Tool Storage

A few months ago, I bought a shabby little wall cupboard at one of my favorite thrift stores.  It was cheaply made and horribly painted, but I liked it and it only cost three dollars.


I don’t remember what I intended to do with it at the time.  Truth be told, I’ve twice tossed it back to the donate pile and subsequently retrieved it.

Today I finally put it to use.  Behold the latest unconventional organizer in our home – a shabby chic screwdriver storage cabinet:


An empty almond body butter container is home to all of the miscellaneous screws we have accumulated in twelve plus years of home ownership.


I drilled a bunch of holes in the top to hold the screwdrivers.  The wood sort of splintered and the paint chipped as I went along, but who cares?  It’s ugly under there, but it’s tool storage, right?


The little drawers hold cup hooks, larger bolts and the wee little screwdrivers we use to replace the teeny batteries in our son’s interactive musical story books.


I know it’s ridiculous to love a storage cabinet, especially one that’s so darned ugly…

but I LOVE my storage cabinet!  Don’t you?!

Happy Friday!  🙂


Desk Supply Storage

A frustrating search for rubber bands motivated me to corral our office supplies today.

I hung a clear plastic shoe organizer over the coat closet door and filled it up.

Now, we can see exactly what we have.


I got the idea from this post on the blog Laura’s Crafty Life.  Thank you for the inspiration, Laura!

I bought my organizer from The Container Store because their version is the best intersection of reasonable price and quality product.

It has a metal bar across the top and the pockets are really well sewn.  It’s made from clear thick plastic too, not that weird mesh or thinner plastic stuff you find on the ones from Walmart or wherever.

Mine cost $15 and it came with small over-the-door hooks, which I did not use.  Instead, I hung it from three old cup hooks.  My closet door fits so tightly in the frame that it won’t close if something is hanging over the top of it.


I probably won’t need to buy glue sticks, staples or erasers again for a while.  Or ever.



And yes, in case you’re wondering, I do intend to someday sort through those erasers and ditch the dirty ones.

You may recall that my son often has very sweet and modest gift requests for his birthday and Christmas.  Pencils frequently top his lists, so I keep buying them.  We have dozens.  There are even a few in there with his name on them.


I started sharpening all those pencils, but quickly realized how hazardous they would be if they were all pointy.  I left them mostly dull.  I put them in with the erasers down to keep from poking holes in the plastic.  They’re in the top row to keep from poking holes in my kid.

I discovered a large stash of mini markers too.  I surely bought them from the Target dollar bins as give-away stocking stuffers or something long ago, but I still have them, and now they’re ORGANIZED!  Woohoo!  Let me know if you want to come over and make any mini marks.


In all this sorting and shifting and tossing and stowing, I never found my rubber bands.  I had to buy a new bag this afternoon.  Oh well.  At least I know where the new bag is.

And the funniest (most ironic??) thing about using a shoe organizer to store my office supplies?  Look at the shoes.


Ha!  Happy Wednesday!

Have you organized anything lately?


The Boy & Some Beautiful Ribbon


It’s a little early…

but the boy is ready for St. Patrick’s Day.  🙂

Please ignore my dirty house in background.  😳

Or, if you prefer, you may study it more closely…

Nine-Year-Old Art

Sniffle Boy And His Doughnut

He will probably be fine to go back to school tomorrow, but today was a doughnut day.

It was also a Mama-doesn’t-care-about-the-green-felt-pen-marks-on-your-neck day.

Out and Ugly, but totally Alpha

Our spice cupboard has been on the clutter control hit list for a few years.   I finally tackled it this weekend.

It’s not the solution I dreamed of, but it’s a huge relief in this house of never ending inconveniences.

This will just have to do until I get enough nerve and know-how to open the wall.

I learned that I don’t need to buy crushed red pepper or cinnamon again for a very loooooong time.  😐

Thrift Store Find – Beautiful Threaded Ribbon

And speaking of things I dream of…

I am smitten with ribbon.

I use it frequently, but I also have plenty that I just like to look at.

Today’s thrift store purchase falls into that category.  I plan only to gaze at it dreamily, unless a really spectacular ribbon-needy occasion presents itself.

I’ve never seen anything like it before and I look at ribbon almost everyday.  Everyday and everywhere.

Maybe one of you will tell me this ribbon is very common…

or maybe you will tell me that it’s just 99 cents at Target or something.

But I don’t think so.

Even if you tell me that, I don’t care.

It’s officially the loveliest ribbon in my collection.

Isn’t it dreamy?

Happy Wednesday!