Category Archives: Organization

DIY Magnet Board

Hey everyone!!!  I am a list freak and I have them everywhere.  Since I didn’t want to stick 9 million tacks in my beautiful wall (I really love the paint in here!) I decided to make a magnet board.  They have all those cute ones, but they are expensive and we all know I’m cheap frugal fiscally responsible!  So, here is a little tutorial so you can be fiscally responsible too!  LOL.
Let me start by saying, you can easily cover this with some cute material or even scrapbook paper to pretty it up, but I wanted mine to be plain.  I plan to keep it covered and don’t want to be bothered with wanting to see said prettiness behind my magnets!  😀  However, I will be making some adorable magnets to hold my non sticky note papers later!

First, pick up a sheet of metal at your local hardware store.  It only costs a few dollars and you can get whatever size you’d like.  Remember, there will probably be no cutting of it, so get the size you want!!!

Next, take it outside with a hammer, board and a nail.  Use the nail to hammer a hole in the metal so that you can hang it.  Remember that if you want pretty ribbon, you’ll want to use a large nail so that the hole is bigger.  I used a standard nail and some rubber bands.

Finally, use some heavy duty string of some sort to make a way to hang your board.  I used a rubber band on each side then tied the ribbon through because my hole wasn’t big enough.  It actually worked out well as it managed to look good (yes, I WAS surprised!) and it seems to hold the weight efficiently.

 What do you do to keep your notes, memos and lists in order???

 I’d love some extra tips!!!

Originally posted 2012-08-16 05:00:00.

Charm Keeper

I really should get a jewelry box, but the kind I want and the price tag I’m willing to pay never matches! I have a lot of charms that I switch around on my chain, and they have been hanging on one chain to keep me from losing them for a while. I HATE that! It’s a pain to get the charm I want, as I have to sort through all of them and frankly, I don’t like wasting the time! I’ve been wanting to do something for a while to sort them but I couldn’t think of how to do it using stuff I had laying around.
Then, voila! Medicine holder! PERFECT size for the small charms, and I have a larger one that can be used for larger charms! Yay!

 Since it isn’t see through, I made labels for each one so that I could quickly find the charm I am looking for.

I decorated the side using scrap paper I had left from another project. I used glue dots to keep the paper on and it is working out great! No issues with gravity trying to pull it down!

On the back, I stuck magnets so that I can stick it to a board as soon as I get to that project!  I suggest using large magnets so your stuff doesn’t outweigh the magnet strength!
Hope this is a great addition to your projects! Sorry my posts have been late so much, I’ve been crazy busy with trying to buy a home, dealing with lendors and such. All prayers are solicited and appreciated as we go through this process!!!

Originally posted 2011-09-14 16:30:00.

You can’t Road Trip without this! DIY Road Trip Kit

Are you a road trip fan?  I absolutely love them!  Especially with good company!  This kit is something that has become a staple in my vehicle! Be sure and do one for yours!

We took a little vacation recently, it was great!!! We took a road trip to Branson, Missouri for four days. It was a great chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company without any outside stresors! A dear friend and her husband have a timeshare there, so we were able to have some great fellowship time with them. I’ll post more about that soon!
Typically, any trip for us is stressful. Chief doesn’t like being in the car long and worries about schedules and traffic. It’s very difficult for both Chief and I to let go of our daily life stresses, so we spend a lot of time in our own little world and it is inevitable that we will forget something and leave it behind!  He is certainly NOT a road trip fan, but he is a good sport.  Most of the time. haha
So, with that in mind, I decided to get super worried BEFORE the trip so I wouldn’t have to worry DURING the trip! Preparation was the key, ladies and gentleman! I went to the library and got five Lake Wobegon CD’s. If you’ve never listened to Lake Wobegon, I highly recommend it! It’s stories told about a small town. Most are funny, remind you of the ‘good ole days’ and all of the stories remind you of what is really important in life and how blessed we truly are!
I got everything packed up the few days before and as I was trying to make sure we had all of the ‘little’ things necessary for the trip, I decided to make a Road Trip Kit. I put in all of the things that our family typically needs on a journey. I’ll put a list of ‘ingredients’ at the bottom of the post!
   I took the biggest shoe box I could find and went to work! (As a side note, these are probably the best shoes I’ve ever had and I will be buying another pair when I finally get through destroying the ones I have! They really work your muscles and do wonders for your back and knees!)

