Thursday, January 24, 2013

Being Honest

So I feel the need to come clean with something...

I'm a slob...well at least I can be. I actually have some obsessive-compulsive tendency's but until things have their proper place to go, they just lay cluttered everywhere and are a mess...

Not having their proper place to go is what got me into the problem I am in today....

Enter my Dresser.... 

It's really not that bad...

Look at it from a different angle.

Oh, wait it really is that bad, maybe even worse from this angle!

And since we are being honest it has been like this for well over a year. I have thought about cleaning it off, but then think really whats the use it's just gonna get messy again....

I think that about my love hadles too....why workout to get rid of them I'm just gonna have more kids and then they will be back. ;) another topic for another time.

Back to my messy dresser.  The main problem is I have a lot of necklaces and they don't all fit in my jewlery box and some of them are long and I don't want them to get all tangled up. So the last time I cleaned off my dresser I laid them flat on it and they looked good for a day. :/ I also have a big pile of scarves that are sitting in a pile on the right side...they usually hang on the corner of the mirror and made every thing look even messier.

See no room in the Inn or the jewlery box.

I really think it has been this way for probably a year and half by now, cause I know I thought of a solution a long time ago and got some of the things to make it with, but then I had a child.

I think that's all that really needs to be said.

Oh and I couldn't figure out what boards to use for my project.

I started it once, cut the boards, only to figure out they were too thick for what I was gonna do. 

So I stuck waiting and trying to figure it out again.

Well  back last summer, this old barn got a face lift. It was either fix it or it dies. So now it looks like this...

All the old barn wood was covered with pretty red tin, and new doors were made. Well in the process of fixing it up there were some scraps of barn wood left over and I picked up some of the smaller ones and did this...

While walking through Lowe's back before Chester was born, I got the idea of using door knobs to hang my necklaces on. I originally was gonna cut a plywood square, and paint it, but Caleb didn't care for that idea....and I don't think it would have looked as good.  

So I bought a handful of different knobs....they were on clarence, so even better, the long skinny one is for dangly earrings and the others are for necklaces. I like the idea of using old antique knob even better, but I didn't think about that till I already had these knobs bought.    

This one is for my scarves.....originally this was suppose to be fore necklaces, but since I needed somewhere to put my scarves, it got changed.

I have another idea for my scarves and if I ever get that done then I will use this for necklaces, but until then it will be home to my scarves.

I should have put little things on the back of each of them so I could hand them on a nail, but that would have taken even longer for me to get this done, so I just grabbed some screws and the drill and screwed them strait to the wall.

If Caleb would have been helping, then the would have both been even, and level and it would have been screwed into a stud, but I didn't do any of that and just eyeballed it...

But I know I hit a stud with at least one of my screws! :)  

Here they are in action.

I have a lot of necklaces, and really need another one for them, but until I have more space for one, I will have to make due.

I really needed another handle for my earrings, but this will do for now.

I really don't love this for my scarves, but it works for now.

It's really amazing how much my spirit was calmed just from cleaning this's wonderful...

Lets just hope I keep it this way!





  1. Very neat idea Janet!!I bet you could sell those!

  2. Janet, I love these ideas! I also have seen a garden rake with out the handle used for hanging necklaces on. You could make a grouping of a couple of old rakes!

  3. What fun Ideas. . . I just bought a hook thing from hobby lobby. . . your idea is much more unique! :)

  4. Gorgeous! I've done a couple organizational projects like this too! Come check it out! PS, love your blog :)

  5. Oh my goodness, I LOVE THAT BARN! And how cool to reclaim some wood as different household objects!

  6. Well done! Love the idea and you did great! The barn is fabulous too!

  7. Awesome! Funny thing... as I started to read this article, I was thinking "I need to comment on this post and tell Janet that she seriously needs to check out Pinterest... which is full of creative organizational ideas, including ones JUST like the idea you found at Lowe's! If you haven't joined Pinterest, I highly encourage you too -- so awesome, so much fun! We had to take down our old red barn this past fall, and I put away a whole bunch of gems from the barn that I hope to find the time to do some serious Pinteresting with this Summer! Great job with what you did... looks fantastic! :)

  8. Love your ideas! So neat. I have an old screen with a wood frame around would hold ALOT of jewelry! My friend has one she uses for her earrings. I just hang mine on the wall since I have a jewelry armoire. I just LOVE that old barn...very cool!

  9. love these! i really need to reorganize our whole bedroom. the whole thing kind of looks like your dresser did. ;)

  10. Don't worry Janet, you're not the only one with a dresser that looks like your before picture. I need to do a project like this to declutter my bedroom too! I love your creativity with this project! The old barn was a gem before but now it's really spectacular with the facelift!

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