Organization Station

One of my goals for 2010 is to get more organized. I made a Home Management binder which I hope to share with you very soon. I also found a wonderful $1 calendar at Target in December and I bought a day planner from Lifeway to complete my organizing stash. I love, love, love my day planner because there is a verse for each day!

I had an idea to put all of these management and organizational things together on my kitchen counter. Brilliant, right? So I will see it each morning and (hopefully) it will keep me on track!

As I put together my “organization station” I realized that I needed something to put pens, pencils and notepads in. (I can’t stand clutter – just ask my hubs who thinks we’re the trashiest house on the block because I throw so much junk away!) So, I remembered this lovely hideous “toolbox” that I picked up at a yard sale last summer. I think I paid $1 for it.


Yes, it is ridiculously ugly! But I snatched it right up after I saw this project at the Thrifty Decor Chick. Sarah gives me hope for things that look impossible!

I grabbed my black spray paint (miracle of miracles) and gave this “toolbox” a new look. It’s not perfect because I really should have used sandpaper. Oh well, maybe I’ll work on it more when the weather gets warmer. I’m planning on adding something on the sides…letters, paint or something.


For now, it is the perfect addition to my organization station! Oh, and I love my thrift store mugs (aka, pen/pencil holders). The one you can see is a signed Norman Rockwell mug! Love.


I will keep you posted on the Organization Station. In particular, I hope to post details about my Home Management binder soon! It’s workin’ for me!

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  1. Myra, it looks great! Wanna make me one????
    .-= Amy @ Amy Loves It!´s last blog ..Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons =-.

  2. That is so great. I totally need some kind of organization station. I think you did a great job on the toolbox. Looks a lot better than it did.

  3. Great idea!!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Who Is Ready for Some Happy News?? =-.

  4. Great idea to gather everything you need close to hand.
    By coincidence, I also bought a $1 calendar at Target. It’s a bit different from yours – has a lighthouse photo for each month…. still a huge bargain!

  5. I am so working on organization this year, too! I’ve done three closets so far! :-)
    .-= Jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas´s last blog ..Tutorial: Glossy Bookmark or Magnet Gift =-.

  6. I have something similar for bills and stamps and such, but never thought about putting my household binder near there as well! Great idea!
    .-= Amy @ Raising Arrows´s last blog ..Our Shelf and Basket Laundry System =-.

  7. That looks really great! I really like the way that you painted it to make it usable.
    .-= Angie @ Many Little Blessings´s last blog ..Real Life Confessions: The Lack of Focus Edition =-.

  8. I want to see more! :)
    .-= Miriam´s last blog ..Laundry Soap – What Works for Me =-.

  9. I have something similar I posted on my blog a while back :
    .-= Alyssa´s last blog ..Do Your Kids Do Chores – A Giveaway =-.

  10. I love it! Great way to reduce and reuse!

  11. I love it!! A tool box like that would look cute modge podged with scrapbook paper, too. I really need to have something like that to help with my own organization.
    .-= Monica´s last blog ..It’s Super-Will! =-.

  12. What a great idea! I think I’ll have to dig around in the basement today and see what I can come up with.
    Thanks for inspiring me!
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Blissfully Domestic Contributor~Chocolate Cream Dessert =-.

  13. I was just looking for the same kind of thing yesterday! I have put a small writing desk in our bedroom in place of my nightstand, and it’s working great, but I need some way to keep the clutter contained on top of it! Will have to find something in our thrift store! :)
    .-= Mandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  14. Awesome! I love it. I definitely need something like this to help me stay organized!

  15. Love the toolbox transformation!

  16. Ooooh, I like this! I have a little spot on my countertop, but I really like the idea of having a little caddy that I could move if the need arises.

  17. I have an ugly toolbox just like that! You’ve inspired me to do something with it!

  18. Hello. Just stopping by from WFMW to check out your site. :D I love it. Very pretty.

  19. Great job, Myra!

  20. Great Job! You turned water into wine!

    I got a chuckle out of your “trashiest house” line… I think my husband would agree, although he’s the one who is always de-cluttering (and i lOVE it!)

  21. Very cute! Good luck with the organization. I’m trying to get more on top of my cleaning and organizing too (pre-baby nesting)!
    .-= SkylarKD´s last blog ..Birthday prep, and a few online freebies! =-.

  22. Oh, this looks really neat. I’m working on being a more clutter-free house. Decluttering and then finding spaces for stuff that we really need to keep is…well…an ongoing process isn’t it? LOL
    .-= Jenn @ Beautiful Calling´s last blog ..I’m a Victorian Epicure Consultant =-.


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