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Closet Beauty

I show you all these before and after pictures to show you we are far from perfect my friends. Haha, that’s a joke, you don’t need to be told that. With a little love and thought, a hopeless catch-all space can become CLEAN, BRIGHT, and a source of CHEER with only a little creative thinking!!! Nor does it have to cost anything.:)

Ask yourself a couple of questions:

1. Ideally what do I want this space for?

2. What honestly ends up happening with this space?

3. What can I do without that isn’t working here?

4. What are some practical solutions that almost take zero effort to follow-through with?

5. Set some rules in your head about this space and even label areas where things are to go.

It works and labels work. I am amazed at how little spaces have changed since I’ve organized them and especially when I’ve labeled them! It takes a little upfront thought effort to think through these questions but after you’ve done it and it isn’t working your one step closer to finding something that will work. The next time you will know better how to go about it.
We can check up on this space in a couple of months to see if it is really working.

What I did:

I know it may not look that special of a change but I am happy with it! And this is an important traffic space.
1. I removed all the winter coats because hopefully it will not get cold again and we are officially headed into warm weather. I added some low hanging (for the kids) over the door hooks so it will be easier if someone has a jacket in the future to just hang them up instead of reaching in for a hanger- which doesn’t always happen.
2. Next, each family member has a row of the shoe holder for their shoes. Once a week excess shoes that don’t fit into the cubby will be taken to closets.
3. Third, extra things stuff which we keep in this closet was hung up on hangers like dance bags, umbrellas, and what not so that nothing is on the floor. Their backpacks will go in here on the floor which I am fine with but other than that, this is a clean and easily maintainable space.

Woohoo! On to the next space! I will let you know how it holds up in a couple of months and if I have to tweek it.

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Organizing the kitchen

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AFTER!!!

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This was much easier to do then I had thought. It really didn’t take that long and makes such a difference to see such beautiful order when I open my cupboards.  Plus, by doing all these organizing projects I really think it helps teach my kids understand where things go and that there is a order to things. All things have a place and individual significance. If they aren’t of use to us then we gladly send them on to be donated or thrown away. Beauty and cleanliness come on in to stay!

P.S. These organizers were so cheap $1 for two or three depending on the package. My label maker has made a world of difference, too. I thought I would just remember when I disignate a place to put things but in the rush of trying to put things away, the honest answer is I don’t always remember. Now everything has a specific spot so there is no excuse.  I love it and totally recommend it.  Just start small and try to do 1-2 drawers/cupboards or even just 1. Get a label maker!!! Writing your own labels is not the same as the clean crisp print label that prints off with a sticker backing and is in your hands in seconds. Love it!

Here is what I use. It is great! $20 very well spent.

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Family Meal Ideas

Hey Friends!

I asked the ladies on the Mom Made Magic Facebook Group a question 2 weeks ago that I have been thinking about lately.  Basically the question was,  “What works for you to get family meals on the table every night?” It is a challenge to do sometimes but I think we can really learn from each other as we share and are honest about what really helps us and what doesn’t. And for those of you who aren’t even near this point in your lives, you are just fine. There was a point when I was didn’t do so well at it either. But now my kids in school and there is a need for more structure in this area, I am totally on board.

Some tips that have helped me are:

1 The behind the cabinet door trick: This means have some go-to recipes of things you can always keep a good stock of at home. Then write the condensed recipe on a note-card and stick it behind the kitchen cabinet wherever you typically cook.  There are only 2 recipes pictured here because I am starting up my collection again. I threw away my previous ones because I am ready to start learning some new go-to recipes to change things up.

This is by no means rocket science. I am talking easy easy recipes that you feel good about serving your family and you enjoy, too.  I like to put a number next to the name of the dish to signify how many ingredients are in it. Then once I decide on a meal, I can get straight to work going through the ingredients in my head without reading it while I check the pantry to make sure I have the ingredients on hand. For example, I read  “Chili ‘5’”  then I open my fridge and pantry and see if I can recall all the 5 ingredients as search for them.  It is sort of a fun game I made up that helps me start to memorize the recipe.  Spaghetti is a pretty basic one so that is why it is one of my first ones but not always some of the other ones with 5 or more ingredients.

Pretty soon I will to have 8-10 dinner recipes I have on hand all the time again. Behind the cupboard where I keep the baking stuff I put “baking” recipes which are different than the dinner recipes.  It is nice to have those for go-to treats to make but the dinner ones are the essential ones.

This helps me a ton! These become the staples, the go-to trusted meals I can rely on that save me time, brain power, and effort that I can definitely use elsewhere in my life.

(Please excuse the phone pics!)

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dinner42 Every now and then we really don’t feel like doing dishes so we cheat and use paper plates.  I am not advocating waste so I don’t do this all the time but sometimes honestly, no guilt is allowed, just do it. I like to use the flimsy paper plates for this very reason and not the Styrofoam or heavy duty plastic ones.

20161010_1812133 When I am rocking it with meal planning, I like to use my Meal Plan System! This means following this easy to memorize mantra:

Meatless Mondays

Taco Tuesdays

World Wide Wednesdays

Think Ahead Thursdays (Slow Cooker meals)

Freezer Fridays (a go-to meal from my pantry or freezer)

Soup or Salad Saturday (a big yummy dish to last us through the weekend)

Sunday (Leftovers)

I have a lot of recipe ideas for these categories that I’ve pinned on Pinterest if it helps anyone out there.

Love you all!

Marilyn

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Moving Around Furniture

So we are in the process of moving but this moving thing takes a long time. A month in a half is a long time to be in a “state of moving”. So to keep things feeling settled and still like home I moved all our our packed boxes so far and stacked them neatly in the garage. The sight of boxes is draining I’ve discovered because it was a constant reminder that I needed to pack and that things we not settle at the moment. So nope that was not okay. I got those out of my view and into their own home in the garage.

Then I rearranged the furniture and got things looking nice again. Yes, we are moving and some may argue that this is not necessary but I want the effect of moving to be as little minuscule as possible. Here is the new look. If you know me I have probably changed the arrangement and look of this living room 15-20x in the last 4 years. It doesn’t mean buying stuff necessarily. Often it is just moving around the furniture and changing the flow of the space. It is reinvents and defines the space. I highly recommend it.

Move things from different parts of the house into different rooms, change maybe one or two things that are dominating the color of the room like a rug, throw pillows, or picture. Listen within to how you feel about it. I personally like to get rid of things in corners or built up clutter and make it a space you could snap a picture of and feel good about. Try it! It’s fun and refreshing. 🙂

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