7 Suggestions to Help You Organize Your Craft Room

Organize Your Craft Room

 7 Suggestions to Help You Organize Your Craft Room

If you are a creative person and like to let this quality take center stage in your life, then you probably have a craft room at home. With a ton of paper, fabric, ribbons, sequins, paints, and other supplies to work with, I’m sure there are times when you feel overwhelmed, especially when handling multiple projects simultaneously.

Dealing with the unavoidable and invariable mess in the craft room can sometimes drain the fun out of the activity. Your favorite hobby can instantly seem like drudgery.

Craft supplies can be really crafty in taking over a lot of your space. And when working with them, it is only natural for you to spread things around and concentrate on the project at hand. However, it can get messy and difficult for you to find the right things at the right time, thereby making you feel constrained in your crafting skills.

To deal with such situations, you need to take some time and work on organizing your craft room. Want to know how you can do that? Here are a few suggestions.

Have a Designated Space

If it is your favorite hobby, it deserves a special space of its own. Even if you do not have a separate room for crafting, you can still create a designated space for it by using a partition in a larger room. The partition can be anything, from a piece of tall furniture, a bookshelf, or an opaque screen.

Having a separate and dedicated craft area is like working in an almost-sacred zone meant for a specific purpose. It helps you concentrate better, making you faster and more productive.

Let There Be a Place for Everything

Organize Your Craft Room

When I say have a place for everything, I mean everything. This will make it easier for you to locate things and make working on several projects at once seem more pleasurable. Make sure there is an elected place for your fabric, papers, colors, buttons, scissors, rulers, paintbrushes, glue, tape, and so on.

Invest in a few containers and/or transparent plastic boxes in different sizes. Use these to store your craft supplies systematically.  Put zip-lock bags, old mugs, shoe boxes, bamboo trays, wicker baskets, etc. to good use. Additionally, make it a habit to put all the supplies back in their place after use.

Make Accessibility Easy

It is more convenient and easy to work with supplies if they are easily accessible. You don’t need to take a trip around your entire home just to get yourself a paperknife. Of course, because you have a separate room for crafting, you get to store everything in the same area. Use this to your advantage and work on making accessibility easy.

Group supplies based on their purpose, color, material, or use. Store frequently used items such as your glue gun, sewing machine, scissors, cutter, etc. in way that they are always close at hand. Place dividers in large drawers to create sections and store items more methodically.

Label Your Containers

Organize Your Craft Room

How many times have you felt lost while still working on your project just because you could not find an important item? It is easy to forget what is stored where when you have a room full of things of different shapes and sizes. This is where your label maker comes into play.

Use it to label your containers and drawers to be able to locate things in a jiffy. With its help, you will no longer have to spend your time trying to trace things; neither will you have to get hassled if and when you forget what is kept where.

Get a Table and a Chair

Get yourself a suitable table and chair to work comfortably.  You don’t need to spend a fortune on them. They can be your newest craft project. Just look for them at a garage sale or a second hand store, repaint them and they’ll be as good as new.

If your craft involves a lot of cutting, you may want to get yourself a cutting table as well, as that will result in less strain on your back. Or you could make one yourself by adding some height to your existing table with the help of some wooden blocks.

Categorize, Categorize, Categorize

Organize Your Craft Room

Very few will disagree with the fact that categorizing is crucial to the art of organizing. This practice helps you distinguish and rearrange things very easily. Your can categorize on various parameters like color, shape, size, seasonality, brand, basically anything that supports the way you work.

For example, it makes sense to categorize by color if you’re using see-through containers or zip-lock bags to store things. Similarly, it is best to categorize fabrics like wool, sheer, silk, etc. by seasonality to be able to find them easily.

Use Shelves and Hooks

Worried that your craft room isn’t large enough to let you store things that you’re bound to need from time to time? Well, what you’re probably taking into account is only the horizontal space. If that proves to be insufficient, how about going vertical with your storage?

You can use the walls of your craft room optimally by installing hooks, racks, shelves, and cabinets on them.

Buy a collapsible ladder or a stool to access items stored on higher shelves. For displaying paper craft and pretty paintings, install felt boards, bulletin boards, and magnet boards.

Hooks can be hung not only on walls, but also on the sides of and under your cabinets. Use them to hang your scissors, ribbons, and fabric.

Conclusion

The possibilities in organizing your craft room are endless. And you being a creative soul should be able to work out of a plethora of DIY ideas and use everyday items to create things that help you organize your craft room better. Mentioned above are but a few ideas which should help in sparking off a great wave of creativity in your endeavor to systematize your craft room.

Contributor: Amanda of Morning About – Slow Cooker Pork Loin

Oh. My. God.  So, I had never had pork loin before.  Is that weird?  I’m not sure.

All I know is now that I have had it, I’m a little bit in love!  I feel like I’ve been missing out all this time, and it’s because I have!  Anyway, I decided to tackle pork loin with my slow cooker (because slow cookers make everything better right?).

