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Posted on June 26, 2017

DIY Toy Box — A Fun (and Useful!) Summer Activity

The kids are out of school, which means plenty of home-based fun time—and plenty of toys and craft supplies scattered from one end of the house to the other.

You could spend all your time repeating some version of the following: “Can you please pick up your stuff?” Or you could use a new approach and make clean-up time more fun by having the kids use toy boxes they custom decorated.

The bonus? The design phase is an activity all its own, perfect for those rainy days when the tykes are in the house and underfoot!

 

The Toy-Sorting Stage

Begin by involving the kids in the sorting decisions. Do they want a separate box for each type of item? Do they each want their own container? Will one bin be designated for indoor items while another marked “Outdoor Toys Only”?

Once you have answers to these questions you’ll know how many bins you’ll need. (Tip: You might want to get one extra one for those “too good to toss” toys the kids have outgrown. These can become garage sale goodies.)

Next, purchase the soon-to-be customized toy boxes—i.e. our 18-gallon storage tote in blue, black or clear (find it HERE). The size—23.5″ x 17.5″ x 15.5″—is large enough to hold small toys, craft supplies, and other assorted playthings without being too unwieldy for the little ones to handle.

Now it’s time for your tykes (with adult help!) to give their artistic abilities full rein!

 

The Design Phase

The sky can be the limit when it comes to deciding how to decorate the exterior of the bin. For example, if the bin will hold outdoor toys, give the box a natural look with burlap fabric, then add some ornamentation such as wooden silhouettes of birds, flowers or miniature fences from the craft store. (Tip: Have the kids paint them first before attaching.) Or, for a softer touch, use quilted fabric, felt or faux fur—ideal for toddlers.

Storing swim toys? Give the bin a nautical flair with blue-and-white striped cotton fabric, trimmed with white cording. If you’re keeping the bin outdoors, try using a water-repellent fabric.

Attaching the material is easy. Cut separate pieces for each side, the bottom, and the lid, with an inch or two extra for overlap. Then, using spray glue, attach each piece to the exterior of the bin. If desired, you can use a coordinating color for the interior.

For bins designated for specific items—for instance, cars and trucks or doll clothes and accessories—decoupage the exterior with images that match the toys to be stored. This helps with cleanup since even the littlest ones can figure out quickly what type of toy goes in which box.

Prefer not to use fabric? Spray or brush-on paint is another good choice. It’s available in a wide selection of colors and finishes, including brush-on glow-in-the-dark paint. For maximum adherence, first apply a coat of primer or paint made specifically for plastic.

For an added artistic touch, once the base shade is applied, add designs using stencils (homemade or from the craft store) and another shade of paint. Then, after you’ve painted the bin, add a coating of clear stain.

Keep the mess to a minimum by setting the bin and lid on a blue tarp before painting and having each painter wear disposable gloves.

Now that your kid-focused DIY project is complete, you might consider using the same idea for all the grown-up “toys” that you have accumulated!

 

DIY Toy Box

Things you will need:

-18-gallon storage tote (buy it HERE)

-Scissors

-Glue gun

-Glue sticks

-Spray adhesive

-X-ACTO knife

-Fabric to decorate with

 

Steps:

Step 1: Determine style

-Is the bin for outdoor toys? Indoor toys? Once you decide on what the tote will hold, you may have a better idea of how you want to decorate it.

 

Step 2: Measure fabric

-Measure the fabric so that it completely covers the tote A little overlap is fine.

 

Step 3: Cut fabric

-Use scissors or an X-ACTO knife to cut the fabric so that you have a piece to cover each side of the tote, including the bottom and the lid.

 

Step 4: Apply adhesive and adhere fabric

-Next, spray the tote with adhesive. Spray one side at a time and let the adhesive dry for 1 minute. Apply fabric. Be sure to smooth out the wrinkles and make sure the fabric is holding.

 

-Step 5: Touch-up

-After applying the fabric, use the glue gun to touch up the edges. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with other sides. Add embellishments to complete your design.

 

REFERENCE LINKS:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/decorate-plastic-storage-bins-86411.html

http://confessionsofadiyaddict20.weebly.com/diy-how-to-spray-paint-plastic-storage.html

http://www.krylon.com/spray-paint-how-to/

Posted on June 26, 2017

So much to store, so little space…

It’s an ongoing battle: where to put those essential objects that you use every day but want to hide away until they are called for. You also don’t want to spend precious time opening drawers and removing lids until you find where you last placed them.

