So…clearly Heather and I are totally linked by the brain nodes because she did not even tell me she went shopping for Martha Stewart for Avery organizer stuff (which you can read about here), when what do I do? Go on a search for MS organizer stuff. Seriously, though, Martha really is a genius when it comes to this.
Anyway, I’ve had this box from Ikea for the longest time. It’s the FIRA mini chest, and I believe it’s been discontinued, which is really unfortunate because it has come in handy over the years for various purposes. I got it almost 10 years ago and it held makeup, jewelry, and scrapbook supplies. I even painted it white right when I got it, thinking I was all ahead of the trend with Ikea Hacking. HAHA! Too bad I knew nothing about painting and it turned out awful.
Oh, please don’t mind all the junk all around this. It’s part of the reason I’m organizing. Too much junk all over the place. I decided that the next incarnation of this box's use was going to be what it was originally intended for, desk/office supplies. Right now our kitchen is just busting at the seams with stacks: stack of magazines, stacks of bills, stack of coupons….all in a state of limbo. Some need to be paid, some need to be filed, some I like to keep around for awhile...like ads and stuff.
So I gave this baby a good shake down, sand down, and spray down. I knew I was going to buy some new organizing tools, so I used the paint I had on hand. I think it’s just Rustoleum's yellow. Nothing fancy to it. Just yellow.
Doesn’t she look so much better? Oh and I changed all the drawers around. This doesn’t have designated cubbies, so I can move them around as much as I please. But wait…it gets better! Enter Martha!
Yay! I purchased files, file labels, and some dry erase labels. I had to run back to Staples, though, because the original dry erase labels I got were too big for the drawers. Just for the record - I think that they are a super cool idea since this little box has gone through so many different uses. It might be nice to just be able to erase and re-label! So when I went back to Staples, I found these little babies…adhesive metal tags.
I. Love. Them.
I. Love. Them.
And yes…I do wear fancy pajamas to bed. Look at that satin sleeve…..oh yeah. We are fancy pants around here! I first tackled the file folders to conquer these piles of paper. So ugs.
I labeled three different folders….for now. To Pay, To File, and Circulars. I like to keep around the Target ad, Joann’s ad, and grocery store's ad, just in case. You know…for the week. So this keeps all that stuff off there. Then I stuck the metal tags on the drawers (they are SUPER sticky! You have to get it right the first time, which I don’t know if I did on a couple of them) and labeled them the following: Cam. Charger, Pens, Scissors, Hard Drive, Batteries, Coupons. These are things that I tend to reach for most often, and that tend to sit around out of place on counter tops. Especially coupons. I have a coupons file…but sometimes I get them in the mail or have a clipping spree, but just don’t file them right away. So…in the drawer they go until I file them. Off the counter! Anyway…here’s the finished product!
I’m not going to point out my flaw and what I forgot to do…but I’m sure you can see it. But it’s an easy fix. I actually didn’t even notice it until this photo….way less noticeable in person! Anyway…I love it. It’s so cute and tidy and makes me smile!
Hooray for pretty organizing!!!