File Organization {Using a Cardboard Box}

I love when I create a project that solves a real legitimate problem.  I love pretty eye-candy projects, too.  But I feel so useful when I can create something that solves a problem around the house.  The ideas really flow for me that way.

Yesterday, mr. oopsey daisy needed some help organizing his office.  (Yes, he has an office and I have a craft room.  We are so lucky!!)  Organization is a tricky issue in our house.  I love organization.  And so does mr. oopsey daisy.  But no matter how I try to help his organization, he simply doesn't put things away.  So we are always re-organizing!

Yesterday, I spontaneously created this file organization system using an old cardboard box and a magazine file.  Halfway through the project, I realized I should be taking pictures to share this little solution-to-our-problem with you!

 

THE PROBLEM:  THE CLUTTER

When I told the mister that I would be taking pictures of his clutter, he hurried to organize his papers into neat piles.  Sadly, it is not usually this neat.  He doesn't want to put away his most important papers, so he just leaves them out on top of the desk.  And then those important receipts or notes written on tiny business cards somehow get lost in those piles!  I really wanted his desk surface clean, so we worked on a solution to the organization problem!

 

We needed somewhere to stow away all of those important current papers and action items.  So I started out with this magazine file that we already had around the house.  To prevent those important little papers from getting lost, I knew that we needed to create some dividers.

Next, I raided the ever-growing pile of boxes.  We have no furniture in our entry yet so we have been creating towers of cardboard boxes instead!  So I snagged one of the boxes and used my exacto knife to cut out 5 cardboard dividers.

I had to open up a few boxes, but I found my scrapbook paper in the stash!  What a happy sight. I love scrapbook paper!

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Book Organization

This post was originally published on Brown Paper PackagesCheck out Kierste's fabulous series "A Place For Everything!"

Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. 

Naturally, I collected A LOT of books... Can you believe that thousands of books were just sitting in plastic tubs in our garage?!  They were in desperate need of a little organization!  I was thrilled when I had a sweet friend inspire me with her book organization.  Thanks, Tiff, for this great idea!

This has been a long time coming, but I finally collected ALL of my books, cataloged them, and color coded them so that even Little Man can put them away.

The first step was cataloging every.single.book! I decided to organize the books by author's last name. But I also tagged the books by topics, book series, holidays, etc. so I could easily find books that I want to pull out for a special occasion.

Now I can easily check to see if I have a book before purchasing a duplicate copy!  (I have a bad habit of collecting several copies of the same books!)

Doesn't this rainbow of dot stickers make you happy?! Well, I ordered all different shades of dots to help me color code the books.  (You can see where I ordered these here on Amazon.)

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The Family Fun Sack

This is a re-post of an idea I shared at Brassy Apple...

Eek!  Summer is just around the corner!
Summertime is pretty chaotic at our house.  We always have BIG plans at the beginning of the summer, but it seems to fly by way too fast.  Without a bit of organization, we simply take advantage of those warm summer months.   Here is a fun way for the entire family to get organized for all that summer fun!
Introducing the Family Fun Sack!
My parents started many classic traditions, and this is another project that I owe to their genius.  At the beginning of every summer, we would have a Family Night and my Dad would introduce the Family Fun Sack--a simple brown paper bag that he had decorated in his simple "Daddy" style.
Each family member anonymously wrote down 3-4 "must-do" ideas for family summer fun.  Some ideas might have included:
Going camping,
Going miniature golfing,
Making s'mores,
Playing at a local water park
Attending a baseball game,
Etc., etc.!

As kids, we often drew pictures to accompany our ideas.  After everyone contributed their ideas, my Dad would make a calendar and map out all of our summer fun.  He made sure to include everyone's ideas!  We were so tickled to see one of our ideas on the calendar!
A few nights ago, we began this tradition in my own little family.
Here is how I made the sack:
I started out with a simple gift bag that I already had on hand.

Dress It Up WIth Vinyl {Part 4}

There are very few things I love more than my label-maker.  But for this project, I gave my trusty label-maker a break.  I let vinyl take over for this toy organization project.  I am a huge believer in rotating toys.  When you bring out a toy your child hasn't seen in a while, it seems brand new again!  No need to buy tons of new toys... just rotate them!
Our only problem is that with very limited storage solutions, I've struggled to hide toys away from Little Man.  He's very smart, and just covering them with a blanket wasn't covering it!  Thanks to Mr. Oopsey Daisy, we found a couple of unclaimed storage closets across the hall from our apartment and we quietly moved our stuff in!  (Shhhh... don't tell!) We made one closet into our office with our file storage, printers, etc.  The other closet has become book and toy storage.  Hip hip hooray!
After a visit to the Container Store (I love this store just as much as my label-maker!), we were all set up to organize toys!  I printed my vinyl, and adhered it using contact paper for the perfect smoothness and accuracy.  Isn't the font cute?!  It's called "Smiley Monster."  I already had a helpful reader let me know I mis-spelled "fischer".... and another reason to love vinyl!  I can easily fix my "oopseys" by removing that pesky "c"!
Now I can find Little Man's toys in a snap!  If I feel changing things around, I can easily remove and adhere new vinyl labels.Another easy vinyl solution!
Enjoy your week!

