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How We Turned a Closet into a Mudroom for under $200!!

Perhaps I should have named this post, “How We Turned a Closet into a Mudroom, AND SAVED MY SANITY”.  Because really, that is what this project was all about. Do you have an area of your home that makes you completely crazy at times?  Nah?  Me either…kidding, of course! One of the most out of control zones in our home was the “shoe hell” that had taken up roots in our laundry room.  I can’t even call this teeny, tiny square of the room a legit “mudroom” because it really wasn’t.  It was more of a “drop all your crap when you walk in the door” collect all.  We tried to keep it clean…Addy and I organized shoes on an almost daily basis, and yet we could not keep up. I can’t believe I am doing this, but I’m going to show you a picture.  It’s embarrassing…but here’s to sharing our real life with you… Wow.  Yeah.  I wish I could say that was an especially bad day (it sort of was), but we had …

Organization for Boys: Cars Container

Some days it feels like toys have overtaken our entire house, and I’m always looking for simple ways to store and organize toys.  Since I’m sure I’m not alone in this situation, I thought I’d share an easy and cute new storage container I created! Recently I used up the last remnants of several Bath and Body Works candles (anyone remember Caribbean Escape?!  BEST scent ever, and sadly they don’t make it any more.)  I was determined to use those cute glass jars for something else. After a couple of Pinterest searches, I found a method of cleaning out the little bit of wax still remaining in the jars.  In case you need to do the same thing, here’s what I did.  I didn’t take any pictures of this process, but it was very simple.  I poured boiling water into the candle and let it completely cool.  Once it cools completely, the remaining wax will float up to the top and harden.  I was able to just pop it out.  Then, I pulled the metal …

DIY Artwork Hanging Clips

What a busy season it has been!  So many things happening behind the scenes that I hope I can share with you all very soon.  In the meantime, I have a fun DIY project for hanging artwork that could be adapted for any space. We have a couple of pretty great little artists living in our household, and one of my favorite ways to decorate is with their pictures and sweet notes.  We installed an IKEA wire in the playroom shortly after moving in.  However…my lovelies (who are really, truly darn good kids most of the time) decided to try to zipline on the wire.  Yes.  Zipline.  Our Addy has always been little, but that “zipline” couldn’t even hold her weight.  Imagine the scene:  the wire pulled completely out of the wall, along with plaster.  It was a complete mess. We patched that disaster, and then eventually did a switch-a-roo and the former playroom became my new office (swapping the orange paint for a more calm gray).  I wanted a new way to display the kids’ …

How to Plan Your Way to a Successful 2016

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love all things organization.  And when it comes to organizational tools, my love of planners runs deep.  I was the kid in school who loved filling out my agenda (there was even a special satisfaction of writing the words “no homework” for various subjects throughout the day).  When I started college I went back to my alma matter high school and purchased the planner I was so accustomed to using.  There have even been times in my life when I’ve used multiple planners (school, personal, business…) that I kept coordinated.  I’ve tried MANY variations of planners out there, and in pure desperation a few years ago even attempted to make my own custom planner.  It was okay…but wasn’t perfect, and really wasn’t worth the HOURS and HOURS it took to create. Then, I stumbled onto the Passion Planner.  This is in no way a sponsored post; instead, this is me sharing a real product that has helped me to have the best year of my life. …

Mudroom Organizational Bench- Part 2

The mudroom organizational bench I helped Kristina design is now complete!  (If you missed Part 1 of this project where I created the bench seat cushion, you can find it here.) The rest of this build was pretty simple; it was really just a matter of connecting the existing pieces that Kristina had purchased.  She had the bench seat, and the hanging shelf already, so we simply measured and cut bead board for the backing.  We also cut bead board to fit inside the shelves, as they were originally open and exposed the wall.  We touched up with a little paint, used super duper Command strips (the velcro style ROCK!) to hang the bead board, and were ready to go!

Mudroom Organizational Bench- Part 1

Today’s post is one that I’m very excited to share with you!  I was recently asked to help design a mudroom organizational bench for one of my very favorite people!  My cousin, Kristina, had purchased a white bench seat and matching white shelf, and she wanted to incorporate them together into one functional piece for her mudroom.  As soon as she mentioned the words “organization” and “bead board” I was in…but really just getting to spend time with her was enough.  (I mean really, we had way more laughs inside Home Depot than is normal I’m sure!) The first step in this project was to create a cushioned top for the bench.  I knew I wanted to use foam and adhere it to a piece of wood with my staple gun.  Kristina had fabric in mind, so after a quick trip to JoAnn’s to get the foam we were in business.  This project was SO EASY!

Repurposed Bookshelf into Backpack Station

  When I moved the repurposed dresser piece (read more about that here) to the living room, I needed to find a new home for this bookshelf.  This little bookshelf has been with us for quite a while…it was actually one of the very first pieces of furniture we bought for our first house.  It’s from Target…nothing fancy.  Notice those lovely holes in the back?  We did that…on purpose.  We wanted something for under the wall-mounted tv to hold the cable box, dvd player, etc., so we took it upon ourselves to cut holes for the cords.  Pretty, huh?! I opted to paint this the same color as my kitchen cabinets (Behr Honied White); it took two coats of primer and two coats of paint. I ripped off the old backing (it was cheap cardboard stuff).  Then my handy husband measured and cut a piece of bead board for the back.  I also had him add hooks to the sides…and ta da!  We now have an organized place for backpacks for the upcoming school year. …