Organizing On The Cheap: Make Your Own Drawer Dividers

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 2:59 pm on Thursday, January 1, 2015

As part of my New Year’s Resolution to organize my house, I brought some spring-loaded drawer dividers that let you add custom-made compartments to any drawer. The ones I bought were 4 dividers for $17, which adds up fast.

Still, dividing drawers up into compartments proved to be so useful that I’ve been trying to divide every drawer I have. I’ve done well with Dollar Tree compartments and boxes, but nothing has worked quite as well as a customized drawer divider.

So why not make my own?

Here’s a good example using these guys:

They turned into this:

It seems like you can do a lot with wood, a saw, and glue. For example, check this one out.

But if you can’t do something permanent, you can do the same thing with cardboard. For example:

It’s a cardboard insert!

New Years Resolution: Organize My House

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I’m super excited about organizing.

It all started when I bought these single corner shelves at the Container Store.

I put them in my overflowing cupboard to stack my bowls and plates vertically in the shelf. Suddenly, not only could I access everything in the cupboard, I had enough extra room to move the beer glasses too.

This was very exciting!

The beer glasses had been shoved in this other cupboard where they didn’t fit. Suddenly, they had their own section right by the other glasses–which was the logical place for them to go.

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Since then, I’ve started organizing my entire house. I’m about half done with this project and I’m seeing some equally exciting and interesting results. For example:

* I’m saving time when I clean up because everything has a place.

* The house is generally cleaner because I’m more inclined to put things away.

* I’ve found “homes” for things that have floated around and annoyed me for years.

* I’m better able to see what I have—and what I don’t need.

* Instead of having to dig for things, they’re at my fingertips.

* The house is more peaceful and pleasant to be in.

So that’s my goal for the new year: organize my entire house. I’m off to a good start, too. So far I’ve done:

    All of the cupboards and drawers in my kitchen
    Under the kitchen sink
    The hall closet
    My bureau
    Bedroom closet
    Office closet
    The batteries
    My desk
    Brooms and mops
    Bathroom cupboard
    My son’s bath toys
    Medicine cabinet
    The fridge
    Junk drawer
    Craft supplies
    Art supplies
    Gift wrap

Still to do:

    The top shelf of the pantry
    The deep freeze
    The fridge freezer
    The blanket chest
    Son’s closet
    The photographs
    Bookshelves
    Jewelry box
    Outdoor gardening supplies

And then I’ll probably go through and refine systems that aren’t working until the whole house is running like a well-oiled machine.

That’s the theory, anyway.

Happy 2015!

5 Creative Ways To Store Wrapping Paper

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:56 am on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rolls of wrapping paper tend to thump around in your closet if you don’t make an effort to store them. Here are 5 Creative Ways To Store Wrapping Paper:

1. HANG THEM FROM A CLOSET CEILING. Put that wasted space to good use.

2. FENCE THEM OFF WITH A TENSION ROD. Stand them against the wall so they won’t fall over.

3. PUT THEM IN A CLEAR GARMENT BAG. Then hang the bag in a spare closet.

4. STICK THEM IN A TRASH CAN. This is great if you need to access the wrapping paper all year long.

5. INSTALL RACKS ON THE BACK OF A DOOR. Turn it into an entire gift wrap station.

Organize Kid Bath Toys With A Recycled Mesh Bag

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:06 am on Monday, December 29, 2014

At Thanksgiving, I took the mesh bag off our turkey and realized it could be recycled into an organizer. My son’s bath toys tended to sprawl all over the bathtub and I’d been looking for a better way to store them. The solution? Use the mesh bag that the turkey came in to hold the toys.

So I washed the bag with soap and water, fill it with bath toys, and hung it from a hook on our bath organizer. Ta-da! An easy and free way to store all his toys.

The mesh lets the water drip down into the tub, which will keep the toys from molding. It makes collecting the toys from the bath easier too, since all we have to do is pile them in the bag and hang them up to dry.

I love simple organizing solutions.

Merry Christmas 2014

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:14 am on Thursday, December 25, 2014

Have a wonderful holiday!

Christmas Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:06 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Have A Merry Christmas With These Red Holiday Cocktails

Make Your Own Candy Canes

How To Make A Floating Christmas Tree

Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper

8 Great Appetizers

Easy DIY Colorful and Fun Fruit Ornaments

Glamorous and Impressive Appetizers For Your Next Holiday Party

5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print

Gingerbread Toddy

DIY Christmas Gifts Round-Up

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:54 am on Monday, December 22, 2014

Some Christmas gift ideas you can make yourself.

Make A Hobby Horse Out Of A Sock.

Build A Toy Workbench For A Lucky Kid This Christmas

Knit A Pot Holder

Sparkle In A Unicorn Horn Headband

Child DIY Gift Idea: A Fun and Frugal Play Kitchen

DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder

Knit a Pair of Yoga Socks

No-Mess Candle Making

Make A Hobby Horse Out Of A Sock

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:36 am on Monday, December 22, 2014

Here’s a good tutorial on How To Make A Hobby Horse Out Of A Sock. It looks pretty easy! These suckers can be expensive too.

How To Make Your Own Candy Canes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:05 am on Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ever thought about making your own candy canes? Well now you can.

Glamorous and Impressive Appetizers For Your Next Holiday Party

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:20 am on Friday, December 19, 2014

Tis the season to celebrate. Here are some enticing appetizers from around the Internet:

FIGS PROSCIUTTO: figs, prosciutto, cheese, honey.

ANTIPASTO SKEWERS: Salami, mozzarella, artichokes, olives, tomatoes, etc., marinated and strung on skewers. (We tried this one and it was a hit.)

SEARED PORK BELLY & GREEN PEPPER BRUSCHETTA: pork belly (!), spicy peppers, lemon zest, on toasted bread slices.

SANTA HAT APPETIZERS: strawberries, bananas, and marshmallows.

LAMB MEATBALL SLIDERS: lamb meatballs (you can keep them warm in the crockpot), slider buns, sauce.

BEET AND GOAT CHEESE NAPOLEONS: slices of roasted beets alternating with herbed goat cheese. Use yellow beets so they won’t bleed into the cheese.

CHRISTMAS TREE CHEESE PLATE: Lay grapes, cheese, and herbs out to form a Christmas tree. Or do it with tomatoes, cheese, and rosemary.

Happy holidays!

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