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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Entryway Organization DIY Ideas

Trend: 12 Entryway Organization DIY Ideas

I know we have “Spring cleaning”, but I also love a good Fall organization. There’s a lot that happens this time of year: school starts, the weather is changing, and the big holidays are right around the corner. This makes it the perfect time to organize the important zones in your home, like the entryway. This space is used everyday and it tends to store a lot of stuff in there: coats, umbrellas, keys, shoes, and a bunch of other random things. It’s time to get that space organized. Check out these inspiring entryway organization DIY ideas below.

 

1. Create this simple wall shoe organizer to keep the shoe clutter off the floor.

(Emily Henderson)

2. Turn almost any bookcase into an entryway organization station!

(Better Homes and Gardens)

 

3. Make your own coat tree for under $10.

(Ana White)

 

4. Make a bench to sit on.

(Home Depot)

5. Use buckets to organize items for each family member in the entrance! There are also free labels to print out.

(Better Homes and Gardens)

6. Painted screwdriver rack to hold your scarves and coats.

(HomeMade Modern)

7. Floral bucket turned umbrella stand.

(I Heart Organizing)

8. Organize your keys with this lovely key holder DIY.

(Shanty 2 Chic)

 9. Turn an Ikea Bookshelf on it’s side, add a cushion, and you have an entryway storage bench!

(from Better Homes and Gardens)

10. Paint a bunch of wood crates and install them on the wall in your entryway.

(Thea’s Mania)

11. Print out these free blank labels and use them to mark baskets for entryway storage.

(Better Homes and Gardens)

12. Create an entryway organizer.

(Curate This Space)

Is your entryway organized? As of right now, mine is not. Wish me luck!

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the photos from the first image are from Emily HendersonBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and GardensAna White, and Thea’s Mania.


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.29

Good morning all! With all of the activities that create our crazy lives, it’s hard to find time to do things just for the fun of it. These quick and simple DIY’s will treat you to a little me-time, and great pieces to show for it.

 

I’ve never been much of a carpenter, but even I could make this amazingly simple Leather Handled Cutting Board from Almost Makes Perfect. What starts out as a plain piece of wood turns into a gorgeous testament to your inner craftsman.

 

 

Another in-kitchen idea: decorated tea towels. I know, I know, how overdone…But these Confetti Trail Tea Towels on For The Makers were too cute to pass up. What an easy way to add some color and fun to your kitchen!

 

 

I love mirrors–the crazier the better. These amazingly easy Salvaged Yard Mirrors by Killer B. Designs put a creative new (or old?) twist on your framing options. Who says all that junk in your garage is useless?

 

 

I still really can’t get enough of terrariums and air plant vases. Pile on some color with this super simple Paint-Dip Planters tutorial from Vintage Revivals. I especially love how she hung them on her wall–SO ADORABLE.

 

 

And lastly, I love the look of this coffee table serving tray and drawer from The Design Confidential.  A little more demanding than the others, after you channel your inner craftsman one last time, you’ll have it finished and ready to impress in no time.

 

 

Happy creating! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Jen Jones

Organize This: Travel Gear!

Trend: Packing up and setting off to enjoy the final days of summer!

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As much as it hurts to say it, summer days are numbered.  With summer winding down, many folks are doing what they can to make the most of those final sun filled days.  Whether heading up north to a friend’s cabin, packing up the family to head to the beach or jet setting across the country to explore an unfamiliar city, packing for a trip can cause unnecessary pre-travel frustrations.  What should I pack?  What should I button up around the house before we leave?  How do I make the most of the space in my carry-on bag?  Here are my top ten tips for stress-free organized traveling.

