Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pen Cards in Advance

I am famous for sending birthday cards, anniversary cards, special occasion cards, etc late. Not a good thing to be famous for! Saw this in a magazine....whenever you have some extra time write out a bunch of cards. Address them and seal them and then in the stamp space pencil in the date of the event. What a great idea!! I am definitely doing more belated cards from me!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Next Project

I have a room that bores me to tears and it's time for a face lift!

I recently started a new position that gives me the flexibility of working from home at times. My plan is for this room to function as both a workspace and a guest room.

The style I'm going for is cottage/country chic. I'm planning to do a linen color on the walls. The headboard and footboard on the bed are going and I'm on the search for an old door to create a new headboard. This pictures sums up the color theme I'm aiming for.

(From The Inspired Room)

I brought up two piceces of furniture from the basement that are in need of painting. I'd like the bookcase to be a white-washed and the desk to be the distressed blueish color (like hutch in above picture.) Problem is I have NO clue how to refinish furniture! Any tips/ideas/inspiration for me?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Freeze Fruit

A friend passed on a tip this week and I thought it was worth sharing....

There are always those last few berries, grapes, bananas, etc that get thrown away when you go buy new produce. Instead of tossing them, chop them up and store them in freezer bags. Anytime you want a fruit smoothie you've got some frozen fruit ready to use!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pots and Pans

So after lots of searching it seems they have discontinued this particular model. I can't find it anywhere. There are others like it on the market, so I'll be doing more research and hope to find a good one!

What a perfect idea for pots and pans?! Kitchen storage is always a struggle for me and this is perfect to fit them in a smaller space! Think I might need to invest in something like this!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I've heard others talk about Flylady and decided to check it out. To be honest I find the website and all the emails a little overwhelming, but decided to do the 31 day beginner baby steps. i definitely think it will be a bonus in feeling more organized at home and just in general.

Today is Day 2 and so far so good! I'm looking forward to picking up little habits that will work together to help me form a smooth routine I can stick with.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Project #1 - Bathroom!

Problem areas: Drawers and Cabinets
The drawers have become a free for all for anything and everything. It's embarrassing to even take these pictures!
But here goes....

Before Pictures.....

1st Step.....Purge, Purge, Purge!!!
I came out of the bathroom with a garabe bag FULL! Soaps and lotions that hadn't been touched in years all got tossed.

2nd Step....What doesn't belong in the bathroom?
I found several items that didn't even belong in the bathroom. Those items were all taken to where they should be. Under the sink it was crammed full of cosmetic bags, many that aren't ever used. I kept one small one for each of us to stay in the bathroom, the large bulkier ones went in the luggage closet, and the rest went in the rummage pile.

3rd Step....Evaluate what can be used to keep the space tidier and more organized.
I headed to Target and picked up inexpensive trays and baskets that would fit in the drawers and under the sink.

4th Step....Organize and put back together utilizing the basket and trays.

After Pictures......

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


As a previous military couple my husband and I were moving every year or so. When we settled into life after the military we've stayed put for four years now and oh the stuff we've accumulated in this time!!

And so - - - - -

the process begins!

Purging....why is it that it's so hard to purge, yet these are things I haven't seen or used in who knows how long?!?! I've already started to purge but I know as the process continues I will need to do plenty more!

There are some things that I just can't toss and so I've started a rummage sale pile in the corner of our basement. With a city wide rummage sale coming up at the end of the summer I decided to tak the plunge and do my first ever rummage!

The beginning of my rummage pile

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