Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts

Sunday, February 25, 2018

recycled craft using galaxy painting technique
Hi everyone, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun recycled craft with you. I love everything galaxy so of course I am obsessed with the galaxy painting trend. It is so relaxing and therapeutic to paint a galaxy, there is no wrong way to do it. Vincent Van Gogh said "The sight of stars makes me dream".  So let's get dreaming with this fun recycled craft inspired by Disney's A Wrinkle in Time!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lego Star Wars Project Idea - make a key organizer

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft.  

Keys, let's chat about keys.  

My darling husband loses his keys regularly.  

I needed a key organizer that was also a fun way to remember to hang them up at the end of the day.  This Lego Star Wars project idea was my answer - A Lego Star Wars key organizer is the perfect place to keep track of keys. 

It would make a great handmade gift for any Star Wars Lego lover too...and it's the perfect project for kids to help with.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Pretty farmhouse style pantry organization makeover ideas

There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. If you are looking for some pretty and practical farmhouse style pantry organization ideas, stick around! My pantry had been a hot mess and I needed to get it under control. After looking at some different pantry organization ideas on Pinterest, I had an idea of the direction I needed to go but I needed to execute it farmhouse style!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Like most full time professional bloggers, I work from home. What I call my studio is a combination of craft room, home office, photography studio and writer's office. That's a lot of things to cram into one room! I need a place to sit (or stand) and work on my computer as well as store my huge stockpile of craft supplies - plus a place to photograph or make videos of everything. 

The color scheme is light and bright - with a rainbow of colors (because "rainbow" IS my favorite color). Come take a look around!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I'm working on a full pantry makeover that matches the modern farmhouse style happening in the rest of the house. One of the things I have in my pantry is a set of crates that hold smaller things like spices, bags of baking supplies, baking mixes, etc. It keeps small things wrangled and in the case of baking, I can just pull out the whole crate to bring to the counter when doing baking projects.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

So you drink wine. As a result you have a lot of wine corks. But what do you DO with them? I've written before about some adorable wine cork pendants (check that out here) but if you have a LOT of corks, you can up you recycling game even more and make a really cool bulletin board with them!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active) and, first of all, Happy 2016! Even if being more organized isn't one of my "official" resolutions, I like to kick off a new year with a couple of decluttering projects. We always have a bunch of extra stuff to put away after the holidays (hello, gifts!), so this is a good time to lighten the load. I was getting ready for the day recently and realized, my god, I need a new makeup system, and I should probably throw away some of this sparkly nail polish I haven't worn since college. Thankfully, IKEA had my back. This isn't really a DIY project so much as it is putting things into other things, but that just makes it an easy first task of 2016. Let's roll.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This post brought to you by Wayfair.

Do you diffuse essential oils in your office or home? I love having my diffuser going - especially at night in my bedroom and in my office while I'm working. After a while, though, it's easy for your counter or desktop to get cluttered with the little bottles of oil. This situation was the inspiration for my craft challenge from Wayfair.

Wayfair recently asked me if I wanted to participate in a Craft Swap Challenge (um, yes!). Each blogger who signed up was sent one of four inexpensive items from Wayfair and you craft it up and send it to a secret partner. 

I was assigned Kristin of Modish and Main. I poked around on her site and in her social media feeds to get an idea of her style so I could make something she would love. I saw that she likes to use essential oils and I thought it would be fun to transform the Malden Driftwood Linear Picture Frame I was sent into a little essential oil stand to keep her desk or dresser neat and tidy when using a diffuser.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#creativegreenliving #DIYcraft #upcycleteapot

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active) and I bet I'm not the only one who has a pile of weirdly-sized fabric scraps sitting in my office, waiting for me to do something with them. I'm great about using MOST of the fabric I buy, but then I get to the end of a project and the reject pieces just... stay there. My bad. I did figure out how to use one of them, though, so that's progress! Today I have an easy tutorial for making a teacup pin cushion out of that pesky extra material. (Bonus points for also using the orphan teacup I found in my china cabinet. #multitasking)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

All of us have areas of our home that have a tendency to get out of hand. Maybe yours is behind a closed door. One of mine is unfortunately right by my front door. Until recently it looked like this:


Saturday, January 10, 2015

If you're like me with little ones at home, you probably have your share of bottles and sippy cups. If you're not careful, it's easy for them to multiply like rabbits and get a bit out of control. Case in point?

Here is a before shot of the cabinet we store our baby bottles and sippy cups in. It's admittedly not as bad as it could be but still - it needed a lot of help. Especially since when things get crowded, my husband just starts shoving stuff place where is doesn't belong and the whole thing spirals out of control quickly. (ahem)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You know I love a good upcycling project. If you need a way to put your glass jar stash to good use, try making adorable vanity organizers. I love how the lids got an upgrade with both paint and cute curio handles!


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Find the directions online at Eighteen25: Pretty Bathroom Jars

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

There have been several articles online lately about "Pinterest Anxiety." If you have not read these articles (or do not suffer from this condition), Pinterest Anxiety is caused when moms spend lots of time trolling Pinterest, reading articles and tutorials and noticing that the photos of other families' homes look clean and immaculate.

Moms are left feeling a sense of inadequacy. How do these bloggers have time to be moms while writing blogs, taking photos and making crafts with their kids all while keeping an immaculate house? Here's the answer:
They Don't!

Okay, well maybe some of them do. I certainly don't. And I know plenty of bloggers who have the same struggle as me. The truth is before I took that picture that is making you all sad, I spent 20 minutes de-cluttering that portion of my house and shoving everything behind me. True story.

Want proof? This, my friends, is about to get really real. And really ugly. (if you're the person who sent me a message chastising me for how I let my oven get so dirty, you may want to find a new post to go read.)

Until two weeks ago this was my drawer in my master bathroom:

I did not have to open this drawer to photograph it - it is so full of crap that it won't even close!


Aside from being so full of stuff I can't even close it all the way, there are several problems. Among them, it had things in I had not used in more than a year, it was unorganized and in general it was just a really hot mess. And I let it be this way for a month or more (I know!) because the longer I let it sit, the more intimidating it became to tackle.

But I got my mojo on and took some pictures and 30 minutes later I had a WAY more organized drawer that not only closes all the way but now I can find things easily. Hallelujah!

Have a bathroom drawer that needs organizing? I'm here to help!

I'm going to walk to step-by-step through organizing your master bathroom drawers and free you up to do way more exciting things than try to figure out where the heck your tweezers are. Ready? Let's go!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This post is brought to you by Annie Sloan Unfolded.
My current project at home is upgrading my dining room one small project at a time. In addition to being rather unremarkable, one of the big issues we struggle with in our open plan townhome is lack of storage space.

Here is what the dining room looked like last month:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm currently on a de-cluttering and organizing binge. This, of course, might have everything to do with it. After living in our home for almost 5 years, we've got some stuff to clean out. And I'm loving the results! 

The truth is, I've always struggled with decluttering in part because I felt like if an item still had some apparent use left to it, it was wasteful to discard it. If you struggle with this as well, let me tell you what really helped me:
If I'm not actually using it, keeping it is just as wasteful as getting rid of it.

If does not matter if an item could be used again later. Or if I could use it once I run out the stuff I like. If I'm not actually going to use it, it is better to give it to someone who can, or to just get rid of it all together.

So, in the spirit of making it easier to know where to get started, I'm going to walk to step-by-step through organizing the cabinet under your kitchen sink. Ready? Let's go!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We use a lot of cloth supplies in our kitchen and dining room. Between dish towels, cloth napkins, and dishcloths our kitchen can sometimes generate quite a bit of laundry - and some of it is rather wet or messy. Since we live in a two story townhouse - and of course our kitchen and dining room are not on the same floor - we sometimes end up with small piles of laundry either on a kitchen counter or at the base of the stairs to take up later. 

