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My mom recently asked me to come up with an idea to help her re-organize her jewelry and still make it “attractive” looking because there is no door between her bathroom and bedroom and she did not want the jewelry to be unsightly.  After some Pinterest research and innovative thinking, I came up with a solution that seemed to work very well.

We started with this.  The necklaces were piled on hooks on the wall which truthfully did not look bad I guess but it wasn’t very functional and they were so close to the shower that they were starting to get weather worn.


The earrings were on a small rack on a table, along with many other things 🙂

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Now, for the end result!


First of course, we went through the pile of stuff on the table.  It is one of those areas that just accumulate things and most often, when you go through those places in your house, you find that more than half can be tossed in the garbage or re-organized to a new (more fitting) place in your home.  Next, handled the necklaces.  We installed a curtain rod on the wall and hung shower curtain hooks on it to hold the necklaces.  Make sure you get an S hook or some style that you can just hang the necklace on.  It may be a pain in the buns to have to undo the hooks every time you want a necklace off of it (we wanted look AND function here).  The brilliance here:  Double hang shower hooks!  These are designed with TWO hooks on each one.


Next, we tackled earrings.  This took a little more prep and craft.  I purchased two 8 x10 frames from Hobby Lobby (on sale so it is price conscious) and removed the glass and used pliers to remove the little metal prongs that hold the back in.  For the dangled earring with the hook on the back, I simply used hanging wire (from Joanns but you can find it almost anywhere that sells frames), just be careful not to put kinks in it because you can see them in the end if there are some.  I picked where I wanted the wires to sit and measured on both sides so that they were straight.  If they are not, the earrings may slip down to one side.  I glued one end of the wire to the inside of the frame on the back (with a hot glue gun), cut to fit, and then glued to the other side using pliers to hold the wire tight while the glue dries.  Finally, attach something to the back that you can use to hang the frame.


Now for the stud type earrings.  I removed the glass and prongs again and hot glued window screen into it.  I used an aluminum screen.  To make this easy to access the earrings, rather than hanging in on the wall in a normal fashion, add small hinges to one side and attach it that way.  It will then swing open so that you can easily get to both sides.

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That’s it.  It is pretty and functional.  It is pricey compared to a simple earring holder but not super pricey I guess.  The frames were $6 each, the wire was $3 I think, the screen I already had on hand but probably cost about $6 (although you will only use a SMALL amount), and I don’t remember the cost of the hinges.  For the necklace arrangement, the hooks cost about $7 for 12 of them and the rod cost about $10.  It is a more expensive arrangement of jewelry but it holds a lot, keeping it all out so you can see it and still looks organized.

Erin, The Burbs


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As soon as Halloween is over and November arrives, I start to think about Christmas.  I like to have a stress free December so I like to get organized and begin my gift purchasing in hopes to be done mid December 🙂  Today I have a couple of different gift lists.  One for the family and friends that I typically only purchase one gift for and one for my kids, who we have to purchase more than just one gift for.  I find getting this stuff all listed out helps when it comes to saving during sales.  If I know what I want, I don’t have to waste time browsing and then missing out on deals.

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If you would like them, you can download them here.

Yay for the Holidays!

Erin, The Burbs

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I know I know, thanksgiving is still a long ways away but I printed mine this morning. This is a handy little planner for your Thanksgiving Dinner preparations. Are you hosting dinner at your house this year? Then you will definitely be grateful that you have this little list to help you stay  on top of it.

I did not create this, in fact I have nothing to do with the creative mastermind behind it however I fell in love with it.  I got this from the Pinch a little save a lot website. Thanksgiving plannerThe creator of these adorable printables is a genius.

Following is a link to the printable.


I just put it in my home management binder so it is right there staring me in the face for the next 2 months

Happy Organizing,

Kim (the sticks)

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As I have said before I  have been working on my binder, after fighting with google docs this morning I have decided that I am going to have to reformat some things for you before I put them up here but here. However I do have 1 page that is usable, it is my Monthly maintenance page there are plenty of spaces for you to put your own things downs to do as well.


Find a link to this printable here.


(the sticks)

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If it wasn’t for Erin there would be no blog right now, like I said before life has been crazy and I am falling behind. I have been working on redoing my Home Management Binder and today I am going to share a few printable s with you, these are links or pdf files to some great weekly planner pages to keep in your binder I use vis a vis or wet erase markers on sheet protectors with the pages inserted for mine because it is cheaper than printing new pages every week.

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Day Keeper Days of the Week COMPLETE Fill in the Blanks

courtesy of preparednotscared.com this printable is kind of hard to find so the pdf is in the link above. These are currently the pages I am using.

Here are some others I have found and used before…

daily-docket-2.0 weekly calendar


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(I do not own the previous printable s they were found on various blogs)

I hope that you can find these helpful as I have loved using them.

Kimmy (the sticks)




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My sister in law just showed me the great way she is organizing all of her extra fabrics at home.  It is brilliant and looks so nice!

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She took a large foam board which cost her a few dollars at the craft store and cut it into rectangles (hers were 5X10 I think).  You would want to cut them about 5 inches wide but you can cut the height depending on how tall your particular shelves are.  Anyway, she cut a bunch of them, folded her fabric and wrapped each one around the foam board pieces and arranged them on a shelf, just like they do at the fabric stores!  Simple, pretty, and cheap.

Thanks Sister-In-Law!

Erin, The Burbs

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I am sure I am not the only one that saves all the manuals, instructions, warranties, and other such piles of papers that seem to come with EVERY single product I purchase now.  I have been throwing them in the cupboard above my refrigerator (the one that no human being in the world seems to be able to reach partly because it is so far up and partly because it is an abnormally small cupboard and does not come out as far as the rest of the cupboards and the refrigerator protrudes just far enough that it makes it extra hard to get to).  Sorry, I hate the cupboard, it is pointless and has very little use.  I can only put things in there that I get to like once a year when I climb on top of the refrigerator!

Anyway, I usually throw those piles of papers up there and then dread the day I actually have to climb up there to get them.  Well, I found a new way to organize them that makes it much less of a pile of papers and I now keep it in my laundry room where I can reach it.

I purchased the largest 3 ring binder I could find (I think it was 4 inches thick) and a package or two of heavy duty sheet protectors for a 3 ring binder.  In each sheet protector, I placed a “cover page” (which you can click on to get a copy of if desired) I created to make it easy to see what was in each sheet protector and then placed the corresponding manual behind that.  Each product gets its own sheet protector and I organized them alphabetically.


It is a bad picture but you get the idea.  The info makes it pretty easy to see at a glance some important info and what paperwork is included.  I kept the page pretty simple and boring looking only because it did not need to be pretty and I wanted to save on ink and stuff.  I mean I printed like 30 of these just to do the manuals I had already collected.

Anyway, good luck organizing.

Erin, The Burbs

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