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Friday’s Finds #1 {organization}


I would like to add some variety to this little blog, so on Fridays, I’m planning to share things that I have found useful, interesting, and/or helpful. These posts will contain cleaning tips, organizing advice, repurposing suggestions, decorating ideas, etc. My plan is to share things I have found through others, tried for myself, and found successful–not to just give you links to things other people have tried. Today I will share a few organization ideas with you.

Tension Rods in a Drawer

20140124-101636.jpgThis is a simple and cheap fix to chaotic drawers. It requires no carpentry skills or fancy organizing materials. Simply measure your drawer’s width and buy small curtain/tension rods (about $2 each) to fit your drawer. You can place the tension rods from front to back the way Passionate Penny Pincher demonstrates with before and after photos of her drawer. You can also insert tension rods from side to side in your drawer (pictured above) as I posted back in August.

Mason Jar Storage

20140124-150040.jpgI have seen so many cute ideas for using Mason jars for just about everything you can imagine. With four kids in our house, I’m reluctant to use glass jars for things the kids will have access to, but I have found them useful for things I keep in the kitchen. The Burlap Bag shows how to store strike anywhere matches in a jar with a sandpaper lid. Her lid even has a little hole cut out to dispense matches. I chose to simply cut a piece off the side of my match box and insert it between the disk and ring on my lid. I had about half a box of regular matches and needed to use them up. I may buy strike anywhere next time and fully incorporate her idea.

20140124-150027.jpgI found the idea for storing muffin/cupcake liners at Life is Crazy Beautiful. The glass jar makes it easy to see that I need to purchase more liners before making muffins or cupcakes again! Storing toothpicks in the Mason jar was my idea. I hate boxes that are partially opened or opened frequently because they tear and wear out quickly. It just made sense to put the toothpicks in a jar too.

Magazine Files

20140124-201622.jpgI use fabric-covered cardboard magazine files to hide things in my pantry that are odd shapes and sizes or things I rarely use. One has food coloring and sprinkles, another has a variety of leftover Christmas-themed paper plates and napkins, one holds balloons and curling ribbon, and another holds coffee filters and paper plates. The other two hold packages of solid-colored party plates and napkins because I tend to forget those details when having a party or dinner guests.

20140124-203017.jpgI cut the fabric to fit the files and folded it around using sticky tack to hold it in place. I put a strip of Duck Tape on the bottom to prevent the fabric from fraying or coming loose. I can’t remember where I originally saw this idea because I made these a few years ago. I would like to update them with ribbons and tags like I saw recently on BuzzFeed. As you can see, I acquired two of the magazine files after I had covered the original four, and I have yet to cover them with fabric. Maybe I’ll cover those two when I add the ribbons and tags to all of them.

Well, Friday is nearly over, so that’s all I will share this time. I hope you enjoyed this post and will check back next Friday.


Organization in the playroom


I strive to keep myself, my family, and our home organized, and I knew having a convenient place to store everyone’s bags and coats in our new home would be a necessity for this family of six. I also knew we would need storage for toys in our game room (currently a play room for the little ones), and I no longer wanted bookshelves in that room because of the danger involved in climbing and furniture falling over on children. {I dread the day I have two babies climbing on furniture at the same time.}

I pinned several “mud room” ideas while we were planning and building our house even though I knew our house wouldn’t have an actual mud room. I gathered ideas like the ones shown here, there, and everywhere. When we met with our cabinet builder, I told him I wanted cubbies on the bottom, space to hang bags and coats, and more cubbies on top. He started sketching and asked a few questions, and this is what we created.

20130903-080735.jpg I tell everyone this built-in and our granite kitchen countertops were my two splurges in the new house. I don’t think I will ever regret either choice.

I love having this space near our garage door, so we can grab our things on our way out, but also in the play room, which is surrounded by the kids’ rooms. The cubbies at the bottom hold containers of toys, while the cabinets at the top are currently filled with seasonal or topical books. {Yes, we have a lot of books, but I collected many of them while teaching, and they have proved most helpful while homeschooling.}

I would like to make a large cushion to provide seating for adults while watching the children play. For now, the bench provides a place for Sissy to pull up and stand and a comfy place for Big Sister to relax on a couple of large pillows.


After being crowded in a rent house with no game room for a year, we are all enjoying having a space to play and be together.

To keep you from thinking I am super mom or an organization queen, I must confess that the bench has been covered with boxes and then stacks of books since we moved in over two months ago. I just cleaned out two large plastic storage tubs of junk yesterday and stored all of the books in the tubs until we get new book cases for the kids’ rooms. I was so excited about finally having the bench cleared off that I took photos and sent them to my mom and mother-in-law yesterday, and now I’m sharing them with you.