Archive for the ‘organization’ Category

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. :)

boxwood clippings_simple solution recipe book

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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boxwood clippings_pantry organization

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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boxwood clippings_crate and barrel cart

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:

boxwood clippings_em's organized gift closet

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?

Kitchen Organization Tips

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Kitchen’s can be a nightmare to organize and keep clean, but there are a few things I’ve found have worked for me, that have been my saving grace, I thought they’d be handy to share today.

No. 1: Customize what works for you. 

You probably won’t get to design or change the basic layout of your kitchen, but you do get to choose where the knifes are kept! Think about how you cook and prep meals, unload the dishwasher. You don’t want to be walking clear across the room every time you need a spoon. Keep things close, and if say your cutlery drawer is way across from where you need it to be, be creative and think outside the box like keeping spoons in a jug on your counter right were you need them.

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No. 2: Buy like items.

Although individual pieces can be so beautiful in a tablescape, they are an organizing nightmare. Keep them in a rubbermaid for occasions, but for everyday think assembly line. Having 20 white plates the same size will help with storage and be a breeze when you’re loading the dishwasher.

You can still have variety by buying in groups, and then allotting that group a certain space in your cupboard. Anyone who is living with you should know, blue glasses go here, milk ones here… then you will ALWAYS have a space that looks organized like this!

boxwood clippings_kitchen cupboard organization

 

No. 3: Place Items you use Rarely up High

This is kind of obvious, but we see it more than you’d think when we help people organize. Don’t take up your valuable accessible space with items you rarely use. Ask yourself how often you use that egg cup, and if it’s less than a weekly or fortnightly shelf it up high or in another space. For items I only pull out for Christmas, I keep in the basement, out of the way.

In this pic you can see all my random bits and bobs, too little to bother storing but can be up high for when I need them.

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No. 4 Make use of All Space. 

If you don’t have enough cupboard space EVEN with all that organizing and taking things down to the basement you may want to consider making use of that wall space to hang some shelfs. Vertical space is underused in most homes, and not only is it functional, it can also look really pretty.

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No. 5 Practice makes Perfect. 

No one moves into there house and gets everything right straight off the bat. Recognize what is and isn’t working frequently, and go ahead and make the changes needed. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was your home! I’m still working at being more functional, one room at a time, or one cupboard at a time, but it’s so satisfying to have working systems in place, small victories make me smile!

Good luck, email with questions if you’d like our help!

9 Ways to Use a Mason Jar

Monday, June 30th, 2014

We know mason jars have been on-trend for a while now, but they are so versatile we literally use them in every room of the house!

Here’s just a few of the many things you can do with a mason jar:

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1. Bathroom storage: Toothbrush holder, bobby pins, and q-tips.

2. Glass: so perfect for a summer barbeque, or if you want to keep your kitchenware super casual. See our refreshing flavored water recipes HERE.

3. Small office supplies: Paperclips, pins, pencils and crayons. These look especially great all lined up in a row on a shelf or along a desk.

4. Cupcake liner holder: A mason jar is absolutely perfect to hold your cupcake liners and keep with all the rest of your baking ingredients and supplies.

5. Food storage: Obviously mason jars are great at keeping food air-tight and fresh. We love using them for dried spices and nuts to extend shelf-life and freshness.

6. Party decor: When we were in college, we would decorate for parties all the time with jars filled with water and a tea light. We would then add color with fruit or colored ribbon. So inexpensive, easy and effective!

7. Laundry room storage: buttons, threads that come with clothing are always hanging around. Why not give them a more permanent home?!

8. Craft room storage: We always save ribbons we get on gifts, rolling them up and sorting them by colour make them easy to find and reuse.

9. Loose Change storage: Having a jar in the closet makes emptying your pockets easy. We use our pennies for little treats like sodas, but it’s fun to also see the jar get full!

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Do you love mason jars as much as we do?

What do you use them for?

Ikea Drawer Organizers

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

With just four weeks to go, nesting is in full swing around here. Diapers…check, onsies…check, we are all ready for our baby girl. THESE Ikea Skubb drawer dividers are keeping all those little things nice and orderly.

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THIS pack is so versatile and has a great price of only $7.99 for six drawer inserts!

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We use the same dividers in our dressers to organize, socks, underwear and small items.

Just a few dollars investment can save your drawers from being a complete mess. Well worth the investment don’t you think?

Inexpensive Drawer Organization Solution

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Organization is always tricky and something that needs to be worked on and tweaked until you get the designated space to function perfectly for you.

When you finally get it just right, it feels pretty amazing! Like the stars in the universe are aligned again! We’ve been in our home a year now and most of our spaces are functioning ok. One of my favorite little spaces is our bathroom drawers, which stay organized by these plastic fellas…

Emily's Bathroom Organization

They may not be the prettiest, but I love they can be squished together to keep everything separated in its own compartment. Best of all they usually come in a pack of 3 and cost only a dollar at Target or Walmart.

These rectangle and square trays are similar to what I used and cost $1.34 for the 3-pack at my local Walmart. I use these same bins for all my shallow drawers throughout they house. They are especially great to keep my designated ‘junk drawer’ in the kitchen from getting too out of hand.

