Wednesday, October 19, 2011

20 Fresh Face at Fresh Home Blog - Tool Caddy Organization

Remember when I shared my glee for being featured in Fresh Home Magazine as one of their "Fresh Faces"?


Well, life got a little sweeter when they asked me to hop on board as a Fresh Home Blog "Fresh Face" contributor!

So now, when you pop over to their blog, you may see a little somethin' somethin' written by yours truly, and if not, well, there is all sorts of other greatness always going on, and wonderful stories and projects from the other very talented contributors.

Today is my first post over on their blog.  Ever wonder what I did with that third and final utensil caddy I scored from Target awhile back?  {Remember, I used one for art supplies and other for cleaning supplies}


Well, I finally revealed how that third caddy is being put to use around our home... pop on over to the Fresh Home Blog to see how it all went down!



Update!  Fresh Home Blog is no longer active {they said it wasn't me, it was them, but isn't that how all break-ups end?}.  Therefore, I am publishing the post right here!


Utensil Caddy Turned Tool Caddy
Jennifer Jones: IHeart Organizing

We adore a good DIY project!  Whether we are recovering a chair or hanging some wall art, you can bet that we are toting around some sort of tool.  However, we found that we were always running to the garage to snag specific items from the tool pegboard.   Over and over again.  And then, instead of bringing them back to the garage when we were done, a small pile started to form on the kitchen counter near the garage door.  No good.

So when I stumbled across some great metal utensil caddies, I knew one would be the perfect solution to our troubled tool situation!


I started out by picking all of our favorite, most frequently used DIY tools:


The items we find ourselves grabbing for most are the following: Hammer, Allen Wrenches, Picture Hanging Hooks, Drywall Anchors, Philips Screwdriver, Flathead Screwdriver, Mini Philips Screwdriver, Utility Knife, Twine, Picture Hanging Wire, Mini Level, Hot Glue, Wood Glue, Staple Gun & Staples, Tape Measure and Pliers!

To contain the small hanging nails and screws, I used magnetic spice tins.


This way, they can just stick to the side of the caddy and keep the little things corralled neatly. I also adore that the tape measure can just clip to the side!


Everything tucks neatly inside!


Because I have a special love for organizing and labels, I used my craft machine to cut out a vinyl label for the side of the new tool caddy!


Now we have a caddy that we can tuck on a shelf in our laundry room, yet easily tote around the house when working on projects. No more random trips out to the cold garage to gather supplies or piles of tools left on the kitchen counter! That’s a huge win for us!



20 comments:

  1. That's such great news! Heading on over there now to check it out.

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  2. Congratulations! And I love your newest idea for the caddy. I want one!

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  3. Congrats! And what a nifty idea!

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  4. congrats Jen! That is so awesome and you are going to be an amazing addition to their team! I LOVE your tool basket! It truly is a perfect solution for regularly used tools!

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  5. That's great news! Can't wait to read your posts. =)

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  6. Didn't they discontinue Fresh Home magazine? I was subscribed, but I think they switched me over to Taste of Home or something like that.

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  7. Congrats!! I love what you did with No 3 - won't spoil it for people who click over, but especially love the label!!

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  8. @Anonymous - I believe so, however, they are still continuing online! Wahoo for me! :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  9. I'm so happy for you! Congrats! Loved the article over there, too!

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  10. congratulations! You've made it to the big times! Couldn't of happen to a more appropriate, deserving or more adorable girl! Keep up the good work! Lots of love!
    Beth

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  11. jen, i have been following your blog for quite some time now - LOVE organizing / also have a family of all boys / live in the midwest so wi. dells is a familiar go-to spot...so imagine my suprise when you posted the picture of your feature in the magazine to find out that you actually live in my home town!! granted i don't live there anymore (close!) but I grew up there and still have a lot still have family there. crazy how small the world can be. anyway, just wanted to say i love your blog and love your ideas! - michelle

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  12. congratulations! you so deserve to share you tips with more people, esp in a printed magazine! i love your blog and having been following it for a few months. for some people, things just come naturally to them and organizing is totally it for you! congrats on finding your natural talent, your passion and a career you love!

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  13. Jen, Congratulations on becoming a contributor for Fresh Home! That's fabulous!

    As always, I love your work. That caddy you wrote about over on their site is adorable!

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  14. Jen, Congrats! Do you know where else I can find this tool caddy? I have been on the look since then (I need to organize my kids crayons. It's madness!) and I have been looking ever since.
    Thanks

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  15. @Anonymous - I found mine at Target this summer, however, you can google Tin Utensil Caddy and fine a few, I would also check Amazon.

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  16. Love the idea for your tool caddy! I really hate going to the cold garage for a hammer, but have never thought to designate a place IN the house for it. LOVE it. Love your creativeness!

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  17. It's so exciting to witness your success!

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