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An Organized Life – Organization Tips for the Kitchen

I’ve taken a few personality tests over the years and they all point to “perfectionistic traits”. Now, I would NEVER consider myself a perfectionist – I can be a real wreck at times, I can’t seem to lose all this weight, I HATE to clean house – but the most recent Enneagram test described #1 “The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic” was my number one result. How can that be?!? I simply think I’m an organizing nut and keep organizing until I consider things perfect!

That seems fairly accurate when it comes to finding ways to organize my kitchen cabinets. I keep things pretty much where they fit and go by the mantra of “everything has a place and everything in its place”. That’s true EXCEPT when it comes to my Tupperware cabinet! Here’s the current situation – hardly perfect!

I turned to Pinterest for some ideas on getting those little square plastic boxes and lids together and organized. Here are a few ideas –

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I really like all of these, but I have a full bottom cabinet rather than a drawer. I saw a suggestion of using book crates or dish draining type containers to keep lids and bowls together and those appealed to me. I don’t like hunting down tops and then checking to see if the lid fits. I want the two pieces stored together. Lids seem to be like lost socks around here!

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I picked up a couple of small plastic crates at a Dollar Store and tried my own system.

I can keep all the tops and bowls together, put the larger containers in the back, and still have room for the colander and strainer. Much neater and only $2.00 for two little boxes. Maybe not perfect, but good for now! Now, onto organizing my fridge! Have a great Saturday.

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Helpful Resources for Home

In my last post I shared my dilemma issue with to paint or not to paint my bedroom, and how to break out of my Big Brown Box. I don’t know what I did before using my iPad or iPhone when making these choices! I like to take pictures on blogs and Pinterest to get ideas when making these decorating decisions. It’s not that I don’t trust my own eye, but somehow these pictures give me a kind of second opinion. Here are a couple of pictures I considered for paint without going to the actual paint store.

Resource #1 IPad or iPhone.

I find pictures of rooms with paint colors I like, then hunt down the name and brand of the color. Sherwin Williams also offers larger swatches of paint to use to help you make the decision.

These swatches are larger than the little paint fans and help me get a better feel for how the color would look on the wall. I still have to factor in the amount of light I have vs the light in some of these pictures, but it helps my decision making.

Now, all that to say…..I haven’t decided to bite the bullet yet. Painting is expensive and/or time-consuming so it’s a BIG decision for me and it’s still on hold for now!

Resource #2. Rug websites

While deciding whether to paint, I also knew I wanted to add a little extra color to my mostly neutral bedroom. I thought I’d like to layer a smaller rug on top of my jute rug in there and used this website, Well Woven Rugs, to see how certain styles would look. You can take a picture of your room and try out the rugs in your own room. Love it!! Here’s a rug I tried out.

This was so much fun playing with! I didn’t wind up buying anything from Well Woven, but I’d recommend it for trying out styles, plus the prices are really reasonable and they offer a great number of reviews from customers. It helped me decide if I could use a patterned rug in my room. This is actually the rug I chose from Home Depot. I saw it on their website and they happened to have it in stock and on sale! Unbeknownst to me, Home Depot now has a pretty extensive line of furniture and rugs, in addition to all things home. I decided to go for a larger size instead of putting it on top of the jute rug (long story, but the jute rug had a problem with Mason!). This rug also has a little blue and other muted colors in it, so that helps break the all neutral color of my bedroom (AKA Big Brown Box).

So, hope these resources help you when you’re looking to redo/add to/renovate a room in your home. Happy Home!! Linda

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Decorating Dilemma or Can’t Get No Satisfaction….

I’ve lived in my current  house 11 years and I still can’t get it right!  If you’re like me,  we eventually get satisfied with the layout of our rooms after some minimal shuffling of furniture.  Even if we don’t love it, we give up and say, ok, this is just where the bed will be. But not me.  I’m stubborn.  I’ve tried the bed on virtually every wall and there’s only one wall where it will actually fit. I even went to Modsy (a neat online service where you send the dimensions and pictures of the room and they send back a design). Yep, they put the bed on the same wall!  NOT the wall I want it on, but ok, I give up on this issue. ✔️

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If y’all know me at all you know my “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” style of decorating….and, now I’m dissatisfied with the paint color. With only one window in the room the paint I chose 4 or 5 years ago is simply too dark. It’s a perfectly nice color – Alexandria Beige – but just not in there.  I had the carpet replaced with wood floors so now I have a brown box. Oh my!

So, with obviously too much time on my hands I’m searching for a new color.  I don’t like that I’m focusing on a first world problem again, but who am I kidding?  I am!

Hope y’all are having a deeper, more productive and satisfying way of spending your week.  I’ll holler when I find that elusive solution!

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Christmas Undone….

 

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That’s where the Christmas tree was.  I don’t know why this surprises me because it took me a week to decorate – but, it’s going to take me at least that long to un-decorate!  Box things up…..sit down and put my feet up….another box…..a bite of fudge or fruitcake….repeat….

Hope you have this much fun un-decorating!

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Waiting for Christmas at Home

…This post should be entitled, “Keeping Myself Busy Until Christmas”.  My job is over until January, I’ve finished shopping and wrapping, everything is decorated, fudge has been made (several times), grocery shopping done for several holiday get-togethers, and I don’t clean house any more….so, I’m playing the waiting game.

