Hey girls! Today we have another scavenger hunt challenge. We are challenging you to go through all of our Room Redo posts and find how many of each of the following objects in the pictures you can find:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer! For bonus points, tell us how you use chairs, tables, and lights in your room. We would love to read your feedback!
Decluttering and organizing can seem like such daunting tasks. Thankfully, they don’t have to be! Sometimes a good plan and a few minutes each day are all you need to take back control of your spaces.
To end up with a decluttered, organized, and stress-reducing bedroom for as little time and effort as possible.
Every day for the next seven days, we are challenging you to declutter and organize one part of your bedroom. It should be super simple: just go to the area of your bedroom that you're focusing on and sort through those items. Make piles for discarding, donating, and selling (depending on the condition) anything broken, mismatched, or that you no longer use. Then, place everything you are keeping back inside the space nicely. You can try using containers and plastic bags to help you organize.
Ideally, each task will take you 10-20 minutes, and we think that the end result will be totally worth your investment!
Here are the 7 areas of your bedroom that this challenge focuses on:
1. Papers & Desk Drawers
2. Clothes & Shoes
3. Pajamas, Socks, etc.
5. Books & Magazines
6. Art & Craft Supplies, Games
We’ve designed a handy printable to keep you on task and organizing! Click the icon below to have the printable open in a new tab on your computer or device, where you may print or download it. Keep in mind that you can jump into the challenge at any time - you don't have to start on a Monday if you don't want to, as long as you get to each area. :)
We are so excited to hear all about your experiences decluttering, organizing, and taking back control of your bedroom! Please leave us a comment below to share how you are doing with the challenge. B and I would love to encourage, chat, and laugh with you!
For today's post, we decided to dig back into our blog archives and feature 5 easy crafts you can make to dress up your bedroom! They are a great way to transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary one, and they require minimal effort. Have fun exploring this great DIYs!
Make a Beach Miniature Scene
How to Make a Yarnlet
Make a Neon Jar
Paint Your Own Cacti Rocks
Make an Adorable Pencil Holder
Make it Yours
Feel free to experiment and get creative with all of these crafts! Try changing up the colors of materials used. It can bring a whole new look to your creation, plus, you can make it coordinate perfectly with your bedroom! (For tips on what colors work well together, check out B's post on that here).
A few weeks ago, we discussed how to clean out cabinets. Today, we’re going to talk about how to keep drawers sparkling and (hopefully!) clutter-free!
What you will need:
What’s the problem?
First, let’s talk about why drawers are messy. Usually, when my desk drawer ends up with papers exploding out of it, it’s because I don’t have anywhere else for those items. Because of that, we can’t just declutter the drawer once. We need to create space for those miscellaneous objects to keep the clutter from coming back.
How do we do that?
Well, let’s start by actually cleaning out the drawer. Take everything out and sort through it. We’ll be using a similar process to the one we used in cleaning out a cupboard. For the full instructions, make sure to pop on over and read that post! Here are the basics of this method. With each step, I'll also be showing you how I accomplished that with my own desk. This is my before:
1. Take everything out.
2. Sort into piles for trash, keep, and donate. Then, sort the “keep” items into like categories.
3. Wipe out the drawer
And here's my after!
Now, let’s figure out what kinds of items we need to find space for. Maybe in your desk, you have lots of notes from friends, finished test papers, or in-progress crafts. Perhaps, there are hordes of loose pens, pencils, and paper clips floating about! Let’s corral all of this mess with some handy organization tools. This is the best part! Are you ready?
Ok, here are my favorite organizational tools for drawers:
If you’ve got lots of loose pens and small items, grab pen trays.
If you have souvenirs and in-progress crafts, reach for the lidded containers.
This is important, girls: Label it! Seriously, if you put a label on the container, there’s no question a few months down the road on what is supposed to go in there. It’s just like the phrase says: A place for everything, and everything in its place. After all, if you don’t give it a place, it’ll just end up floating around your desk and becoming clutter. Don't let that happen! :)
I hope you had fun organizing today! For more tips on keeping your room spotless, check out B's post from last week!
