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DIY Desk Emergency Kit

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It’s August, which means pretty much one thing to me… it’s officially time to go back to work. In 12 days to be exact, I will be kissing my summer vacation goodbye and heading back to teaching high school special education full-time.

planner_bedroom_coffee_flowers-2Don’t get me wrong, I’m OBSESSED with my summer vacations but I honestly don’t mind going back to work. I’m someone who loves routine and still gets excited about a new school year. I see it as the perfect chance to start fresh and get organized. I mean, who doesn’t love new school supplies?!

planner_bedroom_coffee_flowers-4Around this time every year I’m magically motivated to organize, organize, organize. Labeling, color-coding, filing, anything I can do to create new organization systems that will help the busy school year run more smoothly is welcomed (actually encouraged). So when our friend Amber from Restless Arrow invited us to be part of a Back-to-School blog hop, of course I was in! Yesterday Krista shared a DIY desk in a closet — so cool!

Today, we’re diving into a some back-to-school organization.

DIY Desk Emergency Kit

As I discussed what project I wanted to tackle for this blog hop with Casey, I told her that I’ve ALWAYS wanted to stock my desk with the “emergency” essentials that I always seem to need throughout the year and never actually have. She replied, “oh like a desk emergency kit?! Yea… I have one of those in my desk at work. It’s a LIFE SAVER!” <— of course she does, why am I not surprised?!

So that’s what I set out to do – create a DIY desk emergency kit in order to make those unexpected situations a little less stressful. And for those non-teachers tuning in, this DIY emergency kit can still work for you too! Casey says she keeps hers tucked in her desk at work, but we also agreed that a kit like this could work really well in our cars too.

I bought a plastic box + lid from Target and used an old makeup bag to collect my “essentials”. The following is a list of what I added to my DIY Desk Emergency Kit, but if you’re tackling this idea, be sure to add items that are personal to your routine and lifestyle.

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  • Band-aids
  • Tums
  • Eye Drops
  • Advil
  • Tampons
  • Extra pair of Glasses

diy_desk_emergency_kit-6Rookie Tip: I bought a mini bottle of Advil for my kit but if you’re looking to save some money, you can easily put a few Advil from your large bottle into a small container (old pill bottle) or baggie. You can do that with almost everything in this kit in order to skip having to buy new.  diy_desk_emergency_kit-8

Another rookie tip: Maybe I’m a little crazy, but I love using containers to stay extra organized… even if that means using a container within a bigger container. Any time I can separate into mini boxes/containers, I’m all about it and this secret tampon storage is no different. Usually I save random “containers” around the house and then when a project like this comes up, I have a stock to choose from. This container came from the grocery store and originally held Crystal Light drink packets. I ripped off the label, put it through the dishwasher and now it’s the perfect (read: FREE) container to keep the DIY desk emergency kit even more organized.

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  • Brush/Teaser
  • Mini Hairspray (okay…I admit it, I’m addicted to hairspray)
  • Extra Bobby Pins
  • Extra Hair Ties
  • Body/Spray or in this case, free sample of perfume
  • Extra lipstick/lip gloss (for when you have to go straight out after work & you forgot…)

diy_desk_emergency_kit-4To keep my hair ties organized, I usually connect them using my bobby pins. It’s usually easy to find both the bobby pins and the hair ties then. diy_desk_emergency_kit-2Then sometimes, I’ll even wrap the hair tie/bobby pin combo around the base of my lipstick or brush…. so I always know where to find them. Less clutter in the box = winning!

Odds & Ends
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  • Extra Phone Charger
  • Snack (because hangry isn’t a good look on anyone!)
  • Mints
  • Fork (usually I pack a fork in my lunch, but there’s been times I forget and then I’m really in a jam… especially since I only have 22 minutes to eat in between classes and 1/2 of that time is usually used to check my email, stop at the bathroom, check my mailbox, etc.)
  • Cash
  • Lint Roller
  • Static Spray (not pictured)

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To keep this phone charger organized in the box, I did what I do with almost all of my cords. I wrapped the cord around the charger and then used a binder clip to clip it in place. There are not many things that annoy me more than a hot mess of tangled cords.
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I never have cash on me at work and sometimes a student is selling something for a good cause or a co-worker is collecting money for another coworker’s upcoming wedding/baby/retirement/etc. Having cash available just in case is helpful!! It also comes in handy when I accidentally forget to grab my lunch in the morning #oops
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Putting it all together

Once I collected all of my emergency kit essentials, I put all of the “mini” items in this make-up bag I had around the house. This way I know where I can find those loose items and I don’t have to be frantically digging through the entire container. Plus, boxes full of clutter stress me out. diy_desk_emergency_kit-16I put the make-up bag of goodies into the Target tupperware bin, and then put the bigger items in the bin next to the bag. The less little items I can have floating around in the bin, the better.

Rookie Tip: This tupperware bin was $5 at Target, but using an old shoe box could do the trick and save you a few bucks!

Now that I’m all set, all I have to do is bring this box to work on the first day and store it in my desk. I’ll have to keep you posted on how many times I end up having to use my DIY Desk Emergency Kit throughout the year. Hopefully not a lot, but I’m ready just in case!

