Showing posts with label Closet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Closet. Show all posts

Feb 2, 2017

Homeschool | Organized Homeschool Supply Cabinet



Last week I had had enough. I mean it, I was so overwhelmed with the mess in my house. Mess, everywhere. A huge part of the unorganized chaos was our school supplies. Earlier in the year I had designated our official pantry as our homeschool closet and it took about five months before I realized it just wasn't working out for us. Supplies were getting thrown in but not organized. Art supplies were spilling out everywhere. It was just a t-total disaster. And at the same time so was my food cabinet.

So... I had the bright idea to switch the two and put the the food were it should go and utilize the kitchen cabinets as a smaller more compacted place for our school supplies.

Here we go.....

organized homeschool supply cabinet
organized homeschool supply cabinet

Yes that was before....YIKES! I told you it was a mess...what, you didn't believe me?

So I pulled everything out and started re-organizing it. About two and half hours letter I was done and it was so much better!!!


organized homeschool supply cabinet
organized homeschool supply cabinet
organized homeschool supply cabinet





organized homeschool supply cabinet



Who knew that a little time and a lot of elbow grease could actually turn a mess into a functional space? I think I had forgotten how having things organized makes me feel. Or maybe I never forgot, but the fact of having five kids, and twins that are into everything, makes it pretty much impossible. 

We'll see how long this last. :P

Okay, homeschool moms, for those of you without homeschool rooms, how do you store your school supplies? 

May 4, 2016

How to Fit Two Girls in One Bedroom and Still Have Room to Move


With five kids someone's got to share a room and we're fine with that. Truth be told we could have built a house with ten bedrooms and all my kids would sleep in the same room. I know eventually they'll get in the "I need privacy" mind set but the old saying , "You'll have your own room when you have your own house'' is something I am prepared say a hundred times during their teenage years. In fact, growing up sharing a room with my younger sister I know all to well the fight I face. I didn't like it one bit but now she's my best friend and I cherish those days oh so much. So the way I see it I'm doing them a favor by cramming them into a bedroom.

Their new room is much smaller than their one at the Dragon House (what my kids called the old house). We opted to make the bedrooms here a bit smaller to accommodate for a playroom and larger living and kitchen areas. So now my challenge is figuring out ways to fit two growing girls into a smaller room. I know it's a challenge that will continue to change over the years but for now we've made a few decisions that are working for their current age and needs.

TWO GIRLS ONE BED
Let's face it there's only like a handful of options for sleeping arrangements when it comes to shared rooms. We've done the whole bunk bed thing before and I'm just not a fan. The beds are just hard to make up and then there's the whole safety issue with little ones falling off and for me bunk beds are just so bulky and thick and tend to take up more space than not. We thought about doing two twin beds but then again they would take up the better part of the room as would a double bed. So when I came across this black iron day bed with a trundle I immediately saw a solution.


Two beds but when the trundle is put away it only takes the space of one bed. Yay! Lilli sleeps on top and Alice sleeps on the bottom. We pull the trundle out at night and then in the morning it goes back under and they have plenty of space to play. And again, if truth be told, they sleep together on the trundle most nights.

The girls love it and so do I.

When it comes to space saving we are trying a few more ideas...

 Easier said than done, right? Well the playroom helps with this a lot. We have most of their bigger toys; play kitchen, baby doll strollers, etc. in the playroom. The only toys we keep in here are there more expensive dolls and horse barn. They have plenty of space to pull that out and play!


I also wanted to address their clothes storage needs. Since there was no way the dresser would fit in here and still allow for play space I knew I had to maximize the closet. I'm still working this out but for the most part I purchased a slim and tall book shelf from IKEA and hung four rods, 2 for each girl.









As of right now they have their bed a small table and few toys, and one closet they share. No dresser, no decorations, just simple and uncluttered. And I love it! I don't want to change much or overfill the room. I want it to stay as open and clean as I can possibly keep it. There are a few things I want to work on;

some art work to the walls
a small vanity
a rug (maybe)
longer drapes
a bedskirt to hide the trundle
some bins for the closet shelves

Check out my PINTEREST BOARD FOR THE GIRLS ROOM. And don't forget to pin this for later.




Jan 13, 2014

Organize It: Bathroom Closet



Happy Monday loves! Let's get this year started off on the right foot. Last week I shared with you all my hopes for a better 2014 and I'm making strides to keep my targets on track. One of the ways I am doing that is by starting small. Last year I focused a lot of energy on bigger projects like painting and remodeling that I often forgot the smaller areas of our home like the closets, cabinets and drawers. This year in preparation for a move that is coming soon I am bound and determined to get every square inch organized and functioning before tackling any major projects. In fact there are only a few "big" projects on our list before we move. After all we hope to keep the dollars in our pockets and out of the house we are leaving behind. So, I sat down a few weeks ago with a master list and jotted down every single project both big and small that needs to be done before we pack up and move out.

