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A no tools, no building closet makeover

20 Aug

As I have mentioned before being a stay-at-home Mom keeps me very busy, so I tend to find projects that I can accomplish in a nap time. I can use a drill mildly well but that is where my skills stop, so I like to find ways to DIY without lots of power tools. So when I decided to organize Luke’s closet I looked for organization that would be easy and practical for me to accomplish. This is what I came up with.

Here is Luke’s closet before.

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Basically is was a bunch of baby clothes crammed on the only shelf available and the rest was wasted space. I decided that hanging baby clothes was a waste of time so I decided to add shelves all the way down to the floor. I couldn’t build shelves and didn’t want to spend the time and money to buy and install wire shelving so I found a different solution.

OK, let me just be real with you for a second, I am not the organized one in my household. I could live with all my clothes crammed in one BIG drawer. I know, how embarrassing! However, my husband Nate likes things broken down into TINY categories and organized in nice little stacks. I thought, “Since he also has to dress Luke, let me try to put on my organizer hat and make it a little easier on him.”

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 I found these shoe organizers at a local outlet store for $10.00 each. I thought they would give me lots of little shelves, ya know for little clothes in little stacks. This would help me break the clothes up into tiny categories and make them easy to find. I stacked 2 on top of each other for height and fastened them to the wall with screws to help them stand. I put a third shelf on the floor and left the space above for hanging.

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I also found it hard to find socks and both shoes of a matching pair with a baby on my hip, so I came up with a solution for that too.

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I used a jewelry organizer that I already had to hang up and organize all Luke’s socks and shoes. I can see them all in their clear pockets and reach them easily from a standing position. I gave myself an A++ for this idea :)!

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I used a hanging shelf organizer to hold all the diapers and other baby items. I labeled the organizer on the side with chalkboard tags. Oh yeah, Nate likes labels too! Are you surprised? NAH! I used chalkboard tags so that I can change what I store on the shelves and also change the tags.

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So here is the newly organized closet. This entire project took me about an hour and I only used a power drill! Now that is my kind of DIY!

Until next time, Katrina

Anthropologie Kitchen Gadgets

19 Mar

Spring has Sprung and here in Richmond it is time to enjoy the many fun outdoor malls. I broke my hibernation today and went shopping at one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie. Didn’t purchase anything because I am in full blown planning mode and won’t purchase anything for the house until we close in 10 DAYS!! I fell in love with these measuring cups though and will just have to have them when we move in. This will be a nice little “moving gift” for myself. Aren’t they precious!?!!!

Creative storage ideas for spring cleaning

13 Apr

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I’ve been spring cleaning and trying to store all my stuff neatly, while still having my room look beautiful. Here are some great storage ideas are that not only store things well, but also make a room pretty. I tried to find storage ideas that didn’t involve spending an arm and a leg. Spring cleaning is about clearing and refreshing, not clearing out your wallet.

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I love this idea because armoires can be so expensive. This wire rack would easily be half the price of an armoire and a simple cover made of fabric can hide all the mess.

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An office in a closet is a great idea. There is no larger mess in my home than all our piles of papers and bills. How do I keep these things out (so I don’t forget to pay the bills!) but be able to hide them quickly when someone visits? Make my closet an office, put the desk in there, with shelves for storage above, then all I need to do is shut the door and the mess is gone!

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These Ikea tables are so affordable and so versatile. Here using the top to hold one thing and baskets for storage underneath is a great double function.

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The kitchen is the hardest area, for myself, to store things neatly and orderly. Ikea has great drawer dividers and cute jars that make kitchen storage attractive and functional at the same time.

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How many of you have an oddly shaped closet like this, that can’t fit traditional shelves. These racks (again from Ikea) keep these bottles from hiding behind each other and uses this unusually shaped space well.

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Ikea is king of storage. This computer station is a great, quick access idea that keeps everything you need in one space.

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Ribbons, Threads, Trims…All hard to store. This is a cute idea!

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Just cover it up. You don’t have money to go buy a new sideboard, or a sideboard at all. A cheap table with a tablecover to the floor, gives you great storage underneath and can easily be changed for any decor.

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I waste a lot of time shaking glue to the top of the bottle. The solution, store the bottles upside down. How? Place magnets on the bottom of the bottles and a magnet board under a shelf.

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A flea market find, this bird cage makes disorderly office supplies look cute.