When all else fails, organize!

As always, when everything is feeling a little chaotic, I find something to organize. I am FINALLY done sorting through every box in my storage unit. Everything has been relabeled and reorganized and I feel so. Much. Better. I moved a three piece sectional by myself (lifted, stacked it and all that) and that sucker is huge and heavy. However, made me feel pretty good looking around and seeing the progress and feeling like I’ve done it all on my own. May sound silly but in the midst of all that is weighing on me that feeling of triumph that I have done it all by myself really made me feel empowered. It also reminded me that I needed to have a good glass of wine. Doing that now.

However, now I need some new projects to focus on!

I have some tutorials coming soon for a cork board I made and some picture frames. I’m also working on getting my shopping page up and going to keep watching for that. Lots of changes around here and I am pumped for all of them. I will leave you with a picture of my now beautiful and organized storage.

Hope you are having a fab week!

XOXO

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The Dreaded Move and Address Post Tutorial!

So I FINALLY moved all of my stuff – of course I totally put this off for a while since I was dreading the process. Little did I realize that the thing I should have been dreading the most is going through it all once it was moved back into a new storage unit. I decided it would make more sense to wait and go through it once I got it all up here so I could take my time. I don’t even know how I could accumulate so much stuff. However, I am starting to feel a little more organized. I have almost finished going through all of the boxes/bags/etc. and re-packing everything for an extended storage stay.

I am so thankful for my movers – however I am not thankful that they are much taller and stronger than I am and opted to put some very heavy things very far up. So far I have injured my shoulder, twisted my back and done lord knows what to my neck. Yes, I am whining.

Thankfully I have a climate controlled unit so I have some relief from the heat but I definitely get a workout and a good sweat moving all that stuff. Here is a pic of my organized chaos. These pictures don’t even do it justice because this was after two days of cleaning things out.

I finally feel like I am making progress in there and have made many more goodwill trips. I am on a first name basis with my friends over there. I have totally resisted the temptation to go in and look at things in the store but I have seen some awesome items in their drop off piles when I pull up. Furniture that just screams at me to rescue it and paint it. However, that would just be silly of me right now considering all the stuff I am getting rid of.

So, I had to settle on another DIY. I have been wanting to make this for a while now so it has temporarily fed my DIY needs. I recently made an adress sign for my parents house, the painted numbers on the curb are really faded and unless you know exactly where to look, you cannot see the numbers on the side of the house. I decided to make something like I saw here at 9 o’clock Dance of Joy here is a pic of their version:

I used  a 4×4 fence post that I picked up from Lowe’s for about $5, then I got a 5×5 square and two approximately 6×6 squares from Hobby Lobby – you can cut these yourself but I liked the rounded edges and they were like $1 each so I figured that was a cheap solution. Then I got a wooden sign and iron letters from Hobby Lobby – spent about $20 total at Hob Lob and then $5 at Lowe’s so the whole project was just $25.

I had some leftover black paint from my mirror project and also already had a can of primer and a small can of white paint for the sign. Also, I used chain I had to connect the sign to the post. Don’t forget to pick those up if you don’t have any lying around. I also had some screws for the numbers I bought at hobby lobby, they didn’t come with screws so pick those up too if you need them.

First, I cut down the 4×4 post to 36 inches. You can make two of these posts – DIY with a friend!

Then I primed all the pieces front and back

I painted the sign white and added eye hooks to it to put my chain on – my #’s are iron and I wanted them to stand out.

I taped off the sign to be sure that the numbers were centered then laid out my numbers and marked the places where the screws would need to be.

Then I removed the numbers and drilled small holes on those markings so that I can lay the numbers down and screw them in with a screw driver. You can see the holes above.

I spray painted the edges of the pieces blue so that I can run over it with some sand paper and have a little of the blue show through when I am done. Since I am painting these black, I didn’t worry about being precise at all. Just sprayed lines randomly.

I painted all the pieces black. I also drilled a hole in each corner of the base 6×6 square as well as two holes toward the center. The holes on each corner are for stakes to go into. I am putting the sign in the front garden area and want it to stay in place. The middle holes are for screws to attach the base to the 4×4. I also drilled two holes in the top 6×6 base for the same reason.

Then I attached the bottom piece and top piece with screws. I used 4″ screws and made sure they were all the way down so I could put wood filler in there to make the area flat again before I put on a final coat of black paint.

