Junk drawer organization

Start with an empty and yucky junk drawer. Vacuum, then paint.

the junk drawer

the junk drawer

painted junk drawer with dividers

painted junk drawer with dividers

I added 2 adjustable dividers that I bought from The Container Store but a plain wooden slat from the garden section of the hardware store for $0.55 each works just as well. I find the spring loaded ones easier to re-position if I want to move the junk around.

Add junk.

the junk

the junk

A set of hex keys, 6 bubble wands, pliers and pens.

I anchored the baskets to the drawer with 3M Command velcro so they wouldn’t budge and I could create custom sized spaces in between the baskets for other things.

organize junk drawer

organize junk drawer

Under bathroom sink shelf diy

What follows is a tale of two bathroom sink cupboards, they are the 2 main bathrooms of the house and as such have to store the most stuff. The primary item for storage is toilet paper as per hubby’s request. He in no way wants tp stored in our giant garage, out of the way, and replenished as needed, he wants a Costco bale’s worth in each bathroom. So I did.

Here are the before shots.

downstairs bathroom, nothing special but so much potential

downstairs bathroom, nothing special but so much potential

upstairs bathroom, the hair trimmer for the boys is in the giant red/white bag on the left

upstairs bathroom, the hair trimmer for the boys is in the giant red/white bag on the left

the full span of the upstairs bathroom from cleaning supplies to bubble bath

the full span of the upstairs bathroom from cleaning supplies to bubble bath

I made three shelves as inexpensively as possible. I bought 2 wooden dowels for $14 and cut them myself with a saw into 8 inch lengths. I sanded them ($3) then spray painted primer on them ($6) and painted them ($8). I hand painted 2 stripes at the bottom of each leg with paint I already had.

I glued 4 legs to a large tile ($0.70 on sale) with a super duper adhesive called “No More Nails” ($8) and let it dry over night.

diy shelf made with tile

diy shelf made with tile

diy shelf (5)One went downstairs and two went upstairs.

organize under bathroom sink

organize under bathroom sink

organize under bathroom sink with diy shelves

organize under bathroom sink with diy shelves

organize under bathroom sink, hair trimmer now in sewn white bags on top of left shelf

organize under bathroom sink, hair trimmer now in sewn white bags on top of left shelf

I added 2 Command hooks too to hold a few things.

Organize To-Do list

It’s all well and good to make a to-do list, but where do you put the list until you do the to-do? I have a little laptop stand right beside the office door and all I want (or have room for) on the narrow shelf are my chocolate covered almonds and my coffee coaster. No space for a to-do list.

Since I’m by the door I simply stuck a 3M Command hook in arms’ reach and used a hole punch on the to-do list to hang it up. Voilà, to do list off the laptop table but still visible.

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

DIY drawer dividers

My bathroom is a bit teeny so I added a plastic, three-drawer unit as storage for my time-of-the-month lady supplies. In order to divide the supplies into their relevant scheduled time during that-time-of-the-month I needed some drawer dividers. I was not about to buy anything so all I did was measure the width of the drawer (10 inches EXACTLY) and cut the same width pieces out of an empty cardboard box. In my case I painted these cardboard dividers first then cut them to a smidge LESS than 10 inches before inserting them in the drawer.  They wedged in perfectly.

diy drawer dividers

diy drawer dividers

diy drawer dividers with scrapbook paper in drawer front to make it prettier than plastic

diy drawer dividers with scrapbook paper in drawer front to make it prettier than plastic

Reuse wine bottle for necklace

I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.

necklace storage diy

necklace storage diy

upcycle wine bottle

upcycle wine bottle

I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.

