All-Star Round Week 1 – Organization

It’s FINALLY here!  The start of the All Star Round!  I’m so excited!  We have a few amazing ladies from the first 5 seasons coming back to join us this time around.  If you’ve been following for awhile you will recognize them.  If you haven’t get on over and check out their stuff!  We’ve had two that had to leave before it could even begin and they will be greatly missed, but these remaining ladies will do their best to make up for it, I’m sure.

 I have a feeling this season is going to be a great one.  And this first week doesn’t disappoint.  In the spirit of the New Year and it being a good time of the year to get a fresh start we’re kicking off the season with the theme of Organization.  I have a few things that need to get organized around here and these ladies are giving me some awesome ideas!

The poll will be open until Friday, February 3rd at 9pm so get your vote in before then.  You’re only allowed to vote once so make it count and spread the word!

 

Craft #1 – Bathroom Hook Organization by Mandy @ SugarBee Crafts


Our hall bathroom - aka the kids bathroom, aka the elephant bathroom (see “lovely” wallpaper) – used to be a nightmare.  The towel rack was coming out of the wall and towels were piled on the floor – even if the towel rack were functioning, kids can’t use those!  Looping a towel over and through just isn’t one of their skill sets.  There is one drawer in that bathroom and when all four kids are brushing their teeth, fighting each other for drawer access – yikes!  So I saw a simple cup idea on pinterest (linked to THIS Etsy Shop) and expanded that idea to work in our situation.

First up, I splurged the $4 and got each kid their own toothpaste.  Now they each have their own supplies in their own spot – no more drawer fights.  Each cup is numbered for cuteness.
Probably one of the most important aspects of this mini-bathroom organizational makeover is the loops sewn on to the towels.  Makes is SUPER EASY to hang them up.

 I am happy to say that this Bathroom Hook Organization has worked wonders!!  Why didn’t I do this years ago??  So simple, but so effective.  So here’s to hoping I can get your vote for an easy way to organize the towel disaster and drawer fighting that comes with a kid bathroom.

Craft #2 – Little Girls Makeup Box by Charlene @ eWillow

Up-cycle a balsa-wood box to organize all of the pretend make-up that your little girl loves so much! Add a mirror and your little darling will feel like the grown-up princess that she is pretending to be.

I’m Charlene from eWillow.com, and I’m excited to share this organization idea with you. For more photos and details, visit my blog “Paper Clips”  HERE.

You can add balsa wood pieces to make as many different compartments as you need to keep all of her nail polish, lip gloss, lip stick, eye shadow, and hair bows organized. A place for everything, and everything in its place!


Imagine the mess and clutter all of this make-up would create if your little girl didn’t have one of these cool boxes to keep it all organized. Oh, the sticky, yucky mess you would have on your hands!

 

Craft #3 – Clutter Crates by Jessica @ Running With Scissors 

I have many piles of clutter in my house that we seem to use all the time like toys, magazines, coloring books, etc.  I wanted to organize the stuff containers that are easy to access and that could also seem somewhat decorative. At the same time I thought I might use some of my wood scraps in the process.

So I took my junk in my garage, and made crates to hold the junk in my house.

 I ended up making three crates in different styles, each with different wood scraps.

The modern crate I pieced and cut down MDF scraps, then painted a herringbone pattern on the outside, and finished it off with modern nickle bar handles.  This crate is the perfect size for magazines.

