Sunday, September 4, 2011

Seeking organization one pretty project at a time

On a recent archaeologcial dig through my cabinets, {insert giggle here} I found an old recipe box.
This wasn't any ordinary recipe box.
It was once a domestic administration box (my personal chore chart in a box).

This is a story of the upcycling of that box and my journey toward organization.
Well, "pretty" organization.  {because I like pretty}

Here is what my heart wanted.

Here is where our story begins:

This was once what I liked - pretty different than shot above, huh?
I was determined put my chore cards back in action fluffed up with the kind of pretty that makes me smile.

Some sanding, a can of spray paint, Mod Podge and pretty paper later . . .

*b l i s s*

"Don't forget" -- I have a set of index cards with monthly and daily dividers inside.
The index cards in between hold the daily, weekly, monthly things I want to get done.  When I am finished with the task, I move it along to the next day, week or month.

I want to keep this box out in my kitchen on a daily basis so that it will be easier for me to use.
{and maybe not end up in the next archaeological dig, haha}

"Live Today" - embrace the day, it could be the best one yet.

I wanted some pretty tags on the top
 like the one that says you are perfect.
I know I am not perfect but I am perfectly . . . me.

This quote by Mark Twain is one of my favorites.
This box is not only about doing chores {blah blah blah} but also about making the most of each day.
{family time, creative time, business time, soul stretching time}

Here is another shot of the sweet pearl buckle of this tag.
It is from Cerri of the Little Pink Studio.  I just love all of the sweet embellishments she has!

Another tag with one of my favorite papers (and nothing else - just plain paper love).

With my new found inspiration, I created a hub for the daily menagerie of life.
A sweet place for cell phone, planner, keys, purse and
all the other accoutrements of shuffling from point A to point B.

The table was from a friend.

A repainted tiered stand plays the organizer

Bavarian dish (holds keys and the occasional pocket contents)
Handpainted creamer (wrangles cell phone charger cord)


A silver sugar dish (plays cell phone holder)

I need to look around and find something to cover that awful black cell phone charger.

The darling "fly" tag is from my friend Tracy.
I've got some creative muse set to make a cover for that planner too!

Was is the best thing you have found {or found again} to repurpose or reuse for organization?
I love to hear new and inspiring ideas!

I am linking up with Amaze Me Mondays
Dittle Dattle

Thanks for stopping by sugahs!
xo's ~ Heidi


Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh how sweet! what a it! Merci for entering my giveaway and Bonne Chance! :)

Just me said...

Very pretty Heidi! Love that box and the great organizational ideas within! Your table and display are wonderful!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

I love how you redid your box ! I am the WORST at organization. Always have grand ideas but ummmm not much follow through.
Guess my best "reuse" is an old buffet that I have my packaging supplies in.

debi said...

Oooooh! I love this idea!

I have my chores on a plain ol' printed out list, but this is just pretty enough, it might get me to actually complete my list. lol