The smartest way to store your Christmas cards: digitally! 

The smart way to organize your Christmas cards: digitally!

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started nesting. Right away. Like THAT day.  And I started on the Christmas cards. We’ve got great storage space in our town house and I definitely put to the test. Lots of Container Store bins line our closets, several of which were storing a decade of Christmas cards. Now I love Christmas and love giving & receiving Christmas cards. I also hate getting rid of anything. You can see the problem arising!

The reality is that after the month of December, those Christmas cards don’t get looked at again. They’re just taking up valuable space in the closet. I knew I should get rid of them, but I just couldn’t do it.

So instead I compromised with myself. I got rid of the physical card, but stored copies digitally on Dropbox. There’s a variety of digital storage options available. My go-to is Dropbox, mostly because I’ve used it for quite a while so I’m very familiar and it’s folder system is very similar to that of a PC.

Get rid of your piles of Christmas cards, by storing them DIGITALLY!

I already had my cards stored by year, but if you didn’t, that would be the first place to start. It may be difficult to discifer which year each card was from, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it or not.

I found this project to be a lot easier (and less time consuming than I expected) largely due to the fact that I only used my iPhone (no computer needed).

Using a white foam board as a back drop I took a picture of each card one by one. For most of the cards I only took a picture of the front, but there were a few where I also took a picture of the back/inside.

Before I took any pictures of cards, I snapped a photo of the labeled ziplock bag that I was storing each year’s worth of cards in. This helped organizez my photos on my phone and made it easier to upload to Dropbox (more on that below).

Once all the photos were taken, I logged in to my Dropbox account on my iPhone. I added a folder titled ‘Cards’ and made sub folders for each year.

To add my photos I simply opened up one of the sub folders, hit the + key at the bottom of the screen and selected ‘Upload Photos’.

I selected all the photos that followed the photo of the bag marked with the appropriate calendar year. Then hit ‘Next’.

Depending on how many photos you have, it could take a couple minutes to upload.


Once the photos are all uploaded, you can rotate and label each one. I decided that extra step wasn’t worth it to me right now, but you may want your more organized!

I was so happy that I took the plunge to digitalize these and definetely have been enjoying the extra storage space! It’s now becoming an annual project each January (along with prepping birthday cards for the year).

Step by step tutorial for organizing your Christmas cards digitally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who else finds coins all over the house? Here’s our latest organization solution specifically to store all that loose change! 

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 that loose change with:

 ||| DIY Coin Holder |||

While I never find change in my couch (lots of dog hair instead 🙂 ), I do find lots of change at the bottom of my purse, in pockets of my jeans, in our car and lots of places in between. I wanted to centralize where I stored loose coins to one location large enough to hold lots of change until it was worth a trip to the bank. A large glass jar (think spaghetti jar) seemed to be the perfect size and price. I scored one for 50 cents at Goodwill. While the size was right, the function and design left lots to be desired. I wanted a true piggy bank style coin drop (as opposed to a screw off lid) to make depositing loose change easy. A little pop of color and design was needed since the jar will be sitting out in the open.

I never pass up an opportunity to spray paint things. ANYthing. I fancy myself somewhat of a spray paint connoisseur, if there ever was one. So armed with spray paint, here’s my quick and easy solution to storing loose change:

Coin Holder Supplies

  • One glass jar (use an old spaghetti sauce jar or find plenty in the dishware section of any thrift store)
  • Painters tape
  • Spray paint (I used white for the jar and gold for the lid)
  • Lettered stickers
  • Coin lid (I found this one on Etsy)
  • Protective gloss spray
  • LOTS of change!

Instructions

While I could have just spray painted both jar and lid, I wanted to add a label. A fun way to incorporate lettering on clear products is to use stickers and spray paint over the letters, making the font clear with the background in color. To ensure the placement of the stickers was even, I first placed painters tape around the jar and added the letters directly above. Once the stickers were placed on the jar, I removed the painters tape.

Both the jar and the lid got spray painted. I considered DIY’ing a coin drop lid, but the tutorials I found online looked cumbersome and tricky. Once I realized I could buy a coin lid on Etsy for a couple dollars, it was a no brainer. (there’s times when BUY instead of DIY is better. The lid was a definite buy.)

I opted for a white jar with a gold lid. This coin holder is going to sit in my laundry room (where most of the loose change ends up), with the possibility of moving it to the kitchen. So I wanted something simple, yet fun: white with a little gold.

Slowly but firmly peel off the stickers. I repeat, SLOWLY. If the stickers tear, scrape lightly with a butter knife to remove the excess. This last step is purely option, but I always do it for any spray paint projects.

