Laundry Organization Tips and Free Printable Cheat Sheet

Are you good at staying organized? Or, like me, do you need a little help sometimes? One of my least favourite chores to do is the laundry. So, to help you (and me!), here’s a little guide for a few laundry organization tips, including a DIY for making your own pretty re-writable board.

Laundry Organisation tips and free printable cheat sheet

These re-writable boards are a great way to add organization to any room of your house. They are prettier than white boards but serve the exact same purpose. You could even add one into a gallery wall if you like.

How to make your own re-writable board:

It’s honestly one of the simplest things to do. All you need is a frame of your choice and the background that you want to use. For your laundry, you can download this cheat sheet (download link found below), or for any other room in the house, you can use a pretty piece of paper or fabric.

Remove the backing board from the frame, leaving the glass in front. Place your new background into the frame, close it up with the original backing board and get writing straight onto the glass. Be sure to use a whiteboard marker and not a permanent marker though! When it’s time to change your to-do list, chores, shopping list or doodles, simply rub it off with a tissue or cloth and start again on a clean slate.

Laundry Organisation tips and free printable cheat sheet

As an added bonus, I’ve thrown in this shopping list and meal plan printable. You can either pop this into a frame too or simply print out a few and use it for your weekly planning.

Both files are included in the download here.

Laundry Organisation tips and free printable cheat sheet

Small Laundry Organisation Tips:

While it is important to keep yourself organized, it is also important to keep the physical space that you are using organized. Most people are confined to a relatively small space to do their laundry, but there are many ways that this space can still be used well, helping you to keep it organized.

  1. Use wall space for storage. Whether you use shelves or cupboards, make sure to utilize the space that is available on the wall.
  2. Separate the space by adding a curtain or folding doors. This allows you to hide the laundry away when not in use.
  3. Have a fold-out hanging rack, or a rack that hangs from the ceiling. It is not always possible to hang clean laundry outside to dry, so adding a rack that doesn’t take up precious storage space is very useful.
  4. Use small containers or baskets to keep like items together. This makes it easier when going through the laundry process, as everything you need is easily accessible.
  5. Don’t let the laundry build up. Having too much laundry is not only likely to make you want to procrastinate even longer, but it will also make a small space cluttered and difficult to use. To be efficient with electricity and water, don’t wash very small loads, but be sure to wash your laundry regularly.

Laundry Organisation tips and free printable cheat sheet

What are your favourite laundry organization tips or tips for organizing the rest of the home?

Happy organizing!

How to make your own wall art in your rental home

Knowing how to decorate your home can be hard when you have limitations as a renter. Anything that is done needs to be able to be removed easily, without leaving any marks or holes in the walls. Washi tape is a great solution as it lets you add a little personality to your space, while still remaining easily removable, with absolutely no fuss.

You could use any design you like, but origami works well as it’s made up of straight lines.

Washi Tape Art for your Rental Home

What you need:

Washi tape
Painters tape or masking tape (optional)
Design (Click here to use this design:  Origami Hummingbird - Pure Sweet Joy for Homeology.pdf)
Ruler
Scissors

What to do:

Start by finding your design, measuring out the length of each line and then scaling it up to be the size that you want it to be. The easiest way to scale it is to measure the length or height of your printed out version and then see how much that length needs to be multiplied by to get the final length you want it to be on the wall. That number then becomes your multiplication factor for all the other lines. Look, there is a use for high school math after all!

Example: The total width of the printed hummingbird measures 23cm (seen recorded on the rough sketch). I wanted the final bird to be roughly 70cm, so multiplying by 3 kept it simple, making the final width roughly 69cm. The left-hand line measures 9cm on the printout, making its final washi tape size 27cm (9×3=27).

Washi Tape Art for your Rental Home

Using painter’s tape (or extra washi tape), mark out the rough area where your final design will be. The final dimensions may differ slightly from those you calculated, as it does not take into account the width of the actual washi tape and slight changes in the angles of the lines. Stick your printed design on the wall for easy reference.

Washi Tape Art for your Rental Home

Starting sticking your washi tape strips from one corner, and work your way across the picture. Place your washi tape according to the printed picture. For awkward corners, cut the tape a little longer and leave it for now.

