Thursday, March 12, 2020

In Case You Are Interested



I love sharing hints/ideas with others.  I have learned so much through others sharing their ideas and hints with me.  So, today, I'm going to share a few ideas and hints with you.  Perhaps one of them will "speak" to you.


I have been taking pictures since I was very young.  I've always loved photography and it is so amazing to see what it has evolved into today.  I'm so glad I'm living in the digital age and no longer have to fool with film and throwing tons and tons of bad pictures away.  I always put my pictures in photo albums and I probably had 30+ of them until about 12 years ago.  I had so many albums and I knew that there had to be a better way to store those photos than in albums and in a much more concise way.  I had seen archival boxes and found a website that specialized in all sizes of them.  I ordered some and went to work.  I worked on our dining table as I had to have a place that I could leave my work and go back to it for as long as it took me to finish.  I ordered the boxes for 4X6 pics even though a lot of mine were the smaller 5X5's from the 60's and 70's.  The boxes came with file cards and I separated my pictures by years and put each year behind one of the file cards.  As I went through the albums removing the pics, I discarded a lot of pictures and filed the rest under the appropriate year.  It was a laborious job but I was so proud when I was finished and I consolidated about 30+ photo albums into about 6 archival boxes.  They take up so much less space and I put a label on each box with the years of pictures that it holds.  It is so easy to put my hand on a picture I might want as long as I know the year.  The younger generation will likely never know what photo albums are and I haven't developed pictures, except for some for my picture frames sitting around, in about 15 years.  I started using Shutterfly to make photo books about 12 years ago.  They are so neat and I enjoy creating them.  I work on them as the year goes along and they are fresh on my mind.  I can't imagine creating them at the end of the year and having to recall all the places, events, etc. 
Amazon has lots of the archival photo boxes, so if you are interested in doing this, go check them out.  I also ordered a couple of the largest boxes for pictures that I had on the wall of the children over the years.  I took them out of their frames and have stored the pictures in the box. And, of course, who knows what will happen to all these pictures when I leave this world.  But, at least they will be nicely organized when our kids chunk them. ~chuckle~


You may get a big laugh out of this but I just had to share it for fear that there may be some of you that do not know this neat hint.  It was probably about 10 years ago that a friend showed me where she kept her roll of garbage bags.  At the bottom of her trash cans!  No more having to get them out of the cabinet or drawer, they are always right there when you take the filled garbage bag out.  I mean, I came home and immediately began doing the same thing.  I not only do it in my kitchen cans but in every trash can in our house.  Whose not in for a time saving hint like this?  



Okay ladies, listen up!  I'm pretty sure that most of you have jewelry boxes, a jewelry chest or some kind of jewelry organizer for you jewelry.  Well, thought I'd show you how I have kept mine for the past several years.  I came up with this way because I got tired of getting my jewelry together for traveling.  I knew there had to be a better way.  I went to a craft store (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc) and bought up 3 sizes of the bead bags.  I would use the larger bead bag for the necklace, the medium size for the matching bracelet and the smallest one for the matching earrings.  After placing the bracelet and earring in their bags, I then put them in the bag with the necklace.  And, wala! everything is together.  Then when I travel, I just grab the bags of jewelry I need, place them in a travel bag and I'm good to go. And, all jewelry sets are ALWAYS together and since I wear jewelry everyday, this makes my life soooo much easier.   If I do not have a set, I still put all of my jewelry in these bags.  And, if I have a necklace that is too big for the largest bead bad, then I use a sandwich ziploc bag.  I had two drawers, in the chest in my closet, built with dividers and I put my jewelry in them by color, or metal.  I told you, I LOVE BEING ORGANIZED! ~big laugh~ 


And, I leave you with this, my 3-tiered tray all decked out for Easter.  It has absolutely nothing to do with organization but it is an idea of how you might enjoy decorating your tiered tray, if you have one.

Blessings abundant!
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

7 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the tips Lea. I too do the same thing with my garbage bags except I normally just put a couple in the bottom of the garbage can. Great idea for the jewelry! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. Some great ideas, Lea. I have been doing the garbage bag thing for many years and yes, it is so convenient. Now the picture idea is excellent. I have pictures and albums in two different locations and I keep putting off the huge job of trying to get them all organized. I keep saying I want to scan them first, but that isn't happening either. I will keep your suggestion in mind and hopefully become inspired to do it soon. I have all my necklaces in open boxes in a drawer, but I do like the bag idea. I may have to try that. I keep all my long ones hanging in the closet which is convenient. Great post today, thanks.

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  3. For me, this post is all about the bags, trash and jewelry. These ideas are GOLD! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. Great ideas and we have always (for years, anyway) put a roll of bags in the bottom of each trash can. So easy!! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  5. Great ideas. I keep an extra garbage bag in the bottom but never thought about keeping them all there. I have a jewelry tip too for earrings, I will share soon. Have a blessed day sweet friend, HUGS!

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  6. You are speaking my language!!! I love (should say ADORE) organizing!!!! I spend half my time organizing stuff I've already organized:) just because I like doing so:) Like you, a few years back I organized all my printed-out photos in photo boxes...took a l-o-n-g time but well worth it. I didn't organize by years, although that would have been a very good idea. Instead I organized by people and/or events: my son, my daughter (deceased), family, friends, reunions, etc. Nowadays I organize them on jump drives...and PRAY they don't mess up. I also have this thingamajig that plugs into my laptop and I transfer pictures to it, so I have a back up. As to the trash bags in the bottom of the trash can, I love that idea but I buy in bulk and the roll would be waaayyy too big to put in the bottom! I love, love, love your hint about your jewelry. I don't have a lot of "sets" but I do have LOTS of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and they sure can get jumbled. Your idea will be great for travel. Here is another jewelry hint: I had a nice jewelry box my husband had given me but over time it got waaayyy to small. Hubby to the rescue! He bought me a wooden TOOLBOX with quite a few slim drawers. Now my bracelets, pins, and some other jewelry are organized in the drawers. He also built me another "thingamajig" to hang on the wall in my closet...it has pegs and I hang necklaces there. Still not enough room but at least they do stay organized. Sorry this comment is so long, but as I said ORGANIZATION just floats my boat!!:)

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