Spray a clear protective coat over the entire jar and lid. This will help prevent the paint from scratching off and getting nicked, as it may with normal ‘wear and tear’.

one of our favorite organizational solutions: coin holder!

Final step is my favorite … Fill it up!

easiest DIY for all that loose change: DIY coin holder

The coin holder fit perfect in the laundry room basket I’m using to hold our detergent, bleach and stain remover. (I transferred all those products into matching containers with labels attached to the side. One of my favorite long lasting DIYs to date.)

 

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 | Domestically Creative Kim | Made in a Day
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Sue | A Purdy Little House Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Kimm | Reinvented Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Sara | Twelve on Main
Kim | Farmhouse Made Toni | Small Home Soul Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Marie | DIY Adulation Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Leanna | Of Faerie and Fauna Denise | My Thrifty House Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

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Brilliant DIY coin holder storage solution!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This shop,How to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FirstsMadeEasy #ForBetterBeginnings #MomsFirsts #CollectiveBias

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Being a rookie to parenting, but a long time organizer, I knew I wanted a system to store all the supplies & bottles that would soon take over our home with our little on on the way. A minimalist at heart, I started with the necessities: bottles, bibs, spoons, cups, plates.

We did stock up Playtex VentAire bottles, as these help reduce colic and reflux (two things that sound pretty miserable!) at Target. Scroll down for a great Target Cartwheel to save on Playtex bottles!

Kitchen space can be at a premium in our home, so finding room for the addition of baby products took some thought and planning.

4 Steps to Organize Baby Feeding Supplies

1. purge

Before I stored any baby items in the kitchen, I pulled out EVERY item in our cabinets. Yep, every single one. Not only was it a good opportunity to clean out the inside of the cabinets, looking at all the items we had sitting out on our counters helped me determine what to get rid of (those beer glasses from college perhaps?). Knowing that I had to find extra room in the cabinets allowed me look at our items with a more critical lense.

Once you’ve evaluated all your items, hold off on putting anything back in to the cabinets just yet (we’ll get to that in step 4).

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

2. group similar items

Next I compiled all the baby feeding supplies that will be stored in our kitchen. Similar to step 1, I like to take a look at everything that needs to go into the cabinet before jumping in to organizing solutions. I grouped like items together: bottles, bibs, sippy cups, plates, etc. While there may be a few exceptions, most like items will be stored together.

We’re using Playtex Baby™ VentAire®. What I liked about these bottles is that they’re designed ro reduce colic. There’s a bottom vent on each bottle created to keep air at the back of the bottle and out of the baby’s stomach. The other neat thing about the VentAire® collection is the ability to mix and match the bottles & nipples. That way we can figure out what works for us. Switch out one of the nipples, but still use the bottle.  The minimalist in me really liked this philosophy.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

3. storage solutions

Once all the baby items are grouped together, I’m able to better determine what size storage containers will be needed. I used a combination of clear acrylic containers and pretty white plastic bins found at Target. The baby plates and silverware were placed with our normal kitchen items. I figured that if Joe & I are eating, likely so will our child. Plus, the plates could easily sit on top of our existing kitchen plates to take up less room.

Finding containers did take a little trial and error since the container had to not only hold all the supplies, but also fit into our cabinets. One trick I’ve learned is to measure the space BEFORE heading out to purchase anything. So I measured various cabinet shelves and a couple of our drawers. I also brought a small tape measure with me to the store when I go shopping. Not all storage bins will have the measurements listed and I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not the best at estimating!

These white bins below worked for the majority of our supplies: bottles, placemats, sippy cups, & snack cups.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Affixing a label on each container helps keep everything more organized. Family, friends and nannies can easily find what they need to help out! as well. Plus it makes me happy to open a cabinet with well labeled containers (just look at my craft closet)!

4. store

This is the big step (and the most gratifying). With all of our regular kitchen items and baby feeding supplies spread out on our counters, I was ready to put them away (and anxious to get rid of the clutter). I started by focusing on returning my regular kitchen items where they originally were (or close to it). I did need to allocate shelf space for the new white plastic containers as well as one drawer.  When deciding where to put the baby feeding supplies, I thought about how often these would be used.

One of my favorite rules of organizing is to make sure the most commonly used items are the easiest to access.  

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

I opted to store the spoons and forks with our current silverware. Sometimes it made more sense to store like items together …. baby and ours. I opted for a similar set up for the plates. Our baby (toddler?) plates sat on top of our standard dish set.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Using a long clear acrylic container is an easy way to store full milk bottles or baggies in the fridge. Newest ones get placed in the back so that those that have been in the fridge longer get used up first (first in first out). I’ve gotten this recommendation from several friends stating that it was a life safer to not have to look through a crowded fridge to find a bottle when needed!

