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Decorative Box–Duct Tape Style

Over the past several months I’ve been taking one drawer at a time, one room at a time, and cleaning it out.  I came across an empty cell phone box from my Galaxy 3 purchase.  Since I had just bought some bright spring colored chevron style Duct Tape, my little brain said hmmm.

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So I grabbed a pair of scissors, turned on The Voice and mindlessly and in just a couple of minutes did this.

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I love the color combo of pink, orange and green.  I literally just opened the tape and started at one end of the box, stopped at the other end.  Overlap your lines just a tiny bit.  Use an exacta knife to trim edges for a clean cut.  The plant container sitting on the box is from a ribbon tape project I did.

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Do you remember my other cell phone boxes update?  Check out instructions for these here.
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Next time your getting ready to toss a box to the recycle, will you say hmm?


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 – Thoughtful Organizing = Tips On Thoughtful Donation & Recycle Links

Hi again and welcome to Wednesday’s Organize X 3.

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Today I’m giving you more than 3 tips.  In fact, a whole bunch!  Why?  Because this is the time of year that everyone starts cleaning out closets and drawers again and I thought you just might find this information useful.  In addition to some new info I’ve also copied in some from a post I shared almost a year ago. 

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  • Towels, Linens & Rugs = ASPA, Humane Society, Animal Rescue


  • Donate reusable & surplus building materials and appliances to Habitat
  • Cell Phoneshttp://911cellphonebank.org/ from the website…..
    In May of 2004, the 911 Cell Phone Bank was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of emergency cell phones and funds to meet the unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victims services agencies.Since then, the 911 Cell Phone Bank has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars and provided thousands of emergency cell phones for victims services organizations nationwide. We have successfully relieved the operational burden of managing a emergency cell phone program from our participants.By donating your cell phone you are doing more than just providing emergency communications for someone in need. In addition, you are helping to provide funds that support the activities of law enforcement and victims services organizations nationwide.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank determines best use and maximizes cell phone donations.Funds are provided to nonprofit agencies for each donated cell phone.Each cell phone is added to the “Bank” of available cell phones for law enforcement.

Help Our Troops Call Home

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with family while serving in the United States military.

  • Laptop Computers, Cell Phones, etc.http://recycleforbreastcancer.org/
    Our Mission –
    We believe prevention is as important as a cure. More and more studies and information are showing links between the waste and chemicals in our environment and the causes of cancer.

Recycle for Breast Cancer is committed to reducing the incidence of environmentally caused breast cancer by keeping electronic waste from entering our landfills and environment.

RFBC provides a no-cost, national recycling program, so anyone, anywhere from any economic status can participate. Our mission is to prevent electronic waste and the toxic chemicals they contain from entering our landfills and the environment, to help protect the environment and support the fight against breast cancer. It is our belief by preventing these items from entering our environment by providing a recycling/reuse program we can make a difference and help reduce the incidence of environmentally caused cancer in our country.

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Collect electronics such as; empty toner and inkjet cartridges, used cell phones, laptops and PDAs. Contact us for a prepaid shipping label or collection bag or box. Send in your items for recycling.

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By making this small commitment everyone can make an impact on our environment and the lives of others.

  • Professional Clotheshttp://dressforsuccess.org/
    The mission of Dress for Success
    is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life…….

I hope you find this information useful1



Organize X 3 – Paint Tips

Happy Wednesday and welcome back to…

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Today I wanted to share  3 “what to do with the paint after you paint tips”.

1.  Save the wood stir stick you use.   You’ve got the perfect paint sample just in case you need it for a resource.  In addition use a sharpie and write  pertinent info on the stick.  For examle,  what room the paint was used in or the color name.


2.  Paint part of a popsicle stick with your color and write pertinent info on these as well.  The popsicle sticks will fit nicely in your purse and are easy to grab so when your shopping you can match those pillows, sheets, curtains, etc.


3.  Do you ever find you need to touch up a wall and the paint can is sooooo far away in the garage?  Here’s what I did.   Grab some jelly jars, and labels.  Fill them with a small amount of the paint.  Keep in the house for those quick fixes.


There ya have it…


Do you have any good paint tips?


Organize X 3 – Decorated Cardboard Storage

Welcome to the first article for my new once a week series, Organize X 3!

