6 Fun and Stylish Home Office Organization Ideas and Tips

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Has your home office become a dumping ground for old bills, pens, office supplies, computer and electronic gadgets and their accouterments, kids’ drawings, receipts, photos, and more?  It’s easy to let an office succumb to the chaotic activity – especially since it’s a highly used area with a lot of uses.  Chances are, if you’ve got a dedicated office space, you can use some organization inspiration.  Don’t let the clutter overtake your work area, and don’t let storage turn things drab  - use these tips and handy list of 6 fun and stylish home office organization ideas and whip that space into shape!

 

1. Everything Chalkboard

The chalkboard fad isn’t going away anytime soon.  And why should it?  Chalkboard paint and vinyl make it readily accessible and DIY-able.  You can even make your own chalkboard paint – in any color!  It goes on just about anything, from labels to boxes.  Since you can easily change what’s on it, it’s ideal for labeling office items, like these great drawers from Polka Dot Chair, or keeping lists.

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Check out these other chalkboard projects, too!

Giant Chalkboard Calendar Wall from Tatertots and Jello

Chalkboard Paperweight from Assemble

Chalkboard Clipboards from Anderson and Grant

 

2. Unique Shelves

Every office requires some kind of shelving.  Small spaces can take advantage of vertical height by building shelves up instead of out. Really tight spaces can install small shelves under desks or on the back of doors.  Shelves hold our storage bins and boxes, keep our books tidy, and offer us a place to display some decor.  They don’t have to be boring either; just take a look at these beautiful reclaimed wood shelf drawers from Not Just a Housewife.

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Here’s more fun shelf ideas!

DIY Ladder Shelves from Woonideeen

25 awesome DIY shelving ideas from Remodelaholic

 

3. Repurposed Utensil Holders

A home office inherently builds up tons of office supplies, writing utensils, scissors, punches, you name it.  The clutter from utensils can get way out of hand, if you don’t find a way to corral it.  A great idea is repurposing other household items (like this pencil holder made from cork trivets by Design For Mankind); it’ll save you money and have unique personality.

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Here are some other great solutions using items around your house:

Stemware Rack Caddy System from Better Homes and Gardens

Lazy Susan Tin Can Caddy from Cynthia Shaffer

 

4. Peg Boards,  Cork Boards, and Magnet Boards, oh my!

One easy way to get smaller items neat, organized, and out of the way – but still within easy reach – is to put up some kind of organizational board.  This makes use of wall space instead of surface space and keeps things tidy.  Bulletin or cork boards are typical options for offices, but you can use magnet and peg boards as well.  Or a combination, like this one from My Blissful Space!

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Here are a few more fun examples:

Fabric Cork Board with Nail Head Trim from Beach House in the City

Clear Lucite Pegboard System from Fashionably Organized

Oil Pan turned Magnet Board from Nic and Kate

 

5. Unexpected Filing Systems

Maybe you don’t have room for a large filing cabinet.  Or maybe you think ordinary filing cabinets are cumbersome, bulky, boring, or even downright ugly.  You can find ways to file those necessary papers that don’t involve your typical beige, metal rectangle.  Just look at this beautiful and stylish solution from Erica Lee Style!

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Check out these other smart filing solutions!

DIY Pull Out Filing Drawer from Beneath My Heart

Striped Filing Cabinet (with CHALKBOARD labels!  See?) from bugaboo, mini, mr & me

 

6. Recycled Baskets and Bins and Catch-Alls

Obviously you’ll have to store some items.  Whether in baskets, bins, totes, jars or bowls, storage containers don’t have to be ordinary.  And they are definitely not one size fits all.  Baskets can be hung on a wall instead of placed on a shelf.  Some storage totes are perfect from hanging on a rod with hooks.  Recycle diaper boxes with duct tape or fabric.  Look at normal items in new ways, like these magnetic dishes that A Girl and a Glue Gun used!

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Here are some more creative storage solutions:

Large Glass Jar Storage from Remodelaholic (check out the awesome wire baskets, as well)

Embroidery Hoop Storage Bins from Curbly

Belted Storage Totes from Brit and Co.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Polka Dot Chair.

4 Tips for Shopping on Craigslist

Buying second hand is a great way to save money and help out the environment, too. Besides thrift stores and yard sales, a great place to shop is on Craigslist. If you live near a large city, it’s likely that city will have a local Craigslist classifieds site. Craigslist is great for so many things such as buying used (and even new) household items and furniture, finding jobs, etc. Today I want to give you four helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping on Craigslist.

 

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Tipsaholic 4 Tips for Shopping on Craigslist

1) Safety First: Keep in mind that not everyone on Craigslist may be as honest as you are. It’s always smart to stay safe. Never send money online via PayPal or any other method. Always meet face-to-face and only deal with cash. Be sure to bring someone else with you or at the very least meet somewhere where there are people around and tell people where you’re going. Most people don’t have any problems buying items on Craigslist, but it’s best to play it safe.

2) Search Smart: Searching is part of the game of Craigslist. If you’re looking for a new dining table, think of all the different words you could use to search for one. For example, “dining table”, “diningtable”, “kitchen table”, “dining set” or just “table”. People describe things differently so if you’re not finding what you’re looking for try a few more searches and you just might find the perfect piece!

