Monday, April 7, 2014

new decor

I've been sick the last week and barely left the house so I decided to tackle my first Spring Cleaning goal of re-decorating our family room. We had one big chair in this space before and wanted something that provided more seating but took up less space. I found these chairs on Amazon and it was a perfect fit. 

One down... a few more to go

Monday, March 31, 2014

spring cleaning

Everybody's doing it, it's spring cleaning time.

I'm a little bit overwhelmed by spring cleaning and all of the LONG lists of what to do that I found on Pinterest. They don't all make sense for my home and life and it's just not feasible to get all of that done and done well. 

I've decided to make a goal list of the things that I need to do in my home after a long winter of my new life as a stay at home mom, lots of things took a back seat and need a revamp- to clean and to organize.

+Reese's closet
+Spare room
+Coffee cabinet
+Front & Back Patio
+New decor for family room 
+Playroom for Reese
+New cleaning schedule
+Clean blinds
+Clean range/oven
+Clean washer & dryer

I'll be conquering these things over the next few weeks. To start everything off, we just got our carpets cleaned and bought a new vacuum. Now I'm motivated!!

What are some of your spring cleaning goals? Join me in conquering them in the next few weeks? We can hold each other accountable.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

how i organize my...

I get asked all of the time how I organize different parts of my home. Every home is different and functions differently and I am a firm believer that each home should be organized the way that works best for the owner, but I also think sharing how things look in your home can spark ideas for others!

I found these bins at the Dollar Store... pretty great because I hate spending money on storage when I feel like it's not always necessary, just makes things look better.
My laundry room is upstairs and basically just holds my washer and dryer, so I have to find other spaces in my home to house things that I normally would put in a craft room or laundry room.  I do have 2 linen closets in my hallway upstairs so I use one of them as my space.

Here is how I organize my gift area:

Small boxes or bags for wrapping // ribbon // pre bough gifts for boys, girls and babies 
gift bags // tissue // tissue

My girlfriends make so much fun of me but I have never purchased a gift bag or tissue paper because I have kept all of it from showers, gifts, birthday and Christmas. {You know a gift is from me if the tissue paper isn't pressed perfectly}. I totally don't care though because I never have to pay for it!! 

How do you organize your gift wrapping area? 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

guest post for Southern Grade

Sharing a little bit about marriage, faith and being a new mom over here today. Stop by and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

closet organization

We should all be going through our closets at the change of every season. My sister and I do this for each other all of the time. I went over to her house this week to do some work!! We are bold with each other when it comes to this. You really need another eye and opinion. We don't need most of the clothes that we have and really end up wearing a small circle of items. Let's take things out and give it away to charity or a friend, think of the benefit others will have, not the loss that you think you will experience.

How we do it:

1. The owner goes through and takes out things she's unsure of. This could be:
a. things that may or may not be cute anymore 
b. things you haven't warn in the last 6 months
c. things that feel old and outdated or worn
d. things that you don't feel excited about putting on in the morning or feel beautiful in

2. The helper goes through and takes out items she questions. BE BOLD.

3. The owner goes through everything in the pile and tries on or says yes or no

4. You put back in your closet organized.

I like to organize my clothes by type of item.
Jackets, Cardigans, Sweaters, Button Ups, Long Sleeves, Short Sleeves & Tanks

I like all of my hangers to be the same type. It's a good thing to invest in to keep clothes fitting well.

Put all of your clothes in the same direction on the hanger

Sort shoes by type of shoe. To save space, put one shoe one direction and the other shoe the other direction. Shoe racks are always a good idea.

Happy organizing!!! 
Call me up and invite me over if you need help.
My friends will tell you that I'm honest ... right guys?

Monday, February 10, 2014

baby girl's room

This being my first baby, I wasn't quite sure what I needed to have around her room or where I should actually put it. After talking to friends, I organized everything before she was born the way that I thought best. Five months later I have for sure moved things around to make it work better for how we live in her space. I love her room and the way it turned out, it feels like us!

Some of my inspiration:

Some shots of her room:

How I organized:

I didn't want to purchase a lot of storage tools so I made do with what I had. I hope to show that can still have a place for everything without having to buy things or organize it in a way you could never re-create while actually living in the space.

Are you about to be a new mom? Do you have any specific questions about how to organize all of the stuff


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