Laundry room decor

Here’s what we moved in to:

laundry room before (washer)

laundry room before (washer)

laundry room before

laundry room before

laundry room before (dryer)

laundry room before (dryer)

Basically a giant closet with the washer and dryer in it. Not a bad deal really but it lacked, shall we say, charm and any sort of class. Now we’ve moved in, we have shelving in the basement storage room so it was time to make the laundry room a decent place to frequent. I put all the extra traveling bags I had hung up inside a suitcase and on a basement shelf.

all the bags in here

all the bags in here

Then all the hangers into a garment bag, also onto a basement storage shelf.

all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement

all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement

I removed the hanging bar, which wasn’t even screwed into a stud to reveal the shelf behind.laundry room after (4)To fill in the white wall without painting it I hung a large, blue-themed painting we had that was just hanging in the basement toy room. laundry room after (5)I got Hubby to push the washer ever so slightly further from the dryer so that I could wedge in a milk crate to store some of the laundry cleaning products.

a milk crate in between units

a milk crate in between units

I put two 3M Command hooks on the side of the dryer, one for the black bag of missing socks, the other for the delicates washing bag.

dryer

dryer

I added plants, a diy scrapbook calendar I had made, and a lazy suzan that Hubby hated in the kitchen and voilà, a decent looking laundry room.

dryer

dryer

diy birthday calendar

diy birthday calendar

laundry room decor

laundry room decor

Computer and media storage box

I started from a previous blog where I decorated tp tubes to hold rolled up wires. This time I painted a shoe box, wrapped wires in tp tubes, clothespins, and ziploc bags; all with the perfect labels so that we’d know what’s what and what’s where.

paint the shoe box a neutral colour

paint the shoe box a neutral colour

label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.

label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.

label the box so Hubby knows where things are.

label the box so Hubby knows where things are.

Mostly these cords are for the computers but a few are for the tablet or whatever. Anyway, as much as I would like every electronic wire in its own box, Hubby likes the “every wire in one box” method. Since he turns into a child lost in the mall without the “every wire in one box” system, I compromised and left the cell phone charger in the computer cord box.

Declutter magazine collection

I scrapbook and I get a new catalogue 4 times a year. It does add up, slowly, but adds up. I’d been using a sticky tab to flag a page with a layout that I like and could actually accomplish with my skills and paper supplies. So I got frustrated having to flip through the whole magazine to find what I was looking for, tabbed or not, that I just ripped out each relevant page, trimmed the edge, 3 hole punch the piece and stuck it in a binder. Now I only have the pages the inspire me. And it takes up less space and there is space in the binder for more!

1 in binder replaces a magazine collection.  Label the binder.

1 in binder replaces a magazine collection. Label the binder.

Reuse toilet paper tubes to hold pencils

With four bathrooms in this house and 2 kids, I can collect tp tubes in a hurry. I needed to organize all my scrapbooking pencils and computer cords so I took my tp tube collection, covered it in paper, taped it together and voilà.

If you’re going to cover your tube you will need a piece of paper 5 3/4 inch by 3 7/8 inch, Mod Podge and 2 paper clips. Paint the back of the paper with the Mod Podge, wrap around the tube (there will be a slight overlap) and hold in place with a paper clip.

Let dry for an hour and tape the tubes together for greater stability and space saving. Or don’t, it doesn’t matter that much.tp roll pencil holder (1)

reuse toilet paper tubes as pencil holders

reuse toilet paper tubes as pencil holders

into my bamboo bucket with other supplies

into my bamboo bucket with other supplies

tp roll pencil holder (2)

Organized suitcase

We just returned from our family vacation and this is how I kept all our stuff organized and handy. I hate having to dig to the bottom of a bag or suitcase whenever I need something so I divided the essentials into large makeup bags, labeled them, and as soon as we got to the hotel I just pulled them out and lined them up on the table.

organize suitcase

organize suitcase

I bought all the bags over the past 2 years from Avon once they went on sale so now I have a travel collection! I labeled each one with my label maker:

First Aid
Makeup brushes/Sunscreen
Snacks
Earrings
Bracelets/Necklaces/Rings
Charge cords
Makeup

I used the giant letter setting on the label maker so Hubby would be able to navigate the system.