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

To save room, bibs are stored in the inside of a cabinet door with a command hook. I selected the door of the cabinet that held the most baby items to that everything would be in one location.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

Bottle cleaning supplies went in a drawer below our counters. Since some of these were a little bit bulkier, I found that it easier to store in a drawer as opposed to a cabinet.

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

How do you organize baby feeding supplies?

Here's the best tips and tricks to organize baby feeding supplies (bottles, sippy cups, plates, placemats, bibs, etc) in your home!

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How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

Hello Spring!

I’m welcoming the change of season with open arms! As the sunny days are peaking through all the rain that we’ve gotten in Seattle throughout the winter, I’m able to open the windows and let the fresh air in. As the weather gets a little warmer, I’m more motivated to come out of hibernation and tackle some spring cleaning.

Over the years I’ve tried different systems for gathering & containing all my cleaning supplies and am happiest with my most recent set up. My main goal for the cleaning caddy is to have one place to store all the cleaning supplies needed for weekly cleaning sessions. Instead of having to grab cleaning supplies from multiple locations in our home, I simply pull out the cleaning caddy from under our kitchen sink and I’m off to clean.

The caddy

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

I love that this caddy has a sturdy handle, is easy to clean and has multi sized compartments to hold a variety of supplies, all of which I purchased at Target.

The essentials

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

The cleaning caddy & essentials come in handy each week as I clean our home and also as I’m planning our annual spring cleaning session. A couple notes on these essentials:

  • In addition to cleaning spray, I also keep Lysol Disinfecting Wipes for a deeper clean. (When used as directed, Lysol kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria)
  • I HATE cleaning the toilet. Who actually enjoys it? So I make sure to have the strong stuff on hand. Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner for 10X Cleaning Power* removes the toughest stains in seconds.
  • I love to use glass bottles to fill up with my cleaning sprays, I use Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner. It kills 99.9% of harmful kitchen bacteria without the harsh chemical residue other cleaners leave behind.
  • As you can tell, I don’t mess around with our cleaning supplies. I go for the good stuff that I know will get the job done. While I do enjoy organizing my cleaning process, that doesn’t mean I want to spend a lot of time cleaning! Scroll down for some great deals on not only Lysol products, but other must haves for spring cleaning including Air Wick, Woolite, and Finish!

 

 

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning can be intimidating, frustrating and oh so time consuming! It can also be tough to tackle deep cleaning the entire house in a relatively short period of time. Although I like to do smaller cleaning sessions throughout the year, I still spend two long weekends annually deep cleaning the entire home. Over the years I’ve learned new ways to streamline this process and shall I almost say ‘make it enjoyable.’

1 I use a checklist for all big projects. Spring cleaning is no exception. I find that it helps me stay focused and also ensures I complete all the cleaning that I want to do. I’ve created variations of this checklist throughout the years, whether due to moving to new homes or simply finding new areas I want cleaned. Since no home or spring cleaning is alike, I’ve provided my personal list of cleaning tasks, but also space for you to add additional tasks for each room of your home.

2 With my checklist in hand and before ANY cleaning takes place, I walk through each room of the house, taking inventory of the cleaning tasks and add to the checklist when necessary.

3 Next I review the list of tasks ahead and ensure that I’ve got all the necessary supplies. In addition to my cleaning caddy essentials, I add items such as paper towels, detergent (I love the Woolite High Efficiency Extra Dark Dual Formula), and boom / dustpan. I head out to do ONE trip to grab any additional supplies that I need. Target is my tried and true one stop shop. Scroll down for coupons & savings on all your favorite brands!

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

4 Before I jump in to cleaning, I evaluate how much time I anticipate each room taking to clean. While I never guess the exact amount of time it will take, I do like to estimate. This helps me realistically determine how much I can get done during a weekday, evening or long weekend. It also prevents me from getting frustrated half way through spring cleaning because it always seems that there’s so much left to do!

5 Once I know how long I need to plan for each room, I add cleaning time to my calendar. No it’s not the most exciting event to look forward to, but it does help me stay committed and get the cleaning accomplished. Some years I’ve tried to tackle the entire spring cleaning in a weekend. While that used to work when I lived in a smaller space, I now divide up my spring cleaning in to two weekends with some weekend nights dedicated to a couple cleaning projects (cleaning the car for example)

6 It’s so tempting for me to dive in to reorganizing the spaces while I’m cleaning, so I dedicate my spring cleaning sessions to just that: CLEANING. I do make notes of organizing projects that I identify while cleaning each room. For me, spring CLEANING is enough of a project to handle right now without going down a rabbit hole of wanting to reorganize. Plus, I always know I’ll make time for those organizing projects at a later date!