Washi Tape Art for your Rental Home

 

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Once all the pieces have been stuck to the wall, go around with scissors and neatly cut off the little extra ends left at the corners.

Washi Tape Art for your Rental Home

Washi Tape Art for your Rental Home

What other rental decor ideas have you implemented in your space?

How to simplify your life with quick DIY organising hacks

Are you the type of person who has loads of little things lying around with no specific place to put them? I often find that simply giving something a home is the first and most important step to getting organised. It’s not always an easy thing to do though, especially if you have limited storage space. If you need a little inspiration, you can use these simple DIY organizing hacks to get you started!

Easy Cable Organising

Almost every time I need a cable for charging a camera, importing photos or tethering my camera I have to dig through a little pile of electronic cables. So while the cables as a whole have a home, the fact that all of their homes are in the exact same place means it still gets messy. By simply giving each little cable its own home in an empty toilet roll, this problem is solved. Decorate the toilet rolls with a strip of wrapping paper, Washi tape or a little hand-drawn design. Write the name of the cable on its new toilet roll home and you have an organised set of cables. No more scratching through the pile!

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Mini Handbag Storage

Ever find yourself scratching through your bag for that little clip that you just KNOW is in there somewhere? You may find everything else that you didn’t even know was deep in your handbag, but just not that clip! One of the easiest DIY hacks, is to place your clips into a small mint container, like a Tic Tac box. Add a little glamour to the container with a simple strip of gold tape.

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Or, mini stationery storage

Use the exact same method to tidy up your stationery storage for small things like paperclips, thumbtacks or pins.

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Simple Plug Sorting

Tired of being unsure which plug is which? In an effort to not overload our plug points, some of our small appliances get unplugged when not in use. Not only does this mean the plugs get all knotted, but it also means that you can be waiting forever for the kettle to boil before realising that it isn’t even plugged in yet! Using a simple piece of Washi tape, coloured tape or even masking tape allows you to label each appliance close to the plug. This makes it much simpler when figuring out what is what. The same method could be used for all those pesky computer plugs or hair accessories.

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Mini Ribbon Holders

Just like cables, ribbons can also get so easily tangled together. This is especially annoying when you’re trying to wrap a present at the last minute! Once again one, of the simplest little DIY hacks using a mint container can solve the problem. Keep one end of the ribbon poking out the hole to make it easy to quickly pull out however much ribbon you need.

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Use these simple organising DIY hacks to make your life that little bit easier

Organising Kitchen Drawers

While you’re busy organising things a little more, you might as well tackle that kitchen drawer which holds all the odds and ends. Each drawer will need different methods depending on what you end up using it for, but here are 3 easy steps:

  1. Start by taking everything out of the drawer.
  2. Before putting anything back in, throw out or give away the items that you can do without.
  3. Finally add smaller containers to hold like items together, use a cutlery tray for storing the extra cutlery items such as spatulas, salad servers and measuring spoons or even an ice cube tray for very small items.

Enjoy using your newly organised space!

DIY Valentines Date Printable – Free download

Every year the question comes up: “What are we going to do for Valentine’s Day?” Maybe you’re the type to plan far in advance or you’re that couple who suddenly realizes that it’s Valentine’s Day TOMORROW and you have no plans. Restaurants get booked out, babysitters can be expensive and, well, maybe you just don’t feel like going out. Your Valentine’s Day can still be great by having a special Valentine’s date night meal at home or packing a little surprise picnic basket. Use the free Valentines date printable available below to add a special touch to your day!

Simply print out this valentines date printable for your own DIY date at home

Simply print out the files and fill them in. You will need two A4 pages to print it all. Use a variety of colours if you’d like to add some more colour to the spread.

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Valentines Date Printable Menu:

There’s nothing wrong with simply taking your normal meal and packing it up as a picnic in your garden or eating it at your table, but if you’d like some other picnic ideas have a look at the the ones below.

Simply print out this valentines date printable for your own DIY date at home

Starters: Crackers and cheese, mini frittatas, crudités with hummus

Mains: Grilled chicken salad, sushi, quiche and salad, stuffed lettuce wraps

Dessert: Chocolate dipped strawberries, fruit salad, chocolate mousse, mini cheesecakes or even a good cup of coffee with these valentines cookies.

