Rustic Christmas Décor 

I guess you have figured out now that I love rustic Décor.  You won’t be surprised that I love rustic  Christmas Décor.

Here are some of my favorite rustic Christmas decorations.

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I did something similar last year with a crate, pine cones and lights.  I really like the mason jars though.

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I love this.  It’d be a nice alternative to a wreath.

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I could see these being used on a tree or as package decorations.  Aren’t these cute?

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Pine cone crafts always seem to turn out so well.

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Painted signs are my jam! These are fabulous.

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This would be so easy and so cheap to make!!

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I hope you have enjoyed my rustic Christmas round up.  Have a wonderful day and join us tomorrow for a Christmas planning binder.

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoiseaquifer and HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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Getting organized: A new series

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Hello and happy Tuesday! I am debuting a new blog series this week, simply titled “Getting organized.” This series is going to take a look at some organizing tools that I use and some that have been recommended to me. Here are some of the posts you will see in this new series:

1. Best organizing apps for your smart phone
2. The home binder
3. Keeping your closets organized
4. Command centers
5. Motherhood + organizing
6. Organizing finances

Once again, I am NOT a professional organizer. I’m not an expert. I’m just a human who craves order and has learned a few tricks to help me be more organized. I am only passing along that which I’ve already learned. I’m still looking to learn more, so please, if you have any ideas or tricks of your own, I’d love for you to contribute.

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate Addict, and French Country Cottage!

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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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Tis the Season to Re-organize

Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate our Savior. New Year’s Day: ‘Tis the season to make changes for the better.  Here at the Boone house, New Years ‘Tis the Season to clean, put away Christmas decor, and re-organize.

Thankfully, most of our home stays fairly organized through the year. I also check up on our closets, cabinets, dressers and other areas once a month. I have labels on almost every jar, basket and bin in the house, which makes putting away fairly easy.

Either way, we sometimes get lazy throughout the year and we just put things back where ever.  That being said, I am going to begin a new organizing challenge. Would anyone like to join me? 
In the next twenty-one days (beginning on January 2nd, of course), let’s organize all of the following: 

By the way, I am on board for this, too. I would not ask you to do anything I would not do myself. I will post before/after pictures, and will do an organizing link party at the end of the month. 

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Tis the Season to Re-organize

Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate our Savior. New Year’s Day: ‘Tis the season to make changes for the better.  Here at the Boone house, New Years ‘Tis the Season to clean, put away Christmas decor, and re-organize.

Thankfully, most of our home stays fairly organized through the year. I also check up on our closets, cabinets, dressers and other areas once a month. I have labels on almost every jar, basket and bin in the house, which makes putting away fairly easy.

Either way, we sometimes get lazy throughout the year and we just put things back where ever.  That being said, I am going to begin a new organizing challenge. Would anyone like to join me? 
In the next twenty-one days (beginning on January 2nd, of course), let’s organize all of the following: 

By the way, I am on board for this, too. I would not ask you to do anything I would not do myself. I will post before/after pictures, and will do an organizing link party at the end of the month. 

Continue Reading

Tis the Season to Re-organize

Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate our Savior. New Year’s Day: ‘Tis the season to make changes for the better.  Here at the Boone house, New Years ‘Tis the Season to clean, put away Christmas decor, and re-organize.

Thankfully, most of our home stays fairly organized through the year. I also check up on our closets, cabinets, dressers and other areas once a month. I have labels on almost every jar, basket and bin in the house, which makes putting away fairly easy.

Either way, we sometimes get lazy throughout the year and we just put things back where ever.  That being said, I am going to begin a new organizing challenge. Would anyone like to join me? 
In the next twenty-one days (beginning on January 2nd, of course), let’s organize all of the following: 

By the way, I am on board for this, too. I would not ask you to do anything I would not do myself. I will post before/after pictures, and will do an organizing link party at the end of the month. 

Continue Reading

Tis the Season to Re-organize

Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate our Savior. New Year’s Day: ‘Tis the season to make changes for the better.  Here at the Boone house, New Years ‘Tis the Season to clean, put away Christmas decor, and re-organize.

Thankfully, most of our home stays fairly organized through the year. I also check up on our closets, cabinets, dressers and other areas once a month. I have labels on almost every jar, basket and bin in the house, which makes putting away fairly easy.

Either way, we sometimes get lazy throughout the year and we just put things back where ever.  That being said, I am going to begin a new organizing challenge. Would anyone like to join me? 
In the next twenty-one days (beginning on January 2nd, of course), let’s organize all of the following: 

By the way, I am on board for this, too. I would not ask you to do anything I would not do myself. I will post before/after pictures, and will do an organizing link party at the end of the month. 

Continue Reading