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Frugal Fridays..great finds: roundup

I’m double-dipping here, folks.  There are just so many great organizing contests going on that I have to combine posts.  The organizing junkie’s roundup, and organising queen’s Declutter challenge.  You’ll just have to check out both.

The entry-way is our challenge.

The yellow crate bins are from a garage sale.  They are actually sturdy metal, sprayed yellow.  

We don’t use the closet to hang things in.  It was more useful shoes and stuff.  Aprons are hanging on the left.. yes, I wear (live in) my apron.  (I’m soooo retro!.. or is it dorky?)

The cleaning supplies are on the right.  

When you open the door, this is the view you get.  Behind the door are hooks for guests’ jackets.  

We really don’t have a “I’m outta here” shelf.  When we do go, it’s always something different.   Some of the things we need when we’re on our way “outta here” are on the hooks or drawers or shelves.  Generally, our family is too big, activities too diverse to have one shelf.  We’d need a “I’m outta here.. supply warehouse” 

Mommy: pilates teaching/ training or teaching English or chapel or shopping or carting kids

Daddy: work, working out, Bible study/chapel, or toastmasters, or leaving for the weekend for a business trip or..

Robotdude: school, or robotics or the gym or chapel or violin or..

Jo: school, chapel, viola or piano, or gym, or making jewelry or 

Hudand Than: cellos (each), school, chapel, gym, shopping

E: toys, clothes, books.. the kitchen sink.

So, we just make do with this style of organizing for now.

And here’s a little something for you organizers…

I’ve been meaning for some time to post this.  It was on the side of a curb, with all of the drawers hanging out.  I asked the lady who was hosting the garage sale if this was hers and if she meant to sell it.  She said she was totally fed up with this dumb thing: the drawers didn’t work, kept falling out, and it was time for it to “go”.  I looked at the drawers–yeah.. they needed work.  I knew my DH was good at fixing drawers, but I wasn’t sure he’d think this was a fun project.  

Well, the short version is: I brought it home. (free)  The drawers are “sitting in it” until they can be fixed, but it’s going to work for us in the living area of the house.  The wood matches perfectly with our other homespun “decor”.  This will service us for our upstairs “toy storage”.   I moved the toy storage downstairs, but I like to keep some things upstairs too!  Here’s the solution (for now)


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