It’s the season of organization and purging, and it’s high time to get real with ourselves. Let’s talk about the junk drawer. You know the one I’m talking about. The drawer that holds everything and anything: takeout menus, a few rubber bands, hardware from that IKEA chair you bought two years ago, and an orange-handled pair of scissors. Maybe you are one of the blessed few who has managed to avoid the never-ending pit that is the junk drawer. Continue Reading
Magnetic knife racks are an excellent way to save space in the kitchen, but you might not realize that they’re great for organizing far more than just knives. After finding all of these creative magnetic knife strip organizing ideas, now I want to add a few to practically every room in my house.
1. There’s no rule that a knife rack has to go on an open wall. Continue Reading
We all have one spot in our house that is like a black hole. Things go in, but they don’t come out. In most cases it’s the dreaded junk drawer. Not sure where to put something (bills, nail files, extra rubber bands, headache medicine)? Stick it in the junk drawer. Right?
This makes things a nightmare to find when you really need them. So here are some helpful tips for cleaning (and organizing) your junk drawer in five minutes. Continue Reading
If you’ve never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now’s the time to start. It’s a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.
I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):
xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?
Traditional twist bits usually come in a set, with a perfectly organized case or box with the dimensions clearly marked, so that you can find what you need easily. Most even close and stay stowed.
Then, there’s all those other bits you eventually amass: all sorts of driving bits, spade bits, countersink bits, combo bits, and bits, bits, bits, bits. Here’s a few options to keep them off your bench and shelves and out of trays and drawers. Continue Reading
I love to walk through the reserve section of my local library…the books, records, and DVDs are lined up in the back corner, with these huge dividers, each with an oversized letter in Helvetica, organizing the reserves by the last name.
Matthew created this how-to on Flickr: unusable vinyl LPs augmented with stick-on letters slid in between physical media to keep ’em alphabetized and easy to find.
How do you organize you media and books? Continue Reading
You know all those little things that you see need done, but whiz by simply don’t have the time to accomplish them?
Unfortunately, they actually make your life slower and less productive, which is something for which we definately don’t have time. Dumb Little Man states, “If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels.” So, check out their eight tips to get yourself organized in no time. Continue Reading
In order to rid yourself of junk, materials, and seemingly valuable items you might use someday, it takes a split second change in your mindset. I must have gotten this gear shifting ability from my dad. When we moved, the one and only time while I was growing up, we got rid of everything. He had no sentiment about things and stuff.
This weekend I went into that zone and rifled through my beloved fabrics, paper, supplies and purged, purged, purged. Continue Reading
Washcloth for soap scraps
Holiday excitement has been replaced with the urge to purge, cleaning out cabinets and closets that is…
Here are the top 10 places I will be excavating this week. Once accomplished, I’ll be able to hit the ground running on January 1, 2009. That feeling supplies a much needed boost during these short, cloudy days and helps ease the post-holiday slump.
Make sure your list is do-able so you can start 2009 on a high note. Continue Reading