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Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

Trend: Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

The power cord situation is pretty messy in my home. Our pile of unorganized cords always get mixed up and it’s frustrating to figure out which cord is mine when I’m digging through a drawer, or just trying to plug in my phone. I’ve had enough of this mess and I finally cleaned it up. It’s super easy to clean up cords when you use the cute sticker labels I created just for organizing my power cords. Explore the post below to see how you can download these labels and organize your cords!

Supplies needed to make these stickers for your home:


Directions:

Step 1: Download my free printable labels! I’ve provided two different styles for you. The first style is my crazy and wild label set, the next is more simple with one color on each label.A quick note: I have learned that my printer does something very weird when printing these labels. Apparently it moves the print up about 1/4 inch when printing and the stickers do not line up. If you find your printer does the same thing, download my adjusted labels here: Adjusted Wild Labels print and Adjusted Colorful Labels print.

Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

Step 2: Follow the directions for printing your labels on the Avery package. Remember, print these labels at 100% and do not fit to page. I also suggest printing out a test copy on printer paper before printing onto the stickers. Hold the test print up behind the sticker sheet and see if they line up. If they don’t, maybe try downloading my adjusted labels I mentioned in Step 1.

Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

Step 3: Peel off the stickers and fold them onto the end of the cords. Use a permanent marker to write down what that cord is used for. Done!

Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords! Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

How does it feel having organized cords? Pretty great! Use some pipe cleaners to tie up cords that you don’t use every day and keep them organized in a drawer. No more tangled cords!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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Summer can be so much fun, but also a little hectic. In our home we get so busy with Summer playing that we start skipping some of our cleaning. Oops! That’s what our big Fall clean is for! School is about to start and we want to have a clean and prepared home so we can get back into routine. Below you will find a list of 10 Smart Cleaning Tips for Fall from some clever bloggers.

1) This post is a great reminder to clean spots around your home that you might forget about. That outdoor windowsill could probably use a little scrub. Check out more tips (and a free cleaning list printable) on Live Laugh and Rowe.

This post is a great reminder to clean spots around your home that you might forget about. That outdoor windowsill could probably use a little scrub. Check out more tips (and a free cleaning list printable) on Live Laugh and Rowe.

2) Wow, this post goes into great detail on how you can keep a clean home by cleaning the house 30 minutes a day. One tip is to first clean anything up high and work your way down. Found on Stone Gable Blog.

Wow, this post goes into great detail on how you can keep a clean home by cleaning the house 30 minutes a day. One tip is to first clean anything up high and work your way down. Found on Stone Gable Blog.

3) Dress up the stained floor in your garage with some tile. It will really brighten up the space and feel more welcoming and I bet it’s easier to clean. Found on Handmade Charlotte.

Dress up the stained floor in your garage with some tile. It will really brighten up the space and feel more welcoming and I bet it's easier to clean. Found on Handmade Charlotte.

4) When I clean I prefer to use more natural ingredients. I often use vinegar while cleaning, so I love this DIY Cleaning Wipes recipe. The washcloths are reusable and the cleaning solution is made using vinegar and some essential oils. Check it out on Live Simply.

When I clean I prefer to use more natural ingredients. I often use vinegar while cleaning, so I love this DIY Cleaning Wipes recipe. The washcloths are reusable and the cleaning solution is made using vinegar and some essential oils. Check it out on Live Simply.

5) Even though your pillow is sitting in a pillowcase, it might need a little freshening up. Check out how you can clean your pillows using natural ingredients. Found on Popsugar.

Even though your pillow is sitting in a pillowcase, it might need a little freshening up. Check out how you can clean your pillows using natural ingredients. Found on Popsugar.

6) All this warm weather means you probably haven’t paid much attention to that coat closet for a while. This is the perfect time to get the closet organized and ready for Fall. This blogger added shelving and baskets to really organize everything. Found on How To Nest For Less.

All this warm weather means you probably haven't paid much attention to that coat closet for a while. This is the perfect time to get the closet organized and ready for Fall. This blogger added shelving and baskets to really organize everything. Found on How To Nest For Less.

7) After you’ve cleaned up your coat closet, get to organizing the cleaning supplies! Cleaning your home will be so much easier if you know exactly where everything is. I have to say this cleaning closet is BEAUTIFULLY organized. I love it. Found on 36th Avenue.

