Friday, October 21, 2016

The New Kitchen: Organizing the Drawers

This new kitchen is truly AMAZING! Having someone take what was in my head and design it on paper, then to have it actually in my home, is just an amazing feeling! I can't wait to show you all the organization that I've done in the new kitchen, so today I'm going to share all the organizing in the drawers! There is so much organizing that it's going to take multiple posts to share it all - there is just THAT much awesomeness! Are you ready to PIN some great organizing ideas? 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to Organize Cords Easily

Living in the 21st century means we have cords, lots and lots of cords. Cords are messy, very messy! You know there are cords by the couch, next to the bed, in the kitchen, in the office, behind the TV - you know, everywhere! So, I consider myself somewhat of an expert in this area now, especially having a husband in the IT field - yes, cords and more cords. My husband also runs the sound system at our church and he's become quite meticulous about how to keep cords out of the way and from view, so I've learned things from him too. I'm going to give you my solutions and some of the basic things you need to keep around your house to keep up with the web of cords - cause I like them hidden!

How to Organize Cords Easily ::

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Kitchen is Done - the BIG Reveal!!!!

I have been given the opportunity, from MasterBrand Cabinets, 
to join with them in our kitchen renovation, which includes the donations of 
these unbelievable, quality cabinets. 

I can't believe it, but the kitchen is DONE!! It is unbelievably beautiful. We've increased our counter space by three fold! It's truly the most functional kitchen I've ever had! Are you ready to see it? I hope so, because I'm going to flood you with beautiful photos!

Before: Kitchen stuck in the 70s ::

Let me start with where our kitchen began, and you can go back to the beginning of our design process and demo process to see. We moved into our home in 2006, and this is what our kitchen looked like ten years ago, above left. Six years later, I have improved it as much as it could possibly be improved by painting the cabinets and putting new flooring in. But, it still lacked counter space, so I was using a hodge podge of things to add more counter space. The kitchen also felt very cramped! And now...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

12 Ways to Organize with Command Hooks

There are some things in life that are just begging for me to share - those fun little "guess what I did with this?" kind of things. That's how I feel about command hooks - they have so many fun uses. I wanted to share 15 ways to organize with command hooks, so the next time you're looking for an easy and cheap organizing solution, you can pin these and save for later when you're trying to find new ideas!

12 Ways to Organize with Command Hooks ::

Friday, September 30, 2016

Preschool At Home and September's Wrap Up

At OMF we've had a month full of posts that have focused on training our kids as well as a few updates on my kitchen renovation.  If you've missed anything you can find the links at the end of this post.

I have a busy home filled with four girls aged 20, 17, 12 and an almost 3 years old.  The 20 years of experience as a mom hasn't changed my desire to keep my little ones close to home for their early years, but it has given me confidence to teach them myself.   Today I'd like to briefly share one tool I've created this year to organize our preschooler's learning. 

How to have preschool at home and get organized ::

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How to Meal Plan with My Favorite Paleo Dinners

If you like meal planning and are looking for healthy dinners, my favorite Paleo dinners will be great for you whether you like to eat Paleo or not. What is Paleo, you ask? Well, it's a way of eating and I basically tell people that there are basic rules about eating like the ancestors did WAY back when, but that's not why I eat like that. You see, I was ADDICTED to sugar and breads and wanted to get unaddicted. I have been dairy-free for 20+ years because I'm lactose intolerant, so I looked for a way of eating that was unprocessed, no-calorie counting, and going to get me off sugar and breads. So, Paleo was the answer for me. Paleo basically is:

1. No grains
2. No dairy
3. No legumes
4. No sugar

My Favorite Paleo Dinners ::

It's sounds terribly restrictive but it's not that bad and you just have to change your way of setting up your pantry and learn to substitute certain ingredients and you can make most any meal "Paleo". I haven't had sugar or bread in nearly TEN months and that's saying a lot. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Kitchen Renovation Almost Done!

Being totally honest here, and I'm SURE I have many readers who've been through this, but renovation isn't for the faint of heart! This organized, clutter-free girl is knee deep in renovations and can't wait for it to be over! And, this is ONLY our kitchen, not a whole house reno! So, I'm going to share my journey today of how I've been dealing with living in a mess and keeping my sanity - well, most of the time.

