Inspiration and Motivation

Since I’ve started this blog I’ve been receiving really great feedback, not only from you, the readers, but also from some of my family members that I shared my blog with over emails and facebook. One of the greatest feelings is knowing that you’ve helped someone make a positive change in order to have a happier, less cluttered life. My mother just recently sent me a picture of a table that’s along the wall in her dinning room. It was cluttered with magazines, mail, reading glasses, iphone accessories, etc. You name it and it could probably be found on this table.

My mom doesn’t ask me for advice often so the fact that she asked me what she should do and the fact that I had so many ideas of ways to clean up the space made my day! I was texting her ideas and links to baskets and boxes on Amazon and just being a super big dork because I was so excited about this. So Sunday she texted me another picture.

What an improvement! It looks so good and I’m so happy that 1) my mom asked for my advice 2) took my advice and 3) was awesome enough to take before and after pictures so I could blog about it! -haha. It’s motivated me to really step up my game around my own house. Some days I feel like I may come off a little “preachy” with some of my tips and solutions when in reality my apartment is no where near perfect! I’ve been sick for the past week and a half so I’ve been slacking a little bit with my Clean Out Your Closet challenge, but now that I’m feeling better there should be nothing stopping me!

Small Homemade Storage Boxes

If I haven’t said it already, allow me to say it now. MY APARTMENT HAS HARDLY ANY STORAGE POSSIBILITIES! It really sucks. I’ve been looking for some small solutions, like what to do with my nail polish, how to store my DVD’s and make them look nice, where to store all of Sam’s video game paraphernalia. First, my nail polish was in a big jar, which was not functional at all, especially if I wanted a color that was near the bottom of the jar – GRRR!. But most recently all my nail polish and supplies have been in a really pretty box that I got from my mom last Christmas.

But since storage in my apartment sucks I wanted to use these boxes in my living room to put stuff in like card games or other small items. But this is what it looks like inside!

So you see my dilemma? We’ll I decided to make my own nail polish storage box that wouldn’t look bad if it was out in the open.

All I needed were:

– An empty shoe box

– A piece of nifty looking scrapbook paper and a piece of construction paper that matched

– A glue stick and liquid Elmer’s glue

– And my handy-dandy paper cutter that I told you about in my Organizing on a Budget #3 post.

It was super simple. All I had to do was measure the dimensions of the box, cut, and glue!

After it was done drying I was able to cut those edges that are sticking out. Then I organized all my nail polish and nail files and cotton swabs, etc.

That’s it! Now I can keep it on my bookshelf and no one knows what’s inside! And even better news, I can move my pretty boxes into the living room and fill them with other junk! YAY!