Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Simple Solutions Series #3: Sock Bins from the deli!

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This is my little boys’ closet in the aforementioned terribly finished basement.  Bleh.
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Every morning it’s the same jumble of socks, underwear and jammies haphazardly tossed on an ugly particle board shelf.
Originally I had white bins from the dollar store like Mr. Sock Bin below that worked great.  The only problem was that I bought the bins in 2004 and they finally wore out.

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And while it would only be $4 to run back  to the store and grab some new ones, the whole point of my challenge this year is to see if I can do with out.
My solution:
Make chicken cashew sandwiches on croissants for dinner.
A couple times.  Ahem.
No seriously.  Check it out:
 
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Those little bites of flaky goodness come in clear plastic containers that are perfect for wrangling clutter.

After washing and removing labels, I dressed my new “bins” up a bit by sewing quick fabric bands …
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… made from the left-over scraps from my boys’ new quilts (thank you Grandma L!)  Aren’t their quilts awesome?  I love the dinosaur scale machine quilting. *Swoon*
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I’ll probably add some cute little labels soon, but for now I’m loving how much cleaner the boys’ closet stays.  Now all those jammies …
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… and socks and undies …
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… have a tidy little space to call home.  (And no more mountain of clothes—phew!)
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Now if I can just find the perfect {free} paint to help the rest of the closet ….

Happy organizing!
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16 comments:

  1. Valspar is giving away small cans of paint this week. I think it's 1000/day.

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  2. Jayna,

    Thank you so much for the tip -- you're my hero! All of the samples are gone for today, but I'll try tomorrow.

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  3. Umm Hello recipe please... Chicken Cashew Croissants sounds delicious!

    There's got to be a trick to ordering a paint sample from Valspar. I've tried for the past 2 days, even staying up til midnight with no such luck. Let me know if you get through.

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  4. Brilliant! Simply brilliant!

    Many Blessings,
    Melissa

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  5. Great idea! Our recycling center has free and cheap paint that they mix, strain and re-package. I don't know if that's a common practice or not but it might be worth a try.
    morganmadit.net

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  6. Very clever! That is a great way to wrangle small stuff like socks and undies:)

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  7. Looks great! I use chinese take out containers for small things in my craft area. domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

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  8. What a great use for something we usually throw away. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

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  9. I love that! What a neat idea.. and looks great with your little touch! I know this sounds really wild.. but what about covering that particle board with fabric? Velcro it maybe? I don't know....sewer I am not.. lol
    I found your blog from Organize and Decorate Everything. I'd love it if you could stop by and add this to my Organizing Mission - Monday link party (I keep it open until Sat) Hope to see you there.

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  10. I love the way you're sticking with your challenge. And witht he addition of the fabric bands, they look lovely!

    Ugghhh, I have socks EVERYWHERE too. And how many odd socks does one boy generate? Too many, that's what!!

    Grrr.... ;-)

    Sarahx

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  11. What a clever idea. I would never have thought of that! Bravo!

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  12. What a fabulous idea!! Thanks for linking it up at Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!

    Marni

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  13. I do this for my son's closet too except I use plastic dishpans from the dollar store. They also work for storing paper/files flat or vertically. And they are super sturdy and easy to carry. I love them!

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  14. He Nike, That is just too creative, I would have never looked at those and thought of that! Brilliant!

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