February 19, 2016

DIY on the FLY Desk Organization

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You might say I am a bit obsessed when it comes to making things with my hands and keeping a tidy and well organized home and office.  Here is a really fun DIY on the FLY spinning desk organizer that I made in one of my latest DIY on the FLY YouTube web series video’s produced by Sky Princess Studios. I had so much fun making this project. It was super easy, budget friendly and took me less than twenty minutes to make. Oh, yah and I also think it’s pretty chic! You can see the entire video tutorial on my YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/c/juleeireland

If you like what you see please like, share and subscribe to my channel!  I post weekly DIY on the FLY video tutorials with great projects for your home, lifestyle and many of them you can do with your kids! Now, let’s make craft magic happen! Here’s how you make this adorable spinning desk organizer to get organized!

Supplies: Lazy susan, bulletin board, large plate or frame in your desired color, variety of glass jars, spray paint for use with glass in your desired color and finish, hot glue gun, photo frame for the center (optional. I found mine at Target)

Step One: Spray paint your jars your desired color and let them dry. Optional: you can allocate one of your jars for a dried flower or flower arrangement. I show you how in my tutorial video.

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Step Two: Use your hot glue gun to glue your bulletin board, plate or frame onto your lazy susan making sure it is centered. Note: make sure your bulletin board, plate or frame is larger than your lazy susan and is large enough to fit all of your jars and photo frame onto.

Step Three: Layout your design with your jars and photo frame.  When you are happy with your layout use your glue gun to glue your photo frame and jars on top of your lazy susan bulletin board, plate or frame starting at the center and moving outwards.

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Step Four: Fill your jars with your desk essentials such as paperclips, scissors, pens and pencils, etc.

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Lastly, give it a spin and then display it on your desk or in a handy place in your office.  It’s so beautiful make sure you put it somewhere where it can be seen and admired. I would love to see your spinning desk organization creations to post on my blogs and social media. Feel free to email your photos to me at: juleeireland@gmail.com along with your name, city, state and any other comments you wish to share with me for consideration.

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January 15, 2016

Create Success By Clearing Your Clutter

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Clutter hinders your psyche more than you know both at work and at home. When physical items invade your space that are not needed or that are unorganized it affects you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s like an invisible force that causes stress, has a negative effect on relationships and your health and it can hinder your ability to act and think clearly blocking success in all areas of your life. With each passing year you continue to grow and change. While change is good holding onto things that no longer reflect who you have become is not a good thing because it creates negative energy. Let’s start the New Year off by clearing out the clutter and opening up your heart, home and workplace to create success! Here are some simple tips to help guide you.

Step One: Take time to walk through the different spaces in your home and office and sit for a while. Look around the space and write down the items in each room that make you feel discomfort, that clearly no longer reflect you and that you feel you can do without. If you give yourself time to sit, think and explore each space you will be surprised at what you discover on your own.

Step Two: Now that you have explored and taken notes throughout your home and office it’s time to prioritize! Make a list of the areas you wish to declutter first. Pick the space in your home or office that makes you feel the most unsettled and that’s the most disorganized.

Step Three: Before you start with your first space be realistic about setting a time frame to complete the task and start small! Begin with a drawer, cabinet or counter and create three piles. One, to give away, two, to throw away and three, items to keep.

Step Four: Remove pile one and two from your room and begin placing your third pile back into your space in an organized fashion. Don’t just toss or put things back into your cabinet or drawer because all you would be doing is creating smaller clutter. It’s important to reintroduce your items into your room in an orderly, organized manner with thought and intention behind it. And be sure to dust and clean along the way to truly revive your space and your soul at the same time.

Step Five: As you finish eliminating clutter in each area of your home or office take the time to marvel at your success. With your hand over your heart take in some deep breaths through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Ask yourself how do I feel? Do I feel calmer? Do I feel lighter? Do I feel inspired to move on? If your answer is yes to any of these then by all means carry on!

I sincerely hope by clearing out the clutter in your life it helps you to open the door to a renewed home, health, happiness and success in 2016. I would love to see your before and after photos and feature them on my blog. Please feel free to email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com along with any of your thoughts or comments. Happy New Year!

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January 7, 2016

Home Hacks to Declutter and Get Organized for 2016

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Studies show that clutter and disorganization cause stress and can lead to depression. That is no way to start off the New Year!  Here are some of my favorite DIY Home Hacks to get organized and get off to a good start in 2016!