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I no longer have little kids at home, but the anticipation is still there. The countdown to Christmas!  I tell myself every morning when I wake up that it’s X number of days left, but that I’ll be productive today.  I make my own list (unlike the one above) and check it twice – yes, I’m way too organized for my own good and make lists for EVERYTHING to do that day – but I know I’m actually just waiting for the big day!

In addition to getting last-minute things ready, I’ve really enjoyed the time leading up to Christmas by reading, crocheting stocking caps, snuggling with Mason, and watching a good number of Christmas movies. Here are a few movies to try (I’ve watched many more thanks to Ion and Lifetime that was added to my Sling account,  but these were more noteworthy):

Netflix

  • The Christmas Candle, Max Lucado wrote this and I really enjoyed the story.
  • The Christmas Chronicles – new this year with Kurt Russell
  • The Grinch – as a former teacher this movie is always a requisite
  • Dear Santa
  • White Christmas – I love Bing!
  • Elf – I love Elf!
  • Christmas Vacation – crazy fun

Hulu

  • No Sleep Til Christmas
  • Chasing Christmas

Amazon Prime

  • Christmas With the Kranks – Tim Allen with some hidden sweetness
  • It’s a Wonderful Life – of course
  • Love at the Christmas Table – starring Luke Danes (aka Scott Patterson) – enough said

I’ve also been reading Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado,  over the course of twelve days (# of chapters) as a supplement to other daily reading. It’s such a sweet, easy to read book that reminds me how love was born and hope is here.

Another book I just finished is a beautifully written historical novel about a man’s search for light during World War II, The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker. It’s NOT Christmasy at all, but very good.

Here’s proof of my movie watching one afternoon.

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If I left out any exceptional movies, let me know in the comments below. I sure wouldn’t want to miss them.  Hope you’re having a wonderful waiting game too!

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Home-made Pom Poms

 

Well, I try not to covet, be too envious, or have my “want button” turned on too much, but I’ve always really wanted liked one of those throws from Pottery Barn with pom poms.  They’re so cute and even whimsical.  Here’s one –

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Wouldn’t that look really cute on the end of my sofa?!  Instead, I had this warm, utilitarian cable knit throw that was useful to keep my toes warm, but once I saw how easy it was to make pom poms, I just had to do it.

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I bought a skein of off-white yarn for $3.00 at Joann’s and got to work.  This is medium weight yarn (4 oz) and I bought it solely for its cheap price.  I made about 40 pom poms and used about 3/4 of the skein.

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According to several sets of instructions on Pinterest, you simply wind the yarn around a credit card anywhere from 35-50 times, tie off, clip the stray ends and voila, pom pom magic!  If you’ve never made a pom pom, it really IS that easy!

I included some pictures with the steps and just tried several different sizes of pom poms based on how many times I wound the yarn.  I wanted them larger so I settled on 60 times for each.  Don’t wind the yarn too tightly or it will be difficult to remove from the card. (This is a standard 50×60” throw and I made ten poms for each end and eleven for each side, counting the corners.)

Next, you slip the yarn off the credit card and tie it off with a 6” piece of yarn.

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After I made several of these, I decided to tie it before I removed it from the card, then flipped it over and tied it again.  I felt that this made it easier to remove and by tying it twice, it felt more secure.  I suggest you see which works best for you.  Here’s  one after it’s tied off.

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Next, simply take your scissors and cut through all the loops. Next, I trimmed up the pom pom.  Here I suggest again you try several and see what look you want.  I wanted big and chunky so I didn’t trim too much.

Finally, I laid out the throw and started tying the two tails of the pom poms on through the loose knit cable starting at the corners. I used the note paper as a guide and figured it was around 6” long.  As long as you use some kind of guide and space them equally, it should work out fine.  If your throw isn’t loose knit, you could easily stitch them on.

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Now for a disclaimer – This isn’t my primary throw that I use all the time and I would be careful with machine washing this. Even though I tied the poms several times to make them secure, I would use this more as a layer for my sofa. Of course even though Mason has taken a liking to it, I would be careful cleaning it!

Hope you can use this little inspiration to add to a plain throw you have around your house. What’s a home without a little whimsy!?

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Cheap and Easy Christmas Decorations

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Back when my girls were little and I was a stay-at-home mother, my favorite mantra was “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  I really liked creating and decorating but was on a very limited budget and probably drove everybody crazy with my experiments creativity.  I would also paint anything not breathing – I still enjoy that even today.  So, I was always spying out things I could redo or rework that made all things new!

These little houses are an example that I posted last year. (Creating Something New From Something Old Today……..) I simply painted them white and turned them into glitter houses to use in my decorations (I didn’t add glitter since it’s so messy, but you could easily add it while the paint is wet or by brushing it on with mod podge.)   They’re some of my favorites and I’ve added a few bottle brush trees to make a little village.

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Here’s  one that I display on a cake stand in my kitchen.  Love the soft colors!

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I’m such a sucker for houses and I use them throughout the house during Christmas. This is a doll house that I built for my younger daughter that I’ve repainted for my office.  I painted the roof with glittery paint last year – she’s held up pretty well for 30+ years!  It really needs a front door and I’ll hopefully get that done this year.  The little Santa inside the house was on our tree when I was growing up, and is as old as me!  If you have little girls, you probably have one of these doll houses stuck somewhere.  Nothing like a snowy scene during the holidays.

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The last few houses are on a tray in the guest room.  I bought them a few years ago on clearance from a Target outlet and they’re perfect for my house collection!

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Enough of my house mania for today!  I hope you find something to redo, restore, refurbish to save you lots of money and add to the charm of your Christmas!