Saturday, June 12, 2010

Recycling And Organization All In One

Not long ago I read some great advice on organizing your home. It said not to try to tackle everything at once, but to identify the trouble spots and deal with them one at a time.

I've been putting that advice to work, and my most recent little organization effort turned out great. One of my dresser drawers had become a repository for all of my necklaces, which I kept mostly in travel cases because I had no good way to store them. I couldn't find a jewelry holder I liked that fit my budget. Most of what I found were jewelry trees, which weren't tall enough to hold some of my longer necklaces, and wouldn't hold very many pieces.

So I made my own.

I started with this:

It's an old bulletin board that we no longer use. Nothing fancy about it.

To make my jewlery holder I spray painted the frame with some metallic paint I had left over from some previous project. Then I used spray adhesive to attach some scrap fabric to the cork. I finished the edges with some ribbon I had on hand, so there was no need to hem the fabric. Finally, I pushed cup hooks into the cork to hold all of my necklaces.

And here's the final product:

Pretty nifty, isn't it? It only took about 30 minutes to make. I have decided to add another row of hooks at the bottom of the board and move some of the longer necklaces down. The extra room will also mean I don't have to hang too many pieces on any one hook.

My only cost was the cup hooks. Now I've regained one of my dresser drawers and said goodbye to tangled necklaces!

Another alternative would be to wrap cork squares in fabric instead of using a bulletin board. I think I may make a few of those as part of a calendar organization center that will likely be my next project.

© Trippin' Mama 2010


Suzy said...

Love it!! So creative ... and frugal. :)

Judy said...

what's, potty training and crafts..what are you are trying to be...Martha Stewart

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

Does Martha do potty training? Somehow I don't see her crouched next to the potty saying "Winky down," over and over all day long for weeks on end.