How organize the essentials in a cleaning caddy. Everyone needs one! Perfect for weekly cleaning or the big annual spring cleaning.

Before I leave you to start your spring cleaning project, I want to give you a little bit more explanation on a couple of my spring cleaning tasks on my checklist that I’ve incorporated over the years.

  • Wash pillow covers & throws – many of our decorative pillow covers are used rarely if ever. I still wash these at least once a year as dust and general dirt can get on them, even if they’re not used.
  • Clean trash / recycling bins in the garage – I grab the hose to wash down the empty bins to get rid of any trash or spills that are stuck at the bottom. Trash is dirty enough without a gross garbage bin!
  • Dust light fixtures – even if I can’t find any dust on the light fixtures, I do like to dust them as a precaution annually. While I’m no expert, high heat and dust don’t sound like a safe combination if left for a prolonged amount of time! Better safe than sorry!

Don’t forget to fill up your cleaning caddy with all the essentials at Target!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 ||| SEATED FRONT PORCH STORAGE |||

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

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

Meet the Bloggers

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

Follow along on our Pinterest board for more upcycled inspiration!

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

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

 

1 The 5 Minute Drawer Organizer

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

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

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2 Galvanized Steel Hooks

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

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

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3 Painted Confetti Pattern Bowl

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

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

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4 Paint Dipped Baskets

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

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

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5 Photo Wall Pocket Organizer

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

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

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This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby!

My crafting space may be small but it’s definitely FULL! I use every inch of space in all rooms of my house and my crafting area is no exception.

While I’m a lover of clear plastic storage bins, rolling carts and 3 ring binders purely for function, these are not always the prettiest way to fill the shelves of my craft room. Since I’m in this area so often, I not only want it organized, but decorative as well.

I made a goal at the beginning of the year to beautify this space, while getting it MORE organized. Using some items I already had in the house and shopping sales at Hobby Lobby, I was able to get everything I needed for under $100! While we all know Hobby Lobby for their great home décor selection, I was excited to see the vast storage, labeling and organizational items they have as well. And nothing tugs at my heart more than a good label 🙂 .

For this project I focused on 3 main areas:

1 Rolling Cart

In my three-tiered rolling cart, I keep all my craft essentials. When working on a new project, I simply wheel out the essentials to have on hand as needed. While this is incredibly helpful in so many ways, I struggled to keep the items within the cart stored in a neat, pretty manor.

Here’s the supplies I used (all from Hobby Lobby):

  • Photo Boxes: on sale for $4.99 each
  • Oval Metal Pail with Handles: on sale for $4.99 each
  • White Sticker Labels with Gold Trim: $3.99
  • Small Rectangular Containers with Spring Color Lids: on sale for $4.79 for 3
  • Small Clear Compartment Organizers: $1.99-$3.99 each

The bulkier craft supplies were placed in the colorful metal bins. Two of these fit perfectly in the bottom shelf of my cart.

In the top and middle shelf, I used decorative photo boxes. These work really well for all sorts of storage solutions. Adding the gold rimmed sticker labels made searching for items so much easier.

I also wanted the storage inside the photo boxes to be organized and pretty, which is not always an easy feat. Smaller plastic containers were ideal for all the small items I had to store. Adding labels from my label maker to the sides of the containers helped me find what I was looking for easily and forced me to put everything away where I got it!

I had been struggling with a solution for storing our nails & screws for quite some time before I saw these 4-6 compartment organizers in assorted sizes. It was as if they were made to store nails!

When Joe (my husband) saw how I labeled the our nails & screws, he got a bit of a laugh … “Big”, “Medium” & “Small”. While I doubt the professionals sort their nails in such a way, it worked for us!

2 Shelf Storage

For storage on our metal wire wall shelves, I had two approaches. Some items would remain in the clear storage bins that I already owned and others would go in to new colorful cube storage bins.

Here’s the supplies I used (all from Hobby Lobby):

  • White Gift Tags: on sale for $.99
  • Foldable Storage Box: on sale for $7.99 each
  • White Sticker Labels with Gold Trim (same ones I used for the photo boxes): $3.99

Since the shelves were filled colorful storage cubes, I opted for simple white gift tags to label each. Using my label maker, I printed the labels with small black font adhering them to the bottom of the gift tag. The result was clean and simple …. just what I wanted.

I love that this simple labeling solution is easy and affordable to swap out over time if I opt to use the bins for other purposes.

