Make the rest of 2013 Awesome

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I feel that every year, as the clock strikes midnight on January 1, we have lots of great ideas on how to make the next year awesome, but in reality, our goals fall short. We tend to get caught up in life or our old habits or even our insecurities or worries.

I was prowling on Lifehack today and came across a little article gem on how to make the rest of the year awesome. They're all pretty easy, practical tips. I think it could serve as a nice, inspirational point to get you started on living the rest of the year in a great way.

One tip, number 4 on the list, starting a journal is something that I've done pretty regularly, but with current life circumstances, I've taken to again. This time on a different platform. This one is more of a private journal rather than a social platform. Anyway, journaling is something I'll address later as I think it can help open us up spirituality and heal us emotionally. There are so many great benefits to journaling, so I really couldn't encourage you to try it any more!

5 Tips for Making the rest of the year awesome

DIY: Paper/Letter Organizer

Thursday, August 15, 2013

We have a lot of clutter. I mean a lot. It tends to collect on tables, the table where we eat mostly and since it's a small table, it's hard to eat there sometimes. Randomly, after my girlfriend took out the recycling today, I asked her if there were any cereal boxes. Sure enough, there was a box. This is what I came up with. She mostly did the leg work though.

Supplies Needed:
Cereal box
Scissors/Exacto knife
Scrapbook paper (or any type of decorative paper)

Measure along the front; make a mark and use your scissors or exacto knife to cut along the line. We didn't cut it completely off however. We scored it and pushed the flap inside and into the bottom to make the bottom better reinforced. Make sure you leave enough height so whatever you place inside will not fall out too easily. 

We cut the sides but at an angle to give it a better, more sophisticated look. Also, it'll support the back better. We also cut off the top and side tabs. 

Then, take your scrapbook paper and glue and get to work! It took a lot of measuring and cutting to make sure the pieces were the right size and would fit. We even glued some pieces on the inside of the side flaps so you can't tell it's just a box. We were able to cover the box with just two pieces of scrapbook paper. 

Of course I had to test this right away. It went straight up on the wall and I cleaned all the mail off the table. It looks so much better and you can't even tell the organizer came from a cereal box! This practically cost nothing to make as we had all the supplies on hand. The good news is, next time I finish a box of cereal I can make another. I'm pretty sure we will too!