Written on September 5, 2013 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
In just a few short weeks the OFFICIAL start to Fall will be here. That means school starting, less vacation, and yeah… less sunshine (at least in Oregon). I don’t know about you, but I needed a small update to my calendar and work area. That’s what inspired my Calendar Work Station.
For this creation I wanted to use ALL materials I already had at my home. Some leftover plywood from building our chicken coop, old jars, rubber bands, and some spray paint that was almost gone; all this went into creating this project. Technically this calendar work station cost me nothing, but if I really calculated the original cost for all the needed items: under $15. This is a very relaxed and easy to recreate DIY. Hopefully very little stress. Here’s how I made it:
- 13 inches wide by 30 inches high piece of plywood
- Two small shelf brackets
- Some wood that will have a final measure of 11 inches long by 6 inches wide
- Mini document clips
- Four large rubberbands
- 3 small canning jars with bands and lids
- E6000 adhesive
- Contact paper
- Painter’s tape
- Small amounts of primer + paint spray paint
- Cut your wood. We had some leftover wood pieces that I started with, but you can always go to Lowes and they’ll cut a couple sizes for you.
- Print out the Weekday Letters printout. Place the letters under the contact paper, then trace with a pen.
- Cut out the letters with a sharp X-acto knife. From here you can decide if you’d like your calendar to start with Sunday or Monday. Just move the S’s around to where you need them. I chose to go with Monday – Sunday, so both S’s were at the end of the letters.
- Peel the paper off the sticky contact paper and apply it to the plywood. Press down the contact paper very well, to hopefully prevent bleeding when painting.
- Tape off the rest of the plywood to prep for the spray paint. I used a paper bag and painters tape to create a couple of lines to spray gold on the board.
- Spray the letters and lines of the board. I chose black for the letters and gold for the lines. Let dry, then peel off tape/contact paper.
- Optional: Spray paint the shelf boards, shelf brackets, and jar bands. Let dry.
- Screw the shelf brackets onto the bottom of the shelf boards.
- Prep the jar lids for hanging under the shelf. Use E6000 to adhere the jar lids to the jar bands. Let dry.
- Evenly arrange the glued jar lids on the bottom of the shelf. Screw them into the shelf.
- Center and screw the prepped shelf onto the bottom section of your plywood board.
- Print out the calendar and notes (trim as needed). On the calendar, number the days of the month you are currently in.
- Space out the the four large rubber bands on the plywood board and place the calendar + notes. Secure with the mini document clips.
- Fill your jars and screw them under the shelf.
- Add some goodies to the shelf.
- Hang, enjoy.
Also, let your little kiddo help you decorate your shelf… and you may have a fun shark added to the work station. Hee.
Happy organized Fall!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on November 26, 2012 at 9:06 am , by Style Spotter Editor
Hi Everyone, this is Samantha Thorpe from Storage magazine. We are really into using labels to help keep you and your family organized. No matter what area you need to get in order in your house—closet, pantry, bathroom, entry, or kid’s room—labels help everyone know where to return items so the next person can find them. Now, that is easier said then done.
But fun labels are a great reminder that there is “A place for everything and everything in its place,” as Isabella Mary Beeton first wrote in The Book of Household Management in 1861. So try downloading these labels to get organized today.
Make it easy to find food you have stocked in your pantry with these mix-and-match labels (above left) available at BHG.com/FoodLabels. You can add your own categories as well! These free downloadable labels come in a variety of patterns and sizes. They’re easy to customize to describe your containers’ contents.
You can also get your kids organized with labels that make it easy for them to put things away. For kids who can’t read quite yet, use labels with photos to help them put their trains, stuffed animals, and other items in the right place.
Written on November 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm , by Jen Jones
The entry is a space that should make you smile when you enter the home. It is the first impression, a place where everything lands and a multi-functional area that hugs you when you walk through the door.
Since the entry is where coats are hung, boots are dried, books and backpacks are stored… it is important to consider dual purposed storage that is also space effective. It also helps to cure entry clutter since they are typically smaller spaces and a few things can quickly create an overwhelming sense of chaos.
If the main purpose of the entry is to hold a few coats for guests and a dog leash for Spot, a few simple hooks do the trick!
However, if you need to boast a little extra storage, lets dream about individual locker cubbies… so beautiful!
The reason the individual hooks/lockers work so well, is because they allow you to designate a spot for each family member, and store every little item that comes through the door.
The only problem with creating a large wall of built in lockers, is that your home needs the space to accommodate them. Short on space? Update an existing closet into built in awesomeness!
Did you know that bakeware makes great shoe trays and boot storage?
If you don’t have a natural entry in your home, they can be simple to create with the addition of a nice console table for dropping keys and mail along with a few hooks or a coat tree for bags and outerwear.
Or mix and match modular stacking closet storage pieces to create an entry that boasts endless storage options!
Benches are always a great addition to an entry since they provide a place to sit while putting on shoes, but they can also double as storage for hats, mittens and footwear!
When you walk through the door with mail and schoolwork, a designated basket or bin is a great way to ensure it quickly finds a home and doesn’t later become a monstrous paper pile.
So there you have it! A few simple items can turn any empty space inside the door, into a fabulous and organized entryway!