Compliment cards

Included in the pack is a set of seven compliment cards. Too often we don’t tell our loved loves how we feel about them or what we enjoy doing with them. Valentine’s Day (along with any other day) is the perfect opportunity to let them know what you think.

Simply print out this valentines date printable for your own DIY date at home

Valentines Date Printable Card:

Use the simple card to add in your own personalized message for your date.

Valentines Date Printable Wrapper:

Use the wrapper included to help make a box of chocolates, bottle of wine or other small addition fit in with the rest of your date.

Simply print out this valentines date printable for your own DIY date at home

Do you enjoy Valentine’s Day? What is your favourite Valentine’s Day memory?

Happy Valentine’s!

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No Glue DIY Notebook

Even though so many things are going digital and paperless, there is still something so good about making a written list or being able to quickly jot down some notes. Whether you’re busy planning how to meet your goals for the new year, your family’s meal plan or just needing to write things down before they get lost in the blur of everything you need to do, we’ve got the easiest little DIY notebook for you. This is also a great way to bring a little of the pretty trends predicted 2017 into your every day, such as greenery.

Make gorgeous bound DIY notebooks using materials that you already have at home.

You don’t need any fancy punches, book binding glue or nifty gadgets, so here goes.

Make gorgeous bound DIY notebooks using materials that you already have at home.

What you need:

  • Pretty printed card stock for your DIY notebook cover, a printed image or recycled cards or boxes. Scrapbooking paper works well!
  • Blank or lined pages for inside, I used 10 A4 pages per book
  • Thin twine or thick cotton
  • Large needle
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bulldog clips or paperclips
  • Swivel knife, craft knife or pointed scissors. If you don’t have these, you can just use your needle.

What to do:

Start by folding just one piece of paper in half. This fold will act as a guide for your final fold and will become your inner most page. I found it easier to leave the cover and the rest of the inside pages unfolded until the end. It can be tricky to match up the folds perfectly in a stack of folded paper, so this makes it easier.

Stack all your pages together, with the cover at the bottom of the pile, facing out. Secure with clips. Along the fold of the inner page, mark out 5 holes. The two edge wholes should be away from the edge of the paper. For the 21cm fold of an A4 page, I placed my holes at 2.5, 6.5, 10.5, 14.5 and 18.5cm.

Make gorgeous DIY notebooks using materials that you already have at home.

Use a swivel knife, the end of your sharp pointed scissors or your needle to make the holes where you’ve marked them. They only need to be big enough for the needle and thin twine to fit through.

Start at the top of the book and thread the twine down through the first hole. Leave enough twine hanging out the top end for it to fold back through the notebook and act like a bookmark. Next, thread up through the second hole, down through the third etc until you reach the bottom hole. Turn around and thread the opposite way through each hole.

Make gorgeous DIY notebooks using materials that you already have at home.

Once you reach the starting end again, cut the twine long enough to match the original extra bookmark piece. Next, tie a knot as close to the notebook as possible.

Make gorgeous DIY notebooks using materials that you already have at home.

All that’s left to do, is fold the inside pages and cover. You may find it easier to first fold the cover outwards, as this makes a nice neat fold, before folding it back over the rest of the pages.

Make gorgeous bound DIY notebooks using materials that you already have at home.

Add any decorations that you’d like to your DIY notebook and get going with your lists, doodles and memories.

What do you most like to use a notebook for?

Happy Creating!

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Printed Custom Gift Bags Christmas DIY

When it comes to the end of year busyness and Christmas craziness, we don’t always get to do everything that we set out to do. I always intend to come up with a simple, but unique, way to wrap up the Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I so often end up doing it last minute. Of course, much of the shopping happens last minute too, forcing the wrapping to be even later! This year, you can use this easy little hack to make your own printed custom gift bags.

Make your own DIY custom gift bags for Christmas by printing on paper bags

What you need:

Plain paper gift bags
A4 scrap paper or cardboard
Masking tape or washi tape
Your own custom designs, names or Christmas greetings. A simple message done in Word or Paint is sufficient. (Or you can download the files designed for this post at this link)

Print DIY custom gift bags at home

Tape the paper bag to your scrap paper, with the front of the bag facing up. If your design goes right to the edge of the page, be sure to tape the under side of the bag to avoid printing onto the tape.

