9 Tips to Being BFFs with Your Mom

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Is your mom your best friend or your  enemy? Do you argue constantly and can’t seem to get along? Your mom can be the coolest person you know and can sometimes become the person you don’t ever want to talk to again. Believe it or not there are ways to improve the relationship with your mom and make it much better!

Sometimes it might seem that your mom doesn’t understand your problems or what you’re feeling. How could your mom know what you’re going through if there isn’t any communication? The truth is that she most likely DOES know what you’re going through.

Instead of seeing your mom as a MOM, try viewing her as what she was before she became your mom. At a point in her life she was just like you, she was your age once, she went through fights with her friends and even had her heart broken too! If you really think about it, she’s your best candidate when it comes to advice!

Of course, your mom isn’t always going to know what is going on in your life although most of the time she has a pretty good idea. How will she understand your problems? It’s simple. Talk.

Talk – Communication is the key in any relationship. Easier said than done – right? Even when you feel shy or embarrassed about a problem you may have your mom is there to help you out! Talk to her like a friend after all she isn’t just your mom but she is also your friend. The hardest thing to do is to start so as soon as you start talking it becomes easier! But how do you approach your mom? Here are a few helpful tips.

Tip 1: Know Your Goal in the Conversation

The experts at WebMD recommend that you think about the goal of the conversation first. Whether it’s advice, asking permission to go somewhere or even bad news, know what you want from the conversation. Practice how and what you will say to make it easier for both you and your mom.

Tip 2: Make Small Talk

Try to have small talk about anything. In fact, it can be a sport you play, her cooking, or the cat. By having small talk everyday it allows you to have a connection and it makes it much easier to have a conversation. “Definitely communicate with your mom on a daily basis and maybe do something for them because I think sometimes we don’t realize how much they do for us,” says Kimberly Apodaca, 17.

“Try to open up, ask her about her day just have little conversations with your mom,” adds Sabrina Portillo, 18.

Tip 3: Right Time and Place

Find the right time and place at home, like in your favorite room, can help ease the situation. If you have to try to talk to your mom and it’s bad news, it’s not the best to say it while she’s in a rush to work. Don’t bring it up at a party or at a time when your mom is distracted (like talking on the phone).

Tip 4: Listen to your Parents Speak

What your parents have to say may not be what you wanted to hear. But you wouldn’t want your mom to storm out the room when you have something say, right? Give each other time while talking in order to process. Being patient and understanding can make a huge difference!

Tip 5: Talk to Another Adult

It may be hard to have a conversation with your mom, but there are other adults that can help with the situation. Perhaps talking with an aunt or a counselor can even help you talk to your mom. If you feel that your mom won’t understand you even after trying to talk to her, simply remind her that you are trying and that you want to work thinks out.

Tip 6: Give Each Other Space

Sometimes it’s not the talking that’s the issue, it’s the arguing. In the heat of the moment sometimes we say things we don’t mean, which means having  shouting match with your mom can lead to someone getting their feelings hurt. Give each other space to calm down and avoid saying hurtful things to each other. When asked what to do when she argues with her mom, Sabrina agrees that giving each other space eases the situation.

Tip 7: Apologize

Arguing and raising your voice isn’t always the best feeling in the world. If you try to get your point across in a calm way and give each other space, it gives both your mom and you time to think. Once you really think about what you said or what the real problem is, it becomes much easier to talk and try to fix the issue. Remember to STOP. THINK. AND APOLOGIZE. A sincere apology at the end of an argument always eases things and makes room for understanding.

Does this “closeness” happen overnight? No, of course not! It’s a process just like with anyone else.

Tip 8: Put Yourself in Her Shoes

At a time when the problems may only be yours, try to think about your mom and put yourself in her shoes. Kimberly gives a piece of advice: “Try to understand your mom’s point of view and if you don’t agree on certain things reason with them, that doesn’t mean throwing a tantrum when you don’t get your way.”

