Headed towards back to the basics living.


Reduce,Reuse,Recycle…and decorate?

Oh, my! Where did March come from? I’ve lost a whole week in there somewhere-perhaps it’s from my all out obsession  to finish my kitchen command center area. I don’t know why but its the project I could not seem to gain ground on, I changed my mind twice half way through- only sheer determination (read stubbornness) got it as far as it is.Honestly, there is still at least one more project I’m thinking of doing. I’m hoping to sew a cushion for my tushie- the current wooden chair just ain’t cutting it! Other than that I decided it was far enough along I wouldn’t be too embarrassed to show it to the world.

You’re probably wondering right about now what my KCC has to do with reducing, reusing and recycling. Well, hopefully the pics/projects I did will do a better job than a lengthy drawn out explanation. My goal here was to use as little money as possible and try to repurpose/reuse things I already had. I spent a $1.27 on a new checkbook ledger (mine was 5 years old and falling apart). The fabric and ribbon were leftovers from another project that I bought on sale a few months ago. Of course the paper is just scrapbook paper. I’m a paper addict-I admit it. But occasionally it comes in handy (=

Here’s the before picture:

A repeat dumping ground at best...this is after I cleaned it off some

This is the overall After Pic:

Now, hopefully it will stay this way (cross your fingers)!

Here’s a few detailed pics:

Plain old cereal box...

...with top removed...

...become pretty fabric trays when wrapped in fabric like you would a gift and finished with ribbon &tag!

Plain old cardboard, measured to fit and taped together....

...becomes a custom bulletin board/message center when wrapped with fabric & ribbon.


Wooden clothespins go special with paper trimmed to fit & covered with Modpodge-so easy!!!

An old clean vegetable can repurposed as pen holder using craft glue,coordinating paper and ribbon. An old garden statue becomes a handy paperweight.

Inexpensive notebook gets in on the action too!

What’s behind the cabinet doors you say? Okay not AS pretty but I still tried for organization. I used small boxes of pasta noodles  measured and cut to fit, to create the dividers within the bigger plastic drawer dividers. You could achieve the same effect using  nothing but cereal boxes here too but I already had the dividers on hand and tossing them out just for the sake of not using plastic just seemed, well- wasteful. I have actually seen people do this and replace it with ecofriendly items they bought just for the sake of having an eco-friendly product even though the one on hand was totally fine.  Please, please  tell me how this helps the environment?! I just don’t see it-waste is waste! Okay, enough with the soapbox ranting-hope you enjoyed the tour!

Organized chaos!