Taping the bag onto the paper allows for the design to go right to the edge of the paper bag as the printing border then falls onto the scrap paper. It also feeds more easily through the printer. Although higher-end printers may be able to handle the bag on its own, when I tried feeding the bag straight into the printer it made the most horrible crunching sound and jammed! Not fun!

Make your own DIY custom gift bags for Christmas by printing on paper bags

Once you’ve printed out your own custom gift bags, simply remove the tape gently and get wrapping your gifts!

Print DIY custom gift bags onto any paper bags at home

I love the difference in the effects of printing onto brown paper versus white paper bags. While I always prefer all my gifts to be wrapped in the same way, using the same designs on different colours of paper bags keeps the look uniform, while adding variety to each person’s gift.

Do you have any gift wrapping tips? We’d love to hear them!

Make your own DIY custom gift bags for Christmas by printing on paper bags

Wishing you the best Christmas season of relaxation and joy!

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P.S. If you like the animal Christmas tree ornaments, you can find the tutorial for them here.

Botanical Paper Leaves – DIY and Free Download

Do you ever sit inside and wish that there was a little more of the outside around you? I am really enjoying having plants in the house and my collection is slowly building. Unfortunately, I’m not all that great at watering them though. My simple solution to this is to just have some paper leaves adding to the look. No water needed and they’ll stay looking great all year round! Follow this DIY to bring your own low maintenance botanical feel into your home.

Fill a vase with botanical paper leaves that will never die. Win!

What you need:

Templates (download here, PDF template and Silhouette cut file included)
Cardboard, in variety of greens
Florist wire
Glue
Scissors and craft knife

Fill a vase with botanical paper leaves that will never die. Win!

What to do:

Start by cutting out your leaves from cardboard, using either the templates or the Silhouette Cut files. Cut a straight strip of cardboard, roughly the length you want your stem to be.

DIY your own paper leaves for decor that will never die

Glue the stem onto your leaf and then glue the florists wire along the stem. For the fern leaf, first shape the wire to the curve of the leaf, before gluing. Because of how the fern is cut it is naturally floppier than the other leaves, so it needs the wire to go along the full spine of the leaf. For the other leaves, it’s fine if the wire is glued just a few centimeters into the leaf shape.

DIY Paper leaves

Your paper leaves are then ready to go! For the delicious monster and split leaf philedendron leaves, you can fold them over to mimic how they flop on the plant.

Fill a vase with botanical paper leaves that will never die. Win!

Fill a vase with botanical paper leaves that will never die. Win!

While you’re at it, why not cut some mini leaves to make into a botanical garland of paper leaves? They could make a cute photo booth background for a tropical party or just add a little life to your desk, without needing to be watered!

Use this paper leaves template to make a mini botanical garland DIY

Use this paper leaves template to make a mini botanical garland DIY

What are your secrets to bringing some of the outdoors indoors? Do you have any tips for the rest of us?

Happy Greening!

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Floating Drinks Holder: Fun Summer DIY

Have you ever been relaxing in the pool, so nice and cool, but then realised that you drink is “way over there”? Or worse still, it’s inside! This is a fun and easy DIY that you can do to keep your refreshments close at hand in a floating drinks holder.

What you need:

1 pool noodle
Craft knife
Strong glue, that will hold in water
Ice-cream tub lid or piece of firm flat plastic
Plastic cup or cooldrink can (stay away from glass, as you don’t want to risk any breakages)
Paint (optional)
Elastic bands (optional)

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

What to do:

Start by cutting two pieces of pool noodle, equal length, about 20 cm long.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

The next part is the trickest part of the whole process. Using the size of your cup as a guide, cut semi-circles into the centre edge of each piece of pool noodle. Cut to the middle of the pool noodle. You’ll then need to cut a straight line, perpendicular to your semi-circle, making the base for your cup to sit on. This will then allow you to remove the chunk of pool noodle. If your cup is curved, like mine, get the size of the semi-circle correct and then add in a bit of a slant, by cutting some extra away from the top at an angle.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

Keep placing the two parts together to check that your circles are still meeting up and that the cup fits neatly in the hole. Add a little personal touch with some paint.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!   Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

Glue the two pieces together with a strong glue. Run glue along the full width of the join, on the underside.