Tip 9: Show Appreciation

Above all showing your mom you care is important. Sometimes they need a simple ‘thank you’ to show you care. “Appreciate your mother; It’s always the small things that you do with your mom that count, like small jokes you have between each other or just showing your mamá some love,” says Kimberly.

Sabrina also adds that as she has gotten older, her mom has become more of a friend. “I can tell her most things that happen to me and I gossip with her,” she says.

Trying to be close with your mom can be a challenge, but ultimately that’s what she probably also wants. If you ever seem to struggle to understand her something you can always do is put yourself in HER shoes. Think what you would say or do if you had a daughter. It’s not always easy being a mom; seeing her daughter grow up and become a young independent lady can be challenge, too. Make your mom your best friend and not your worst enemy.

18 Things to Do Before You Turn 18

10974162_390886677749379_2469496210793465877_oAdulthood is relative, some people have to grow up very young and start to have many responsibilities as a 40 year old person. And some of us are really lucky and we get our time to adapt to this new stage of our life. If you’re like me and you’re about to finish high school and haven’t started working or going to college, or if you really know how to manage your time, you need to do these 18 things before you get all caught up in the new things that will come to your life.

1. Go on a road trip with your best friends

This is something that you really should do, a road trip is an amazing experience that you need to do at least once. With this experience you’ll learn how awesome it is to travel with the people you love (outside your family), probably get to see so many different places and observe things in a way that you haven’t done before, and will be able to things that you don’t normally do.

2. Go camping and sleep under the stars

Whether you would like to do this alone or with someone else, camping sets you free. You get a day/night without technology and a place to appreciate what nature has given you.

3. Eat exotic food

Eat food from another country, as I read on the internet “food that you don’t know how to pronounce.” Even if it’s some simple drink to a fancy dish or a weird combination of food. Trying new food makes you aware that not everything in the world is the same. Not everyone shares the same food traditions and recipes. Even if you don’t like the food, you’ll get a good story about how the food gave you food poisoning or it was so spicy that your mouth felt like it was on fire.

4. Go to a music festival

The energy and the intensity of going to a music festival is indescribable; you see all kinds of people, outfits, music and everything! You get to meet new people and listen to great music. Music festivals are an amazing experience because of the different environment.

5. Make new goals

This is the time to set new goals for your future, whether these goals are academic, financial, of relationships or self improvement; being open to change and to accomplish new things says that this person is not stuck on the same and wants to become someone better. Life is about this, always moving forward and trying to do something good with our existence.

6. Learn to play an instrument

Taking the time and patience to learn how to play a new instrument will give you some tools to take advantage in the future; playing an instrument is not just because you want a future in the music industry, it can be as a stress reliever, it increases your memory capacity, enhances your coordination and it’s something you can do when you’re bored!

7. Learn the basics of a new language

Or learn a new language! This will not only help you when you’re trying to get a job, because it looks good on a resumé, this also helps you for when you get the chance to get out of the country and you can communicate better with the people living on it. Learning a new language is really fun and it gives an opportunity to explore another culture.

8. Do nothing for a whole day

Yes, even if this sounds silly and really easy to do, your mind and body will appreciate this because you get the most amazing day to rest and to enjoy doing nothing; just watch a movie or TV show marathon, play video games all day long or just sleep for 24 hours. Because once you grow up, you won’t get as many lazy days as you used to.

9. Do Something Nice For A Stranger

Buy food for a homeless person, give out money to charity, smile to people, hold the door for someone, give a compliment, whatever it’s fine! These actions can change someone’s day or even their lives! Doing something good for someone can be pleasing for you as well!

10. Start to work out

I know it’s not like a fantastic thing to do before you hit the 20s but this will do great things to your body and mind. Staying healthy and in good shape gives you a better life quality and probably add years to your life and of course, it boosts up your confidence.