The clear storage bins needed some attractive labeling as well. The gold rimmed sticker labels used for the photo boxes were a perfect addition. They added the right amount of color and interest while still being easy to read. I kept the same clean bold font as on the gift tags. While I love creative fun fonts, I found that this simple bold design was easier on the eye which made locating items simpler.

3 Paper Storage

Ugh paper. Love hate relationship. While I would love to go paperless with everything, it’s just not going to happen. EVER. So instead my goal is to make the paper storage easy to access and pleasing to the eye.

Here’s the supplies I used (all from Hobby Lobby):

  • Wrapping Paper: $3.99
  • Foam Board: $1.99
  • Alphabet Stickers: $4.99

Have you ever tried to store 3 ring binders and folders on wire shelves? If you have, you’ll appreciate my first step: to cover some of our wire shelving with foam board. This creates an easier way to store 3 ring binders and additional craft papers. All you need is wrapping paper and foam board. Take a look at my full tutorial to create foam board shelving in just 5 minutes!

Once the foam board was placed down on the wire shelving it was much easier to store binders and paper pouches. Those green binders are a nice pop of color, but needed labeling. I made my own labels very easily from the simple black font alphabet stickers I grabbed on my Hobby Lobby trip. I made sure to get a large enough sticker size that it would be easy to read sideways!

So I’m here to tell you that even storage can look attractive! Not only attractive, but MORE organized.

Here’s a rough breakdown of how I spent my money:

  • 1 Rolling Cart: $41
  • 2 Shelf Storage: $45
  • 3 Paper Storage: $11

TOTAL = $97

Visit: Hobby Lobby.com for these finds and much much more!

As I mentioned, many of the items I purchased were already on sale at Hobby Lobby. When I buy a regularly priced item, I always use their smart phone app to pull up the weekly coupons.

You can use the coupon below on your next trip to Hobby Lobby. Either print it out or show it to the cashier on your phone!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 

 

 

 

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The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

At the end of each year, I organize all my Christmas decorations in to perfectly labeled bins, while my stacks of Christmas lights are a disaster. After spending hours putting away the rest of our decorations, inevitably I get too frustrated with the lights and just throw the tangled mess of lights in the bin claiming to deal with it ‘next year’.

Fast forward to next year when I’m putting up the Christmas lights. Not only do I NOT know which lights are which type (colored, white, icicle), it takes hours to untangle all the strands. And this is all before I even hang up a single light! For those of you who love to have Christmas lights hung around your home, you know that hanging them up is no easy feat.

So to make things easier for the NEXT YEAR, create these simple Christmas Light Storage Organizers.

Easy to Store Christmas Light Organizers

Supplies

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

Instructions

Since all my Christmas light organizers will go into a large plastic bin, my first step was to measure the bin. I can then determine the appropriate size organizers.

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

My bin measured 22 by 17 inches, so I opted to have two rows of cardboard organizers (each individually measuring at 19 by 7 inches).

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

With my measurements, I’m able to get 4 Christmas light organizers out of each piece of cardboard. Since the cardboard is really thick, I used my cutting machine to cut the pieces, but a strong scissor will also work.

Once your pieces are cut, you’ll want to make small grooves along one side of the cardboard strips to hold the lights. I prefer to use scissors, as opposed to my rotary tools, to cut the grooves.

I made 9 grooves in each cardboard piece, 2 inches deep and spaced out 2 inches apart. Depending on your cardboard size, the number of grooves you opt to have may different. Don’t worry about exact measurements on this part. It doesn’t need to be perfect, as I just eyeballed mine. For each groove, I cut out a tiny silver of the cardboard so that the lights have enough room to loop around it.

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

I counted and sorted all my strands of lights based on color (white or multi-colored) and type (icicle or regular) so that I knew how to label the organizers.

Then I was ready to label each organizer appropriately. I used a thick black marker to write on the top of the cardboard on both sides, but you could use labels as well. (I got a little lazy 🙂 .)

You’ll definitely appreciate having your Christmas lights labeled each year when you go to hang them up!

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

Pro tip: label the cardboard BEFORE you wrap the lights around it.

I wrapped my lights around each groove twice before moving on to the next groove, but yours will depend on the length of your lights and cardboard.

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!
The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

Now just toss these in your storage bin for next year. I was amazing how much extra space I now had in my bins. (Right in time to stock up on all those left over Christmas decorations on clearance 🙂 .)

The BEST way to store and organize your Christmas lights!

You’ll  have no excuse next year not to put up all our Christmas lights!


The BEST way to store and organize Christmas lights!

 

 

 

 

 

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