Category Archive: Organizing

Apr 23

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board

We had a great time last weekend at a local community garage sale. Tons of homes had their junk (or as we say, treasures) out on display for crazies like us to hunt through. I knew Eric was the one for me when I realized our shared love for garage saling and bargain hunting. It’s the little things people!

When I saw this huge bulletin board for $1 I had to snatch it up. I immediately knew what I’d do with it. We’ve been needing some extra space in our new “message center” for a calendar and other random things to keep the organization efficient. I bought some chevron fabric at hobby lobby a few months ago when it was on sale. I knew it’d fit and be a perfect addition to this sad bulletin board.

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board
I started by measuring the fabric and making sure I’d have enough on each side to staple down. I cut off the excess.

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board
Then I used my trusty staple gun and started stapling the fabric to the back of the bulletin board. I decided that I wanted a cohesive so I put the fabric right over the wood frame. I could’ve taken off the frame, painted it, covered the cork board and replaced the frame. It’s really whatever look you’re going for!

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board
For the edges, I used the wrapping paper method. I just folded it over just like you would when wrapping presents. Then just staple it down to really hold the edge down.

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board
So this is what it’ll look like on the backside.

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board
And here’s it’s new home!! It’s a perfect fit and super functional for us. The message center is a work in progress and really an effort to keep organized. So far so good!

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board

Garage Sale Find: $5 DIY Chevron Bulletin Board
One of my biggest tips for this project is to make sure you pull the fabric taut each time you staple. This just ensures that is all uniform and as tight around the frame as possible.

This is one of the easiest (and cheap!) projects you can do at home. So I say get out there, get your garage sale on, and transform someone’s trash to your treasure!

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Apr 17

Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project

When we moved into our new house, one of my goals was to try to start an organization system that worked for us, right off the bat. Especially with the mini arriving soon, I had real incentive for getting on track and creating systems that make our lives easier. Now that we’re finally “settled’….meaning we have more things on the walls, furniture ordered, and mostly all of our items have a home, I felt it was time to get on the organizing train.

With spring just around the corner, I thought I’d start a little segment here on the blog centered around Spring Cleaning. Get excited!

It was really time that we figured out a solution to our household paper situation (i.e. mail, bills, coupons, important paperwork, etc.). It’s just the two of us (and the two pets), but somehow we acquire a ton of paper around here! We needed a way to sort it and feel like everything had a place.

The system that we created has been in effect for about 3 weeks and I can now say, it’s a success! The best part about this project is that it works…and the second best part? It was totally FREE! Now that’s my kind of DIY project!Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization ProjectFirst, we started by making a list of categories that all of the paper falls into.

We consolidated it into three areas: file, bills, and shred.
Occasionally, we use coupons at the store (another area I’m trying to get better at to save us some mula), so I knew we’d need another designated space for the clipped coupons.
Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project

I used a wire file holder from Wal Mart that I already had.
And to separate and house all of the paper, I used manilla folders I had on hand. I had to pretty them up a bit, so I adhered some cute scrapbook paper to the fronts and made labels for each folder.
Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project

We realized after making the paper system that the envelopes to mail needed to be readily accessible and easy to grab on our way out the door. That’s why I put this clothespin on the outside of the wire file holder for items to get mailed. I just used some washi tape and a permanent marker!

 

Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Finally, we decided to allot a basket in the kitchen for the mail’s landing spot. Now, when we get the mail, we put it in the basket. When we get a chance in the evening, we’ll go through that day’s mail and sort it into it’s category, throw it in it’s folder and move on! Very efficient, and completely eliminates the mess of paper lying around.

 

Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization Project Spring Cleaning: Paper Organization ProjectSo, this is the paper organization system that works for our family! I know it wouldn’t work for everyone because we all have different needs. But I have to say, it feels really good to have something in place that fits our routine and makes our lives just a little easier each day.