Thursday, August 25, 2016

Organizing A Big Purse

The bottomless pit in a big purse can be a 
challenge. It was time to organize my purse
with a new system to end the clutter. No
more digging around to find what I needed. 
I had the help of my assistant Sofie, 
who wanted to be involved. 
First I dumped out everything in my bag. 
  By sorting everything into categories
I would need 3 small zip pouches.
Designating small bags for items means
 I can find what I'm looking for quickly.
Find these inexpensive bags at Target,
Walmart, Staples, and the Dollar Store.
They are thin and lightweight. You don't
want to add  more bulk and weight. 
 I'm using a clear bag for receipts, coupons, 
a shopping list, and a list of where my errands
take me for the week. I like that I can glance
 at the list without opening the bag.
 No more searching for receipts for items 
that need to be returned.  Contents in
this pouch change weekly with my errands.
This bag holds emergency stuff: small first 
aid kit with bandaids, Advil and aspirin in a 
repurposed contact lens case, a Swiss army 
knife, a bottle holder lanyard, CPR mask, etc.
This bag holds: notepad, pens, paper tape 
measure, foldable reading glasses, a lens 
cleaning cloth, mini flashlight, paint chip 
cards (if I need to match a color for a buy), 
and a printable master shopping list, 
(I keep and edit a master list on my 
computer and print it out when it's updated),
also a small pouch for my earbuds. 
My leather Coach makeup bag can double
as a small clutch if needed when traveling.
My wallet and separate glasses case.
These are my 2 favorites. A Brighton
 case holds both reading and sun glasses.
The Coach one can double as a phone case. 
There you have it!
All sorted and organized.
Sofie is fascinated by the process.
This makes it very quick to change purses. 
Most purses have a zip compartment and
 I always use it to store my wallet safely.
The wallet has a pocket where I can put
my phone if I'm doing a quick run into a store.
This large Coach bag has lots of interior 
pockets and my new system works great for
 tucking the small bags in to fit. My wallet 
is in the middle zippered pocket.
There's a slot for glasses and phone.
This one is even big enough for my iPad. I'll 
bring it if my day may include some wait time. 
I can even throw in a pashmina or light 
sweater for chilly restaurants and movie
theaters. I keep my purse in a designated
 place in the house. I never put it on the
 floor or table when out or at home. 
Occasionally I wipe off the outside, including
 the bottom, and handles with disinfecting
 wipes. You can do this quickly when you walk
 into a grocery store.
I always grab an insulated cold water bottle 
whenever I head out the door for the car.
Stay hydrated my friends! And organized!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Turn A Broken Basket Into A Dog Bed

Yes, Sofie has another bed basket. 
Unfortunately this large basket got crushed
in the garage.
 Not wanting to rush things and throw it out
like a normal person would, I thought about
how to repurpose it.
We needed to replace the front. Before 
we cut out the front I added glue to the
end splints to hold them in place. 
 Used a small saw to cut out the front.

 The ends will be covered with the wood.
 Larry found a scrap piece of plywood and 
cut it to fit and also cut a scoop to create a
easy entry for Sofie. I'm thinking of
stenciling her name on the front, or
"dog blessed"
 This is definitely a rustic/shabby project. 
Meaning I didn't want to fuss with it. 
I just rubbed the front with mineral oil.
 It brought out the wood tones plus it's 
non-toxic. I use it to condition the wood on 
my kitchen island as well as a few projects
Again, it's the easiest and fastest thing to do.
 The best part about this basket is that it is 
the right size for a standard pillow. I have a 
stack of old pillowcases, so I can change her 
bedding weekly, or just flip the pillow over
 for another week .
 This one is a blue and white stripe. 
 I put it in the family room to see
if she would get in on her own.
 She did! Time for a nap.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tip: Appliance Cord Storage

This is a great solution to those messy appliance cords.
 Works on your stand mixer, bread maker, 
blender, crock pot, and all the ones on the 
counter or in storage. 
 My stand mixer is on the counter next to 
the fridge at the end of the kitchen.
 The cord is always a messy jumble.
 Here's the simple solution. I had 2 of these 
loop attachments to give this a try.
 Since I had previously used these loops 
some of the sticky had worn off. I used
double sided tape to attach them. 
You won't need to do that.
 Attach to the back and loop on the cord. 
It's easy to hook and unhook when needed. 
No more messy cords on the counter. 
 Much neater area now.
Added one to the bread machine that's 
on the storage shelf in the laundry room. 
Happy that I got to reuse these little 
hooks I'd saved and got to do this little
project in minutes. Now I can get another
set for the rest of cord-challenged items. 


tip: These Command cord bundler hooks can be found at

Home Depot, Walmart, and Target.

Links: Between Naps On The Porch


Monday, August 8, 2016

Simple Solution for Leather Cleaner-Restorer

You can make your leather furniture look like new again.
Cleaning and restoring the look of your 
leather furniture is so simple. Just spray
 a little WD-40 on a paper towel and watch
 surface scratches and blemishes  disappear. 
This is a great treatment for surface 
scratches from pets and spills from life. 
 It cleans and conditions as you wipe it on.
 It takes mere minutes. 
 surface wear
I'm sure you have WD-40 in the garage. 
Give this a try on a small area of your 
furniture and see how it works for you. I'll be 
trying this on boots, shoes, and purses too.