Friday, October 9, 2015

Chalkboard Pantry Door Update!

The kitchen is the hub of our home, and probably for yours too! One of my favorite things in our kitchen is the pantry. I had never had a pantry before - I had a pretend one in our last house - but this house had an actual walk in pantry. It's not huge or anything, but it's the one place that holds ALL our food in the kitchen. My pantry door was fine. But, there were a few problems with it and I wanted to kick it up a notch or two - because I LOVE organizing and decorating!

BEFORE: back of door with organizer falling apart::

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Organizing Seasonal Clothing

I'm over here sweating in our 90+ degree weather this week here in Southern California and some of you on the east coast are floating away - we are longing for some rain, but wow! Well, I really don't ever have to change out my clothes for "seasons" since we are lucky to get a couple of weeks of chilly "winter-like" weather here. But, Jill, my professional organizer guest, definitely knows how to deal with changing out season clothing and keep it organized! 

Organizing Seasonal Clothing ::

Friday, October 2, 2015

My Favorite Organizing Tools

There are a lot of great tools and containers and places that I like to shop to get the BEST deal on organizing things - even cleaners that are all natural. I get asked a LOT where I buy things, so I have put together ALL those things in ONE place for you to go and check out! It's a work in progress so it will be updated constantly with all the products I use as I post and I will continually refer you to them! Click on the picture below or go to the Organizing Tools Page to see them. 

My Favorite Organizing Sites and Products ::

September is over.  School is in full swing. The weather has begun to cool down (a bit) and we are already thinking of getting organized for the holidays!  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to Easily {and Naturally} Clean a Diffuser or Humdifier

One of my favorite things is to use my diffuser for essential oils, making things smell nice and adding some ambience to our home among other things. I use several around the house and they get kind of yucky after awhile. I have found a simple and easy way to clean them and thought I'd share it with you - and this would easily work with a humidifier, as well.

How to Clean a Diffuser or Humidifier EASILY and with no scrubbing ::

Friday, September 25, 2015

How to Organize a Dresser Drawer of Clothes

To be quite honest with you, I do not believe that everyone must organize the same way or that your drawers have to look a certain way. But, I can at least show you a few ways that I organize my drawers and some other options to give you ideas that will work for you. 

How to Organize a Dresser Drawer of Clothes ::

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Perfectly Organized? What?

Have you ever looked at these beautiful magazine pictures, Pinterest photos, Instagram photos, and felt like you just couldn't measure up to that? Like, it's so PERFECT, I can never do that. Let me give you a dose of reality today and encourage you! I LOVE encouraging you! You see, those are staged!

Tween Girl's turquoise organized closet ::

Friday, September 18, 2015

5 Reasons Why Organizing is Fun

It's hard to believe that in over 5+ years of blogging I've never actually talked about the reasons why organizing FUN! If you HATE organizing, or even if you LOVE organizing, it can really be fun! Let me help enlighten you with these five ways!

5 reasons why organizing is FUN!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Organized Closet Trends

Closets are an essential that we all need and have. Having an organized closet is even more important since, of course, we want to keep organized - and have fun too! I was asked by The Container Store and Zillow Digs to share some amazing and fun closet trends with you at one of my favorite places to shop for all things organized - The Container Store! I currently own FOUR closet organizers that I purchased at The Container Store - one each year the first few years we lived in our current home - all our closets that are unique and totally different uses. So, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what it takes to have an organized closet, plus being a little trendy too! {Be sure to click over for a chance to learn how to win a $5000 closet makeover - YES, $5000 closet makeover!!!}. 

Teen and Tween Girls' Closet Trends ::

I'm going to show you two different closets in our home and how I've updated them to be "on trend" and kick them up a notch! The first is my daughter's closet and the other is my master closet.

Master Closet design trends ::

Friday, September 11, 2015

Time for RV Debrassification

Updating our RV is a continuous journey. We bought our used RV about 9 months ago now. Let me interject here and just say we have LOVED the whole experience of RVing. And, we have never had so many little vacations! We travel about every 4-6 weeks to some campground and it has been a big de-stresser for us - especially my husband and I. Most campgrounds have little to no internet or cell capabilities - and that's GOOD! It has caused us to put down the technology and just relaxed and enjoy one another. Now, let me talk about something else I love - organizing and decorating - and in this case, debrassification. Yes, that's my word and I made it up but I bet you know what it means! 

RV Bathroom BEFORE with brass shower ::

And...I'm going to share how I changed the shower doors from brass to oil rubbed bronze!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How to Keep Your Kitchen Counters Decluttered - for GOOD!

You’ve cleared the clutter off your kitchen counters and before you know it the surfaces are covered once again. The kitchen is a busy area of our home and easily cluttered….even if you don’t cook. Their flat spaces are inviting places to dump our stuff as we enter our home or pass thru the kitchen.

How to keep your kitchen counters decluttered - for GOOD!

Friday, September 4, 2015

11 Ways to Organize Wrapping Paper

OK, so Christmas is still a few months away, but wouldn't it be AWESOME to have your wrapper center all organized and ready long before it came? Of course, it would! So, I'm here to inspire you to get some little nook or cranny area of your home ready for wrapping gifts - whether for Christmas or for birthdays! I've got 11 ways...but there are plenty more!

11 Ways to organized wrapping paper and gift wrapping stations ::

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August 2015 Wrap up

August heat waves in CA have not stopped the busy families from getting everyone ready for Back to School.  We've been packing lunches buying school supplies and chauffeuring students back and forth for nearly a month now!  AND, there's only a FEW more hours left to enter the giveaway for the Otto Storage Stool - go HERE now and enter at the bottom of the post. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Perfect Stylish Storage Solution + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Otto Storage Stools
but opinions about their product are completely mine!

Don't you love a good deal? Or when you find something you can't wait to share with others? I have both to share with you today. Otto Storage contacted me a couple of months ago and shared their product and I loved it right away. We gave away FIVE of these products on Instagram in July and I really had wished I got to try one out for myself...and now I'm able to share it with you and give away FIVE more. But, I have found the perfect, most stylish storage solution and I can't wait to show you!

Red Otto Storage Stool on patio ::

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Negotiating with Kids for a Clutter Free Home

Are you wondering why I would negotiate with my kids to get them to do something? Well, hang on and hear me out. You see, I have been instilling into my kids for as long as they were able to understand that have clutter around isn't good. Part of it is that I just don't like clutter since it distracts me. Part of it is that I don't want them to hold tightly to earthly things. I believe that earthly positions are not of high value - people are. So, I want them to learn young to let go of things, BUT to also be responsible with what they have and put it away, where it belongs.

Negotiating with Kids for a Clutter Free Home ::

Friday, August 21, 2015

How to Wash a Down Pillow Naturally

OK, so I'm not reinventing the wheel or telling you anything new. But, I washed my down pillows. Yep, big deal? Did you know you can wash down pillows? I did...but, I was just too chicken!

Down pillow before::

So, here is what the pillows look like BEFORE.

Down pillow after::

And here is the AFTER - I know! Unbelievable!! AND, I used NO bleach {I don't even own bleach}. Here's how I did it: