Filing With Binders – Cards

Another project in my quest to get my life organized.

This entire project was started because I had the flu & couldn’t get out to get my best friend a birthday card.  We have been friends for 40 years so she understood, but I can’t tell you how badly I felt.  This will never happen again, thanks to this binder.  It was so easy to put together & everything is now right at my fingertips.

Filing With Binders - Cards

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Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

Usually, once I get something organized, it stays that way.  But the area under my kitchen sink was driving me nuts.  The biggest culprit was all of the boxes of food wrap.  I’d pull one out, and the rest of them would go where ever they wanted to go.  I needed something to corral them.  I’ve been searching on Pinterest, YouTube & the Internet.  I couldn’t find anything that I liked.  I thought about doing the stack of fence posting that Alejandra Costello used, but I didn’t think it would work for the area that I had.  Here’s what I came up with:

Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

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Organizing Christmas Ornaments

I’ve finally finished up my Christmas ornament re-organizing.  It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  The ornaments are kept in our barn (which is actually a glorified, large, 2 story shed).  Although the things that are stored in there stay dry, they are subject to heat & cold.  The usual labels on the boxes don’t hold up well.  They’ve buckled & faded over the years.  This year, it will be different.

New Labels for organizing

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Organizing Earrings

I thought I’d show you how I organize my earrings.  I’ve seen them organized online using framed screens, egg cartons, and even storing them on trays, but that drives me nuts.  All it takes is bumping it once & you have a huge mess that can take hours to reorganize.  And I really don’t have all that much room to store my earrings like that.  If you read my post on Makeup Storage, you know that I like to have all of things close together, so that when I’m getting ready, I don’t have to run all over the place.  Once my make-up is on, and my hair is done, the last things I put on are my earrings & watch, and I’m out the door.  It’s like a one stop shop.

How do you take all of this and store it in a section that’s 5″ wide, 7″ deep, and 6″ high?

Organizing Earrings

Once I thought it out, it was actually easy.

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Makeup Storage

I’ve been going through a lot of things lately.  I’m trying to pare down what I have, and reorganizing what I keep.  This time, it’s my make-up that I’m reorganizing & purging.  Where do you keep your face?  Some keep theirs in a make-up bag, some on a tray, and the Beatles said that Eleanor Rigby kept her face in a jar by the door.  I keep mine in drawers.

Make-up Storage Finished Drawers

I’ve found that by keeping my make-up separated in different drawers, I seem to get ready a little more easily.  But it’s been awhile since I’ve gone through any of it, or bothered to clean out the drawers.  Frankly, they were a mess.

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Desk Drawer Overhaul/Reorganization

Lately, I’ve been reorganizing things in our home.  I’ve been trying to do one section of a room a day/week.  It’s amazing how things can get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of them.  My office desk drawers did just that.  I’m in those drawers constantly.  It not only houses my pens, post-it notes, computer vacuum attachments & stationary, but my camera battery charger & the equipment I need for uploading my pictures.

Desk Drawer Overhaul

I realized that I was stuffing the cords to my camera supplies into the drawer before I closed it.  That’s a good way to ruin them.

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The Crafting Side of my Sewing/Craft Room Re-Do

Here’s another peek into my world.  Like I’ve said before, this is a very tiny room.  It’s only 6′ x 7′.  In order for me to get everything into this room, it has to be organized.  The room is divided into 2 main sections.  One side of the room is for sewing, and the other side is for my crafting.  This is the crafting section of the room. It’s still a work in progress.  I’m still searching for the right cabinet or shelving unit for the left side of the window.

Crafting Cabinets Organization

Each payday, I would buy another piece for the room.  I knew what I wanted, but I knew that if I wanted to finish the room without it emptying my bank account, it would take some planning in advance.  I went with items from ClosetMaid.  Continue reading

Sewing/Craft Room Bookcase (fabric organization)

The new sewing/craft room is tiny.  It’s only 6′ x 7′.  In order for me to get everything into this room, it had to be organized.  I’d originally had all of my fabric in plastic drawers.  There were 11 drawers stuffed full of fabric.  In fact, this is what started the whole room ‘re-do’.  It got to the point where I couldn’t get the drawers opened.  Any time I wanted to make something new, I’d have to fight with the drawers to get out the fabric I needed.

I’m a very visual person.  So the drawers were good for that.  They were clear plastic, so I could see what I had.  But the frustration that I would feel when I had to get to the fabric, made me not want to sew.  And my sewing machine is never put away.  I love to create, and I get new ideas all the time.   But when it’s too frustrating to get to the supplies that you need, it becomes a chore.  Not the pleasure that I usually feel when I’m making or decorating something new. Continue reading

DIY Memo Boards

As I’ve said before, I’m a very visual person.  And I’m always getting ideas for new projects.  I have a huge stack of index cards, full of ideas.  But they’re filed away in a file box.  I’ve found that when I have an idea that I want to get started on right away, putting the index card on a memo board keeps me on track.  When the idea is filed away in it’s ‘proper place’, I can forget about it. Because of that, I’ve made 2 memo boards.  One by the sewing machine, (this one has a side that is metal to use magnets & the right hand side is cork)  and one by the crafting area of my room (all cork).  Besides that, plain brown cork just doesn’t go in my sewing room. 

And I’m not a fan of brown.  Purple or lilac is what it had to be to go in my sewing room. (Remember, this is for my room.  You can chose any color that goes in your home)

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Sewing/Craft Room – Pattern Organization

I love these cabinets.  They hold so much & keep the sewing area of the sewing/craft room organized.  We searched for a long time for a  54″ overhead cabinet, but they were either too expensive or didn’t come in white or the size we wanted.  We went to home improvement stores, IKEA, and searched on line for several months. We actually found exactly what we wanted at Walmart.com http://www.walmart.com/ip/SystemBuild-54-Wall-Cabinet-White/17470884

We had it delivered to our home for a very small fee. When it arrived it came in a large, flat box.

It only took a couple of hours to put it together.  Much faster than I thought it would.  Getting the doors on was probably the most frustrating for me, since they rely on pictures, rather than words to explain what to do.  I fought with those doors like crazy.  Then hubby came in, took one look at what I was doing, and fixed it in about a minute.  Now they’re hanging over my sewing desk & they hold more than I thought they would.  I’m so happy with them!

What’s inside tells the whole story.  The far right hand cabinet holds most of my patterns, both bought & my own.

The middle part of the cabinet holds the rest of my patterns, shoulder pads, & all of my zippers.

It’s so nice being able to open up two doors & see all of my patterns at a glance.

And finally, the left hand side of the cabinet holds all of my little drawers & boxes for sewing.

And there’s still some room for another box or two!

The cabinet is organized, easy to see & get to.

We still have to add a shelf underneath to hold my DVDs, but that will come a little later.

Hope you enjoyed my organized sewing/craft room cabinet!