Archive for the ‘organization’ Category

Organization: Sarah’s Pantry Overhaul!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

About 2 months ago I woke up to find a nightmare in my pantry. BUGS!!!

Warehouse bugs.

It was traumatic.

It look a while to get rid of them.

But now we’re bug-free and neater than ever, as this was a great excuse to have a pantry overhaul.

Ooooh pretty!!!

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One of the things I learned, was that I really needed plastic containers to prevent it happening again.

(The bugs were in a box of cereal. Yuck.)

Containers can keep the food air-tight, fresher for longer…and just feels clean!

We’d been wanting these OXO (click HERE) containers for years but they are pricey. We were thrilled with our find at Costco, a pack of 8 containers for $48. Which is great because usually they are about $15 each!

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For smaller prepackaged items our favorite $1 bins (link HERE) are perfection.

They keep things in their place, and also protect from those ‘lil pests.

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To finish it off we added wrapping paper to the shelves. Much cuter and cheaper than liners, but will probably have to be replaced every other year or so.

And just because we couldn’t get enough stripes we added a notice board to match!

Since we removed ours in the hallway for the peg rail (see HERE) I’ve been desperate for a place for invitations and such.

We simply covered a notice board in fabric and hung with command strips.

So handy, and cute.

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We’d been eating out a ton and keeping what little food we had on the other side of the kitchen, so it’s nice to finally feel back to normal.

Relaxed and clean again!

A New Way to Pack with Kids

Monday, June 15th, 2015

One of our favorite clients introduced us to this amazing idea…packing family style for vacation.

Instead of each having individual bags to lug in and out of the car and hotels…packing one family bag per day instead.

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We laminated THESE tags from Ikea, to make it easy to identify each bag.

This idea is genius and makes traveling SO much easier!

Do you have a summer vacay planned? Give this method a try!

DVD Organization

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

This week we’ve done some major DVD sorting. Some movies went straight into the ‘donate’ pile, but even in our day of Netflix and Redbox there are still a few favorites we want to keep…

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Ikea has these perfect DVD boxes that inspired our project (HERE).

At only $1.49 a box how could we refuse?

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We divided movies into genres and labeled each box accordingly and gave them all a home in our storage cubes.

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We are loving this system of having movies divided by category. We’re already noticing a pattern…kid movies and chick flicks!

Do you need help organizing your home?
Please email mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com!

Quiet Bag

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Church, meetings or special events…there are those special times we need to keep the little ones quiet.

It’s all about the art of distraction and a designated ‘quiet bag’ ready to grab works wonders.

Here’s what we’re towing around…

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1. Snacks and water. We know how it feels to be cranky pants when thirsty or hungry. A snack bag of cheerios and our fave lollacups keep the girlies amused for a while when meetings run long.

2. Links. The best toy ever!

3. A cute tote to carry it all.

4. Plastic photo album. The girls love flipping through these and looking at pics of the family.

5. Mini board books. THESE ones are a family favorite…those illustrations!

6. A diaper or two + wipes.

7. Finger puppets. These ones are hand-me-downs, but THESE are an amazing deal.

8. Straws and plastic utensils can double as a toy to keep the babies occupied for a few minutes.

Do you have any great tips for keeping babies amused on the go?
Please share!!!

Holler Dollar: Spiral Notebooks

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

We are constantly making little ‘to-do’ notes in our phone that inevitably get lost and forgotten about.

Sometimes nothing beats good old fashioned paper and pen, right?! THESE $.79 notebooks from Ikea are perfect to keep our week and priorities straight!

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We love a good notebook and a list to check off, how about you?

Spring Spruce: The Kitchen Sink

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Spring screams all things fresh, green and bright and makes Mrs Meyer’s Lemon Verbena products our absolute favorite this time of year.

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hand soap (HERE)

dish soap (HERE)

 favorite dish wand (HERE)

dish towels (HERE)

A few new products and a fresh basil plant puts us is in the right mood to tackle dust bunnies under the couch and plan easy and light spring meals.

We say a few dollars well spent! Who’s with us?

Holler Doller: Spiral Notebooks

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

We are constantly making little ‘to-do’ notes in our phone that inevitably get lost and forgotten about.

Sometimes nothing beats good old fashioned paper and pen, right?! THESE $.79 notebooks from Ikea are perfect to keep our week and priorities straight!

boxwood clippings hollar dollar ikea notebooks

We love a good notebook and a list to check off, how about you?

 

Mini Makeover: Making My Living Room Kid Friendly!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

I’m such a neutral-color-lover when it comes to my house, my clothes and even my car; but now that kids are on the seen, color is a must. Instead of trying to hide it, I’m slowly trying to embrace this new era, and delighting in the fact this living room isn’t just mine anymore!

