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A DIY Organizer For On The Go Essentials

A DIY Organizer For On The Go Essentials

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How are your mornings?  Specifically, how are you at getting out the door, with the kids, on time while remembering everything you need?  I struggle with this a bit.  I manage to get my kids ready and out the door, but inevitably I find myself running back in to grab my own essentials.  Something needed to change. I decided to create a DIY organizer near my back door to corral all my essentials and help my family get out the door with ease.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

I change my purse or bag almost daily depending on what the day has in store.  I don’t carry a diaper bag anymore, but my purse is still loaded with kid stuff. I typically empty it at night and move it all to a new bag in the morning.  These are just a few items that come out of my purse every day.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

Somehow they get strewn about and I find myself scrambling to get it all back in a bag in the morning.  Time for a little organization. I created a simple, and pretty, tray to corral my essentials. I can drop my items in at night and grab them the next morning before I head out the door.  My essentials include kid stuff obviously, but for me, I need my keys, phone, wallet and gum.  Specifically Extra® gum.  I’m a big coffee drinker and typically take my last sips right before I head out the door. For the sake of all those around me, I need gum in my purse. The new Extra® 35-stick packs are ideal to have in my purse for when I, or anyone else in my car, may need a piece.  These new packs feature durable, recycled packaging and are easy to pick up in the checkout line at Target.  You can save 10% during February on New Extra® 35-stick packs using this Cartwheel coupon.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

Here’s how I created this pretty painted tray.

Supplies:

  • Bare wood tray
  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

I started by painting the base of the tray white.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

After it dried, according to the paint directions, I taped off stripes and covered the sides of the tray.  Then I painted those stripes black.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

I peeled off the painters tape when the paint was almost dry. Once it dried completely I covered the base of the tray and painted the outside blue.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

I chose a high gloss paint that did not require a primer or sealer. This tray will be used a lot, if you want to recreate your own I suggest using an all in one paint, or adding a primer underneath and sealer on top of a regular paint.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

This tray is fun and adds a little interest to our kitchen in addition to function.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

My husband is enjoying this tray too.  He is a gum chewer but doesn’t typically carry a pack.  Having it by the door, he can grab a piece of Extra® Gum Spearmint or Extra® Gum Polar Ice® on the way out then I can throw the pack in my purse later on.  It’s nice to share a pack of gum, even though we don’t see each other most mornings.   It’s funny how a simple piece of gum, and an organized place to keep it, can make a morning run smoother.

Grab and Go DIY Organizer to help get you and your essentials out the door in the morning. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target AD

Tell me how you get out the door in the morning?  Any tips I should know?  I’d also love to know what kind of Extra is in your bag?

Thanks for visiting!

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