Two Quick Organizing Solutions for Laundry and Drawers

Two Quick Organizing Solutions for Laundry and Drawers

I’ve got so many little things around my house that drive me crazy. The kind of things that you forget about until you walk in the room or open the closet and then its like “I have GOT to get this done” kind of things. You have those, right? I hate clutter and love things tidy – but not like insanely tidy, just organized enough to make sense to me and let me feel efficient.

Today I solved two of those problem areas that were making me nuts. We have a small laundry room with limited floor space, so I keep my hangers in a basket on top of my dryer. The cabinets above the dryer are stuffed full of things I frequently need access to. Whenever I needed to get in the cabinets, I had to shove the laundry basket full of hangers out of the way.  And when I did laundry, each time I needed to grab a hanger, out came 40 others that had attached themselves to it.

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I had explained to my hubby what I had in mind to resolve this little problem. He brought out his tape measurer and yammered on about having to cut wood pieces and mount something somewhere, yada yada. Waaay too much effort as far as I was concerned. So while he was at work, here’s how I fixed my hanger mess in under 10 minutes:

I dug around his shelves in the garage and found these…

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Then I pulled out the big guns and fired up his cordless drill with a screw bit (you could just use a screwdriver, but I was feeling kinda ballsy). I attached a bracket to the underside of the cabinet, like this…

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Then I found a spring-loaded curtain rod collecting dust downstairs and shoved one side against the wall, and the other against the flat side of the corner brace…

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And bing, bang, bong. Done. Hangers handy, baskets gone, and complete access to my overhead cabinets. I have to admit, I did a little chest puff when I was done. Something that has been bugging me for like, oh I don’t know…TWO FRICKIN’ YEARS, was fixed.

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Now I’ve mentioned my ADD before, so as is typical in my world,  I had stopped smack-dab in the middle of doing laundry to install my rod. Once it was up, I finished pulling the clothes out of the dryer (and hanging them on my easily accessible hangers). When I finished folding the socks and undies, I screeched into the bedroom and pulled open the dresser drawers to put them away and, ugh, was reminded of another one of my unorganized messes.

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Bras & Panties drawer (sorry about being so graphic with the undies)

 

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The sock drawer from HELL

Awhile ago I had picked up some drawer dividers at the Dollar Store, but practicing my procrastination, I just shoved the packages in the drawers along with all my mismatched socks. Good grief. Had I known it would only take me a hot second to perform this miracle, I would have done it months ago. Drawer organizers are my new favorite things. They come in small, medium and large. The medium size worked perfectly for me. I bought eight of them. They’re flexible and have quick insert and lock tabs at each end, like boxes that you put together.

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 This was the best $8 I’ve spent in a long time. Look how organized my drawers are now!

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Check it out – I even have room for more!

 

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Ta-da!

 

Putting laundry away just became so much easier now that I’ve created some order. I’ve checked  two problem areas off my PITA (Pains In The Ass) list. My next organizing project will be how in the HOLY HELL to organize all my purses and oversized bags. I’m thinking on it. I also need to go through my clothes and get rid of all the stuff I don’t wear anymore or have outgrown. It’s time for me to accept that I probably won’t be a size 8 in the near future. But if I should somehow find myself  in need of a size 8 anything, I’ll be taking this skinny little ass shopping for some brand new celebratory clothes!

Until next time…

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Burlap and Sharpie “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Pillows

Burlap and Sharpie “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Pillows

bed-pillows-ocoI posted this awhile ago, but loved this project so thought I’d dust it off and repost it. Aren’t these just the cutest? Similar ones sell for ridiculous amounts of money, but we’ve seen several versions of them made by fellow DIY-ers. This is a quick, cheap and easy way to infuse some personality into your bedroom decor. If you don’t like the Mr and Mrs idea, use your imagination and write anything you want on them.  I sewed my pillow, but if you aren’t into sewing, you could use a no-sew product to close the seams.

Supplies you need:

  • Two Square pillows or pillow forms
  • Enough burlap to cover two pillows (our pieces were about 20″ square)
  • Black Sharpie

Instructions:

1. Belly up to your computer and type out your letters (we used Word 2007). Play around with different fonts and font sizes (we set our font size at 375), until you get the look you want. Then right click on your font and choose “outline” in the font options (when you print, this keeps you from using a ton of printer ink, but still gives you a template for cutting). Print that sucker out.

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2. After measuring your pillow, cut two pieces of regular ‘ol burlap for each pillow. Cut out your letters and center them on one piece of the burlap with some type of temporary adhesive (I used rolled tape on the backs of the letters). With a fine black Sharpie, outline your letters. When you’re done, remove your letters from the burlap.

3. Easy peasy so far, right? Now you just color in your letters with your regular black Sharpie. I put a piece of cardboard underneath so it didn’t bleed through. (This was my favorite part – it felt like color book coloring). coloring-stencil-1024x768

4. Now flip the colored piece face down on the second piece of burlap. Turn the top edge down (the piece that you colored) about 3/4″ and pin on both sides. Continue pinning the sides and bottom of both pieces together.pinning-1024x768

5. You’re ready to sew. Start at the side and sew all the way around, leaving the top open. Turn your pillow cover inside out, stuff in your pillow and sew the top closed either by hand or on the machine.

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And there you have it. Pretty cool, huh?
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