If you have things floating around in your drawers, you may want to try these inexpensive plastic trays a try!

5 Tips to Organize a Nursery Closet

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

My girls’ closet is a little dreamy, for me at least! Little coordinating clothes hung in order send me into a tissy! Although I love the way this closet looks, the way it functions is even better. I’m able to grab what I need at a seconds notice and know exactly where things belong when I’m tidying up. A place for everything is ALWAYS key!

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A few tips for an organized closet:

No.1 Matching Hangers: Instantly creates a uniformed look. White looks the cleanest.

No.2 Organize according to size first: Group all the same size clothes together, you don’t want to be routing through size 6 month clothes when you have a new born (unless he’s really really big!).

No.3 Then arrange by colour: Within the size group colour coordinate your clothes, not only does this look tidy, but really helps when you’re looking for something in particular.

No.4 Have somewhere for clothes that are too big or too small: Children grow SO fast, so have somewhere handy where you can throw the ones that don’t fit. I use one of the white boxes above just temporarily until they are out of all the clothes that size, then they’ll be moved to the basement. This works the other way, keep clothes that are the next size up close at hand, look through it often and make sure they’re not missing wearing something because you forgot about it!

No.5 Use baskets, bins and shelves to create more storage: To have a place for everything YOU need to create the homes! Maximize space with book shelves (our forever fave is the kallax from ikea HERE). Bins and baskets create homes for bibs, bows, socks and any other little items you have in there.

boxwood clippings_twin baby closet

boxwood clippings_twin baby closet

 

Of course things will get messy, but if the organized skeleton is there, it will take a fraction of the time to put it straight.

Our mum used to sing to us as we were going to bed and she’d be doing a light pick up. I find it a soothing chore at the end of a frantic day, and helps the next be a little more orderly (in theory!).

I’m only 2 months into this, advice and your expertise is welcome!

White Gift Wrap

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

When you have the time it’s fun to go cray-cray with gift wrapping.

When you don’t, it’s just as great to go simple.

It couldn’t get simpler than this…

Boxwood Clippings_White Gift Wrap

Having a nice stock of white tissue paper (always get mine in the fall at costco $5.99), and white paper bags (I get mine from Hobby Lobby, 12 for $5.99 and then use their 40% off coupon) it’s not only a beautiful but a very cost effective way of doing things.

Add a silk ribbon and card, and you’re done.

I love it when life is this simple, don’t you?!

Packing for Hospital: My Bag & Everything Else!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

As you know, I’ve been packing for the hospital for a little while now (and by the time you read this, I should be home).

There are lists all over the place of things you will and won’t need for your hospital stay, but here are the things I’ve felt needed to come with…I’ll update you later on how much we actually used things!

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I find plastic tubs to be amazing when packing, for the hospital I thought they were perfect to keep me organized and have all my things in one place. Plus these were great to have sitting in my bedroom leading up to the delivery date, everytime I’d think of something I needed, I just popped it in the bin!

When you take a birthing class, they’ll tell you exactly what you will and won’t need, I’ll highlight the “musts haves” our nurse told us to have. Most things are personal preference, but I figure life’s easier/nicer with some of my own things around so this is what I’ve packed:

FOR ME:

1 Nighti, 2 sets of Yoga Pants + tee’s, clothes to come home in, nursing bra, big underwear, 2 sports bras, robe, make up, minimal toiletries, pads, glasses, hairbrush, hair ties, beach towel (wanted something big), hand towel, slippers, socks, flip flops (for showering), insurance card + ID

FOR BABIES:

8 swaddle blankets, 6 outfits each, booties, hats, binkies, car seats, coming home outfit

OTHER EXTRA’S:

Pillows (for me + Brock), camera, phone charger, laptop, movies, snack tin, clothes and toiletries for Brock, massage oil, notebook, empty folder (for important docs), empty bag (for extras you get at hospital), nice paper (for hand and foot prints), plastic bags for dirty clothes.

So there we have it, hopefully I’m all ready…or as ready as I can be! :)

Packing for Hospital: Little Treats for the Nurses

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I’d read somewhere it’s always nice to show you’re appreciation to the nurses during a hospital stay by bringing them little treats. I thought it was such a cute idea, and so I made up these little treat bags to leave at the nurses station.

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boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

I actually impressed myself by thinking ahead. Knowing I was having Valentine Babies, I shopped the Christmas clearance for treats and the colours worked excellently! It doesn’t have to cost a lot be be thoughtful, you just have to be one step ahead, and always remember you can repackage things!

Love this post, it’s always a good reminder of how to save in slightly unusual ways!

Talking of Love, we LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Thanks so much for reading, and HAPPY VALENTINE’S!

Packing for Hospital: Snack Tin

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I wasn’t even going to bother posting about this, but Em got a kick out of it and thought I should. So here we are, our hospital snack tin!

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There’s so much I can’t predict with the coming of two babies, so little unknowns such as: what will Brock snack on at the hospital?, is no longer a mystery when I have a tin all prepped and ready to go!