I know that cleaning is not fun. I do not like to clean. I love how everything looks after it’s all sparkly and organized, but getting to that point is not always fun. But what if it was? What if every time you cleaned you got to have a little party? Get your party pants on, because this is what I am going to show how to do!
Supplies you need:
* Anything that plays music
* Feather duster
* Dust rag
1. Pick a cleaning job to do. Gather you supplies and put on your favorite music.
2. If you are using a feather duster, pretend it is a microphone and sing along to you music. Don’t forget to dance while doing so.
3. If you are using a vacuum, put on you best ballroom music, pop in some earbuds for the best sound, and gracefully dance with your dance partner (vacuum) and wow the crowd.
4. If you are using a dust rag, dust in a sweeping, circular motion and pretend you are a DJ. Play those records! Note: if you do not know what a record is, consult your parents or grandparents. They used to use them.
5. If you are cleaning out a cupboard (see A’s awesome post about that) closet, bookshelf, etc. set your timer for five minutes and see how much you can thoroughly clean before the buzzer goes off.
Have fun partying!
Welcome back, girls! Today we are going to talk about how to clean out and reorganize cupboards, drawers, and just about anything in only five simple steps. I hope that you find my tutorial fun and helpful!
This was my sewing cupboard a few weeks ago. Need I say anything? Obviously, it needed a MAJOR makeover, and I decided to use this 5-step process with it. The result is much more satisfying!!
Step 1: Begin by taking everything out of your space and laying it on the nearest table or floor. It doesn’t need to look neat or organized yet, so just get it all out.
Step 2: Start organizing everything into piles. For my sewing cupboard, I nearly re-folded my fabric and arranged it into these piles: (1) get rid of, (2) remnants basket, (3) cutesy fabric, (4), home decor/holiday fabric, and (5) fleece/felt. I also did this with my patterns and other supplies. As you go, make sure to see what you don’t use anymore and can get rid of (and then actually get rid of it).
Step 3: Now, wipe off the shelves of your cupboard. Do some actual cleaning and remove dust and dirt from your space before putting everything back in.
Step 4: Now is the fun part - you get to arrange everything just the way you want it! As you plan to put everything back in, consider how you can make it more organized. For example, I chose to store my sorted fabric in clear plastic containers, and also to add a drawer unit for my thread, patterns, and other supplies. This ensures that I have a place for everything, and that supplies don’t just get thrown back in the cupboard after a crafting session. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to use baskets/containers/bags in your organizing - they can be very helpful tools.
Step 5: This is by far the easiest step - stand back and enjoy your work!! I am very happy with my improved sewing cupboard, and I hope that you are satisfied with your new and improved space!
I would not consider myself to be “fashion crazy” but I do like cute clothes. Unfortunately, it can get kind of hard to see my stuff when my dresser gets messy. If you have that problem too, do not despair! I am here to help. Just roll up those sleeves and get cleaning!
1. Take out everything and sort it into three piles: keep, donate/sell and pitch. Determine what goes in which pile by asking yourself the following questions about each item: Does it fit? Is there holes? Is it worn out? Do I wear it often?
2. For your “donate/sell” pile, take everything to donate to a local charity and try hosting a garage sale to sell the rest. For your “pitch” pile, throw it away. For your “keep” pile, continue reading to find out how to organize it.
3. Lay out all your “keep” clothes. Sort out what you want to go together. Keep like items together. For instance, have one drawer for pants, another for underclothes and socks, and another for pajamas. After you have your drawer categories picked out you may want to organize your stacks in each drawer. In the pant drawer you could have a stack for jeans, another for leggings, and yet another for slacks.
4. Dust your dresser. Dust inside the drawers and on the countertop.
5. Fold everything nicely and put all your clothes in your drawers.
6. To finish, clean everything off the top of your dresser. You will be surprised by how good it looks!
Good job! You just did something you can be proud of.