1. Dreaded Dresser Drawers-Dresser drawers especially socks, under garments and t-shirts always seem to find themselves in pure chaos.  I’ve got a great solution for you! It worked for me so I’m sure will work for you. Here is Home Hack number one to reclaim your dresser drawers and start the New Year off on the right foot! Use PVC pipe to create storage units for drawers and closet to keep your shoes, undergarments, socks, t-shirts and anything else that will fit in them in a neat orderly fashion. You can also use PVC pipe to hold your shoes or to keep your office supplies organized!
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2. A Clean Slate For Your Clothing and Closet-We are all guilty of holding onto clothing that we no longer wear because we think we will wear someday soon.  The fact of the matter is that if you have not worn it in the last six months you most likely will not wear again.  Rather than hold onto things that you really don’t need I have the perfect Home Hack to help you make room for something new and retire the rest to a new home by donating your old clothing to your charity of choice.  Here’s Home Hack number two.  Hang all of your clothing hangers in your closet backwards. As you wear an item rehang it the correct way. Every six months remove any items hung backwards and donate them.   I promise, if you have not touched it in 6 months you are not going to wear it and it is just taking up space.  It does the heart good to donate. You can also take your items to a consignment shop so you can earn some money for your unwanted clothing.

3. Disheveled Linen Closet- Sheet sets have a way of separating themselves from their mates just like socks.  I don’t know about you but it was always a source of frustration for me trying to maintain my linen closet and keep things together and organized until I thought of a creative way to solve the problem.  Here is Home Hack number three. It is so simple and it works! You are going to love it! All you have to do is store your sheets inside their matching pillowcase to keep everything neat and organized as a set and to save space at the same time!

4. Simplified Desk Drawers-Part of what makes us most productive in life and at work is having a little organization. It all starts with your desk and desk drawers.  It is really easy for your desk drawers to become a junk drawer and we don’t want that. Here is Home Hack number four to help you start your year off headed straight toward success.  And you can start by creating an orderly and efficient desk! Use old ice trays, boxes or silverware trays to line the inside of your desk drawers and create compartments to keep all your office supplies neat and organized!

5.  DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland-Jewelry Organization and Wall Art
It’s easy to loose jewelry and if it is not in sight you will forget that you have it and it will never get worn.  Trust me. I have been guilty of this also. Here is a great Home Hack and DIY project that you can do to create a chic wall hanging to display your jewelry as wall art, while keeping it organized at the same time! All you have to do is use an old frame and some radiator mesh. Here’s how you make it!
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Supplies:

Old Frame, Hot Glue Gun, Radiator Sheet Metal, Fabric, decorative paper or photo, Sharpie pen, Scissors, Picture Frame Hanging Kit, Paint and Four Door Knobs (optional)

Step One: Take apart your frame and remove the glass and backing. Paint your frame your desired color or leave it with its current finish.

Step Two: Lay your glass on top of your radiator sheet metal and trace an outline with your sharpie pen. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.

Step Three: Use your frame back as a template on top of your fabric, decorative paper or photo and use your Sharpie pen to trace and outline. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.

Step Four:  Use your hot glue gun to glue your fabric to your backing. If you use decorative paper or a photo a glue stick will do the trick!

Step Five:  Use your hot glue gun to glue your radiator mesh to the inside back of the frame.

Step Six: Install your fabric frame backing to your frame behind your radiator sheet metal.  Optional: Install two to four doorknobs spaced evenly across the bottom of your frame to hang your necklaces.

Step Seven: Install your picture frame hanging kit if your frame is not already equipped with picture frame hooks.  You are now ready to hang and organize your jewelry on your wall as wall art!

I hope you enjoy these great tips and have fun making your own unique jewelry organization hanging wall art. I would love to brag about you on my blog so feel free to send me before and after photos of your projects along with your name and email address.  Happy New Year!

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February 5, 2015

DIY Clever Organization

I Love this clever and inexpensive DIY idea to organize a room with wall storage boxes. These are old wood crates that are painted with a variety of different colors inside and then hung on the wall as storage. What a Simple, Creative and Easy DIY project for any room in your home. Love it! Let’s get organized!

Photo Credit: solutions.com

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