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This series will post to Lattnenes Cup of Chat and I am planning to share 3 items on organizing tips every Wednesday.  Today I thought I would focus on creating desk storage on the cheap and cute, may I add.


The 3 tips aka items to use and I guarantee will become your best friend are colored duct tape, spray paint and clips.  Here we go…lets talk about the numbered items in this picture.


I.  Magazine holders, not too sure about the technical term so sorry.  I had this ugly cardboard one so I used 3 different types of duct tape to cover; black, black and white checked and turquoise.

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Pretty amazing, right?  I  also have 6 brown wicker type magazine holders and I spray painted one with Rust Oleum’s Black gloss.  It turned out great.  I’ll be in the garage spray painting 5 others soon.

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2.  I found this pen/pencil holder in a box of old stationary supplies and decided it needed some ramping up so duct tape to the rescue.

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3.  This is my favorite.  I had a bunch of cardboard lids from boxes and they were the perfect size for file trays.  I used two different colors of duct tape.

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You can pretty much make anything look good with a little bit of time, spray paint and duct tape. Here’s a few more pics.

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I haven’t tagged my new storage pieces yet, but when I do I’ll tag them the same way I did the containers in my Linen Closet.  In stead of using stickers that stick I made mine from heavy cardstock and used clips to attach. This will give some flexibility to change your mind if you choose.  This is from my 31 day clutter series.  I used cardboard boxes here covered with contact paper and trimmed in duct tape.


There you have it.  Do you use duct tape and spray paint to create storage pieces?


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Organize X 3…Hot Off The Press This Week

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I’m excited to share my new organizing series with you.  If you read my post yesterday you probably saw I posted a button that looked totally different.  In fact, I even posted it to Pinterest on My Blog Images.  Somewhere between last night and now I decided I didn’t like the look anymore and changed it.  This is much much better.

The first Organize 3 post will debut this Wednesday.  My plan, as it stands now, my full intent, my Pollyanna mind, says I want to share this series until next year, same time,, same place.  Notice I said plan.  Maybe I’m better off saying that’s the long term goal and stick to months for the short term.  We’ll see how I do.  Last October I took the 31day challenge and did The 31 Days To Clutter Free series.  That almost killed me.  This series I get to make the rules up. 

I’ll post once a week, every Wednesday, and my article will include 3 items about organizing.  It could be storage tips,  links to awesome websites,  info on cleaning products.  I’m just going to let it flow! 

I can’t wait!  In the interim, hope this picture makes you laugh.

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Storage Ideas for Holiday Decorations & a Few Additional Tips


Happy first day of 2012 friends! 

For me,  and I’m thinking for many of you, today I start boxing up the holiday decor.  Since I still have a splint on my shattered wrist I’ll be enlisting the help of my son and hubby to pull down and pack up the Rubbermaid totes. I keep all the totes in a corner of the garage and over the years I’ve developed some pretty good foolproof packing/storage ideas and today I wanted to share those with you.  Some of these I shared in my 31 Days To Clutter Free series but I think they are worth repeating.


