End of Year Organization

Does anything say “it’s the end of the year” like a little organization?  I mean, really. Clean slates and new years go together like bread and buttah.

I got my new 2012 daily calendar last week and it just made me giddy.  I’m officially ready to start the new year when I’m prepared to get it all written down in the calendar. (Did I just say that out loud?  Total dork here.)

I also make sure I shave and put away laundry before New England Patriots games start. I just don’t want anything nagging at the back of my mind.  Apparently piles of clothes and scratchy legs are my biggest nags.  Hmmm?

It’s kind of the same for me with the new year.  Who wants a hot mess of disorganization distracting from all of the new possibilities the new year brings?  I sure don’t.  🙂

Well, my mini organization actually started when I started this blog in the beginning of November.  It’s so much easier to get things done when things are in order and ready to be gotten done.  But, as I’ve mentioned many a time, we don’t exactly have a lot of space, so I need to maximize what I’ve got and just make it work.  You know?

I can dream of spaces like this:
Like Jen at Tatertots and Jello has.

Or this,
Like Stacy at Not Just a Housewife just created.  Aren’t those wood shelves the best?  She made them from old fence pickets.  I see myself making something like it very soon.  🙂

But, what I’ve got is this,

Underwhelming, I know.  Trust me, I KNOW!

But, here’s what I did.  I laid out everything that I had in terms of “craft supplies”.  You know, all of the scraps, paints, adhesives, items I’ve bought in hopes that all the little ideas in my head will actually turn into something, and all of the other randomness you see here.

I picked out a few bins and baskets that I had been using otherwise in the house and decided to make a little “craft station” if you will.
In the larger wire bin I layered different projects in the works.

1) Supplies I have bought for ideas I have.  2 & 3) I took 2 plastic folders that I have been holding onto but knew I would never use as is and cut them in half lengthwise. They fit perfectly in the bin and work great to hold cut up pieces that can easily get lost in a big bin and also keep parts to different projects separated. 4) In the empty space of the bin I put other supplies that are waiting to get crafted.

Here’s a pic of the folders, the blue one before it was cut in half and the green one after being cut.  This is the perfect little filing solution.

Then, in the basket I took a few glass jars I had saved, and didn’t even bother to take the labels off since I’m lazy you can’t see them once they’re in the basket anyway.  These glass jars are perfect for separating little odds and ends, and holding up side down an almost empty bottle of glue.

In the small wire bin I took a few other glass jars and put all of my supplies.  Paint, markers, adhesives, paint brushes, stencils, wire, twine…stuff like that.

I had this old photo box that I picked up a TJMaxx or Marshall’s a long time ago.  It isn’t really my style so I just painted it black and tossed in all the uglies.  Scraps that I may (or may not) use some day but are really just a box o’ ugly as is.
This little basket houses all of my sewing supplies.  Or, no-sewing supplies as the Steam-A-Seam seems to indicate.  🙂

And since I am using a bookshelf for my new “craft station” I did still need to also use it for…wait for it…my books.  Here’s what the little organization project ended up looking like.
As for the other items:

  • The Lowe’s 48 cars are included because I heart the Lowe’s 48 NASCAR team.
  • The basket under one of the 48 cars has all of our computer program disks in it.
  • The water color picture is an original piece by a friend of ours.
  • The mirror I would like to redo, so it’s kind of good looking on the bookshelf yet still a project in the works.  Oh so versatile.  😉
  • A crisp white piece of brain coral and the biggest sea urchin I’ve ever found tossed in just because we always need a little nature.

As a side note you could look at many items in our house and wonder “Is that a decoration or a project in progress?” like the mirror.  Sigh.

Just because, here are a couple of other little organizational things we’ve got goin’ on in here.

A basket my mom gave me that is supposed to be used to put silverware and napkins in for outdoor BBQs attached to the wall with an eye bolt and S hook houses all of our larger utensils.
On this beautious wall we also have a knife magnet – brilliant space saving invention – and another little hook with a small basket for all of our wooden utensils because I clearly like my items separated.  And, if you have not discovered the wonder of the Ove Glove you are totally missing out.  No joke!

And, when we were gathering driftwood for the trees I made here, here and here I found a huge driftwood board so I made her into a shelf.
Even packages of crackers don’t look totally ugly when in a clear glass jar.

But that tile.  Good.  Ness.  I told you here we had it everywhere, even the walls weren’t safe from the ambitious tiler.  :/  This wall doesn’t look 100% hideous at least because the grout is still white.  Not so true for so many other surfaces.

I just used 2 L brackets to attach the wood to the wall.  I screwed in two little hooks on the under side of the wood to hang the wire domes.  Those guys are totally necessary around here with all the flies.  They multiply like wild fire whenever there’s food around.

And no, I don’t have any labels on the jars.  Even I am smart enough to tell my beans from my pasta and my dog medication from my rice.  For the most part anyway.  😉

So, with a few simple upgrades I feel organized and ready to ring in the new year.  Reuse a few glass jars, re-purpose a few plastic folders, designate a few key spots for the things I find myself using a lot and spend zero dollars.  Time to cross this project off my list in my new daily planner and get ready for a little New Year’s Eve celebration.  🙂

What other items do you have lying around that could be used for creative storage?  I mentioned a couple of our other ideas here, but am always in need of more.

Here’s to a very festive and safe New Year for you all.  See you in 2012!

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  1. I love your organization and use of things you already had. I am in the process of trying to organize my house and it has been more then a little overwhelming. I think I might borrow some of your ideas to use in my own house. I have craft supplies EVERYWHERE in my house and I am trying to round them all up into one area to make it easier to actually get projects done Oy Vey. Thaks for sharing your ideas. All the best for the New Year 🙂

  2. I think your storage looks wonderful! We are on the same page….New Years to me always means organization (especially when you start taking down all those Christmas decorations LOL!) Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Very cool organization projects. I love that you used the drift board as a shelf… and the craft center looks great!

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