Hey friends! I’m Kirsten from One Tough Mother, and I’m very excited to be a new monthly contributor in charge of Organization & Home Decor here on One Artsy Mama. Amy and I are bloggy besties so I was thrilled when she asked me to share some awesome-sauce with you each month!
I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a bit overwhelmed when flipping through magazines or perusing Pinterest, checking out all the fabulous home makeovers and superbly organized spaces. Everything is so beautiful, but in my mind, I see dollar signs. My family and I are very budget-conscious, so I love to find clever ways to use items that don’t cost a lot of money. One of my favorite places to pick up tools for organization is the local dollar store. Sometimes you have to look past the intended purpose for certain items and think outside the box, which is exactly what I’m going to show you today!
If you spend any time in your dollar store, you may notice an aisle full of plastic kitchen items – everything from salt and pepper shakers to utensils to dishes. One of the most versatile items in that aisle is the plastic napkin holder. They have tons of uses, and today I’m going to show you five different uses, and give you a tip on how to dress them up!
Start with the simple plastic napkin holder.
Lay the scrapbook paper on the inside of the napkin holder, facing out. Use Mod Podge to attach it to the napkin holder. You can decorate with any scrapbook paper, and you can also add embellishments like flowers to add a little more flair. Simple, right?
Let me show you how to use these napkin holders for something other than, well, napkins:
#1 – Seasoning Packet Holder: The wire shelving in my pantry doesn’t hold my seasoning packets very well. And if I put them in a bin or box, I forget about them because I can’t see them. Using a decorated napkin holder, I can put my packets of seasoning right next to my canned goods in my pantry and they are ready to use when I need them!
#2 – Dish Towel Rack: Use a little E6000 adhesive to glue a few of these bad boys together and you’ve got yourself a rack for storing your dish towels!
#3 – Pot Lid Holder: Ok, admit it. You have lids to your pots just haphazardly laying all over the place right? They get in the way, the make noise when you need to move them to get one pot or pan. Grab a few napkin holders, glue them together, then prop your pot lids in them for easy storage!
#4 – File Folder Storage: Napkin holders don’t have to stay in the kitchen! Keep your most-used files at hand using napkin holders! Sort paperwork, keep important tax documents handy, store school forms and sports schedules…the possibilities are truly endless!
#5 – Mail Sorter: I’m willing to bet you have junk mail, catalogs, and bills scattered all over your counter tops or desk, right? (You know you do – go look. I’ll wait.) Sort that mail using napkin holders! You could have one mail slot for each family member, another mail slot for outgoing mail, and even another for mail that needs to be filed away.
As you can see, organization on a budget is possible with a little creative thinking and some glue! What other uses can you find for these napkin holders?
Kirsten, One Tough Mother