Monday, August 25, 2014

34 DIY Paper Box Drawer Organizers and an Organized "Everything" Drawer

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!  School starts next week for us so we are doing all we can to soak in those final days of summer.

Today I have a fun and free project to share that was inspired by a messy drawer I opened this weekend.

I have grown completely understanding that organizing is an on going process and that occasionally some systems don't work out the first time.  Or the second. 

Our junk drawer never seems to stay organized.  No matter how many times I have re-organized it, it always ends up becoming a catch all for anything and everything.  That means that the items we should be storing within the drawer become lost in the shuffle.

There is only so much you can do with a junk drawer.  Half of the items I dumped out have a dedicated place to call home, they just never made it that far initially.  So lesson learned team Jones.  put stuff away where it belongs instead of tossing it in the "junk" drawer.  Problem solved.

So I did what I always do and dumped everything out, sorted, tossed and put things away where they really should go.  I even found a dollar and two gift cards!  See my friends!  There is always value in organizing!

I decided that in order to remedy the situation, I would have to add a few more organizers.  This would allow me to categorize a few more items as well as prevent the previous organizer from sliding around within the drawer.  Lastly, this time I would be adding labels so there is absolutely no confusion about what belongs within the drawer.

Once the previous organizer was empty, I added a little life by lining the bottom of the tray with decorative paper.  I have a few bins of pretty paper from my scrapbooking days, so I was able to use what I already had on hand.

Next up, I made a couple of boxes out of more sheets of scrapbook paper.  And they were so darn cute and addicting that I made a few extras for other drawers as well.

All you need is some scrap-paper and you can easily make a little box/tray for organizing or anything you wish really.  However, I did find that the stronger the paper, the stronger the box.  Go figure right?

  1. Start with a square piece of paper.
  2. Fold it down the center and then down the center again to create four equal sections.  Open the paper back up.
  3. Fold each corner into the center of the paper.
  4. Visual of progress - all corners folded in.
  5. Fold one edge to the center. 
  6. Fold opposite edge to the center.
  7. Open back up to reveal new creases and only two corners folded in at the center.
  8. Now repeat on the opposite two sides, folding each edge to the center {leaving the other two edges unfolded}
  9. Visual of progress - two edges folded in meeting at the center.
  10. Fold one edge over at the crease in paper.
  11. Push in edges of paper.
  12. Fold over edge to create one side of the box.
  13. Repeat on opposite side, folding over the edge to create the opposite side of the box.
  14. Wiggle a little bit until all edges are straight.
  15. Celebrate!  Pretty sweet huh?

Once I had some little boxes created, I popped everything back into the empty drawer.  I also added a couple of pieces of clear packing tape to the bottom of the newly created paper boxes for a little added strength.

I categorized the items I want access to on a daily basis because we actually use them within the kitchen frequently... and the added some labels to the organizers.

For the labels, I used some Martha Stewart stickers labels {found at Staples awhile back}, which I paired with my label maker and clear label maker tape.

And a full view of the after.

This view makes me giddy inside!  Maybe those sweet little flower boxes and labeled organizers will actually do the trick this time?  Or maybe I will just have to be OK with the fact that the junk drawer clean-out is an annual task.  Either way, all is right in the drawer for today.

I love anytime I can use what I have at home to whip up something pretty and functional.  You can also see how I used cereal boxes for drawer dividers here, as well as cardboard boxes paired with fabric for great storage bins here.  Now to put the rest of those sweet little paper boxes to good use in other drawers around the house. 

Have you been DIY'ing any storage big or small?  How about taking back a drawer that is always a small thorn in your side?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

95 The 2015 iHeart Planner is HERE! And a Huge Planner Products Giveaway!

I cracked a bottle of champagne last night because after months of planning, designing, tweaking, proofing, numbering and re-designing some more, the 2015 Daily Planner has been officially released in my Etsy shop!  Did you hear the sigh or relief from there?

