Jewelry organizer

Hey all, sorry I’ve been absent as of late. Life has gotten a bit hectic.

I have been working on a couple of crafts. Remember that cake, cookie/treat stand I made? Well, I decided to use that idea to clear off my dresser:

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For the full directions, check out my Homespun column. But it’s so simple and it’s been keeping everything accessory-wise in order. Love it!

As for food, I’ve been heading back to some new staples, particularly Crockpot Buffalo Chicken and Marinara, Alfredo pasta bake.

Getting organized

Next on Make That Pin week, it’s actually a bunch of pins.

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I’m mixing up a whole bunch of pins from my Organizing and Cleaning board.

Sorry there are no before photos, but I’d rather not show how crazy messy this closet was. I had trouble closing the door, I couldn’t see all my craft supplies, I had a box of glasses that were sitting outside the closet cause there wasn’t enough room. It was time to fix it.

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So I found the blue baskets — which hold various adhesives, spray paints and then all the ribbons I have — at the dollar store. The clear plastic containers are shoe boxes from the Container Store. I kept like things together and tossed a bunch of things that were just cluttering the space.

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I saw this pin and was like, omg a battery organizer! Well, my container is a bit large, but it’s so much better than having all those odd shaped battery packaging taking up space.

A couple of other things I saw on Pinterest that I have tried:
– Baking soda and vinegar to unclog and clean a drain. It totally worked on my bathroom sink.
– Using a bobby pin upside down, it worked, but just as well as using the bobby pin the regular way.
Folding grocery bags like paper footballs. This was super helpful! I stash a couple in my purse and pull them out when I need them.

Have any cleaning or organizing tips of your own?

Cleaning with vinegar

I’ve been curious about cleaning with regular, every day items. The home remedy types of cleaning. I don’t usually stock white vinegar in my kitchen, but most homemade cleaning products call for vinegar. Plus I needed to descale my coffee maker. Might as well try to clean other things with it.

I decided my first time out with a homemade cleaning, I would just try something with plain vinegar. No mixing. This helpful pin has been floating around Pinterest for awhile. Basically, fill a bag with white vinegar, tie it around your showerhead over night. It should get off a bunch of gunk.

That’s the only photo you’re getting in this post! 🙂 I’m not sharing before and after photos. I filled a quart bag with about a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Because of the angle of the showerhead, I did lose some of the liquid before I tied it on. I tied it flat against the showerhead with a second rubberband too.

I think the showerhead is a bit cleaner. The vinegar was able to get into the little shower bits that scrubbing with a brush isn’t going to get.

If you’re not a fan of a vinegar smell, don’t try this. I’m not a huge fan of the bleach or other shower cleaners out there. It feels like I’m polluting my air at times. With the vinegar, it just smells like I’m getting ready to cook something.

Have any homemade cleaning products you could suggest? More adventures in cleaning with vinegar to come!

Clothes organization

I am really trying to be more organized. I showed you how I’ve organized my kitchen and now this is how I’m organizing my folded clothes and scarves.

A friend of mine posted on her blog about this new folding method for drawers. Instead of stacking the clothes on top of one another, put them sideways. Check out one of my drawers:

Clothes folded into drawers sideways.

Isn’t it great? I actually have a lot more room in my drawers, plus I can see everything. I couldn’t see when they were stacked up, so I’d have to rummage through them and I’d make a mess. This has been perfect. Plus I’ve put tee shirts with tee shirts, tank tops with tank tops, grubby shirts with grubby shirts and so on and so on.

I still hate folding clothes, but this makes it so much easier to put them away.

I think the only drawer that hasn’t stayed this way has been my jeans. All my jeans are pretty much the same, so stacking them is ok.

Now, I am also a scarf lover, but I would throw them in drawers or on top of my headboard. They didn’t really have a spot of their own. I had a blank wall next to my dresser and voila:

Hung on the wall with small hooks.

Using small hooks, I display my favorite scarves. They don’t get wrinkly or all folded up. Plus I think they’re pretty, so I like having them displayed. I have about 10 hooks out. I do rotate the scarves if I’m washing one or I decide I like another scarf better. So there are a couple scarves in a cubbie hole near by.

If you have a great organizing tip, please share!

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Kitchen organization

My kitchen is unbearably tiny. I have about a 12×12 space on the counter I am able to use for cooking. It’s the one thing I dislike about my apartment, but it’s my home. I started seeing pins about organizing on Pinterest and I decided to get my act together. My system is far from perfect, but it’s better than it was.

I started in my pantry. Right now, I have a bit of overflow on my dining room/crafting table because there was a great sale on some pantry items. But this is how it looked when I first started:

My pantry doesn’t really look like this right now, it’s a little more messy. But I moved my baking goods into containers. Under the shelf holders are lifesavers. And I got a shelf organizer that had steps so I could see things.

Next I did my cabinets. I actually have to say, this worked amazing. I was wasting so much space in my cabinets. But using organizers that stood the pans up, freed up space. And I moved my pots and other little pans so they stacked up better.

I found organizers at the Dollar Store. The pan on the right was too big to fit into the slots, so I used wire cutters to get rid of one slot.

Another organizer from the Dollar Store and all my baking pans can be lined up.

Finally, my freezer. This I’m pretty happy with too. I don’t have frozen food items falling on me whenever I open the door. Although it feels like my freezer is a bit smaller now. It may be because I put the freeze pops in such a large container. But it is summer. When it’s winter, I’ll remove the basket and put more food in.

My freezer! There are four plate organizers that I stacked up to get three rows. The bottom left cubbie was built in. And since it’s summer, all my freeze pops found a home in that blue basket.

There we go! That’s all the organizing I’ve done.