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

DIY bathroom cupboard shelf

The bathroom cupboard in our master bedroom was basically a waste of space so I added a shelf in it to use up the rest of the space. I went with the “assembly required” bookshelf motif for my shelf since I had a bunch of shelf clips left over from our bookcases. This meant drilling a teeny hole into the cupboard under the sink but not THROUGH it. To achieve this I set the torque on the drill at 8 and the speed at low. I also tied a string around the drill bit at the maximum distance that it could enter the wood.

string tied on drill bit to indicate length of hole for shelf holder clip

string tied on drill bit to indicate length of hole for shelf holder clip


I measured the length of the cupboard and cut it out of a pine board that I bought for $6.80. Now, if you use the clip in the above photo you will have to cut your board smaller than you measured in order to fit. I switched to plain ol’ straight bookshelf clips
bookshelf clip

bookshelf clip


Now I have an extra shelf that I will eventually put most of my makeup on.
diy bathroom cupboard shelf

diy bathroom cupboard shelf

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.

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.

diy pen holder

I do calligraphy as well as sometimes dabble in charcoal drawing. I do calligraphy well and charcoal drawing for fun but either way I wanted a nice display piece for my tools.

I finished a large pot of Nivea Rain lotion so I drilled holes into the lid of the empty container, then painted it to match my decor.

pen holder

pen holder

I also scrapbook and make my own cards so I painted a box and stored them here, in my bookcase.  The pen nibs box is from the Dollar Store and painted to match.

pen nibs and homemade birthday cards

pen nibs and homemade birthday cards

yes, I have dip ink pens

yes, I have dip ink pens

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

Little crochet doily pouch

Will hold a deck of cards, or Pokemon cards if your kids are into that sort of thing. Yesterday my son came home from school having completed his first Poke-trades. He didn’t make out very well, but he may have learned something (I hope).

Anyway, the pouch he had been using I had made him a while ago for his little rock collection. It is now too small to accommodate his growing Pokecard collection, so I made this one.

crochet pouch

crochet pouch

I used whatever yarns I had that had blue in them which is why this pouch is very multicoloured.

I got the pattern here https://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/little-doily-bag/

Pouch part
You will need yarn in 8ply and a 4mm hook. I used cotton, but acrylic or wool would work too. These instructions are in US terms.

To make the purse chain 22, turn and half double crochet (hdc) in the third stitch from the hook and each stitch across (20hdc). Chain 2, turn and hdc in each stitch across the row. Keep working back and forth (remembering to ch 2 at the end of each row) until you have a rectangle approximately 20cm long. I made this bag with stripes, alternating two rows in each color – and 4 rows (rows 8-10) at the bottom of the bag (where you fold it). I sc the sides together but you could just sew them.

I did change a few things in the doily part.

To make the doily flap:

1. No Magic Circle because Google can’t teach me how to do it.

2. Ch 5, 9 dc in first ch. Join with a ss to complete the round (10 DC).

3. CH3, DC in same stitch, 2DC in each remaining stitch around, join with a ss to complete the round (20DC).

4. CH3, DC in next stitch, CH2. *DC in next 2 stitches, CH 2* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round (10 x 2DC pairs).

5. SS to 2ch space. CH3, DC, CH3, 2DC into same space. *2DC into next space, ch3, 2DC into same space* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round.little crochet doily bag 26. Change color and join yarn in a 3ch space.

6. CH3, DC 3 into first 3ch space, *ch 1, DC4 into each remaining 3ch space* around, join with a ss to complete the round. Fasten off and sew in all ends. (I found that anything more than 4 dc pulled at the doily too much and wouldn’t have made a good flap).

Attach doily to back of purse, approximately one third of the way down. Carefully sew in place. Add button to the front.

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.