Category: Organization

You’re killin’ me, Smalls

She wanted her Shopkins colour-coded! Well, OK, and I wanted it, too. We BOTH wanted it! It seemed like such a good idea at the time!

Five space-savings DIYs

Our house isn’t that big, but we squeeze every inch of space out of it.

DIY chair pockets for classrooms

These sttretchy easy-to-sew chair pockets are perfect for Primary classrooms.

Using curtain rods as drying racks in a laundry room

Years ago, my handy husband and I lived in an apartment with a laundry room down the hall. The dryer sometimes failed to dry our clothes properly in a single session, but we’d stubbornly refuse to shell out another $1.25. Our thrifty solution was…

DIY stair organizer

When you walk in our front door, our stairs are to your immediate right. The carpet is builder-grade and I want to replace it — that’s a discussion for another day — but there was an even bigger eyesore: the “piles.” Every time I…

Converting a child’s closet to built-in shelves

Kids' closet organization with built-in shelves {Heather's Handmade Life}

When faced with a mess, it’s often our instinct to conceal with storage bins or doors. But in the case of our son’s closet, the answer was actually to remove the doors completely.   While it wasn’t a wreck of hidden dirty laundry and…

Creative paint storage solutions

One of the best parts of my new laundry room / DIY studio is that I finally have ALL of my paint in one glorious, organized colour-coded spot! Before the studio, when the room looked like hell, I was storing our large paint cans…

Converting our bi-fold closet doors to double doors

  It seems I’m always tweaking something in our front hall closet — mainly because it’s one of the messiest, frequently-used spots in the house. I thought I’d done everything I could to make the closet functional and attractive. I’d removed the hanging rod…

Playmobil storage shelves

Disclosure: We received a Playmobil set to play with and review, but all opinions (and strange tableaus) are our own. It’s one thing to keep your kids’ toys organized, but it’s another thing to find a system that also looks good. We had great…

DIY cutlery divider from scrap wood

I’d tried to organize our cutlery drawer with white plastic dividers of different sizes, but it wasn’t anything special. Everything still slid around and it was hard to reach the items at the back. (Have I lost you yet? Is it just the people…

Guest room in a box

I used to dream of having a dedicated guest room to decorate. It seemed like such a luxury to have a room that could be perpetually ready for a surprise round of company — already pristine with fresh linens and towels, and no last-minute…

DIY Lego countertops

We built our son a Lego table a few years back. It was simple enough, with a single shelf to hold a plastic storage bin with all of his pieces. But do you know what happens when a child continues to want nothing but…