Now before you head off to check out Summer’s back-to-school fashion inspiration (I need some!), I’d LOVE to hear what you would add to your DIY Desk Emergency Kit. Am I missing anything? OR, are any of you like Casey with a fully stocked DIY Desk Emergency Kit already? If so… any tips or tricks you have for me? I’d love to hear!diy_desk_emergency_kit

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  1. Emily Dunham

    Love this – I think I need to make one for my cube! A must for me is contact solution and a contact case. Perfect on those days when I need to switch to my glasses, but it isn’t time for me to get rid of my lenses.

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  2. Patty Reynolds

    My emergency kit is very similar to yours. I also have lotion, floss, Tide To Go and a nail file!

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  3. Peggy

    What a great idea! I would add a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss as well. Love Emily’s contact solution and case since those types of emergencies have happened to me. Perhaps if you can spare a set, an extra pair of contacts. One other thing would be an extra pair of tights (saying nylons would show my age) should you get a snag.

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  4. lisa

    I have one too! It rely on it daily…don’t forget a small mirror (for lipstick application and various other reasons a mirror comes in handy). Also, nail clippers and file- a must for me…and hand lotion is essential. I LOVE you two girls and your blog! Thanks for validating the need for a little survival kit at work. love from Arizona!!!

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  5. Kara D

    A spare pair of earrings, and an extra day or two supply of vitamins and/or medicine to keep on hand for those mornings that I don’t have my act together! The challenge though… is remembering to return the earrings back!

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  6. Summer Hogan

    OMG this is on my to-do list for the fall!!! Great minds! Love it and I’m sure it’s so helpful! I promise I’m not copying lol!!! Have a great day!

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  7. Colleen Bansley

    Love this blog post and love this idea! I am all about being organized. Mother of 2 so I always have my purse stocked with a snack bag, band aids, hand wipes, crayons (always good in a restaurant), and hand sanitizer. I am also a Realtor so my office is basically in my car. I keep a plastic container in my console with bobby pins, rubber bands, paper clips, stapler, pens, swiss army knife, flash light (always good for basements with not good lighting), dental floss, mouth wash, clorox wipes (sometimes you have to wipe down client’s counters, especially if the properties are vacant), mini first aid kit, tape measure, and my go to make up necessity mascara! I always like to be prepared for the unexpected!!

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  8. Krista

    I definitely need to make one of these this year!! I’m a teacher too- so the end of summer is bittersweet – I love the long holiday but also look forward to the routine again:)

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  1. Emily Dunham

    Love this – I think I need to make one for my cube! A must for me is contact solution and a contact case. Perfect on those days when I need to switch to my glasses, but it isn’t time for me to get rid of my lenses.

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  2. Patty Reynolds

    My emergency kit is very similar to yours. I also have lotion, floss, Tide To Go and a nail file!

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  3. Peggy

    What a great idea! I would add a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss as well. Love Emily’s contact solution and case since those types of emergencies have happened to me. Perhaps if you can spare a set, an extra pair of contacts. One other thing would be an extra pair of tights (saying nylons would show my age) should you get a snag.

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  4. lisa

    I have one too! It rely on it daily…don’t forget a small mirror (for lipstick application and various other reasons a mirror comes in handy). Also, nail clippers and file- a must for me…and hand lotion is essential. I LOVE you two girls and your blog! Thanks for validating the need for a little survival kit at work. love from Arizona!!!

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  5. Kara D

    A spare pair of earrings, and an extra day or two supply of vitamins and/or medicine to keep on hand for those mornings that I don’t have my act together! The challenge though… is remembering to return the earrings back!

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  6. Summer Hogan

    OMG this is on my to-do list for the fall!!! Great minds! Love it and I’m sure it’s so helpful! I promise I’m not copying lol!!! Have a great day!

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  7. Colleen Bansley

    Love this blog post and love this idea! I am all about being organized. Mother of 2 so I always have my purse stocked with a snack bag, band aids, hand wipes, crayons (always good in a restaurant), and hand sanitizer. I am also a Realtor so my office is basically in my car. I keep a plastic container in my console with bobby pins, rubber bands, paper clips, stapler, pens, swiss army knife, flash light (always good for basements with not good lighting), dental floss, mouth wash, clorox wipes (sometimes you have to wipe down client’s counters, especially if the properties are vacant), mini first aid kit, tape measure, and my go to make up necessity mascara! I always like to be prepared for the unexpected!!

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  8. Krista

    I definitely need to make one of these this year!! I’m a teacher too- so the end of summer is bittersweet – I love the long holiday but also look forward to the routine again:)

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DIY Jean Shorts

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Remember the time I wore my dress backwards to NOT one, but two weddings? Holy Awkward. Bridget jean shorts summer

After that epic fail I never thought my “fashion blogging career” could get any worse. That was until I decided to try my hand at DIY jean shorts. Don’t get me wrong, I would count this DIY project as a big win because the shorts totally exceeded my expectations. However, I didn’t realize that modeling MOM jeans on the internet was part of the DIY jean shorts package. Yikes.

