Trash Bags Towel Holder

Trash Bags Towel Holder

Mount your trash bags on a towel holder {organized CHAOS online Tip of the Day}

TIP OF THE DAY: For easy access to your trash bags, mount them on a towel holder in your pantry, mudroom or garage.

14 Things to Pack in Your Beach Bag

14 Things to Pack in Your Beach Bag


It’s always a crap shoot when you’re headed to the beach. What can you pack that is practical, will keep you entertained and will also keep you safe from the sun?

Well, we know a few people who live near the beach and they have given us a list of what you’ll need for a quick beach trip.

  1. Beach Bag. Keep it light, don’t get too fancy and choose one you’re not afraid of getting wet or all sandy. You can make a pretty rad bag out of duct tape. Wanna? HERE is the simple tutorial.
  2. After sun lotion. This will keep your skin hydrated after being exposed to the hot sun.
  3. Surf Spray. Keep your hair hydrated, too. You don’t want your head to look like it’s sprouting straw.
  4. Lip balm with sunblock. Have you ever burned your bottom lip? Nuff said.
  5. Sun hat. Not only do you look absolutely adorable but this will keep the sun from your face and, most importantly, your scalp. But, seriously, adorable.
  6. Sunglasses. Go for ones that have UV protection. You want to be able to see in your old age.
  7. Sunblock. Duh. Reapply every 2 hours. Here’s some interesting information (from Queen Oprah) about choosing your SPF.
  8. Umbrella. While this isn’t necessary and not something you have lying around, if you’re headed out with the family, this is a good option to create shade when you get a little tired of the UV rays gettin’ all up in your business.
  9. A towel. My mom always told me, ‘When shaking out the sand, make sure to shake AWAY from people.’ Also, ‘Your shoes go on the sand, not on the towel‘. Nobody likes sand in their eyes.
  10. Coconut water. You can bring regular water but coconut water will hydrate the heck out of you. Plus, it tastes really good. Well, not the plain stuff. That’s just gross.
  11. Snacks. Choose healthier snacks or you’ll just feel like a lazy bum eating crap on the beach. Try dried fruit or trail mix. You’ll want to replenish your body and maintain energy so you can enjoy your time at the beach.
  12. Baby powder. Once you’re off the beach, you’ll have sand stuck in places you don’t remember touching the beach. Apply some baby powder and those granules come right off. It’s a cool trick.
  13. Waterproof bag for phone. Better safe than sorry. You can go ghetto like me and put your phone in a zip lock bag or you can get serious about it and buy a CHEAP waterproof cover for that phone. Besides, you’ll need to post beach pics on Instagram.
  14. Kindle or iPad. Read a book or magazine or even watch movies while at the beach. It passes the time and you’re entertained. I always get bored at the beach unless I have a variety of things to do. I’m not an ocean swimmer. Wow, that made me sound snotty. It’s a shark thing. And a ‘people have peed in that water for hundreds of years’ thing.

Items to wear:

  • Swimsuit
  • Cover Up
  • Flip Flops

To get any of the items in the image above and to check out our beach store, click HERE. Kate Spade sunglasses? Yes, please!

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Easy DIY Waterproof Striped Beach Bag

Easy DIY Waterproof Striped Beach Bag

I found the cutest little red and white striped beach bag on Spoonful. The instructions were clear, there were very few supplies needed, and it looked pretty easy. We’re always a little skeptical with DIY projects because a lot of times our end result looks nothing like theirs, only to discover a key step was missing from their instructions.  But that wasn’t the case in this tutorial. It was so easy to make, and fun, fun, fun! I loved how mine turned out! (The photo of the bag would have looked much better on a beach in Hawaii, but ya’ gotta work with what ya’ got).


These are the supplies you’ll need. I used a huge piece of cardboard as my work surface, which worked out perfectly! (This image shows a blue Flair pen, but I switched to a regular black Sharpie so I could see my lines more easily).


