Linen closet reorganization

My linen closet is usually pretty neat and organized, but lately it looks like this:

Not bad, but a little rough around the edges. It wasn’t bad, but it needed to be a lot better.

I started by taking everything out. I set aside things to donate, things to throw away, and things to keep. Then, I reorganized and straightened everything up.

Everything is so much neater and better organized! I’m so glad I did this.

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How to create your own rustic coat rack

We often hang things in our room on a small wooden peg coat rack. It has served the purpose for years, but since we got new furniture, it didn’t really match our bedroom anymore.

I wanted something rustic and simple that matched our new furniture. I raised my scrap wood pile, and found the perfect piece of wood. I quickly stained it with Minwax Walnut.

I found these lovely drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby and decided to use them. I measured the board to determine where I wanted to place them.

I then drilled holes and inserted the knobs, and tightened the bolts.

I then attached D rings so I could hang it from the wall.

I then trimmed the excess screw length, and hung it up.

I think this looks a lot better, don’t you?

And it was so simple to make.

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Sunday Musings: searching for strength

Last week, we began a series on verses for encouragement. Last Sunday, we discussed verses about being joyful. Today, I want to talk about verses about strength.

A lot of people in my life are going through various trials and hard times. While God promises to never forsake us, we can’t get through everything on our own.

So how can we get through those hard times? We have to trust God to give us the strength to make it through. The Bible has a lot to say about strength:

Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—  my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

1 Chronicles 16:11  Seek the LORD and his strength;  seek his presence continually!

Of course, this is nowhere near the actual number of verses in the Bible. Did you know the word “strength” is mentioned over 360 times in the Bible?

In Ephesians 6:10, Paul says “be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.” What that means is as Christians, we should look to Christ as a source of unlimited power and strength.

When things are too great for us to handle, we should cast our cares on Him, because he cares for us.

Have a blessed week.

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Simplified Saturday: laundry

A house with small children tends to have lots of laundry. If I didn’t wash every day, we’d run out of clothes pretty quickly.

There are a few things we have learned to make doing the laundry easier.

1. Throw a load of laundry in the wash when you first wake up.

By the time the kids and I get ready and out the door, all of the laundry is washed. Do your “foldables” first so you can throw them in the dryer while you’re still home.

2. Do a small load of laundry everyday, so you don’t have a large load to contend with all at once.

If I waited until the end of the week to do laundry, my whole weekend would be shot. No dice! Doing a little load each night makes a huge difference.

3. Fold a small load each night so you don’t have to deal with an overflowing laundry basket.

Same reason: smaller loads= light work.

4. If your washer has a timer, use it.

Washing machines with timers are great! Throw your clothes in the wash before you leave, set the timer, and come home to laundry in the wash.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these time saving laundry tips. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Creating an Attractive Command center

I’ll admit it: my command center has good bones, but something is missing. It’s not terrible, but it isn’t pretty or inspiring, either.

I love the giant bulletin board and the giant calendar.

I love the cute art prints at the top.

I especially love that makeshift mail basket on the wall.

But you know what I don’t love?

The small sewing machine turned desk under my command center.

The thrown together look of my command center.

The lack of symmetry in my command center.

I started scouring the internet for inspiration and I came across this image from Pottery Barn:

Is this not gorgeous? I love everything about it….except the price.

I’m going to attempt to DIY a bigger, better command center using the picture above as inspiration.

What do you think?

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Winter home tour 2018

After Christmas comes and goes, I often find myself in such a decorating bind. My house is so decorated for Christmas that when it’s all taken down and put away, the house just looks naked. It’s awful.

But your house doesn’t have to feel naked. Here are some ways I’ve managed to recycle some Christmas decor for winter.

Our front entry is simple but pretty with this apothecary jar full of pine tree picks and winterberry, a small vase of winterberry and a candle. If you’re missing the glow of Christmas lights, use a candle to simulate that glow.

Natural elements like pine branches, pine cones, boxwood and winterberry evoke winter but not necessarily Christmas. Here’s a basket of pine cones that sit in our office.

We also have a vignette in the middl of our dining room table that is full of pine cones and pine branches. Pine cones add lots of texture to a room and they can be used in the fall, too. Plus, they’re really pretty.

This has been a very versatile vignette. I’ve used it for almost three seasons and simply switched out a few elements each time.

In our dining room, the sideboard features a doughbowl with candles, pine picks, and more candles. So simple.

The stoneware pitcher and saucer belonged to my great grandparents.

Our faux mantle is decked out with winterberry, candles, and the soft glow of lanterns. How cute is this terrarium?

I hope you have enjoyed our winter home tour this year. Come back and visit us soon!!

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Craft cabinet woes

Some people have a craft room. I have a craft cabinet. It’s a rather nice setup compared to the packed chest and drawers I had at our old house. I’m not complaining, so please don’t think that.

The cabinet has a nice amount of space, but it’s not organized anymore. It needs a good cleaning out and a little reorganizing.

I’m not 100% sure what I want to do to it yet, but I’m eyeballing all of that wasted space on the doors.