The largest crate is made from reclaimed fence boards I snagged when my neighbor replaced their fence this fall.  All the  hardware was spray painted oil rubbed bronze to look more dated.  I designed this crate with a divider in the center to have two separate storage sections.
The third crate is made with pine 1×12 scraps.  I really wanted to incorporate animal stencils and a colored background, but still somehow maintain the natural wood grain.  I knew paint would cover the wood grain for the most part, so I made a teal wood stain from dye.  This crate is perfect to hold toys and books.
I love that these crates are big, have handles, and roll.
Sometimes you need to lift your crate of junk and the sturdy drawer pulls I used as handles have worked great.
The two toy crates with caster wheels have been great around the house.  In the past I used baskets to hold our every day toys, and during clean up I’d just throw the toys at the basket from across the room rather than walking them over.  Well, I’m not that great at basketball and it just moved the mess near the basket.  But now with my rolling crate, I can lazily roll to the mess and pile it in.  Makes clean up quicker, then I can just roll the whole thing out of the way in the corner.
I think most homes have junk and clutter that gets used often enough it needs an accessible location. Using scraps and basic tools I made some big storage crates that not only helps keep our house organized, but also look great from the outside.

For more info and pictures, plus if you’re curious where I’m using three different styles in my house, come visit my blog:

Running With Scissors

Craft #4 – Mini Mudroom by Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff

First all, can I just say. Holy Flip. Organization. Huh? For some reason I just had the hardest time with this theme!~ I could not grasp what I wanted to do!!!
But then it hit me. I live in the Northwest. It rains. A lot. Okay, like everyday. And because of that,  you can’t wear shoes in your home. It would be crazy. Your carpets would HATE you. So by your front door is a constant pile of… Shoes. And Umbrellas. And shoes. And more shoes. It’s an eye soar, and I was getting tired of it. I hate clutter. I hate chaos. Especially right at the front door!
So I decided to create a Front Door Organizer! This would also work great for the garage! I just love it. So sleek, and clean, and uncluttered.
It’s gorgeous isn’t it? I stained the back and the side pieces a dark walnut color and gave the front pieces a white wash. All of the pieces are distressed and the hardware is simple and shown for that extra touch! The three spots for the shoes can easily fit two pair in each one! The bottom of each slot contains a little opening to drain anything hanging around the bottom of those shoes. Nothing puddling up in the bottom of each slot. I hung the organizer just high enough that my boys can reach and share the bottom two slots! And the top slot is perfect for mine and my husbands shoes. It’s hard to tell, but they are both in there!
It has three hooks on the very bottom to hang those wet umbrellas. I just need to find a cute little rug to go underneath now to catch all the drips. The hooks are high enough up that my little guys can easily hang their jackets as well. But we’ve already got a place for that hidden away.
Not only can this piece be used as a front door organizer it would be great in the kitchen to stick those kitchen boxes in… You know; foil, saran wrap, Ziploc bags, etc. It would also be great in a craft room full of paper and supplies! Or it would be great in a kids room or toy room where you could fill it full of books! Or in a shop. It could be the perfect place to stash away those constantly grabbed and used tools!
Not getting the vision? Come on over to my blog, Shannon Makes Stuff, and check it out! I have pictures of all the different uses I could come up with and more details of this wonderful piece! (I would love it if you would.)

Craft #5 – Purse Organizers by Kirstin @ KoJo Designs

I love any chance to organize- there is nothing that delights me more than a clean car, an organized craft room, ordered cabinets and closets. But can I tell you something? Ever since I had kids, my purse has been a MESS. My theory is that I have exponentially more stuff to cart around (changes of clothes, diapers/wipes/etc., toys, bribes, drinks, and snacks, lots and lots of snacks). Now granted, the lovely Bag of Many Pockets that I made recently has given me hope of coming days full of better organization.

However, to secure my future as an Organized Purse Girl, I made purse organizers! One for Burke’s stuff, one for Piper Jane’s stuff, and one for snacks and drinks.


They’re pretty to look at, fully lined, and with a bonus pocket on the back. Even better, the snack bag is lined with laminated fabric for easy clean up and has elastic side tabs to keep drinks upright. Their best feature, though, is their pass-ability. As in, “We’re leaving Burke and Piper Jane at babysitting swap- let me pass off one bag for Burke and one bag for Piper Jane.” Makes life so easy. And organized. Yep, you guessed it, I love them. 2012, watch out- Organized Purse Girl is ready to take you on.

