Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY Tray Makeover for $5

Spring has sprung and I have caught spring fever with this perfect little DIY project! 

I really like those fancy trays that are popping up everywhere.  I see them at Target, Kohl's and other major retailers and department stores.  They come in all shapes, sizes and patterns.  My favorite has to be this one from Target.  It's so simple and I'm a sucker for chevron however, I would like it to be more colorful and less pricy.  

My husband and I got this tray from one of our family members a few weeks ago.  It was one of those gift items that come with jams and fancy pastries (but those are all gone now) and I thought this was a great opportunity to finally have the tray of my dreams.  

The tray was in great shape!  It was painted white and you could even see the brushstrokes.  I liked it because it was nice and bright and perfect for what I had in mind.  I already had some turquoise chevron shelf liner so I just measured it, cut and pasted it to the inside of the tray!  Easy peasy!  Here is the after....

Doesn't she look lovely?  I was extremely happy with how this little project turned out and even happier that it only cost me $5, the price of the shelf liner.  I was able to snag it on sale at Marshalls a few years back so I think I hit the jackpot.  And as you know the tray was free.  

It's already getting lots of use housing my work/planning essentials.  I can carry them anywhere in the room without making several trips or having my hands full.  I've even used this to carry my daughter's little socks when doing laundry.  Yeah, I love it that much I'm looking for any excuse to use it. =)

And my daughter loves it too.  She uses it sometimes for her Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony toys.  I'm ok with this because she can sit next to me on the couch to play and I don't have to worry about picking up a fallen toy every 2 minutes.  They all stay nicely inside the tray. 

Tray - Free (gift)
Shelf Liner - $5    
Total Project - $5!

You can also purchase the shelf liner from my Amazon Store here! (Affiliated link

What do you think of this project?  Are you in the spring mood too? 

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-Paper & Fox

Friday, March 13, 2015

I Just Finished the 30 Day Neat & Tidy Challenge, Now What?

Congratulations on finishing up this Organizing challenge!  You have accomplished so much in these past few months and it's time to take a step back and admire everything you have organized!  Take a few pictures and post them to your wall.  Show off those spaces you worked so hard on!  

So, now what? 

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, organizing is never over.  There will be some things you are totally satisfied with and others that you just don't think are working out for you.  My advice is this...

-Organize until you find something that works for you and your family.  If you came up with a system during this challenge, but it's not working out then don't be afraid to change it and try something new.  It might take a few tries, but having something that works for everyone will save lots of time!

-Don't be afraid to tweak even the things that do work for you.  Nothing is ever perfect.  I'm always trying to organize, simplify, beautify and make spaces feel like my very own.  

-Keep up with what you have already done.  So you finally organized that junk drawer, laundry room, desk or bookshelf!  Don't ignore that space and have it end up like before.  Go through all of your spaces once a week or month and get them back to looking like before.  

-Relocate items!  It's a given that things will end up in these spaces that do not belong.  That's ok just as long as you put things back where they belong and don't let them pile up.  

-Make sure everything has a home!  This is what makes cleaning up so difficult, when we have items in a space they do not belong because they do not have their own place to go.  These little homeless items need to move out and find a place of their own.  

I hope these tips help you keep your spaces in tip top shape.   I'd love to hear what you thought about this challenge or any suggestions for making it better.  Please leave your comment below or you can post on the Team Neat & Tidy Facebook group here!  

New to this challenge?  It may be over but it's never too late to start!  Click here to print your checklist!

Happy Organizing! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

30 Day Neat & Tidy Challenge: Day 30 - Choose Your Chore Day

It's day 30 of our 30 Day Neat & Tidy challenge and yes that means it is the last day.  I am so happy with the results of this challenge!  It really pushed me to get things organized that I had been trying to do for a while.  I hope it could also help you!  

Well, as you know by now it is a choose your chore day and we yet again get to choose what to organize today!  It's sort of a little free day!  Since this is just a 30 day challenge, I'm sure I left a few things off the list you were hoping to get organized yourself.  Well, today is your chance to incorporate those tasks! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

30 Day Neat & Tidy Challenge: Day 29 - Bookshelves

Today is Day 29 of the 30 Day Neat & Tidy Challenge.  Yesterday I covered how to organizes books and magazines.  Today I'm going to help you get your bookshelves organized.  Here are all the tips you need to complete this project.