After you've cleaned up your coat closet, get to organizing the cleaning supplies! Cleaning your home will be so much easier if you know exactly where everything is. I have to say this cleaning closet is BEAUTIFULLY organized. I love it. Found on 36th Avenue.

8) Keeping your dryer clean of lint is very important, so why not add deep cleaning the dryer to your Fall cleaning list? This article goes into great detail on how to really clean your dryer. Found on The Family Handyman.

Keeping your dryer clean of lint is very important, so why not add deep cleaning the dryer to your Fall cleaning list? This article goes into great detail on how to really clean your dryer. Found on The Family Handyman.

9) While you’re deep cleaning your dryer of lint, you should also clean out the dryer duct. Another fire hazard and it really should be done (adding this to my Fall cleaning list). Found on Pretty Handy Girl.

While you're deep cleaning your dryer of lint, you should also clean out the dryer duct. Another fire hazard and it really should be done (adding this to my Fall cleaning list). Found on Pretty Handy Girl.

10) As the weather gets colder it can get a bit stuffy in the home, so why not make your own natural room spray? This article, on The Chalkboard Mag, has three different recipes for you to check out.

As the weather gets colder it can get a bit stuffy in the home, so why not make your own natural room spray? This article, on The Chalkboard Mag, has three different recipes for you to check out.

What do you do to prepare for Fall?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Trend: 10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

It seems more and more people want to scale down their living spaces to live with less stuff. Decorating these small homes can be a challenge, so I’ve collected 10 Clever Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces.

1) This coffee table opens up into a great storage space! Great for blankets, magazines, and other items you want to hide in your living room. Found on vtwonen

This coffee table opens up into a great storage space! Great for blankets, magazines, and other items you want to hide in your living room. Found on vtwonen

2) This isn’t actually a new DIY, but it’s so cool. This was built into this stairway to hide booze during prohibition! These days it’s used to store other items. Found in NY Times (the home of Eric Schiller).

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3) Makeover your front entry with some benches and wall hooks to create more storage and it looks great! This DIY was made for $85. Not bad. Found on The Natos.

Makeover your front entry with some benches and wall hooks to create more storage and it looks great! This DIY was made for $85. Not bad. Found on The Natos.

4) We have some special wines that we are saving, but we don’t really have much space to store them. I love this vertical wine storage solution! Hide those bottles in some large PVC tubes behind a magnetic message board. Found on the Lowes blog.

We have some special wines that we are saving, but we don't really have much space to store them. I love this vertical wine storage solution! Hide those bottles in some large pvc tubes behind a magnetic message board. Found on the Lowes blog.

5) Now that my daughter is headed into first grade, we are going to need some sort of study space for her in her tiny room. This fold down wall desk is perfect! She can just fold it away when she’s done. Found on Ana White (comes with free building plans).

Now that my daughter is headed into first grade, we are going to need some sort of study space for her in her tiny room. This fold down wall desk is perfect! She can just fold it away when she's done. Found on Ana White (comes with free building plans).

6) Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don’t really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY.

Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don't really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY. Do you want to have guests stay with you, but you don't really have anywhere for them to sleep? Consider installing a Murphy bed! The room can be an office by day, and a bedroom at night. Great DIY found on Addicted 2 DIY.

7) My tiny house only had one built in closet when we first bought it. That makes storing items kind of difficult, so a couple years ago my husband and I built a Mini Pantry. We fit it into the tiniest little space in our kitchen. Check out the DIY on the Home Depot Blog.

My tiny house only had one built in closet when we first bought it. That makes storing items kind of difficult, so a couple years ago my husband and I built a Mini Pantry. We fit it into the tiniest little space in our kitchen. Check out the DIY on the Home Depot Blog.

8) This DIY Pegboard Shelving Unit is like functional artwork. The perfect shelving unit for a small space. Found on Apartment Therapy.

This DIY Pegboard Shelving Unit is like functional artwork. The perfect shelving unit for a small space. Found on Apartment Therapy.

9) Utilize all the space in those cupboards. Installing hooks and small shelves inside your cupboard door will give you a spot for those small kitchen items. Found on Jenna Burger.

Utilize all the space in those cupboards. Installing hooks and small shelves inside your cupboard door will give you a spot for those small kitchen items. Found on Jenna Burger.