Lastly, use a piece of firm recycled plastic, to reinforce the back, by glueing it onto the underside of your floating drinks holder.

Alternatively you can use colourful elastic bands as the additional support to hold the pieces in place.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

Enjoy your summer swimming! Have you been brave enough to get into the pool or ocean yet?

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Desk Organiser: Practical Spring DIY

Is spring cleaning fever starting to hit you yet? For some reason spring often brings along that feeling of needing a change, a fresh start. Is it the flowers that are already blooming or the fresh air? Who really knows? What we do know is that getting organised is certainly never a bad thing! One of the easiest places to start (because easy is always a good place to start) is on your desk. We spend so much time at our desks, so having a cute desk organiser seems like a no-brainer.

Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.

This DIY desk organiser has 3 sections to keep your stationery, as well as mini cork boards for pinning notes and a magnet piece for keeping your paperclips tidy. It’s pretty nifty and is so quick to make!

Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.

What You Need:

Foam board (2xA4 or 1xA3)
Clear adhesive glue
Craft knife
Ruler
Thin permanent marker
4-5mm thick cork (optional)
Adhesive magnet sheet (optional)

What To Do:

Start by cutting out all of your pieces from the foam board. Use a craft knife – scissors will squash the foam and make your edges harder to glue.

Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.

Cut cork shapes to match the two outer houses, or whichever houses you choose. Draw your window and door detail and then stick the cork onto the front foam piece.

Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.

Glue the front piece onto the long base piece. To make sure the base is not visible from the front, glue the front piece against the side of the base, rather than sticking it on top of the base piece. Use glue along the edges of the internal pieces and allow them to dry before adding your back piece. Be sure to glue down all edges of the internal pieces to keep it all together.

Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.

Finally, cut a small square of adhesive magnet sheet to stick to the side of your desk organiser. I used a leftover piece from this Instagram Photo Magnet DIY. It’s always great knowing that the small leftovers kept from previous projects were not kept in vain!

Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.Cute DIY Desk Organiser with cork for notes and magnets to keep paperclips tidy.

Do you have any spring cleaning or organising tips? We’d love to hear them!

Happy organising!

Deborah Signature Featherly

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Free Printable: Winter Cuddle Weather

Do you love the sound of rain as you fall asleep as much as I do? Like I’ve said before, being warm in a nice comfortable bed or on the couch is just so good. If you can be cuddled up with a duvet, blanket, your significant other, your children or even your pet it is even better! I feel like cool nights should be celebrated (once you are warm that is!). So, in celebration of cuddle weather, why don’t you download this free printable?

Cuddle Weather Free Printable

There is one problem with this weather though, and that is getting out of bed in the morning. I am pretty far from being a morning person, even on my best days. I regularly have to set more than one alarm and I will still struggle to actually get up! I’m working on it though, even if the progress is slow…

Do you enjoy cuddle weather too? All you need to do is download the PDF (below), print it out onto a piece of cardboard the size that you want. Pop it into your favourite frame and you’re done! It’s that simple. Prints are such an easy way to add a little extra personality to a room. They can easily be switched out and changed depending on the season, your life stage, a special event or even just your mood. It’s an added bonus if they are free too (like this one)!

Cuddle Weather Free Printable

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It is available in three separate colours, saved as a PDF (white, pink or blue), so pick the colour that suits your personality or your room best. Got a friend who you know loves cuddles too? Print it out, get them a nice frame and use it as a personalised gift.

Cuddle Weather Winter Printable

What are your cuddle weather essentials? Enjoy the last stretch of cooler nights before they start to warm up. Then again, why not cuddle when it’s warmer too?

Cuddle Weather Free Printable

Here’s a little behind the scenes photo, just for fun.

Cuddle Weather Winter Printable

For more free prints, you can also get this “Say Yes to new adventures” print from Pure Sweet Joy here.

Happy Cuddling!

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