Fortunately for every article-overloaded person out there, the Homz 6qt SnapLock® Clear Storage is the answer to this typical storage situation. The durable, see-through plastic can handle ongoing use without cracking under pressure, while the lids snap on securely and stay closed. Line them up in a neat row or stack them on a shelf—however, you want to arrange them, the totes are ready to serve your organizing needs as the following examples demonstrate.

 

A Box for the Bling[i]

“Where’s that earring back?” “I know I have a pearl bracelet somewhere!” “I’ve got the chain—now where’s the pendant?”

Is this the conversation you have every time you’re on a jewelry hunt? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have all your personal jewelry neatly organized, instead of hidden away in tiny boxes or worse, loose in a drawer where they bang into each other? It’s not only a wonderful idea, it’s easily do-able!

Gather all your baubles, bangles and beads, then place each item (or set for coordinating pieces) into a resealable bag. For items that are subject to tarnish, use anti-tarnish bags that still offer a view of the items inside. Necklace knotted? Place it on a clean plate, sprinkle the knotted spot with baby powder and it should undo itself with very little help from you. Then, keep it from re-tangling by cutting H-shaped pieces of cardboard and wrap the necklace around the center before fastening.

Line a clear plastic shoebox—or two if you’re a jewelry junkie—with a soft foam sheet to help protect the jewelry and keep the bags from sliding around). Store the bags inside the box, laying necklace bags flat while standing smaller earring bags upright in a smaller carton that will fit within the larger container. Now you can quickly retrieve the right accessory that will make your outfit pop!

 

A Cummerbund Container [ii]

Okay, maybe your accessory list runs more to belts than fancy cummerbunds but in either case, you still need a place to keep those waist cinchers when they aren’t doing their job.

Roll them, buckle first, then stand them either on end or on their sides with the loose side down. If you have a large assortment, organize them in multiple boxes in a way that makes the most sense to you: by color, by type: casual versus formal, or by material: cloth, leather and metal. Store the boxes on your closet shelf where you can quickly match the belt to the item.

 

 

A Case for Cosmetics[iii]

Blush, face powder, eye shadow and mascara. Eyeliner, lip liner, lash curlers and make-up brushes. And then there are the manicure supplies: polish, files, clippers and foam toe separators. So many items to make you so pretty. But how can you keep them all neatly stowed away when you don’t need them?

Clear storage boxes are the ideal solution. Store all your manicure items in one box, storing polish bottles horizontally if needed, and placing files, clippers and foam pieces each in their own resealable bag. Follow the same plan for your makeup items: eye shadows, liners and mascaras in one box, and face products (blush, powder, foundation and other essentials) in another. And since what goes on must come off, use a third box for face wash, cotton balls, makeover remover pads and other products that are part of your beauty routine.

The tight-fitting lids keep all your cosmetics safe and secure, plus allowing you to stack-and-store, rather than dumping them into a drawer or cluttering up the vanity top.

 

A Shoe Storehouse[iv]

All those cardboard boxes that your shoes came in have one major flaw: you can’t see what’s in them. And do you really have time to create labels with pictures of all those shoes to glue on the front? Instead, opt for an unobstructed view of those heels and flats, boots and booties by storing them in clear containers. Then, place the out-of-season footgear high on a shelf or in the back of the closet and keep the ones you’re wearing now front and center.

Tip: Let your shoes air out a bit before storing them to avoid “stinky-itis” then store with a dried used tea bag inside each shoe. Or baby them with a nice dusting of baby powder or baking soda. Another option is to fill a cotton sock or knee-high hose with clean kitty litter, tie tightly and slip in each shoe. Running shoes will benefit from cedar sachets that offer a dual benefit: the fragrance of nature and anti-fungal properties!

Finally, corral all your shoe accessories—extra laces, inserts, orthotics and footwarmers—into one box so you can find them when you need them!

 

Office Supply Storage [v]

Step one is to sort the items keeping like with like: paperclips and staples in one box, pens, pencils, correction fluid and markers in a second, envelopes, stamps and return address stickers in a third, and spare ink cartridges in yet another. The clear boxes make it easy to see what’s where and also alert you when you are running low. Use an inexpensive bookcase or shelving unit to store the boxes.

 

Guest Tips[vi]

Guests coming for an overnight or longer? Invest in some storage boxes and leave them in the guest space so your visitors have a place to keep their personal items during their stay! Add some travel-size guest toiletries—soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, cotton balls and swabs—along with a few snack items to make them feel extra-special!

 

Sources:

[i] Link: http://www.jewelrysupply.com/zip-top-poly-bags

[ii] Link: http://www.homedit.com/diverse-storage-ideas-for-your-belts/

[iii] Link: http://www.smallroomideas.com/8-fantastic-nail-polish-storage-ideas/

[iv] Link: http://decoratingfiles.com/2014/01/organize-accessories-28-ideas/

[v] Link: http://www.smallroomideas.com/10-inspirational-home-office-storage-ideas/

[vi] Link: http://www.tidbitsandtwine.com/22-items-necessary-prepare-your-home-for-guests/

Posted on June 26, 2017

Laundry Room Hacks

A family of four can accumulate an average of five loads of dirty clothes per week, which means a lot of time spent in the laundry room – and yet it’s probably the one room in the house that so often doesn’t get the same amount of TLC. Give your laundry room an organization makeover, as well as a little flare, with these products from Homz.

 

Create Stations
It is easy to lose focus on the tidiness of a laundry room (after all, it’s all laundry, right?), but the key to organization is making sure you are designating space to each step of the laundering process. Create a stain station for all your tough pre-wash needs and store all your treatments and other small accessories in the MyCraft Over the Door Hanging Organizer for added storage space. Then create a folding/ironing station with the Homz Iron and Ironing Board Holder with Basket. This easy-to-mount holder uses minimal wall space and conveniently holds your iron, supplies, and ironing board. Tight on space? The Homz Anywhere Ironing Board is 15% larger than typical countertop ironing boards but still portable enough to hang in a closet or wall to provide an easy out-of-the-way storage option.

Buy the MyCraft Over the Door Hanging Organizer 

Buy the Homz Iron and Ironing Board Holder

Buy the Homz Anywhere Ironing Board

 


Get Imaginative with Space

A little ingenuity is often needed to create space in a laundry room. Consider flipping two shelf brackets on their heads and fastening them to the wall and shelf to store folded linens. The Homz Multi-Use Self-Adhesive Hooks are easy to mount on walls or undersides of shelves and are great for hanging shirts to dry or to support a towel rod for a row of shirts on hangers.

Buy the Multi-Use Self-Adhesive Hooks

Contain Your Cleaning Supplies

A common source of frustration in the laundry room (other than endless piles of dirty clothes) is finding a place for all those cleaning supplies. The Homz Woven Bin is a tough, plastic bin that boasts a fun basketweave design in several colors. This will ensure all your detergents, cleaners, and bleach are stored together in a stylish manner.

 

 

Go Vertical to Dry

Laundry rooms often become quickly cluttered when it comes time to dry, resulting in clothes draped over the dryer, cabinets, and doors. Utilize your room’s vertical space to create more space. The Homz Retractable Clothesline is easy to install and can expand up to eight feet of drying space, while the Hanging Sweater Dryer has a three-tier drying surface and easily hangs from any closet rod. Always a classic, the freestanding Drying Rack is collapsible and offers ample space for draping clothes. Finally, you can reclaim counter space to actually fold clothes!

Buy the Retractable Clothesline

Buy the Hanging Sweater Dryer

Buy the Drying Rack

 

5 Tips to Decorate Your Laundry Room

Now that your laundry room is organized, give it a little flare with these simple tips

  1. It’s easy to forget to treat the laundry room as you would any other space in your house. Pick a color scheme and utilize it in determining curtains, wall colors, and décor.
  2. Keep a stylish change jar or piggy bank near your folding station to store loose change found when sorting clothes.
  3. Paint an outdoor box and fasten it to the wall near the dryer to use as a mini trash can for lint.
  4. Create a lost-sock clothesline to hang found socks in need of a mate.
  5. Find stylish penny candy jars to store powdered detergents or laundry pods (just be sure to keep them out of reach of little hands).

 

Sources include Buzzfeed, HGTV, MarthaStewart.com, MoneySavingMom.com, SouthernLiving.com

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