Trash to Treasure—Journey To An Organized Life

Have you been bitten by the organizing bug?  I think that most of us start each new year with a desire to simplify after all of the excess and chaos of the holidays.

I tried to avoid “organizing fever”, you know, it just seems like a LOT of work.

It LOOKS like a lot of work too.

org 002Scary, huh?  This is our family computer space.  And the bane of my existence.  The thorn in my side.

It’s even worse than the dining room table, huh?

These are the bookcases that flank the armoire.

org 003  Yes, the decorating fanatic, has artwork and pictures SITTING ON THE FLOOR. 

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And that’s the least of my worries.

So.  My goal for the next few weeks is to get these spaces organized and PRETTY.

Yeah, organized can be pretty.  If you don’t believe me, check out the Centsational Girl’s efforts.  Everything Kate DOES is pretty.

My other dilemma?   You knew I had one.

I’m trying to spend NOTHING on home decor this month.  (we’re not counting the fabric I bought to sew my first pillow, k?)

I have hereby embarked on a quest for pretty and FREE storage.

org 006Do you wear shoes?  I avoid them most of the year, but sometimes they’re necessary, so I have shoe boxes.

org 005Shoe boxes covered in fabric make for pretty storage.  Mine is surely not a unique idea, but sometimes we need to think INSIDE the box, and follow the lead of others in our own way.  I made a label with chalkboard contact paper and tied it on with jute twine.  The fabric is attached with spray adhesive, and it’s far from perfect, but it works.

org 007The second shoe box is covered in craft paper secured with tape.  Another chalkboard label marks the contents. 

Easy Mason Jar Centerpieces And Waste Not Wednesday #63

Happy day friends!  While we hold on to the last few weeks of summer entertaining, and the fall holidays loom in the distance, gathering our loved ones around the table is the best way to enjoy every season.  I love to add some style to our table with mason jar centerpieces.  They are easy, beautiful, farmhousey and cheap.  😉    And guess what?  I have a couple of ideas to share!

My favorite way to use mason jars in a centerpiece is to use them as pedestals.  They make great vases, of course, but then I have to buy flowers, and remember to change the water…and I’m kind of lazy.   Perch a few pumpkins on top and you have beautiful fall color.

At Christmas, mason jars give some lift to pretty ornaments.  Add a tray and some clippings from your yard and you’re done!

More Mason Jar Centerpiece Ideas

Top a few jars with some apples in September, and add some tree clippings to your tallest vessel.

For winter, add a few faux snowballs and some evergreen branches.

In the summer a grouping of mason jars filled with flowers make a gorgeous focal point with more impact than a single vase.   You could also just perch a few faux blooms on top.  Or fill them with shells.

Thanks for letting me rattle on about mason jar centerpieces, now let’s get to the 63rd Waste Not Wednesday link party!!  Be sure to check out my awesome co-hosts and their mason jar projects too!

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Mason Jar Vases

Mason Jar Memories

Blackberry Parfait

My Five Favorite Thrift Store Makeovers

Our Favorite Waste Not Wednesday Projects:

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Flea Market Check Out Stand  |  Hey There Delyla

Book Page Wreath Tutorial  |  Vintage Paint and More

Quick and Easy Pillow Cover Update  |  1915 House

Mid Century Style Side Table  |  Ambient Wares

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