How to get organized without breaking the bank

How to get organized without breaking the bank

Getting organized can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be. You certainly can spend a lot of money on organization if you want, but if you’re budget conscious like me, you don’t want to do that. Luckily, there are many ways to get organized without overspending.

1. Shop discount home stores like TJ Maxx or Home Goods, or use sales coupons.

I love the basket selections at my local big box craft store, but I don’t love the price. TJ Maxx and Homegoods have tons of cute baskets in a number of colors and materials, and they aren’t expensive.

2. Don’t forget the dollar stores

Dollar store bins and baskets aren’t the most durable, so they aren’t appropriate for organizing everything. They’ll do for organizing cabinets, holding bathroom toiletries and organizing your kids’ books,though.

3. Target has awesome baskets, and they’re frequently on sale

I have bought so many cute, durable baskets at Target over the years. They have so many different sizes and styles to choose from.

4. See if you can repurpose or DIY something

I have covered diaper boxes with fabric and used them for bins. I’ve wrapped old mailing boxes with twine so they’d look like a basket. I’ve used tin cans wrapped in scrapbook paper to store things. Before you buy, Look around to see what you already have that can be repurposed.

5. Shop your house

See that basket on my china hutch? It’s been everywhere. It’s been in my bathroom, my kitchen, my office, and now it landed in the dining room. Shop your house to see if you may already have something you can use before you buy anything new.

There are so many ways you can get organized by spending little to no money. All it takes is a little creativity. You’ll be glad you did it later.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Make Something Monday: faux grain sacks

Make Something Monday: faux grain sacks

I love grain sacks so much. I have two of them in our dining room.

I had an awkward space in our hall and wanted another grain sack to occupy the space… except I couldn’t find what I wanted. As usual, when faced with high costs or low availability, I decided to create my own.

Have you ever been to The Graphics Fairy.com? That website is an amazing treasure trove of vintage graphics and art. I’ve used it many times to decorate my home. When I visited in search of wheat/grain graphics, I found this:

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Ain’t she a beaut? I went to Walmart and found these handy-dandy burlap sheets THAT YOU CAN FIT IN YOUR PRINTER!! How awesome is that?

You can probably guess what happened next… I popped one of those burlap sheets into my printer, printed that grain sack on it, and popped it into a frame. The result?

Instant grain sack!!

What cute, easy farmhouse crafts have you done lately?

Pinterest Round Up: Favorite Fall Pillows

Pinterest Round Up: Favorite Fall Pillows

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I am excited to announce that my favorite season has officially arrived….well, at least it has on the calendar. It still feels like summer here in the Tarheel State, the leaves aren’t changing yet, and I haven’t quite broken out my scarves and sweaters yet. But I am decorating for fall and I can’t wait to show you my fall decor this week!

In the meantime, I want to share some of these cute fall pillows I found while browsing Pinterest one recent night when I couldn’t sleep. Side note: has anyone else been having a fit with their insomnia lately? I can’t be the only one.

My insomnia has been doing wonders for my Pinterest boards, my home design, and my organization skills, but not much for my checking account. I keep finding things I want, and these cute fall pillows are certainly no exception.

Take a look at the cuteness I uncovered during my most recent late night:

  1. Pumpkin Lumbar Pillow, $34.99 at Wayfair. 

comeaux-pumpkins-lumbar-pillowI really like this- it’s cute without being too stuffy, and it would go with most anything.

2. “Thankful” Lumbar Pillow, $19.99 at Target 

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If you’ve followed me for any length of time, then you know I love typographical art, signs, pillows….everything…

3. Fall pillow cover, $29.95 

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This pillow cover is from Etsy. I really like the fabric pumpkins, and I bet this would be pretty easy to make. In fact, I’m thinking of making some of these myself.

4. Celebrate Fall Pumpkins Pillow, $17.99 at Kohls 

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I like this one just because it’s simple and has lots of different colors. Plus, it has pumpkins and bittersweet on it. Guess what’s in my living room right now?

5. Rae Dunn “Gather” pillow at Kirklands, $19.99 

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I am a huge fan of Rae Dunn’s pottery and have several of her coffee cups, but I had no idea she made pillows, too. This is super cute and I can think of many places where I’d use it.

I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest round up. Stay tuned for a fun fall craft this week and my fall tour. Maybe my sleepless nights will result in even more cute things to share with you.

Have a wonderful week!

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

I was in search of something new and cute to hang behind the crib, but it had to be inexpensive and cute.

Magnolia Market

I love this sign at Magnolia, but it was a little more than I wanted to pay… and since Waco is over 1,000 miles away, shipping would be pretty expensive as well. Cue the DIY side of my brain.

I bought a piece of foam board, and got to work. I used a computer to create a large poster with the verse I wanted, and I sent it to a local print shop.

I then Modge Podged the poster onto the foam board.

After it dried, I popped it into a barn wood frame. While I could have used less white space, I have to say I like how this sign turned out.

Plus, it looks great hanging behind the crib.

What recent DIY have you completed?

Make it Monday: Paint stick burlap star

Make it Monday: Paint stick burlap star

You may recall when I made the folk art-inspired flag from paint sticks this summer. My folk art flag was beginning to fall apart and it had passed its phase of being useful…so I decided to repurpose it.

I started by taking the flag apart. See the paint? I didn’t bother taking the paint off since the sticks would be covered with burlap.

I laid it out in a star pattern and hot glued it together.

Then I began wrapping the star in wide burlap ribbon, taking the time to glue it at each pass. It took a long time and lots of ribbon, but when I finished, I had this:

I’m planning to hang it up and hang a wreath in the center of it. Isn’t it cute?

What crafts have you done lately?