11. Make a new friend

Making friendships is really important, that bond is so different and unique and at this age (and at every other age) we need someone to share our best and worst moments with. Someone new to have inside jokes with, someone to laugh and cry at the same time, someone to tell your life story to — who knows, they might even become your best friend. Making new friends doesn’t stop in high school.

12. Get a makeover

Reinvent yourself, do something good for you and/or for your image. Change is always good and giving yourself a change will make you feel different. Want to try that cute new hairstyle? Do it!

13. Learn about your heritage/ family history.

Ask your grandparents/ great grandparents about your family, any good things or events that marked your family, or just listen to them and their stories. They have so much to share with you, pay attention to them and they’ll open up to you.

14. Volunteer on a non profit 

Join an organization that does something good for the community, besides doing your good deeds, it’s a good way to spend your time and energy because it’s a positive thing to do for you and others. Plus, you get to meet new people and retrieve a little of what life has given to you.

15. Make a scrapbook of all the special moments that you had

Take pictures, write something on them, keep your movie/concert tickets and special things and paste them in a scrapbook. Or save a shoe box or cookies box with memorable items. Years later you’ll look back at it and be thankful that you kept all of those things.

16. Start a journal

Write every day; a simple verse, a meaningful quote, anything! Write something that happened to you that day and keep writing every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s something short, at the end of the journal/ year read a few pages and see how much you’ve changed.

17. Ride a “dangerous” roller coaster

Not dangerous “Final Destination” type; a super big/tall roller coaster that you may be afraid of. Those that make your stomach twist; get on one and defeat the fear of heights and feel the adrenaline. Plus, you’ll have a cool story to tell to your friends/ family.

18. Write a letter to your future self

Write the things you want to tell your future-you; what you expect of her and things you are sure you’ve already accomplished. Tell her that you need to be happy and achieve everything you want in life, tell her silly things about her that she surely doesn’t remember and needs to; some memories, weird habits, and even a photo! Open that letter in 5-10 years and see what has come true and what has changed about you.

Step out of your comfort zone! Even if you don’t plan to do any of these 18 points, do something that you think is fun or different. Your future-self will look back and thank you for taking risks and having fun.

Girl Talk: Becoming a Chica Poderosa

I don’t often think of myself as a powerful woman. It usually takes some reminder, like Latinitas asking me to guest blog, for me to take a step back (away from doubts, insecurities, and tasks that occupy my mind) and say, “Hey, you know what? I am a chica poderosa.” So that would be my first piece of advice to all of us: realize that each and every one of us is powerful, and don’t let yourself forget it. Remind yourself constantly. Take time to really appreciate it and think about what that means. So, how do you know that you’re a chica poderosa? Make a list and find out. Just like the one I’ve made below.

“I am a chica poderosa because _______.”

For me, I am a chica poderosa because ……

  1. I haven’t let failures stop me from pursuing my dreams. Sometimes that means I’m persistent. Sometimes that means I change directions. But either way, I keep going.
  2. As my mom has told me since I was little, I am una mujer de recursos. Being resourceful does not mean you always have every answer at your fingertips; it means you’re curious and driven to find it.
  3. Taking small steps equal big goals. Nothing happens overnight. I believe in working hard for the things I want—day after day after day—in small, doable ways. You know how we’re always surprised how fast a month, a year, or even a decade can pass? You’ll be surprised how fast small steps add up to big achievements.
  4. I am not fearless. (But I don’t let my fears stop me.)
  5. When someone tries to make me feel bad about myself, I remember that only I can give them the power to make me feel less-than. Don’t give them the power.

Your turn. What does your list look like?

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novel Chasing the Sun. Born in Lima, Peru, she came to the US at age 4 and grew up in South Florida, where she studied Creative Writing at the University of Miami. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @NataliaSylv or visit her at nataliasylvester.com.

DIY: The Flower Edition

The weather is warming up, which means spring is around the corner. Our club chicas are helping us redecorate the office with this cute, fun DIY projects — just in time for spring!

