Organize your life… or maybe just start with your jewelry
Alright ladies, can I just be really honest right now? This motherhood, wife-ing, running of the whole damn household thing is just really starting to get to me. I can’t be the only one who is drowning out here in Motherhood, right? But you see, I took the baby for a playdate the other day at the home of my dear friend. We’ll call her “Natalie” for now. Natalie’s house is obnoxiously spotless. Always. All. The. Time. How??? How are there wives and mothers who are acing this and I am over here, barely keeping my head above laundry, I mean water. And every time I walk into Natalie’s house I just think, “Stop It. Just stop with this malarkey. This is not real!” Except it is! I know her very well and I know with 100% certainty that her house looks that way all the time. She has a little boy almost the same age as mine and a husband and she works more hours outside of the home than I do! So what gives??? Okay, so I have a small toddler now that she doesn’t have (but she does have an older step-daughter who lives with them part-time) and I also have a dog and a cat, and Natalie doesn’t have pets, cause she’s just smart like that. Just, kidding. Sort of. I love my pets. Sort of. Don’t get all up in arms about my wishy-washy feelings towards my pets. I’m pouring my heart out to you cause we’re friends now, and friend’s don’t judge each other for only loving their dog 89% of the time okay! So I just don’t get it. No matter what I try, I just can’t seem to get the hang of this housewife stuff. And in the back of my head, I am always thinking of both of my Grandmothers. They each had 6 kids, and here’s the thing people… they make my friend Natalie’s spotless house look bad cause they IRONED the damn bedsheets! And probably my Grandfather’s underwear and you know they were making homemade dinners every single night and probably an apple pie from scratch for dessert. AND they had SIX kids a piece! Uggggg. And I’m over here like, “Cap-N-Crunch for dinner! I’ll give you a Hershey Kiss if I can take a 10 minute shower in peace. What!? There’s not a single pair of clean socks in the joint? Okay, flip-flops it is!” BUT, I will say, there is one small area of my life where I am kicking some major ass…
no more tangled necklaces or missing earrings
My jewelry organization skills are on point! I mean, laugh if you must, but I am killing it. Too bad you have to walk though the rest of my disastrous life to get upstairs to actually witness it. Is it really weird if someone stops over and I’m like, “hey c’mon upstairs and see my jewelry organizing skills at their finest!” But seriously, I did this whole thing in about 30 minutes and I’m not kidding when I tell you that it cost me less than $10. I bought two black café style curtain rods at the dollar store. I also have a silver one hanging in my daughter’s room for her headbands! Then I bought 3 packs of silver shower curtain hooks, also at the dollar store. And the only other thing I had to purchase was the “Frost Gutter Screen” from Valu for $1.97. I have no idea what it is or how it is used in the real world… but it was perfect for my earring frame.
jewelry organization for less than $10
So to make the earring frame, I just used an old picture frame that I had laying around. I took the glass out and got rid of it. I glued a piece of black fabric to the cardboard piece that usually goes behind your photo. Then I just used regular scissors and cut the Gutter Screen into four semi-equal pieces. I tried to measure to make sure they would all be a similar size, but I decided it would be fine if they weren’t exact. It might look cool if they were all varying sizes too. Depending on the size of your frame, you could just use one piece of the screen to cover the whole frame if you wanted. So once I cut the four pieces, I just used masking tape from the back side, I taped the screen to the inside back of the frame. then I put my fabric covered cardboard in and then finally, the back of the frame. That’s it. I hung the frame first and then from there, I could tell where I wanted to hang the two bars. I knew I wanted the first bar to be for bracelets, watches and hoop-type earrings (that I couldn’t hang on the frame). Then I just hung the second bar about 6 or 8 inches below the first. Then, using the silver shower curtain hooks, I hung each individual piece of jewelry on it’s own hook. I’m also thinking about adding some sort of small hanging basket that I could put rings and stud earrings in. I’ll keep you posted if I find what I’m looking for.
So needless to say, jewelry organizing is my life. Okay, that’s a tad extreme. These rug rats are my life.
But jewelry organization is a close second. It’s the only thing that I am winning at right now, the rest is kind of a complete fail. So if you need me, I’ll be sitting on my un-made bed, surrounded by un-folded laundry, admiring my totally organized jewelry and pretending the rest of it doesn’t exist.