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Thursday, July 8, 2010

"Sort" of Organized

Robin, the genius behind
Keep Home Simple did The End of the Paper Pile Up. I fell in love with her simple sorter, which she made mostly with supplies she had on hand.
Why did I love it? Well...um...
 
Anyway, after a quick spray of Apple Green, the basket I had in mind was ready to go. I measured the inner dimensions and cut 4 pieces of cardboard 16 inches by 9 inches for a fairly snug fit.
I sized the fabric simply by folding it over the cardboard and snipping away, leaving a little extra on the sides for a hem. Are you sick of this print yet?
 To make this maintenance free and wipe clean, guess what we're going to use?
 Coat one side of the cardboard...
 ...and then just smooth the fabric over it, carefully pressing out any air bubbles. You can tug the cloth tight to help with this.
Now slather MP all over the top of your fabric, double folding "hems" on three sides so there are no raw edges.
Use a little more if you need to.
Once that side is dry, flip them over and spread MP liberally on the other side. Let it dry completely.
Not bad so far, eh? We aren't done though. Grab your hole punch and find the top center of each divider.
Go right through all three layers, then add a tag!
Now we're ready!
So now when I get home and sort the mail, there won't be just a big pile to deal with on the weekends. And with my message center back up, this is going to look coordinated and perfect.

But that's a post for next week...
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47 comments:

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Wow you are putting me to shame with all this organization!! Very nice!!!

jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Lady, you are out of control with this making trash into treasure stuff.

In a good way. I mean, what an insanely smart way to make a cute file sorter! MP is the best.

Thaks so much, as always, for the great inspiration!

Life in Rehab said...

I'm going to dig my house out one way or another...

Cece Lively said...

So cute! And functional too! I may have to try this one too!

Heather said...

Great idea Sunny! I appreciate that when you see an idea you like you actually do it!! Impressive:)

Thanks for stopping by myeverydaygraces yesterday... I think you left the nicest comment ever:)

Chelsea said...

Great idea! And super cute. I love it. Keep going on all the trash to treasure stuff! :)

~Chelsea

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Beautiful blog Sunny. I signed up as a follower.

Rory

Jami said...

This is terrific! I need all of the help I can get keeping up with constantly reproducing pile of paper! Thanks for sharing!
smiles!

www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE this idea! It turned out so cute.

~Amanda

Kimberly said...

Yea! I make stuff out of cardboard boxes all the time! I made a car caddy with a diaper box! :) I love that you can mod podge fabric... I think I will try that for an organizer I am currently making.

Thanks for your comment about my birdbath on bugaboo, mini, mr & me! I'm glad you like it! The cheery yellow really does it for me.

Life in Rehab said...

Thanks for all the sweet comments!

dogsmom said...

Very pretty- bright and cheerful.

Sarah @ Dream in Domestic said...

Great idea!!! I'm definitely filing this away for a day when I have more bills to pay and will have much more mail. Thanks!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

Great idea! I really love the apple green. Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!!

gena said...

OOOOOH, very cute ! This is just what I need downstairs in the foyer. The mail gets thrown on the dresser and just sits there and no one can ever find anything......

thanks for sharing!!!!!

gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Jane @ Going Jane said...

super cute! :)

Robin said...

So cute! I love it and I love the cardboard covered in cloth! Brilliant.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Cool! It's cute, thrifty and functional~you hit the DIY trifecta!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Very nice! I need more organization in my home. We appreciate you joining us this week at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Jenn Erickson said...

Beautiful project! I love the way this project makes use of materials that most of us probably have sitting around at home. Thank you for linking up to "BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ROOK NO. 17". I hope the blog hop brings some good mojo and new followers your way! I'm following! Best, jenn

Heather said...

Ooooo so pretty! Thanks for linking up!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

What a great way to stay organized. And so pretty too!

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you join in again next Thursday!
Kat
www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Such organization does make my heart pitter patter! Nicely done.

Brandy said...

Oooh! I love this! Can't wait to try it out!
lifeofperks.blogspot.com

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

easy + 10min-ish + something really sophisticated as a result. you did great with this organizing/decorating project and we love this formula. excellent.

so, i'm inviting you to come link it up at our site so our readers can find you: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/

new party every wednesday, findable at our home page.

we look forward to featuring your work!

Rachel said...

very cute!!! need to go get me some fabric!!! :)

Seizing My Day said...

Oh I just fell in love with MP!! cute project! =) Blog hopping today... nice to meet you! ;)

Its A Blog Party said...

I absolutely love this! It looks amazing!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

What a great idea! And it turned out so cute.

Thanks for linking up!

AUDRA said...

VERY creative!!
Thanks for linking up to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday!
Can't wait to see more from you! :)

Leslie said...

Cute cute cute!!!! I love this idea! I have the same problem with mail. Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Erin said...

What a great idea. I gotta start looking around my house for fabric & a basket. Thanks for sharing...

NatureGirl said...

AweSOME!!!!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Hmmm..you mean you don't just throw your mail in a heap by the kitchen door? I thought everyone did that..

I have no craft ability whatsoever, but maybe I need to go buy a cute little basket to hold my mail...

Thanks for the idea..

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love that it's pretty AND functional. Good job.

BTW, have you made it to the Antique Mall yet?

Sue said...

Great, practical idea and really cute, too.

=)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a wonderful idea! It will nice too. The piles I have on my kitchen counter don't look nice.

Christy said...

pretty nifty idea...i could definitely use something like that for our mail. thanks!

Anna said...

More power to you! Well done! Great idea! I'll be checking on your progress!

We are going to have to sell our house in the near future, so I wish I could invite you to our yard sale. Unfortunately, we live a little too far away.

Best wishes,
Anna

Anna's Rainbow Greens

Teresa said...

How cute! That is such a wonderful idea.

Jo said...

oh that is so pretty, what a great idea!

Jenny said...

What a great idea!

I love how you did this.

And those tags make it extra neat.

Thanks for a fun and creative link to Rainbow Summer School's color GREEN!

Great idea!

A+

Amanda said...

I'm sold! I totally love this!! Thanks for hearing my cry for help.

Susan said...

This is a WONDERFUL idea, (duh, me the crafter, never thought of it) great Fabric also!! Lovely green mail sorter, Thanks for sharing your GREEN today!
Susan

Tanya said...

That's pretty clever. I wouldn't have thought of fabric.

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