Decorator's Folder

by Lilybee

Martha has a 'Doh! That's-so-obvious-why-didn't-I think-of-it' idea for keeping track of your decorating stuff. The decorator's folder. What you do is keep swatches of paint, fabric and carpet in a folder. Revolutionary! Martha suggests a small accordion file but you could go crazy and have a file for each room.

Decorator's Folder

Taking the idea and running with it I have added:

  • Window measurements in both metric and imperial (cause my maths is lousy)
  • ...

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Clever Paper Storage Ideas

by DIY Maven

I spotted these inexpensive paper storage ideas over at Scrapbook Etc. A hanging closet organizer gets fitted with 12" x 12" bins that are labeled for quick and easy access.

Clever Paper Storage Ideas


In this application, clothing hangers, with the help of a few Hefty Jumbo 2.5 gallon One Zip plastic bags, becomes a very economical and tidy storage solution. Love 'em!

 

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How To Make a Contemporary Message Center Cabinet.

by Chris Gardner

How To Make a Contemporary Message Center Cabinet.

The key to an organized home is simple: find a place to put everything, and then remember where it is. Message centers allow you to store your mail, bills, lists, keys, and assorted office supplies in one reasonable spot. Here's an attractive DIY option from Sunset magazine, which includes a corkboard door for posting memos and ideas. The instructions are clear and totally approachable for even the most novice DIYsters. Via.

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How to make a jewelry pegboard.

by DIY Maven

created on: 07/28/08

I grew tired of not wearing my jewelry because I couldn’t find it in my jewelry box. A display pegboard seemed like a good alternative to the messy box.

Props you’ll need:

  • a large wooden frame (I used an 16" by 20")
  • a piece of MDF veneer or plywood to fit inside the frame. (I used a piece of 1/4" scrap pre-finished MDF maple veneer leftover from a kitchen remodel we did awhile back. But you could cover a less-than-perfect piece of plywood...

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How to make conversational task clips.

by DIY Maven

Yesterday while surfing, I came across these ‘Importance Task Clips’ at Perpetual Kid (12 for $7.99). I thought they were a clever organizational tool and--better yet--totally diyable!

What you need:

several medium-sized (1 1/4") binder clips
a label-maker OR
an extra-fine-point paint pen (I used an opaque white)

created on: 07/18/08

What you do:

For the label option, you’ll want to experiment with the ‘width’ function on your label maker. I set my P-Touch (model PT-80...

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Ten Steps to Rejuvenate Your Messy Home Office.

by Chris Gardner

If you do any work at home, you've gathered plenty of stuff in your workspace: papers, office supplies, cables, books, etc. Keep these items organized and reduced with these ten tips to keep your home office effecient and less wasteful.

Ten Steps to Rejuvenate Your Messy Home Office.

1. Identify your needs
2. Start with an empty room
3. Go wireless
4. Keep the desk clean
5. Go paperless
6. Use the wall space
7. Get the perfect chair
8. Improve the lighting
9. Go green
10. Keep it fresh !...always!

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A Beginner's Guide To Pantry Organization.

by Chris Gardner

A Beginner's Guide To Pantry Organization.
The Organized Home offers a useful article on keeping your cabinets clean and your groceries stocked and, well, findable. "It's the secret weapon of a well-organized kitchen: a working pantry. A planned reserve of foodstuffs and sundries used in the. home, a pantry saves time, money and stress in the kitchen.

Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery costs. Set aside...

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