For those of you who know our family, you may have noticed that we enjoy changing up our surroundings on a regular basis. I am not quite sure why we feel the need to renovate, paint, or move furniture so frequently, but I do know that Alex, Mackenzie, and I inherited the trait from our mother. Let us just say that up until Grace Elizabeth’s B&B, our family moved houses on an average of every three years. I have lived in six houses in my lifetime, three of which were in the same town.
Maybe that is why I am so excited that I finally have my own place to decorate, organize, and rearrange! Oh sure, Mom and Dad gave us a lot of freedom in decorating our own bedrooms in the past, but now I have an entire apartment to go wild in! The only downside is that this grown-up step in life did not happen at the most ideal time: dead winter and in the middle of the school year. There really isn’t too much that I can do until school gets out and I can work more hours. Did I mention that I work at our local children’s museum? That is a story in itself. Anyways, my roommate and I have finally settled into a routine, but apartment decorating just hasn’t fit into the schedule. Until then, I will just have to settle for small projects focused on making my life a bit easier.
If I am going to come up with fun and practical projects, why not share them with you? I am not promising anything spectacular, but I am willing to share what I come up with! This week my project has to do with those pesky plastic sacks that stores keep giving away like candy. I realize that I would not have a pesky plastic sack problem if I used a reusable grocery bag, but whoever remembers to bring those along? Not my mom! So instead, I like to reuse these sacks as trash can liners. The only problem is that they are kind of an eyesore to store. The solution: a simple to sew grocery bag organizer! Now, I have to admit that I stole this idea from Alex. When I went to visit her before Christmas break, I noticed that she had made one of these for her apartment. The organizer looked easy enough to whip up so I thought I’d give it a shot! I have provided some rough directions for you in this video, but I want you to know that I just whipped this together quick. There are a million and one ways that you could change this project to fit your needs or skills, so don’t freak out if my “video” isn’t all inclusive. Also, I do not have a video camera, so this is more of a picture show with directions so don’t expect anything too fancy! If you have a question, feel free to leave a comment!