Training sabbatical

Aside

I am currently away for training and will return in mid-March. During this time, the blog will continue to be updated with fresh content, including some amazing features from a few of my favorite fellow bloggers. Thanks in advance for your patience, as I will have limited access to email and social media while I’m gone. I look forward to reconnecting with you in March … energized and ready to tackle some thrifty spring projects! 

Cheap organizing solutions

I’ve always been a tad bit obsessed with organizing. I mean, I have written a book on the subject. And I’m pretty sure I could live in The Container Store.

Today, I thought I’d share with you a few ways I’m organizing the stuff in our home using cheap – and in some cases, free – items. Click on the project title to be taken to the tutorial.

1. Dollar Tree under-the-sink organizers

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I use these bins, which cost $1 apiece, to corral all the bathroom supplies we use every day, from hair products to feminine and bath products. The chalkboard labels came from Target, I believe. They carry them at Walmart now as well.

2. Cardboard hair tie holder

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I did this project a few years ago. I’m impressed with how well it’s holding up. It works great and is used every day. It’s such a small thing, but it does the job.

3. Organized hot beverage station

Hot-beverage-station

For this project, I used a wire office drawer organizer that was collecting dust in our basement. You could also cut small cardboard boxes to fit your drawer, jazzing them up with wrapping or scrapbook paper.

4. Cardboard magazine holder

Holders CU

Cereal boxes work great for this. I glued scrapbook paper over my magazine holders to create a finished look that matches my office decor. I’m considering creating a few cereal box organizers and spray-painting them with a metallic color. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

5. $7 yard sale closet organizer

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I scored big when I found this organizing system at a yard sale for $7. It was brand new, still in the package.

6. DIY tool organizer

Pegboard-tool-organizer

This helps me keep the tools I use most frequently in full view and easily accessible.

Do you have any cheap or free ideas for getting your stuff organized? Leave a comment sharing your frugal solutions.

Cure winter blues with these springtime crafts

Hey hey! While Susan is being a rock star at training, she asked me to do a little guest post! I thought I would share a round up of crafts to spruce up your home for spring since I am so ready for some sunshine and flowers! I’m Jamie! And I blog over at C.R.A.F.T. C.R.A.F.T. is a nifty little acronym for Creating Really Awesome Free Things. I make things for your home (peace sign wreath), wardrobe (painted shoes), kitchen (fried Oreos), and kids (iron on vinyl onesies)! Here is my cheesy school girl picture, don’t laugh. (More about me here!)

Jamie at C.R.A.F.T

CRAFT Valentines Day

Here are 6 spring time crafts that you can make now!

1. Stepping stones make any garden more personal! These are fun to do with kids and make awesome gifts for mom, dad, or grandma!

How to make stepping stones

2. A dino planter brightens up the inside!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

3. Just in case it’s still cold out, entertain the kiddos with this foam board memory game while you craft!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.
4. Craft up an outdoor tic tac toe set for outdoor entertainment!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

5. Fancy up your fence with marbles!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

Spring time crafts at C.R.A.F.T.
Oh and here are lots more C.R.A.F.T. projects for you to check out! And if you need some more spring inspiration, here are really awesome 23 DIY spring wreaths! Thank you again, Susan, for all that you do!

How to frame a bathroom mirror

Our family has moved a lot over the years and it seems that in every home we’ve landed, the mirrors in the bathrooms have been naked.

Now just to clarify, I don’t mean the people in the bathroom mirrors were naked. I mean the mirrors themselves were. No pretty framing … no detail … just a piece of glass hanging on a wall.

Well, you know me and I can’t have anything plain hanging up around this joint, so I made it my mission to add frames to each.one.of.them.

I started ambitiously tackling the mirror in the downstairs half bath right after we moved in. I added white chair rail molding around it, cutting the pieces out on a miter saw. You can get all the details of that project here.

Painted

Windowview

I apologize for the crappy photos. I had just started blogging and was definitely still learning the ropes with the camera. (Who am I kidding? I’m still learning the ropes.)

For the mirror in our upstairs guest bathroom, I ordered a mirror frame from Mirror Mates. I had a really good coupon that brought the price down and, honestly, at that point I didn’t trust my DIY skills enough to build my own frame by myself. (The hubs helped me out with the half bath mirror frame.) The frame turned out beautifully and it was pretty easy to install.

Frame-closeup

Neutral-guest-bathroom

To read all about how that project went down, click here.

Then, the gears really started turning. I now had insider secrets about how to make my own frame, thanks to what I learned from the Mirror Mates template. ;)

Hands-down, my favorite mirror frame in my home is the DIY driftwood mirror frame (with no nails or screws) I built in our master bathroom.

Driftwood-frame-closeup

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I made this one all by myself. Remember those commercials where people try to do amazing feats and, when they’re asked how they’re qualified, they reply, “I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night?” Well, after this project, I felt like I could do anything because, “I built my own mirror frame in the master bathroom.” :)

To get the details on how you, too, can build this amazingly easy mirror frame, click here.

Have you ever attempted to dress up a mirror in your home? I’d love for you to leave a comment – or even a link – describing your project.

Happy mirror framing!