What turned me on to pork loin was a dinner option was some scouring of lunch-friendly foods and ideas for packing lunches.  Pork loin showed up a few times as a leftover option, and so I decided to give it a try.

Slow Cooker Pork Loin

Ingredients

  • 4lb pork loin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup maple or pancake syrup

Directions

  1. Mix soy, Worcetershire, mustard, garlic, onion, and syrup in a bowl.
  2. Place pork loin in slow cooker and pour mix over it.
  3. Cook for 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  4. OPTIONAL: Turn/flip/rotate pork loin at half way point and pour juices over it.
The original recipe is here.

How to Properly Try Oil Pulling and Why You Should!

Oil Pulling

I’ve been debating on when I should write this post, however, I’m pretty sure now is the proper time for it.  I wanted to make sure that I knew all the tips/tricks as well as benefits before I told you about this “trend” that has been sweeping bloggers all over.  I’m not one that tries things because others do and it’s the “cool” thing to do.  However when I read about Oil Pulling, I was instantly intrigued.

Remember my post on Dancing Your Way Through 2013?  Well consider this post my healthy post of 2014.  :)  With the previous post, I talked about losing weight and how much better I feel.  I have still kept the weight off and I’m super proud of it.  I think when I last weighed myself (I only do it about every 3-5 months), I had lost about 21 pounds in 3 years.  For myself and my body, that’s a HUGE relief and I can honestly say that I feel so much better.  My wallet is smaller because I’ve basically had to buy all new clothes; but I do feel better.  :) I’m not as strict as I used to be.  I still count my calories and try not to go over a certain amount, but I’m in no way depriving myself of that brownie or chocolate chip cookie.  :)  I have however been able to tell that my body can no longer handle soda, ice cream is a *treat* unless I eat small amounts of it, and I pretty much only drink ice coffee and water.  I’ve also come to like healthy snacks, veggies, and fruits way more than I ever did.

So all in all, counting calories, watching what goes into your body, and trying to live healthy really does work.  I’m living proof!  However, even though I lost weight, I still needed to be *healthy*.  What does healthy mean to me?  Feeling good, not having to go to the doctor/dentist all the time, not getting colds/flu, etc.  I have horrible…or I should say…I had horrible teeth.  I used to get sick all the time; I haven’t had a cold for 3 years.  And last time I went to the doctor for a physical (because I hadn’t had once in YEARS), he asked WHY I was there and pretty much told me I’m 100% healthy.  Now, I can’t say that this thing called “Oil Pulling” has helped me out with ALL of those aspects, but I have noticed a HUGE difference in a lot of things and the results were REALLY quick.  I’m talking, I started noticing a change within 1-2 days.

What is Oil Pulling?

After doing all kinds of research before I attempted this *trend*, I found out that oil pulling has been around for years.  It’s actually known as an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in your mouth for no more than 20 minutes (and yes the time does make a difference).  The concept of it is pretty simple: the oil pulls harmful bacteria, fungus, and other toxins out of the mouth, teeth, gums, and even throat as you swish.  The toxins pass through the salivary ducts into the saliva; essentially, oil pulling draws out the disease and harmful elements from the body and eliminates them through the mouth. These toxins and bacteria attach to the oil and saliva that you eventually discard.  Discard the oil; remove the toxins.

Why do I like the Oil Pulling process?

  • It helps improve your oral and overall health.
  • It whitens teeth.
  • It strengthens your gums/teeth/jaw.
  • It helps with sensitive teeth.
  • It prevents cavities an gingivitis.
  • Fixing loose teeth
  • It prevents for bad breath.
  • It prevents dryness of the lips, mouth and throat.
  • It helps ease the symptoms of acne and other skin care issues.
  • It helps headaches and migraines.
  • It helps with sleep issues.
  • It clears out your sinuses.
  • It may reduce symptoms of bronchitis.
  • It helps with breathing issues.
  • It reduces the symptoms of allergies.
  • It helps with general oral pain.
  • It assists with hormonal imbalances.
  • It reduces inflammation of arthritis.
  • It helps with gastro-enteritis.
  • It helps support normal kidney function.
  • It helps ulcers and diseases of stomach and intestines, heart, blood, liver, lungs, and women’s diseases.
  • It helps improve vision.
  • Aids in reducing pain.
  • It helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms.
  • It helps diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis.
  • It also increasing the metabolism.

Yeah, you’re probably wondering if  I’ve personally experienced any of the above?  YES, YES, and YES.  I used to have horribly oily skin which causes my hair to get greasy as well as my face.  Which in return forced me to always wash my hair and constantly clean by face.  I used to also break out constantly; not so much anymore.  Also, my hair is softer than ever and doesn’t get greasy as fast.  My teeth feel smoother like I had just gone to the dentist (soon I go to the dentist for the first time since I’ve started and I can’t wait to hear what they say).  I used to have a lot of ear aches, that’s lessened.  I can’t tell you the last time I had a headache.  My nose always seems clear.  And I can honestly say that I fall asleep quicker at night.

