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On the Wall {The Week Review}

It’s 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning.  I’ve been awake for the last 3 hours and not by choice I might add.  I woke up coughing and sneezing and could not go back to sleep.  I decided to get just get up and have that first cup of coffee before the no-caffeine headache set in.  Well that, plus take some cold medicine and hope this oncoming cold goes away quickly.  I thought  I would just write a quick recap of my last week’s personal challenge to myself.  Getting closer to being organized meant I had to give some messy craft storage areas a much need sorting and cleaning.  I am the master of hide everything you can in spaces people won’t look!  I told myself for one week I would focus on sprucing up my walls, using only what I already had.  And that’s exactly what I did for 5 days.

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On The Wall Collage

I used a variety of items in my personal challenge; charger plate, mirror, cards, scrapbook paper, color printer and the internet, glitter, buttons, fabric, ribbon, picture frames, wood from a broken shelf,  and a bulletin board.  It’s amazing what can be created by shopping your house and thinking out of the box.  Here’s a recap of last weeks posts.  I’ve also added each item to my Project Gallery.

Day 1 – I repurposed an old bulletin board  by adding some paisley fabric, perfect for my “woman cave”.

Day 2 – I added to my Wizard of Oz themed entry wall with a picture of Dorothy’s red shoes all glittered up.

Day 3 – I created a wall mirror using a charger plate, small mirror and mosaic tiles.

Day 4 –  I framed  scrapbook paper, a card, and added a sconce to the wall mirror and a framed picture I bought over a year ago and never hung.

Day 5 – Even though I had previously created a command station in my kitchen we were still just tossing our car keys on the counter.  That’s what prompted me to create the key board holder.  I know it’s only been up for 2 days, but so far so good!  I guess time will tell how disciplined we can be.

There you have it.  Not to bad, right?  Have you shopped your house and added anything to your walls lately?  Have a fabulous Sunday.  I think I’m going to lay low and ward off the bug.  I’m sure a nap will be needed some time today.  I don’t have time to be sick!  It’s going to be a busy week, lot’s going on.  Have a great Sunday!


I’m joining a few linky parties this week; Metamorphosis Monday, Monday Funday Party, Wow Us Wednesday, House Of Hepworths

On The Wall {Day 5} “Key” Board Holder

Happy Friday?  Any major plans for your weekend?  I’m staying pretty low key and will be planting my butt on the couch Sunday to watch the Oscars.  I love all the bling and glitz.

It’s the last day of my 5 day personal challenge to add some color to my walls without spending a dime.  What’s scary is I think I could do this for another week, but I’m not going to.  I had about 20 minutes before my hubby got home from work and here’s what I made.  A key board holder!

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I took one board that I kept from a small shelf that crossed off the wall and some contact paper.  If the paper looks familiar, you’re right.  I used it on my reversible tray liner and my outdoor porch tables.


I added ribbon trim with hot glue and also stapled a piece to the back of the board and tied for hanging.  I also hot glued large decorative buttons.

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Top Part

I added a nail to each button and there ya go, a key board button holder!  And the crazy thing about it is how well it matches my command center book.

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I hope you enjoyed this week of On The Wall!


Organization – The Recipe Cupboard

Do you have a place you keep all your recipe books, food magazines and recipe box?  I do and it gets so messy so fast.

Wonder what lurks behind this door?

Outside Recipe Cupboard

Here it is…

Inside Cupboard

It will always be a bit messy.  I’ve accepted a little organized chaos inside the recipe cupboard.  The good thing is I can find whatever I need.  I created an inventory list and it’s taped inside the cupboard door.

Cupboard List

Need a recipe?  I know which cookbook it’s in!  How do you organize your recipe collection?


Updated Photo Boxes

I was “browsing” the house yesterday for a simple crafty thing to do; one that would be quick and useful.  I was in my craft room and spotted my dingy white photo boxes sitting on a shelf.

Photo Boxes white

I always have rolls of contact paper on hand so I took the tag plates off then covered them with a few of my favorites.  I really don;t use the boxes for photos, but I do have them full of stickers that I use for cards and scrapbooking.

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Photo Boxes Updated

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Do you ever cover boxes?


Organize X 3 – A Few Special Tips from Blogland

Yep, that’s right.  It’s Wednesday and time for Organize X 3.

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I have to be honest and say I’m not sure if I’m getting a charge out of this every Wednesday organizing post.  Please let me know what you think and honest answers please.  Should I or shouldn’t I continue this series?  Thanks.

That said, I’ve been perusing the internet tonight and found a couple of really really great ideas I wanted to share with you.

Okay, this first ideas is the cutest, cheapest, idea yet.  Why didn’t I think of it?  Hilary @ One Young Love did ask herself what should I do with all the Ragu and pickle empty jars?

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Clean jars, a little paint and a bit of time and you too could have some adorable storage jars.

There is a great posting on Spring Cleaning Tips @ Stylelist.  It’s one I’m going to follow.

Have a good one…


Organize X 3 – Those Things that WOW Me!

