My favorite organizers from the Dollar Tree and How I organized my food storage containers

I mentioned before that I often rearrange things my kids put away because they aren’t in the right place or aren’t to my neatness standards! Ha! When will I learn to let go? Anyway…in an effort to get them to put the containers away properly after unloading the dishwasher (which is a daily chore for them) I used a variety of bins from the dollar store to create a container organizing system in the kitchen cabinets!

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Kid friendly Closet Organization


This week I wanted to share another organizing project, and it’s of my daughters’ closet. We have two girls, and they share a bedroom. Which means double the clutter of a child’s bedroom. I’d had an idea of how to improve the closet in my mind. But, since this past summer was a struggle getting them to keep the bedroom tidy, I decided to sit with them and get their input on how to stay organized.

Together the girls and I decided that, for things to get put back in their designated place, we needed to add labels. Ok, easy enough. But, first some rearranging and additional storage was essential. And now they have no excuses, at least when it comes to the closet.


This is what it looked like before...




First I needed to remove the door...

Behind the door were a couple of storage bins that were storing outgrown and out of season clothes. 


I added curtains, with the curtain rod on the inside of the closet.

-These curtains are from Ikea. This set of 2 panels was only $9.99.

Next I added the cube storage organizer...

This organizer is also from Ikea. I got it for $30 during an Ikea family special. In the baskets (from Walmart) the girls will keep undergarments because their dresser is bursting at the seams.

-I added a smaller storage bin (which I had) on top of the cube organizer to keep outgrown clothes. This will be emptied and added to our donation bin in the basement.

On the top shelf are board games.

And these baskets hold rarely used items

The baskets are easily accessed by the girls with a step stool.


 I decided to add command hooks on each side wall (for coats).

Since we don't have a coat closet this will decrease bulk on the closet rod.


I even labeled the shoe rack...



There you have it. A little repurposing, rearranging, and added storage goes a long way to help out a small space. This closet is definitely kid friendly and was easy on the budget. I spent around $50 total including the cube storage baskets. I would love to know how you get your kids to keep tidy!

Thanks and God Bless!
Living Simply,
Mindy✿

Small Bathroom Organizing


I know I’m not the only one in the world with a small bathroom. But, you know what comes with a small bathroom? A small vanity! Which means a small space for storage. But, don’t be discouraged, you can make the most of the space you have by getting creative with organization.

As part of our recent home renovation, we had our first-floor half bath upgraded to a full (by adding a shower). Now, that doesn’t mean we gained more space for a larger vanity. But, it’s still an upgrade nonetheless. And not having to share a bathroom with the kids makes it all worth it. So, today I’m sharing how I set up the vanity to maximize storage and keeps things neat and organized.




Since I started with a blank slate, this project was easier to tackle.

I started with the drawers, and simply added bins from the Dollar Tree.

-This is the top drawer with the daily essentials…


-The middle drawer holds hair accessories and combs/brushes.

-And lastly, the lesser used items and unmentionables.


Next, I took advantage of the vertical space under the sink by using stackable bins I had initially gotten to use in the pantry. They were 2.99 for the pack of 3.


-I’m storing all my hair creams, conditioners, etc. in the bins. If you’re a curly haired person you know these are essential!



I also added acrylic organizers to store my nail polish, after realizing I wasn’t putting them to use when I had them stored in a covered container.




To finish it off, I added this magazine holder (which was collecting dust in the basement) to the door because I just love this life hack!


-It's attached to the door with the wired command hooks.


I hope you’re able to use to some of these ideas in your own space!  This cost around $13 including the command hooks. I'd love to know if you would do anything differently. Thanks, and God bless!
Living Simply
Mindy✿


Easy Kitchen Drawer Organization

Do you want to know the secret to organizing kitchen drawers? Wait for it…this is mind-blowing! The secret to organized kitchen drawers is…there isn’t one. I don’t mean to be dramatic, but I’m here to tell you that organizing isn’t about having the prettiest, most expensive dividers or fancy contraptions. And you don’t have to get sucked in to the vortex of glamour shots that is Pinterest.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about using Pinterest to spark ideas and keep my mind working to get more creative. But, when it comes to your home you have to live in it. And what works for someone else will not necessarily work for you.

So, let me show you a very easy and inexpensive kitchen drawer update that literally took about a ½ hour and made a noticeable difference in functionality.

Here is what each drawer looked like before.

Part of my wanting to revamp these drawers was the fact that the kitchen was not part of the renovations we made to our home. The cabinets are probably original to the year our home was built in 1925. No joke! But, I have to live with them in the meantime.

And here is the after. I decided to categorize items by amount of use.

What a difference purging and decluttering can make! How about that towel folding! And for about $6 worth of dollar store baskets this is a much more efficient use of the space. Now I know exactly what I have in each drawer without having to move anything around.

If you liked this, you may like these budget friendly pins I found!

DIY Cereal Box Drawer Organizer by

The StonyBrook House

Pegboard Drawer Storage

by

From House to Home

And this Baking Utensil Organizer (using paint sticks) by

Dreaming In Color

What areas in your home are you organizing? Thanks again for stopping by, and God bless!

Living Simply,

Mindy

DIY Laundry Room Organization - Part 3


Today I’m sharing the third and final part of my Laundry Room Organization series. This has been one long process, but I’ve learned some things along the way. I’ve always tried to live by the words “less is more” (or at least I thought I did) and I’m realizing I could live with less. Getting everything checked off on my to do list isn’t necessarily more important than figuring out what things can be removed from my life.

Do you ever feel like your email inbox is a death trap? There’s that never-ending cycle of promotional emails you get just because you had to subscribe to get one coupon. Then you have the social media notifications that won’t go away no matter how many settings you change. When it takes a week to clear out your email inbox it’s a problem. Ok, end rant. I say all that to say my Laundry Room Organization project has been one of those clutter solving projects that reiterates the less is more mentality and I’m striving to keep it simple.

This week I used scrap pieces of MDF, from my DIY folding station, to add to the existing shelving. I also decided to create a curtain to have the option of the shelves being hidden from view.




Project goals:

1.       Add to shelving

2.       Create enclosure for shelving

Supply list: hand saw, right angle braces (12), screws, drill, level, white sheet, pompom trim, fabric glue, hot glue

Step 1: Cut MDF boards to size and created a one shelf unit by attaching angle braces with screws.


Step 2: Attached shelf unit to existing shelving. I decided not to paint at this point, maybe I’ll change my mind later.


Step 3: Created a curtain from an old flat bed sheet by cutting to size and attaching an adhesive pompom trim. I doubled the sheet and secured with fabric glue and hot glue (for faster setting).


Step 4: I hung the curtain with the cheapest rod I could find (this one is only 1.79 from Ikea), and curtain rings with clips from Amazon.


To recap, here is all three parts in the series.


The total cost  for all three parts of this project was less than $60!

Once again, thanks for stopping by. I hope this inspired you to simplify your life. Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Also stop by my Instagram page @simplymindy3 where I’ll be posting frugal finds, upcycle ideas, post previews, and just simple things that make me smile. Thanks, and God Bless.

Living Simply,

Mindy✿