One of the most important things I wanted to do before baby arrived was cross off some of those long-standing ‘to-do’ items. They consisted mainly of things that I wanted to do but weren’t pressing like hanging curtains, changing out a light fixture and hanging pictures.
When it came to hanging pictures, I had bought a bunch of frames from Ikea over a year ago, but had yet to get them hung. I wanted to do a picture wall grouping and was not looking forward to how long it would take me to figure everything out. But then a friend who works in design gave me the best advice for hanging them and I wanted to share it with you! Some of you will likely be familiar with this technique, but I had never heard about it and thought it was fantastic – it easily saved me a couple of hours of work and, more importantly, frustration!
Basically, the best way to do a wall grouping is to start with a large sheet of paper. Place your frames on the paper in the layout that you want to use, then trace their outlines.
Next, tape the paper to the wall where you want to hang the items. I was able to easily measure out where the middle of the wall was and used a level to ensure the paper was straight.
From there, hammer the nails directly into the wall through the paper. Be sure to note where on the frames the nails will sit. If you’re using wire to hang them, make sure you take note of where the string will sit once the nails are in.
Once all of the nails are in, pull the paper off the wall and hang your photos!
It was so simple and easy and took less than half an hour from start to finish! And, because I saved so much time on this project, I was able to tackle even more items on my to-do list! It also meant one less thing for my husband to do, so I could put him to work elsewhere 😉
Always remember that organizing isn’t always about clearing the clutter – sometimes it’s about ridding yourself of the weight of unfinished projects, whether it’s finally completing them or, in some cases, just letting them go.