Today, we are going to talk about desks! Having a comfortable, well-lit, and nicely organized workspace can be the key to getting a lot of things done without becoming overly frustrated and stressed. :) In this post, we are going to talk about all three of these topics: Comfort and posture, lighting, and organization!
Choosing a Comfortable Chair
If your desk chair is uncomfortable, are you going to want to sit in it? No! That’s why choosing a chair for your desk is so important. Not only is a good chair comfortable, but it also has the proper support for your neck and back, so that you do not strain them. Read on for some useful tips to keep in mind when browsing!
Also, consider these questions. Is there any benefit in having a desk chair that spins? Would you like a chair that is height-adjustable? Figuring out exactly what you want before you go shopping will help you to find exactly the right chair for you.
In the past, we have talked about how to have great lighting in your bedroom. Lighting is even more important for your desk area, because if you don’t have the proper lighting in your workspace, it can strain your eyes and also make it more difficult to stay awake and concentrate. If your desk is in a darker corner, or if you work more often at night, then you might consider getting a small desk lamp. You could also purchase a floor lamp that will stand beside your desk and light up the whole area.
Organization & Supplies
Having a desk area that is well-equipped, stocked, and organized can make it much easier and more fun to start on your projects. Below are some supplies that I have found useful for helping me to stay organized.
Supplies to consider:
I hope that you have fun customizing your desk area to be just right for you!
* Do follow A’s tips for lighting. She had a great post on lights a few weeks ago.
* Do decorate with your favorite knickknacks, but keep counters mostly clean.
* Do choose one or two main colors for your room as well as one or two accent colors. Check out my previous post on colors.
* Do make your bed every morning. It will get you in a habit and make it easier to remember to do.
* Do throw away all trash immediately. Consider getting a small decorative trash can for your room
* Don’t over stuff drawers, closets, shelfs, etc.
* Don’t forget to put away laundry. Try to put it all away as soon as it is clean.
* Don’t shove things under your bed. Get some short plastic totes to slide under your bed to keep those random items in.
* Don’t bring something in to your room if you are not going to put it away. A common cause of dirty rooms is when people (myself included) bring random things in their rooms, set them down, and forget all about them.
I hope these tips were helpful. Have fun!
Ordinarily, I would always say to follow the instructions, but today I am going to show you how to incorrectly use your supplies to make the best room decor and storage ever! Be sure to roll up your sleeves and get parents permission before attempting any of these.
Note: never try using any electric items in any way they were not intended.
Supplies you need:
* Nail polish
* Shoe organizer (hanging type)
* Drawstring bags
* Cookie tins
* Pens, crayons, markers, etc.
1. Nail polish
Its pretty on nails but have you imagined it on other things? Try adding stripes to a jar or on a mirror frame. Do you need a picture on your wall? Paint a unique portrait out of nail polish that is sure to please!
2. Shoe organizer
Everyone has one thing in their room that they can’t find a spot for. Problem solved! Hang your organizer on the back of a door and fill the compartments with whatever you want to. To keep the compartments from getting messy, put little signs in the front of each pouch telling what belongs there.
3. Drawstring bags
It’s time to tell my secret. I have a pile of drawstring bags in the bottom of my closet. It is a big, ugly and growing pile that I have to do something about! Now I have the solution to my drawstrings and to yours too. Use your bags as designated cubbies for different items. Create a bag for your bracelet making supplies and another bag for your bottle cap collection. Make cute signs for each bag and secure them with tape.
Time to scrap all cardboard boxes and put them to work. Divide drawer space into little compartments by adding cardboard walls. You could even cutesy it up my wrapping the walls in scrapbook or wrapping paper.
5. Cookie tins
You know those cute tins that your neighbors give cookies in? Break out all your craft supplies and make them as cute as you can. Wrap them in paper and add marker and glitter pen designs. When you are done, fill them with your knickknacks and display them on shelfs and counters.