I’ve been über into the whimsy maxi skirt personal decor lately, as well as drapey sweaters and headbands. Here are some outfits I’ve put together and documented for my own sake. I tend to have a hard time getting it on camera but here are some I managed to get. I also snuck in a good second-day natural curls up do for ya!! Forgive the apparent similarities between outfits… I’m obviously obsessed right now!
My last post was a little wordy, so this will be brief. I have been loving these red jeans since I got them a couple months ago, and have really enjoyed making all sorts of different outfits out of it. This one is one I did as the weather started to warm up and resemble spring a little more.
Striped scarf- “Rainbow” years ago
Blouse- Rue 21
Jeans- Rue 21
Jewelry- almost always Body Central or Rue 21
Tank top underneath- Ross
Go find some fun colored skinny jeans and see how many ways you can dress them up!!
With this last pregnancy, I felt like I nested in phases. First it showed up in lots of creative cooking (which my husband was thankful for!), and then it showed up in totally revamping and organizing much of our cluttered areas of our home (which he was also thankful for until I asked him for the check card to pick up organization supplies at the store. Hee hee…). The last phase was the normal cleaning and cleaning, but this blog is dedicated to the creative ideas I got for organizing on a budget. I’ll post some photos for you with brief descriptions and if you get inspired, well, yeehaw!! Oh, and the pre-photos are pretty bad, so, um, don’t judge! 🙂 (I have to apologize for my less-than-exceptional pictures. It’s taken me so long to get these posted, I forgot I still needed to edit photos. 😉 )
Project #1: Purses!!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!………………..
The AFTER photo:
PROJECT #2: JEWELRY!!
The next “thorn in my side” was that my jewelry was EvErYwHeRe!! I had some necklaces hanging on scotch brand plastic hooks on the wall in my closet, had earrings in a multi-drawer organizer, and bracelets and rings everywhere! So I needed a neat way to have them all organized and in one place. Below is what I did. I’ll show you the before and after, and if you want to see HOW I did the board, leave a comment and I’ll make a tutorial for it. But I will say, if I were to do it again I would make it much simpler. At least its pretty! So here are my before and after photos:
What I did was took a Bulletin board, covered it with cheap fabric, painted a stenciled design on it, trimmed the edges with black ribbon, painted thumb tacks for hooks, and hung earrings, necklaces, rings and will hang bracelets from it. The whole project probably cost me around $20, but it could have been done for cheaper. If I were to do it again, I’d keep it simpler and skip the fabric and ribbon steps (as those were quite time consuming and not quite necessary. Instead, I would spray paint the entire thing one dark color, stencil on a design if desired, and use thumb tacks again. I’m just not sure how painting directly on a bulletin board would last, so if you know, let me know if that’s a good idea or a bad one. 😉 So, with all that said,
Here is the AFTER PHOTO…
So now all my jewelry is in one place and I’ve been able to actually use more of it since I’m aware of what I actually have! (HEllo!!)
This was a great learning project and is definitely helpful and useful.
I think the Bulletin board cost me around $8,the tacks were a couple bucks, paint and stencils were under $5, Fabric was clearanced at Jo-Ann’s for $2 or so, and the ribbon trimming was $2 or so. Overall I think this thing cost under $20, but you could totally do it cheaper if you didn’t add all the “frills”. Ok, onto the next project…
PROJECT #3: MY office Closet! (Brace yourself…)
Ok, so this project was my longest process and biggest transformation. Before I organized it, I think my blood pressure went up every time I looked at it!! Who KNOWS what I pulled out of there when cleaning… it took days. Well, plus I was tired and pregnant and moved slower, so a normal person wouldn’t have taken so long. Anyways, I am LOVING this little closet now that I cleaned it out… You’d have to see it to understand, so here you go…
I got all inspired and did a little at a time.
First I went through all my videos (especially VHS) and got rid of a huge box. I wanted to get rid of ALL my VHS but had to keep some special ones.
With the DVD’s, I ordered two sets of DVD albums (on www.abcdistributing.com) to hold our DVD’s and got rid of all but 5 cases. I kept 5 slim cases for if we lent out any movies. The rest got thrown away! (Although now I’m sure there are some great uses for those, but whatever… too late.)
All the kid’s DVD’s, however, hung on to their cases so the kids could just grab one movie at a time and not destroy them all at the same time. 🙂 I purchased a clear-sided shoe hanger from Walmart (?) and hung it in the gap of space that remained at the end of the book shelf and hung it from the clothes bar. Perfect!! The kids can get to their movies, the more special ones I store toward the top so they can’t reach them, but it worked out great and was WAY cheaper than getting an actual DVD rack. (I think I paid about $9 at home depot- although its cheaper at walmart- as compared to $35 for a media rack.)
Magazines I wanted to keep went in Magazine files that I also ordered off abcdistributing.com.
Then I just went through all the books and memory boxes and all that jazz and just plain chunked what needed to be chunked, moved to other bookshelves what needed to be moved, moved baby stuff to bedrooms, etc. Basically I was not afraid to THROW AWAY stuff!!
Hanging shoe organizer: $9 at Home Depot, may be cheaper at Walmart. Get the clear sided kind!
Hanging door organizer: $2.50 at Target in the “Dollar Spot” section.
Some other small organizers in the closet were also found in the Target Dollar Spot section.
Magazine files and DVD albums were ordered at http://www.abcdistributing.com for around $4 or $5 a piece. The Magazine files came as a set.
So there you have it! Three finished projects that brought a lot more convenience, order, and peace to my life. I hope this was helpful, or at least entertaining how messy a house can get! ha! I love order, so I’m glad we’ve managed to get some more. 🙂 Have a good weekend!!