Jen, over at I Heart Organizing, is hosting a challenge “daring” us to try organizing with a new supply. In other words, use something you have never used before. As you may know, I am currently working on our laundry room, as it was in desperate need of some love and attention. I decided to use a cereal box (new supply) to create a DIY Lint Box. Easy and budget-friendly.
I have given myself a total of $100 to redo our laundry room. That’s not a whole lot when you’re painting the walls, painting the dryer, making a shelf, adding storage, etc. As of yesterday’s post, I have spent just under $58.
One thing I really wanted to do, was come up with a solution for our dryer lint. For the past 5+ years, this was my “solution”:
Ummm… yuck! Perhaps I should explain that my laundry “room” is actually a laundry closet, and there is literally no room. This over-sized trash can, shoved between the wall and dryer, is where I tossed all my dryer lint. (According to the above photo, I wasn’t even doing a good job because my dryer is covered in lint… To be fair, this was a before shot of the laundry room and I believe every before shot should include real life photos. No cleaning up. No tidying. Real. Life.)
Because I have such a tight budget, I needed a cheap solution to fix this disaster of a trash can. Enter the cereal box. A Costco-sized Honey Nut Cheerios box to be exact. I headed outside (and who wouldn’t when it was 70°… in Minnesota… in November?) and grabbed some spray paint, two large decorative clothespins I had found at Michael’s, and some dark stain.
I cut the flaps off the top of the cereal box and painted it with a hammered metal spray paint. Then, I stained the clothes pins.
Once everything was dry, I decided I really needed to spruce up the box a bit, so I headed to my craft bin and found some sticker letters I had leftover from a previous project.
Luckily, I had the letters to spell out L-I-N-T, so I applied them to the box, using a ruler to make sure it was straight and centered.
It still needed something, so I added a strip of washi tape around the top.
Using Command Strips, I secured the clothespins up on the wall. (For some reason, I had a little trouble with the strips sticking to the wood clothespins… I lost the directions to the Command Strips, so maybe they don’t do well on wood? I found that sanding the area where I was going to apply the strip was helpful.)
Then I hung the box, using the clothespins.
What I love, is that when the box is full of lint, I can unclip it from the clothespins, empty the lint from the box, and clip it back up again. So much better than that trash can!
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