Pantry Door Organizer


In case I haven't mentioned it, we live in 990 square feet.  I don't mean to complain.  Really, I don't.  Soon, very soon, we will have a house, and I will be one happy woman!!  But for now, I have to adapt.  I am constantly looking for efficient ways to organize my small space. 

Welcome to my teeny-tiny pantry:
I don't mean to scare you, but this pantry is teeny!  It is less than 18 inches wide.  Yikes!!  So much to store and simply not enough room!!  I needed serious solutions.  

I started out by making this lovely bag holder to hang on the inside of my pantry.  This could quite possibly be my most useful craft ever.  It's more than just a bag holder.  Because we have no room for a garbage can, we have a garbage bucket, and we use plastic bags as our garbage bags.  I am constantly stuffing this beauty!

For weeks, I had also been dreaming about some way to organize my wax paper, saran wrap, and aluminum foil boxes.  By eliminating them from my shelves, I could have space for more important things--like food, for instance. :)  So here is how I designed my pantry door organizer:




I love the way it turned out!!  I hang it just underneath the bag holder on my skinny pantry door. 

Here are just a couple of notes:
* I made the pockets extra wide to accommodate that boxes' huge width.  I measured all the way around my boxes to get the most accurate pocket width measurements.
* Admittedly, my design isn't perfect.  It tends to lean towards the center a bit.  I'm sure with an even stiffer fabric, it would hang even.  Oh well.
* I am still debating, but I had originally designed to store ziplock bags in the top part.  If you look at some of the early pictures, I have pockets with holes prepared to stuff ziplock bags in.  Maybe I will.  Maybe I won't.

Happy organizing!

Family Home Evening File Organization


I am ashamed to say that for years, my Family Home Evening files have been stuffed aimlessly amongst my other files with barely any rhyme or reason.  Of course as Little Man has been growing up, I have been inspired to up my game!  I am really trying to make my Family Home Evenings more meaningful, so it was finally time to get organized.  

I took on this project like a teacher writing and organizing lesson plans!


I used colorful files because they just make me happy.  They are all alphabetized in this lovely little storage bin!


I decided that, rather than create tons of little stories and lessons, to create an entire "unit" on a topic (yep, here comes the teacher again!).  For example, I searched out all of the cute lessons, stories, and ideas on the topic of Easter.  I included them all in 1 huge, fat lesson plan.  This Easter unit could be used for an entire month's work of Family Home Evening's, so my time is definitely well spent.  This is usually my ongoing project each Sunday.  I'll be honest, I'm only on my third Family Home Evening unit.  But they are turning out fabulous!!  Plus I had lots of help from my fabulous Family Home Evening group!  I have offered some Family Home Evening ideas and downloads you can check out here.

Each lesson plan includes these things:

Also included in the units, I include ideas for older and younger children.  I want to be able to adapt for my kids as they get older, and still be able to stretch it for the wee ones!

In the mean time, I gather fun ideas, talks, games and organize them by topic until I create a unit for that topic.  I have a whole bunch of ideas collected over the years, just waiting to be put to good use!

Of course I had to create something cute to store all of this hard work!!  I just bought a storage bin at Wal-Mart, and mod-podged coordinating scrapbook paper and ribbon on all 4 sides and on the top.

I cut out the words on my trusty cricut.  I worried a bit about this tearing, so I covered the paper with another coat of mod-podge.  Don't you just love mod podge?!  

So now all of my ideas are at my finger tips. My husband just LOVES that he can just pull out a file folder and be ready to go!

Today's Giveaway Winners:

I never heard from one of the Simply Designing bracelet winners.  Sad day!  But happy day for Kim!!  I am so excited that you won!  


And Beetle is the winner of Creation Corner's incredible bib set giveaway.
Congrats, lovely ladies!  Just e-mail me at oopsey (dot) daisy (at) yahoo (dot) com with your e-mail and shipping addresses.  I will pass them along to the giveaway hosts.

My Earth Day Project




In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share a recycling project!!  I am beginning to think that I shouldn't throw anything away.  I tend to hold on to all types of containers until I am absolutely sure I cannot use them!!  This was definitely trash turned into a treasure.
Because I live in a tiny apartment and all of my craft supplies are inside my son's closet, I run into a problem.  I craft during naptime.  Even though I try to plan ahead, I can't tell you how many times I try to sneak into his dark, quiet bedroom and try to avoid waking him up.  Sometimes I end up army crawling along the floor because I have woken him up too many times to count!!  Anyway, I needed a little container for the "crafting 911 essentials"--glue gun, glue stick, measuring tape, sharpie, foam brush, you get the idea.  So I keep this little beauty on my kitchen counter where I do my crafting.
I made my "Crafting 911" container out of my son's last formula container!
I just wrapped the container in burlap, added a fabric strip and wrapped twine over the top.  My favorite part is this lovely burlap flower.
So for now, this little container hides away my most important crafting tools in the "greenest" way possible.
Happy Earth Day!