I scored these 1990 style jeans from my local Goodwill for $3.99. I loved the price tag (especially since I’ve seen jeans shorts on sale this summer for over $50?!!!) but obviously this look was not very flattering on me.

goodwill jean shorts As much as I joke about these jeans, I actually chose this exact pair to work with. I tried on quite a few pairs at Goodwill and liked this pair because they weren’t mixed with any “stretchy” material and were slightly “baggy” all over. Traditionally I don’t wear my jeans baggy, and I actually like a little stretchy mix in my jeans at times….offers a little extra “forgiveness” after dinner if you know what I mean. For the shorts though, I didn’t want them to be spandex against my thighs or feeling stretchy, so a traditional pair of old fashioned jeans was all I needed.

Rookie Tip: Going to Goodwill to find the perfect pair of jeans is probably the hardest part of this project!! So if you made it this far, you’re in good shape!! #punintended 

Grab a ruler, a pencil/light pen, and scissors that will cut material. Measure from the waist line down and make several little dots along that line to make sure your cut is straight all the way across your shorts. I would recommend measuring a tad longer than you actually want your shorts to hit you. It’s better to go back and cut again than accidentally cut them too short. #daisydukecalled

Plus if you want a frayed look at the bottom of your shorts, that will bring up the length of the shorts a tad too.

Another Tip: When you finally decide on length and once your shorts are cut, I would recommend taking this project outside!! <– it gets really messy! 

All that’s left to do is the fraying. This part is totally up to you and depends on your preference. I wanted mine to be pretty frayed, but I guess I didn’t have an exact vision. I just started fraying and when I finally came to the look I liked, I called it a day.bridget jean shorts summer

I don’t know if there’s an exact method to this… I just pulled at the strings and then eventually got a seam ripper/tiny pair of cosmetic scissors to pull at the threads, over and over and over again (very messy but not hard). Before long….Bridget jean shorts summerbridget jean shorts summer

DIY Jean shorts that were less than $4!

I saved over $50 by DIY-ing these shorts instead of buying them this summer. Heck, I’ll model Mom jeans on the internet any day for that kind of savings…. haha sad but true.

Bridget jean shorts summerMoral of the story: DIY-ing Jean shorts instead of paying the hefty price tag is SO worth it, but on the other hand… maybe you shouldn’t be taking fashion advice from me. I don’t exactly have the best track record.

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  1. Trang

    The post MOM jeans look great on you as jean shorts! I’m digging the white Converse too; my daughter HAD to have a pair for the first day of school to go with her outfit so we searched a few stores the night before the first of school – fun!

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    The post MOM jeans look great on you as jean shorts! I’m digging the white Converse too; my daughter HAD to have a pair for the first day of school to go with her outfit so we searched a few stores the night before the first of school – fun!

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DIY Tassel Keychain

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Although Casey is away enjoying her fabulous honeymoon, we did manage to sneak in a little craft/blogging time together before she left. As an “extra credit” component of our Spring Cleaning To-Do List Printable, we decided to add an item to the list that was begging for a mini makeover– our car keys. In between girl talk and blog planning, we cleaned up our keys, downsized, added color and DIY-ed two different types of keychains.IMG_1821Our keys are now color-coordinated, a lot lighter, organized and pretty! We’ll share all of the details on how we added color to our keys and the DIY leather keychain tomorrow. Today we are going to start with a DIY tassel keychain that is perfect for a BUSY GIRL! IMG_1800The blue DIY tassel keychain literally takes about 5 minutes and less than $7 in supplies. We bought our supplies at JoAnn Fabrics but any local craft shop should have the supplies you need  (in the Jewelry making section). IMG_1769Pretty cute right? Plus, we love that you can make the tassel keychain with the beads, colors and embellishments that YOU love.
IMG_1664So, all you need is a keychain clasp, a tassel embellishment, and beads — all which are sold in the Jewelry making section at a craft store. We recycled the wire that the beads came on so we didn’t have to buy any wire, however, if you want to make a few keychains with the beads we would suggest buying a small amount of jewelry wire. IMG_1678We cut the bead wire to release the beads.diydiyWe used that wire and double knotted it to attach the tassel. Then we strung on a few of the beads and tied the other end of the wire to the keychain. IMG_1694We cut off the excess wire on each end and (not shown) strung that little piece of wire back into the last bead so the short little end piece isn’t exposed. IMG_1769Then we clipped our DIY tassel keychain onto our colorful keys! It was seriously that easy. Maybe 10 minutes…. tops!IMG_1794Make sure you check back tomorrow for all of the details on how to make the DIY Monogrammed leather keychain and color coded keys!

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  1. Brandon Smith

    I often come across a lot of unorganized key chains in my line of work: http://www.columbiamolocksmith.com . Seems to waste people’s time with trying every key in certain locks and creating a lot of confusion. I wish more people would color code their keys like your project does. Saving five minutes a day with that method can add up over time. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  2. Tony Mena

    Our security officers are constantly getting confused with their keys because they carry so many for so many different patrolled properties. As funny an image as that may make, I think I might have them do something similar to your project to save time. http://www.homelandsecuritykc.us/

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  1. Brandon Smith

    I often come across a lot of unorganized key chains in my line of work: http://www.columbiamolocksmith.com . Seems to waste people’s time with trying every key in certain locks and creating a lot of confusion. I wish more people would color code their keys like your project does. Saving five minutes a day with that method can add up over time. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  2. Tony Mena

    Our security officers are constantly getting confused with their keys because they carry so many for so many different patrolled properties. As funny an image as that may make, I think I might have them do something similar to your project to save time. http://www.homelandsecuritykc.us/

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Busy Girl: Household Filing System

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Am I the biggest dork ever for thinking that creating an Easy Household Filing System is actually fun?! On second thought, maybe don’t answer that.