Step #1

I cut along one side and the bottom of my garbage bag, taped it to my cardboard, then drew my 16×30 rectangle. I taped the hell out of my bag with just regular scotch tape to keep it laying flat on the board. It behaved well and stayed right where I put it. In fact it kind of static-ic itself to the board making it easy to smooth out and tape.


Step #2

I started taping in alternate colored duct tape, overlapping just a hair with each stripe. I thought this part would be a pain, but it was so simple. If you screw up your stripes and have to reposition the tape, it easily lifts from the garbage bag without tearing it.


Step #3

When I was done with my stripes, I cut along my rectangle lines all around. I had covered up the lines when I started doing my taping, so I just grabbed my ruler and Sharpie’d a line over the top of the tape to use as a guide. Easy peasy.

I flipped my rectangle over, measured down an inch on both short ends, and folded the end over my cords. I taped the folded-over ends in place with scotch tape to keep them down, then taped over them with the duct tape. I wasn’t picky with the duct tape placement…I just pushed the cords up toward the fold and then started the top edge of my duct tape just below.


Step #4

After my ends were taped, I flopped the bag in half and taped the sides. I started the tape just underneath the cords with half the width of the tape on the bag and the other half hanging toward me off the bag. Then I turned the bag over and stick the hanging out length to the opposite side of the bag. I used the same color tape to close the sides as the color of the end stripe so the side tape seam was less noticeable. Check it out below – you can barely see it!



The last thing you need to do is knot the cords. Work on one side at a time. Take the two top cords and knot them together. Then knot the two bottom cords together. Do the same on the other side. Make sure the knots are tight. To cinch the bag, grab the top of the bag on one side and pull both the cords on that side.

Cute, cute, cute! It only took a little over an hour to finish, it’s the perfect size, it’s waterproof, and it folds up small enough to tuck into your purse or pack easily.

Thank you, Spoonful, for the great tutorial!

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20 Minute DIY Tote

20 Minute DIY Tote

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I’ve been looking for a little tote to make, but didn’t want something that would turn into a major ordeal. I found this simple little tutorial that claimed this bag could be made in 20 minutes. Well…I didn’t actually time myself, but even dividing my attention between working on the project while attempting to decrease my full Hulu queue, I was  able to crank this out from start to finish in one Revenge episode!

You can find the awesome tutorial HERE from the Purl bee blog.

This is seriously an easy sewing project even for those who don’t sew. It’s straight line sewing, or you can just bag the sewing (get it…”bag”..God, I’m hilare), and use that no-sew stuff we’ve talked about before (just go into Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s and ask for a no-sew liquid product).

I used outdoor canvas fabric ($6/yd at Hancock), and wired ribbon ($1 at Michaels) for the handles. Below is the condensed version, but for step-by-step instructions, refer to the above tutorial. It’s easy to follow and she has great illustrations.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric 16″ tall by 14″ wide.
  • Cut two 22-1/2″ pieces of 1″ wire ribbon or 1″ cotton webbing (or whatever you’d like to use for handles).
  • On right side of fabric, pin handles 3″ in from either side. Zig-zag along edge catching in handles.

20 Minute DIY Tote | organizedCHAOSonline

  • With wrong side facing, turn the top edges down 1-1/2″ and pin handles so that they’re straight up and down.
  • Sew 1/4″ from top edge and again 1/4″ from bottom edge.

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  • With right sides together, sew along sides and bottom 1/2″ from edge.

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  • Zig-zag along the raw edges of bag all the way around.
  • Turn that baby inside out and voila! Done and done.

This was simple, quick and fun. I was so pumped that I hadn’t screwed this up, I wanted to start embellishing but decided not to push my luck. For my next tote, I think I’ll add a pocket on the front, or sew some cute little buttons underneath the handles. You could make it bigger. Make it smaller. You get it, right? Just use this as your basic pattern and then run yourself amok with creativity!

Loved this project. Yay – Success! We’d love to see your version…

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