Monday, August 25, 2014

Photo Boxes for Storage and Organization

In our case, I didn't use them for photos but for office supplies and other knick-knacks that needed to be corralled in the home office.

As soon as I got the idea of using photo boxes to organize our desk cabinet in our office nook, I then waited for a good deal at Michael's. And it didn't take me long. After a week, their photo boxes were on sale, 7 pieces for only $10.00. Woot!

I was surprised though when we got to Michael's because I never thought they would be sturdy boxes. For such a reasonable price, I really thought otherwise. More so, they were big enough to hold a lot of stuff. I am more than happy and content with how quality-made they are for such a great buy. Win!

And there they are. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the messy cabinet before I organized them up. Me and my memory gap. LOL. Just kidding. I still don't have it yet, okay? I'm too young to have one. Wink wink!

But I think you will get the idea of how messy it was with the things that were there before they went inside the boxes. Check the photos below.

There were envelopes, CDs, cards, letters, labels, notepads, notebooks, etc. They were just scattered all over the cabinet and what's not good about it is it was always hard to find what you wanted pronto. You had to dig and dig first and lucky are you if you find it soonest without losing your patience.

 I grouped them, and you can see the label in each boxes in the first photo - envelopes; cards/letters/labels; notebooks/pads; CDs/electronics. Neat!

I would have wanted boxes with the same color or design so it won't get too busy with all the colors and patters. But the husband chose some designs that he liked so I just chose some that I liked too. They don't look bad though, do they? The patterns are just beautiful and the colors as well. Besides, they are doing their job which is to make things easier for us. And without a doubt, they did. Proven and tested!

Whenever we need something, it is much easier to find it now. What a relief!

And these three boxes here were the ones left. I haven't used them yet and they are on top of one of the cabinets in our bedroom just waiting to be used.

I am planning to use them in my son's bedroom to organize some of his things. I haven't gotten to it yet but soon I will.

How about you? Have you used photo boxes to organize things too other than photos?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Back to School for the Little One

Today marks the beginning of another school year. Our son is already in 6th grade and although I still couldn't believe how fast he is growing and how time flies, I am more than thrilled that he is in yet another phase and many more adventures await him.

We met his teacher yesterday on 'Meet the Teacher Day' and he was given a combination to his locker. Having lockers start at 6th grade in schools here so he was so excited about it. We tried opening his locker several times before we finally figured out the the trick to it.

There he is excitedly opening his locker which really looks so nice with that striking red color. And how I wish you've seen the look on his face when he finally opened it. He was ecstatic!

As per him, he had a great day in school today. I hope this year will be another great year for him. Best of luck to our smart kiddo!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Office Nook: The Reveal

Well, for now that is because I still have things in mind to do like update the desk either by painting or putting on con-tact paper; getting a wider and bigger calendar and adding some framed quotes somewhere or more small photos like what you see below.

Picture from Google

Isn't that office nice? It's so simple yet so pretty and so pleasing to the eyes. So neat too.

Here's ours - the before and after. I walked you through from the beginning of this project. From when we installed the magnetic board, to adding the wall files with a colorful twist, making over the filing cabinet and prettifying a pencil cup.

Looking at the after, there are still some blank spaces here and there so adding some more decor is on my to-do list. It will stay like this for now until I've decided when to continue. Classes are going to start in a couple of days and we're going to be so busy again.

See those lines in the documents on the magnetic board? I had to edit it by using the paint editor to hide important information. I forgot to take the docs down when I took the photo so please bear with me.

I am already happy and pleased with what our office nook looks like now compared to what it looked like before. The difference is obvious, isn't it? Although, it is not as pretty as the picture that I got from Google, it certainly looks a lot better than what it used to look like. Agree? Wink wink!

And I just love this part of the nook. There's a photo of our only son when he was only three-years-old, a photo of the hubs and I when we visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall of 2011, and my son's 8th birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's in 2011.

I bought the carved wood 'Love' word from Michael's the same time that I bought boxes to use for our office organization which I am going to talk about next time. Love. Love. LOVE.

Until our next project.