Quick Tip {How to Remove Permanent Marker From Plastic – The Easy Way}

Stopping by to share a quick tip with you today. 🙂 You know I love to label things – help me keep my sanity!  However, sometimes the contents of a container change.  Actually, they often change. Permanent markers are a great way to label things, and what we use often.  Simple and permanent – right?? 

Well – what then do you do when the contents change and the container needs a new label? Put a sticker over it?  Scribble out the original label and write on a new one?  What if you want it to look better than that?  Well I have great news for you!!  A teacher friend of mine shared this with me one year, and when she told me I thought she was nuts – but it works!!

I was reminded of it this year when I was organizing our school supplies.  In the last few years I have been purchasing these new plastic folders for my kids, because they will last through the whole year – unlike the paper ones.  But, you know how it is – you send them to school, and the teachers have them label them with their name and subject.  The folders are great – they come home at the end of the year in just about the same condition they started.  No reason to throw them out!!  So here’s my amazing tip {if you already know this – please just scroll through and act amazed :)} that works on anything plastic.

With a dry-erase marker, scribble over the top of the writing.

As you are scribbling, you will probably already see it happening – the permanent marker being “erased”.

When you are finished, grab an eraser or a paper towel, rag, whatever, and wipe off the dry-erase, and the permanent marker with it.

And there you have it – good as new!!

I know folders aren’t that expensive, but I’m just saying – every little bit matters, and this has saved me bundles over the years in plastic storage tubs and such!!

We are headed out east tomorrow to deliver my son to college.  I’m not lamenting over that today – ya’ll have probably heard enough of that, and there will probably be more later.  When we get back I have a long list of DIY’s to dive into, and I can’t wait to share!! Until then…

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Back-To-School Ready {School Supply Organization}

I feel like it’s been forever since I blogged!  We have been busy spending quality family time together knowing that the days are ticking away before school starts and my big boy leaves for college.  I shared with you last week that I had a cleaning frenzy that started with cleaning out and organization our little school supply area.  
I’m here today to share with you a system that has worked great for our family!  Behind this door
entryway closet
is our entryway closet that holds a lot for such a little closet.  
entryway closet storage
Other than coats, it’s most valuable use are these.
office supply and school supply storage
The file crate on the right 
school and office supply storage
is filled with school supplies like folders, pencil bags, book covers, page dividers, etc.
office and school supply storage
The drawer unit on the left holds a ton of useful stuff!!
Use a tall plastic drawer unit to store various school/office supplies and keep them organized.
The top three small drawers will hold school papers that I choose to keep throughout the school year.  The folders come home, I go through the papers, and pick the few that are worthy of keeping and put them in the drawer designated for that child.  At the end of the year, the papers then go in a box.  I should probably label the drawers, but I know that the drawers go oldest to youngest from top to bottom :).
There is a drawer that holds various writing utensils.  The next drawer holds two pencil boxes – one filled with new, un-sharpened pencils, and the other with new pens.  Next drawer holds packaged notebook paper.  The last drawer holds other various supplies – notepads, post-it pads, index cards, rubber bands, paper-clips, etc.
This has been so helpful for me, because when the kids need something – I tell them first to go here, and if they can’t find it THEN we go to the store.  I try to keep the basics stocked, so I eliminate most last-minute store runs!!
How about you?  Do you have a system that works for you??  I’d love to hear it!  I’m always tweaking our organization to make it work better for our family!! 

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Tips on Painting Base-Board Trim

I loathe painting trim.  I do.  But, sometimes it just needs to be done.  Sometimes it’s because your already painted trim needs to be freshened up and sometimes (as is my case) you are just tired of the wood and want a change.  

And yes, you have to be REALLY tired of the wood to take on this project trust me.  It’s tedious and boring!!  But the outcome really is worth the work.  

I don’t mind painting door and window facings, and can usually do them without taping. But, if you want to not worry about being as careful when you are painting two coats of primer and at least one coat of paint, then I would recommend taping.  In the long run it saves time.  

The trickiest part of painting trim is the base-boards.  Especially if you have carpet.  I have tried lots of methods and tools, but honestly I think taping works the best.  I buy the wider painter’s tape which gives me plenty of room to be sloppy.  🙂

But, before I get ahead of myself there is always pre-prep-work involved.  We had our carpet replaced a few years back which included the base-boards being removed, and re-installed. There are several areas where the base-boards no longer met with the wall.

Easy enough fix with some caulk – make sure you buy paintable caulk.

Simply apply the caulk to the crack, and smooth out with your fingertip.

Now, we are ready for tape.  The top side is basic taping.  

For the bottom by the carpet, I make sure I have a little excess tape width-wise and shove it under the base-board.  In between the carpet and the base-board.  Then press the tape lightly over the carpet.  This allows you to paint the lower portion of the base-board without the carpet interfering.  

I used two coats of primer (basic, cheap primer), and one coat of paint and got good coverage.  My other EVER important tip is to pull the tape away BEFORE the final coat of paint is completely dry. This will keep the paint from bonding to the tape and pulling away from the trim.  

Not difficult, but if you are doing a whole house be prepared for several hours of work!! I take mine in shifts!!

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