3) Check Back Often: It can take days, weeks or even months to find the perfect piece. If you check back daily, you have the best chance at scoring exactly what you’re looking for at the best price on Craigslist. The best, most sought after pieces will go fast, so checking for them constantly will give you a better chance of getting to it before someone else.

4) The Inspection: It can be exciting to find the special piece you’re looking for, but don’t forget to inspect the item before buying it. Often times sellers will leave out small imperfections that you might catch. This can help in negotiations. It never hurts to offer what you think is a fair price, especially if you find some damage that you’ll either have to live with or repair.

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Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.

How To Grow Vegetables From Scraps

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Wait! Don’t throw away that stalk of celery or the white bulbs of that bunch of scallions. Did you know that you can re-grow vegetables, right in your kitchen so you’ll always have some of the most popular veggies we use in our daily cooking? Best of all, you don’t need a green thumb, a garden or even warm, sunny weather to do it! (featured image via Remodelaholic)
 

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Green Onions

Since most recipes call for only the green part of green onion (also called scallions or spring onions), we often wind up wasting the white bulbs. But those bulbs are the heart and soul of the onion plant! When you’ve finished with the green tops, put the bunch of white bulbs into a glass of water and leave it on your windowsill. In just a few days, you’ll be begin to see new green onions springing up! Harvest them as you need them, but be sure to change the water every few days.

 

Leeks

You know how leeks look a lot like great big green onions? They can be regrown the same way as green onions, too! Follow the same bulbs-in-a-glass-of-water routine the next time you have a leek or two leftover and you’ll wind up with your own supply for months to come.

 

Celery and Fennel

These two veggies are also candidates for the water trick. When you buy a bunch of celery or fennel, simply cut off the base and put it, stalk tips facing up, into a bowl of water (just enough to cover the bottom of the bunch, not the whole thing). For these two, however, go ahead and keep them out of direct sunlight.

 

Garlic

Have you ever opened your pantry and found a forgotten bunch of garlic with green sprouts on the ends? Next time, don’t throw it away: regrow it! Plant the garlic in a small pot just as you would flower bulbs in the fall: sprouted tip facing up. You’ll end up with a great houseplant and some fresh garlic for the kitchen.

 

Ginger

Cut off a small piece of the ginger root you bought at the grocery store, plant it in a pot and wait for it to sprout. When you need ginger, you can dig up the whole plant, cut off whatever you need from the root and then repot the plant.

 

Romaine Lettuce

You can regrow many types of lettuce, but stem-based romaine is the easiest. Just as you did with the celery, cut the base of the lettuce head off and put it in a bowl of water to regrow. You’ll be amazed how quickly a new head sprouts up!

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

8 Ways to Use an Ice Cube Tray (Even When You Don’t Need Ice)

If you’re like me, you’ve got a few old plastic ice cube trays hanging around that you just don’t want to give away, even though you don’t make ice cubes with them. It’s time to put them to use! Both inside and outside of the freezer, ice cube trays can come in awfully handy.

8 Ways to Use An Ice Cube Tray, via Tipsaholic.com

8 Ways to Use Ice Cube Trays via Tipsaholic.com

In the freezer:

1) Freeze pesto: Fill each cup with a little pesto and freeze. Pop a pesto cube or two out when you need to whip up a quick pasta lunch or drop them into soups and sauces for extra flavor.

 

2) Preserve herbs: Chop up fresh herbs and put them in the trays. Fill each cup with water or olive oil and freeze. When a recipe calls for just a small portion of fresh herbs, you’ll have just the right amount in one cube.

 

3) Don’t waste tomato paste: Recipes rarely call for more than a tablespoon or two of tomato paste, so what’s left in the can often goes unused. Spoon tomato paste into the ice cube tray and freeze for perfect future portions and no waste.

 

4) Stockpile smoothie ingredients: Puree kale or spinach and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Add the still-frozen puree cubes to smoothies instead of plain ice for an extra dose of healthy vitamins.

 

5) Make mini popsicles: Freeze juice, yogurt or pureed fruit in an ice cube tray until thick or slushy, then prop a toothpick in the center. Once frozen, you’ve got a bite-sized popsicle – the perfect no-guilt, anytime tiny treat.

 

Around the house:

6) Organize jewelry: The cube cups in the tray are the perfect way to organize pairs of earrings, rings or other small pieces of jewelry on a dresser or in a drawer.

 

7) Start spring seeds: Put a little potting mix in each cup of the tray and sow small seeds. Once they sprout, carefully lift them out and transfer to a larger pot.

 

8) Make a paint palette: For your child’s next art project, keep the paint colors from getting mixed together by putting each color into a different cup of the ice cube tray.

