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.

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.

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.

Upcyle tutu into ballet bag

There is a long history for this tutu. tutu to bag (5)First, it was was mine when I was 6, for my first ballet performance. I remember being measured for it and not knowing what all the fuss was about until I wore it and thought I was the principal dancer for Swan Lake. I think my mother made it, or one of the other ballet moms.

Anyway, I outgrew it (duh). I saved it because it was so beautiful. Then about 20 years later I had my daughter and I promptly put it in her closet. It turns out that she loves ballet more than me and wore the tutu faithfully for everything. Including lunch! It got stains that it never should have gotten, but it was being worn and being loved so I did my best at chemical stain removal.

Today was the sad day that the tutu no longer fit her. I thought of saving it for a granddaughter but quite honestly the fabric might not last that long. Inspired by the gorgeous and intricate ballet bags that the other girls in her class have (made my grandmothers), and by Pinterest, I turned this tutu into a bag.
tutu to bag (4)First I sewed the tutu shut at the bottom, this meant spreading the tulle to find the lowest edge of the blue fabric.

beware how the handles fold

beware how the handles fold

Then I added handles to the tutu front and back. In my case, the tutu is higher in the front than the back so the forward strap had to be shorter so both straps would be even. Pay attention to how the straps are folded since one goes across the front and one goes across the back. You could make them shorter to be a purse-like bag, but I went long for stability and security for my somewhat clumsy 5 year old.
upcycle tutu into bag

upcycle tutu into bag

One bench entryway makeover

There wasn’t much wrong with our entry way, wide enough to bring all the groceries in at once, wall space for art and hooks and a light. But it turns out that there was just a little too much in too little a space so I bought a bench with shelving under it to scoop up the excess.target bench
I had wanted a deacon’s bench like my stepmother had, it was beautiful. But no store here sells such a thing so you have to get it custom built for $900. I bought the $70 bench from Target instead.

big blue box with Closetmaid bench from Target

big blue box with Closetmaid bench from Target

entryway after
The bench is all I bought. Everything else was already in the entry way, just in the wrong spot. Or extra clothing and shoes on the floor which are now in the bench.

Purse organization

I find it easier to have a different bag for each purpose so I’m not constantly loading and unloading one purse. And I like bags so any excuse for a new one is fine by me. The problem, of course, was that they were accumulating on the floor, a big clutter no no. There is a bit of a dead space behind my office door where the chimney passes up to the roof. Add some 3M Command hooks and voilà!

they do make command hooks strong enough to support this weight

they do make command hooks strong enough to support this weight


We have, from top left to bottom right: purse for leaving house without kids (thin and light), purse for leaving house with kids (enormous and heavy), my ballet bag, my daughter’s ballet bag.

Christmas lights organization

Let’s face it, they don’t go back into the box they came out of.

They will tangle together no matter what you try to do to prevent it.

The bulbs break and Heaven forbid you have the kind of lights that are wired in series (the older kinds) that if one light goes out, they all go out.

Each set of lights needs its own, soft, bag for 11 month storage.

So I made some out of old baby clothes of my kids! Baby summer dresses are perfect because the sleeves/handles are already hemmed.

a beautiful pink summer dress

a beautiful pink summer dress

I decided the sew under the top ruffle because the bottom ruffle was just too much extra fabric.
black line is the hem under the top ruffle

black line is the hem under the top ruffle

Once sewn, I cut the bottom ruffle off.
a string of lights inside the dress bag

a string of lights inside the dress bag

I got a lot of Christmas lights so I’ll be making a lot of bags for them as I take them down one by one and store them in a dorm room, zip up laundry tote.

DIY boot storage bag from an old shirt

I bought some very snazzy red boots while I was on vacation, but they aren’t the winter type so they have to go into storage for now.

I save an old, long sleeved work shirt of mine and 2 empty paper towel rolls for the project. I only made one mistake which I will highlight in bold so you don’t do it too.

keep the pair of boots together

keep the pair of boots together


Instructions

Turn shirt inside out.

Cut off sleeves.

Sew sleeve holes and neck hole shut.

This is where I goofed: TURN SHIRT RIGHT SIDE OUT BEFORE SEWING A LINE DOWN THE MIDDLE TO MAKE 2 POUCHES FOR YOUR BOOTS.

Fold in raw edges of sleeves and sew shut, leaving the already hemmed cuff part open.

Insert empty paper towel cardboard roll.

