printables

To keep your homemaking run smooth, there are many different things out there on the world wide web to help you out.  Some of us are less capable of designing cool things to help us organize our life, but some people in this world are wonderful at it.  Today, I will in include links to cool printables that I’ve found online.  Please look through these and see if you can make them work for you in your life.  I think to myself sometimes “I would never need/use this!” but you never know what might change your life and the way that you run your home!

Found any other great printables?  Let me know!!  I’d love to hear what you all have found.  The internet is full of this stuff, and it can be so helpful when trying to organize your life.  I want to hear how you are all organizing your life, because we can all share and help each other.  Comment away help us all out 🙂

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have to keep my life as organized as possible, because it is the only thing that keeps me sane.  As I continue this journey of life, the more organized I can start out, the better off I’ll be in the long run when life gets even crazier than right now (husband, kids, etc).

-Meghan

organize tea in jars

I’m a huge fan of tea.  I don’t mind the normal cheap kind, but sometimes it’s nice to have a cup of good tea.  A little while ago a new tea store opened up in Lincoln called Teavana.  It’s kind of expensive, but for my birthday (awhile ago) I decided to buy myself some tea.  At the time, I’d been sick for a couple of weeks and a good cup of tea was all I wanted.  So I bought a little bit of three different kinds.  They give them to you in paper sacks, and you’re supposed to put them in these metal containers for storage.  Problem; I didn’t have any and wasn’t about to spend more money for them.  So I keep the tea, each in it’s little baggy, in a tupperware container.  This isn’t ideal, and it took up a ton of space in my cupboard, but it worked for awhile.  However I found this idea on Pinterest!  I bought mason jars (8oz) at walmart, and put my tea in those.  Eventually, I plan on painting the top of each jar with chalk paint, and using chalk to write the name. For the time being (because I don’t have chalk paint or time) I just used a sharpie to write the name of the tea.

These are Peach Momotaro, Blueberry Bliss, and Moroccan Mint.

I’ve been wanting to do this project for awhile, and I’m so glad that I finally did it!  It saves a ton of space in my cupboard, and is much better for the tea.  It took very little time to do, but not only does it save space, but it looks nice.  The rich colors, and textures are kind of fun, and would be easy to display as well as use.  At this point, with my current living situation, this isn’t an option, but someday maybe.

-Meghan

diy headband holder

Headbands are one of those things that aren’t easily stored.  I have a few that really can’t be laid down flat either, which makes it even more difficult.  So I decided to make this nifty headband holder!  First, you start with an oatmeal container.  You can either cover it with paper, or you can paint it.  In retrospect, it would have probably been easier/better to use the paper because it would less likely get scratched or chipped, and I wouldn’t have to wait for the paint to dry.I decided to paint it with basic black acrylic paint.  Because it is a bit glossy it took two coats of paint.  Be careful when you’re painting not to get paint on the upper ridge of the container (like I did, you can see it on the left side the image below) because then when you use the lid later it will peel off.

After it was completely dry, I took a candle holder (that I bought at the dollar store) and hot-glued it to the bottom of the container.  After it dries, your done!!

Now you can place your headbands around the container, and the rest of your hair stuff inside!  It gives you tons of storage and just sits nicely on your counter.

This project was so cheap and easy.  If you buy oatmeal to eat (which you should because it’s wonderful and really good for you) then the container is free, and I got the candle stick holder for $1!  A great way to organize your headbands for seriously only $1; that’s something totally doable for anyone, even on a low budget.

-Meghan

 

diy scarf hanger

We all have scarves, and many of us don’t know what to do with them.  I saw this on a blog awhile ago (I don’t remember which one), but changed it up a little bit for myself.  This is a super easy and inexpensive DIY project you can do to store and organize your scarves.  First, you start out with a hanger, and shower rings.  You can also use key-rings if you’d rather; it gives you more spots, but they are smaller, so it’s really up to you.

Next you will take each one of the rings, and hot glue them to the hanger.  I started in the center and worked my way out so that I knew it would be even.  This isn’t permanent, but it will hold them in place so you can wrap the ribbon.

After the glue dries, you can begin to wrap it with ribbon.  Glue one end of the ribbon on one end of the hanger, and then wrap in and around the rings all the way to the other end.  I would reccomend also wrapping the rings together, and not just to the hanger.  Make sure that you keep the ribbon tight while you wrap.  When you get to the end, glue it to the hanger, and cut off the extra.

Now you can add your scarves.  I would suggest starting on the outside, and working your way in, so the hanger keeps balanced.  I only made one, but I plan on making more and hanging them next to each other in my closet.  It works so easily and keeps everything so organized!!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Meghan

home binder; everything in one place

So my fiance’s cousin bought a house for him and his fiance recently.  She was showed me a binder that the previous owners gave them that had everything she could ever need!!  This binder is a place that you can keep all of your owners manuels, warrentys, and things like that.  EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE!!  When you move into a new house you never dream of having that stuff, so it was wonderful for them.  But I decided that if I start now I’ll have all of the things I need in one place and I can collect them as I get them.  It’s pretty easy to do; just get a binder, some tabs, page protectors, and your done!

I made the cover with word.  I just used a template that word already had, and ended up using the photo that they had because I liked it, even though it may not be perfect.  It’s simple, but it works.  Eventually I’d love to have a photo of our house (once we buy one) with us 🙂

My tabs are Appliances, Furniture, Electronics, Permanent Fixtures, and Other.  Since I am using sheet protectors, the tabs would not come out farther than the protectors.  I learned a trick from my mom; you can cut a little slit in a protector, and slip the page with the tab inside.  It seriously works like a charm!!  It’s hard to see in the photo, but all of the tab pages are in protectors.

-Meghan

 

it’s time to plan a WEDDING!!

I’m engaged!!  We’ve been together for almost six and a half years, and I’ve known that I would marry him for most of that time.  I’ve been waiting to start planning forever, and so the day after he proposed, I was ready to start working on my wedding binder!!  I purchased one of those fancy binders from a bookstore years ago (with a gift card and sale it was free), but it was full of images and info that I don’t need on a regular basis.  I decided that I’d leave all of that wonderful info in that binder, and take out all of the checklists, and pages that I could fill out and make another binder.  This one, I could take to meeting with vendors, the bridal salon, and just keep everything organized.

The original book I bought.

The most heavy duty binder I could buy.

So after I had my binders I ripped out all of the pages I wanted in the new binder, cut off the fringe edge, and then put them in page protectors.

I then separated those and the images that I’ve cut out of magazines into different sections.  I ended up having 15 tabs that I thought covered all of the basics and they were:

  • to do lists
  • budget
  • attire
  • stationary
  • ceremony
  • music
  • flowers/decorations
  • food
  • photography
  • videography
  • transportation
  • bridal party
  • guests
  • gifts
  • other

I’m still in the process of making the cover.  Since it is such a large binder it has a 12×12 cover that I want to design using scrapbooking stuff.  I’m going to be using this for the next year and a half, and it’s going to be my bible, so I want it to be super cute 🙂  When I make the cover I will post a photo.  You could make this on word if you wanted, especially if your binder cover is 8.5×11.

I seriously can’t wait to start using my new binder to plan my wedding.  And look forward to more info about my wedding planning, tips here and there, because I figure that this goes along with homemaking really well since getting married is, really, making a home.

-Meghan