Happy Friday! I have a bit of an idea I’m toying with and would like opinions on. But first, it’s DIY time!
This week, I tackled a problem that my roommates and I were facing: mail. We had a habit of getting the mail and leaving it all over the apartment; on the kitchen table, coffee table, kitchen countertops. Being the obsessive neat freak that I am, and realizing how little surface space we actually have in our apartment, this was driving me bonkers. And I was contributing to the problem!
So, I got to thinking. What would be the best way to cut the clutter? And it hit me: a mail organizer! Following my idea, I got on amazon and price compared a bunch of different options as well as weighing the truly DIY route of making it myself. I wound up going with just purchasing it online since all the methods I could find to make one at home involved carpentry or a sewing machine. The first option, I have no skills in. The second, I don’t currently own my own sewing machine. I could probably use my mother’s, but she lives 2 1/2 hours away and I didn’t want to purchase a round-trip bus ticket just so that I could use her sewing machine when the whole idea was “what will cost me least?” (sorry, mom).
After searching on amazon, I found an option I liked that cost me less than $15. And, I have amazon student so, hello free two-day shipping! After waiting for it to arrive, I finally got to solve my problem! Except there was one tiny hiccup. The organizer I ordered was an over-the-door hanging organizer that came with hooks to hang the organizer with. But, it didn’t have the hooks in the box when I opened it. Being the wonderfully quick thinkers they are, my roommates thought of using command strips instead. It worked perfectly.
Behold, the solution to our clutter problem!
And it fit perfectly between the light switch, the edge of the wall, and underneath our whiteboard. Now, I call that serendipitous. We’re working on an idea to label the pockets on the organizer so each of us has a designated mail pocket.
Back to the idea I mentioned at the beginning. I’m noticing a lot of overlap between Thursday and Friday posts since most of my organization hacks have a DIY element to them and vice versa. I’m thinking of eliminating DIY Friday and making Thursday a DIY/Organization post. Comment and let me know if you think this is a good idea!
Thank you for reading! Happy organizing!