Bouquet Flower Card circleflowercard

Materials:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

1)    The first step is to cut out nine circles in different colors. There should be three groups of circles: small, medium, and large.

2)    Next, glue them together. You should have three different circles that have four circles glued together.

3)    Next,  get another color paper of your choice, just a small piece, and roll it to make the stalk for the paper flowers.

4)   Then, use tape to attach each of the flowers to its stalk. Be sure to staple the flowers together so that there is one group of three flowers.

5)    Fold another colored paper entirely in half to make the card, and use another small different colored paper to make the pocket. Once the pocket is ready you will be able to insert the flower bouquet.

 

Tissue Flower tissue flower

Materials:

  • Kleenex tissue paper
  • Markers
  • Bobby Pins

1) The first step is to fold the Kleenex into an accordion fold.

2) Next, put a bobby pin in the center of the Kleenex tissue once it is folded already into an accordion.

3) Then, cut off the ends.

4)    Next, color the ends of the Kleenex with the color of your choice.

5) For the last step, start unfolding the Kleenex petal by petal and you will have your flower you can make several flowers if you like.

 

Rose bookmark

Materials:

  • Heart Template for flower
  • Colored construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon

1)    The first step is to cut out the heart four times.

2)    The next step is for each rose to cut out four hearts from scrapbook paper.

3)    Then turn one of hearts upside down so that it looks like one of the center petals of a rose bud. Then, use glue to stick the top of a pipe cleaner stem in its place.

4)    Next, place a second heart on top of the first one with glue. With your fingertips, curl the tips of the hearts.

5)    Next, fold the remaining two hearts in half vertically, fold the rounded sides of the hearts backwards, and then fold down the tips.

6)    Finally, put the sides of the center between the folded hearts using glue so that they stay in place.

 

Have your own DIY projects to share? Send ideas to editor@latinitasmagazine.org. 

DIY Lip Balm

Keeping track of little tubes of lip balm can prove to be difficult for many during these cold and dry winter months — in reality, keeping a lip balm for a year can be a challenge. If you’re tired of buying a new lip balm every so often, or even want to try something new, you can make your own. Making a batch of this easy-to-make lip balm can save money and can be a fun way to spend an afternoon or make cute personal gifts for your friends.

Ingredients and Materials:

  • 4 tbs coconut oil (this can be purchased at any grocery store)
  • 3 tbs shae butter, or petroleum jelly (available at craft stores or health food stores)
  • 1 tbs shaved beeswax (available at craft stores)
  • Microwave safe bowl and stirring utensil
  • Container to hold lip balm (bottle caps, old containers, or even the travel size small container from your local store)

Instructions:
1. Mix these ingredients in a microwave safe bowl

2. Microwave mixture in 30 second intervals until completely melted. This will give you the base for your lip balm.

After this you can basically play and experiment with different ingredients depending on what kind of lip balm you want. You can add a drop of peppermint extract if you want a minty lip balm (or any kind of extract oil), or some powdered make-up for color (kool-aid will sometimes work).

Once you are done mixing in any additional ingredients in your lip balm mixture, pour the mixture into a small container (or several if you are gifting it). Once the mixture is in a small container, place it in the fridge for a couple of hours until it hardens.

DIY Gift Ideas

If you want to give a thoughtful gift on a budget, a do-it-yourself project is a great way to show you care. Here are some tips on making your own gifts at a lower price:
“I Love You a Latte” (Decorated Coffee Mug)

DIYMug

You’ll need: A plain colored mug of your choice and oil based sharpie markers of any color
Steps: Decorate the mug any way you’d like with the markers, you can write your name, a silly joke, draw flowers, dinosaurs, hearts, or even write your name on them. Use your imagination, go wild! After you’ve finished your masterpiece, place your mug in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Make sure to have an adult supervision when using the oven. After the 45 minutes have passed, you can carefully take them out and there you go, a creative gift that will last forever!