***author note: I desperately miss Sketcher’s Shape-Ups!***

 I attempted to use as much ‘scrap’ scrapbook paper I had as well as the paper that I am really not a huge fan of, I figured the box wouldn’t survive too long! I used my Cricut machine to cut out the letters, camper, and car. I had to do the camper, even though we don’t have one. My Great Grandparents use to go on caravans and travel all over. I loved their caravan as a child, still do! So, as a tribute to them, I added it to my box décor!
That would be my Tator Bug peeking over the box!!!  He likes to be in the middle of things, so if I’m doing something, he lays up by it.  He jumped up there right as I snapped the picture!  Of course, it was too cute to do a different one!!!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program…
Last but not least, I covered the whole box in contact paper. It’s not an easy feat getting the contact paper to not try to come off at the edges, so I had to use some scotch tape for the corners to make it lay down, but you honestly can’t tell unless you are looking for it!
I used some boxes that would have otherwise been trashed to make ‘dividers’ for my things. Graham cracker boxes, tea boxes, etc. all work really well! I found two boxes that would fit, as I wanted as much dividing space as possible!
Next, I got out my mini baggies! Love those things!!! I put everything that needed to be seperated in different bags.

Road Trip Kit

Now, for my list o’ ingredients:
First Aide Baggies– band aides, triple antibiodic ointment, alcohol swabs, aspirins, tums, etc.,. Don’t buy a kit, it’s cheaper in the long run to make one, as once you buy all of the stuff, you will have enough to make a kit for your house and 2-3 vehicles! Depending, of course, how often it’s needed. Just remember that the medicine has to be in it’s bottle, lest for some reason you get pulled over. Don’t want to have to explain why you have little white pills (aspirin) in a baggie!
Ladies Products: Umm, yeah… Even if it’s not that time, it’s always good to have them just in case! You’d be amazed what can be done with a tampon in a pinch! (Perhaps I will post more of that later! LOL.
Road Trip Meal Enhancements: baggie with ketchup, salt, pepper, BBQ, toothpicks, peppermints, napkins, drink mixes, etc. Use sauces that aren’t going to ruin due to heat or cold. I use the packets that we get when we eat out. Remember, sauces get their own baggies! That way, if they bust everything else isn’t ruined!!!
Additional things I put in the box:
Extra Vehicle Cell Phone Charger
Nail Clippers
Rubberbands (you’d be amazed how handy these come in!)
Plastic Shopping Bags (for when the other trash bag gets full!)
EXTRA napkins!
Clorox bleach pen
Laundry Stain Remover Pen
**Anything Else your family needs at home frequently (i.e. my Monkey’s braces rubberbands)



Originally posted 2011-08-27 05:26:00.

School Planner Up-do

We all know how important organization is for success.  I am very strict on Monkey about keeping track of her assignments in a calendar so that she can be more successful in keeping track of her work.  I am also, as we all know and to my Monkey’s total aggravation, a cheapskate!!!  (We decided on frugal, didn’t we?  That’s right, I’m FRUGAL!!!)  SO, at Dollar Tree, they have planners for $1.  I live out of mine!  She really wanted one of the pretty ones, but they cost way too much, so I decided to personalize hers on my own!  So, I put her name on it and used my Xyron Sticker Maker to stick it on, then covered it in contact paper.  Unfortunately, my contact paper got bent up, so it has a few creases.  I’m going to just pretend it was decorative!!!  LOL.  Here is the project!


Please excuse the black spot, my camera or lens or something has began to hate me, so it left a lovely little dot.  🙁  


On the outside of the contact paper, I put various stickers (all with a common theme).

Originally posted 2011-08-14 21:35:00.

Dry Erase Frame Calendar

Hello All!!! I decided to do a calendar to organize my zoo a little more. I’ve been wanting to get one for a while, but to be honest, I’m too cheap! (I think the nice word for that is frugal… Yeah, that’s what I meant! LOL) Anyway, it took a while to complete how I wanted it. I wanted to be able to change things out on it a little bit more than the classic calendar, so I hope you like it.  😀  Anyway, here goes!!!