I’m kind of obsessed with brand new school supplies, love starting a fresh notebook, get a rush when I buy a clean calendar and oddly enjoy all the opportunities in January to start FRESH. One of those opportunities is when I sit down to set up our household’s Filing System. #nerdalert

busy girl filing systemThis is my 4th year creating one of these boxes to hold any and all important documents from the year. Bills, receipts, notices, warranties, important emails, tax info, insurance paperwork — you name it, these important docs are filed to be saved in an organized and super low maintenance way for at least a few years. Busy Girls, we know you have 5 billion other things to be doing, so creating a long and involved filing system with all of these intricate parts just ain’t gonna happen.

Trust us, we get it. And heck, if you don’t have time to create it, we sure as heck know you will definitely not stick to it all year. So let’s dive into an EASY and quick household filing system that you can maintain throughout the year without wasting that precious time of yours.

file folder and wash tapeSupplies:

  • Box (I have bought all of mine at Target the last 4 years because the boxes there have lids to hide the papers, but their colors are limited. If you find a better place, please let me know!)
  • File Folders (I use about  10 to 12, but hey, your filing system may look a tad different)
  • Marker

Total Cost: About $20 and well worth all of the frustration you’re saving yourself by never losing an important receipt again!
Time: About 10 minuteslabeled foldersSo you have your supplies. Now, all you have to do is identify what categories you want to create for your household filing system. This is what Matt and I use:

Credit Card Statements
Car (this would include insurance docs, maintenance info, oil changes, repair receipts, etc.)
Gas, Electric, Cable & Utilities
Mortgage 
Tax Information
Medical (Pretty self-explanatory)
Teaching (we keep docs from work in here, specifically items that we need to maintain or update our teaching certificates)
Home Repairs 
Random yet Important (I’ve learned over the years that having a “catch-all” folder for important docs that don’t seem to fit in any other folder is important to stay organized)
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M&P Presentations (Matt co-owns a public speaking company where he & his partner present to high school students across the country about positive self-image, being confident in who you are, embracing the awkwardness of high school & using social media appropriately) #funfact

Other ideas for folders: Gym Membership, Student Loans, Grad School Info, Important Contact Info/Business Cards, 401k, Investments, Pet Care, a folder for each child, Large Purchase Receipts, etc ….)foldersAgain, these are the categories that seem to work for us, but feel free to adjust these to fit your needs. If I could give any advice starting off it would be to have extra folders in the back of the box in case you missed a category. Having the materials ready for you to add to your folders down the line will help you stay committed and organized using your household filing system.

randomI would also suggest having that “Random yet Important Folder” as part of your collection. There always seems to be something odd that comes up throughout the year that needs to be filed and just doesn’t seem to fit the outlined folders. Having this catch-all folder will ensure you won’t just throw this random paper anywhere and never be able to find it again. #FAIL #beentheredonethat

organizing foldersFor some of the important folders, I like to use extra washi tape to put on the front of the folder. I write important passwords, notes, locations, phone numbers or anything I don’t want to forget about that specific folder on the washi tape. And if at some point throughout the year that info changes, I remove that piece of washi tape and add a new one with the updated info. This helps keep everything in one place & ensures I always know where to find this info. But if you don’t have washi tape– no worries! Just add those notes inside of the folder. Maybe in pencil or on a post-it?

file boxdiy playbook fileOnce you write out all of your folders/washi tape, simply place them in the box and put the cover on it so all that clutter is not exposed.

file box Target Now as you receive these important docs, you have a very specific/consolidated place to put them. And when you have to go back in your files to rescue a specific document, you’ll know exactly where it is. Simply take the specific folder out and rifle through it until you find what you’re looking for.

Like I said, I keep my boxes for a few years…. just in case I need something from one of them. But once I pass the mark where I can empty the old ones out, I will re-use the box and start all over with my rotation. Easy enough right?busy girl filing systemBusy Girls, if you have 10 minutes and $20 to spare, this is the January project you can’t afford to miss. Unless you have another cheap & easy way to stay organized. I would LOVE to hear about it….bridget

 

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    This is something we definitely need to do. I have one bin, but it’s about to explode and I don’t think it’s organized as well as it could be!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Once I started this system, I totally stayed organized (as long as I commit to making a new one each year). And the best part is that the Mr. can help with the organization too with this easy system! #myfavoritepart

  2. Alexa~FurnishMyWay

    Oh my goodness. Where has this DIY been all my life? I’ve started my annual new year spring cleaning (which really means getting rid of junk while minimizing my stuff & maximizing my space, haha) and I’m definitely going to do this FOR SURE. I have a feeling that this will become one of my new organizational lifesavers. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In

    I decided to do this earlier this year (but yours looks way prettier!) Except I tried to stuff all my school papers in there too as well from all my grad school classes. Like, I’m talking all my notes and handouts, etc. #hoarder, which leaves very little room for anything else. I need to rethink this system and maybe have two books so I can actually MOVE the file folders. Thanks for the tips! Love these Busy Girl DIYs. #favorite

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  4. Cathy Cortes

    Love this! I need to do this ASAP! My files always grow into a huge pile then I don’t want to do anything with them, lol

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  5. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Sara! I found these folders at Target– but I have had good luck with cute folders at HomeGoods and Office Supply stores too.

