Beautified Bins by bloggy friend Here’s to Handy Andy

Hi All! Guest blogger extraordinaire Liz from Here’s to Handy Andy is here with a great craft!
And be sure to stop by her blog after you read…she is one smart cookie! And if you need a Janel fix I am at the lovely Between U & Me blog today (starts Monday Morning) sharing my Jelly Toast Coasters. Now on to Liz…
Can I hear the loud applause? 

Here's to Handy Andy

Hello Hating Martha readers! I’m so excited to be guest posting here today. You can find me at my blog Here’s to Handy Andy generally posting about crafts and DIYs. My current project is trying to organize my home office/craft room. I have a lot of junk supplies so I’m using many different types of containers, and I’m trying to be as cost-effective as possible. So, while I was in Hobby Lobby the other day, browsing the clearance section (aka Heaven), I found these:

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These perfectly-sized bins were less than $2.00 each, but not quite the look I was going for. I decided on a black and white theme for the storage, but I couldn’t pass on the price, so I snatched them up! I got them home and went to work with some black & white scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.

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First, I peeled the fake “chalkboard” labels off of the bins. Then, I cut strips of the paper and brushed a layer of the Mod Podge on the bin, layered the paper, and then finished with a final coat of the Mod Podge all over.
Here’s how they ended up:
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Now they match my organizational decor! I didn’t cover the insides, since they will be filled with supplies, but I think they look a lot better. This just goes to show you that you can make pretty much anything work for your room when it’s the right price!
Thanks for reading! Come visit me at my blog sometime!
Remember to head over to her blog…
did you remember? good.

repurpose washcloths for Swiffer pads

Yep, no genius here! Just cheap, and lazy. I have seen homemade Swiffer pads floating around blog world and Pinterest and I was kind of baffled by them. Why on earth would you go thru the trouble of doing all that homemadeness when you could simply use washcloths?

(A capful and some water) Just leave those sitting in the solution until you need them. Then squeeze them out a bit before you use them if needed. I use one side then flip it over for double the cleaning pleasure!

So, don’t go buying those refills…unless you want to, or it makes you smile, or you just like to sniff them.
Otherwise, save yourself some money. And these work much better then the Swiffers because they don’t dry out as easily.
And better for the environment, thank you very much!
And, those of you with wood floors (no, mine are not real wood) can use Murphy’s oil or your favorite wood cleaner instead of Mr. Clean.

repurpose your beat-up washcloths as Swiffer pads!Update: A thoughtful reader reminded me that there are lots of great cleaners that are environmentally friendly and kinder then Mr. Clean.
I agree. I had some Mr. Clean left to use up so used it for this post. But, Mrs. Meyers and Method make some great alternatives. And, my friend Mom 4 Real has some great all-natural cleaner recipes!

Second Update: I found that you do not want to leave these in the solution longer than a week or two. They get smelly. Just warning you.