In addition to being kind of gross, having a pile of dirty laundry is not a good look. Using a dollar store plastic storage bin, I made a cute mini laundry basket perfect for containing sloppy kitchen messes. Ours stays on our bottom step but under your kitchen sink might make a good home as well.


*I really like my Cricut Mini and find it helpful for all kinds of crafts and projects around my home (check out some of my other cricut projects here). If you don't have a Cricut, though, you can follow this technique for vinyl lettering without a fancy machine.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back to school time is a great time to get organized. If your crayon or colored pencil collection is getting large and unwieldy, try this great recycled toilet paper roll craft from Mommy Moment. This is a great project for your kids to help with and will leave your desk or art corner organized and neat.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

how to make vinyl letters, letters with contact paper

UPDATE: This tutorial was to make folder holders for my DIY Command Center. Click the link to see the full command center!

I really like the look of vinyl lettering. And really, who doesn't? It's clean and classy and can be so many different styles. When I was working on our new mail/command center I wanted to label our individual mail bins with vinyl but I don't have a fancy machine. Luckily, it's not hard to do simple lettering like this the "analog" way. The best part? You can do it for as little as $1.


  • Contact paper ($1 from the dollar store)
  • Computer, printer (on hand)
  • Craft knife and cutting mat (I got mine from Consumer Crafts)
  • Scissors (on hand)
  • Masking tape (on hand)

Step 1: Print Your Words
how to make vinyl letters, letters with contact paper
Pick out a font you like (mine is Copperplate Gothic) and lay out the words you're going to use. 

To print onto your contact paper:
  1. Cut a piece of contact paper off your roll that is the same size as a standard sheet of printer paper
  2. Set the contact paper up in your printer so that the words print onto the backing
  3. When you go to print, tell your computer program to print in mirror image
Once it's gone through it should look like this:
how to make vinyl letters, letters with contact paper

(Don't mind those little label shapes. I figured if I'm running a piece of contact paper through my printer, I might as well make the most of all the real estate on the page. They are not for this project.)

Step 2: Cut Out the Letters
how to make vinyl letters, letters with contact paper
Use scissors and a craft knife to cut out the letters from the contact paper. Set them aside in groups that go together (each name for example). Be careful to cut the letters very precisely.

Step 3: Place the Letters
how to make vinyl letters, letters with contact paper
Start by placing a piece of masking tape on your object to mark where level is. Place it so the top edge of the tape will be where the bottom of your letters will rest.

Starting with the middle letter(s) - an O in this case, peel off the backing and center the letter on the line, resting the bottom of the letter against the tape. Use your fingers or a credit card to press the letter down well and push out any air bubbles.

how to make vinyl letters, letters with contact paper
You may have some serifs (like on the bottom of the E above). For these, firmly secure the rest of the letter and leave the serif loose. Once all letters are placed, remove the masking tape and press down the serifs and go over the letters once more.

That's it!

This is so super easy, I'm not sure why I hadn't done it before.

Now, before I let you go, let's talk about appropriate applications for this. Simple letters and chunky designs are the things this will work best with. For fine detail, fancy filigree or subway art, get your friend with the fancy machine to help you out.

Disclaimer: I received my craft knife and mat as part of a compensated campaign with Consumer Crafts and the Blueprint Social in January, 2013. All opinions and the decision to use the product in this project are my own.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this post in 2013, it have been viewed more than 55,000 times! I also lost access to the original template I had provided BUT I now have a new, better template which is linked to at the bottom of the post and provided free of cost!

Has your pantry taken on a life of its own? Do you fear spaghetti night because you know as soon as you open the door to your pantry, bags and boxes will threaten to avalanche and leave you buried alive? Are you putting off organizing your pantry because you just can't afford the fancy do-dads you want to make it perfect? Make excuses no more, friends because I tamed my pantry beast for a paltry $1.

I had tons of different bags of bulk foods, boxes open and half full crammed onto my shelves and precariously perched on top of each other. It. was. ugly. No, there are no before shots (you don't really want to see them anyway).

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