    And THANK YOU! We are so happy you’re here!! xo

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    This is something we definitely need to do. I have one bin, but it’s about to explode and I don’t think it’s organized as well as it could be!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Once I started this system, I totally stayed organized (as long as I commit to making a new one each year). And the best part is that the Mr. can help with the organization too with this easy system! #myfavoritepart

  2. Alexa~FurnishMyWay

    Oh my goodness. Where has this DIY been all my life? I’ve started my annual new year spring cleaning (which really means getting rid of junk while minimizing my stuff & maximizing my space, haha) and I’m definitely going to do this FOR SURE. I have a feeling that this will become one of my new organizational lifesavers. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In

    I decided to do this earlier this year (but yours looks way prettier!) Except I tried to stuff all my school papers in there too as well from all my grad school classes. Like, I’m talking all my notes and handouts, etc. #hoarder, which leaves very little room for anything else. I need to rethink this system and maybe have two books so I can actually MOVE the file folders. Thanks for the tips! Love these Busy Girl DIYs. #favorite

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  4. Cathy Cortes

    Love this! I need to do this ASAP! My files always grow into a huge pile then I don’t want to do anything with them, lol

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  5. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Sara! I found these folders at Target– but I have had good luck with cute folders at HomeGoods and Office Supply stores too.

    And THANK YOU! We are so happy you’re here!! xo

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Busy Girl Upcycled Calendar Art

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Now that it’s 2015, it is officially time to trash last year’s calendar and replace it with a brand new 2015 calendar. But wait! Not so fast.

Don’t go throwing away that old 2014 calendar just yet. We have a 5 minute Busy Girl project that will provide you with a gorgeous piece(s) of Gallery Wall Art.

Not only is this project super quick & easy, did we mention it’s also FREE?! Yup, you read that right …. F . R. E . E . which totally works into that New Year’s budget.Busy Girl CalendarThose gorgeous pictures attached to each month of the year’s calendar can quickly double as upcycled calendar art in 2015 and could be the perfect addition to your Gallery Wall, office desk, or even work as a gift for someone special in your life.old calendarWe framed pages of this adorable art calendar we picked up at a local half-price book store for $6. We heart colorful & quirky art like this, but prints like this off of sites like Etsy can be expensive (aka not Free). Repurposing this calendar would give us up to 12 new pieces of gallery wall art for $6 (or FREE if you already have an old calendar to recycle).calendar2We actually had the frames we used lying around, but you can pick up cheap frames from a large craft store to fit the calendar pages. However, if you wanted to cut these photos down to fit a smaller frame, maybe that you already have, that would totally work too!

polar bearPop that page in the frame and you are D-O-N-E! Use all 12 to create a symmetrical gallery or mix and match your favorites by grouping them with other pieces of art.polar bearfoxbusy girl calendar5 Minutes and practically FREE? I don’t know if we can afford NOT to take advantage of these outdated calendars. And for our fellow Busy Girls tuning in who typically do not use calendars like this but want a chance to frame FREE art– keep your eyes peeled for super clearance calendars that are outdated and still being sold at a super sale price at your local stores. ORRRRRR, keep this project in mind when you’re shopping for a calendar this year. Not only does it have to be cute to display this year, it needs to be cute enough to add to your gallery wall art collection in 2016. #nopressurecalendar

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  1. Rebecca

    What a fun idea! I used to always save the pictures I liked most from my calendars and hang them on my walls when I was a teenager and in college, but I like the idea of framing them even better as it makes it a look a little more grown up! Perfect DIY project for me this month, thanks 🙂

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  1. Rebecca

    What a fun idea! I used to always save the pictures I liked most from my calendars and hang them on my walls when I was a teenager and in college, but I like the idea of framing them even better as it makes it a look a little more grown up! Perfect DIY project for me this month, thanks 🙂

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Busy Girl DIY – New Year’s Straws

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This month has been very busy with all of the holiday projects, DIY’s, and crafts we’ve tackled here on The DIY Playbook. But we really can’t complain. We loved getting into the holiday spirit as we decorated our homes for Christmas and created some personalized gifts for our loved ones.

But now that all of the Christmas chaos is officially over, we’re both craving simplicity. Easy, no-brainer, takes-less-than-five-minutes kinda projects. Today we have a #BusyGirlDIY project that satisfies our “less is more” craving.

