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Interesting storage solutions April 21, 2005 1:26 AM

In this magazine, I saw a pen organizer made out of a wine rack and glasses.  It was so cool, I had to make one myself and came up with this:

pen holder

I had the wine rack, but had to buy the glasses to fit -- got 'em real cheap at a dollar store.

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 April 21, 2005 9:50 PM

That is really cool!  I'll have to see if I can find a little wine rack at Goodwill.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Yay! April 21, 2005 10:09 PM

Please keep posting stuff like this. I have no clue how to go about basic storage, but this innovative stuff is inspiring.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 April 21, 2005 11:03 PM

Got that wine rack at Target for $6.00, maybe $8.00, can't remember. 

Here's a couple racks that serves different purposes -- a rack that was used for pot lids and another rack used for kitchen towels, etc:

pot lid rack

I believe these can be purchased at Target, KMart, Wal-Mart, those kind of places.

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 April 22, 2005 12:23 AM

Oh...I like this.
The wine rack and glasses for the pens is really cool.
I'm going to have to look around the dollar store
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Organizing greeting cards May 01, 2005 12:54 AM

It's a small picture but I got it from the HGTV site for the segment I did regarding organizing greeting cards.  Here was one method:

greeting cards

The other method involved using a plastic container with category dividers.  The exact methods and steps to create these are at:,,HGTV_3138_1395307,00.html

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Organizing Magazine Information May 03, 2005 9:10 PM

Organizing Magazine Information

by Monica Resinger

I've always enjoyed home and garden magazines. So much so that they quickly began to pile up. Soon I realized I couldn't keep each and every magazine because my house just doesn’t have that kind of space. Keeping every magazine wasn't doing me any good anyway; I couldn't find specific information when I wanted it.

So what I decided to do was to keep only the articles, pictures, recipes or other information that I was interested in. Each time I read through a magazine, I'd clip anything that I thought I might like to look at later.

Information I kept was pictures of decorated rooms, craft instructions, garden designs, information about specific plants and more. Sometimes I would make a note right on the clipping what I liked about the information so later when I looked at it I would know why I clipped it.
For example, on a picture of a decorated room, I'd make a note that it was the color combination I liked about it. If it was an article, I'd
highlight the information that interested me and so on.

So what do I do with my clippings? First of all, I set them in a wicker
sewing basket until I get time to work on them later. Then when I am in the mood, I get the sewing basket, scotch tape, scissors, pen,
highlighter and my cheap notebooks (the spiral bound 70 page notebooks that you can find on sale from .19 cents to .99 cents depending on how good the sale is). I started out with about 10 of them. Once I have all my items together on a nice big work surface like the kitchen table, I begin.

First thing I do is sort the clipped information into related
piles. All the bedroom decorating information in one pile, the craft
patterns in another and so on. You can sort yours any way you like. You may want to break down a category such as crafts if you have a lot of clippings.

After sorting, you can see what categories you'll need. At this point,
you can label each one of your notebooks with one of the categories.

Next comes the fun part -- putting your scrapbooks together. Trim any rough edges and tape the clipping to one of the pages in your notebook.
Simple as that, and fun to see the items grouping together knowing
you'll have the information at your fingertips. Now I'm sure you could
use different materials for this such as scrapbooking materials, but
this is a cheap and easy way. My mom makes her own binded construction
paper books and her categories are different than mine. She loves
pictures of horses and angels so has books for those. The possibilities
for this are endless and only limited to your imagination.

It is so handy to have these books when it comes time to start a
project. If you've been collecting information for quite a while then
start a project on that category, that information becomes very
valuable. They are also fun to take a look at every now and then.

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Smiling drawers May 05, 2005 11:00 AM

Try using old shoeboxes and fold items in thirds for tidy drawers ...


Plastic shoebox containers are also great for this.

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Shoot... May 05, 2005 3:22 PM

used some to take some stuff to charity. Wish I'd thought to save 'em... Don't buy shoes very often. But hey, maybe this is a good excuse?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Desktop utensil organizer May 26, 2005 6:51 PM

Here's another desktop utensil organizer I came across while surfing...

desktop organizer

Pretty simple to make -- just take some cans and decorate them, then glue together!

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 May 28, 2005 9:10 AM

The can organizer is interesting.  I have two tips that would make it better, I think.  One, cut the cans with one of those new can openers that create dull edges.  Two, glue one or two erasers to the bottom of the cans at the front so that the cans sit at a slight angle and things don't slide out.

Just my usual two cents...

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 June 19, 2005 12:59 AM

So I got a wine rack at a garage sale today for $4.00.  It is too big for the pint glasses!   I'll have to see if I can find some sort of containers to fit into it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 26, 2005 2:09 PM

The homemade desktop organizer with the decorated coffee, soup or whatever kinds of cans...looks like the perfect craft for children to do!
After they make it...they can give it to a family member for their birthday or other occasion.

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