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DIY Drawer Organization

October 21st, 2010

As promised, I am back with details on how Mr. vB created these awesome drawer dividers for me!

Thankfully the dresser we are using in the nursery can double as clothing storage and a changing table due to its size.  But what bothered me was that the 2 bottom drawers were just wide open, without any dividers.  I could just imagine digging in the middle of the night for a onesie and coming up with a handful of the wrong size because they had gotten all jumbled together. {yes- that would be a TOTAL nightmare for a person with an A+personality- aka moi} So what did I do to remedy the problemo??  Well I googled DIY Drawer Organizers of course!

I found several options, but this one sounded the closest to what I was looking for.  The one thing we modified though was what we made the dividers out of.  Mr. vB had some left over peg board from our other organization project that he decided to use instead.  We figured it would be more sturdy than the cardboard option in the DIY Instructions- especially with the length of drawer we had to span!

So I drew up a little plan for Mr. vB of the layout that I wanted for the dividers. I figured it would be best to divide the drawer into 4 main sections.  The 2 sections on the left would be sub-divided into 3 more sections, while 1 section on the right would be sub-divided into 2 sections, and the last would be left wide open.  {did any of that make sense?!} That way the different size clothes would each have their own cubby, plus there would be sections for burp cloths, sheets, blankets, etc.

He got busy slicing and dicing with the table saw and before long we had 8 pieces of peg board that were ready to be fit together like a jig saw puzzle.

I think it turned out pretty darn well if I do say so myself!  It did cross my mind to spray paint each section so it would all be a uniform color, but then I scraped that idea.  I’m not that anal. {no comments needed from the peanut gallery} Plus once it is packed with clothes you only see the top section anyways.  These days I need to reserve any extra energy that I may have for the other projects I want to complete before the little dude gets here.

Speaking of the little guy, did I mention that we are 37 weeks along as of yesterday???

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Mr.vB, Nursery, Organization

Who doesn’t like a little organization??

September 1st, 2010

As we continue to prepare for van’s arrival, we’ve definitely had to rethink our storage needs.  Van’s closet once housed the ironing board/iron, the vacuum, the sewing machine, etc.  And since that closet is now filled with cute baby things, we have had to find somewhere else for all that stuff to go.  {For anyone that lives in an old house, you know closets are far and few between.}

Enter my fabulous husband.  I proposed an idea and he implemented it with gusto!

Now I had been debating on going to Ikea to buy some cool storage cabinets, but that required driving about 3 hours round trip, picking up the goods, and then praying that there was no damage or missing pieces once we started to put it together.  So luckily on a recent trip to Lowe’s these cabinets caught my eye.

I came home, did a bit of space planning/measuring, and then took Mr.vB back to get his thoughts.  He loved the idea, so when his Mom and Step-dad were in town this past weekend we took them over to Lowe’s to help with the heavy lifting.  {the tall cabinet alone weighed 115 lbs!  No way this prego was going to attempt to lift that!}

Here are some before photos of my Ladies Lounge/Office that had turned into the “catch-all” room for everything that was displaced.

What a MESS!!!

But look at it now…

It’s still not completely finished, but I’m in organization heaven!!

The tall cabinet is going to hold the ironing board/iron, the vacuum, my small collection of wrapping paper, and a few other things.  The middle cabinet is going to house my sewing machine and sewing supplies.  And the drawers on the far right are going to hold all my present wrapping supplies and other crafty things.  Then on the peg board I want to hang all my ribbon, gift bags, etc.

I’ve already started putting stuff away and it is looking awesome.  Hopefully by the end of this coming weekend it will all be finished.  Stay Tuned!

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Mr.vB, Organization

Things you didn’t know you needed, but want as soon as you see it!

August 23rd, 2009

Have you guys been surfing the web and come across something you didn’t know even existed, but as soon as you saw it you needed it?  This just happened to me.

I thought all my earrings and necklaces were quite content sitting on a shelf in my closest.  Once I got a look at these cute jewelry stands I was having second thoughts…

How cute is this?  A Spinning Bird Jewelry Stand $32.00

jewlery standor…

jewlery 2Yes Frills Wall Jewelry Holder $24

My jewelry and I might have to have a serious conversation about relocation.

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Mrs.vB, Organization, Uncategorized

The Container Store- a little slice of organized heaven.

April 4th, 2009

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Have you guys ever been to a Container Store before?  If you love to organize things, you would LOVE this place!! The closest one to me is located outside of Washington DC, so obviously I don’t get up there as often as I would like. (Luckily they are also online.)

I did however make a stop there today!  Every time I go in there I feel like a kid in a candy store.  I don’t know what it is, but the thought of all those boxes, and files, and containers just makes me happy.  Anyways, back to my visit today.  Per normal, the minute I walked in the door of the store, whatever mental list of things I wanted to pick up totally escaped me.  Instead, I walked up and down every aisle drooling looking at everything.

Here are two of my top picks from today..

1. Flip and Tumble 24-7 Bag

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This goes along great with my earlier post about reduce reuse recycle.  I have plenty of larger bags to accommodate groceries, but nothing small to stash in my purse for those quick dashes into Target or Marshalls.  This bag is great because it folds neatly into this little ball that can go into your purse.  It then unfolds to a bag that has a padded shoulder strap and can hold up to 25 lbs!!

It also comes in 4 great colors.  I went with the chocolate/blue combo but might have to get the lime green/turquoise combo on my next visit!!

2. Rectangular Crunch Can by Umbra

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I thought this was a great idea for a laundry basket. It beats the standard basket by being able to fold flat when not in use.

I think it could also be put to use when traveling, camping, etc.  A great overall bag that will hold a lot, but not take up a lot of space.

crunch-flat

It’s a good thing for my wallet/budget that this store is so far away.  I could have walked out of that place with cart loads of organizational tools, but i refrained. Be very proud Mr. vB. Until the next time Container Store.. xoxo.

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Go Green!, Organization