Letter Photography

DIYPhotoLetter
You’ll need: Big wooden Letter, mod podge, brushes, scissors, and photographs
Steps: First cut out the pictures you want to use in the letter in the exact shape of the letter, and find the spot you want to place them in. Then put mod podge all over the letter, make sure to fill it all in, then place the pictures carefully accordingly to where you want them placed. After you have placed the pictures, put mod podge all over the pictures once more, wait 10 minutes while they dry and then put a second layer of mod podge. Put a third layer, just to make sure everything is glued on right. Afterwards, wait about 20 minutes to make sure everything is perfect and then you have a beautiful photographed letter.

Poetry: Senses of Thanksgiving

5 Senses Thanksgiving Poem

Using their 5 senses, these Latinitas created awesome poems about Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving smells like an abundance of food
Thanksgiving sounds like lots of people talking
Thanksgiving looks like the colors of brown, yellow, orange and red
Thanksgiving feels like prayers and blessings
Thanksgiving tastes like turkey
~Angelica

On Thanksgiving, I tastes like turkey
Thanksgiving looks like fall colors
Thanksgiving feels like hugs
Thanksgiving sounds like singing
~Carol

Thanksgiving tastes like turkey and bacon
Thanksgiving looks like the brown and orange
Thanksgiving smells like a turkey in the oven
Thanksgiving sounds like neighbors
Thanksgiving feels like love and happiness
~Marely

Thanksgiving smells and tastes like turkey
Thanksgiving sounds like laughter
Thanksgiving looks like a family reunion
Thanksgiving feels like love
~Valeria

In Thanksgiving it smells like the fresh turkey on the dinner.
Thanksgiving looks like the beautiful fall with pine cones with the colorful colors.
Thanksgiving feels like warm comfy pajamas.
Thanksgiving sound like the “mmm” of my family.
Thanksgiving tastes like sweet mashed potato.
~Jackie

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving smells like turkey.
Thanksgiving looks like family having fun.
Thanksgiving feels like warm hugs.
Thanksgiving sounds like family laughing.
Thanksgiving tastes like good food in a good night and happy day.
~Ashley

On Thanksgiving, the family unites and we make ensalada de fruta y bombomes
It smells like fruit and marshmallow salad
I hear my family talking
The colors are orange, yellow and brown
We watch movis
We eat turkey and ham and salad
~Etmi

Thanksgiving smells like pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving tastes like turkey.
Thanksgiving feels like family united.
Thanksgiving sounds like parrots talking.
Thanksgiving looks like colorful.
~Rossana

In Thanksgiving I smell turkey and pie.
I look at the turkey on the table.
I touch the turkey.
I hear people talking.
I taste the delicious turkey.
~Leslie

Thanksgiving smells like apple pies and turkey baking
Thanksgiving sounds like laughter and conversations
Thanksgiving looks like falling leaves and tables full of family
Thanksgiving feels like family, love, gratitude and blessings
Thanksgiving tastes like turkey, yams, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes
~Alicia

Latinas and Spoken-Word Poetry

Spoken-word poetry, also known as slam poetry, is a type of poetic expression written and performed for an audience. Because they are performed, the poets tend to focus on the rhythm, musicality, and emotional impact of their poems. This type of poetic expression has been weaved into the American arts scene since the 1980s when open-mic performances in cafes became popular in big cities across the nation. Since then, spoken-word poetry has grown in popularity, giving rise to annual competitions such as the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. These competitions attract hundreds of people from all different backgrounds and who have very different experiences and outlooks on life. What brings these poets share in common is that they each have a story to tell and a voice to be heard.

Spoken-word poetry is known for being appealing to people of  different cultures, age groups, and educational backgrounds because it does not necessarily have a scripted style. A slam poem is what the writer wants it to be. With this in mind, we can then turn to the question, What role might spoken-word poetry play in the life of a Latina girl?

