Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Organizing with Bankers Box

It is another year of new year's resolution, and every year I make the same goal.  Be organized!  I believe that the first step to a stress-free life is putting things in order and that starts with the smallest details in the home.

Last year, I got rid of all the things that have piled up in the closets and storage bins that we were not using anymore.  This made it easier for me this year to arrange everything inside the closets and cabinets and shelves to look nice and organized.

My first project was the linen closet in the hallway.  No matter how I fold them neatly, the different colors and shapes of the bed sheets, comforters and pillowcases, make this cabinet look cluttered.  I thought of storing them in transparent bins, but I could still see the different colors through it.  I knew there could be a better way to organize this.

I thought of buying the fabric covered storage bins but they are quite expensive.  After some research in Pinterest and Google, I found a solution!  All it took was a bankers box, spray glue and some fabric, and my linen closet now looks a thousand times better!

Here's what I did:

I bought a set of Bankers boxes in Walmart.  They cost $16 for ten pieces sized 12W x 10H x 15L inches.  It is sturdy enough to hold the sheets and a good size for the closet shelves.  Then I chose a fabric that would look good in the closet, and that was on sale at $4.00 per yard.  And a good spray glue.

I cut the fabric to the size of the box, leaving about 1-2 inches to fold inside and under the box.  I sprayed the box with the spray glue making sure that I have a mat to protect the flooring.

I made six of them!  I left it for about a day to let it dry.  For now I printed labels, but maybe later I will change them to the adhesive or bookplate ones.

So now, everytime I open my linen closet, I do not see the clutter!  The best part is that I do not have to align the sheets everytime I pull out something underneath because they are all hidden in those boxes.  When it is time to change sheets, I just drag the specific box to the bedroom and put it back in place.

Monday, January 6, 2014

First Harvest

After one year of waiting, our little honey mandarin oranges are now ready to be picked! There are only three of them really but it makes me happy that we can actually pick fruit in our backyard!


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