DIY Organizational Boxes Made From Paper & Sharpies

If you are looking for a cheap, easy, functional, and cute organization tool to divide up cords, pens, cards, keys, and any other knick-knacks, you have come to the right place.

There are literally two steps in this DIY: 1) Make the box, and 2) Decorate. Of course, though, my inference is that you have no idea how to make the boxes; that is what the majority of this post is about. And do not worry–I learned to make these boxes in sixth grade, so they are not hard!

DIY Box:

Materials

  • Paper (notebook, graph, construction–whatever you have lying around!)
  • Sharpies or whatever you want to use to decorate (stickers, ribbon, etc.)

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Procedures

1. Fold your paper hot dog style twice.

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2. Unfold the paper completely, then fold it hamburger style once.

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3. Unfold the paper again, then–with the shorter side towards you–individually pull the opposite edges of the paper inward so that they touch the center, and fold them  down.

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4. Individually fold down each corner into a triangle shape using the lines made by the folding you just did, so that what was the top part of the corner is now aligned with the crease closest to it. (It sounds confusing, but just look at the picture.) There has to be extra paper below the corners. If there is no extra paper, you did it wrong.

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5. To hold these triangles in place (they are going to function as the corners of the box), use the extra paper below the set of two triangles and fold both of them over their corresponding set.

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6. Put your hands in the opening between the two sides you just folded, and gently pull upward. You will see the box forming. It will not stand up either at all or very well, though, until you re-crease all your folds. (Do not take the box apart. You do this as it is, in box form.) When you are done, your box’s shape should hold well. It is paper, though, so if it makes you nervous or if your box is acting up, feel free to tape the corners. (I did not do that because I wanted to put mine in a corner of a drawer [hard surfaces] and next to other things that would hold it in place–like another box.)

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7. Decorate!

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Overall

These boxes work great as bedside trays, desk bins, and drawer dividers. They can hold a surprising amount of items. However, if you want a bigger size, use bigger paper.

I love that they are so resourceful, helpful, and customize-able! What do you think?

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How to Get Rid of Telemarketers–According to my Grandparents!

  1. Pretend to be sick (fake vomiting makes the lie come alive and scares salespeople off)
  2. Pretend to be going out the door.
  3. If they are calling for you, tell them you are out and take a message. (Monique? Now that you want to sell me something, my name seems to have changed.)
  4. “What is the name of your organization so that I can report you to the FCC?” (Only applicable if you are on the ‘do not call’ list and the organization does not have the authority to call you.)

How to Win an Argument

***This applies to person-person arguments as well as to essays***

  • Come up with points/reasons and evidence/examples to back up your argument beforehand (if possible)
    • Check to make sure your argument is supported or reasonable
  • Think through possible counterarguments beforehand (if possible)
  • Do NOT point fingers–EVER (this causes the opposing side to get defensive)
    • No swearing at the opposing side
    • No praising yourself/saying “I’m right” (this includes using an arrogant tone)
    • No calling the opposing side names
    • Use “I statements”
      • I feel _____ when you _____
      • I found ______ on a website called ____ that states _____
  • Listen to the opposing person’s side without interrupting them and hear them out (even if you disagree)
    • Listening does NOT mean not letting them talk. It means comprehending the words they are speaking and trying to see things from their perspective.
  • Make your point and then leave the conversation/stop talking (if the opposing side continues to talk, listen but do not respond; let them have the last word [you “won”, but DO NOT have that mindset, because that is ARROGANT and will NOT help you])
  • If the person continues to argue with you later on, do NOT engage. Possible responses include but are not limited to:
    • “I already made my point and you made yours. We obviously still disagree so let’s agree to disagree.”
    • “I already made my point and I do not think you are really listening to me. I look forward to conversing with you when you do.”
  • Be confident by knowing ahead of time what how you will react in any given scenario (assuming they cuss you out, point fingers, etc.) 

How to Make PowerPoint Presentations Interesting

Not only is public speaking nerve-racking, which makes appearing confident difficult, but on top of that, we have to somehow make a PowerPoint presentation interesting. Impossible? Luckily not.
1) Put minimal to no text on the slides. Pictures are your friends!

You are using flash cards as a resource so that you avoid reading off of your PowerPoint. What better way to reinforce that goal than to completely remove the text? In addition, if you have a lot of text on your slides, your audience will be overwhelmed and automatically bored, and if you have minimal text on your slides, your audience will focus on reading it instead of listening to you. The best way to keep your audience engaged and to appear knowledgeable is to include a one to three pictures on each slide that represent what you will talk about; that way, your audience will understand the direction of your slide while also being able to fully listen to what you have to say.

