Monday, February 1, 2010

Utility Room Craft Cabinet


        This isn’t rocket science. We all reach a point when we open a cabinet door and say a stapler falls out, lands on our little toe and almost decapitates it.

        Though I exaggerate, and this hasn’t happened yet, this cabinet in my utility room was just about ready to spit something out at me, if I didn’t do something about the mess.


        So I emptied everything out, made a huge mess, and found buried treasure.

        Like these.


        And this pattern- so I could re-visit my plan a year ago to create Tory Burch look-alike tunics.


        However, my favorite find was this-


        My mother’s cap for her sprinkling bottle when she ironed.  This was definitely worth the mess. So now things look like this.



        Does anyone else get irritated making labels?  I do- I rank making labels right up there with wrapping gifts.



        And what about the stuff that was taken out of the cabinet- and not returned?

I’ll think about that tomorrow.

                                Scarlett O’Hara



Just a bed of roses said...

I too think its totally worth it to clean out any type of box, cupboard, closet find the best stuff!
Your closet looks really really nice.

Apron Senorita said...

Wow, good job. Isn't it wonderful how God sneaks little gifts for us as rewards, like your mom's sprinking bottle cap.

Enjoy your beautiful revamped cabinet!
Yoli :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Dear Scarlett....I totally relate to what you are talking about! I'll think about it all tomorrow right along with you! LOL

Blondie's Journal said...

I'd clean out my closet if I had a closet. Right now I have bins and baskets in a corner of the family room, my table filled with bits and pieces of projects half done. Somehow I thrive in the messiness of it all.


Theresa said...

Great Job! I love getting something organized. I have done quite a bit of that since the first of the year and it feels really good. Your project looks really nice and you'll find a place for the extra stuff. Also finding your Mama's sprinkler top:) sweet memories for me. My Mama used to do that too!

Have a blessed day dear Laura! Enjoy!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

OK, you've inspired me to clean out that cabinet! Good job! Linda

blushing rose said...

G'morn, Laura ~ Oh, yes! I do relate ... too often to this issue. What a JOY it would be to find your Mother's bottle top sprinkler ... wish I had Mother's ... Everything looks great now. You are inspiring me as I write to 'GET WITH IT' again.

Pop over for our giveaway ..........

Happy Valentine's ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Carol Murdock said...

Hey Scarlett..........when you get through with all that "great" organazation you're doing, your room will be ready !! HA! :)

deb said...

My mom used to "sprinkle" the clothes, roll them up and put them in the freezer until she had time to iron. Hadn't thought of that in years!!

Dixie said...

Great job Laura! I keep saying I'm going to do some serious organizing... when I retire... that makes it in about 6-years for me... wonder if I can hold out for the wait?

Ah well...

"Tomorrow IS another day..."

Scarlett... er... Dixie

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, Laura, it is looking good! I love to organize and I love labels although I do not like to wrap gifts. You must feel such a sense of accomplishment! Nice job!

Sherrie said...

I just did a post at the start of the month about cleaning out my craft room and the treasures I found, hidden away. I too got out my label maker and got to work but some of my boxes had to have more than one title for their contents. Did I say that I spent all New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and that Saturday in that one room. It was worth it. Now I have to promise to keep it clean.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I did that same tacky chore a few months ago. It really is amazing what you find. Yours looks just fantastic. I love all the bins. Hugs, marty

Lisa said...

Great job!!! I love your Mom's little sprinkling cap. That is precious.
OK. Now your beautifully organized cabinets and your mom's sweet sprinkler have totally guilted me into organizing and ironing. Let's see...where DID I put that iron. :)

Anonymous said...

Love your organization. I'm going to have to "borrow" your storage box idea. I hate it when my good stuff is a mess.

donna baker said...

When I do that I am moving things from one cabinet to another. I have to start getting rid of things. It is so hard for some of us. Your's does look much better.

Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous! And I love your Mom's iron bottle topper...too too cute! I think my Mom just had a plain old silver cap. Last year after Christmas I made it a mission to clean out closets, etc and I did. I was thrilled it was done and over with. Except for I must get it done this month. It's kind of out of sight so I keep forgetting about it but your post reminded me. I have just stuck a reminder note on the computer board. Happy Ground Hog's Day. He didn't see his shadow here. yeah!

Deb said...

Laura...great job...and look at the fun stuff you found...

Glenda/MidSouth said...

And you will be here about what time to clean out and organize my "stuff". :-D
You did good!

Sandra said...

Love those containers. RE: Labels. I love to label things, but getting the labels on exactly, perfectly straight sometimes drives me crazy. ;-) xoxo

Lavender Chick said...

Yes! I hate making labels... But - I enjoy wrapping presents, it's kind of relaxing to me and I enjoy making pretty bows.

Your new cabinet looks great! It's such a good feeling when it's all done; I just wish my urge to do it would come around more often.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Laura, what day did you say your organizing class begins? ;) Gee I would sure sign up. Everything looks so nice. I'm excited for you that you found your mom's sprinkling cap. It's so cute. I have my mother in law's sprinkiling bottle...a decorated pop bottle. I love it!


Anonymous said...

I love what you've done to your cabinet! Looks so neat and organized! I've got a few of these cabs that need attention. But I think I'll be like Scarlett - tomorrow!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Single Nester said...

What a great job you did! And, I love your finds! Where did you get your plastic containers? Then seem easy to access.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I'm redoing my hall closet....right outside of my computer room/den.....yeah, not really working on that right this second....visiting blogs instead!.....better get back to work. I thought a break was in order!

Love your redone closet.....It's so much fun to open them when you're all finished, isn't it? Such a great reward.

Warm blessings,

Staci Danford said...

Wow!!! Now that was a job well done.. LOOKS fabulous.

brokeintrovert said...

Nice job! You're hired! Just kidding. That sprinkling bottle cap is a treasure.

Laura N.

Nancy said...

Wow, you really organized! I have a hall closet that needs that kind of attention. Maybe tomorrow. Love, Scarlett

June said...

Well Scarlett, I know you don't give a damn, but I think it looks just beautiful all neat and tidy and labeled my dear!

Charlene said...

My mom had a glass coke bottle with a silver colored sprinkler top on it that she used when she ironed--I wonder what ever happened to that old thing? Love your rose sprinkler top--and envy your lovely/clean/organized craft cabinet!


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