Craft #6 – Jewelry Tree by Deidre @ A Craft A Day


Why put all of your jewelry in a stuffy box that hides such beauty?  A jewelry tree is such a magnificent way to display such splendor.
With lots of little branches to hold all of your necklaces, earrings and bracelets, you are sure to have plenty of room to store your belongings.
The little nest within the branches is a cozy little place to put smaller pieces of jewelry
This Jewelry Tree was inspired by Anthropologies Wish Tree Jewelry Stand.

 

Craft # 7 – Nintendo Game Holder by Kim @ A Girl & A Glue Gun

So. i literally made three projects…I’ve never been so organized. but i had to narrow it down to one..

So i picked…a man purse?!  (almost.)

My son recently got a Nintendo 3ds and it’s his most prized possession. He takes it with him everywhere– along with his charger..and his games…AND Have you seen the game cases? the cases are 4 inches by 4 inches….and the games are about 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch. that is a lot of wasted space….so i condensed it down to this little carrying case.

It has a spot for his ds, 8 games, his charger, and cards (or you could put lens cleaner wipes or use it to store more games.

{sorry the plastic makes it so hard to take pictures of!!!}

All the slots are on the side so when folded up nothing falls out. And it even has a handle to make it easy to carry around or to hang up off the floor so no one steps on it.

I even made a smaller version to just hold games in case you already have a case for it! and you can adapt it to fit whatever size video game you have…or make a small one for you ipod and accessories!

Craft # 8 – Seasonal Items Storage by Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

Hi all!  Angie with The Country Chic Cottage here!  Organization week came at the PERFECT time.  It was time to haul all that Christmas decor BACK UP to the attic.  I dread the attic haul.  I decided to think of a new storage solution.  I had a closet under my stairs that was full of…well…junk.  Things we never used.  Yet I spent hours hauling boxes up and down the stairs a few times a year.  Well NO MORE!!  I made myself a Seasonal Items Storage Closet!  As you can see from the BEFORE pictures, the closet was unpainted drywall and sub-flooring.  After the junk was hauled away, I began painting.  I painted the walls all white to try to bring in some light.  Yes I even PAINTED my sub-floors a dark grey.
The area in the back became my Christmas storage area.  I added some vinyl to spell “Christmas” on the wall.  I added vinyl on all containers to identify the contents.  The stacking storage unit is from IKEA and is perfect for this space.  It allows me to sort out my seasonal items into easy to access bins.  I also could not resist adding a little organizational art to the wall with some vinyl.
But I couldn’t stop there!  I made a hanging organizer for my wrapping paper.  I took an over-the-door shoe organizer and modified it to work for wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon, gift bags, tape, plus so much more!  The back of any door can become a wrapping station for minimal money and time.  I will have a tutorial on how you can make your own after the voting ends.
Now I have an easy to access, organized area for all my seasonal decor.  You could even add storage for seasonal dishes, wreaths, the possibilities are endless!   Now to clean out that attic…
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Comments

  1. Angela says

    I’m excited this is starting again! However, I don’t like the fact that we know who made what item. I think that was a fun aspect of this competition and that knowing who made what makes it more of a popularity contest than really judging which CRAFT is best. I liked it the other way a lot better- it also made me want to try and see if I could figure out who made which craft and encouraged me to check out their blogs.

    • Missy says

      I’m glad you’re happy we’re back :) We decided not to have it anonymous this season since all the crafters are returning champions/favorites. Don’t worry though. Season 11 will bring back the anonymity.

      -Missy

  2. Amy says

    I much prefer the blind voting to knowing whose craft is whose. This way, you are voting on the craft itself which is what it’s about instead of on who has the most followers/fans. I like being able to see how creative they are – it makes me wish I was a bit more crafty. I know you already addressed this issue but wanted to share my thoughts.

  3. Christina says

    What a great group of All Stars! I really wish this was an anonymous competition too though. Then, we could see who the real all star winner was, rather than who has the most followers on their blog :/