“I think spoken-word poetry attracts each Latina’s generation differently. For example, my mother was the first to come to this country with only an elementary educational background…for her the art may be beautiful, but sometimes she’ll question the boldness of the topic I choose to speak on,” says 19-year-old poet Selena Martinez who has been writing since she was 13.

Like many young spoken-word poets, Selena turns to poetry to express her feelings and thoughts about certain experiences in her life that have brought her grief, happiness, and even questions that seem unanswerable. Selena suggests that the generational differences within a Latino family are also something she has found worth speaking about because these differences can sometimes be marked as obstacles to overcome. She says, “[In] a household such as mine…men embraced the machismo and women stuck to the cultural norms. I think spoken-word is a way to help us evolve beyond those expectations to voice stories that [need] to be heard.”

Another young Latina poet, Sofi Chavez, age 19, acknowledges that she too looks to writing in order to makes sense of her life experiences. “[It] was amazing because I could turn something negative and sad into an experience that I was proud of, and something that I did for myself,” states Sofi as she reflects on her first open-mic performance, which revolved around a poem that was initially inspired by angry feelings. However, Sofi is proud that she is able to draw from these emotions and create something beautiful that others can appreciate as well.

When it comes to creative expression and performance, there is always the question of who or what can be identified as the inspiration. Both Selena and Sofi make it known that relatives of theirs originally inspired them to write and perform, for Selena it was her cousin and for Sofi, her sister. However, the situation varies for each young Latina writer. For instance, a great many young writers who have taken on spoken-word poetry have noted that they found out about this style of poetry mostly from peers and/or YouTube. It has come to the point where hundreds of videos of world-famous slam poem performances have been posted on YouTube and can be watched by virtually anyone. One Latina spoken-word poet whose YouTube videos have likely served as inspiration for countless Latina writers is Denice Frohman. Frohman began performing in college in the early 2000s and is best known for winning the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. A performance of Frohman’s poem “Accents” was recorded and uploaded onto YouTube, and this video alone has received over 180,000 views in the past two years. Latinas across the country have sung praises for Frohman and been inspired by the way she so boldly speaks about her culture and family.

Selena Martinez adds on a young adult’s perspective, commenting on the personal growth that one may experiences as a result of practicing spoken-word: “When people can challenge norms, propose unusual questions and express it with all their body, confidence begins to grow…your character transforms mentally, spiritually, and physically. There’s no way you’ll ever be the same person again.”

“Write even when you think you have nothing special to say…The only way you’ll get to the poem that you’re proud of is to practice,” advises Sofi, who acknowledges that she still has a lot to learn about writing and performing, but is not going to let that stop her from putting herself out there. It is evident that these women practice poetry not only to empower themselves but to send an empowering message to their audienceas well. Finding the strength in one’s voice is one of the main reasons why these women chose to practice spoken-word poetry and encourage others to do so.

The World of Poetry Slam

girl w/microphoneThe saying goes that the pen is mightier than the sword. Poetry slams take that concept pretty literally. A poetry slam is a battle of words and rhyme, all to win the hearts—and the high scores—of the judges.

Poetry slams started in Chicago in 1984. Since then, they have spread all over the United States and all over the world. Ireland holds the annual All Ireland Poetry Slam. Competitions can range from local open-signup events to national competitions where qualifying or an invitation may be required.

Regardless of the level of competition, the structure of slams stays pretty similar. Before the showcase begins, a few judges are randomly chosen from the audience. They will be responsible for assigning a score from 1 to 10 for each performer. The competitions are usually divided into rounds with a few poets being eliminated each time. The poets preform a poem that they have written, usually from memory. Poets have three minutes to impress the judges and going over the time will result in a penalty.