2) Say more than what is on your slides.

Hopefully, you have no text on your slides; however, even if you have a few short bullet points, this point still applies: ALWAYS say more than the words (if any) included on your slides. By doing this, you convey a sense of preparedness. Also, often having ample room (as compared to a digital square) to explain a topic naturally pushes you to write more (include more facts and ideas than would have fit on the slide)–making for a more informative presentation.

3) No white backgrounds.

If you are like me, white backgrounds are your friends because the color white helps you focus on the words and pictures decorating the slide. However, most people are not like this. White backgrounds are boring and often cause people to doze off–so either choose a solid color, a theme, or choose a picture background!

4) Incorporate transitions.

I actually hate this point because I view transitions as “so middle school.” However, transitions animate the presentation and are much more exciting to watch than the split-second switching of slides.

5) Everything is purposeful.

What the heck does this mean? Everything that comes out of your mouth should relate to the topic. Your titles should be short yet meaningful (a theme, person’s name, etc.). The included pictures should directly relate to the main points of that specific slide that you will talk about. There should NOT be an excess of text, pictures, or even what you say. My recommendation is to not talk longer than two minutes on each slide–or you may start to lose your audience!

Here is an example of one of my own PowerPoint slides:

(I used a website called Powtoons.com–as the logo in the bottom right-hand corner shows–and luckily I was able to record my voice instead of present live, but I still wrote a script and followed all the tips!)

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Good luck on your PowerPoint presentation!

How to Talk w/ Class in Modern Society

How do you impress a college or job interviewer? How about an adult? Or how do you change your speech to be sophisticated without changing who you are?

Believe it or not, this can be done with three steps:

  1. Stop swearing.
  2. Stop using filler words such as ‘like,’ ‘um,’ ‘you know,’ ‘yeah,’ ‘so,’ and ‘and.’
  3. Utilize basic communication skills

Swearing

It is not so much the words as the meanings associated with them. Even if you think the words are funny or see no harm in them, other people do. In our society, swearing is trashy. Only people who have no control use these words; do not be one of them. Not swearing automatically gives you class and causes adults as well as people your own age to take you seriously. This will be hard to do if you have a habit, but the best thing you can do for yourself is catching yourself every time you say a bad word and re-say the same sentence without the word, even if it means structuring the sentence differently. If you have to, replace the bad word with a harmless word (this makes you funny); but, eventually, you need to get rid of it.

Filler Words

Certain filler words are more prominent in different places (for example, ‘like’ is often used in California), but they are low-level. If you do not know what a filler word is, it is a word that fills in the sentence where your brain does not. So, when you are talking fast (or even slowly), your brain will use these words to fill in the time it takes you to think of the next word you want to use. When you do not recognize this pattern and continue to use these words, it becomes a habit just like swearing. How do you break this habit? Simple: Be aware of the words you are saying to avoid using those words, and when your brain tells you to recite ‘um,’ breathe instead. You will be surprised how well this works.

Basic Communication Skills

This may seem offensive, but I am just being honest. How many people do you know that scroll on Instagram or text their mom while you are talking? But there are other problems as well. I will not list these, but I will tell you what you should do: Make eye contact and try not to break it, smile, indicate you are listening (nod head, say ‘yeah,’ etc.), use facial expressions while talking and listening, move your hands naturally while talking, uncross your arms. Doing these things will communicate effort and positive energy to the recipient. Once implementing these into your unconscious movements, you will become more likable and, of course, classy.

These are general tips. Obviously, there are many other things you can do to improve your speech,  but I wanted to make this a short and simple yet effective process for you. Let me know if you would like more tips and I will write another list. Also, note: I am not perfect and make mistakes myself, but I live by these rules as goals and think they should be goals everyone has. Thank you for your time!

How To: Fruit Bowl (QUICK & EASY!)

Need something quick and easy for breakfast or a snack? Follow my super simple tutorial on how to make a fruit bowl. (FILMED IN REAL TIME)

I hope you enjoyed that video I put together. I have been liking making videos lately and plan on making more in the future. So, if you want to see more content from me, feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEX6QGxcHgkN50XpVcdL20A). If you have any requests for this blog or my youtube channel, please feel free to fill out the contact form and I will seriously consider it. As always, thank you for your time and have a great day!

