Thursday, January 19, 2012

Crap Baskets: A Pinterest Project

I saw these a week ago on Pinterest and this is one project that I RUSHED to make. Not just an idea for down the road, or something to put on my 'this would look good in my house someday' list. NO - these were on my 'MUST MAKE NOW TO IMPROVE MY SANITY' list. And let me tell you, my sanity level has gone way down. Wayyyy down. These are must-haves if you have stairs in your home and especially if your people tend to leave their things where they don't belong!
We have a split-level home. Our garage is downstairs, so we always enter the house downstairs. But none of us LIVE downstairs, so none of our 'crap' belongs down there. And now, we have a way of organizing it as well as getting it to where it needs to go.

Crap Baskets! 
a.k.a. Take your crap upstairs!


I LOVE THEM.

And now for the how-to.
First, you'll need the baskets. I found mine at Christmas Tree Shops in Hoover.
If you haven't heard of Christmas Tree Shops, please oh please, drop what you are doing right now and find the nearest location and GO. It is like a Big Lots meets Tuesday Morning, and prices are even better.
(Contrary to the suggestion of the store's name, they do not sell Christmas Trees. Which totally throws people off. That makes no sense. But whatever.)
My baskets were marked $8.99 each, which I know if a little steep for one project, but I had a feeling these baskets would change my life, and $36 for a life changing project isn't really that big a deal, now, is it?

So... get you some baskets that fit on your stairs. Might want to measure your stairs before you go; I guess you wouldn't want them hanging off the edge. I didn't measure and got lucky. 

Now, you will need to label them with your family members' names.
The ones on Pinterest are labeled using the clear plastic name badge holders that you can find in the office section. She just printed out names on the computer and inserted them into the badge, then tied the badge on with ribbon. See here:



I love her baskets, but I wanted to mimic these cute baskets I saw at Target with chalkboard labels:



(Um, and just so you know, ONE of these baskets at Target is $39.99. Ridiculous.)

So I decided to make my own chalkboard labels and tie them on with raffia-looking straw string.
Here is how I did it:

First I cut out 4 pieces of cardboard from the flap of a diaper box. Just regular ol' cardboard.
Then I spray painted them using chalkboard spray paint. 
I buy Krylon, which you can find at WalMart and Hobby Lobby.

Let them dry in the sun for an hour or so. Won't take too long.



Then write your names on them with chalk, or, if you want it to be more permanent, a white crayon.
(Note: You cannot erase and start over if you use a white crayon. Just FYI.)



Then you'll need to poke holes in the top of your rectangle labels. I used a large screw to poke the holes. I'm sure there are much easier ways to do this. My hole punch would not work, but the screw did just fine. So screw you some holes in your labels.





Then, I searched my house high and low for raffia string; couldn't find any. 
But I did find a pile of burlap scraps. 
Sooo I just cut my burlap into thin strips and decided to use this as ribbon. 




Now, burlap is, well, burlap, so it can be a bit finicky and tends to unravel if you cut your strips too thin. But just be patient if you go this route. (I do plan to replace the burlap strips with raffia as soon as I get some.) Use your screw to poke the burlap through your hole, then pull through.


Next, tie your labels to your basket, put them on the stairs, and fill 'em up! Wah-lah!




It took me about 0.2 seconds to fill up EVERY basket to the top. 
Yeah, we had a lot of crap laying around. Don't judge.


Now, go make you some!
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15 comments:

Julie Greenhaw said...

I saw this post on Pinterest too and I love it! This is the first house we've had with two levels and I feel like I am going up and down all day long! This is a great idea and I just might have to try it out!

Mrs. Courville said...

I am glad you posted this because I just paid $12 for some mini chalkboards to use for a babyshower and I am taking them back!

jessica said...

makes me wish my home had stairs!!!

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