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My Crafting Attic: Stamp Shelf

When we moved to the new house last year I was determined to take the time to actually organize my craft room and either purchase or make what I needed. It’s easy to temporarily organize something but it never works out in the long run and ends up becoming a cluttered mess. 
One of my first projects was organizing my gift wrapping closet. Also on my to-do list was my stamp collection. I have collected quite a few over the years and never really had them organized. Since they were such a pain to get out, I rarely used them. I wasn’t able to really find something I liked in the store. I needed something that wasn’t deep but long enough to hold my entire collection and continue to grow with me. My darling husband he helped me with the project before he deployed. 
All we had to do was a little staining…
A little measuring…
And a little cutting…

Some nail shooting and a little more measuring…

And vuala, a custom and totally amazing stamp shelf!

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Craft Room Upgrades

An organized and well stocked craft room is every crafter’s dream. I have been very fortunate to always have some kind of craft space. In high school  I made space in my closet for all of my supplies. When Rob, Parker and I moved to a single family home in November 2012, I hit the jackpot and got an entire bedroom to organize and craft away in. Parker was 4 month old at the time so getting my craft room organized wasn’t really a priority. We ended up putting the furniture where we could, threw some shelves up on the wall and then shoved things where they fit.

When the holiday season was approaching, I knew I had to at least get my gift wrapping closet in order or I would go nuts. Yeah, I almost can’t believe I get to have one either :). I had so much fun organizing everything and it made holiday gift wrapping a breeze!

Now that we are settled into our house and the holiday’s are long gone, it’s time to give my craft room a lot of TLC. We are currently in Atlantic City, spur of the moment mini-vaca, so while Parker is sleeping I found some time to start putting together an inspirational board of what I am adding to the space.

STUVA Storage Combination | 3 Tier Basket | PROJS Desk Pad | HENRIKSDAL Chair      

Almost everything on this list is from IKEA so I will be making a shopping trip there sometime this week to pick everything up. The set of two wooden boxes are from IKEA a long time ago and from what I can tell, they have been discontinued. I have been using them in another room but plan to use them to store office supplies in my craft room.

Putting this together is getting me so excited and in the mood to organize! I would say that I, “can’t wait” but I am enjoying the time with my family at the moment :). I plan on diving right into this project when we get home though. I’ll be crafting in an updated and organized craft room before I know it.

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Making This Home Ours: Gift Wrapping Closet

One of my favorite organization blogs, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, is co-hosting an awesome month long challenge, New Year’s Organizing Revolution.

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Week three is all about closets and I couldn’t be more excited! Life didn’t give me time to participate in the first two weeks but I made sure to plan ahead this week. There are so many closets I want to work on this year but since we recently just packed up Christmas, my wrapping closet was in desperate need of a touch up. Best part about this project, it was FREE. I didn’t end up spending a penny!

I want to first start off by saying that I am SO grateful that I have space to store a decent supply of wrapping and gift materials. I am a little bit of a collector, going all the way back to my high school part-time days at Toys R Us, and can never resist a good deal. I have kept my stash with me through eight moves, including a cross country move to and from CA. It has grown quite a bit in the last few years as I am also one to refold tissue paper and keep every bag. I now have a generous supply of wedding shower, wedding and baby bags! If I didn’t have the space to store everything, I wouldn’t be able to keep my stash but since I do, it’s a great environmentally friendly and cost effective hobby.

My first project was inspired by another one of my favorite blogs, iHeart Organizing. Jen recently blogged about organizing her greeting cards. It was perfect timing and really inspired me to go the extra mile. I had been keeping this adorable Tiffany’s box from a gift for our wedding. It was too pretty, large and sturdy to just throw away. I decided this would be the perfect box to use. I cut colored scrapbook paper to fit inside as dividers. I also decided instead of just writing out the categories, I would put some of my stamps to use! I ended up making sections for baby, xoxo (aka cards for Rob), congratulations, thank you, wedding, get well soon/thinking of you and holidays. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out.

