Organizing Your Life One Drawer At a Time

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Drawer separators are amazing. I found this one at Bed Bath and Beyond, and miraculously 3 of them fit perfectly into my vanity drawer!

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Now that I can actually see what makeup I have,  I can get out of the house in the morning at least 10 minutes faster! Next drawer to organize is my kitchen accessories. For that drawer you can use drawer separators without compartments to hold longer items like wooden spoons.

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Tools to Have Around the House

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This pink tool box was one of the greatest high school graduation presents I got! I have used its contents countless times and don’t know what I would do without it. This is one accessory no woman should go without.

Here is my list of top ten tools to have around the house.

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1. Hammer: Hanging up wall art and seasonal decor

2. Screw Drivers (Phillips and Flat-blade): Assembling furniture

3. Staple Gun: Hanging Christmas lights around your home or garden, reupholstering furniture and attaching curtain ties

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4. Exacto Knife: Great for cutting tape when painting or tracing paper molds to hang a wall collage

5. Wrench: When you made a mistake and need to get that nail or screw out. Oops!

6. Drill: Hanging up curtains, shelves or building gardening boxes and other fun things

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7. Pliers: Get a good grip on anything you can’t pull out with your bare hands

8. Sander and Sand Paper: For the crafty woman who likes to refinish furniture or to smooth out any rough surface

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9. Nails and Hooks: To hang up wall art and seasonal decor – you’ll always need them.

10. Measuring Tape: FOR EVERYTHING! Measuring the perfect position while hanging wall art, making sure the furniture you liked at the store will fit into the space you have, laying out plans for your living room to space out everything perfectly. (I recommend a travel measuring tape as well to keep in your purse – just in case you find something you love on the go!)

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Extra Versitile Olive Oil

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I love finding new uses for my glass jars and bottles! This bright green bottle used to contain extra virgin olive old from California Olive Ranch. As you know, I use olive oil pretty frequently when I cook, so I didn’t have to wait long to decorate my home with the bottle!

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One way to use this bottle was as a dish soap container. After thoroughly cleaning the bottle, pour in regular dish soap with a splash of water to make it less dense. Top the bottle with a pour spout that you can purchase for under $5.

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Another more obvious way to re-purpose this bottle is as a vase. I filled it with some fresh lavender from my yard and it really made my room look and smell like spring.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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The Not- So Temporary Bedside Table

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Yep – a moving box. I moved into my apartment a year and a half ago. Didn’t have much furniture; had plenty of moving boxes. Fast forward to my current bedside table: still a moving box, but don’t tell anyone!

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I found some great fabric (shocking – in back and white) at a local craft store and layered it over the box.

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I love this fluer-de-lis pattern on the top fabric!  It almost makes this card board box look regal.

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Voila! An instant bedside table. Honestly NO ONE who’s seen my room would ever guess that this was a moving box. I added a few personal items and was all done.

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Hey, when I decide to move again, I’ll have one less box to buy!

Pop of Color : Painting a Wood Dresser

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Growing up with a mother from New York, and living there for quite some time myself, my favorite color to wear and pair is obviously: black. When I moved back to sunny California I realized my solely black and white room needed a pop of color! I found this old wooded dresser at a thrift store down the street and decided to transform it.

I simply removed the handles and sanded the whole thing down- drawers and all.

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I picked out some Tiffany blue paint and painted two coats. To make it look a little shabby, and not so plastic, I took some sand paper to the outer molding. It was a little scary at first – but it was really worth it! After I was happy with the look,  I used a finishing spray to seal it all in.

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Once it was all dry I put back the handles.  I kept the originals because I love the antique look – and I had to have a little black!

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This entire project took me about 3 hours and completely brightened up my room!

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