 

  • Make a list, check it twice.  Create a master list of things to do around the house before heading out of town for a few days (turn down heat, water plants, set alarm, etc…) as well as a master list of frequently packed items.  Give yourself empty blanks to fill in so the list can be tweaked based on your current trip and begin filling out your checklist a few days prior to traveling.  Save the list digitally to prevent filling it out from scratch every time the travel bug hits.
  • Use your calendar of travel events when planning what to pack.  Keep a list of potential activities that will be taking place on your trip and use that as a guide when packing your clothing.  Place clothing into piles based on day/event and select items that are easy to mix and match to give you more looks with less.  Accessories go a long way in changing the look and feel of an outfit, but are much less bulky in a suitcase.
  • Use packing cubes within your suitcase to divide out your contents by type and to prevent items from mixing.  This will be handy as you begin to rummage through your suitcase more and more each day.  Toss in a few empty pouches for a damp swimsuit or dirty laundry.  Garment bags work well for this also.
  • Roll clothing vs. folding.  You will have less creases to iron and it takes up much less space.
  • Select a cosmetic/toiletry bag that opens flat and contains a hook.  Hooking the bag to the back of the door or a nearby towel bar will clear up limited hotel counter space.  Only utilize the cosmetic bag for non-liquid toiletries; the liquid items should be transferred to travel size bottles and packed within a clear plastic bag and placed in an easy to access pouch of the suitcase.  Also remember that hotels are always stocked with daily essentials which allows you to skip packing the soap and makes room for another pair of shoes (wink wink).
  • Pack an ultra-lightweight, nylon tote which can fold up nice and small (and takes up minimal space in a suitcase), yet turns into a portable market tote or beach bag for any day trips you take while on vacation.
  • Place all flight information, hotel / automobile reservations and other itineraries into a durable folio and tuck it inside of your carry-on tote.  This will ensure your boarding pass is simple to locate at the airport and that you can quickly pull out an address for the taxi driver.
  • Add a pocketed purse organizer to your handbag / tote to keep all of your carry-on essentials neat and tidy.  The added pockets provide designated space within your bag for pens, tech gear, cords, currency, ear-buds, cosmetics, etc…
  • Place shoes inside of shoe sacks to prevent suitcase contents from becoming soiled during travels.  Reusable grocery bags and even plastic shower caps work great for this purpose.
  • Be sure to add a luggage tag to your suitcase containing your important personal information in the event your luggage becomes lost, but don’t share too much.  Create a specific email address just for your luggage identification and also include a cell phone number and the phone number of the hotel you will be staying at.  Adding a home phone number or home address may ultimately put your personal information into the wrong hands.  Select a tag that is unique and easy to spot on a baggage carousel or even add decorative washi-tape around the handle to make your suitcase stand out from the rest.

 

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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Under Cabinet Rice and Pasta Storage

The husband and I have plans for our tiny kitchen, and it will take quite a bit of time to finish. For now we are going to do a little here, and a little there. Right now we are working on storage the storage situation since our 94-year-old home is lacking in closets and cupboard space. Our challenge: find storage on a small budget. I’ve seen this jar storage wandering Pinterest A LOT, in fact I used it for my calendar work station DIY. After looking through our overstuffed cupboard and knocking over the jar of rice, I decided it’s time for a change. I’ve installed a Pasta and Rice Jar Storage under one of our open cabinets. This project took 1 hour and cost under $10. My kind of kitchen organizer update.

Supplies:

- glass jars (with lids)

- screws with washers

- nail

- hammer

- drill

 

Directions:

- Use the nail to poke a hole through the center of the jar lid.

- Measure and use a pencil to mark where you’d like the jars to hang. Drill in the screws through the holes you poked through the lids into the bottom of your cupboard.

- Fill your jars and screw onto the lids. Done!

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I definitely think I’ll be changing the jars to quart jars. We need just a bit more room for the pasta, etc. Ok, happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Spring Cleaning DIY Organization Ideas!

It’s time to clean up and organize the home! Spring is just about here and I’m ready to deep clean my home. Below you’ll find some of my favorite organizing DIY ideas from some awesome bloggers.

Use a door to organize your kitchen, C.R.A.F.T.

Fridge Work Station, The Paper Mama for BHG.

Hideaway Printer, PB & J Stories.

 DIY Rolling Rack, Hrrrthrrr.

DIY Mason Jar Storage, Liz Marie Blog.