Since we aren't exactly sure when the move will be, I have to be prepared. That means a lot of organizing, purging, and down-sizing has to happen. And even if your not planning a big move spending the first part of the year creating a more happier and clutter free home will ensure a happy family all year long.

My personal plan is to start with smaller projects that only take a few minutes to an hour and knock those out quick. And since I'm a spur of the moment type gal I don't really ever plan my projects out, I usually find myself digging or looking for something and end up organizing or sifting through drawers and closets. Or in most cases when something gets out of hand and ends up spilling over the rim, like our bathroom closet, I usually find myself laying restless in bed thinking about cleaning and sorting. Yes, I am aware that may not be normal but hey I really love that I do that.

STEP 1: ASSESS THE SITUATION

Friday I opened up the family's bathroom closet, which is mostly used to house our cleaning products and linens, and found this...




I immediately slammed the door and ran off to my happy place, which means I skedaddle into the pages of the January/February edition of HGTV magazine, and soon forgot the chaos happening behind door number one. But after a restless night of tossing and turning I started bright and early the next morning.

STEP 2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER, PURGE, and SORT

I ripped everything out of the closet. Yep...everything!


Yikes, what a mess! Random sets of sheets, cleaning product, and pet supplies came out. As you can tell by the bins and baskets I had once attempted to organize this space but failed horribly.

The closet is pretty much an empty hole in the wall. It has no shelves. I knew I needed some sort of shelving system. But in keeping with my other goals I shopped my house instead of heading out to the store. I recently purchased a new bookcase for my office but have yet to put it together. So I snatched the metal Ikea shelf, which the bookshelf will replace, and threw into the closet. You may remember this shelf from my craft closet clean out last year but since reclaiming my studio I don't have the need for the craft closet.


STEP 3: ORGANIZE AND STORE

Once I had the shelf in place it was time to load everything back in. Well not everything. I organized the linens into the larger baskets on the very top shelf. I purged a great deal of missing sheet sets and baby blankets I no longer needed. Cleaners got a shelf of their own and the first aid box got cleaned out and put back in. I don't store medications in this box just swabs and alcohol type stuff.




STEP 4: LABEL, LABEL, & LABEL

Now that I had everything back in the closet in baskets and bins it was time to create some labels. The labels on the larger green baskets were made by simply designing them in Photoshop, printing, cutting, and laminating. Easy peasy, huh? But I wanted to try a different approach on labeling. I have always loved the look of chalkboard labels but every time I try to use them my handwriting ends up looking ratchet. For those of you who were blessed with beautiful handwriting I envy you. But writing with chalk or even chalk pens leave my chalkboard labels looking illegible. But I do love the look of them.

Enter my love of vinyl labels. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait once again I cut some vinyl labels for some mini chalkboards. I used pink to add some more color. The font I used was Sacramento. I made cut two labels, transferred them with contact paper, and voila, faux handwritten chalkboard labels. I'm giddy about them. I may have had the entire family jolt into the bathroom to gander at their marvelous beauty. I know it's the small things that amuse me. And if I ever need to change them I can just cut some new vinyl. And my Silhouette Portrait was used to cut the red cross for the first aid box as well. That was just too easy!




STEP 5: ENJOY YOUR ORGANIZED SPACE

Of course once I finish organizing a space I have a tendency to keep making reasons to gawk at it. As I was jumping into the shower I just popped open the door...yep, for no reason other than to stare at the beautiful order of the closet. It's so awesome what you can accomplish in such a short time. Now when I go to move I can pretty much just grab the baskets and go.




SOME MORE ORGANIZING TIPS

Last year I joined a group called The Silhouette Challenge on Facebook. It's a group of crafting, scrapping, and several bloggers that work together to master the art of Silhouette using. It's been a Godsend this past year for all sorts of Silhouette issues good and bad. Last year, a group of bloggers from the group got together for a 12 projects in 12 months challenge. Each month we showcased one project on the blog and linked to each others as well. You can check out some of my past projects here...Canvas Date Art, Makeup Organizer, Gold Foil Art, Personal Birthday Gift.

Since starting the Facebook group, The Silhouette Challenge has grown tremendously. We now have over 30 bloggers participating and each month it grows. This year we are doing something a bit different. Each month a topic will be chosen and with that topic we will have to create something unique. I am really excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to try different things.

This month, for January, our topic was organization. Of course that's one of my strong points. And the first thing that comes to mind when I cross my Portrait and organization is labels of course. Faux handwritten chalkboard labels!

Now like I said we have over 30 blogs partaking in this month's challenge so I hope you are prepared for some more swoon worthy organizing goodness.


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Create
  35. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
These projects are so A-mazing! Happy clicking and pinning of course!

Are you taking this month to get organized? What's your latest project? What's next? Have a Silhouette project to share?


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