I have always loved organizing but have now branched out into what I like to call, pretty organizing. Using things I already have to store and organize. I have a collection (surprise, surprise) of baskets that I pick up at thrift stores for MaryKay gift baskets. I decided to use one to store my bows. I always forget that I have them because they were usually stored in a drawer. In keeping with my low budget, I also decided to re-purpose a salsa and pretzel container. Now they display some of my wrapping ribbon and my Scotch Tape Handband Dispensers.

Ah tissue paper… This drawer was in DESPERATE need of some attention. After going through and sorting everything, I can report that my collection still had ripped pieces from Modge Podge projects I did in my college painting classes. Yeah, it was time to weed out some of the old and faded sheets. I cut down huge poster board sheets to make large folders that fit inside the drawer and then divided the tissue paper by color leaving separate categories for patterns, multicolored and holidays.

I am such a collector of bags and boxes it’s sometimes scary! I already had them organized by theme with short and wide bags in front of the taller skinny ones. I wanted to spruce it up a little and make it easier for the hubs to find what he was looking for, if by some odd chance he were to ever go looking. The dividers I used were actually the backings for a cube set we bought at Target. I kept them knowing they would be perfect for a project someday. Guess I was right!

I organized gift boxes by theme and size in a Bed Bath & Beyond reusable shopping bag (top right). It’s the perfect size and durable. Plus, it has such a nice pattern! The larger bags (bottom right) are organized the same as the smaller ones. They are just stored in a large Hallmark bag which is nothing fancy but does the job and fit perfectly in the space I had.

I also pulled out of storage a crate (right hand side) to organize some of the gifts I have collected over the years to use when I am in a pinch. It has saved but butt several times.

I had been keeping my wrapping paper in this box for years. It was the perfect shape and size. While it always sits in the closet, I thought it would be fun to spruce it up a little! I decided to wrap, my wrapping paper box. Get it? Yeah, I know NERD ALERT! It makes me smile every time I look at it. 🙂

Even though we have a Google calendar I am always forgetting special dates. I will remember a day or two before but then life gets in the way and I end of having a, “oh nuts” moment. I found this bulletin board at Hobby Lobby awhile ago and up until now, it’s just been staring blankly on the door screaming, “USE ME!” So, I decided to start using it to record special dates for cards and gifts.

I love collecting tin boxes after the holidays when they are 75%+ off. They are great to use when mailing gifts or when you just don’t have time to wrap a gift. I have quite a collection including several gift card tins that I am just itching to use.

One drawer holds larger ribbon, wrapping tap, gift box accents, balloons, confetti and cello treat bags.

These are my favorite holiday gift box accents at the moment! I got them after Christmas last year at Target.

I decided to keep all of the Christmas cards, labels and paper in one drawer. That super secret envelope contains the special paper that Santa Claus writes on to P. You can read a little more about that here. We make our own Christmas cards every year so I have ended up with quite a stash of generic Christmas cards for a snowy day.

Of course my little P man was playing in his bouncer cheering me on the whole time! Well, until he got hungry and we had to take a break. <3

That’s a wrap for this project. Thanks for tagging along as I organize our home, one project at a time! Did ya get it? 😉

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Reward Cards

One of my goals and focus this year is getting organized. My theory is an organized office, makes for an organized home, which helps created an organized and therefor happy family. I plan on taking on this goal one step at a time over the year.

 I am still trying to perfect my organization when I am out and about with P. Lately, I have found myself feeling like a bag lady. I would put my essentials in the diaper bag to limit the need for my purse but then I am always missing things I need. Most recently, it was my key ring of reward tags. Since another goal is to save money, this was quite annoying.

I was telling Rob about it later that night and he recalled an iPhone app where you could scan your tags and it would store all of them for easy access. While I am still skeptical of technology for certain things, it has proven to me time and time again that it can provide the most organized me. So, I decided to give it a shot. The app is called Key Ring Reward Cards and available with many different providers.

This app is super easy to use and goes beyond organizing my rewards cards. You can look up local fliers for sales and some stores will even give you discounts for using the app. You can also share your upload with someone else. You just click the “share card” button and provide an email address. If the person already has an account, it automatically syncs. If they don’t, they are asked to join.

 Overall, this app is a 10 for me and my key ring as retired itself to a shoe box I keep upstairs, organized of course, with all of our rewards and memberships cards. What is the latest app or tip you have come across to help you be a little more organized this year?

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