DIY organization for the office

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The whole office thing is kind of an issue here in casa de Dorobek. Me and my blog stuff don’t exactly have a spot. The sweet baby boy kicked me out of my original office, and now I have a desk against a wall in the living room. My desk it not tidy. I have a giant craft closet (not that close to my desk) where I try to keep most of my goods, but stuff ends up all over the desk and surrounding areas! I’m not scared to craft on the floor, y’all! Anyhow, there are certain things I use all of the time… scissors, highlighters, pens, skinny Sharpies, tape, etc. And I wanted them on my desk. So, here’s my simple, thrifty small office organization solution to my little problemo… a lovely little thrift store 2- tier caddy that literally took me about 15 minutes to make with the help of Krazy Glue, and only cost a couple of dollars!

Here's an awesome diy organization idea for the office!

Here’s what you need:

  • Elmer’s Krazy Glue maximum bond no run gel
  • Glass vase (From Good Will)
  • Filler (I used paper clips I already had on hand)
  • 2 different sized plates (I got mine at Good Will)

(I did not use the X-ACTO knife or the Krazy glue for crafts.)

Then it is as easy as gluing your clear glass vase to the large plate with the Krazy Glue. Fill vase with paperclips and carefully add glue to the rim of your vase and place the smaller plate on top! I stuck a few books on top and let it dry for a few hours. This step is tedious because you don’t want the glue to drip. It will dry cloudy. Krazy Glue worked great gluing together porcelian! (It also works wonders on pottery, glass, metal, vinyl and rubber!)

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And here she is in all of her organizational glory sitting atop my little desk.

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I think I might need one for our new bathroom too! 2 thumbs up to vertical storage. Wanna see more Krazy Glue? Check out their pinterest board with tons of  Krazy Glue masterpieces in minutes!  Oh and Krazy Glue wants to see your fixes… Share them with us here–> Krazy strong, Krazy fast. Just curious, how would you use Elmer’s Krazy Glue? Anything in particular you are dying to craft up?

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Organize a bathroom cabinet

Me and Rubbermaid All Access organizers go way back. Remember, I used them to whip my avalanching craft closet into shape? Welp, to make a long story short, I had the same dilemma happening in the bathroom, this time with avalanching towels, instead of fabric and paint. They were falling on the floor or my head every time I touched them. It was getting old. Not to mention, the rest of the cabinet was a big fat mess. Let me prove it:

Organize a bathroom cabinet

You can tell I had attempted some organization at some point, but it was clearly not working out very well. The white towels are the ones we use all of the time and they needed to be moved to a lower shelf. So, I got a few of the small access organizers in turquoise from Home Depot to neatly house the towels. Since we don’t use the beach towels very often, they get to live on the top shelf. You can see what used to happen to the white guys since I could not pull one off of the top very easily, I would grab at the bottom of the stack, thus tumbling them onto my head, every. single. time.

Rubbermaid small access organizers

And now:

Rubbermaid small access organizers

Since we only have 4 everyday towels, one organizer is plenty. The beach towels are thinner and one organizer is holding all 7 of them! As for the the rest of the cabinet, I threw stuff away and separated out Andy’s goods from mine. His 6 bottles of hair gel (true!) and travel case live on the middle shelf and my goods plus medicine  plus his shaving goodies live on the bottom shelf. I also sorted out a sunscreen/ bug spray bin and a medicine bin. Who knew we had 4 tubes of Neosporin and 3 rubbing alcohols. I used 2 fun chalkboard labels I already had on had to clearly label where to put the goods:

Rubbermaid small access organizers

And here’s the wonderful before and after the big bad bathroom cabinet:

Rubbermaid small access organizers

The Rubbermaid All Access organizers are kinda miracle workers. Oh and did you know that the organizers are made to stack on top of each other? So you can either stack the bins on top of each other or stack other things on top of the bins, like washcloths, and still easily access all of the contents inside. Do you have bathroom organizing issues? I’d love to hear…

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Garage organization tips {+ hiding holiday gifts}

Note: This post is sponsored by Wayfair.com, but all opinions are my own! 

Let me start with we have no attic. Well, we have a 12-18 inch crawl space depending on where you are in our “attic”. It’s unusable. So, that means we throw lots of random junk in the garage. And now it’s officially time to take back control of the garage!

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Here are a few lovely before pictures of our garage. They aren’t pretty people. We’ve been piling stuff up since we moved in back in April 2013. We couldn’t even park cars in here. It was bad. Oh and that 4 wheeler is not ours, it has since been given back to it’s rightful owner. Thank goodness, those things take up a lot of room!

