Home Organization Archives

Making a Breakfast Plan

Well thanks, ladies for your input on some of the challenges you face in homemaking. I have plenty of challenges, too.¬† I think they are always present. Just when you think you’ve got it down, there comes a new phase of life and then you have to rethink your ways of doing things. I think one of my dreads is breakfast and wouldn’t you know it(!) – it’s my husband’s favorite meal of the day! He can skip almost any other meal, but don’t miss making him breakfast. Even some of my boys says it’s their favorite meal. What’s a mother to do in this situation? ūüôā Since we married 27 years ago, it has always been a practice of mine to make a hot…

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Maximizing Closet Space

I’m happy to report we ALL survived our family photo session with nary a tear in sight and only a little tomfoolery. It was a little too cold but even Shalom (my 3 month old beautiful granddaughter) didn’t utter a cry of protest but was a sweetheart the entire time. See, I told you she was beautiful. ūüôā The Thanksgiving season is coming upon us rapidly and my two girls both have birthdays the same week as Thanksgiving. Poor things, they always get a little shortchanged since it’s a busy but happy time preparing for everything. For Serenity’s 16th birthday last year, we didn’t even give her a party till February – wait a minute – I just checked and it was M.A.R.C.H. of this…

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The Completed Pantry

Well you all didn’t disappoint with your name suggestions. I really did like all of them and Thank You! so much for taking the time to comment with your thoughts. Here’s what’s been suggested thus far. The Abundant Room Abundance Hall Party Supply Depot Storage Cubbyhole Pantry a la Carte Elisabeth’s Party Supplies the Essential’s Room Larder The Vault Fort Knox Fortress of Solitude Serving Pantry Butler’s Pantry The Treasury     Once a name has been decided I want to make a sign to hang on the exterior, so we’ll see how that goes. On to my pantry pictures! When we first began the process of building the pantry. In the painting stage… And now… No food will be in here as I mentioned…

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A virus hit my home last week. It wasn’t pretty and I lost a lot of time trying to make it better. But thankfully the doctor took care of it. The PC doctor that is. I had an enforced writing break¬† when my computer got a virus and had to go to the shop. Thankfully, nothing was lost except my time as I attempted to self-diagnose it. I’m glad there are computer gurus in this world. Of course it was some computer whiz that put the virus on the ‘net in the first place. Amazing what people do for kicks. So, y’all are probably wondering what’s been happening in the garage. Well… Um… Actually not much… until yesterday. You see from this picture that the…

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Lessons from a Termite & How to Eat a Frog

Did you know that in 1 year, more damage is caused by the lowly termite than hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes and tornadoes combined? This seems inconceivable but it’s a proven fact. How do these small insects do it? By taking one bite at a time. Have you heard of the book Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy? The book is based on the thought that if¬†the very¬†first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen the¬†rest of the day. Ugh, yeah, I could probably agree with that. Take a look¬†at your To-do List.¬† What on there¬†is the very worst thing that you really don’t want to do? That’s your frog. And…. you must eat it – one bite…

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Freezer Organization 101

Ohhh, I’m loving Microsoft Excel.¬† For years I was intimidated by its mysteries but since I’ve started messing around with it – learning tips from my boys -I’m really finding it useful. This time around I used it for my freezer organization. First let me begin with¬†the cleaning of the freezer¬†because that was the very beginning of my freezer organization and the¬†beginning seems like¬†a very good place to start. ūüôā Every year around this time I clean my freezers (a chest and upright) because hunting season is just around the corner¬†and having a place¬†to put the meat when it’s brought home is¬†sort of important, I figure. Now you may wonder, why would anyone need 2 freezers.¬† Well, I didn’t always have two.¬† I started off…

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The Secret Tool to Planning a Variety of Occasions

Preparations are in full swing around here for the coming weekend with Zachary’s high school graduation dinner on Saturday. The house will be full again. My whole family, except for 4 of them, will be here – even Seth is coming and staying for a week! Last graduation dinner (Seth’s) ,my sister came and masterminded the event.¬† She’ll be coming again which I’m very grateful for.¬† She stays working in the background while I get to enjoy the party.¬† How sweet¬†is that?!¬†¬† It may sound kind of sad for her but really our family enjoys planning and managing these kinds of events.¬† So she’s pretty excited, too.¬† Right, Sis?¬† Just thrilled?¬† Oh, that’s splendid! Although my sister is doing a lot of the planning on…

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Homeschool Cabinet Tidied Up

Our homeschool cabinet needs tidied up now and again. Little people put things away cram things in any way they can… After about 15 minutes, order was restored. That messy cabinet was an eyesore.¬† It’s funny how a little 15 minute organization spurt can make one feel so much better. Joining up with Tackle it Tuesday.

