Monday, January 17, 2011

It's no where near spring but......

I feel as though I've been spring cleaning lately.  Last week, I finally took the plunge into the guestroom/scraproom/laundry-station/everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-room.  It's been a disaster for a while.  I can't really remember how it started.  I haven't done much creating this year for myself or our home.  I did lots of showers (baby and bridal) and a wedding and lots of gifts, but nothing just for me and for FUN.  I think I just got so tired of making things (I procrastinate so I'm usually in a time crunch) that the room became just a dumping ground of sorts.  Thankfully, we've had no sleep over guests who needed the room.

Anyway, I just got tired of it.

So, last week I started really cleaning out and up and all that jazz.  We were pretty much shut down for several days due to an ice storm.  What better time than then to jump in and get going?  I found several projects that I had started and failed to finish, several I had gathered supplies for and failed to start, and some things I must have just given up on!!

Here's the start of one project:

This cereal is seriously delicious but sadly, no longer on my current diet plan.  I ate it for a while - I saved the boxes.  The weren't your typical cereal box - they were harder cardboard - similar to what baby formula comes in and had cute lids, too.  I thought they would be the perfect size containers to hold sheets of stickers - letter stickers, to be more specific.  I covered four of them in just plain craft paper, added a patterned paper trim to the top and filled them up!!  I then covered another container, made out of the same material, the same way.  They all coordinate so nicely.  I opened a Crystal Light container today and those folks must have caught on to the fact that craft girls like to cover their containers with paper because the plastic wrapper just slides right off.  No scrapping of labels or anything.

I also had a few boxes laying around that I had for shipping.  I cut one in half and made two magazine holders.  I covered them in the same manner as the cereal boxes and now have a complete set.  The bad news is I used all my patterned paper, so no more matching containers.  I'll have to come up with something else!!

Here's a look at the sticker holders and a pencil cup:

 and here are the magazine holders - not perfect, but free:
 a close up, just because:
Now here's the rest of my organization - none of this worked before in the set up I had. Now, I love it!!

In the closet - these drawers have things organized by colors, haven't labeled yet, but I will (remember I'm a procrastinator):
 These are almost all full of punches - one basket is sewing supplies, one is scissors, one is adhesive - the rest: punches!!
 Fabric, tissue paper and vinyl:
 I have two of these and they were full of mismatched chipboard, plastic, etc - letters.  I never dug through them, so I dumped them in the trash.  Drastic? Maybe.  Necessary? Absolutely!!  I need something specific to put in the other.
 This is what happens when your supplies are organized:
You can be creative again!!

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Rhonda said...

Your container turned out adorable! Popping over from the CSI Project :)

gimmegodiva said...

Wow! Looks great! Now come help me ...... :)

Tiffany said...

Over from the CSI project! Everything turned out FABULOUS! Great JOB! I'm a HUGE fan of re-purposing items! LOVE IT!

Have a SUPER day!♥
Tiffany @ Easie Peasie

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Those containers turned out so pretty!! Love upcycling!! :)

{northern cottage} said...

YES! the chocolate granola one was FABULOUS! and I kept the box for a bit with plans to cover but alas in my recent purging I let it go...your covers are gorgeous!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Clever repurposing ideas, you make the containers look so chic. Please consider linking up to my blog bash, K.I.S.S.=Keep It Simple Sunday, the link is open til Tues. evening. Happy to be your latest and greatest follower.

Jeana said...

What a pretty storage solution.

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Thanks for linking up at my blog bash K.I.S.S=Keep It Simple Sunday, I appreciate your creativity.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I've wanted to buy that cereal before just because the boxes were so cool! You did a great job reusing them!

Patty said...

You just inspired me to spruce up my Crystal light containers!
They look cute.
Visiting from the CSI project.


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