Kid-proofing my bookcase was on my list of things to do this week, since the girlies are now on their feet. All breakables have been moved to new heights, and the bookcase that always catches their attention is now home to baskets of toys and a diaper station.

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Adding a ‘pop’ of color with my favorite books on the top shelf, helps blend in the color of the toys, and makes it look more intentional.

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 These durable baskets were a find from DI (local thrift shop), they’ve be perfect for housing the smaller toys. The metal structure has proved to be extremely kid-friendly, and still is intact after many many hours of abuse!

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 A pretty glass container can turn everyday objects into something special. These are toys I grab when I’m running out of the house, a little something for them to play with in the car.

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I really enjoyed this little exercise of making something functional and pretty. Never would I have thought I’d have a pair of red shoes on my bookcase, but we’re all happy how it turned out.

Any tips and tricks from you mummy’s. Do share!

PS. Nanny, don’t worry the bookcase is also anchored to the wall, safety first!

How we Organize our Diaper Bags

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

So far, we’ve discovered everything our mother taught us about parenting is true! “Being one step ahead” is something we’ve heard our whole lives, but now we understand how much easier and smoother our day is when we’re prepped!

We try (emphasis on try) to re-stock our diaper bags every night, so it is ready to grab in the morning without even thinking what the babes might need for the day.

Like organizing anything else, every item has it’s place so can be easily found and to equally easy to see when it needs to be replaced.

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MAIN COMPARTMENT

plastic changing mat

several diapers

small refillable wipe case and back-up wipes

diaper sacks kept in plastic wipe case (we love THESE ones)

antibacterial wipes (for baby and surfaces HERE)

wallet and sunglasses (we love our Hobo wallets HERE)

sippy cup

security blanket

THESE muslin blankets are perfect. Sold in a two-pack, one for home, one for diaper bag.

SIDE POCKETS

Extra complete outfit (onesie, clothes, headband). When our babies were younger we’d keep two extra outfits.

In the other side pocket we keep food and snacks.  Two bibs, baby food in pouches, and a bag of baby puffs (HERE) for easy on-the-go snacks.

In the two end pockets we keep one stocked with toys, and the other with a water bottle or two for mama and for baby’s sippy cup.

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These hand sanitizer cases from Bath and Body Works are perfect to attach to the side of our diaper bags.

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We love THIS diaper bags from Pottery Barn Kids. It is large, comes with a changing mat and has so many pockets so things don’t get lost.

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Keeping our babies clean, fed and happy is a big task away from home. Having our diaper bags organized and stocked is key to starting a good day!

How do you keep on top of it all? Please spill your secrets, we need all the help we can get ;)

Baby Jane’s Closet: Organizing Hand-Me-Downs

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Baby Jane is a very lucky lady. She is the youngest of many little girl cousins and therefore is the recipient of LOTS of hand-me-downs.

The only downside of lots of clothes, is keeping track of them all! I have a few systems in place to help make sure that cute little 6-12 mo dress, or those size 3 shoes will be worn without being lost at the back of a drawer.

My friends bought Jane THESE adorable totes from Target. These keep together things that I have lots of…sleepsacks, crib shoes, hats, and one designated for Jane’s memory box.

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I try to keep the hanging space to things she is currently wearing or will be shortly. It really helps me to see all of her outfits in one space rather than folded in a drawer. The left side of the closet is every day clothes, and on the right we keep cardigans, coats and dresses.

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I put a storage cube at the bottom of the closet to add extra storage. I’ve been loving the open shelving when I only have one hand available to grab a blanket. This cube is discontinued, see similar HERE.

On top of the cube we keep her current shoes and fancy socks and tights in the little boxes. Again, it really helps to have them out and lined up so none get forgotten about. So many hand-me-downs.

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Any hand-me-down that won’t fit for another year gets labelled and stored in a large tote in the basement.

Thanks family for dressing our baby girl, she wouldn’t be as nearly as stylin’ without you!

DIY Peg Coat Rack

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The twins turn one next month. Gone are the babes swaddled safely in my arms, here are independant little explorers roaming free and keeping me on my toes!

Baby proofing has gone beyond safety gates, as we realize a safe home is a relaxed home. At this stage everything is going in their mouths so it’s essential things are out of reach, but still totally accessible to Brock and me.

This past weekend, Brock whipped up this new peg coat rack. Not only does it look totes adorbs (he he) but it holds much more than coats. We’ve been hanging everything in sight, from shoes to recycling to mail and keys. It’s so handy and looks great! We’re wondering why we didn’t think of doing it before, and it only cost about $11 to make!

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I had every intention to shoot the process, but my hands were full with the ladies, so I’ll just have to explain it!