Rolling Book Basket, Just The Bee’s Knees.

 Lovely Magazine Files (with a free printable), Positively Splendid.

 Plastic Bag Storage, Burlap & Blue.

 Paint storage, Mad in Crafts.

Ikea Hack Mail Rack, Instructables.

 Hidden Alarm Panel, The Paper Mama for BHG.

 Tension Rod Turned Spray Bottle Holder, A Thousand Words.

Kitchen Pantry Makeover, House of Smiths.

Upcycled Dresser Drawers for Under Bed Storage, Olive and Love.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. 1st photo links: 1. A Thousand Words, 2. The Paper Mama for BHG, 3. Just The Bee’s Knees, 4. C.R.A.F.T., 5. Liz Marie Blog.


Jen Jones

Organize With This: Pegboard!

Pegboard has been around for ages, however, more and more frequently it is becoming the “go-to” solution for organizing projects.  People love when storage is versatile enough to be used while keeping the end result simple and tidy. This makes pegboard the reigning solution for problematic areas around the home.  Here are a few examples of how pegboard can work hard so you don’t have to.

 

Tools:

Never go searching for a that flathead screwdriver again!  Pegboard has been used in garages, workshops and sheds for many years as amazing tool storage.  When working on a project, digging for tools is sure to slow anyone down.  Organizing tools on pegboard will ensure they are visible and easy to find during a household emergency or even a quick DIY.

 

Garden Tools:

Pegboard isn’t just for building tools; use it to corral all of the tools used for gardening and yard-work by installing a system over a potting bench or in a small nook of the garage.

 

Craft Supplies:

If pegboards are the perfect solution for building tools, surely they can offer amazing versatility and storage for craft tools as well.  And that they do!  By mixing and matching hooks, pencil cups and even thread organizers, you can keep all of your supplies for your favorite hobbies right within arm’s reach.  Nail the pegboard inside of a decorative frame to hang it above your workspace, or frame out the back of the pegboard to install it on the inside of a cabinet door for concealed storage.  Either way, it is sure to change the way you sew and craft!

 

Oh Baby:

Wee ones come with a lot of gear.  Prevent rummaging for basic care necessities during late night diaper changes by installing a small pegboard near the changing station.  Because shelves, bins and clips can all be attached, they are an ideal solution for holding lotions, powders, binkies, health care items and even charming photos and mementos.

 

Bangles:

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To manage a plethora of wardrobe accessories, install pegboard on a bedroom wall or within a closet space.  Anything from necklaces to scarves to sunglasses can be stored in this fashion, ensuring getting ready in the morning is easy breezy.  By dressing up the pegboard with your favorite paint color, it will allow the organization to seamlessly blend with your space.

 

Command Station:

For those with a lot of appointments and schedules to manage, creating a command station can offer a one-stop spot for holding invitations, memos and date cards.  By adding pencil cups and small bins, office supplies can remain right within reach for the entire family.  Pegboard clips allow you to pin up important notes, bills and correspondences.

 

That’s a Wrap:

Create a small station for organizing the supplies needed for wrapping gifts year round.  Pegboard hooks hold tools like scissors and tape, while bins can be installed to hold markers, pens and embellishments.  Hooks paired with cafe rods or bungee systems can be used for corralling spools of ribbons and tubes of gift wrap.

 

Cleaning and Maintenance:

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A wall or closet filled with pegboard brings together all of the supplies used to care and maintain a home.  Hooks work wonders for holding brooms, dusters, paint brushes, scrubbers and much, much more.

 

In the Kitchen:

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Framing out pegboard in the kitchen provides instant wall storage for daily cookware.  This also offers an alternative solution when cabinet spaces is limited and is also ideal for those who love to cook and want instant access to pots, pans, lids, gadgets and utensils.

 

If concealed storage is much more appealing to you in the kitchen, add tall pegs to pegboard mounted in the bottom of a drawer.  The pegs can be configured to fit your dishware and prevent them from sliding around or shifting while the drawer is in use.

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