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    DIY Custom Storage Boxes

    How often have you made a mental or written note to get {more} storage boxes or containers? And how many of those times have you wanted a nicely matched or coordinated “set”? Maybe with handles, unique patterns or colors? Yah me too. But then I think about how much all those nice boxes & containers might completely blow my budget. No thanks, no es bueno. 1 more question… if you’ve paid attention, have you ever noticed that most storage boxes are truly just that? Boxes! Sometimes chipboard boxes, sometimes thick cardboard boxes. Both are pretty dern cheap so why not make your own pretty storage boxes? They’ll be unique, inexpensive…

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    Get & Stay Organized – In The Office

    At the beginning of the year, I gave you the 1st step in getting organized & staying organized for good. The most important thing was to start with a system. A system of how to use your space efficiently so that you organize in a way that makes sense & that makes it easier to stay organized. Then I showed you how I came up with a system in 1 of the hardest rooms to keep organized – my own kitchen. If you missed it, you can check it out here then come on back for today’s simple organization tip that I’m tackling in another tough space – the office.…

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    Get & Stay Organized – In the Kitchen

    Getting organized is something we’re all always talking about. Especially at the start of a new year, we set goals & resolutions to get organized 1 room at a time. It can be hard to get started & even harder to keep momentum but there’s only 1 thing you need to finally get & STAY organized. For good. I’ll let you in on a little secret… that 1 thing is not a checklist a collection of matching baskets & bins a label maker It’s actually something more like a plan. Specifically, the 1 thing you need to get & stay organized is a system. So how do you come up…

  • Collaborations & Reviews,  The Green Life

    Product Review: Linnai Reusable Silicone Food Bags

    I am always looking for new ways to make going green easier & fun for my family. Ways that save time & money while still being sustainable.  One of the things that I have yet to find a replacement for is plastic storage bags.  Until now. I was super excited to try out these Reusable Silicone Food Bags for Linnai, Inc. I use plastic storage bags for so much more than food; in fact, I probably use them the least for food storage.  That’s mostly because it’s a pain to rinse them for recycling, but also because they are really convenient for so many other things.  Problem is that they…

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    Selling your home? Staging is important but so are these 3 things.

    In today’s world, homeowners, realtors, and investors realize that there are many factors that can make selling a home faster, easier, and more profitable.  Things like timing and staging.  It’s a known fact that when buyers see how a space can be used, they are more likely to buy – and empty spaces don’t provide ANY insight to those who just “can’t picture it” on their own.  Staging is very important and provides sellers with an advantage over the competition; but it shouldn’t end with open spaces. Buyers look at and consider EVERYthing, and rightfully so – a home is the biggest investment a person can make.  So invariably, house…

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    3 Tips to Organize Your Kitchen

    We all think we need more space, especially in the kitchen.  However, if your kitchen was organized a little differently you might realize that you have all the space you need….. for now.  If the thought of kitchen organization just makes you want to curl up with a bottle of Pinot Noir and hide your wallet from yourself, I’ve got news for you.  Kitchen organization does NOT have to be painful or expensive.  Even better… I’ll give you 3 quick and easy tips you could complete in an afternoon (and still enjoy that Pinot Noir while shoe shopping online with all the money you’ll save)!   3 Tips to Organize Your Kitchen for…

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    Kitchen Re-Org Part II

    In a previous post, I showed you how I made the move from a spice cabinet to a spice drawer. There seems to be much debate in design circles over which is better; well I say whichever suits your cooking style and kitchen layout is the better way to go.  So long as it is organized and functional! At the end of that post, I said I would work on my pantry organization next (because inevitably I had to show my pantry to be truthful about the lifecycle of my spices).  Well, I kept my promise and have “worked” on the pantry.   There were a couple of things that needed…

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    Monochromatic Blue Bedroom

    My latest project was for a client’s bedroom that went from this:     To this: My client already had a very nice furniture set that she did not want touched (not even the hardware). So this install was all about space planning and textiles.  Luckily she was open to doing something different with her floor plan! Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry.  The silk curtains were supposed to hang ceiling to floor from evenly spaced finial style hardware.  We got up there and realized that the ceiling was not not even, nor were the angles on each side.  Hanging the curtains the way we wanted to would have…

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    Shoe Organization Quick Tip To Help You Store (& Buy) More

    Everyday I learn something new, whether it’s in my own home or coming up with solutions in my clients’ homes.  The lesson I am going to share with you today will (or at least should) make all shoe lovers rejoice!  But first, a story…. A few weeks ago, I bought 2 new pair of shoes – totally unplanned and definitely not necessary (but then, when is any purchase ever really a necessity?). I didn’t even take them out of the (reusable) bag until a couple of days ago when I was determined to find a home for them.  Now normally I subscribe to the “1 in, 1 (or more) out” philosophy…

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    Finally… A Re-org in MY Kitchen

    I consider myself a pretty organized person.  Some would call me anal (retentive), but I would  certainly not go that far.  One of the things that I have been wanting to do for a while now is get my kitchen in order.  Ever since I started baking last year and created what I like to call “Baking Central”, I have been wanting every area of the kitchen to be just as efficient. I have been thinking about the zones in my kitchen and how I can make them work better.  A few months ago, I relocated the coffee maker and mugs, and the new “coffee station” has worked out well.…