How do you attempt Oil Pulling properly?

It’s REALLY easy to do, and like I said, it only takes 20 minutes.  Pick an organic oil (such as coconut, sesame, sunflower, or olive), measure out 1 tsp-1 tbsp spoon and place it in your mouth.  Swish for 20 minutes, discard the oil and go about your business!  That’s all.  Yes, it’s that easy.  You only have to do it once or twice a day, and you don’t have to do it every day; I tend to skip weekends.  But if I skip longer than two days, I really notice.

Simple Tips on Oil Pulling

When I found out the types of oil you could use, the only one that appealed to me was the coconut oil; so that’s the one I’ve used all along.  In fact, I use unrefined organic coconut oil.  I will 100% guarantee you that it DOES NOT taste like coconut while you’re swishing it in your mouth.  Strange, right?  Yes, coconut oil comes in a solid.  It will melt if you just place it in your mouth after a few seconds; however if you don’t like the consistency, you can measure out your oil and place it in a coffee mug in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to melt the oil into a liquid.  This will not hurt the process in any way.

Yes, you must go for 20 minutes.  Do not go over 20 minutes because they say the bacteria will go right back into your system; so stick with 20 minutes.  You’re probably wondering how you can not talk for 20 minutes?  Make it happen.  I only do it when no one is home, that way I’m not bothered or tempted to quit during the process.  I normally swish when I’m washing my face and cleaning up around the house.  The time will fly by, I promise!  If you can’t handle 20 minutes, then do 10 minutes twice a day.

Yes, the oil will become thicker the longer you swish.  If your mouth tends to fill up as you go, just spit a little out and keep going.  Or, spit it all out and start over.  You may notice your oil is foggy in color when you’ve completed the 20 minutes; say good-bye to the toxins!

They say to do it when you have an empty stomach and I can attest to that.  If you do not do it on an empty stomach, you may get a queasy feeling (I have before).  Also, if I’m not paying attention, and I do if for longer than 20 minutes, this will also cause me to get queasy.

Swish like you are swishing mouth wash.  They say that while you’re swishing, move your chin up and down as if you’re chewing; this draws out a lot of saliva and activates digestion.  Swish all over.  DO NOT swallow.  This is bacteria and toxins, why would you want to swallow it?  When your time is up, spit the oil into a bag or directly into the trash. Do not spit the oil down the drain.  Why?  Because it’s OIL.  It will solidify eventually and could mess up your pipes.

After spitting out the oil, floss.  You know the dentist always bugs you to floss each day, well here’s your chance!  After you floss, brush your teeth!  Once you’re through brushing, turn the water on to *very* hot and run your toothbrush under it for 10 seconds to clean the bacteria off of your toothbrush.  If you use a flossing tool with floss replacements, you may want to do the 10 second hot water trick with this tool as well.

You may find some articles that say if you have fillings or crowns, then you doing do it.  However, I have both so I really did my research and I found articles saying that it wouldn’t hurt your oral set up.  I’ve been doing oil pulling for about 5-6 months and I have no noticed anything wrong with my fillings OR crowns.  In fact, I feel like they’re in better shape now than before.

Will it work for everyone?  That I cannot say.  I’m not forcing you to do this.  I’m simply telling you my results and opinions concerning Oil Pulling.  I’m not a doctor or a nurse; I’m just someone who has done their research and has had much success with it!  Many have mentioned that some people may experience worsened symptoms before they get better, and this is a sign of healing. It is also recommended that you not give up before you have healed; Try oil pulling for at least 30 days and see how you feel.  :)

Cheesy Cheeseburger Casserole recipe

Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole

Who doesn’t love a delicious and easy casserole?  If you also love a good cheeseburger, then this is the recipe for you.  This Cheeseburger Casserole will satisfy the whole family, young and old!  :)  ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 2 c uncooked rotini pasta (spiral pasta)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 and 1/2 c onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 c low fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Boil the pasta in a large pot according to packaged directions until al dente; drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet on medium-high heat, warm the oil and add the onion to saute until transparent; add the garlic and stir about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Stir in the ground beef and fully cook through until brown.
  • Add salt, ketchup, and mustard until well combined; then add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 2 minutes or until the mixture is thickened.
  • Add the cooked and drained noodles to the meat and stir well.
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan and evenly sprinkle the cheese across the top; bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Remove from the oven and slightly cool before serving.

source: http://bakerette.com/5-star-cheeseburger-casserole/

Link Up #51

It’s time for another Link Party! :)

Now is your chance to link up your FAVORITE blog posts of crafts and recipes!  :)  I hope to see some awesome projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, I really hope all of my readers will participate and help us spread the word!  :)

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