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Step 3 of My Tidyness Project: Papers

Do you have a few minutes? That’s really all the time you will need to spare to read this post.

Paper sorting is the least glamourous  section of the KnonMarie method.

She only has one rule: Discard everything.

“The basic principles for sorting papers is to throw them all away.” – Marie Kondo

Easy enough, right? If you have a few papers that you’re unsure if you can toss, she does go into further detail.

Dispose of them if the papers do not fall into one of these categories:

1. Papers currently in use.

2. Papers that you  need to keep for a short period of time.

3. Must be kept indefinitely. This doesn’t include sentimental letters.

 

Of the papers you must keep, she goes into how to file them:

1. Papers that need to be saved. Sort by frequency of use and store them in a clear plastic file.

2. Papers that need to be attended to. This would include letters that require replies, forms that should be submitted, etc.

3. Attend to #2! Get on your replies, people! If these papers need attended to, do so quickly then discard them.

 

She makes it clear that you need to discard of any manuals, used checkbooks, pay-stubs and greeting cards (unless they are sentimental, then you’ll deal with those later).

That’s it.

I have no pictures to show you because it was that uneventful. This took me 30 minutes to complete (and a week to post about but that’s another story).

I cleared out our file cabinet without looking back. This step was the easiest for me and I loved it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to toss my husbands papers per our agreement, but I hope he is able to breeze through this step as effortlessly as I was able to.

 

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DIY HeadBand Holder

 

At C3’s baby shower, my lovely hosts had all the supplies to make headbands for our little girl. Everyone made a headband and signed a little note to baby G. I almost put them in a jar, but wanted to be able to pick a headband quick and easy.

Everything I needed to make this wood head band holder was already on hand. The life of a hoarder, eh?
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The piece of wood I found was already the right size for the wall space I had picked to hang it. I applied two coats of Early American stain and called it good.

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I painted the hooks with a few layers of Rustoleum white spray paint. Using a bunch of sample paints I had on hand, I chose 3 different shades of blue. I painted two hooks a bright pink/red that we used to paint the inside of her dresser drawers (more on that later).WoodHeadBandHolder3

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I made the mistake of painting the screw heads before I used them to attach the hooks. I ended up repainting the screws after I attached the hooks because I stripped the paint attaching them. WoodHeadBandHolder5

Do Not paint screw heads before using the screws to attach the hooks. I repeat: WASTE OF TIME!

Do Not paint screw heads before using the screws to attach the hooks. I repeat: WASTE OF TIME!

I attached two eye hole screws to the top of the shelf and found some old fabric to hang the head band holder with.

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WoodHeadBandHolder9Voila. I have since changed out the fabric used to hang the head band holder and replaced it with a teal ribbon. I would post a picture but someone’s napping and we all know the saying… don’t wake a sleeping baby.

 

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PomPom Curtains for a Nursery

 

February of last year, I started to style a little girl’s nursery, and in October of the same year, that little girl stole my heart. G1 and I were so excited to be adding a G3 to our clan and wanted to give her a bright energy filled room to encourage her creativity! We chose a yellow IKEA rug as our base. It has just the amount of movement and color that we needed. Everything else sort of revolved around that rug.

We had quite a few IKEA Vivian curtains on hand. These are a go-to curtain and work wonderfully in any room. I love to use what I have so we mounted the curtains and loved (like always) the light filtering through. Even as a novice parent, I knew I would have to eventually line them with blackout fabric, but more on that another time. Let’s just enjoy the light.

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White IKEA CurtainsArcher even approves. I am always a little concerned when he smiles with his teeth showing- who taught him that?

Always a helpy-helperton!

Always a helpy-helperton!

 

I used one of my favorite sources, ETSY, to find some pom-pom trim. I was so happy with MODERN CLOTH’S Etsy shop and it turned out she’s located here in Washington, too. BONUS! She was great to work with, even digging in her own personal stash and making a custom order from the supplier. She has a great selection of fabric and notions. Long story short, I ended up with 25 yards of baby pom-poms in tangerine. They were perfect!

Easy peasy to apply. Line the trim on the side of your curtain and sew on top.

