31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 9 (Linen Closet)

There is nothing worse than getting up in the middle of the night with a headache, heartburn or stuffy nose and not being able to find what you need without waking up and turning the light on.
Having an organized linen closet makes our life a little easier, especially since I mostly go in there to find something specific! I have to admit after reorganizing my linen closet, I smile every time I go inside to get something! 🙂
We only have one linen closet in the house so ours has to store as much as possible. We keep all of our sheets, towels, ice packs/heating pads, travel supplies, extra supplies, cleaning supplies for upstairs and medications/ointments in one place. 
The bins are from Target and the iron baskets are from Kohls. The top shelf has all of our sheets and blankets  There is a shelf of towels and wash cloths. P has his own shelf and drawers for extra hygiene items such as q tips, medication, shampoo, etc… One shelf is dedicated to cleaning supplies and extra items such as tissues, cotton balls, etc.. Since I am such a pack-rat, I also had to make a shelf with nothing but travel items and samples from hotels etc… It’s great to have a wide selection around for when company forgets something :). The bottom shelf is like the junk drawer of the closet. Drawer liners, heating pads, ice packs, extra show curtains, etc… can be found together in a basket (which makes anything look better). 
We needed to use the door space to hold all of our medications, ointments etc… One thing I learned while organizing this was that I NEED to pay more attention to expiration dates! I ended up throwing out about half of our stuff because it was well past the expiration. 
I divided up the shelves by sun care items & nail polish remover, band-aids & ointments, medications, oral care and cold remedies  It is amazing how much nicer it is to open the door and know exactly where to go.  
I have seen on Pinterest lately many uses for TP rolls. As I was cleaning everything out, I decided to try and use them to organize all of our ointments. I have full intentions of dressing them up a bit with scrapbook paper but P didn’t allow for much time to put this post together today 🙂 I am hoping this will allow us to find something quicker and prevent purchasing duplicates. 
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That wraps up day #9 for me! Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I organize things in our bathrooms.

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31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 7 (Entry Way)

Ok, so now onto organizing things in the home!

One of the things I am most excited about with the new house is the long empty wall as you enter the front door. While this wasn’t written on my “must have” list it was something I was looking for. Why you ask? Because I have wanted to have one of these in my home since I started seeing them on Pinterest.

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Ultimately, I would love for this piece to organize all of our scarfs, gloves, hats, umbrellas, sun glasses, keys, purses, diaper bag, etc… Thinking about eventually being a family of four, I want everyone to have their own space. At the same time, I don’t want it to look cluttered.

I have started to brainstorm how we can put one of these together. After playing around with Photoshop, I came up with this. Each of us would get 2-3 shelves in the cabinet as well as a basket under the bench. IKEA has great add on like drawers, shelves and trays. I also discovered rod iron hooks with letters and think it would be adorable to each have our own personal hook for purses, bags and backpacks.

Each cabinet is $180/each (IKEA), 1×5 cubes $59.99/each (IKEA), Wainscot Panneling $79.99/8ft (Home Depot) and baskets $16.99/each (IKEA). This total for this would be around $645 which is a little pricey so we may try to alter a few things. I am not sure about the white or the overhead bins and may do a nice mirror and shelf with picture frames instead.

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I was thinking of making one of these for inside the cabinets to hold all of my sunglasses. I probably can’t use a picture frame since it may hit the shelves inside but something thinner would do just the trick. 
I also want to put hooks on the cabinets inside for lanyards and keys so they are out of the way. 

I also found this on Pinterest and thought it would be so cute in an actual mud room. I just had to share because it is such an easy DIY project. Michaels has these wooden crates and after a little paint and sturdy nails, vola, you have storage with character. We may do this in the garage by the door for rain boots!

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That wraps up day #7 for me! Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you are linen closet and how to creatively use those TP and paper towel rolls to make things a little more organized! 

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31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 4 (Cleaning Schedule)

If you have been following along with me the last few days, you probably have noticed that my focus of this week is using documents to organize different areas in our home. I have found overall that spreadsheets, checklists and schedules work best for my family and I.

Today I want to focus on how to keep your home clean and tidy without stressing about it one day a week. I find myself to be much happier when my home is organized and clean. This gets a little difficult with a little one at home.

I decided to make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned around the home. I started making the list at my kitchen table but then realized that I needed to walk around the house to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I created a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually list based on what I came up with. I also came up with a few items that should be done 2 or more times a week.

To help me on a weekly basis, I created another document by day. I love checking off accomplishments so this is great to have on the fridge for easy updating. 
I can’t wait to put this list in action and see if it helps keep our home a little cleaner and my stress a little lower!

31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 1

When Rob and I found out we were expecting, the conversations of me becoming a SAHM started. While I really liked my job, the commute was long and expensive. Since I always wanted to be a SAHM, I was happy that we were in the situation we were. I had all these grand ideas of being able to do EVERYTHING in the home so Rob could focus on work and then relaxing/playing with P when he got home.

P is three months old and I don’t know what I was thinking! I guess this is one of those situations where you don’t really know until you are there. Most days, I don’t have time to shower, clean up the house or make dinner. I will never regret the hours of cuddle time with P but wouldn’t mind being a little more productive during the day. I know this is possible if I just take a step back and look at everything I want to accomplish and create a clear plan to do so. If you know me, you know that means getting out the notepad and making to-do lists.

A challenge hosted by The Nester, couldn’t have come at a better time. Every year, she hosts a link up where bloggers can take the challenge and blog about a certain subject for the 31 days of October. Originally, I wanted to focus my 31 days on making a happier and healthier me. After brainstorming a little though, I realized that my time would be better spent focusing on organizing my life. That in itself would make a happier and healthier me.

I hope you follow along as I reflect on what I currently do to organize my life and what I can do to make it a little more organized. I will be focusing on every room in the house and even on organizing with a baby and living with what I call, “the unorganized”. With a few giveaways sprinkled it, I am very excited about the month ahead and how things will look on October 31st.


It’s getting real!!!

I didn’t want to say anything until it was official but…. looks like this family of 3 is moving to a bigger playground!

A few weeks ago we found this amazing home that has everything we are looking for. Some of my favorites are a wall big enough in the entry way for a coat closet just like this, separate laundry room, garage, 4 bedrooms (so one of them will be my art room), a large master bedroom with soaking tub and backyard for P to play in! Here are a few pictures. Since a family is still living there, I didn’t want to post pictures of their personal belongings. It is kind of like a split level so there are four floors (the forth being a one room loft), laundry room, coat closet, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, living room, four bedrooms, two full and one half bath, garage and a crawl space.

I am so excited to be able to document this whole process and share all of the ideas I have for the new house! I have already created in inspirational board (to come in a little bit). Just keep your fingers crossed because this was a short sale and so it isn’t really “ours” yet. We are waiting to hear back from the bank but are optimistic they will be satisfied with our offer.

In the meantime, we have begun the process of selling our home since we have to close on our current house before we can close on a new one. We love our Realtor and the company we are working with. A moving company they work with came out to give us a quote on packing our house and moving it. Not sure if I will need help packing but we wanted to get a quote just in case. They came and put up the sign today and listed in online. Rob and I spent yesterday evening making sure the house was all tidy and clean. It wasn’t too much of a project due to my awesome cleaning schedule and always having the house pretty put together.

I also made a few notes for those coming to look at the house. It included info on Flip Flop & Alice (with pictures) and a note about some of the bigger items in the house included and not included.

I can’t wait to share all the excitement to come with you all!!!