Condiment Packet Organizer

This is so super simple, but I still thought I was a genius!  We don’t eat out too often but when we do, we seem to accrue a plethora of soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, dressing, barbecue sauce, and taco sauce packets! Some of them get tossed, but I like to keep a few on hand as they come in super handy to put in school lunches! I tried several methods to store these mini-sized condiments, but they always ended up flying out of the fridge at me. That is, until sheer brilliance struck! Check this out! Yep, a cracker box! That is it! I cut it off at about 2 inches, filled with packets, and placed it in the closable compartment in my fridge door.  You can fancy it up with washi tape or duct tape.  But if you just want to get ‘er done, here ya go!

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Happy Clutter Catching!

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Party Silverware Organization

I am always looking for better ways of organizing my house, life, schedule; basically my entire life! One of the things we enjoy doing the most is sharing our home with our family and friends! We have people over often, and are always looking for something or someone we can celebrate just to enjoy our loved ones!  Sometimes we will simply celebrate a beautiful summer day or a fresh blanket of snow! One of the things we needed host our guests was a serviceware caddy, as the plates, napkins, and Solo cups holding the silverware took up too much space and the cups kept tipping over. I wanted to find a  compact and attractive solution. I was shopping at a local home goods store and found this super cute and potentially efficient kitchen caddy.  It is even portable! The problem? The dividers were only a wire at the top and open the rest of the way down! The plates and napkins fit beautifully in the back, but the “divided” front was a mess!  My solution was to recycle some orange juice containers and spruce them up with some fun duct tape to keep our silverware in order in an attractive way!

THE MESS!!!!
Partyware Organizer

Partyware OrganizerWhat you need:

  • Orange Juice Cans
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors

Partyware Organizer1.  Wrap the orange juice cans with the duct tape.Partyware Organizer

2.  Put the new silverware holders in the caddy!!!

Whew!  Mess averted!!!

 

Happy Hosting!!

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Saving School Pictures…the finale…for now!

Hey Ladies:

This post will sum up the series of ideas for saving, storing and displaying school and activity pictures.  To do this, I would like to refer back to a few ideas from one of my first posts on October 21, 2013!

My husband's grandmother kept a wall in her office where she displayed every picture from all 7 grandkids from every school year! My in-laws have done the same on a wall in there basement with their 5 grandkids!

My husband’s grandmother kept a wall in her office where she displayed every picture from all 7 grandkids from every school year! My in-laws have done the same on a wall in there basement with their 5 grandkids!

My sister-in-law found a frame with 13 openings for K-12 that she purchased for all 4 people in her family.

My sister-in-law found a frame with 13 openings for K-12 that she purchased for all 4 people in her family.

My husband decided to put his pictures on one of our flyers!!

My husband decided to put his pictures on one of our flyers!

Ok, so no one else will probably use the last one, but I thought it was fun anyway!  I hope you have gotten some ideas to help you organize and display your children’s school and activity portraits!  Please feel welcome to add your ideas in the comments to share with other followers!

Happy Organizing!

Summer Smiles

Saving School Pictures: Idea #7 The Activity Wall

Hey Ladies,

This idea is more along the lines of displaying pictures of your children’s favorite activities, but could also be used to display their yearly school portraits.  For my kids, I put a ProMate of each of their activities into matching frames, and created a special collage for them to display them in their rooms.  A variation of this, especially if they are only into one particular activity, would be to create a collage displaying their Promate from each year instead of multiple activities.  Below is a picture of the wall I created for my son’s room.

Happy Decorating!

Summer Smiles

Saving School Pictures- Idea #6: Scrapbook Page of Each Year

Hey Ladies,

For those of you who like to be a little more crafty, you can always create a scrapbook of each year’s school portrait- even giving personal touches by adding photos and mementos collected throughout the year.  However, if you like the crafty feel, but don’t have the time to do keep up with this project for all of your kids, tryout pre-made scrapbook pages that only need your child’s picture added to be complete!  Genius!

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I found this fun set on Scrapbook.com!

Also, scrapbook kits are available that have decorated paper and coordinating embellishments sold together to allow for a quick, more personalized scrapbook!

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This fun kit is carried at Hobby Lobby!

Happy Organizing!

Summer Smiles

Saving School Pictures- Idea #5: Digital Files

Hey Ladies-

Idea # 5 is for the tech savvy, space saving mom.  For those  of you who don’t like to have any extra prints lying around and would prefer to save school pictures on your computer, Inter-State Studio has the option of purchasing the copyright!  The My Digital Portrait comes on a DVD and allows you to print whatever you want, whenever you want, where ever you want!  You can edit and embellish the prints to as you see fit!! This product also allow the option to save the portraits in a folder, on the DVD or in the online storage that fits your style!My digital portrait

Happy Organizing!

Summer Smiles

Saving School Pictures- Idea #3: The Expandable File

Hey Ladies-

Here is idea #3 for your kids’ picture storage. Currently, I file all of my kids’ school and activity pictures by year in an expandable file.  It is really quick and easy to toss the envelope in the file, and it keeps the order information with the images in case I want to order more later.  I have all of them in one file, but it is suddenly dawning on me that 3 kids means I need 3 files!  Huh!  Learn something new everyday!

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Happy Organizing!

Summer Smiles