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

5 Ways to Turn Your Mason Jars Into Lights

Wondering what to do with your collection of mason jars? Need new ideas for lighting up your indoor or outdoor space? Here are five easy ways to turn your mason jars into lights and candles that will bring charm and beauty to your living spaces. (featured image via Sweet Tea Clothing Co)

5 Mason Jar Lighting Ideas via Tipsaholic

5 Ideas for Mason Jar Lights via Tipsaholic.com

Mason jars are extremely popular these days. You can find them at weddings, parties, and, as always, in kitchen pantries all over the country. They are often used as party drinks, centerpieces, and flower vases when they’re not used for canning purposes. But that’s not all that you can do with mason jars! You can turn your collection of mason jars into lights and candles for your home, both indoors and outdoors. Here’s how.

1. Outdoor Lanterns

Line the pathway to your home with outdoor lanterns using mason jars. First, fill the bottom of your mason jars with gravel, sand, glass marbles, or anything that is small and will weight down your jars so they don’t blow away with the wind. Stick a candle in each jar and voila. You could even hang them on your fence or your porch.

 

2. Recycled Candles

Do you have half-melted candles littered all over your home? Gather them all and melt them together in one pot. Pour your melted wax into a mason jar or two. Don’t forget to put in the wicking before you pour in the wax!

 

3. Insect Repellent Candles

Did you know that many insect repellent candles being sold today don’t really contain the essential oil citronella that repels bugs, but only smell like they do? Make insect repellent candles that really work by making your own and put them in mason jars to add a little style to your outdoor space. You can either recycle old candles or buy natural soy wax and melt it in a double boiler. Just add a few drops of citronella essential oil to your melted wax before you pour it into your mason jar.

 

4. Solar Lights

The great thing about solar lights is that they don’t use any electricity to light up your outdoor space, but they don’t always look that attractive. Why not use mason jars instead? Buy a couple of cheap solar lights from a home improvement store and take out the top parts with the solar lights in them. Cut out a hole in the lids of your mason jars and then glue on the solar lights to the lids. You want the solar light to be showing through the hole so that the sunlight can reach them. Hang your new solar lights on your fence with the help of baling wire.

 

5. Pendant Lights

Mason jars can be turned into charming pendant lights for your kitchen. Just follow these DIY steps to add some ambience to your kitchen island or peninsula!

 

It’s amazing to see just how versatile the humble mason jar can be. However, if you don’t have any mason jars on hand, don’t run to the store just yet. You might have some glass jars laying around in your home (or in your refrigerator) that you can turn into beautiful blue mason jars with this easy tutorial.

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Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas

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Pallet projects are all the rage – and why not?  They’re easily accessible, cheap or free and a great way to go green!  No doubt you’ve noticed these projects all over the internet, but did you know that not all pallets are created equal?  Potential problems arise when using pressure treated wood – which forces harmful chemicals, formaldehyde, and or pesticides into the pallet to protect it from decay.  You can read more information about possible risks when using pallets here - as well as learn how to identify “safe” pallets.  So, should you stay away from the pallet craze?  Far from it!  Aside from taking certain precautions, you can avoid bringing pallets into your home by creating fabulous outdoor pallet projects.

Outdoor Pallet Project Ideas

Outdoor Pallet Projects

Tips:

1. Inspect your pallet completely before bringing it home.  Just because it’s cheap or free doesn’t mean you can overlook certain issues.  Pay attention to how it smells, looks and feels.  Are there many dark stains?  Does it smell of mildew or mold?  Is it oily feeling?  Extra heavy?  What you don’t want is pressure treated pallets, so search for an “HT” stamp that indicates it has been heat treated.

2. Even if your pallet project is going in the yard and not your living room, you’ll likely want to thoroughly clean it.  Wear gloves.  Use a mixture of bleach and water to scrub the wood, then let it dry in the sun.  Then use soapy water and rinse it completely.  Let it dry thoroughly before sanding it.  If you’re still worried about irritants, treat the wood with at least two solid coats of clear coat to seal it completely after you’ve finished painting it.  Try a spray shellac, or even mold and mildew resistant deck-grade sealer.

3.  There are easy ways to disassemble a pallet and maximize the good wood still available to you.  Check out the tips at the link above.

 

Ideas:

1. Spice it up.  Lean it against the house or fence and use it as a vertical planter box for an herb garden.

2. Inside the box.  Cut them apart and make planter boxes for your porch or patio.

3. Sit a spell.  Turn three pallets into a fun wood bench for your fire pit area.  Or make a giant chair for a porch reading nook.

4. Benches aren’t just for sitting.  With some modifications, pallet wood is perfect for a work bench in the garage, or a potting bench in the yard.

5. Table it.  Every seating area needs a table, even those outside.  Give yourself a place to relax with a drink or chat over appetizers with an outdoor table on wheels.

6. Get in the swing of things.  There’s nothing like a porch swing to take you back to the carefree days of childhood!

7.  Sleep on it.  No better way to take a nap than in the great, warm outdoors.  Perhaps in a lounge chair?  Or, if you’re feeling more ambitious go for a tree bed!

8. Consider the children.  Use pallets to make a rustic treehouse complete with planks nailed to the tree for a ladder.

Check out this post on The Micro Gardener for lots of ideas about using pallets for vertical gardens, green houses, window box gardens, combination gardens and more!

 
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on facebook, pinterest, bloglovin’ and instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(@)yahoo.com