You Will Need:

1 plank of wood, 3.5″ width (primed, cut to desired length)

1 or 2 dowels, 1″ diameter (number of dowels depends on desired length)

Saw

Drill and 1″ drill bit (same size as dowels)

Wood glue

Sand paper

Paint

Wood screws (for mounting to the wall)

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How To:

Measure out your space and decide the length of the peg rack and the distance you want between each peg. The Shakers did their pegs 6″ apart, so we went with their school of thought, along an 8-foot rack (16 pegs). Measure out the distance between each peg along the wood plank, making sure to measure from the middle of the plank (so you don’t end up with a peg only one inch from one end and 6 inches from the other end).

Mark the center point where each peg should go, making sure to keep all pegs along the centerline of the plank. Brock made a template out of an old scrap of wood the same width as the plank to make sure the distance between pegs and distance from the edge was uniform.

Next, drill 1″ holes for each peg, making sure not to angle the drill (if you know someone with a drill press, this would be the best way to do it; otherwise, just use a steady hand). Brock drilled all the way through each hole, but if you’re using a drill press, it would be best to drill only 3/4 the distance through the plank to allow more surface area for the wood glue to bond. Whichever way you do it, it needs to be uniform to make sure the peg lengths are the same across the plank.

Cut the dowels to your desired peg lengths (ours were 5″). Dry-fit the pegs in the holes to make sure they fit snuggly. If they are loose, don’t worry; you can use a household caulk to fill in the extra space prior to painting. Glue one end of each peg into place using a very strong wood glue and leave for 24 hours to fully cure.

Sand any sharp or splintered edges as needed, making sure to remove any excess glue, then paint (and caulk if needed). Once the paint has dried, you are ready to mount your new peg coat rack! To do this, use a stud-finder to find the studs behind the wall, then simply drill small holes into the plank for your screws. Use a level to make sure your new rack is positioned correctly, and then screw it to the wall. Lastly, use some caulk to hide the screws, and the re-paint over the screw holes, and you’re done!

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 Ours is placed between our garage door and kitchen. Even in narrow hallways it works great and helps maximize the space.

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 Here’s how the hallway looked before. Functional and tidy, but not baby friendly.

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Has January been an organizing month for you, too? We love a fresh space for a fresh year!

Better Homes and Gardens Organization at Walmart!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

We always have our eyes open for stylish and affordable totes and baskets for organization projects. We were shocked when we saw these at Walmart:

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lined wire basket with chalkboard label $7.47

boxwoodclippings_fabric totefabric tote $13.88

boxwoodclippings_lined basketlined basket $11.97

 We’re telling you, these are ‘totes’ adorbs in person. hehe.

Are you working on any organization projects this January? Make sure to check out Walmart for great prices and style.

Organization Consultations Now Available!!!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

We hope your holidays were lovely and relaxing. We enjoyed a much needed blogging break and loved slowing down for a few weeks, seeing our baby girls experience Christmas for the first time. :)

We are back, refreshed and ready for this new year! Have you made some new year’s goals? Any involving organization? We are craving fresh and clean spaces, here are a few past projects that are getting us inspired!

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We’ve had lots of email inquiries asking about our services lately. We are so excited to offer our new organization consultations to make professional organizing accessible and affordable to you all.

Here’s How It Works:

We will come and personally meet with you to create a custom plan for your space that teaches you to how organize on your own! We will share our systems and keep you motivated as you work through the process.

Not only will organizing on your own time save you a bundle, we have found this to be so much more effective for our clients than traditional help, as we teach you the skills to have you organizing like a pro in no time!

For those of you not local to Utah we can even face time and skype consults!

Please email us at mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com for our rates and availability.

We are so excited and can’t wait to meet many of you!

Here’s to an organized 2015!!!

Food Station for Babies

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Feeding two young babies at the table can be challenging. When Brock’s home, he has one and I have the other, but it’s a constant battle of ‘please pass this” and “are you done with that?”. To help relieve some of the crazy I put together this food station that has helped us out tremendously!

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I got a tray that fits nicely on our lazy Suzanne, and then stocked it with all of the essentials. Our goal is to never have to leave the table mid-feed once we’re there with our homemade baby food (link HERE).

Our Go-To Items Are:

Bowls

Spoons

Bibs

Wipes

Snacks

Oatmeal

I must say this system has been WORKING!!! We’re getting the feeding down like magic!

Have you guys been re-organizing or tweaking a problem area in your homes? Do share!

Baby Girl Closet: Headband Organization

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Double of everything looks like a lot in one little closet, so it’s also doubly important to keep it nice and organized.

After our recent post (see HERE) where we made our own headbands, you can say I went a little crazy and decided the girls needed at least one each in all the neutrals (yes, pink is a neutral when it comes to baby girls!). Good thing they are cheap and easy!