DIY Day w/ Claudia

After my best friend revealed to me that she enjoys DIYs (which I never learned about her from the 5 years I have known her), I got excited. I suggested a DIY day and she agreed, helping me brainstorm and plan aloud. Within the next few weeks, we individually bought supplies and then finally came together to put together the masterpieces we saw in our heads. Here are the specific DIYs we did (all super easy and quick by the way), instructions on how to do them, and how our DIYs turned out:
1) Sharpie-on-porcelain
Draw whatever you want on an oven-safe, white plate/tray/cup/etc., then bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes to make it permanent. I decorated my plate in 2 minutes because I did not bake it (I am not going to eat off of mine; I am going to use it to put headbands in).
2) Glitter Candle Votives
Put painters tape wherever you do not want the glitter and paper on the inside of the votive so that the glue will not get inside. Then spray the outside and shake glitter over it. Let dry for at least an hour before taking the tape off and the paper out.
3) Stencils & Fabric Paint on Shirts/Purse
This is pretty self-explanatory.
4) Painted Flower Pot
Also self-explanatory. Be creative!
5) Scattered Magazine Canvas/Collage
You can make mod podge with glue and water–just make sure it is not totally watery! After that put glue under the magazine cutouts, you want as well as on top (do not forget the edges). You can even paint on top of it (after the mod podge dries) like I did or keep it as is like Claudia did.
Thank you for reading and hopefully you found some easy and fast projects that interested you! I know I did not explain everything in depth but that is because you really do not need directions for these because they are so easy. Anyway, Claudia and I filmed a time lapse and took some pictures and I put it together in the video below. Make sure to subscribe and thank you for your time!

How to Pick a Partner in High School

Let us be honest: it is hard to find the right person in high school. I have never had a boyfriend before, but I definitely know some universal qualities that every girl looks for in a guy. Also, I am an outside perspective and that can be really helpful if you are dazed by a guy’s looks–and do not worry about that; it happens to the best of us. Although every guy at your school may seem like a jerk, try to look for these qualities and maybe you will find the right guy for you. Note that I am going to be writing these in steps and not bullet points, so hopefully it is easy for you to follow along. In addition, these are NOT steps on how to get a guy/girl to like you. This is how to pick someone to advance on who is right for you.
1) Look for someone who is frequently around you 
It is scientifically proven that you are more likely to be attracted to someone whom you are around a lot. That goes both ways. But it is also easier to be with someone whom you are around all the time because it does not take a lot of effort to hang out with them, and that is something you absolutely need in a relationship. Maybe this person eats lunch by you every day or is in your math class. It does not matter what it is, as long as there is some (reasonably long) period of time where you two see each other every day or every other day.
2) Observe from afar to decide if he/she meets your standards
Things you may want to look for include: Is he/she kind? Does he/she take school seriously? Does he/she have a good sense of humor? Does he/she drink or smoke? Is he a gentleman/she a lady (in a non-sexist way)? Is he/she friendly? One that I have to ask myself each time because it is so important to me is if he(/she) is mature. But honestly just figure out whatever you need to in order to decide if he/she is a good fit for you. However, I would not advise stalking him/her online or in person.
3) Ask yourself if you are naturally attracted to them
It is okay if you are not. Attraction cannot be forced, but it is easy to convince yourself you like someone if you really want to. You need to really look for someone that is going to best fit your needs but also someone that you are attracted to. That is the whole point of having a relationship: being with someone you are attracted to. So, if you decide he/she is a bad person or you just do not like him/her, go back to step one. There is no problem with that. However, do not immediately dismiss them. Maybe give it a week or two and really see what they are about and you may decide that you really do like him/her. If not, that is okay too.
4) Go for it!
My best advice would be to become friends with them first. That way you can test the waters while you also find out more about them. Sometimes the person on the outside is very different from the person on the inside. Go with your gut and listen to your heart. Good luck!
I hope this helped you in any way, shape, or form. These steps may seem obvious, but some people–like me–like to see or hear them even though we know them already. Others may have no idea where to start. Also remember that everything I write is opinionated and open for discussion if you so desire. One Youtuber that can give you tips and tricks on how to get a guy to like you or how to tell if a guy likes you, etc. is Kimberly Moffit. I highly recommend checking out her channel because she is a certified relationship therapist, a doctor of psychology, and her videos are very helpful. Have a great rest of your day and remember to contact me if you have any questions or requests. Thank you for your time.