Orange Pom-Pom Trim Curtain

 

Orange Pom-Pom Trim Curtain

Orange Pom-Pom Trim CurtainThanks for looking!

 

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DIY Paint Sample Card Art

DIY Paint Sample Card ArtAll of the times I have been to the paint aisle examining paint colors has finally paid off. A while back, I found a frame at Goodwillys and brought it home. It wasn’t amazing. It was plastic made to look like wood and there was plastic in-place of any sort of glass.  But it worked! I very quickly through together a collage from my collection of paint sample cards (is that what you call them?). It remained this way for over 2 year! And it lived in the basement for nearly 1/2 of that time.

So after we reorganized and refreshed our office area, I decided that it was time to breathe new life into the piece.

Here is the original collage:
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ooooh – ahhhhhh

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During our office clean out we decided this ship painting on canvas needed to have a proper home. You can see here that the frame it’s living in now is a bit too big. Notice the spaces at the top and bottom.

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Ship Painting Black Frame

I dug right in, hoping  it would turn out a little less collage-y and more arty.

I took out all the old paint sample cards from the original frame including the cardboard backing and recycled  what was left of the frame. Since I had used double sided tape to place them initially, a lot of them were ruined in the removal process… this limited my options a bit.

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There is a lack of in-progress shots! I used a paint sample card for a stencil, laying it on the larger sample cards, tracing around it, and then cutting out a new size. With the remaining colors that survived the removal process, I decided to do a sky, land, water piece. I used tape to adhere them to the cardboard and then framed it in the frame the ship had originally been in. Here is the final result.

oooh ahhhh.

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And here it is hanging next to my desk in our new office space.

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Merman

After a trip to Goodwill I ended up with an old frame with a wood backing to it. I really had no idea what to do with it so I gathered a few different blue paints I had from past projects and began painting. It quickly began to look like water and I thought that was OK. It remained that way for many months. Recently I decided I needed a rather large piece to use in the bathroom so I pulled it out (thinking it was calming) and hung it up. It was all wrong and so bland! It was very obvious it needed to have a mermaid swimming in it. DUH!

Mermaid Tail

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I used a white chalk marker and drew directly onto the painted surface. It took a few layers.  I then began to draw a pattern in the middle with a pencil. After I was satisfied with my pattern, I used blue chalk markers to trace over the pencil lines.

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I used 2 different shades of blue, a gold marker,  and weighted the lines. 20140210-185606.jpg

The finished result:

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I love it in our bathroom – just the splash we needed.

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Dried Orange Bunting

 

I saw this on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. The smell of the baking oranges was heavenly and I really enjoyed the burst of energy in our windows.

Dried Orange Bunting

There aren’t too many steps:

1. Slice the orange.

2. Lie slices on a baking sheet. I chose to line mine with parchment paper.

3. Set in over at a low temp. I chose 200 and watched them for about 30 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different!

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I let mine sit for around 15 minutes and enjoyed the aroma!

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I took a thread and needle and strung them together. To keep them from sliding around I tied each one into place with a knot.

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Enjoy! Dried Orange

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Combing Jars

I wanted to share a quick update of how we store our dog food. How exciting!

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Our dog is fed twice a day, so we were looking for a convenient location for his food. We quickly discovered that we didn’t have room for the bag of kibble (Taste of the Wild) and the box of dehydrated dog food (from The Honest Kitchen) on the counter and I definitely dislike reaching my hand to the bottom of the bag of food . So, we decided to put the food in jars and place it in an easily accessible location: the counter.

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I’m not entirely sure why I did this in the first place, as I do not like counter clutter, but it was incredibly easy to feed the dog this way. After realizing I would rather have a clean counter, I made room for the jars on the built-in shelf in our kitchen, conveniently under the rest of the jars! We had already placed a jar of treats there and figured adding two additional food jars made sense.

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I gathered two more similar jars and filled one with dry kibble and the other with dehydrated dog food and placed them in their new home next to the treats.20140205-182806.jpg

There you have it, a quick clean up of counter clutter and an all-in-one dog feeding station. 20140205-182833.jpg

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