Organize your home with one trip to the hardware store

Organize your home with one trip to the

Most people know you can organize your home with products from the Dollar Tree, but did you know you can also find a number of great organizing ideas at your local hardware store?

Some of the ideas you may find have been on Pinterest for awhile, such as the teacher desk toolbox organizer, or the tackle box battery organizer.

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tackle box

Source: DIY ‘n’ Crafts

There are a number of other cheap and easy organization hacks in the aisles of your local hardware store- you just need to think outside the box a little.

PVC pipe is inexpensive and can be used to craft a number of things, such as this laundry hamper.

hamper

Better Homes and Gardens

You can also use PVC pipe to make organizing cubbies.

pipe cubby

Source: For Creative Juice

This PVC pipe shoe rack would be great in my garage or on the back porch.

shoe rack

Source: Organizing Made Fun

How about this jewelry organizer made from decorative radiator grates?

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Source: I Heart Organizing

You can also use pegboard to organize almost anything. I’m currently coveting this blogger’s craft room, where all the wrapping paper and paper crafting supplies are within reach. Who knew pegboard could look so cute?

pegboard

Source: I Heart Organizing

How about a makeup organizer made from framed sheet metal?

makeup organizer

Source: Cool Creativity

While creating this roundup, I was impressed by the adaptability of each one of these ideas, and how they can be used for more than one room. I was also impressed by the beauty and simplicity of each craft. I plan to try one or more of these in the near future. I can’t wait to share which one it will be!

Have a wonderful weekend.

“Spring” cleaning: a newly organized shed

Due to my work schedule, I don’t get to deep clean as often as I want. Don’t get me wrong, I keep a clean house, but I don’t have tons of time to do some of the deep cleaning tasks that require a little more elbow grease.

Most people do spring cleaning, however, I do winter break cleaning and summer cleaning…because I’m a teacher and that’s when I have the most time.

Certain areas of my home have been in need of a good clean out and organizing. My shed, where I keep home decorations and home improvement supplies, (we don’t have an attic), had gotten pretty out of hand.

OK, it got really out of hand. So out of hand I was waiting on some squatters to walk out. I am ashamed of myself for letting it get this bad.

I tackled my ridiculously messy she-shed the best way I knew how: by dragging everything out of it and cleaning out the shed.

This isn’t even close to everything.

I did just that, and almost immediately a large cloud developed and I was sure a downpour was coming. Thankfully, the rain waited until I’d finished.

I want two of these, but I have other things I need to buy more. So I’m adding them to my list.

I had three shelves in the garage from where I recently replaced the girls’ bookshelves, so I repurposed them in the shed.

I still need a better way to store my totes though.

My shed is certainly not complete, but it’s definitely a 1000 times better than it was! Stay tuned- this project is definitely still in the making.

What projects are you currently working on?

Getting organized: Making life easier for the start of the school year

Both the girls and I have started back to school for this fall. While our school year is off to a pretty good start, there are some things I think we could improve upon. For instance, we have let our organization slide just a bit and it is beginning to frustrate me.

I have always been a pretty organized person, yet lately I am focused on just how messy our fridge, closets and mudroom have become. I am spending this week trying to get back on track. I would like to share some of my best organizing tips with you all in the process.

1. Fridge organization

You can read all about this one here. Organizing your fridge doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. And you’d be shocked how much time it could save you.

2. Organize your closets

Organized closets may seem impossible to achieve…but they aren’t! You can read this post here.

3. Purge what you don’t need

There are many benefits to paring down your home- even though it’s sometimes difficult, you will be much less stressed. Read all about it here.

4. Getting organized cheaply

Organizing doesn’t have to be expensive- read how to do it cheaply here.

Have a wonderful day! Please comment below and add your favorite organizational tips.

Five things to do for a smoother start to the school year

School is just around the corner. As a teacher, I feel like we only just left school for the summer. As a parent, I am looking forward to the kids getting their routine back. While we are busy squeezing the last little drop out of summer, I have begun to think about what we can do to make our back-to-school transition go more smoothly.

1. Organize your children’s closets

Does your kid’s closet currently resemble an avalanche? If so, that’s really going to stress you out when you’re trying to get everyone dressed but their closets are insane.

Just grab a sheet of plywood, a saw, a drill, and some wood screws and build yourself a closet organizer.

2. Teach your children to prepare the night before

Pack your lunches, lay out your clothes, and get your book bag ready the night before. There’s no point in scrambling to find what you need in the mornings. This will only stress you out and make you feel rushed.

3. Establish bedtime routines and after school routines about three weeks before school starts

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Don’t wait until the week before school starts to begin going to bed early. Make sure kids know what you expect them to do when they first get home from school and what times are bath time and bed time. We start working on this a month to three weeks before school starts to get it ingrained. We also use a checklist similar to this one to help:

Source: Pinterest

4. Go back-to-school shopping early!

If you wait until the last minute, items may be sold out. Get your back to school shopping done sooner rather than later and you won’t have to worry. Also, if you forget something, there is plenty of time to get it.

5. Take some time off

Rest. Don’t jam pack your schedule the last few weeks before school. Take one to two weeks to relax and prepare for school to start back. Spend time together and just enjoy one another. For the days are long, but the years are short. Someday, back to school time will be a distant memory.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Three creative wood coatracks you can make yourself!!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m so obsessed with the unexpected. When it comes to hanging up coats, I love finding unique and interesting ways to hang up our clothes and coats.

1. Unique door knob coat hanger

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This remains one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done and I still use this in my bedroom. You should totally try it! Click the link for the directions.

2. Reclaimed wood coat rack

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You can easily make this one with a reclaimed board, some hooks and some paint. Most of us have an old board around. Make this one.

3. Built in coat tree

I wish so much that I had “stages” pictures and directions for this. My dad did this for me shortly before he died. I do know he made it entirely from 1x4s and nails. I love this so much.

I hope these ideas spark your creativity! If you use any of these ideas, please share it with me!