  1. Easily Identifiable – Use storage totes that are a color for that season.  I use red and green totes for Christmas decorations, brown totes for Autumn/Halloween decor, etc. 
  2. Artificial Trees – I use a 6 foot artificial tree that came in three connectable pieces.  I don’t take it apart.  I learned this from my sis-in-law.  I fold up all the branches, tie a ribbon on the front side of the tree (helpful info when you bring out next year) and pack it up in one of the large red tree bags.  It sits perfectly on my stack of double triple wide storage bins.  I also have a couple of small artificial trees I display throughout the house.  I do take these apart and store in separate bins with their ornaments wrapped in tissue. 
  3. Room by Room – Store Christmas decor in bins by room.  For example, I have  totes marked Family Room Decorations, Living Room, and Den.  This is actually very helpful because I use these totes to store the everyday decorations that I took down from that room in prep for the holiday decorating
  4. Formal Tree Ornaments – I do have several bins of Christmas tree ornaments for the formal tree.  One bin is for a flocked tree; white lights and blue glass ornaments and the other all gold ornaments.
  5. Ornament Care – Use containers such as egg cartons, leftover Christmas card boxes or shoeboxes to wrap and store ornaments in before putting in the larger bin.  I’m a bit anal and have to admit I wrap each ornament separately in tissue paper.
  6. Specialty Items – I have a Dickens Village (2 bins worth) that I don’t bring out every year, but I am keeping it as it came from hubby’s mom who passed away in 1994.  It’s just one of those things I need to hold on to.
  7. Misc. Totes – I’m telling you I have way to much stuff.  I have a totes for all the snowmen and Santa’s.  I’m sure you will find decorative items that don;t necessarily stay in the same place every year.  This is what I call miscellaneous.
  8. Labels – I use the 8X11 Avery Labels to identify what’s in the totes.  I actually divide a one page into 4 equal pieces, mark them with an indelible marker and label all 4 sides of the tote
  9. Seasonal Linens and Towels – I keep two “seasonal” baskets in my linen closet.  In one I keep seasonal linens; tablecloths, table runners, and place mats.  In the other I keep seasonal bathroom towels, nightlights, etc. 
  10. Purge as you pack.  If you have the time, set aside those items you don’t want anymore.  I’m kind of wishy-washy when it comes to giving up decorations.  If you have the same issue just create a “not sure” bin and make it the last one you look at it next year when you are decorating.
  11. Paper Stuff – I keep all my gift wrap regardless of the season in a small newly-bought garbage can.  I keep all my ribbon in a basket, also regardless of type.  Christmas cards that are still good to use and gift tags are kept separately and stored in a closet.  Label everything!
  12. Dishes – I don’t have room in my china hutch so I keep my Christmas dishes and glasses in a storage box in my hall closet.
  13. Incoming Christmas Cards – This is a good time to update your address books.  You also might consider cutting up the cards you received.  Use the decorative piece as a gift tag next year.  If you do this, make sure you store them with the other gift tags.  Also, are there any outstanding Christmas cards that may look good framed next year?
  14. Candles – I picked this tip up reading Better Homes and Gardens.  Candles last longer if you can store them in a cool place, preferably the refrigerator.  A second option is to wrap each candle separately in cellophane before storing in a cool place like a garage.
  15. Outside Decorations – Toss out lights that are not working anymore.  Wrap light strings around old magazines or leftover gift boxes that would get recycled anyway.
  16. Welcome signs – I store all my signs in one container that I keep in the hall closet.  I just cycle through them month by month.
  17. Outdoor Seasonal Mats – Make sure that you sweep them clean on both sides before storing away 
  18. Take Pictures – I try to take pictures and take notes about my decorations.  I think I’m going to remember how I did it before but I don’t. 
  19. Recipes – Make sure all your Christmas recipes are stored appropriately.  It’s easy to lose a single piece of paper that’s been ripped from a magazine.
  20. Impromptu Buys – It never fails.  I always seem to find Christmas decorative items for a good price at a store AFTER all the decorations are put away.  I keep one large basket in my spare room closet just for this reason.

I hope these ideas help you.  I’d love to hear what your best storing tips are.  Please share!

Happy New Year!


31 Days To Clutter Free / Day 16 – Under the Bathroom Sinks + Day 15 Linen Closet Recap

Day 16!  Happy Sunday All!

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A quick recap for you on my Saturday activities and tasks I had planned to complete.  I had lunch as planned with my nieces and sis-in law (bummer, one was sick).  Stopped at Michaels (mistake) and got home too late to tape and paint.  I’m moving that to next weekend and did not beat myself up for it.

It’s nice this clutter free series keeps me honest with all of you.  Thank you.  Yep, that’s what I said at 10:00 last night when I was cleaning out the linen closet (see yesterdays post).  Here’s some before and after pics.  It looks so much better.  You see that big space on one shelf?  That’s where I threw all the towels out and will buy new this week.  I also did not put back a bunch of containers with craft items in them.  Later this week I’ll share some storage ideas for those kind of items.  Ta da da!…here are the before and after, and yes I’m patting myself on the back ’cause I’m quite proud of myself.  🙂

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The amazing thing is I had all the containers and covering the cardboard boxes with contact paper was a bonus!

Moving on to tasks I want to complete today. I’m taking on under the bathroom sinks.  This will be interesting…HA!!!  One of those things I need to go through is all my make-up.  I searched and found the attached to help me; great information on the shelf life for blush,mascara, etc.  Join me, won’t you?

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Linking up to Courtney, http://www.athoughtfulplaceblog.com/
for her Keep C.A.L.M. and Organize Party!


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