Colorful Laundry Solution

For years I managed with a single laundry hamper for the entire family.  However, now that our family is larger our hamper appears to be throwing up the laundry instead of containing it after only two days worth of clothes.  Since I was in the market for additional receptacles, I decided to make sorting a game for the entire family. Colorful Laundry Solution four baskets

Colorful Laundry Solution problem

THE PROBLEM………

Colorful Laundry Solution close up

…….THE SOLUTION!!!

Using labels made on the computer and a variety of paint swatches from Lowes, I was able to make laundry hampers that provided additional space for dirty clothes as well as a fool-proof way to ensure even the littlest family member can sort the items.I don’t know if this will make laundry more fun for you, but it may make it a little easier and that’s fun!!

Magnetic Chalkboard Message Center

I have an old house, which I love.  But that also means I have an old kitchen.  The beauty of an old kitchen is that you can pretty much do anything to it and you have improved the looks of it!  With four kiddos bringing home art, invitations, schedules, etc., we needed to revamp our message center.  I realized that I had some prime real estate on the cabinet around my refrigerator.  With a little paint and elbow grease, I was able to transform the cabinet into useable space.Magnetic Chalkboard message center suppliesMaterials:

  • magnetic paint
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam rollers and/or brushes
  • painter’s tape
  • sand paperMagnetic Message Center before

Directions:

I scuffed up the surface of the cabinet with some sandpaper to help the paint adhere.  Per the directions on the can of magnetic paint, I used a sponge roller to roll on the paint in a thin layer.  I let it dry and repeated 2 more times.  Then I used a roller to roll on the chalkboard paint.

Lesson learned:

Get the magnetic paint shaken at the store.  Even after many coats of paint, this message center is only mildly magnetic because the little metal flecks in the paint weren’t thoroughly mixed throughout the whole can.  It wasn’t exactly as I had envisioned, but was still an improvement.Magnetic Message Center Finished

Why we Love “Thirty-One”

We are delighted to bring you this post featuring our latest advertising client, Lisa Barrett. We have enjoyed staying organized (and looking good doing so) with Lisa’s products from Thirty One.  Check out just a few of the ways we have used her stylish and expertly crafted bags to maintain a little order at home and on the go.  One of our favorite things about Thirty One is the fact that for only $7 per item, you can have it personalized with virtually anything you would like.

Thirty One offers fabulous specials each month.  In the month of June if you spend $35 you get the Large Utility Tote for $10!!  If you don’t have this bag, you need it.  Check out the complete line of products on Lisa’s website and be sure to tell her that you saw her products here at Where Do We Find the Time!

Organizing Utility Tote – Whether we are heading to the soccer field or the mall, this is our go-to bag.  The deep outside pockets with room for four baby bottles, sippy cups, or other beverages makes this bag perfect for taking little ones on the go.  It can act as a diaper bag for your infant or a dance bag for your little ballerina.  Not to mention the multitude of non kid-related uses including toting cleaning supplies, carrying your precious digital camera and all of its lenses, or hanging on the back of the bathroom door filled with your family’s toiletries.

All this stuff…

…fits in this bag…

…with room to spare.

Large Utility Tote-This bag can be anything you want it to be.  In the summer it is great when you are heading to the pool or a cook-out.  Lots of people use this bag in the back of the cars for containing groceries.  Load it up with all those teacher gifts when you are headed to school.  The Large Utility Tote is a staple in each of our families when we travel.  The uses for this bag are endless.  Once you buy one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

On the go with four beach towels, sunscreen, chips, dip, and a 9×13 dessert.  Much easier to carry, and with room to spare.

The geniuses at Thirty-One Gifts now offer Top-a-Tote.

Littles Carry-All Caddy and Square Utility Tote-With four kids each, it won’t shock you that our vans can get out of control.  We used the Square Utility Tote on the passenger’s seat to corral books, wipes, and lotion among other things.  Adding the Littles Carry-All Caddy inside the Square Utility Tote helps keep smaller items from getting lost.  FYI-Four of the Littles fit nicely in one Square Utility Tote.

Mini Organizer-We think this caddy is a great size for our tools that we want to have within reach.  It is compact enough that it doesn’t take up too much space, but has enough nooks and crannies that it can store everything we need for any project.

  Mini Utility Bin-We recently saw this bin bearing a beautiful plant and given as a teacher’s gift at Gavin and Evie’s preschool–so thoughtful.  However, we think a clever use is for each child to have his or her own personalized one to house their own treasures.

For a complete description of all that Thirty One has to offer, visit Lisa’s site.  When you place your order for your own goodies, be sure to let her know that you found her at Where Do We Find the Time.

 

 

Classy Ribbon Hair Bow Keeper

With the help of a staple gun and some paint, you can turn an old picture frame, a fabric remnant, and some ribbon into a decorative solution for out of control hair accessories.

Supplies:

  • picture frame
  • decorative ribbon (about 1-1 1/2 inches wide)
  • staple gun
  • scissors
  • fabric to fit frame
  • paint and painting supplies if you would like

 

 

Start by prepping your frame.  Depending on the status of your frame, you may need to remove glass, picture, backing, and loose staples.  If desired, paint your frame and allow time to dry.

 

Cut your fabric so there is about 1 inch hanging over on all four sides.

Make sure the right side of the fabric can be seen through the front of the frame.  Then fold 1 edge of the fabric toward the frame to form a finished edge.  Staple in place.

Repeat on 2 more sides, leaving the top edge unfinished.

Cut ribbon to desired length and staple in place.  Once ribbon is attached, fold and staple the fabric to finish the top edge.

To hang, attach a ribbon, metal picture hanger, or wire.

Clip bows in place, and voila!  Instant organization.

 

Share and Share Alike

That is what we teach our little ones.  Use these words of wisdom to save you money in the garden.

Spring is a great time of year to get out into the yard and tidy your flower beds.  Organize a plant exchange among your friends and neighbors.  Here are a few of our favorite plants that are easy to divide and share….

  • Daffodils
  • Hostas
  • Sedum
  • Lilies
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Irises

By swapping plants that are otherwise taking over your own yard, everyone on the block can have show-stopping flower beds full of a variety of perennials.