*The cuff part of the sleeve is left open so you can replace the cardboard roll if needed.

Put the covered cardboard roll inside the boot to hold its shape and put each boot in its own side of the shirt-bag.

Store until Spring.

Repurpose cosmetic bag as first aid kit

First aid in this house is broken down into two basic parts (three if you include the trip to the ER). We have the tin of bandaids for “boo-boos” and a box of the larger sterile pads, tape, ankle wrap, etc.

I tried putting the extra stuff in an empty bandaid box, thinking I’d associate bandaid with first aid, but no; I associate bandaid box with bandaids so when we needed something for a larger boo boo, I thought we didn’t have it, put it on the grocery list and now we have two.

I also have a Clinique makeup case that came free with purchase that my grandmother gave to me. It’s not big enough for makeup brushes, or enough blushes for a trip, or even a pencil case. Since it was useless, I was going to throw it out, free or not, when “Eureka”!

first aid kit in free with purchase makeup case.  Gauze, tape, butterfly closures, etc.

first aid kit in free with purchase makeup case. Gauze, tape, butterfly closures, etc.

On the right was the incorrect first aid kit, also not big enough for everything. The makeup case is big enough for everything and I labeled it so Hubby can find it too!

How to Declutter and Organize Tools (part of my basement challenge Week 2)

Garbage day is now Tuesday due to some holiday and the garbage bin is beginning to bulge. That’s how I know I’m doing it right.

This post’s focus is the tools. We aren’t contractors so we only need a basic amount to keep a house in good repair ourselves. In case you’re wondering: BASIC = VERY LITTLE.

The tools were jumbled in one big box and two smaller ones. I hadn’t gotten around to decluttering the tools in our previous home since there was one tiny closet in the living room where we just tossed them all. Tsk tsk.

Before

it was actually this amount X 2 of extra boxes of tools that I had to declutter

it was actually this amount X 2 of extra boxes of tools that I had to declutter

this box was full of tool stuff

this box was full of tool stuff



The tools

-threw out 1 of 2 hex keys sets
-threw out 1 of 2 screwdriver head attachments (THEY’RE NOT ALL GOING TO COME IN HANDY and we live too far away from my brother to give him the extra sets.)

-moved the polyfilla from the junk drawer upstairs to the tool box downstairs and brought the painting hooks I found in the tool box upstairs to the junk drawer

-threw out a 2 foot piece of extension cord with no plugs and bare wires at both ends

-found a set of curtains in the tool box. Moved them to the curtain shelf in the linen closet where there was room for them because I’d given two old shower curtains to our babysitter who just got her first apartment.

-dumped out the jumbo sized vitamin C container of nails. Threw out every bent and rusted one. Kept 10 in each size. My rule is if you haven’t found a use for it in 6 months, throw it out, but these nails had survived 6 years!

-found a bag of misc screws, etc that had been stored near an unknown chemical can. Threw it all out and washed my hands twice.

-threw out the box of old phones. Yup, we had a small box of phones that were in various stages of not working well. We were poor in our previous province and had to keep things like half broken phones in case the one we had broke thoroughly because we literally could not afford a new phone. Now we can because we moved West so Hubby could get a full time job.

-I moved any screws that were stored in a paper bag into a see-through Ziploc bag so we’d know what we had.
-I rerolled any rolled things that had come undone (weather stripping) and taped the end down, put in Ziploc bag if it fit.
-threw out big Ziploc bag of curtain hardware from some hardcore, industrial curtains that we removed as soon as we bought our last house. Kept 2 L brackets.
-threw out an unopened “hold-your-flashlight-to-your-hardhat” attachment because it belonged to Hubby’s previous roommate and Hubby has no use for attaching extra weight to your head.

After

labeled tool accoutrements

labeled tool accoutrements

3 boxes, that's it.  All labeled.

3 boxes, that’s it. All labeled.

containers I repurposed: The empty Costco size vitamin C bottle, a metal box for alphabet fridge magnets, baby wipe containers, small and regular sized Ziploc bags, diaper boxes (they’re really sturdy for heavy tools), empty jam jars, a small soap dish box, a very sturdy Lancome cosmetic box that my grandmother gave me, and an empty film canister (if you know what that is).
-then I labeled, labeled, labeled

The giant moving box is empty, garbage amounting to the size of 4 full diaper boxes was thrown out and now I know what we own and we only own useful things.