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  • I shared and easy and inexpensive washi tape storage solution.
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Don't you just love washi tape!? It's pretty, it's inexpensive, it adds instant character and charm to anything you stick it on. But once you have collected a few rolls (see my little collection above), they can become a storage problem. Shoving them in a box under a cabinet is not the answer because I like to keep them handy for all my little scrapping & journalism projects.  And besides, they're pretty!


Then I saw this pin on Pinterest  from the website http://safieh.wordpress.com and I knew the problem was solved.





Did you know Walmart carries these straw dispensers? And better yet, they only cost about $8!



Just lift up the lid and the whole "holder portion" will come out.  Twist to unscrew the bottom from the rod.



Turn the holder over and slide the tape spools over the rod.  Screw the bottom back onto the rod.



Flip the holder over and slip it back into the dispenser!  Look at the pretty washi tape! And using them is as simple as pulling up the lid and tearing off a bit.

I just love easy solutions!!


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We haven’t played this game in a while!  OK, it’s not really game.  It’s more like show and tell…  or just me rambling.  But you keep showing up here, so you must not mind my rambles :)

Want to know what I’ve been noticing a lot of?  Organizational and cleaning tips!  I know, I’m weird.  But even so, when I find something that has the potential to make my life easier I pay attention because there are only so many hours in a day and at the end of the day I would like to have at least a few moments to read a book.  Or watch Sister Wives.

Here are some tips that have caught my little eye (get it?  “I spied with my little eye…”  Oh forget it.):

Source: thriftyfun.com via Carey on Pinterest


What could I use a pour spot for? There must be something, I'll think of it eventually.  The spout comes from the top of can of grated parmesan cheese.  Just cut it out and use with a mason jar.


Source: realsimple.com via Carey on Pinterest


Now this is a problem I have, loose cords, and I was not referring to my brain although you could also make that argument. I can definitely use this tip to keep my cords tangle free.



You remember my glass etching adventures? Well... I have found another use for that jar of glass etching paste and this one makes me equally giddy. Not only do I love the idea of having spice jars all the same size and shape, I love the idea of having them marked so uniformly and chic. Can a spice cabinet be chic? I think so.

Source: i.imgur.com via Carey on Pinterest


I think this is a clever way to keep your bags closed tight!



Keep all 52 cards together in a dollar store soap box. Especially great tip if you are taking cards on a vacation.


Source: chicaandjo.com via Carey on Pinterest


Clear out that important drawer-real-estate!  Go vertical!


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I haven't tried this yet, but I'm gonna!  It is really hard to get that last bit of candle wax out of a votive, or any other candle holder for that matter.  Just  shot of nonstick spray on the bottom will help it slide right out.


Jill from One Good thing has 2 methods for getting her cookie sheets, baking pans and other kitchen wares looking brand spanking new.  1) a mixture of baking soda and peroxide or 2) a natural solvent called Sol-U-Mel.  Definitely worth a shot!

There are some really great ideas out there, let me know if you have any to share!

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Most of you have probably seen Martha Stewart's version of how to fold a fitted sheet, that elastic bound nightmare that never sits right in the linen closet because it's so hard to fold. BUT... Martha's version is confusing to me. And trying to follow the written directions is even more confusing. BUT... this video by Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff is brilliant because she shows you how to do it essentially with her back facing the camera, so the angle is exactly the angle you experience while following along. And she's hilarious, so you should check out the rest of her blog.


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When you are home for a 4 day weekend you have time to catch up on the important things, like Pinterest.  So here are some of my vacation observations:


Seriously? The cuteness is almost too much for me.

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Don't be alarmed, Johnny had to have surgery a few weeks ago so the tour and new album has been pushed out to 2012. I'm wondering if the new one will top Continuum. On second thought, I don't think it's possible to top Continuum but I'm really excited about the new album.


I like 'em but I never knew those were called Dutch Doors. Know I know.

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I don't think this would look good on my shape, but I'm thinking someone with a long torso and narrow shoulders would rock it.


Not just pretty, I think this is a brilliant space problem solver, especially in a guest bathroom.


This picture makes me want to burst out singing "Love, you didn't do right by me..." from White Christmas. Classic.

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That just flat out made me laugh!

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Ummm... I might need that necklace. It's so unique and would go with so many outfits.

Source: polyvore.com via Carey on Pinterest


I just took my cowboy boots in to get re-stretched so I can replicate this look. I never knew I had thick calves until I tried to buy boots but thankfully, the Shoe Guy on D Street is a miracle worker and very reasonably priced.


As you can see, I got a lot done over the past 4 days. Except the laundry. Or cleaning the bathroom. Or vacuuming. Oops. At least I caught up on my Pinerest!

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I just might be the world's biggest nerd, but organizational products and the process of putting things in order is a simple thing that brings me great joy. That picture above gives me shivers because it is so put together and orderly. It's like catnip for Carey!

Oh, I'll put off a clean-up job like the best of the procrastinators but it isn't because I don't enjoy doing it. No, it's because I have to ruminate on it for weeks, maybe months to be certain that I've come up with the best organizational plan for the job. I have to set aside time to do research at places like The Container Store. I am probably the only person I know who got excited on a recent trip to San Francisco when I realized my hotel was right across the street from The Container Store.  Fisherman's Wharf?  Who cares, I'm going to The Container Store!

Isn't that pantry just dreamy?

This entire office set from seejanework.com is making me drool.

I can't tell you how many of these storage bins I own. I keep buying them in all different sizes! I use them for things like this:


Yes, I am the goober who took the time to make labels to make her organizational storage bins even more organized.  Big...time...nerd.


Being organized puts my mind at ease and there is something about the method of putting things "where they go" that is calming and therapeutic for me. Almost like doing a jigsaw puzzle. It takes patience and determination to get everything to fit but the payoff is the relief of knowing that when I am looking for my pinking sheers I know exactly where they are: in the closet, first storage bin, 2nd drawer.

Some organizational jobs can take a long time and are not simple, like the bedroom closet.  That one takes some serious planning.

But some are small projects with big payoff.  You know you have a junk drawer in your kitchen, admit it.  Well what if you dumped all of the contents of your junk drawer out and put some drawer dividers or baskets in there and rearranged things a bit so you could actually see what was in the junk drawer? Maybe toss out all the pens that no longer work and takeout menus from 2004.   It wouldn't take long and I promise it will make you pretty proud of yourself every time you open that drawer looking for AAA batteries.

A little simple organizing equals peace of mind.


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