Garage organization tips

We’ve got 4 random doors leaning against the wall. And a big mirror. And random wood scraps, bikes and yard tools galore.

Garage organization tips

Andy can’t fit his truck in here, but my small car wants to live under cover. First we decided to utilize our existing peg boards. I mean why the heck not, they were there when we moved in… free storage, yes please! We realized that some of the old peg wasn’t in the best shape. It looked like a dog had chewed on the edge. We also knew this was the wall we wanted the bikes to hang (headspace), and the lawn tool organizer we ordered needed 49 inches of horizontal space. We decided it would go in that corner and take up 6 inches of peg.

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So, all of that to tell you we decided to take down the top peg board. Andy removed it in about 5 minutes with a drill and then sawed off the 2 left over pieces of wood.

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I used these peg hooks to organize my 2 boards, and I only have a few hooks leftover.

Garage organization tips

I started with the 32 piece kit. It’s less than $4 and has lots of fun hooks. When I discovered I needed more, I decided to go for the mac daddy of peg board organization and get the 43 piecer. I really just wanted the 4 little caddies. This is the only kit that came with 2 tiny canisters and 2 blue buckets for peg. Aren’t they cute?! I used a razor blade to cut a hole in the center of the caddy so the plastic ties things could poke through. Each caddy is holding a different size.

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The smaller board is my garden tools and the DIY tools I use the most… paint brushes, paint rollers, levels, spade, picture hanging wire, etc…

Garage organization tips

And then the other peg board got filled with random things from Andy’s tool box/ stuff on the ground. It’s so nice to be able to actually see what we already have. We own some weird stuff. Cable staples anyone? Veneer edging? I’m not even sure what some of these items do. Oh well, at least we have them and if/ when we need them, we will actually be able to find ‘em! You have no idea how happy it makes me to have that extension cord hung up!

Garage organization tips

Another garage organization tip: Use all of your nooks and crannies. We have a 2 car garage with 2 separate garage doors, which leaves a tiny nook in between the 2 garage doors. Andy realized the edger and weed eater would hang perfectly there. We bought these Tornado hooks from Home Depot for $6.97 each and hung ‘em on the wall!

Garage organization tips

We also got an outdoor storage bench from Wayfair.com to hold outdoor cushions and a few work out things. And as an extra added bonus, I’ve been using our handy little bench as a secret hiding place for Christmas gifts!

Garage organization tips

The gifts are hiding right under all of those cushions. I’m so sneaky… bhahaha! (Good thing Andy doesn’t read the blog, ha!) Andy will never touch ‘em. And I think it’s funny that he’ll stick his paws in there multiple times to get out his weights! I like having the storage bench inside of the garage because it’s really the only place to sit out there! And since I park in the garage, I often tie my shoes up, finish talking on the phone, wait 3 minutes for the laundry to finish or come visit Andy while he’s working out and sit on my handy dandy bench

Garage organization tips

So, here’s a before and after of the bench/workout space. We’re going to add some flooring and better organize the top of the closet, but baby steps here. Oh and we want to frame out the crusty, free mirror. See the chip in the top of it? Oh and did I mention I put the storage bench together all by myself. True! You don’t even need tools to do it!

Garage organization tips

And now for hanging up lawn tools… We used this 6 piece wall storage organizer. We debated getting a whole wall system, but since we already have peg boards, we decided against it. Plus those things are way more expensive. Andy just drilled her into the wall and hung up our goodies. Easy peasy. And we still have room to collect a few more!

Garage organization tips

Garage organization tips:

  • Get things off of the ground and utilize your wall storage with hooks.
  • Get rid of cardboard boxes. We keep 2 boxes at any given time. I put a free ad on craigslist and stick them at the bottom of the driveway. They are usually gone within a couple of hours.
  • Hang bikes on the ceiling (tutorial coming soon)!
  • Section your garage into zones: laundry, workout, DIY, wood shop, sports equipment, kids toys, bikes, etc…
  • Utilize pegboards! You’ll seriously save money since you will be able to easily see what you already have!
  • Don’t forget about your ceiling. There are tons of ceiling storage options out there!
  • Use all of your nooks and crannies to hang things up. Even the space between the 2 garage doors!
  • Make sure everything has a spot.

 

Garage organization tips

 

Where do you hide gifts? In your garage storage bench, like me? Do you have an organized garage or a big ol’ mess? Do you park in the garage? I’d love to hear…