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DIY Cereal Box Drawer Dividers

How’d you spend your weekend? I spent mine with my guys and it was great. We cooked, crafted and got tons of stuff done. It was cold this weekend so I decided to spend it home purging, organizing and updating. By the time I was done I had two bags to donate, one to recycle and one for the trash. It felt good! I cleaned closets, organized drawers and made some drawer dividers. I also put up a few valentines decorations. I know, I know, my tween already told me… It’s only January. I put them up anyway 🙂

The junk drawer in my kitchen was driving me crazy so I dumped everything out, sorted, tossed and put half of the “junk” back where it really belonged. Why do we call them junk drawers??? It’s not junk, well I guess some of it is… I grabbed three boxes from around the house in different sizes, scissors, velcro, a pencil and some contact paper from the dollar store. I used the drawer as a guide to mark the height of each box and cut the boxes using my exacto knife.

DIY drawer dividers, DIY cardboard drawer dividers

I wanted to cover the inside and outside of the box so I wrapped the paper around and cut accordingly. I lined the paper with the outside of the box and wrapped it around. When I got to the bottom of the box I used the eraser to crease the corners and attached. The contact paper was perfect because it had very forgiving adhesive and came in a cute design The last thing I did was attach a piece of velcro to the bottom of the box to keep it from sliding around the drawer.

DIY drawer divider how to, cardboard drawer divider

I didn’t know it was contact paper but it was perfect! The squares on the back made it easy to cut. You could try scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, fabric or washi tape to cover your boxes.

This project was on my list of things to do. A long list of things to do… But the fun is in the journey. Well, at least, that’s what I think 🙂 And my new dividers help keep the junk drawer nicely organized. I’ve already decided I’m making some for my bedroom dresser, but I’m going to use some zebra print duct tape I have left over from the circus party. Now let’s take a look at some before and after pictures of the kitchen junk drawer.

DIY drawer divider, DIY drawer divider before and after

 Simplicity is a constant goal and the more I embrace it the more I see it’s connection to other aspects of my life. Like, considering my purchases knowing space is an issue, I talk about it with the linen closet and the hallway post. Minimizing my purchases was the first step to simplicity and I didn’t even know it. Now I approach everything trying to find ways to use the items I already own while recycling supplies I already have. And if I can’t complete a project without buying anything I try to keep it small and simple. I mean my love of color changes pretty often so it’s nice being able to swap out something knowing my impact to the environment and my envelope was minial. I enjoyed my last financial fast so I’m giving it another go. While this wasn’t a $0 project it did only cost $1 for the contact paper and it is my kick off. I’m even more excited to see what I can do, what I can update and create using little to no money.

Halloween Decor – On a Budget

Hi-Lo!!

Do you put up Halloween decorations? I do, it’s one of my favorite holidays! I get a kick out of watching scary movies all month long and taking the kids trick or treating. It’s also my queue to start planning and shopping for Christmas since it’s right around the corner. But that’s another post entirely 🙂 I don’t put up anything that’s scary or gory. I like to think I keep my halloween decorations fun and classic with cobwebs, spiders, skeletons and eyeballs. Last year I put up a few decorations so I started by taking a look at what we already had. As always my goal is to keep things simple, inexpensive, and not clutter the house with unnecessary purchases since space is ALWAYS an issue. I had a couple ideas in my head and had been searching Pinterest, you can check out my Halloween board here.

halloween decor collage, dollar store decor, cheap halloween decorations

This wreath for the front door was easy, quick and cheap. My kind of project!! I just wrapped some cobwebs around a foam wreath I had in the stash, added some spiders and a black ribbon to hang it with.

Spider Wreath, DIY, Cheap, easy, Halloween

I put cobwebs up in the corners of the living room and stuck some spiders in them because what’s a web without spiders? I just started arranging random items on the shelf until I was happy with the end result.

halloween shelf, dollar store decor, cheap halloween decor

I made the mummy votives by wrapping some cheesecloth from the dollar store around recycled jars, adding some google eyes and dropping a couple battery operated tea lights inside. The rest of the stuff came from random places like the dollar store, Michael’s and the 99 cent store.

halloween shelf, dollar store decor,

I re used my hurricane jars on media center, filling them with candy corns, mini skulls, skeleton hands and dollar store ears. I wrapped the books with some black construction paper to give them a little height.

halloween decorations, cheap decor, dollar store decorations

The glass thing hanging by my front door (that I have no name for) was filled with some eyeballs.

halloween display, eyeballs, cheap decorations

I’m really happy with the Halloween decorations this year, now it’s tIme to start looking for costumes.

Decorating for Fall – On a Budget

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Is it starting to feel like fall where you are yet? It’s officially Autumn and I’m super excited! SO ready to say goodbye to summer and welcome cool, clear weather, falling leaves and cozy nights. It also means it’s time to Decorate for Fall and I wanted to add small simple touches around the house. As much as I’m trying to lighten things up I went back to reds and browns with mixes of orange. They are the colors of autumn, I see them everywhere and I love bringing them inside. In the spirit of simplicity I wanted to use what I had on hand which wasn’t much, a pack of leaves, a small welcome sign, some candles, battery operated tea lights and two hurricane jars. I also had some recycled glass jars I wanted to do something with and found the perfect  solution on Pinterest. Other than that, nada.

fall decor collage

One of the good things about living in a small space is a little decorating goes a long way, simple touches are all it takes. To keep things on the cheap l hit up the dollar store and came home with two packs of leaves, three packs of mini decorations, a small scarecrow and a craft pumpkin. On a trip to Home Goods I picked up a fabric covered pumpkin.

I have a couple shelves in the living room I LOVE decorating for the holidays. I used my welcome sign from last year, got the scarecrow from the dollar store and found the pumpkin in one of my mom’s closets. The milk jar and twig are always out and so is the frame.

fall decor shelf

I made some autumn lanterns with the recycled glass jars, a couple fake leaves some twine and battery operated tealight candles. The small topiary sits in that spot the majority of the year.

autumn decor - luminary, topiary

I have a glass hanging thing (not sure what it’s called) by the front door that I filled with mini pumpkins and gourds.

autumn decor, pumpkins, gourds

The media center got a simple update. I wrapped two books with the same decorative paper I used in the entry , filled the hurricane jars with leftover lentils and tied two fake leaves around the candles with some twine, I picked up that adorable pumpkin at Home Goods.

autumn decor, DIY, hurricane jars and candle  autumn decor, fabric pumpkin

I can’t sew worth a stitch so I asked my beautiful and talented niece for some help. I gave her one and a half packs of the fake leaves and asked her to sew them together to create a garland.

autumn garland, DIY, dollar store leaves

I love the way the autumn luminary looks when the tea lights are on, it has such a beautiful glow.

lit autumn luminary, DIY

Have you started decorating for fall yet? What will you be using in your home, are you making, buying or a bit of both?