2015-Washi-Tape-Straw-FlagsThey’re washi tape flags for your New Year’s Eve drinking straw. When we think of New Year’s Eve parties we think of gold, glitter, and sparkle. These straws definitely fulfill those NYE requirements. We decided to write “2015” on these ones…but there’s no limit on what you could write on here. “Happy New Year’s”, “Kiss me!”, or even just your name (no more sipping someone else’s champagne)  would work just fine.

Just take your favorite washi tape, scissors, and a permanent marker..and you’re in business! 2015-NYE-Straw

CorkSo what do you think? Gonna take the extra 5 minutes to personalize your party straws? We know your guests will appreciate the customization as they sip their bubbly all night long!

NYE-VignetteP.S. Here’s a sneak peek from our upcoming New Year’s shoot. Yes, that is a gold star pinata. #youknowyouwantone

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Right?! We absolutely LOVE it. We try and not spend over like a dollar(ish) on ours and stock up when it’s on sale. We typically buy washi tape at large craft retailers (like Michael’s or JoAnn’s) as well as office supply stores or even online at like Amazon or Etsy. Good luck!!

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      Right?! We absolutely LOVE it. We try and not spend over like a dollar(ish) on ours and stock up when it’s on sale. We typically buy washi tape at large craft retailers (like Michael’s or JoAnn’s) as well as office supply stores or even online at like Amazon or Etsy. Good luck!!

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The Busy Girl’s Christmas Candle Holder

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It’s December and that probably means you have a lot going on with the holidays. Shopping trips, Christmas parties, cookie baking…there is just so much going on this month. We don’t want you to waste these lovely moments crafting for hours on end. No way Jose. Not happening here.

Today’s project can be done in about 2 minutes flat. Seriously. That means more time eating Christmas cookies & sipping cocoa…and less time decking the halls.

Cranberry-Christmas-Mason-JarIt’s a twist on last year’s Cranberry Christmas Centerpiece from this post. It’s a Christmas Candle Holder that is perfect for any Busy Girl.

We don’t have tons of room in our tiny apartment, and I didn’t want to crowd our kitchen island with a big ol’ vase. So I took out an extra mason jar and used it for this little craft. Fresh-CranberriesI found the white floating candles from Michaels, but my mom uses candy cane striped ones from Crate & Barrel. Both awesome options. Greenery-Bottom-of-VaseThen…not wanting to actually go to the store…I just snipped a few pieces of faux greenery from our Christmas garland. Don’t worry, the garland is still looking plenty fluffy and I only needed to take a few pieces to fill up the bottom of the mason jar. Christmas-Mason-JarI found the fresh cranberries at the grocery store and only needed to use a handful. I recommend changing them out every 10-14 days in order to keep them looking red and vibrant. Cranberry-Greenery-Candle-VotiveYou can fill the jar with water all the way up to the tippy top, or go 3/4 of the way like I did. Just be sure to change the water every week or so to prevent it from getting cloudy. Christmas-Candle-HolderFinally light your candle, sit back, and enjoy the glow of this simple DIY candle holder.

Mason-Jar-Candle-HolderIt’s a great use of your random mason jars and will add some festive cheer to your house this season. I made a few of these candle holders and spread them throughout our home (bathroom, bookshelf, coffee table.) Or feel free to group them together for a sparkly candle display.

We wish all holiday projects were this easy. Now back to wrapping presents…casey_sigCome check out the bigger version of this project from this post. rp_Christmas-Vase.JPG

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The Busy Girl’s Custom Cords

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Good afternoon! Thanks for joining us for a double post today. This morning we showed you guys these simple customized phone covers…and now we’re back with more technology related crafting…Iphone-Charger-Decor…we’re jazzing up our phone chargers and cords with washi tape.

Before we get to the goods, let me backtrack a bit. I don’t know about you, but in our house we have a phone charger problem. We either have so many chargers in our household that we don’t know what to do with them. Or we’re looking in drawers and backpacks desperately searching for our phone chargers, and we have a total shortage. Seriously…it’s a problem. My husband and I each have our own chargers, and then we have one that stays in our bedroom. However, we’re always leaving them at friend’s homes or we “borrow” the bedroom charger only to leave it at work, and then we’re left with 2 dead phones. And to top it off, we’re constantly giving one another the stink eye when one of us accidentally leaves the charger at work.

You see..we had a serious charger problem and it wasn’t good for our phones or our marriage.
Iphone-ChargerSo I came up with a simple solution to our problem. Washi-TapeColor coding our cords with washi tape!  Busy-Girl-DIY-Phone-ChargersThis simple DIY is great for a couple of reasons. Mainly, we now know which phone charger is ours and we don’t accidentally “borrow” the other person’s charger. Plus, we’re less likely to mix it up with anyone else’s when they come over and charge their phone in our home.
And of course…they’re so darn cute. I mean why not customize something that you use and look at every.single.day?