I’d like to use the cabinet to do something like this:

Source: Martha Stewart Living

This craft cabinet makes good use of the space and is super organized and attractive as well. I would want to do something like this. I have a bad habit of buying organizers and decor when I can easily make something using materials I already have.

I’m challenging myself to create organizers for my craft cabinet, using materials I already own.

Tune in not next week, but the week after next week for the final result.

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Sunday Musings: Word of the Year

In recent months, I’ve shared various Bible verses. We have been using lots of stand alone verses for each individual Sunday, but since it’s a new year, I’d like to change it up and do something…new.

It’s no secret that 2017 was a horrible year. While my intent was to remain joyful through our struggles, I didn’t really do a great job of that. Our pastor preached a sermon late in 2017 in which he mentioned that joy doesn’t come naturally, but you must choose to be joyful.

Why is being joyful so important? And how do we find this joy? The Bible has a number of things to say about joy:

Psalm 16:10 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” In other words, when we spend time in the presence of God we’ll experience joy in this life and in eternity when we are truly in His presence. Godliness = joy

1 Chronicles 16:27 says this: “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” In other words, living a life in His ways will bring us joy and strength.

Proverbs 16:20: “Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”

Romans 15:13: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

James 1:2-4: “Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

2 Corinthians 6:10: “Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.”

There are many more verses about joy in the Bible; this list doesn’t even scratch the surface. You’ll notice a common theme, though. Joy comes from God, but we must choose to spend time with Him: in His word. In His House. To fellowship with other believers and members of His family.

True Joy must come from God, but we have to choose to seek Him. I admitted to you all last Sunday that my quiet times have suffered and, as a result, my walk with God has suffered.

I am in a place now where I need to seek His face and find the joy only He can give us.

This year, my word of the year is “joy.”

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Simplify Saturdays: Cleaning routines

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I can honestly say that I have never completely cleaned my home in one day. I have tried to do it, and I either run out of time, or I get burned out. And my house is not a big house.

I also learned pretty quickly that cleaning on Saturdays meant that I lose my entire Saturday and I don’t get to do anything fun with my family. I found a daily cleaning schedule on Pinterest, adapted it, and came up with this:

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My house is much cleaner when I do a little bit of cleaning each night. This way, every surface of the house is cleaned monthly, if not weekly. Honestly, with kids, you need to spot clean upholstery more often than once a month. We also don’t always get to the windows, but we do try.  It also helps that my oldest child likes to help me clean, and is pretty good at it, too.

Another way to simplify your cleaning routine is to create cleaning zone kits. For instance, I keep a kitchen cleaning kit under my kitchen sink, and bathroom cleaning kits under both bathroom sinks. The kitchen kit includes stainless steel cleaner, Chlorox wipes,  dishwashing detergent, ceramic tile cleaner, multipurpose cleaner and window cleaner. The bathroom kits contain Chlorox wipes, window cleaner, daily shower cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet cleaner and magic erasers. Having these kits in close proximity means I can just open the cabinet, grab the kit, and do a quick cleanup.

I also keep a general house cleaning kit in my laundry room with window cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, and furniture polish. This is in a bucket with a handle on it, so I can tote it around the house.

I have learned that tackling one room at a time means that I am able to clean the room more thoroughly, and that I am less likely to do a thorough job if I clean the whole house all at once.

Truthfully though, you have to clean your home in a way that fits your family, your home and your schedule.

Have a wonderful week! How do you clean your house?

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How to successfully purge your closet for the new year

Each year, we begin organizing and purging each room of our home starting in January.

This year, I started with our closets. We have now done all of the clothes closets, dressers and the linen closet, but we haven’t done the pantry yet. That one will take awhile.

When we purge anything, we make three piles: one to trash, one to donate, and one to keep. When we clean out the dressers and closets, we operate on a certain list of rules.

1. If it doesn’t fit right, donate it.

If you don’t wear it because it doesn’t fit, don’t hold on to it. If you don’t love it, don’t keep it. If you can honestly say either of these things, then give the garment to someone who’ll enjoy it. If it’s ripped, stained or worn, toss it. This rule applies to anything: clothes, shoes, accessories.

2. If it doesn’t go with three different outfits, don’t keep it.

Back in the dark ages when I kept everything, I had a closet full of cute clothes but nothing to wear with them. That is frustrating! I’d much rather have a few cute pieces of clothing that I can wear lots of different ways that lots of clothes that I can only wear one way.

3. Be ruthless

If you overthink it too much, you won’t get rid of anything! It’s way better to just ruthlessly toss, donate or upcycle without taking time to give it a second thought.

4. Don’t keep it if you aren’t using it regularly right now.

Don’t keep something just because you think you might need it. If you aren’t currently using something on a regular basis, get rid of it. If you need it later on down the road, you can go get one, but if you don’t need it, you won’t miss it.

5. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place.

The best way to de clutter is simply to not have any extraneous stuff! That can be easier said than done. Instead, have a specified place for anything and make sure it gets put away. And finally, conduct regular purges- at least twice a year to ensure that you stay organized.

Happy organizing!!

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