I was feeling oppressed by running into a metaphysical wall of clutter. I wanted to organize something, badly, obviously because I didn’t feel organized and wanted to be in control. I decided to unpack the storage box of “stuff” Hubby pulled out a few days ago.
Feeling oppressed makes me angry and angry makes me fill a garbage bag so I knew I’d be on a roll once I got going. Then future me would thank present me for having finally been so ruthless and clearing a few things up. So I threw out a scrapbook mini-album I’d made 4 years ago and never used, a board game we played once, a college poster and some cheap hex keys that came with a piece of furniture, etc.
In the end, I found a candle and decided it might as well be useful rather than stay in a box. I dressed it up with a ribbon and a circle of cardstock, then added it to a small side table in the living room.
candle, card stock circle, ribbon
I’m always cold in the ballet studio for about 15 minutes of warmup, then I’m boiling, so I need an extra, light layer, to have on top that I can take off later. Once I brought my nice, date-night shrug, and forgot it in the studio so I wanted something I’d be ok with losing.
We seem to be wearing out shirts in this house this month so I had a few kicking around. I found this on Pinterest http://wobisobi.blogspot.ca/2011/03/project-re-style-12.html and made a ballet shrug from one of my husband’s and son’s shirts.
reuse shirt into shrug
cut shirt straight up the middle
Hem a casing on each side for a ribbon.
cut shirt into thin strips
Sew three strips together and braid. Add strips as needed, I needed 9 in total.
A week ago my daughter asked me for a small Christmas tree for her room. I figured, why not and pulled out the very top portion of our artificial Christmas tree. The problem was finding a stand for the thing. I tried a metal waste paper basket that came with the house but that sucker was solid and I couldn’t put a hole in it for the tree at all.
In the end I took 2 empty coffee cans of differing sizes; one tall, one wide; that used to hold Lego blocks but the kids dumped out. Hey, if I need more of them, we just keep drinking coffee. I coated the wide one with Mod Podge and tinsel and left the tall one plain. I put the tall one in the wide one and the tree in the tall. Voilà, small Christmas tree beside bed.
diy small Christmas tree stand
My daughter has several cute little belts. And they’re usually spread all over the floor. I finally made it out to the garage to find an “S” hook and put them all away in her closet. There are four belts hanging on this “S” hook.
The kids wear through their clothing so quickly that it seems a shame to throw them out so soon after getting them. In the case of this former butterfly shirt, I turned it into a cape.
reuse shirt into cape
Cut off sleeves.
Turn shirt inside out and cut off side seams.
cut off sleeves and side seams
Open shirt and cut back into a triangular cape shape (wider at the bottom, narrower at the armpits).
cut into cape shape
Cut around the collar, removing the front half and leaving enough to pop over the kid’s head.
cut around collar
In a desperate bid to entice spring to come I cut some over-long branches from what I think is a willow that were hanging out over the road, stuck them in water and put them on a window ledge. Much to my surprise they’ve bloomed and made roots so I decided to spread this greenery around the house.
I took 5 empty YOP containers and washed them. I cut out 5 scalloped edged 2 inch circles of my daughter’s abstract painting and affixed them on the containers with Mod Podge. Then I filled each with water and added a blooming branch. I put them all on the ledge between my dining room and living room.
diy flower vases
reuse drink containers
My daughter had a pair of black leggins that got a few too many holes in a sensitive area to be repaired so I began wracking my brains for something else to make with them. Leg warmers was the obvious choice but we’re heading into summer so she wouldn’t be wearing them.
The material is thick and stretchy, the perfect thing for a headband. I cut the legs into strips, sewed three of them together across the top, pinned it to my pencil holder at the top of my scrapbook table and braided away. Then I gave it a bit of a pull and wrapped it around her head. When we found the perfect blend of comfortable and secure I safety pinned the ends together, overlapped them for about 2 inches and sewed them together.
reuse leggins into headband
the original hole-y leggings
As many same length strips as possible
sew three together
pin to something solid and braid
Only one of our four bathrooms has any built in shelving and/or closet so it became the defacto linen closet. It wasn’t stuffed and cluttered, just that spot where I put everything bathtub related. Messy. Disorganized.
facecloths and children’s bathrobes
ear drops and disinfectant
empty towel rod that we don’t use (there’s another one closer to the sink that we do use)
The first thing I did was get rid of half the towels and facecloths. Don’t worry, I have crafts planned for them. I do laundry at least once a day so 6 towels will more than cover 4 bare bottoms.
Then I stuck blue cardstock on an empty box and corralled the extra medicine cabinet-y things that we don’t use a lot. I left out the children’s Advil, eardrops and thermometer.
I rolled up all the towels and facecloths. I put the facecloths in a beautiful bowl we received as a gift that is not dishwasher safe so we hardly ever use.
I hung the kids bath robes on the unused towel rod. Then it turned out that I had a lot more space than I did before. I’ve always loved the Pinterest picture of an apothecary jar full of soap bars so I unboxed a few and laid them out. I put my pretty seed container in there too. Yes I know that the humidity isn’t good for seeds but the bathroom door is always open and we technically live in a desert so a pile of wet laundry will dry in 30 minutes if you open the washing machine door. I’ll chance it.
I’ll eventually buy some pretty Dollar Store flowers for the bottle I painted. The bottle had a grape vine raised imprint on it and I painted that in the relevant colours.
organize linen closet
organize linen closet
organize linen closet
I was keeping all my seeds in an empty coffee can, but now I have the time to make it pretty. I painted, wrote “seeds”, added a beautiful bouquet sticker from my stepmother’s collection, Mod Podged the lid to seal it and wrapped the last of the purple gem garland around it.
upcycle coffee can
I inherited this tin of sewing supplies from my stepmother. The picture is not really my style so I painted it and added stickers that I also inherited from her scrapbooking supplies but I do like very much. I put a coat of Mod Podge over the stickers to fix them in place.