 I used an old frame I had, I believe the frame size is 11×13. I can’t exactly remember where I got the calendar, but I’m fairly certain it was through a search for ‘blank monthly calendar,’ so you can try it out if you don’t have one.  Or if you can’t find one for free, let me know and I would be happy to scan mine in and send it.  I have copies.
I didn’t have a paper to put in the background that was big enough, so I improvised.  I used two sided cardstock to ensure that they coordinated and made basically a frame to put the calendar on.
I wanted to be able to change the months without taking it apart, so I cut a paper 3×12 and then used photo corners on it so I could change out the months.  You’ll get what I mean when you look at the finished project, the month can be taken off and changed.  Just remember to measure out the paper!!!

Excuse the arrangement of those pics!  The blogger thing hates me!!!  Anyway, I took some hooks and dipped them in black paint to match the frame.  I’m going to be honest here, the first one didn’t have much thought behind it, so I dropped it in and had to dig it out with my fingers!  As you can imagine, I had paint all over my fingers.  THEN I remembered I needed to take pics….  SO after getting paint on my camera, thank God it was acrylic, I realized it would be easier to fold and use a paperclip to ‘fish’ for my hooks!!!

****Please note: fishing at the zoo is not normally allowed, this was a one time opportunity!  LOL

I wanted to be able to hang notes and such from my calendar, so I used magnets and clothes pins.  It sticks out quite a bit, but I figured it was better for it to stick out and us be able to pull off the pin to clip things than for the monkey to break the frame, tear it off the frame, or ruin my decorations!  I used some pretty thick magnets to maintain strength.  In the center picture there are two magnets stacked.  

In order to ensure the decor over the clothes pin was interchangeable, I glued cardboard on the pin and velcro on the cardboard.  Then I glued some velcro on the back of my decorations.  Again, make sure you cut the right size paper so that the cardboard is covered up!  I wanted to do a BBQ themed decoration, because I love them and it’s my birthday month so I can if I want to!  LOL.  Aaah…..  It’s so nice being the zookeeper!!!

I used my little pink hot glue gun to glue on the magnets and hooks.  Something I didn’t think about until I hung it:  weight has to be even to keep the frame from being slanted!!!  I know, this is common sense, but I was in decorate mode, not use your sense mode!!!  I was so into the peace and quiet as the whole zoo was empty which NEVER happens in the summer, that I just didn’t put much thought into anything but how I wanted to decorate it!!!

I did the other side with Paw Prints, my Monkey’s school mascot is a panther and school starts in August.  I also went back and used black ink to stamp the edges of the month holder to give it some extra beauty (Zookeeper thinks:  and cover up where I somehow managed to get marker marks on it!!!)

Here is a not so close up of the finished project.  I used string to hang the dry erase markers from a keyring on the hook.  To hang them, I put rubberbands around the lids of the marker then tied string to it.  This way, if the get twisted it doesn’t matter and we don’t have to fight to take one off, just pull the marker out of the cap.  Until I hang something on the other side, I had to hang the picture on the far right of the hangy thingy on the back to keep it straight.

Hope you all enjoyed it!!!  I know there are lots of calendars and such out there, but I like finding ways to NOT have to buy anything!!!

Originally posted 2011-07-20 04:42:00.

Organization Tips

Okay, I know I’ve been slacking.  Been sort of a crazy week.  So, today I wanted to get your input.  I’m trying to get my house better organized.  I was wondering what your no-cost organization tips were!  I will start by posting a link to some nifty household planners.  There are all kinds of great planners all made up: recipes, menus, shopping, numbers, etc.  All you have to do is print and you can help organize your world.  Let me know your favorite tips!!!

And, for your eyes to be entertained, as we all know thinking about organizing our messes brings grunts and groans, This is our Great Dane and our neighbor’s much smaller pup playing:

SOMEONE has to walk her, why not the little one!  LOL.  I can’t tell you how hard I laughed when our dane lifted her up because she wouldn’t let go of the leash!

Note: No animals were harmed in this playtime!

Our dane has no clue she is so big!  LOL

Looks like she is hugging her!  LOL.  She was jumping over!

Originally posted 2011-02-19 17:06:00.