I figured I’d cover all the cravings: sweet, savory and salty. Our tin of goodies includes: bbq goldfish, raspberry cookies, granola bars, chocolate, shortbread, beef jerky, pretzels, m&m’s, and the most importantly, mints and gum.

Insane as it may sound, this prepped tin of calories help calm my stressed head!

Do you guys have any quirky things you’d like to share? This is the post is the time to do it! ;)

Baby’s Suitcase

Monday, January 20th, 2014

This week we’ve been attending our birthing class, and learning all about what we’ll need and don’t need at the hospital. Although most hospitals take care of all baby needs (clothes, diapers, binkies etc) I’ve always wondered why more people don’t bring their own baby clothes for the occasion.

Maybe I’m the crazy one for dreaming of babies for over seven years, but I figure why not dress them how I want on their first few precious  days on earth? I mean, it’s only one washer load when all is said and done, and I want to see them in their newborn items as long as possible :)

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boxwood clippings_baby suitcase

boxwood clippings_baby suitcase

My mum found these adorable cardboard suitcases on clearance at Nordies, and they matched perfectly with the newborn essentials I had shipped over from England (see post HERE).

Now to work on my bag…trust me, it’s no where near as cute!

Sugar Paper at Target

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

We were thrilled to discover Sugar Paper products this week at Target!!! We know we are late on the boat with this one, but we thought it was definitely worth the shout-out for any of you who haven’t heard yet either!

Not only do we always adore Sugar Paper’s gorgeous designs and style, but now we can L-O-V-E them with Target price tags! Holler!!!

Honestly we were spoiled for choice and can’t think of a prettier way to start the new year!

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boxwoodclippings_sugar paper for target

boxwoodclippings_sugar paper for target

Unfortunately, products are not available online but we promise it is well worth a Target trip (make sure to check out Christmas clearance while you’re there).

Read all about Sugar Paper for Target and their full line of products HERE.

Em’s Entertaining Closet Makeover

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

One of my favorite things about our home is all the closet space! Absolute heaven after living in an apartment with hardly any storage. There are closets in every room, including the family room!

Instead of using it for DVD’s and games, I needed the space for extra dishes.

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The closet contains all of our kitchen things we don’t use everyday. It works really great as it’s located next to the dining room and helps keep the kitchen from being over-crowded.

boxwood clippings_entertaining closet

All of the white dishes were getting lost in the white blank space, so I used this magic cover up I found at wally-world to create some contrast.

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I used two rolls at $1.97 a roll, and love that I can just peel it off when I’m ready for something new. Loving this $4 change! Have you been doing any fun projects around the house lately?

Sarah’s Organization Project: Kitchen Corner Cupboard

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

My organization project has slowed down around here, but with the twins coming in Feb it’s got me kicking things up into high gear before they get here.

To get me back in the swing of things I picked a small but very rewarding project…

the dreaded kitchen corner cupboard.

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In the past I’ve found this odd shaped cupboard to be more of a nuisance than a help, and thoughtlessly crammed anything in there that was equally odd. Such as: magic bullets, waffle and ice cream makers.

However, I’m converted to the logic ‘less is more’ and found that everyday items such as napkins and straws can live here, and it can become a highly functional part of your kitchen. Take a peek…

boxwood clippings_how to organize your corner cupboard

As always using our very favorite $1 tubs saved the day. I labeled them: straws, utensils, cupcake liners, and napkins. By grouping bitty items in an enclosed space, ensures randoms don’t run wild!

It’s also super handy to arrange items towards the front of the cupboard, especially when they are so deep, you want things at your finger tips, you don’t want to go on a treasure hunt!

Summary:

Project cost: $0 (already had everything)

Project time: 1 hour

Reward:

Valuable kitchen space is more usable. Now when the hubby asks “where are the kitchen straws?”, I’ll say “in the bin labeled straws, darling!”

Ikea Family September Deals

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Some of our favorite ‘must-have’ items are on sale this month at Ikea. Serious whoot whoot!!!

You need a member card to get these deals (see HERE), but your 5 minutes will be well worth it with these prices, (plus you get a free hot choc, tea or coffee with every visit :).

We use these boxes ALL THE TIME  in our homes, they are the cheapest and prettiest way to organize. See some ways we’ve used them  HERE, and HERE. To our surprise, they actually hold up pretty well, we’ve had some of ours for 10 plus years, no joke!

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boxwood clippings_ikea boxes

boxwood clippings_ikea boxes

Ahhhh and the beloved Expedit bookcase, this price for this size in unbelievable and a must for any home. See ours HERE, and HERE. Don’t make us talk about them any more, and just go see for yourselves…you’ll love em we promise. :)

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(To see all of this months deals click HERE.) 

DIY Easy Greeting Card

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Recently we’ve had lots of birthdays, weddings, graduations etc… so we’ve been in need of lots of cards.

This simple design of just gluing on a bow and handwriting a little message couldn’t be easier.

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It probably costs only 20¢ holler!

Putting on a movie and making a batch, can feel really organized and productive, I love it.