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Today I've got a simple, quick and fun organizing project for you. Hopefully you will gain an idea and a tip or two to help with organizing in your home.
I've been picking one small organizing project each month this year. This project is part of my tidying up a cabinet in our living room that holds our games, movies and puzzles. Organizing it has made a small improvement around our house and has helped get one area of our house more well-organized.
Despite the fact that we don't do puzzles very often, I couldn't talk anyone into getting rid of the puzzles. So, it was time to figure out how to save space and keep things organized.
I had all kinds of ideas, but they were all going to get too expensive for what I wanted to spend on this project. I ended up with a cute basket I found on clearance at Target along with some zipper bags and packing tape. You will also need scissors or a paper trimmer.
I totally don't like using zipper bags because I really dislike using plastic disposable things, but I caved on this one and went with what was quick and fit my budget. If I had the budget, I probably would have bought a storage bin for each puzzle, but that would have really added up fast, even though we don't have that many puzzles.
As with any organization project, collect all of the things you are trying to organize. Purge things that are no longer used or are broken. Only keep the things you love.
We managed to get rid of one or two puzzles. Surprisingly, this project has renewed an interest in puzzles at my house. We have one going on the kitchen table right now. Fun!
If you plan to store your puzzles in zipper bags, you will still want a picture of the puzzle to reference when putting the puzzle together.
Use scissors or a paper trimmer to remove the sides of the box. Only keep the top of the box.
I have a large rotary paper trimmer(affiliate link). I found it easiest and fastest to cut the sides of the box off. I first cut the four corners with my scissors to flatten the lid. Then I could easily cut the 4 sides off the box. The added benefit of using the paper trimmer is that no one will know if you cut like a kindergartner like I do. 😉
Use clear packing tape to adhere the picture of the puzzle to the zipper bag.
The lid is now attached to the zipper bag. Just place all the puzzle pieces in the bag and move on to the next puzzle.
By the way, I decided to go for the zipper bags that have the actual zipper or pull on it. I thought it would be easier for little and big hands to make sure the bag got closed. You may want to do the same at your home.
Arrange the bags in the basket. You are already done! Quick and easy organizing project!
This basket goes in the cabinet that holds our games and movies. I've shown you those areas as I organized them. I just couldn't show you the basket in there today because my living room is a wreck with my latest DIY project. (The chair rail removal I showed you). I can get the basket into the cabinet, but there would be no way to take blog worthy photos. Anyway, the new basket full of puzzles works well for us…well it will when I get the living room done and put back together.
What kinds of quick and easy organizing projects have you completed? I'd love to hear about them. Maybe I could get a new idea or two.
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