Lazy Weekend

After last weeks extravaganza this weekend was a well needed relaxing, not-much-going-on, hang out in bed until 10:00 am kinda weekend. No great organizational tips or financial spreadsheets today. I’m sorry. But I did go to Christmas Tree Shop today and found these awesome Sally Hansen nail pen things and I got one in a chrome silver and also a fuchsia chrome which looks something like this:

Isn’t it pretty? And it was only $1.69!

I’m also currently listening to:

I was never a huge Beach Boys fan until I found this vinyl. They’re amazing!

But that’s pretty much the highlights of my weekend. I did find a little time to work on a few projects for a few posts this coming week so stay tuned! Especially if you love mason jars and scrapbook paper storage! Hahaa.

I hope all of you have had a great weekend and I can’t wait to share my new organizational ideas with you this week!

More ways to save money & be organized!

If you’re like me, when you get a gift bag with gifts in it, the only purpose that the bag serves is to keep everything together until you get it home. Then once I get home, the bag gets thrown in the garbage because I just don’t have anywhere to put it or don’t ever suspect that I’ll have the need to recycle it. WRONG! Do you know how much money you could save by keeping all of your gift bags and reusing them? And by buying Christmas wrapping paper after the holidays? It’s crazy! Preparing for situations before they happen will save you a lot of money in the long run. Don’t just chalk up the money for a new, pretty, frilly gift bag! Just keep the ones that you get for your birthday and Christmas and recycle!

(Sorry for the awful pics. I took these with my phone instead of my camera)

Keep a storage container with your left over bags and gift boxes!

Do you know how hard it is to find gift boxes in the summer time or any time other than Christmas? It’s very difficult, believe me! Keeping your extras really saves money and the time it would take you to search for them! Not only should you save gift bags and gift boxes but save your shoe boxes also! It’s so easy and cheap to decorate a shoe box into a pretty little gift box.

With all the Christmas bags and just random little bags I’ve gotten in the past year, I don’t think I’ll need to purchase any for awhile.

Right now, Target has these storage containers 2 for $9 and Amazon has a gift wrap storage bag for $12.99 and it’s also eligible for Amazon Prime Free Two-Day shipping!

Organizing on a Budget – #4

First off, let me start by saying HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful mother, even though I don’t think she looks at my blog. Oh wellz!

I went into Target yesterday after work to pick up some supplies because I’m making mini s’more cupcakes for a cookout on Saturday, but of course I had to look all over the store for some good deals. I made my way over to the dollar aisle and I found a couple things.

These really cute boxes were only $1.00 each:

I was growing out of the jar that I had been using for all of my pens, pencils, and markers so I figured they would be perfect. I love the black and white design! The mini cupcake liners that I go for the cupcakes I’m making on Saturday have a similar black and white pattern as the front box. I’m super excited to use them!

Burger Trays $1.00 for 4!

Don’t laugh! I don’t really even eat a lot of burgers and I highly doubt that’s what I’ll use these little baskets for but I will find a justification for this purchase! I just don’t know what it is yet – haha! But stay tuned!

Then I was walking around the rest of the store and found something super awesome!

Target has a 6 Qt. Sterilite storage box with lid for $.97! You can use these types of boxes for a lot of different things. On the label on the box it shows that you can put a pair of shoes in but I came up with a couple extra ideas, even though there’s endless amounts of things you could do with a box like this!

In drawer storage compartment! My envelopes and post its and stamps were floating all over the top drawer of my storage set and it was driving me crazy. This box holds all that junk and makes it look a little more organized.

A medicine or first-aid kit. This is great if you have kids and you don’t want them to be able to get into all of the medications and ointments that you have. Just put them in a box like this and put it all the way at the top of your bathroom closet or wherever you keep your medication. I like this idea because all these bottles and boxes were just kind of tossed into my bathroom closet and it was a mess (it’s still a mess because I haven’t conquered it yet, but shhhh).

I might have to go back for a couple more of these while they’re on sale. I was looking for a really cheap cupcake holder to transport my cupcakes to and from the cookout and I couldn’t find one for under $20 so I figure most of my mini cupcakes will fit in a box like this.

After I left the storage area of Target I went over to my favorite section… The school supplies!

I found a really cute Blue Sky planner that was July 2012 – June 2013.

I loved everything about it! The design on the front and the inside was beautiful with built in To-Do lists and grocery list column, but I didn’t purchase it because it was a July – June and my planner will get me through December of this year. I just hope that I can find one similar when I’m ready to purchase a planner for next year.

I also found these

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of these but I see them on Pinterest all the time. They’re called Smash books and supposedly they’re kind of like a casual scrapbook for people that don’t want to take too much time saving and pasting something. It sounds like a really cute idea but I didn’t purchase this either. I love actual scrapbooking too much – LOL!

So my total for the items that I showed you today was $5.28 and that’s including the tax! I also purchased a 8 x 10 white frame for $4 that I needed for a project I’m working out but I excluded that from my total.

And that concludes my post for the day. I think Target should be paying me to talk so good about them. If you work at Target or know someone who does, tell them to sponsor me or whatever! Haha, just kidding… unless you do know someone that works there, put in a good word.

P.S. After I left Target last night I went and bought a new car! It’s a 2013 Sonata… Isn’t she pretty?!

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!