You can find every last detail over on my Daily Planner FAQ page here, but some highlights include fresh new colors...

As well as a new half page size option!  Say hello to the Mini iHeart!

Both sizes make my heart happy and offer the same great features as previous planner editions along with a few new added bonuses.

To celebrate the release of the planner, I have asked my favorite companies to put together a little THANK YOU giveaway for my super sweet readers.  And they really came through for you guys!

One of the reasons I love creating and using printables for organizing, is the flexibility they offer to print as needed on demand.  I love having the option to print a new grocery list each week or a new page for my planner should something spill on it or if I have a bad handwriting day.  But what I really crush on is the versatility and ability to mix the printables with different binders and organizers until I find something that completely suites my daily needs. 

In the photo above, I paired my printables with my current favorite planner accessories.  Writing accessories from Poppin, a Jr. Discbound Notebook from Staples and stickers, tabs and page flags from Girl of all Work.  And of course, the pages were printed at home with an HP printer.

Poppin has been my first stop for office supplies since I met them a few years back.  I have purchased their pens, highlighters, rulers, spiral notebooks {big and small} and many more accessories to make my desk a happy place to work.  They offer items in a rainbow of colors and they are always coming out with new products that make my organizing heart leap for joy.  In fact, their monogrammed journals have been at the top of my "go to" gift giving list for the past year and have won my pals over time and time again.  I especially enjoy their ballpoint pens with my planner pages, as I was finding it too challenging to keep up my color coding craziness {although they can help you with that if you wish!}.

To celebrate the release of the 2015 iHeart Organizing Planner Printables, they are giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to!

Girl of all Work is no stranger around here.  I discovered them last year when I was assembling my planner and have never looked back.  I especially adore the calendar stickers which allow me to mark down special dates and occasions in the cutest of ways.  And those monthly re-usable sticky tabs are the perfect solution for dividing up the monthly sections of my daily planner pages.

To celebrate the release of the 2015 iHeart Organizing Planner Printables, they are giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to

I have mentioned it before and I will say it again, I am an HP girl for life.  I have always printed my pages with HP printers and have always been 100% satisfied with the quality.  For this planner release, HP provided me with a new printer to try out with my pages and it offered some mega features.  Aside from brilliant print quality time and time again, their new printers are wireless and smart.  They offer the ability to scan to any phone or computer on our home network, and of course we can print wirelessly from all of our devices as well.  One of my favorite features is the option to print borderless, but the absolutely BEST part is that they now have a new ink service.  Guys, this is revolutionary!

With Instant-Ink, I can now subscribe to HP's ink service which monitors my printing usage and automatically sends me ink when it is running low.  No more running out mid-page or hopping in the car and driving twenty minutes to my nearest office supply store for replacement cartridges.  For a low monthly fee based on my current printing needs, HP will automatically send me ink right to my door.  This service now saves me almost 50% in ink costs!  Because I am in love with all things colorful and printed, this is HUGE for me.  I have already signed up, printed enough to run low and have had new cartridges pop up in my mailbox.  To say I am a fan is an understatement.

To celebrate the release of the 2015 iHeart Organizing Planner Printables, they are giving away an HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer!  

OK guys, now that you know what I love and why, nothing makes me more excited than giving back to YOU!  Along with my great giveaway sponsors, I am also personally tossing in a $50 gift certificate to Staples as well as my planner printables of course!

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From the bottom of my overflowing heart, thank you all for your continued support!  Each time I receive an order, a sweet email with a positive testimonial, or you tag me on Instagram showing me how you are using your printables, I am filled with encouragement and smiles.  Cheers to the final months of 2014 and here's hoping 2015 is even more fabulous!

IHeart Organizing official giveaway entry rules can always be found here.

Please direct all planner and printing questions to

HP provided me with an HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One printer to print my new planner pages and to provide an open and honest review.  They are also providing an HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer to one iHeart Organizing reader.   All printables and opinions are 100% my own. 
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