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means?  Yep, it’s time for  Organize X 3.

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I love organized things, bookshelves, purses, closets, it doesn’t matter.  Organized makes me happy.  Organized makes me say WOW….ZA!!!

Today, I’m  sharing with you some of my favorite picks from Pinterest and a few from me too. Here we go!

I have lot’s of purses, but I usually end up using the same one all the time.  Why?  Because all the others are in a plastic tote stored away in my closet.  High on a shelf and therefore I just never take the time to take it down and go through it.  This is definitely the way to store purses…

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or this…

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Now that we’ve talked purses, lets talk shoes.  I’m especially loving the rows and rows of visibility and handy access.

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The way things are arranged also help an area look organized.  Here’s a picture collage of my china cabinet.  I actually stored some away.  A bit of space also lends itself to a look of organization.

China Hutch

Lastly, it’s pretty safe to say I adore boxes and containers.  I have a entire closet of them(organized of course)  waiting to be used.  I took some box lids and duct tape and made decorative boxes.


I hope this gives you some ideas.  What’s your best tip for organizing?


Organize X 3 – Kitchen Utensils

Welcome to Wednesday and Organize X 3.

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Think about this past weekend?  Did you cook breakfast; turn an egg to over easy, flip a pancake.  Did you grab the tongs to turn a strip of bacon, pound a steak or chicken breast? And if you did, how much did you struggle to find your utensil of choice.  Did you have to yank it our of a drawer along with others?  That’s typically what happens to me. 

Today, 3 ideas for you on how to organize you cooking utensils…

Planter pots have multiple uses as shown below…

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The next two pictures started as clear plastic containers.  Primed, painted and identified.  How great are these and think of the possibilities for other uses….kid’s crafts, the bathroom, etc.  Be creative!

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Have fun!


Organize X 3 – Baskets

Happy Wednesday and another Organize X 3.

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Today’s tips involve the versatility of baskets.  They can be used anywhere for anything and if you don’t like the color you can even spray paint them.  Below are some pictures I’ve taken from Pinterest  to give you some ideas for basket organizing.

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Have fun filling those baskets!


Organize X 3 – Saving Time with Preparation

Happy Wednesday.  It’s Organize X 3 day!

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Do you ever have that kind of morning where you wake up late and just can’t believe it?  And then, to make matters worse, since you can’t believe it, you look at the clock again, and then again and then again.  Then you jump in the shower and realize you wanted to wear the skirt that just came back from the dry cleaners.  But….your late and you don’t have time to shave your legs and you can’t wear boots because that will make you too hot because your office is too warm and if you get a hot flash…oh man, there goes the make-up.  Instead of the skirt, you decide on slacks but crap, not ironed.  So, run an iron quickly over them.  Mascara, know shadow or liner, a quick coffee to go from the Keriug,  and off you go.  Great, no gas.  Finally get to work.  By that time you feel like this.

Time Clock

Meetings all day.  Go, Go, Go!  In fact, the timing is so bad the cafeteria closes and now nothing for lunch but there’s always more coffee!  Rush to more meetings.  Need to get out on time to make an after work appointment and guess what?  It’s raining in Seattle!

Getting Worse

Rain Again

Okey dockey, by this time, you have probably figured out this happened to me.  And boy do I have some tips for you so you will never ever have to experience this.

  1. Use a hour every Sunday to get your 5 days of work clothes ready.
  2. Never let your gas tank get below 1/2 tank.
  3. Wash your hair and shave your legs at night, then take a quick shower in the morning.  In fact, I only wash my hair every other day.
  4. Make your lunch at the same time you are cooking dinner.  You’re in the kitchen anyways.
  5. Also keep some quick foods like string cheese, yogurt and crackers at work for a quick grab.

And if you do all of this you may just see a rainbow!


By the way, I was taking these pictures with my cell phone while driving.  I should be arrested!  Have you ever lived a morning like this.  Would these tips help you?


Organize X 3 – Engaging the Male in Chores

Welcome to Organize X 3…

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Do you remember my commitment?  Let me refresh your memory; 1 post, once weekly (Wednesday), 3 tips.  I only have one comment…FAIL!  I have missed the last two weeks.  Shame on me and I don’t have any excuse but bad time management.  That’s a topic I will definitely need to cover for the future.

Over the weekend I was shuffling through some magazines and I came across a Family Circle Organization magazine from 1994.  Yes, you heard me.  1994.  Most of you young bloggers were probably still in diapers.  Eeek, I’m dating myself so I will just say I was interested in organization at a very young age and learned to read long before kindergarten! Ha!

Looking through the magazine I found an article titled “Partners In Grime, 10 Ways To Get A Man To Help” written by Sherry Amatenstein.  Too funny, right?  Of course I must share, but every post needs some humorous pics.  These didn’t come from the article.  I just pulled them of the internet.

So which man do you want to help you with the chores?


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or this?

Org 3 Chores Male

Alrighty,  here’s the list from a 1994 Family Circle Organization magazine…


It’s been 16 years since this was written.  What do you think?  How do the ten tips apply today?