The poems and the poets are the real stars of these competitions. Poetry competitions allow them to show off their writing and their bravery to the entire audience. Slam poetry ranges is style and delivery but is made to be read out loud like a high-stakes version of spoken word. Poems can have the rhythm and rhymes of hip hop or they can be fast-spoken rants with emphasis and timing. Slam poetry is all about the delivery. Poetry topics can be political or emotional or just funny. They are usually inspired by life. Slam thrives off of everyone’s uniqueness.

Slam contestants cover a whole spectrum of ages. Recently there has been a rise of a youth poetry slam movement for young people only. Poetry can be an educational tool, a method of self-expression, and a confidence boost. The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam is on its 19th year in San Francisco. Spoken word and slam poetry is being taught in schools. Slam competitions and open mics are featured in television shows like ABC Family’s The Fosters. Teenagers share their poetry on YouTube for their followers and fans. There are many ways to get involved in the poetry slam world.

University of Texas at Austin student Arati Warrier, 21, has been a part of competitive poetry teams and competed in the Texas Grand Slam last year. She said poetry was always been a part of her life but slam opened up a new dimension of the art for her.

”Writing has always been an important tool for me to cope, vent, live,” Warrier said. “Slam poetry saved my life. To be able to share my work with a community, to watch poets get free on stage and to experience it myself, has been nothing short of religious experience for me.”

For Warrier, slam poetry is a safe place to be bold and explore her life through performance.

“It’s inspiring and cathartic to push my art forward with people who care and feel so deeply,” Warrier said.  “I’m lucky for everything spoken word and slam poetry has given me: better writing skills, empowering performances, and my best friends.”

With a strong following of poets and performers, poetry slams may be around for quite a while. New competitions are popping up in cities all of the time. It may be a relatively new art form, but it has a lot to offer.

DIY: Organizing your Jewelry

5502050-1Written by Priscilla Moctezuma

Accessorizing is a girl’s best friend! Organizing your cute jewelry doesn’t mean having to buy expensive containers. These DIY jewelry organizers are easy, simple, quick, and under $20.00 or less. It is fun and anyone can help you do it.

Necklace Organizer
This cute DIY  includes the use of power tools, so ask your parents or an adult for help!

Supplies:  1 Piece of wood, Acrylic Paint (choose a color) & Foam Brush, Drill, Sander, 10 hooks & 2 clips/latches

First, sand around the piece of wood with the sander — this includes the edges including the edges. Second, apply the acrylic paint with the foam brush on the wood of the desired color you’ve chosen. Next, allow the wood to dry. After the paint dries you can get creative and write a small quote on the top corner or you can always paint on a design. Third, you’ll need to drill in the 10 hooks in the middle or bottom. Just be sure you leave about ½ inch of space in between each hook to allow the necklaces to hang freely. Last, drill or hammer in the clips/latches at the back of the wood and hang it up!

Another necklace organizer — seriously, you can never have too many necklaces.

Supplies: Hammer, Curtain rod, Shower curtain hooks

This DIY is very simple and quick. First, you hammer in where you want to place your curtain rod. Second, put the shower curtain hooks on the rod and allow 1 inch of space in between each hook. Last, place necklaces on the heavier side of the hook to balance out. By the way, you could also use it as a bracelet organizer as well, just don’t add on the second step.

Earring Frame Organizer
Supplies: Picture Frame, Chicken Wire, and Picture Hanging Strips

First, buy a cheap, old picture frame and spray paint it the color you want it to be. Second, cut out the chicken wire to fit the frame. Then, put the chicken wire in first with the rest of the frame. Last, flip the picture frame over and stick on the picture hanging strips along the edges of the frame. Then,  stick it against the wall. Viola! You’ve created your very own earring organizer!

 Storage drawer Earring Organizer

Supplies: Plastic storage drawer, foam, and paint.

In this DIY, if you already own storage boxes, skip the first step. First, you will need to buy the amount of storage drawers you need to fit the amount of earrings you own. Second, cut the foam it to fit the size of the drawer and fill it in. Last, insert your earrings. Prefect way to sort your earrings.