Today I would love to share with you how I made these labeled bath jars.
I like to have pretty matching sets rather than big, bulky bottles cluttering my spaces…don’t you? But all the sets I have seen were really expensive. Then I saw this picture from Country Living. I had my next project!
I looked around online for various bottles and in my local thrift store but couldn’t find anything that was pretty or in my budget. Then one day while I was shopping I had the idea to look at the various glass food jars. I was surprised at just how many styles there were but none of them were just right. I had almost given up until I turned down the last aisle and lo and behold I spied these beauties!!!
It was the perfect size and shape and there were exactly 4 bottles. The labels looked easy to remove and there were no upraised markings in the bottle…PERFECT! Now only if I drank coffee ;). No worries…I gave the coffee to my friend and saved the bottles for myself!
I removed the labels and took off the residual glue with this Goo Gone. I already had this on hand and originally bought it from Home Depot. It works like a charm. Then I thoroughly washed the bottles and then let them dry.
Then I created some labels on my Silhouette machine and cut them out in black vinyl. I also cut them out in white vinyl as well.
I took the inside of the white label and put it on the jars first. Then I took the black label and put it on top of the white label, kind of like a little puzzle. The reason I did this is that I wanted the labels to stand out really well on the bottle. I thought about just cutting out a white square of vinyl but the borders of each frame were really different and this just seemed easier. Of course you can just place the black vinyl on and not use the white vinyl.
I wanted to cover up the writing on each of the lids so I simply spray painted them white and let them dry thoroughly. Then I simply filled each jar with my favorite bath products.
I love how fresh and clean it looks. Isn’t that so much better than a bunch of big and bulky bottles?
I have made my label file available for you to download for those of you who would like to make your own labels.
**If you don’t have a Silhouette Machine, you can still make these. Simply download the PSD labels and print them out. Then simply cover the tops of the label with a few layers of Mod Podge (let dry between each coat) and then cut the labels out. To apply to the bottles add a small amount of glue like E 6000 or other water proof glues.
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Today’s organizational tips are all about kid storage. I have a lot of ideas from my years as an art teacher and even more practical, “it just works” ideas from my own kids. Hopefully today’s post will help you find some new spots and ways to organize the kid stuff in your own home. I try to follow 4 “rules” for organizing kid stuff: hide toys whenever possible, label anything that can be labeled, use baskets and bins when appropriate, and have art supplies easily accessible.
Hi Idea Room readers – it’s Becky from the Clean Mama Blog and Clean Mama Printables! I’m excited to be here today sharing a little organizational tip or two about mud room mayhem (or any place the coats, boots, cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, etc. collect). Every home has a place where stuff gets stashed, coats are dropped and supplies are hidden. This may be in several areas of your home or you may have a mud room as your go-to place for these items. Regardless, adding a little organization to the general area(s) is always helpful. This week I’m going to show you how I organized the closet portion of my mud room.
I attached them to my containers with stick-on velcro so I could move them around and change if needed
I am so excited to kick off our new Idea Room Organizational Tips series with Clean Mama! I always feel the need to clean, organize and de-junk my home during the month of January and Clean Mama is just the person to with the skills and know how to get me headed in the right direction. If you don’t follow her blog get on over there…you don’t know what you are missing. And lucky for you…she is going to be posting here every other Thursday for several weeks helping us get our homes and clutter in tip top shape. But enough from me…here’s Becky aka Clean mama!
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Like most of you, the start of the new school year gets me excited to get things organized! One of my projects has been to make myself a “Mom Planner” to help me stay organized and on top of the many responsibilities that are involved with keeping a home and raising a family!
So I started to put together a binder that contained some lists that would help me do just that…keep it all organized. Well you can imagine how excited I was when I was contacted by Becky from Clean Mama about her amazing collection of printables just for moms.
I was able to review many of her products and I have to tell you that I LOVE them! They are nice and clean looking and are set-up to be really user friendly.
Meet Clean Mama: Becky, a clean-freak trapped in an artist’s body, a stay/work-at-home mom to two little ones and former art teacher. In her “spare” time she looks for new ways to simplify, organize, create, cook and clean – she chronicles these endeavors on her blog – Clean Mama.
Clean Mama Printables is the Etsy shop where Clean Mama sells her homekeeping and organizing printables, designed to make your life easier.
Becky has put together Kits to make everyday tasks a little more fun: The Busy Mama Homekeeping Kit (18 documents), The Cleaning Kit (her bestseller), a Meal Planning Kit, and The Christmas Planning Kit. She also sells individual documents that include customization – like the Weekly Docket and Shopping List. Everything she sells is customizable for your homekeeping needs. She loves special orders, so if you have something in mind but don’t see it, just ask!