Outdoor Storage Benches

I have been searching for a solution for our outdoor shoes for a LONG time.¬† Living in the country and feeding animals daily we have stinky, smelly & sometimes muddy shoes that we do not want to bring indoors.¬† I had my son build me an outdoor shoe rack¬†as part of a woodworking project and I loved the finished product¬†it but it’s under repair at the present moment (disrepair caused by age & weather) and I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again. ūüôā¬† So, I’m getting desperate and am starting to look online for a solution. Here are some outdoor solutions I found.¬† Which one is your favorite? 1.¬† I really like this mudroom shoe rack for about $64.¬† It even comes with…

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How to Organize Household Cleaning with Kids

Do you have a particular day that you do an overall cleaning of the house?¬† Friday is my day.¬† Mom did it that way and I just followed in her footsteps.¬† Sometimes after having a crowd on the weekend it really should be done again on Monday but unless it’s really bad I don’t do an overall cleaning. ¬†I just wait for Friday.¬† With kids you could vacuum everyday¬†and with all the dust you have in Arizona, I could dust every few hours but I guess I would rather do other things.¬† You with me?¬† As you know, I’m a believer in having your children help around the house like I mentioned my kids do here.¬† I believe it gives them an appreciation for the…

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Organizing Table Linens

When I looked in my kitchen cupboard and saw this‚Ķ I decided something needed to change. So I took my linens and hung them up using pant hangers and regular hangers.¬† I first thought I would place them in our guest bedroom closet but decided that wouldn‚Äôt work if I had guests staying¬†overnight.¬†¬†You savvy?¬† I finally settled on hanging¬†them in¬†our coat closet.¬† Sometime I’ll change the hangers so they all match because¬†it’s really bugging me but for now it is what it is. Edited to say:¬† I thought, “Why procrastinate?¬† Just change the hangers!”¬† So for your viewing pleasure, here are the matching hangers.¬† It’s the little things, people. ūüôā The aforementioned cupboard was empty for only about 2 minutes.¬† I placed some of my…

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Organizing Under the Bathroom Sink

Since Flylady’s mission for the week is the bathroom I thought that today’s organizing focus would be¬†under the bathroom sink. Under the bathroom sink is probably one of the easiest places to tidy and declutter.¬† Here are some steps to cleaning that area. 1.¬† Empty the cupboard out. 2.¬† Wipe clean with a damp rag. 3.¬† Gather like items with like. (for example:¬†shampoo, toothpaste & lotions) 4.¬†¬†¬†Restock your toilet paper, hand towels and¬†bath towels, if needed. 5.¬†¬†Discard anything that is not wanted and then place the remaining items back under the sink in tidy way or¬†use one of¬†the following ideas to¬†help you maximize your use of the area. The Storage Store offers the following solutions for your hair dryer & accessories. This one is for…

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Displaying Children’s Artwork

Do you display your child’s artwork by taping¬†them to the walls like I do?¬†¬†If so, you may¬†like some of the ideas¬†I have compiled¬†from many different sources on ways to showcase your child’s artwork. Many photo companies such as Snapfish, Costco, Sam’s and Mandy’s Moon offer the ability to turn a digital picture into a useable item or even a gift such as the following…¬† Mouse Pads Magnets 12 month calendar using your child’s artwork for the pictures mugs coasters These coaster samples are from Mandy’s Moon.¬† Simple and inexpensive idea… Hang a clothes line and use the pins to hold your child’s artwork in place.¬† This makes an easy way to put up and take down art.¬† Your child can decorate the clothespins with sequins,…

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Would you like to have one place where you can write all your appointments, make notes to yourself, keep track of projects & be reminded that an important event will be taking place (your sister’s birthday, for example)? If you have not used Microsoft Office Outlook, I would really encourage you to check it out.¬† It’s an electronic appointment book, where there’s always plenty of room to write¬†as many tasks as you can think of, all your appointments,¬†read your email as well as¬†send email¬†and¬†best of all you won’t mislay this notebook!¬†¬† One feature Outlook has is a Calendar where you can add one time occurrences or recurring events.¬† You can set your recurring events for daily, weekly, monthly or yearly and even choose which days¬†it…

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Hair Organizers

On Tuesdays, I would like to start posting about different organizing solutions (unless there’s something else I just have to post about!) ¬†If you have a question about how to organize any part of your home, please leave a comment and I will try to do some research on what products are out there that would help. Ribbons, pony tail holders, bobby pins, barrettes, head bands…. Girls like them all. ¬†Our hair ribbons especially need some organization. ¬†Here are some ideas I found. Lil’ Bow Keep has this adorable little organizer for $30. Babylocks Hair Clips has these for $10. This one is Designs by Joy. Here’s a DIY organizer by Factory Direct Crafts using a picture frame and wooden spools. This lady has several…

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