If you're following me on Instagram, I've been using the hashtag #OMFnewkitchen with all kinds of up to date photos of what's going on. I wanted to give you an update on the midway through renovating

Friday, September 16, 2016

Organizing an Upright Freezer {Garage Freezer}

Right as we were getting into our kitchen renovation, while my husband was away on a business trip for a week, our downstairs fridge/freezer died! We have a lot of people over and feed a lot of people, plus I like to buy in bulk, so our downstairs freezer is vitally important. I knew it could go anytime, as we had problems with it. It was "only" 15 years old but we loved it as it had a TOP fridge and BOTTOM freezer and they don't make those anymore, sadly. So, we had to explore some new options, and fast. 

Organizing an Upright Freezer {Garage Freezer} ::

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3 Tips to Get Kids to Do the Dishes

This post contains sponsored links from Full Circle. 
All opinions are my own and the tips are yours to keep!

3 Tips to Get Kids to Do the Dishes ::

Is it me or are dishes one of those things that you just either love to do or hate? Sometimes it's pretty much hate! But, my kids have to do their share of dishes! How do I get them to do it? Well, I've got three tips that help kids get the dishes done - hopefully, without complaint!

3 Tips to Get Kids to Do the Dishes ::

Friday, September 9, 2016

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Need to Do Their Own Laundry

I am absolutely in favor of kids doing their own laundry. Let's be real, at a certain age they are totally able to handle it! But, I've also received some criticism or excuses why it's too much for kids to do. In our house, starting at age 10, my kids are expected to do their own laundry. They are each assigned a day of the week to do it. I have my own "laundry day" and they have theirs. Here are five reasons why your kids need to do their own laundry, too:

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Need to Do Their Own Laundry ::

Friday, September 2, 2016

August 2016 Wrap Up

Our house has been busy with our kitchen remodel this month and each day we get a little closer to being done.  In addition to kitchen updates, I've shared some tips about staying organized and having a stress free morning along with dorm room organization and back to school readiness.  Don't you just love getting organized at the start of the school year?  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Destruction of Our Kitchen and More

The excitement of having a new kitchen is getting me through the time of having NO kitchen right now! If you have been following me for anytime, you may know I've been dreamingplanning, designing, and budgeting my way through this kitchen renovation. Now, we're in the destruction phase! It's not pretty, but necessary!

Getting ready to rip out kitchen cabinets ::

Monday, August 22, 2016

5 Tips for Back to School Organizing and Cleaning

When you think of back to school - do you think of cleaning? I don't, honestly! But, it's actually a perfect time to start perfecting your cleaning and organizing routine - again! Yep, every year you are probably having to tweak and fix that schedule and your routine for cleaning and everything else. I know that I have to every year when school starts. I now have a high school junior and a seventh grader so things are so different now than just a few years ago when my kids were little. Whether you public school, private school, or homeschool it's a perfect time to sit down and work out your routine and schedule. Here are my FIVE tips for getting back to school and getting updated in your routine:

5 Tips for Back to School Organizing and Cleaning ::

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Have a Stress Free Morning

I am partnering with IKEA to share some of my best tips for the #First59 Campaign. 

With school just around the corner, or just having started for many of you, I am guessing that the one area you struggle with is having a stress free morning! Am I right? Yes? Well, let me tell you that you aren't alone! Having a stress free morning CAN be done and I have a few tips that will definitely help you out the door and on your way to work or kids off to school. 

Tips on having a stress-free morning ::

Friday, August 12, 2016

Top Dorm Room Accessories to Keep You Organized

If you have a college student or you ARE a college student, you are probably getting ready to head off to college in the next few of weeks! I've shared with you lots of great ideas for dorm room organizing, RV small space organizing, and small space organizing! It's a fun challenge to see what you can do to maximize a small space! So, I found some really cool products for your dorm room that might help you keep much more organized - I only wish I had these when I went away to college! Soon, I'll have my own college student! 

Feel free to share this with your favorite college student, as I have a special offer for them at the end of this post, too!

Top Dorm Room Accessories to Keep You Organized ::