Clean Mama would like to give THREE Idea Room Readers a free kit of their choice from her shop. All you have to do is head over to Clean Mama Printables and have a look at all the great kits she offers. Then come back here and tell us which one you would like to own.
This giveaway will end on Wednesday, October 8, at 11:59 pm PT.
Good Luck all! Thanks Clean Mama for sponsoring a fun giveaway! We all could use a little more help staying organized!
Every year when the kids go back to school I get in the mood to ORGANIZE my home. I usually spend the first couple of weeks going through closets and cupboards and dejunkifying and taming the clutter. I actually find it very relaxing…I know…I have a sickness! (When I was growing up I used to rearrange my room by myself and deep clean it every few months…but I digress!)
So one of the first things I tackled is this cupboard (in the kitchen) above the “business center” in our home. It houses our office supplies, electronic cords, mail, items to be filed (the file cabinet is actually upstairs in my “craft/office/computer” room), kids paints, play dough, etc. Do you see my calendar planner and notebooks on top of the drawers? Love those!
I really like having these small drawers to hold the markers, crayons and colored pencils, etc. When the kids need them, they can just pull out the whole drawer and then (in theory…) replace the drawer when they are finished.
I also have a couple drawers dedicated to “cards”. These include thank you notes, blank note cards, birthday cards, get well cards, etc. That way I am always prepared for any occasion. You know those birthdays that sneak up on you. This way you LOOK like you were prepared all along and you don’t have to make a last minute dash to the store to get something.
I also have a phone number list taped to the cupboard door. This includes phone numbers of people we call frequently and the kids friends. It also has emergency phone numbers so they are right at hand. This list also comes in handy when we have a babysitter over tending the children when the hubs and I have our “date nights”. We also tape up soccer schedules and important dates for the kids schools.
I love having everything in one place. It makes homework time a lot smoother because everything they need can be found quickly. (We usually do homework on the kitchen counter when the kids get home from school after they have a healthy snack).
I have a few more organization projects I have been working on that I will share with you soon. I also have finally finished some home remodeling projects that are also on tap to share!
What about you? Have you been organizing something in your home? Do share! I love hearing what my readers are up to!
I am always on the search to find things to make getting out the door as painless as possible…know what I mean? If your house is anything like ours, quick and easy is a must.
When I saw these adorable labels on Alpha Mom created by Cindy from Skip to My Lou, I thought they were adorable but knew if I wanted to use them I had to get better at organizing my lunch making system. Here is what I came up with.
I pre-printed the cute fruit labels and have them cut out and prepared to slip over the fruit. Cindy also provided some fun little notes to slip into your child’s lunch bag to remind them of how special they are. I also added some post-its and a pen to write my own personal notes when needed. You could even write them before hand and just grab one and drop it in the bag. I also thought some jokes would be fun too. They are some sites online that would have tons of appropriate jokes for your kids.
Then I took a basket and filled it with “mom-approved” lunch food.
We pull out the basket and while I am making the sandwiches the kids pick a couple of items to add to their lunch. I included things like nuts, granola bars, fruit leather, raisins, pretzels, etc.
Then we also have a tupperware in the fridge to hold the perishable items. We included carrots, soy beans aka Edamame (my kids LOVE these. We buy them in bulk at COSTCO.), grapes, apples, string cheese, and yogurt, etc.
I also let the kids have a dessert. Usually homemade cookies or rice crispy treats when we have them. A great way to do this is to make a large batch of cookies and then store them in the freezer and then pull a few out as needed.
My kids do not eat home lunch every day. There are certain school lunch options that they like so I usually let them pick one or two times a week to eat school lunch. We just look online at the school menu on Sundays (when we are planning our week) and write down who is eating school lunch when. Then I know who will need a home lunch on each day. Does that make sense?
I am really excited about this system and hope that it helps to keep the morning rush run a lot smoother! It also takes time to keep the system up. Fill bags when you are talking on the phone , or when you are unloading the new groceries, to save time so that everything is ready to go in the mornings. We also recycle our bags. The kids bring them home in their lunch bags and then I will wash a bunch of them at once and dry them for reuse. I used to NEVER do this…but from years of watching my hubs do this…I have finally been converted.
*Edit–One of my readers posted some fun jokes and downloadable cards for making school lunches more fun for your kids here. Thanks Cap Creations.
I know this is not the only way to tame the morning rush. What do you do at your house to make it to school on time?