Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm back...and I've moved!

So I accidentally took a two year break, but I'm back and you can find me {here} now!

I would love for you to come visit my new site and check out what has been going on in my life. Which is basically just a lot of cuddling with this guy...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Greeting Card Organization

My latest project has been creating a craft closet in our office. I had a dresser in our guest room that wasn't being used and decided to paint and move it into the office to store all of my craft and office supplies. You will get to see the finished product next week, but I thought I would show you one of the things I've created in the process. 

I LOVE snail main and I aspire to be the kind of person that sends cards to people on their birthday and other special occasions. The problem is finding the right one considering they are kind of scattered all over our house.

The remedy: I found a photo storage for $1.99 that happened to be the perfect size. I didn't realize it until I got home, but the dividers were included. Score! I created labels to divide the cards into three sections: blank, thank you, and birthday. I have another box ready to go when I come across different categories of cards I want to buy. (i.e. get well soon, sympathy, happy anniversary)

You can see the color I chose for the's a little bold, but I love it. I can't wait to show you the finished project next week. There's that and the launch of my Etsy shop and The Orderly Planner!!! Exciting things happening over here. Thank you for sticking with me through the last few weeks as things have been a little slow.

Happy Organizing!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

31 Days To An Orderly Home: Days 21-31

Good news…my camera is back and in working condition. Whew!!!

What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been around here! And for that reason, I will be lumping days 21-31 all into one post.

Days 21, 22, 23, and 24 stopped me in my tracks. It felt like such a big area to cover in just a few days. I managed to get rid of 38 items of clothing and straighten up our bedroom, bathroom, and closets. I feel like there is more that I can get rid of, but I didn’t take the time to try on all my clothes like I usually do when I go through my closet.

Day 25 I spent straightening up our backyard and getting rid of a few dead plants. (I’m the worst…literally the worst at gardening.)

Days 26, 27, 28 were spent organizing and cleaning up some of my folders on our computer. I try to do this once every few months to keep this task from becoming too overwhelming.

I tackled the living room on Day 29 and was able to get rid of two more items!

Day 30, I climbed up in the attic and went through our holiday supplies. I didn’t end up getting rid of anything but it was nice to get inventory of what I had for the upcoming holidays and what I still need to purchase.

Day 31 was my choice so I decided to go through and organize my Pinterest boards. It took a while, but I am so happy to have that done! I added a few new categories and separated my recipe boards into more specific categories. I also went through and deleted a lot of old pins.

In theory, 31 Days to An Orderly Home sounded great. But things come up and stuff needs to get done and I found it hard to tackle such large spaces in just one day.  You live and you learn. I did, however, take the opportunity to get rid of 78 items. Yay!!! Not quite my goal, but still…we have 78 less things in our house and that feels good. I will still look back to my list as a guide to purging and getting rid of things around our entire house. Next time though, I will give myself more time to tackle each area.

How did you do?!

Monday, October 21, 2013

31 Days To An Orderly Home: Day 20

Our office closet is the one space in our house that for the life of me I CANNOT keep clean. It needs to be organized but in the meantime, I am using it to store my husband’s drums until we can find something more permanent for those. I straightened things up to make room and it went from this:

to this:

I can’t wait to get in there and organize but I want to plan things out before I dive into it. This solution will buy some time until I’m ready to do that.

Happy Organizing!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

31 Days To An Orderly Home: Day 19

Happy Saturday! 

While I was cleaning out our guest room, I had to find a spot for all the stuff that was in there so it ended up in the office. It looked like this when I started cleaning this morning:

Confession of the Day: I'm 25 and own all four twilight books. #sorryi'mnotsorry

Ahhhh! Why does this stress me out so much? I wish I were one of those people that didn't let messes bother them.

After 30 minutes, it began looking much better!

It is such a relief to have our two "extra" rooms be so clean. Now I get to start the fun part and begin organizing!!! And, possibly paint the ugly tan walls.

Friday, October 18, 2013

31 Days To An Orderly Home: Days 16,17 & 18

For the past three days, I've have slowly been going through everything in our guest room. I had a mountain pile of stuff I finally brought back from my parents house, plus all of my husband's drums and guitars. This door remains closed because I get stressed out every time I walk by.

 It was fun to go through pictures, yearbooks, and other keepsakes. I wasted a lot of time but I felt like it was necessary so I knew what I had. I ended up throwing away two trash bags of items and donated 13 items (38 out of a hundred, so far).

And, after...

Much better. The floor has nothing but furniture on it!!!

Here is the guest closet before:


It looks messier, but all that stuff had to go somewhere and I would rather it be behind closed doors. Since I'm technically not organizing, just going through things, I will be brainstorming how I can organize this closet later on.

And lastly, the guest bathroom:





It feels so good to have everything clean and put up. Well, besides all the stuff I moved into the office...

 That will make Days 19 & 20 fun. Whoops!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Playing Catch Up

This day has just slipped away from me so I will be back tomorrow with days 16, 17, and 18!.I am making some progress on the guest room but still have some more to do before I'm ready to show it to you guys. Anybody else as happy as I am that tomorrow is FRIDAY!?
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