Then, I added a large eye hook to the center of the post. Since this is for house numbers and a more permanent sign, I used the eye hook. If you want to be able to change the sign out you might just want to use a hook or a knob. I also screwed in the top 5×5 piece.

Then I screwed the numbers onto the sign – the first and the last number are edited out of the below pic for privacy reasons but the numbers are all evenly spaced.

Then I added a black chain to the two top pieces of the numbers sign. I also gave the post one more coat of black paint and caulked in the edges at the base as well as at the top. I used clear caulk. I only did this because this sign won’t be under a covered area so I just wanted to protect it as much as possible. I figure the caulk leaves less space for water to get in and rot the post. May or may not make any difference, just sounded good to me.

Here it is – almost finished!

I took it out to the front and placed it in the front flower bed close to the walkway. I added the stakes in the four corners, you can see them poking out. Then I used a rubber mallet to push the stakes all the way in. In Texas we get random weather and some crazy wind at times. These stakes are each a foot long and probably overkill but I wanted to help prevent it from blowing over.

 

Now people can actually see our house number from the street – we’ve had a lot of neighbors comment on how much they like the sign, the mailman and UPS/FedEx guy said it would be awesome if more people had more easily legible numbers. My parents love how it turned out.

I still may make some signs that can be changed out for special occasions – parties, christmas, etc.

Have you guys done any fun DIY projects lately? I promise now that I am moved I will be back more frequently! Check back tomorrow for a new WDITOT Wednesday post.

XOXO

Why Didn’t I Think Of That Wednesday: Packing & Moving

This week I am starting a new weekly “why didn’t I think of that Wednesday” post. To be known from here forward as WDITOT Wednesday I always see so many ideas that other people have come up with and think to myself, “my gosh, that would make my life so much easier.” I figured, if I’m gonna make my life easier, hopefully these ideas can help you too. So make sure to check back every Wednesday for the new “why didn’t I think of that” tip of the week. On to the good stuff…

So, with all of these life changes I’ve been going through – I may or may not have mentioned before that I have two storage units that I am currently occupying that are 2.5 hours away from where I am currently living. When I moved all of my items into storage, I did so in a very short period of time (3 days to move, pack, store and clean a whole apartment) and I had no idea how long I would need to store the items for. So now, not only do I need to have my storage units moved up to where I am living, I need to consolidate them so I am only paying rent for one unit a month. Long story on why I have two I will spare you the details. Since things were moved so quickly and not prepared for a “long term” storage visit, I need to re-organize, re-pack and declutter all of the stuff that is crammed in there before it gets back on a moving truck.

To be completely honest, I have been totally dreading and somewhat avoiding this process. As I mentioned before, I recently went through a break up after 3ish years in a great relationship. We are still great friends and there is nothing more to say than the timing just wasn’t right for so many reasons. However, I am really not at all looking forward to this since I know there will be the inevitable separation of items in storage and all of that. Luckily, the hard part for me is just sorting through. I am really glad that this was a “peaceful” situation so I’m not like “should I trash it?” or “should I return it?” I’m not the “throw all his crap on the lawn” kinda girl but you know, it still really pulls at your heart sorting through it all.

On to the WDITOT tips for the week to make your next packing and moving adventure awesome!

I am most worried about my breakable items including dishes that I have collected over the last few that I really like. I have never felt like the paper really offers much cushioning from them possibly clanking together and causing the dish to chip. Then I came across this genius idea from The Frugal Girls of using those styrofoam paper plates in between each of the dishes as you pack.

My first “why didn’t I think of that” moment while planning items I am going to need for reorganizing and the move. Some folks also left some awesome comments on their post including using socks on delicate glassware. Definitely check them out, I did a little poking around and absolutely love the ideas these ladies have. WDITOT!

I also came across a great list from Sherbert Blossom one of my favorite ideas on the list is to tape a certain color of paper on the box for each room and then write the contents on that paper. That way you can easily identify which room it goes into and then you can see all of the contents listed on the box. Duh! Love it!

Hope these tips will help you keep your sanity during your next move. I will keep you posted once I finally figure out the moving schedule. Also, I have been on a organizing and tossing rampage as you know and I have some awesome “after” pics of all the work i’ve been doing to share with you here in the next couple of days. Hope you are having a great week!