10) Be sure to use all the space in your laundry room. Shelves above for organizing and a top over the washer and dryer so you can fold clothes. Found on Four Generations One Roof.

Be sure to use all the space in your laundry room. Shelves above for organizing and a top over the washer and dryer so you can fold clothes. Found on Four Generations One Roof.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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Trend: Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!

Somehow we are already in the month of July and I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard for the Summer. If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard. Enjoy!

1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

2) Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

3) How convenient and cute would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

How convenient, and cute, would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

4) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

5) If you’ve been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and detailed AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

If you've been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and details AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

6) Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay mostly dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

7) I’ve shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

I've shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

8) Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

9) Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that’s why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that's why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

10) I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

11) After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

12) Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

13) If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don’t. Found on Jenna Burger.

If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don't. Found on Jenna Burger.

14) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

Does your backyard feel organized?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Coat Rack Makeover for $15! Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

I’ve been on a mission to makeover our front entry. I’ve already added a cute shoe cupboard and added some artwork, but I still have more work to do. On my front entryway makeover to do list: paint the door, paint the walls, tear out the ugly tile, and add a coat rack. The tile and painting will have to wait for a while, so I jumped on the coat rack project. We don’t have much room in the entry and I needed a coat rack that can fit on the wall right behind the door. During my search I found a TON of cute wall racks, but they were way outside of my budget. I wanted something colorful, but not too expensive. That’s when I decided to makeover a plain white wall rack. I already have a lot of spray paint, so this was the perfect idea.

I’m happy with how this turned out! I chose to paint four gold hooks and two yellow. It’s my version of color blocking with hooks. The two yellow hooks are the spots where my 6-year-old can hang her coat and umbrella. So glad I won’t hear, “I don’t know where my coat goes.” from my kiddo anymore. Well, maybe I’ll still hear it, but less often? Ha!

Supplies needed:

  • inexpensive wall coat rack (I found this one on Amazon and love it)
  • primer spray paint
  • spray paint colors (I went with yellow and gold)
  • clear acrylic spray

Directions:

Step 1: Use a screwdriver to remove the coat hooks from the board.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 2: In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, prop up your hooks to prepare for painting. First, you’ll apply a couple coats of the primer (since the hooks are metal the primer will help keep the paint from chipping off). Next, add a few coats of your colorful paints. When the colorful paint is dry to the touch, add two coats of the clear acrylic sealer. I like to add the clear acrylic spray to the end of spray painting projects to add a strong barrier over my paint. It definitely helps. Note: Don’t forget to wear a face mask and eye protection when using spray paint. Stay safe!

Step 3: Let the hooks cure for at least 24 hours. Longer is better. The paint can dent and smudge right after painting.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 4: When the hooks are ready, grab your screwdriver and install them back onto the coat rack board. Install the board onto your wall and you are ready to organize with this colorful and inexpensive coat rack!

Final cost: $15 for the coat rack. I already owned all the other supplies to create this project.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

Trend: 8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

When I think about family living spaces my mind immediately goes to indoor living or family rooms, but I can’t forget about our outdoor living spaces! During nicer weather a porch is the perfect spot to sit with friends and family and enjoy the day. If it’s dull and messy no one will want to hang out there. Spend some time this summer making over your outdoor living space. You don’t need to spend a ton of money, sometimes all it needs is a little paint color and some cleaning. Check out these 8 inspiring Pretty Porch Makeovers!

1) This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

2) This screened porch makeover is wonderful. I want to be there right now. Found on Home Stories A to Z.

This screened porch makeover is wonderful. I want to be there right now. Found on Home Stories A to Z.

3) The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

4) Look at how these tiles changed this front porch! Found on Eighteen 25.

Look at how these tiles changed this front porch! Found on Eighteen 25.

5) This front porch really looks like an outdoor living room. Found on The Decorologist.

This front porch really looks like an outdoor living room. Found on The Decorologist.

6) I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

7) Do you have a porch that gets a lot of sun? Or, maybe there’s something you don’t want to view from your porch? Add some curtains! Found on BHG.

Do you have a porch that gets a lot of sun? Or, maybe there's something you don't want to view from your porch? Found on BHG.

8) Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from: Young House Love, Garage Sales R Us, Tater Tots and Jello, Balancing Home.


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