Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's Wednesday - Let's Get Organized!

That's right it's Wednesday, which means it's time for the first post in my weekly feature. Each Wednesday I will post ideas for keeping organized. I have two for you today:

When I started my Etsy shop one of my issues was what to do with the items that I've made and listed, but haven't yet sold? I found my answer at Michael's:

Great boxes and containers are perfect for a multi-use space because they give you a place to put thing that need to be kept safe and clean, but it's alright if they do not fit in the closet because they add to the decor of the room. I love these boxes so much that I would keep them out even if they were empty (ha! that would never happen!).

Some other great places to look for containers that are both functional and attractive include The Container Store and Hobby Lobby.

Organizing tip number two is a bit more crafty. If you are anything like me you have a bunch of little items floating around your workspace (paper clips, pushpins, beads, bobbins, safety pins, the list goes on and on...). Here is an idea for corralling all of those items, and recycling. I love flavored coffee, so I had piles of these containers:

This type of container is perfect for this project because it is sturdy, and it has a lid. Here is a picture of the finished product:

This is one of those great projects that you can modify to fit your personal style and the decor of your space. You can start with any kind of container.
First, measure and cut scrapbooking or craft paper to fit all of the way around your container.
Use Mod Podge or decoupage glue to coat the container, and attach the paper. Make sure to rub over the entire surface to remove air bubbles. Set this part of the container aside, it is important to let the first layer of Mod Podge dry completely before moving on.
While you are waiting you can begin painting the lid of the container. I used acrylic craft paint. Because it is a plastic lid it will take several coats. Make sure you let each coat dry completely before applying the next coat (this is a difficult project for me because I am not a patient person!).
Once the original layer of glue on your container is dry you can cover the paper with another layer of Mod Podge or glue, for a shiny protective coat. At this point you can also add any additional embellishments.
Finally, once each coat of paint on the lid of your container has dried coat the lid with Mod Podge also, this will help keep the paint from chipping off. Remember, don't put the lid on the container until the glue has dried completely!
Ok, now go get organized!

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