{dresser organization}

{dresser organization}

I don’t know about you, but if you were to open my dresser drawers this is what you’d typically find…

and this…

and this…

It’s a disaster!  Hubby and I share a dresser in our bedroom; we both have three drawers each for clothes.  Since he doesn’t like me to even do his laundry (a blessing, I know), I just stuck to my side of the dresser for my reorganization efforts.  I have a drawer for t-shirts, a drawer for pajamas, and a drawer for lounge pants and shorts (think black yoga pants and comfy cotton shorts).

A few times a year I’m really good at taking everything out and putting it all back in neatly.  I used to just fold and pile on top of everything, until I thought about it for awhile.  When I travel and pack a suitcase, I typically roll my clothes.  Not only can you can fit more in a small space, you can see everything fairly easily.  I decided to try this with my drawers.

To get started I took everything out.  Look at all these t-shirts!

Yikes!  That’s a lot of clothes!  Look at the transformation after doing some rolling.

It’s  so much easier to see what I’m working with.  It will also help to eliminate weird creases in my clothes from awkward folds.  After about 20 minutes of standing around rolling my clothes, and listening to the Katy Perry Pandora channel, I had this…

I don’t think the pictures quite do it enough justice.  Let me tell you, switching from folding to rolling has made a world of difference.  I can see what clothes are available, no longer having to dig through the drawers to find something at the bottom, and there seems to be a lot more space as well.  I could see this working well for kids drawers too!

So, if your drawers are driving you nuts, try some rolling…it might help you out!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{spray painted mason jar}

{spray painted mason jar}

I have a super fast craft to share today.  The only thing you really have to wait for is paint to dry…fun stuff!  Since really getting into Pinterest and blogging, I’ve been hoarding collecting any can or jar that I use while cooking.  I even find myself sometimes buying a certain brand because I want the jar for a project afterwards.  Come on, a girl can never have too many empty jars laying around, right?  Before the hubby makes me go clear off my empty can and jar hang out his garage workbench, let me show you my latest creation.

Pretty huh?

You might remember that I also made that calendar frame back in January.  Click here to see how I did that and to get your own free printable of the 2012 calendar I used!

To make your own spray painted mason jar, you’ll need:

  • Spray Paint of your choice (I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Satin Spray Paint in Meringue)- left over from my wreath project)
  • empty mason jar (I used a leftover pasta sauce jar)
  • newspaper to cover the ground (I always keep one or two on hand for spray painting and Windexing windows.  If you’ve never used newspaper to clean a window, you must try it!)
  • flower stems (already had some in a soon-to-be-replaced-by-a-painted-mason-jar-bud-vase)
  • Total Cost= $0!!

To get started I spread the newspaper out on our garage floor (yes, I opened the garage door first).  I started with the jar upside down and applied a light, even coat of the paint.

After each coat I let the paint dry for about 20 minutes, and I’m pretty sure that I put three coats of paint on the jar.  Once the jar was dry, I brought it inside and replaced the bud vase that sat on my kitchen desk with this spring colored mason jar vase instead.  I liked the bud vase just fine, but I think this adds some more color, and color puts me in a spring-y sort of mood!  Here are some before and after shots…

Before

After

Which do you like better?

 

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{beer bottle decor}

{beer bottle decor}

Before I lose you, I’m not talking about displaying all the beer you’ve ever had on top of your kitchen cabinets like so many of my friends did in college.  Although it might have been considered really cool back then, times have changed.  We’ve traded in our beer bottles for baby bottles most days, but occasionally have some time to enjoy a few with good neighbors and friends!  Recently, my brother had some beer that came in bottles that were kind of short and stubby.  I thought they were really cute (he thought I was weird, but obliged my request by drinking a few so I could have some bottles).

I’ve been inspired by quite a few wrapped bottles on Pinterest like this one.

So, to make my own jute twine wrapped bottles, I needed the following supplies…

  • empty bottles (beer, wine, spaghetti sauce, pickles…possibilities are endless)
  • jute twine (purchased at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon-$3.20 for 135 feet)
  • hot glue gun and glue refills (already owned, but when purchased used a 40% off coupon too)
  • a flower stem (had one on hand leftover from my wreath project)

So overall, this project cost me $3.20!  That’s my kind of project!

Basically I started at the bottom of each bottle and tightly wrapped the jute twine around the bottle.  I put a skinny line of hot glue to secure the jute twine down.  I used a mini glue gun on this project (still haven’t found my larger one after our move last summer) and probably used about 4 sticks on each bottle.  That may sound like a lot of glue, but they are small sticks, and I have a huge pack of them, so I didn’t mind.  You could probably just secure the jute twine with a small dot of glue every so often if your glue supply is low.

Pretty soon I had three cute little wrapped bottles.  To add some color to them, I cut a green floral stem that I had leftover from my wreath project and gave them all a new home on our kitchen table.

I’d really like to find or make a super inexpensive table runner to go underneath the bottles.  I need to be careful about the length though; little man is pulling up on everything.  I have images of babies and bottles crashing to the floor.