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Scrap Notebooks


I've had this project in the works for a few days, but finished it today.  I was so excited that I wanted to share!  My husband's "office" is his half of the bedroom... and he has accounts in 5 states.  He is constantly faxing papers, and we have so many cover sheets and confirmation sheets just lying around. Sometimes "stuff" just takes over our counters!  I am always trying to look for better ways to organize ourselves.


We have a lot of scrap papers.  A lot.  I have them all filed in a neat container that says "scrap paper."  But I thought--why not make them into something cute???  I love me a good notebook and I love making lists probably even more.  So this project killed about 3 birds with one stone.  I am one happy camper!

I took all of my scrap papers and cut them into a few different sizes to switch things up a bit.  I punched holes carefully so that all of the little paper squares would line up.

I used ONLY scraps for the entire project.  I love when I can say that!!  I used cardstock scraps for the fronts and backs of each notebook, threaded ribbon all the way through both sides (that took the longest), and then decorated!  I used my flower punch, ribbon, cardstock scraps, some chipboard letters, and a few vinyl scraps.

I thought that my hubby and I both needed our own personalized notebooks....

I am sure my hubby will just love the flower on his.  Hee hee.

And this little notebook I am especially excited for.  This will be my idea notebook... I can be inspired to my heart's delight and write my lists of dream creations, supplies, and thoughts.  Hip hip hooray!


So these notebooks will be replacing our not-so-cute sticky pads and making our counters look a lot more organized!  I think I'll go get started...

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Stories of Spring Cleaning!

Warning:  This post is full of photos of disorganization at its worst.  People suffering from OCD should not continue reading!

** Okay, so maybe it's not THAT bad, but I am a little embarrassed at some of these photos of my worst-of-the-worst spots! **

True Confessions:  We are renting a too-small apartment.  We have one detached garage, but we have to use it for storage, and this is what it looks like!  Yes, it would stress me out a whole lot more if I had to see it more often.  But luckily it stays pretty contained, and when I have to go in there, I try to close my eyes. There is just no avoiding the fact that we have too much STUFF in here including
* Four, yes FOUR, industrial-size printers/copy machines.
* A motorcycle.
* My husband's "office."
* My old first grade classroom, still boxed up, including 6 tubs of just children's BOOKS.
* Oh yeah, and plenty of baby toys and clothes, past and present.

So all day long Saturday, I had a date with this handy dandy gadget:  My label-maker!!  We set to work at least consolidating the mess and labeling everything and putting everything in logical sections rather than the nonsensical MESS it was before!  Mr. Oopsey Daisy is a traveling salesman.  Any given week, his company ships at least 2 packages of supplies to our house.  We store them in the garage, so now they are all neatly labeled.




Funny story:  For some reason, each time my husband travels, he absolutely insists on bringing home all of the free soap that he can.  I don't know how some of these hotels are still in business honestly!!  All of these soaps really tell a story about where he's been and the places he has traveled.  I can only put up with so much hoarding, however.  So now our deal is that once this neatly-labeled container is full, that's it!  (By the way, if there is ever a world shortage of soap, I am more than willing to share!)

We threw away SO MUCH junk, but I also came across these treasures:  Several storage containers from my first grade classroom.  So after the garage was labeled from floor to ceiling, I washed up these little treasures and found good uses for them all over the house:

I considered doing a "before" and "after" shot, but honestly, the before shot is just too embarrassing!!  These storage containers found their way into those icky under-the-sink places, my bathroom closet, and even my craft drawer!  I stayed up way too late, but I slept easy knowing my house was organized.  Hip hip hooray!


But my celebration can only last so long.  This is the mountain of laundry waiting for me today.  My husband and I were betting how high up the wall the pile would climb.

PS I was inspired by reading all last week about the organization that Sisters Stuff has been up to.  Thanks, ladies!

Ribbon Jar

Don't look too closely!  
Please don't judge me.  I only have 995 square feet to work with.  This is what my "craft room" looks like.  I claim half of my son's closet for crafting supplies, as well as the space between shoes and hanging clothes in our master closet (the picnic basket doubles as my current project basket!).
The reason that I post these embarrassing pictures is to emphasize my craving for organization.  In my apartment, if even one thing gets left out, then the whole place looks like a wreck!  I try not to be OCD about it.  But truly, I look for better ways to organize myself.  Here is one of my favorite new discoveries:
The ribbon jar!
(Again don't judge me on the fingerprints on the lid... my son loves to clang it to make noise.  He was doing this just before our photo shoot.)
I got a package of old-fashioned clothes pins and unwound my spools of ribbon.  I tucked the end of the ribbon in the slit and then wound it right up. 
I secured the end with a pin.  So neat and tidy.
I don't have tons of ribbon yet.  But for now, everything fits perfectly into this jar.

P.S. This is my old "treat jar" from when I was a teacher.  So I still get warm fuzzy feelings when I take off the clanging metal lid to reward myself for a craft well done.  
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