Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Lot of Work...A Little Fun!

The Work
I have been working like a crazy person around my house organizing bathrooms, the dining room, the cupboards, and my craft room.  It will probably always be a work in progress but it is progressing along nicely.  Here is the latest room I have been working on.

This is my downstairs laundry/half bath.  It was a junk-filled mess with lots of cleaning products and other things that were really old and totally not used by us.  See how awful  This is a before picture of my cupboard above the sink.

Here is the after!

First I scoured the house for containers  I can't believe I had these just sitting around.  Whatever.  Anyway.  I sorted, tossed, and then tossed some more.  I also got out the label maker because some of the containers I found were not see through.  I even have one container that is empty.  I call that "room for growth".  LOL! 

On the bottom shelf I have my hair dryer and next to it in the square container are all of my hair products and my curling iron, which, yes I do use from time to time.  In the shallow purple container is my make up bag, and the brush set.  I love this because I can pull out the entire container...make myself "beautiful" I use that term loosely, then put it all back into the purple thingy and shove it right back in its place.  Love, love, love.  Anyway, next to the make up are two smaller containers for lotion, chapstick, nail polish, perfume and whatever.  Above that I have labeled containers for cotton balls, dental floss, combs, and some medications.  Then on the top in the blue and white container and kitty things that don't get used very often and the taller bottles such as nail polish remover, baby oil and alcohol.

OMG what an improvement this has made in my mornings.  So easy peasy!  This bathroom does not have a shower but I got in the habit of using it to put on my make up a bunch of years ago when the heat upstairs in the summer was so unbearable that my makeup was sweating off my face as fast as I could put it on.  Downstairs was much cooler and I have been using it ever since.  It probably sounds weird but it works for me.

Then I tackled the cupboard above the washer and dryer.  I have to admit I forgot to take a before picture so this shows the process in the middle.  But as you can see there are still a lot of weird cleaning supplies that I had not used for years and were really old.  The cupboard now is still the cleaning supplies but only the ones I currently use.  I don't have a picture of  inside the cupboard.  It is still not pretty.  Just the cleaning supplies.  No fancy containers because I like to be able to just pull out what I need.

The white container on the right side of the shelf houses my iron that I use all of the time, so I wanted it to be accessible.  In with the iron is my Febreze and the cleaning brush for my Norwex Dry Mop.  The middle basket holds hand towels and the basket on the left holds rags for cleaning, etc.  The basket on the far left is a small laundry basket holds dirty laundry like dishtowels that used to get thrown onto the floor until they got washed.  Gross..I know.

That was the work part...but balancing work with fun makes a great life, right?  So....

The Fun
My craft room has been undergoing a huge revamp as well but I really needed a day of crafting.  So, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, I packed my bag and went to my friend Kathy's for some crafty business.  I working with the "Hole in One" line from Moxxie.  This line is wonderful.  I love green and brown so it worked perfect for me.  It is really hard to see but my favorite paper is called "Tee Off" with the guy swinging the golf club.  It is a classic golf shot from a time long ago.

I wanted to make a desk display with photo frames and this is what I came up with. I used clear plastic frames from the dollar store and a recycled photo paper box for the base.  Then I got to use all of the fun stickers and die cuts to embellish. 

The picture at the bottom is a close up before the photos were added.  This was a really hard project to photograph because of the clear plastic frames (reflections) and the different heights of the frames.  I thought it turned out fun.

You can find a complete tutorial of the project on my guest post on the Moxxie Blog!  I hope you will visit.

Happy Crafting,

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful job. I am working on my kids rooms...2 down one to go! Love the golf frame - all the layering is so cool!