Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wow! Another milestone!

My blog just hit 30 followers today! I wanted to express my gratitude to all of you!


Image from here.

Y'all are truly the best! I'm honored that you continually read my humble little blog. As always, thanks for reading!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tackling Closet Clutter

I've slowly been chipping away at various places around the house that need some organizational attention. This weekend, I used my extra hours to give some special attention to my clothing. This includes my dresser, my jewelry drawer in my husband's dresser, another junk drawer, my shoes, and the master closet! It was a huge project that took me all weekend to complete. If you recall, I already got my scarves under control a few weeks ago (read about that here). I think the biggest challenge of this post was organizing all the different aspects of it! So it will go like this: shoes, junk drawers, dressers, and finally the closet. Stick around till the end! My shoes were actually organized to start. I had them neatly arranged on an over-the-door shoe hanger:



Problem solved, right? Unfortunately, that's not true. The weight of the shoes was actually pulling the door from the hinge. Not good. So, in the name of thrift, I purchased 2 of these floor shoe racks from Target at $3 a pop.


The problem? The closet floor looked like this:


So I cleaned it out and vacuumed. (ooooh so pretty & clean!)

Then I assembled the racks & loaded them up! I tried to organize them by heel height, and I put the ones I wear the most in the middle for a quick grab.

My boots are being stored to the side of the racks, matched into their rightful pairs.



Next, I decided to tackle the dressers. The top drawers of both my and my husband's dressers were filled with my jewelry & a bunch of random junk (and a few treasures). Here's what they looked like before:




I cleaned them out, purged, tossed, put things away, and finally combined them both into one (much more) organized drawer. I have a project idea for what to do with my jewelry, but that one will have to wait for a while. Anyway, here's the after:



We were recently very blessed to receive a matching set of much larger dressers, completely free! The set we have been using is a set we received from my great grandmother, so they're definitely staying around (just not in our room). Here's my too-small dresser.



I took everything out and laid it on the bed. I tried on almost every single piece of clothing. Everything that didn't fit right went into a donation pile.

Then I swapped out the dressers, organized what I had left, and put everything away! Here's one of the new-to-us, much larger dressers!


Almost finished! Now it's time for the big reveal - the closet!
Here are some before shots:










I actually reorganized my clothing while I was tackling the dresser. Then I emptied everything off the top shelf and dusted thoroughly.


Again, I purged, tossed, put things away, hung things up, organized, labeled, and put a few things back in the closet. Are you ready?? And here are the final views of the closet!







I already had these rubbermaid drawers, I just relabeled them. I ran out of label tape for the last drawer (boo). The left three are "foreign items" (collectibles from trips), "swimsuits", and "slips" (which never seem to have the proper place). The top right one is EMPTY! The other two are for belts. We also have some extra towels folded neatly.

I already had these baskets sitting in another room. The left one has my painting clothes in it. The right one is full of extra jeans. The baskets came from Ikea. I'm in love with my closet now! It makes me so happy when I open it in the morning! This is what I'm donating:
(planner cover, toy dog, 3 butterfly hair clips from 4th grade, oinking pig keychain, checkbook cover, pair of child's gloves, headset for old cell phone, 3 old cell phone chargers)



(large box of clothes that don't fit)

Cost breakdown:
Shoe racks: $6
Dresser: free Baskets & bins: free (already owned)
Patience & Dedication: priceless
Total cost: $6


Thanks for reading about my seemingly huge project! In reality, it took me two evenings (about 2-3 hours each night).

Okay, so maybe it was huge, but I had a blast doing it! Is that weird?

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alive!!!

I promise I'm still alive!!! I've been so busy lately I haven't had the time to sit down and write out a blog post. I've started several though! I'm sure I'll get around to finishing them and posting them soon!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Do you want a Silhouette SD?


I know I do!!!



There are so many projects I could do with this machine! You can do vinyl or fabric cut outs. The possibilities are endless!

Want to win one? No, I'm not giving away one, but I found these blogs that are! Enter while you still can!

Remodelaholic

Decor Chick

Life in the Fun Lane

Organizing Junkie

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Pizzazzerie

Not Just a Housewife

Go to any or all of these blogs to enter these awesome giveaways!
Good luck!!
(but not too much luck because you know I want to win one too!)


I'm back!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the unexplained hiatus. I decided I needed a few days break from blogging. I needed those few extra hours in the day to dedicate to planning and getting a few things done. I'm excited to be back though!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 18, 2011

silence



Please take some time to pray for the people in Japan today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

check it out!

I'm still working on my current organizing project, so I can't share that with you yet! However, I just posted on my health blog called the fit wife about my new favorite workout song! Head on over there (click here) and check it out!


Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In progress

Here's a little sneak peek at my current organization project!



More details coming soon!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Last one standing

Just a quick post today... it was an interesting day! I got to work and discovered that someone had broken our back door during the weekend. Nothing was stolen, and everyone is okay. It just made for a longer and packed-in day.

Last week I posted about reorganizing the kitchen drawers. You can read about that here.
Well, I organized the last kitchen drawer today. Hooray!

Here's the before:


And here's the after:


The organizing trays come from Target.

Thanks for reading!

I'm linking up with:
Anything Related

Organize and Decorate Everything
 http://www.thethriftyhome.com