Oh, and I have a ton of jute twine left over.  All of a sudden I have an urge to wrap everything I own in jute twine.  It may become an addiction!  To brighten up our kitchen I’ve already done this…

and this…

I simply tied a jute twine bow around two cylinder vases and added some bright floral stems (all 50% off at Michael’s).  I used some of our wine cork collection as a vase filler in one of them, and some polished stone in the other.  I had everything but the flowers on hand already, so that little project cost only $4.55!

I love how the bottles turned out, and when my kitchen table doesn’t have baby supplies, coupons, and papers all over it, the table now looks like this…

Have you done any projects lately that cost next to nothing?  Do you have an obsession with wrapping items around your house in jute twine?  I’d love to hear your ideas; please share!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{2 minute project}

While cleaning out my kitchen desk area I have stumbled across a ton of items that I didn’t even realize where in there.  I’ll talk a little more about the kitchen desk re-org another time, but wanted to share a quick little project I did in the middle of it (I needed a de-cluttering break if you know what I mean).  So I made these…

Aren’t they cute!?

The best part?  I had all the materials on hand so this is another $0 project!  I had these cute little felt buttons (no clue why, because I don’t remember buying them, ever), a ton of paperclips, and my trusty glue gun.

To make each clip, I simply put a smaller button behind the top of the paperclip, squeezed on a dab of hot glue, then attached the larger button to the front.  Hold it for a few seconds, and it’s set.  I use paperclips a lot when I’m organizing coupons to use on shopping trips.  I simply clip all the coupons that I know I will definitely use together and put them at the front of my coupon box!  This project took me all of maybe two minutes and cost $0 since I already had all the materials on hand!  What have you recently made that cost $0?  Please share!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{calendar girl}

I used to be a devoted planner owner.  I shamelessly bought packs and packs of new, colorful pens anytime I went to the store.  I was a color-coding, date tracking, write everything down freak of nature.  Since quitting my job as a teacher to become a stay at home mom, I rarely find that I need an actual planner to write things down anymore.  I don’t have meetings to remember, papers to grade, parents to email, or detentions to supervise.  I’ve traded in my paper and pen planner for a smart phone calendar and a small notebook that I keep on me at all times to jot something down if I need to remember it for later.

Recently however, I came across a fun project via Pinterest and Michelle Lea Design.  You can check out her calendar here.  She even has a link for free printables for each month of 2012!

To get started on my version, I gathered all the supplies needed from around my house!  Luckily I had it all on hand and didn’t have to run to the store!

Items Needed

  • 5×7 frame (color of your choice)
  • spray paint (if you don’t like the color of the frame you’ve got)
  • scrapbook paper (a couple 12×12 sheets work the best)
  • glue dots
  • paper cutter
  • colored cardstock to mount your calendar
  • printed calendars (free printable here)

To get started, I began by spray painting my frame from black to an olive green color that goes better with my kitchen decor (the future home of my new calendar).  I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Hosta Leaf.  

While my frame dried outside, and my dogs tried to do their business on it :(, I got busy measuring my scrapbook paper to fit in the 5×7 frame.  I simply traced the glass of the frame onto the back of the scrapbook paper and used my paper cutter to ensure a straight edge.

Once all the scrapbook paper was cut to a 5×7 size, I measured out a 3×5 size for all of the individual calendars, and a 3.2×5.2 size for the cardstock that will become the mount for the calendar.

After everything was cut and my frame had dried, I was ready to assemble!  This was the best and quickest part!  Now you can absolutely have a frame made for each month, but I was trying to maintain my $0 project total and opted to simply change out the backgrounds and reassemble the frame each month.  This is a great way to save money on the project and should only take a few minutes each month!

To make the calendar part pop out a little bit from the frame, Michelle Lea Design suggests using pop dots.  I did not want to have to go to the store (again, wanting to stay at $0 for the cost of the project), so I just folded a piece of cardstock a few times and used a glue dot to adhere it to the glass of the frame.  Then I put another one on the visible part of the fold to attach the calendar piece.  It’s definitely nothing fancy, but it works and helps the calendar pop out a bit.

The last step is to attach your calendar (already mounted on the cardstock of your choosing).  And, finally, the finished project!

As mentioned above, this project cost $0!  Now, I realize that at one time I purchased all the items that I used to create the calendar frame, BUT when I finally got around to using all these materials, I already had them on hand.  Therefore, I’m calling this my $0 project of the week!  I do know that most items when purchased were bought with a 40% off coupon to either Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, so I’m sure that overall it probably didn’t cost more than $15.  By the way, don’t EVER go to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby without a coupon. You can find them in the Sunday paper or online any day of the week.  Michael’s even allows you to simply bring the coupon up on your smart phone and they scan it right from your phone, no printing required!

My calendar’s new home will be the desk area in our kitchen, however, the desk is in huge need of a mini-makeover!  I plan to share more on the makeover next week, so check back then to see my calendar’s new digs!

What do you think you could make for your home for $0 today?  I’d love to hear some new ideas!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.