Which was exactly what we were looking for in a storage solution. Naturally we headed to Ikea and found these awesome rails ($2.99), bins ($.99) and hooks ($.99).

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Using all available space is key in a small space. In most cases that means putting your wall space to use.

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It looks pretty, but most of all it’s very functional. As always, creating a home for something helps your home run more smoothly with way less stress. No longer are we on the hunt for two matching bows, they’re right there next to each other…see less stress!

We also love that the rails, hooks and bins can be handy for all sorts of odds and ends when the bow phase is over. Honestly, I think I’ll be adding a lot more of these around the house. Are you tempted?

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for product links :)

 

Simple Solution: Coat Rack for Hanging Wet Clothes

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The laundry room has become a busy room in the Faubus house since the girls arrived. Two little ladies sure know how to dirty clothes!

Usually I throw most of the clothes in the dryer, but recently I’ve noticed the baby clothes have been shrinking even when we wash on cold. So the room has been covered with wet clothes hanging from anywhere I could find. Usually, the ironing board and cupboard doors!

We nipped into Ikea to see what solutions they had, and this coat rack (found HERE) won me over with a modest price tag of $12.99. Holler!

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Now when the clothes come out of the washer, they go straight on a hanger until dried, then either into the dryer for a “fluff up” or into the ironing pile.

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This simple and cheap solution has been working so well. Most of the time the room is looking quite decent and tidy.

See, no staging for this pic!

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Another thing I liked about this option is that it’s not permanent. That rack will come in handy whenever we have extra house guests. :)

Simple Soloution: Recipe Book for Printed Recipes

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Browsing through a beautiful recipe book is inspiring and motivating,

but a lot of the time I turn to the web for spur of the moment recipes and ideas.

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It’s no surprise that many of these recipes become favorites and need a home,

and I’m really proud that I have found the perfect one!

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These portfolios (see HERE) are perfection.

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The plastic sleeves not only protect from flying ingredients,

but also make it really easy to flip through the recipes.

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I added tabs and made it even more user friendly. :)

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Now that this problem is fixed, I can see I’m going to go ‘print crazy’.

Maybe I’ll need a book for each category soon.

Oooh I think I like that idea!

Em’s Pantry: Take Two!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I absolutely hate it when I’ve just been grocery shopping and come back staring at the pantry like I have nothing to eat. It makes me feel like I have no idea what I just all that money on!

To streamline our pantry’s snack options I picked up THIS chalkboard sticker.

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Not only does it help me keep track of pantry inventory, it is also easier to make smart food choices. Instead of immediately diving into the chocolate bin, I at least consider the healthier snack options!

Do you have a food inventory system? We’d love to hear how you organize your pantry!

Functional Carts

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When we came home from the hospital we set up camp in our master bedroom, it became major ‘baby central’ as EVERYTHING happened in there: sleeping, eating, nappy changing. Everything! We were in survival mode and it was just easier to keep everyone and everything in one room.

The twins migrated to their nursery when they were 8 weeks old, but we still found it very handy to keep a set up in our bedroom. It isn’t the prettiest, but having a baby station near by still helps big time in the middle of the night, and pretty much all day long.

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If I’d had my time again (and maybe next time round) I think a cart would work perfectly for this job.

If you find yourself with too many essential but messy items, you may want to get a cart too, things look so much tidier when they are contained.

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Here are a few budget friendly ones:

boxwood clippings_world market cartThis one (click HERE) is from World Market for $150

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boxwood clippings_ikea cartThis Ikea beauty is only $50 (see HERE) is.

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Crate and Barrels all business with this, but I always love the industrial look (click HERE).

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PS. Did you notice my snack bin next to the baby bottles!?

BEST. IDEA. EVER.

It may just stay forever!!!

Em’s Gift Closet Organization

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Hands down my favorite thing about our home is storage space! After years of apartment dwelling, adequate closet space is heaven on earth!

I recently turned our guest room closet into a gifting station:

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Here are five things I did to organize the space:

1. Our trusty white Ikea boxes keep light-weight gift wrap and ribbons on the top shelf. I used the same boxes at the bottom of the closet to organize my stock pile of gifts into four categories: ladies, gents, kiddos and baby.

2. Rubbermaids keep Christmas wrapping and craft supplies close in case I need them.

3. I used the clothing rails to drape tissue and packing paper. These can easily be combined or totally removed when guests arrive for hanging space.

4. A little stainless caddy holds wrapping essentials: tape, pens, gift tags and stickers.

5. A handy calendar hung on the inside of the closet door helps me keep on top of important dates.

How do you keep your birthdays and gifting organized?