21-day challenge: medicine cabinet

We have this awkward little cabinet above our microwave in the kitchen.

It’s too high, so it’s hard to reach and it’s too narrow and Shallow to be very useful. Plus, the microwave cord takes up a lot of space. 

We’ve been using it for a medicine cabinet, since the cabinet is too high for our littlest to reach. But the medicines weren’t organized and the cabinet was a mess. 

My first order of action was to throw away any almost empty or expired medicines. Then, I grouped them by function. 

I made some labels for them and popped them on there. 

I used all containers we already had, so I didn’t spend a dime.

Let’s look at that before and after:

Here’s a look at what lies ahead. We have only seven more days left in the challenge.

Thanks for sticking with me and being patient!!

Scripture Sunday: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy Sunday to you. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. I am excited to be back here for the third Sunday sharing my Bible Verses for the New Year series. 

Each of the verses I am sharing accompanies one of my New Years resolutions. 

Today’s verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Lord has made his children a new creation. 

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)

I am far from perfect, but I spend so much of my energy trying to be. This year, I want to remember that while I’m not perfect, God has made me a new creation. 

I am still human and I will certainly mess up and make mistakes, but I am not who I used to be before I knew the Lord. 

This year I want to remember that no matter how many times I fall short, the Lord made me a new creation when he saved me. 

Aren’t you thankful to be a new creation?

As always, if you want to download the printable above, right click and save to your device.

Catch the other verses in the series I’ve previously shared:
January 7, 2017: 1 Peter 1:3: The Lord Gives Us Hope Through Jesus 

January 15, 2017: Jeremiah 27:11: The Lord Has a Plan for Us

Weekend Reading 

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! We’ve had a busy but great week around here. 

I am really enjoying my new Scripture Sunday series “New Years Resolutions” so if you haven’t checked that out, make sure you do. 

In the meantime, here is what I am reading today:

My husband gave me The Magnolia Story for Christmas and it is wonderful. I have both laughed and cried reading it.

Using your smartphone to stay organized while traveling

Apartment Therapy: How to Display Collections that Look Organized

Pretty Organized: Simplify Your Morning Routine
Have a wonderful week!

21-day challenge: home office

We wanted a home office in our last home but had no room for it.

We are blessed to have one now, but it’s been turning into the “catch-all room.” 

Since you can see this room from our front entry, it makes our whole house look cluttered.

We cleaned, purged and put away, until we ended up with this:

Then, the guitar found a new home and so did the basketball goal.

Now our home office is looking like a grown up space again and it’s great.
Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful week end.

21-day challenge: garage

Our garage works hard for us, but lately we haven’t been working hard to keep it organized. 

Our unfinished garage has three of four walls that are still studs. It also has a nonfloored attic. On any given day, it holds two cars, our kids’ outdoor and ride on toys…and a whole bunch of crap we don’t need.

The previous owner DIYed some shelves and a workbench but neither work well for us.

We are doing a little at a time, since garage organizing is costly.

We want to get some new shelves, better organize our tool area, and buy a few of these.

If money was no object, I’d choose this:

Ted’s Woodworking
In the meantime, decluttering doesn’t cost a thing! We put everything away, swept out the garage, and hauled a truck load to the trash dump.

Here’s what we ended up with:

Certainly not perfect, but definitely way better. 

And here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge.

Have a wonderful week.

21-day challenge: craft supplies

We bought this armoire off Craigslist two years ago to store my craft supplies.

My craft cabinet really needed some help. It used to be my dirty little secret.
Then, I was able to utilize some removable shelves, well placed storage containers and hooks and get this:

I was able to straighten and clean out my cabinet and get rid of the supplies we didn’t need or use. 

I am looking at what we can do to make this space more functional. What I really want to do is build a closet like this:

                 Hi, Sugarplum!
Or maybe even this:

DIY by Design
Those are nice , but due to spacing, I’ll probably do something more like this.

Everything Etsy
Or this:

A Girl and Her Blog
But in the meantime, this is what I’m interested in doing to our craft armoire. 

Or maybe this:

Design Mom
The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to show you what I choose to do.

But until then, it’s nice not having a disorganized armoire.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

21-day challenge: under the beds

Under the bed is actually a great place for storage. It can easily get out of hand if you aren’t careful, though. 

Underneath my oldest daughter’s bed, we store her old baby blankets (the ones people made that we will never part with) and her out of season clothes.

Under my youngest daughter’s bed is where we store my wedding dress and our surplus baby products.

Underneath our bed was out of control.

We store our table leaves there, but there were things under our bed I didn’t know about.

I made three piles: put away, throw away, and donate.

Now, the only things under our bed are gift wrap supplies, a guitar, and table leaves. It’s way better.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

Stay tuned for medicine storage, craft supplies, home office and fridge/freezer.

21-day challenge: bathroom 

We have been steadily working on our home and making our spaces more organized. This week, we decided to work on organizing our bathroom.

Michael’s side of the vanity looked great.

And so did the girl’s cabinet:

But mine? Mine was looking like this:

I couldn’t find a thing and there were items in here I hadn’t used in years. 

I sorted out the items I didn’t use and threw away several things.Then, I used one of the vanity drawers to store my hair related products.

And I sorted the remainder of my products into two categories: extras, and things I use daily. 

Everything you see in the photo above is used at least every other day. 

The extra items were stored in the linen closet.

Now my side of the vanity looks like this:

I can find what I need and I’m not having to sort through things I don’t use to find what I need.

Here’s what’s still to come on the 21-day challenge:

This week, we’re organizing the home office, fridge and freezer, under the beds, craft supplies and medications. 

Come back tomorrow for an organized home office. 

Scripture Sunday: Jeremiah 29:11

Last week, I shared my first New Years resolution, which is to worry less and remember instead that I have hope in Christ. I used the scripture 1 Peter 1:3 as my memory verse for this.

I also mentioned that I am dealing with some current hardships, and I’m also doing a little Bible study that I’m learning a lot from. My memory verse for this week happens to be one of my favorite verses.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 
My second New Years resolution is to remember what I am currently dealing with is a part of God’s plan for my life. Even though we may not understand what God is doing, or why, he not only understands it but will use it to make me a better person.

He will use it to give me hope and a future. 

To download the printable above, right click and save to your device.

Have a wonderful week.

Weekend Reading

Happy weekend to you! I hope you’ve had a great week. I have several projects I’m working on this week and I can’t wait to show them to you.

But first, here is what I’m reading this weekend:

Country Living: 100+ Bedroom Ideas You’ll Love

Better Homes and Gardens: Cleaning and Organization for the New Year

Southern Living: How to Plant a Windowsill Herb Garden

Have a wonderful week!