Since I get SO many emails from overwhelmed parents asking, “how can we ask our well-meaning relatives to PLEASE stop giving our kids so much stuff?” I thought I’d write up a response in the form of a letter.
This post is intended to be humorous, so I certainly hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, rude, or disrespectful — and it is in NO WAY directed towards Dave or my relatives.
Have you ever dreaded cleaning your oven — particularly this time of year after lots of holiday cooking and baking?
I can totally relate — which is why I’m excited to share a new (super easy) oven cleaning product with you today!
It’s official — Nora’s new play kitchen is finished! I’m super happy with how the finished product turned out — so much cuter than I ever thought, and so much like a real kitchen.
I had so much fun working on this project and I’m super excited to share the before / after photos with you today!
With our family expanding in a few months, we decided it was also time to “expand” our living area. So we’re in the middle of a bunch of renovations upstairs.
Today I’m sharing a bunch of before pictures, a few progress pictures, and some of my ideas for the finished rooms!
Over the past several months, it’s become very apparent that Nora LOVES doing crafts… so last week, I decided that my old method of storing and organizing our limited craft supplies needed a toddler-friendly update.
Within 45 minutes, I created a new (and very simple) craft corner in our kitchen — perfect for doing crafts at the kitchen table!
A couple weeks ago, I shared my answers to the question, “How Can I Stay Organized?” — and today, I’m sharing my thoughts on another question I get quite regularly: “Should I Hire a Professional Organizer?”
And even if you’re not interested in hiring an organizer, I’ve included several links to posts I’ve written about how I organize different spaces in our home — so there should be something for everyone in this post!
Would you believe that EVERY couch, sofa, love seat and (almost every) chair we’ve ever owned since being married has been slip covered? I LOVE slipcovers!
And based on the number of questions I get on a weekly basis about our couch, our chairs, what type of slipcovers we would recommend, etc… I figured it might be time for an in-depth slipcover chat!
Last week, I ordered our 2013 holiday cards — which prompted me to look through my teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy address book. No, I still haven’t gone digital with our addresses yet (it may be coming in the future though).
Today, I’m sharing how I store and organize our addresses, and I’d love to know how you organize yours too.
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about painting — specifically painting and distressing furniture to give it a whole new look.
However, I realize painting and distressing isn’t for everyone… so today, I’m sharing one of the all-time most simple ways I’ve come across to breathe a little new life into old, grungy wood furniture!
Without a doubt, the most common organizational question I receive (quite regularly) from readers, friends, and family is, “How can I stay organized?”
So today, I’m sharing an email response I sent to a discouraged reader on this very topic — hopefully you’ll be motivated and encouraged by my answers.
As a little girl, I frequently dreamt about the day I would have my very own home to decorate. And when Dave and I got married, I blissfully decorated our home for Christmas every year… I loved the whole process!
This year, however, I’m planning to keep things a little more simplified and am scaling back on our holiday decorations in lieu of other projects and leisure activities.
For the last couple of months, our home has had much less paper clutter and we’ve had much less time clutter, thanks to one simple decision… we canceled our newspaper subscription.
We have enjoyed reading and supporting our local newspaper — but for various reasons (including the time and physical clutter it caused) we decided it would be best to cancel our subscription.
One question I get over and over and over again is how we use and organize the space under our kitchen sink.
To be perfectly honest, there are a handful of questions I get on a very regular basis about our sink, our faucet, etc. etc. so today, I’m answering a bunch of these questions for all the inquisitive farmhouse sink lovers out there!
We’ve been finished with yard work for the summer for several weeks already — but I’ve had a difficult time trying to accurately photograph the “after” pictures. It’s so hard when the plants and trees are still small!
I’m sure I’ll be sharing more pictures next summer — but for now, I’m excited to share our official 2013 landscaping before and after shots!
After showing pictures of our new garage makeover last week, I got an insane number of questions about the garage floor coating. I totally understand why — Dave and I are thrilled with the results. So I decided to send your questions directly to the Monkey Bar expert.
Today’s post has their answers mixed with my comments and photos — and seriously, this floor is amazing!
As crazy as it sounds, Christmas is less than 100 days away! But don’t worry: this week’s Christmas Planning eBook bundle includes everything you need to simplify your plans and get organized early so that you can avoid the stress of the holidays. You’ll find daily planning tips and printables, recipes, handmade gift tutorials and more in this fabulous collection.
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I’ve been using various Unger products for several years now (in the home and in the garage) and have no complaints. Their products are super high-quality, affordable, and ascetically pleasing in their bright, cheerful colors!
So I’m super excited to be partnering with them again — sharing some of their new products available at Target — AND offering a prize package giveaway valued at over $100 to a few lucky readers.
Last week, I shared how we were able to fully transform our garage from drab to fab in about a week… and I don’t think I need to convince anyone how much we love our new space.
Today, I’m sharing the final pictures of ALL our stuff organized with the new Monkey Bars system. Let’s just say that even I was impressed with how much stuff we could fit in such a small space!
When we first moved into our house 3 years ago, we shoved everything that didn’t have a designated home into the garage. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but then we realized we wanted our garage back.
So thanks to some DIY efforts and the amazing Monkey Bars garage storage system, we now have a super functional, super organized, and super good-looking garage!