Green-Washi-Tape-Phone-ChargerHere’s our new green cord. This one stays in our master bedroom. Green = master bedroom. See now it can’t mysteriously disappear to someone’s work bag (cough, cough, Mr. Finn)

Iphone-case-chargerStriped-Phone-ChargerThis striped and gold duo is MY charger. It stays in my bag and goes with me to work, sleepovers, etc. I’m pretty sure the Mr. won’t want go anywhere near this girly one. Striped-Phone-Charger-001I also made sure to wrap tape around both the outlet and the cord, since they can easily come apart and be mixed around. Now we don’t have any “naked” cords..and they all have a matching set. Head-phonesWhile I was at it, I added some gold tape to my headphones because these mysteriously disappear as well. Plus, these are super cute aren’t they? Totally glam. Head-phonesGold-HeadphonesSo what do you think…pretty darn easy, right? BUSY GIRL DIYWe’re officially adding this project to our #BusyGirlDIY series because it took about 5 minutes to do and ANYONE can do this. We know you’re a busy girl and you have zero time to rummage through your home looking for your phone charger. Solve your problems with this craft (& head to our Busy Girl DIY page for more easy-peasy projects) Busy-Girl-DIY-Phone-Chargerscasey_sig

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The Busy Girl’s Bedazzled Collar

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Is it just us or do the holidays totally scream BEDAZZLE?! It’s just something about this mad dash towards the holidays that has me totally inspired to… bedazzle… everything & anything. And that’s what I plan on doing over the next month. First on the list, one of my work shirts. With lots of upcoming holiday parties on the calendar, I thought I would add some bedazzling to something I already had in my closet. This way I could jazz up the wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Ladies, meet the super simple tutorial for the Busy Girl’s Bedazzled Collar, just in time for the holidays!

busy girl collarLong story short, I had this shirt in my work wardrobe for quite a while now. As you can see, this polka-dotted beauty was from Forever 21 a few years back… (super affordable). I usually wear it tucked in a pencil skirt or I layer it under a sweater because I just can’t resist a peter pan collar… ever. I love them, unconditionally. And when you have unconditional love for a peter pan collar– of course you’ll love that collar plain, bedazzled, or somewhere in between.

IMG_5622I wanted the option to still wear this to work OR layer it under a dressier sweater for a holiday party, so I went with a more conservative bedazzling (if that’s even possible). My collar was beige so I went with the neutral colored embellishments to blend while still bedazzling. I’m pretty sure this same neutral look would look fabulous on just about any collar. But if you’re looking for more BOLD, you can get your jewels to match whatever look you’re going for– maybe black, gold, or even a mixture.
pearls and gemsI went to the jewelry aisle in Michael’s to pick up a small packet of pearls and another packet of flat rhinestones (both under $10 total). You can’t really tell in this picture, but these pearls actually have a hole through the middle of them. Apparently they are supposed to be used to string onto a necklace and not to bedazzle a holiday collar. The good news is that although there is a hole in the middle of them, they still do the trick…you can’t even tell.
glue gunThe only other supplies you need are a hot glue gun & a little bit of glue. I had this glue gun on hand so this was no cost to me. And because you only need a spec of glue, this project requires MINIMAL glue. I don’t even think I used half a stick of glue for this project, which I feel like is pretty rare for a hot glue gun project.gemsThe rest of the bedazzling process is pretty self-explanatory because you do exactly what you see… glue & stick.

Put a tiny bit of hot glue on the back of your rhinestone and then stick it ((randomly)) onto the collar. If you want to follow a pattern, go ahead and do so, but I didn’t put that much thought into it. I randomly glued and glued and glued, mixing rhinestones and pearls as I went, until the look eventually seemed “complete”.
studsRandom Tips:

1. Don’t use too much glue <– most important tip

2. If there are little leftover glue “hairs” from the hot glue gun remnants, no worries. You can collect all of those at the very end and you won’t ever see them again.

3. Be careful with your fingers and the hot glue gun. The less glue, the safer your fingers.
IMG_5647Glue, stick, repeat. (again and again and again and again…)bedazzled collarcollarjewelsI eventually started adding in the pearls among the sparkles. It seemed like a fun way to add a little variety, but if you’re not a pearl girl, why not just do all rhinestones? I used the clear rhinestones, but black rhinestones came with my package as well. With all of these leftover rhinestones I have, no item of clothing in my closet is safe from bedazzling.

In less than 20 minutes, this peter pan collar is bedazzled and ready for the holiday party tour! Seriously, easy… quick… super affordable… and pretty darn glamorous! We can’t ask for much more than that for a Busy Girl DIY.

busy girl collarI can still pair this polka-dotted cutie with a pencil skirt and cardigan for work orrrrr put it under a black crew neck sweater and wear it with jeans and heels for a night out. No one will ever know there are blue polka dots hiding underneath… they’ll be so blinded by my bedazzling. (I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing?) Either way, I know breathing a fresh layer of bedazzling into this blouse has totally opened up a lot more possibilities for this charming number.

Heck, I may not have a plan in sight for New Year’s Eve, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I know what I’ll be wearing. Ha ha, and in the meantime, I’ll definitely be putting this Busy Girl Bedazzled Collar to good use!

bridget PS. If you’re looking for more Busy Girl DIY projects, come check out our whole collection here or click on the tab on our sidebar. Xo
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The Busy Girl’s Gold Vase as a Hostess Gift

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Attention all Busy Girl’s, we have another QUICK & EASY DIY project that you can whip up as a Glamorous Hostess Gift throughout the upcoming holiday season (cough, cough… like next week for Thanksgiving!).

