Girls hair accessories organization

Here is a fun and practical organizational idea for storing a little girl’s hair accessories.  I spotted a carousel type of make up holder at our Bj’s warehouse store’s and I immediately thought of how fun it would be to store different things in this revolving make up kit other than make up.  I imagined that this type of storage container would be great as holding crayons, school supplies or in our case my kids hair accessories.  Getting ready in the morning is a breeze thanks to this handy organizer.  We store all the hair accessories such as hair bands, hair clips, hair brush and even bracelets and necklaces in here.  In the mornings before school it is so much fun for my girls to spin this revolving organizer and quickly find what they are looking for to get ready for the day.  It also looks super cute and stylish.  My kids love to organize their hair supplies in here.

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Sleek and practical Ikea table (redone)

The last couple of days I worked on a little project with this Ikea table http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99932564/#/S49929639.

Years ago at the store I bought it in black by accident when I really wanted it in a white surface top. Yesterday I decided it was time to paint the surface white. I went to my local hardware store and bought primer. I painted a coat of primer on it with a roller and let it dry. Then I painted a coat of white semigloss on the desk. This morning I looked at the finished table and thought maybe it wasn’t a good idea to have a white surface since me and the kids will probably make it dirty in no time. I decided to add an extra step to this project with a clear custom cut acrylic sheet glass as a surface top for the desk. We went out to Lowes and had a clear Acrylic sheet of glass cut to the same size as my desk. My desk is size 24″ X 48″ and I wanted the plexiglass to be cut to 23.5″ x 48″ so that there will be no sharp edges on the table top. The cost for the Optix Acrylic Sheet of glass (which is actually a thin piece of see thru plastic) was less than $30 with free custom cut at the store. After I placed it on top of the desk I was amazed how sleek and professional the desk became. The top does not move at all so there is no need for me to drill screws thru the glass and table. The clean up will be easy in case it gets dirty. And I can place wallpaper, magazine clippings, photographs, kids drawings and many endless pretty things under it to make it personal and artistic. I love how this little simple project turned out.IMG_3494

My Ikea ‘fix’

Every year I have a certain amount of money saved for one big Ikea trip. Unfortunately the nearest Ikea to us is in another state but maybe that is actually good for me, because I probably would wipe out the bank account if I go frequently. The whole European feel of the store, makes me feel like I am in a different country, a kind of nostalgic feeling. When I go to Ikea I have a similar feeling as if I just went to my home country in Europe. And after leaving ikea I get recharged, like a battery. Its very uplifting for me to take yearly trips to this store.
I usually stick to the list I plan out before hand but I do love browsing the store for little treasures. This year I picked up a few handy things that is so cool and unique, people ask me where I got them. One item I love is sitting next to my bed and I use it almost daily. It is a clock that cost $4.99. It glows in the dark and has so many features such as the temperature of the room, the time and more. The greatest thing about this clock is that you turn the item left or right to switch from one feature to the other. It looks like something made for the future.
The other item(s) that I loved to snag this year was a set of glass cups. This really reminded me of my heritage in Europe, and especially my late Grandmother’s kitchen. Every time I take a sip of water from these cups it brings back childhood memories of where I grew up because the cups looks exactly the same. Here are a few pics of the two little items from the 2014 trip-
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Ikea is also very affordable and I can certainly bring the kids along with me because they have what kids love – indoor play area and yummy treats. Sometimes when we get lucky a clown might be at the store giving free face painting to the kids. Its a win win for parents and children.
I can’t wait till Ikea releases the 2015 catalog.

Hanging planter basket for stuffed animals

Hanging baskets can be reused for holding stuffed animals in a closet.  They can also be purchased at the Dollar Store as an affordable, fun and clever storage option for small stuffed animals.  The baskets can hang from a closet rod for easy access.  They can also be spray painted any color for extra fun.

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Pet food storage

Who likes to pick up 50 pound bags whenever Puppy or Kitty is hungry? Not many people.  Why not reuse see thru containers such as Nonni’s for holding dog and cat food?  Nonni’s containers are perfect for storing pet food because of the square design, clear container to see how much pet food is left, big enough to hold many bits and pieces and the lid closes nice and tight every time with ease.  If you have multiple pets, you can customize the container like I did by taping the pet’s picture on the container.  By the looks of it on the picture below, the pets approve.

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Organizing kids favorite book characters

Currently Target has a handy item at their dollar spot section.  A plastic document file holder is the perfect organizer for kids books at home.  I picked up a few of these and will be buying more to separate and organize different books on my kids shelves.   They have many different colors to choose from to coordinate with a room’s decor.  Categories for organization ideas could be the following – favorite story book characters such as Dr. Seuss, non fiction books, theme categories such as space or dinosaurs.  It is easy for little ones to grab this practical plastic container when they  are looking for a book and also very economical for grown ups to purchase.

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