just get them out of sight. And THEN that’s when the light bulb went off…. I was going to make labeled “Clean” & “Dirty” bags for all our kitchen towels & rags.

I purchased a couple black medium size canvas tote bags. I chose for black bags to prevent the appearance of getting dirty, which really just means that I won’t have to wash them as much 🙂 . With a black tote bag, I opted for light colored fabric paint. My creative juices weren’t exactly flowing so I just grabbed a white & silver, but the color combos are endless. Literally!

The nice thing about these fabric paints is that you CAN put them in the laundry. So far I’ve only tested in on the delicate cycle, but they claim they’ll work fine on a regular wash cycle.

When possible I try to select the items on Amazon that are eligible for ‘Amazon Prime’ which means the item has two day shipping for FREE (the Amazon Prime items tend to be cheaper as well). If you’re not an Amazon member and want to try out prime, you can try out a 30 day trial here.

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!

Once you’ve got your supplies your FIRST step should be to wash your canvas bags in the washer, skipping the fabric softener. Next iron them so that you’re starting with a nice even flat slate.

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!

I truly wish I was one of those people who could create beautiful cursive writing naturally. It’s incredibly awkward watching me try to write anything on crafting material (so you definitely aren’t getting an ‘in action’ shots). A couple things I do to make it look better:

  • I used two pieces of paper to form the top and bottom line of my writing so that all letters are the same size and don’t start drifting outside the ‘lines’.
  • I type out my letters in a word document first. I then adjust the sizing according to the project I’m doing and print. When I’m ready to do my lettering, I have a really great example sitting right in front of me to follow.
  • I use Font Bundles fonts for a lot of the labeling throughout my house, but have found that I can also use these fun font styles in the word doc that I print out to mimic (I’ve never been in love with the standard Microsoft fonts).

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!

I did a couple coats of fabric paint on each of my bags to write out clean and dirty, letting them dry for at least 1 hour in between. I strongly recommend doing this project somewhere away from anything or anyone that could nock it over. There were a couple accidents in my house 🙂 . If you were to look on the other side of the ‘dirty’ bag, you’d see what happens when a 4 month old doberman successfully grabs it from the kitchen counter.  Rookie hack? Just turn it over and write on the OTHER side.

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!

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!

The next morning after allowing these to fully dry overnight, I hung them up in our first floor storage closet right next to our kitchen.

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!

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!

I’ll let you guess which bag is more full at any given time at our house 🙂 .
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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I love my messy house, said no one ever. This is my one solution to keep our house clutter free!

Goodbye house clutter! This one solution saved us from a messy house!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!
I try to keep our place free of unnecessary house clutter laying around, putting things back where they belong when I’m finished and keeping organized. Yet, when I look around, I always find one or two small things that need to go back to its place. Walking up 3 flights of stairs in our townhouse to put something little away, such as my nail polish, seemed silly and exhausting (although it definitely counted as a workout).

Enter: Decorative Baskets

I bought these 3 matching baskets, one for each floor of our townhouse, to store any clutter in that needs to be put away. Initially I debated whether to do this or not, as the baskets were actually additional clutter themselves. But within no time, these baskets were used on a daily, if not hourly basis. Anytime there was something to put away on a different floor, I just drop it in the basket. Then when I do need to go up or downstairs, I bring the basket with me and drop off all the clutter to it’s home.

keeping our homoe clean and clutter free with this one step!

With the baskets all matching, it’s easy to swap these out as I bring one basket upstairs for a delivery and another downstairs.

Added benefit: it’s the best for a quick clean before guests come, literally throwing everything away in the baskets!

Another idea is to give a basket to each member of the family to put their items in, but since it’s just Joe & me (and really most of the clutter is mine), one basket on each floor worked best for us.

 

 

UPDATE: Although Joe & I don’t have separate baskets, I decided that Reagan, the newest member of our family, needed a DIY version just for her!

Now that I’m not walking up and down the stairs as much, I should probably get a gym membership!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

 

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There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

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