But before we officially move onto the tutorial, allow us to review….

Busy Girl DIY is defined as a craft or do-it-yourself project that aligns with the busy girl’s style, budget, and lack of free time, materials, or confidence in her ability to craft. These projects take around 15-30 minutes and require minimal amounts of time, material or talent (like this one, this one or this one). These projects allow Busy Girls to get the look they love without the hassle. You’re busy, we’re busy… we get it. Let’s do this…

The Busy Girl's Gold VaseFlowers are always a nice gesture and the staple hostess gift for Busy Girl’s like us. A bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine…check and check! However, etiquette says that you should never bring in “un-vased” flowers to the host or hostess. Why not, we wondered?

Of course it’s always the thought that counts… and any hostess would be extremely grateful for any token of appreciation, we’re pretty sure. But if we’re being technical here, un-vased flowers require the hostess to take time away from her entertaining, cooking, and greeting in order to give those gorgeous blooms a new place to live. It’s not a huge inconvenience for the hostess (and you’re not being rude by bringing these in without a vase), but when a hostess has food in the oven, guests loading into her home, and she is trying to greet, get drinks, and take coats from everyone- cutting down flowers, finding a vase that fits, and putting it all together just doesn’t lend itself well to giving guests her undivided, welcoming attention. To combat this etiquette tip, we thought it would be more convenient, glamorous AND thoughtful for us to still bring in our staple flowers, but making sure we handle the cutting, vasing, and sprucing up the blooms well before we enter her doors.

With this pre-arranged gorgeous vase, you are showing that you:

  1. Planned ahead
  2. Care about her precious time
  3. Want to provide her with a gold & glamorous vase she can re-use all season long!

It’s a win-win-win if you ask us!! Plus, this vase is simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of time, money or creative talent. Busy Girls—we can do this and we have plenty of time to finish this project up for next week’s celebrations.

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What you’ll need:

    • Liquid Gold (This stuff is AH-MAZING and officially our new best friend)
    • Soft Hair Paintbrush (so important that it’s soft hair)
    • Vase (this one cost me $1 at the Dollar Store!!)
    • Painter’s Tape
    • Scotch tape (optional)
    • Flowers (got this bunch from Jewel for less than $10)

Rookie Tip: While you have all the supplies out and the vases only cost $1, why not make a few to get you through all of your holiday events?!

So here goes nothing. All you really have to do is tape around the vase to create the “line” or look that you want. Make sure you press firmly on the line that the paint will hit, this will ensure none of the gold liquid will seep under the tape.

I used the soft haired brush to put one coat of liquid gold on the exposed part of the vase.  The directions on the back of the liquid gold suggested using the soft haired brush and I can see why. If I used a different paint brush, you probably would have seen the brush strokes and it wouldn’t have that smooth, gold finish. So listen to the directions and use that soft brush! If you have some extra time on your hands, let your first coat dry and put on another coat for extra coverage.

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Gold tapeGold Vase DIYAfter that, let the paint dry and slowly peel away your painter’s tape. You should be left with a crisp gold line.

tapetaped vaseFill the jar up with water and place your scotch tape like a grid on the top of the vase. This post has a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this. Ever since Casey shared that tip, I always use clear tape to help me arrange flowers.

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Little by little, I place flowers into the vase’s grid… starting with the greenery around the sides.

flowersflowersThen I placed the other random flower types until I got the look that I wanted. I would suggest waiting to do this part until the morning of the event or the night before the event. This will guarantee your arrangement looks fresh for the hostess (and at the party).

busy girl vaseI love the elegant and simple look the liquid gold gives this project. To think this was just a dollar store vase that now looks far more expensive and sophisticated! You can hand off this project to the hostess and she will have nothing to worry about to prep these beautiful blooms for the party!! You will be a Busy Girl that looked like you took a lot of time & effort to spoil your gracious host with this one-of-a-kind gift. Such a win-win!

The Busy Girl's Gold VaseBridget and Casey SignatureP.S. If you like this BUSY GIRL idea, check out our other Busy Girl DIY ideas by clicking on the Busy Girl icon on the sidebar. Happy Crafting, you fellow Busy Girls!! xo

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I need to get soem of that liquid gold. I love this idea! I tried a dripping one with paint that didn’t work out so well. I think I had too much.

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  2. Summer Hogan

    This is easily one of my favorite and go-to DIY’s! Love it! I always forget about the tape trick too! Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    I just used water, but it definitely didn’t come off all the way. And be careful not to stain your sink (spoken from experience). I used a magic eraser to get the newly stained gold out of my slop sink. Did you make a vase?!

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6 thoughts on “The Busy Girl’s Gold Vase as a Hostess Gift

  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I need to get soem of that liquid gold. I love this idea! I tried a dripping one with paint that didn’t work out so well. I think I had too much.

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  2. Summer Hogan

    This is easily one of my favorite and go-to DIY’s! Love it! I always forget about the tape trick too! Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    I just used water, but it definitely didn’t come off all the way. And be careful not to stain your sink (spoken from experience). I used a magic eraser to get the newly stained gold out of my slop sink. Did you make a vase?!

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