Make Something Monday: French memo board


My daughter is growing up. She used to have this cute vanity in her room.


Now that she’s going to first grade, there’s a lot more homework involved, and she needs a quiet space to complete that. Last year we used our dining table or office and there were just too many distractions.

A Craigslist search led us to this lovely desk.


I wanted Emorie to be able to have someplace to display her creative works and some pictures if she chooses, but I didn’t want it to make her room look messy.

The solution? A French memo board. I wanted it to match her room and I wanted it to look nice, but be cheap. 

I bought a piece of foam poster board, some ribbon, buttons and fabric.


I then ironed the fabric.


I sprayed the board with spray adhesive and stretched the fabric over it.


Then, I flipped it over and secured the edges to the back of the board.


I ran ribbon strips diagonally across the board at an equal distance apart.


And secured both ends of the ribbon to the back.


I then repeated this step but with ribbons running the opposite direction. I pushed a thumb tack into the intersected ribbons.


I also glued a button to the top of the tacks.

I plan on adding a frame but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


What do you think?
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A much more organized pantry


Our pantry used to be very well organized, but we got a little lazy.


And then we got even lazier. Things weren’t put away, things weren’t paired down and thrown away, and things were just…chaotic. 


It was definitely time to do something about it.

I decided to take everything out and assess the space. While it was empty, I gave the room a good cleaning.

I then decided to categorize everything and organize it as according to category. 


I also used some smaller baskets to house fruits and veggies, and two wood crates to make a shelf for my cookbooks. 



I moved some items out of the pantry that didn’t need to be there. 


When I was finished, I had a much more organized space. I love that I can see everything and I know where everything is. 


The space functions so much better for us now. 

Our printer is currently on the brink of death so as soon as I fix it, I’ll make new ones. Then this pantry will be complete.

What space makeovers have you done recently?

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Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: Where to buy bins and baskets


Organizing is a huge part of my life (and my income) but it can be expensive. I want to share some cost effective ways to get organized. 

1. Shop your home


You’d be surprised what bins and baskets you may have around the house. I have several that I am not currently using, so I always look through those before I buy anything new.


2. Target, HomeGoods, Dollar General, Big Lots

Those are just some of my favorite places to buy bins and baskets without breaking the bank.

Just look at Target’s current offerings:


Hobby Lobby has a nice selection, but they are pricy. They do have frequent sales and coupons, so if you’re a HL fan, you may want to watch for those. HomeGoods and Marshalls have lots of high end choices for a fraction of the price. 

I bought these cute metal baskets from Dollar General.


I’d steer clear of Dollar Tree baskets though. They’re not very big and they often don’t hold up well. They do make nice drawer organizers, though. 


3. Make Something

I have covered diaper boxes with fabric and also with twine and rope. I have covered shoe boxes with fabric and paper, and then embellished them with book plates. Get creative! You’d be surprised what you can upcycle. 

Organization is life-changing, but it doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Tips and Tricks Tuesday. Have a great day.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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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.

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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.


Pinterest
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:

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21-day challenge: dressers

Our dressers in our home were looking a little shabby after Christmas. Some of them were actually pretty decent.




But then some of them were looking like this.


That’s my daughter’s pajama drawer. This is a classic case of “too much in this drawer-itis.”

You see, my sweet girls have both recently undergone a growth spurt and now there are both outgrown jammies and the new ones in here, too.


See that drawer organizer? Busting at the seams.

I decided to employ my favorite antidote. Roll up your sleeves and get to purging. Just call me Dee. Short for Dee-clutter.


When I went through all four drawer organizers and put back what fits,I was left with this huge pile of jammies that are too small.

I put back what does fit, and this was the result.


While the organizers are still pretty full, they aren’t busting at the seams and there is still room. Side note: I plan on replacing those organizers soon.

Let’s see that before and after again:


Way better, don’t you think?

We also purged and sorted our baby’s dresser, and our dresser.

We got an entire garbage bag of outgrown pajamas, old t-shirts and such from mine and my hubby’s dresser.


Also, we filled a diaper box full of outgrown baby items from my youngest daughter’s dresser.


Isn’t it incredibly freeing to get rid of things you no longer need or use?

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

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21-day challenge: kitchen cabinets

It hasn’t been that long since I organized our cabinets in the kitchen, and most of them were looking good.



But, of course, there is always one….or in this case, two.

The cabinets where I keep my serve ware/entertaining stuff was looking pretty bad. And things fell out when you opened the door. Not good.

In true Organized and SIMPLIFIED fashion, I emptied the cabinets completely. I purged some things, put the big crock pot and George Foreman in the pantry with the other appliances, and began organizing.

When I was done, the cabinets looked like this:


And then there are my kids’ cabinets:


Hot. Dang.

I decided to take out everything that isn’t used or needed, and throw away containers with missing lids. Or expired snacks/foods. Or things that were broken or warped by the dishwasher.

Then, I put everything back and straightened up.



Our spice cabinet then looked all messy and horrible next to these neat cabinets so I gave it a makeover, too.


Our kitchen is looking way better and is a lot more functional. I’m glad we reorganized it, even if it was a really big job.

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


We have had to get a little out of order, since it’s 11 degrees out and too cold to organize the garage, outdoors, or vehicles.

Tune in tomorrow for a look at our dresser purging and organizing!

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Weekend Reading 

It’s been an eventful two weeks around here. Some of you know my youngest was hospitalized for a week with for RSV. We were released last week. Aubrey is almost back to herself. Please keep praying for her.


This morning, we woke up to this: 

Isn’t it pretty? It’s still coming down, too. 

To some of you, it may not look that significant, but we North Carolinians don’t get a lot of snow. 


In the meantime, here is what I’m reading this weekend:


Real Simple: Your January To-Do List

BHG: Five Cozy Nook Ideas You’ll Love

Country Living: 70+ Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

Southern Living: Dream Homes of 2016
Have a wonderful weekend!!
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21-day challenge: the playroom 


My kids were abundantly blessed this Christmas. So blessed we couldn’t get in the playroom.


I’m not complaining. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’m grateful my kids have so many people who love them and want to give them gifts.


While there was a moment or two of “where will we put all this stuff?” I quickly realized we could clean out the playroom and make it happen. 

I went through each bin one by one and put away anything that was out of place. 

I also put the girls’ stuffed animals in their respective rooms.


Then, the hard part: I went through the playroom and got rid of the toys no one plays with anymore. 

I made three piles: one to consign, one to trash, and one to donate . 

Behold: my donation pile:


And my sell pile:


When I was finished,the playroom looked like this:


Let’s check out the “before” again:

And the after. Whew, that’s better.

And don’t forget about the other days in the 21-day challenge.


Tomorrow, we are sharing the pantry. I had to flip flop some of the dates. 

Stay tuned, but don’t forget you can join in. Just use the hashtag #ons21daychallenge. 

Have a great week!

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Until then, show me your entryway organization and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ons21daychallenge. 

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