One Favorite Organizing Tool

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One thing I absolutely love to use in most of my jobs are utensil organizers.  Obviously they come in handy for utensils (small and large) but I also love them for other random drawers.  I’ve used them in play rooms, arts and crafts spaces, storage areas, junk drawers… They really come in handy in almost every room of the house.  And there’s so many different options out there!  Nice bamboo ones, steel mesh, plastic/rubber, and so many more options! Whatever your style, whatever your budget, investing in a utensil organizer will help any room in your house.

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What to do when the cereal’s gone

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Lately I’ve been realizing I could really use several small dollar store bins in my make-up basket and junk drawer. To be honest, laziness has kept me from running there and buying some and whenever I’m out running errands I forget that I need them (isn’t that always the way it goes?!). So when I saw this handy idea I perked up because I already have these in the house! And I’m 99% positive you do as well!

What are these items that almost everyone in America has? Cereal boxes. Yep, cereal boxes. Any brand, any kind, any size. Organic, sugar-infested, middle of the road, jumbo size, small Grape Nuts size, whatever! All you need to do is cut off the bottom of the box (first measure how high to cut by putting the box in the drawer or container you want to use it in) and voila! A handy little container for your small random objects or loose make-up containers.

Now, depending on how crafty you are you may want to cover the little boxes with wrapping paper or nice contact paper (tutorial here) but that’s not necessary for storing your items (much to the relief of some of the women in my family, I know).

There’s actually a lot you can do with cereal boxes so the next time you’re getting ready to throw one away, hang on to it (in an organized sort of way) because more tips on how to organize with them are coming!

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Office Drawers

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This client and his wife have amazing storage in their home. One room in particular is the office. He has a great built-in desk with lots of drawers and shelves and another built-in piece that resembles a dresser but with slim drawers. These 2 pieces have long been in desperate need of organizing and, fortunately, my client asked me to take care of them for him, which I gladly did in just 2 hours.

Below are just a few pictures of the drawers I organized that day.




Slide the blue lines right and left to see “before/after” pictures.

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Stuck in a rut

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It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut in life. It’s even easier to get in a rut with items around your house. Where you have something now may not be the best place for it, or the best way to utilize that space. (Personal example in 3… 2… 1…) In my room I have a small dresser type thing that holds 3 different basket drawers, one on top of the other. The top 2 baskets are the same size and the bottom basket is about twice the size of the other 2. I had my hair products and utensils in the bottom basket because that’s where it was convenient to put them when I moved in to the room. And I just never thought to change them up…. until now.

Earlier this past week I received a box of stuff from my mom that needed a home. This caused me to reevaluate my bedroom situation (I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m also a live in nanny so I just have a bedroom plus some space for storage in the basement). I looked at the basket dresser thing and knew it was my only option. In the top basket I had a bunch of scarves, wraps, elastic headbands and turbans that I don’t REALLY wear that much. And in the bottom, as mentioned above, I had hair products/utensils. So I decided to take those out and see if the contents in the “hair” basket could be dumped in the “scarf” basket. Guess what, they could! And I was able to sort through the wraps, scarves, headbands and turbans to weed out the ones I no longer wanted (yay for purging!). The ones I still sometimes wear were able to fit in the new top level “hair” basket and other ones that I wanted to keep (my grandma’s) have been put in a storage bin in the basement for future use. And the large bottom basket has become home to the contents of the box my mom sent.

So, don’t let yourself get in a rut with your drawers. Sometimes it’s fun to change things up and you might even come up with a better way to use the space. And even more importantly, it’ll cause you to look at everything you have in that drawer and think “Do I really need this?”. So go find a few drawers in your house and see what you can do.

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