$30 Pantry Makeover

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In a quest to organize every room in my home this spring, I decided to begin with my pantry. This “room” is used multiple times on a daily basis, making the chaos even more noticeable and bothersome. I had previously tried using baskets to combat the wire shelving and the fact that nothing sat evenly on them.

I don’t have a before picture because I was so fed up with its current state that I had my husband empty everything out. This will give you a basic idea of the disarray.

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I finally did what I said I was going to do all along; peel and stick tiles. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest and have been talking about it since. I headed over to Lowe’s and found the peel and stick floor tiles. My eye was instantly drawn to the rust stained concrete look. It goes well with our floors, cabinets, and countertops. I understand people won’t see them all the time, but it makes me feel better. I was able to purchase all the tiles I needed for about $30!

They are as easy as they seem. Just peel and stick! But at this point I have to thank my husband who spent hours, no joke, hours cutting and notching them to fit perfectly around the Closet Maid hardware. I volunteered him to help with this project and it did end up being a little lot more involved than we anticipated.

Here’s what they looked like once installed.

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And here’s how the pantry looks now that we are no longer wasting space and relegating everything to baskets. I am still using them for the littles’ individual snacks, K Cups, and spices though.

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Tuesday Morning Link Party at A Bowl Full of Lemons

Head over to Toni’s blog and check out all of the wonderful projects and be sure to check out the link to my Bullet Journal post! Just click the button below to check out the link party!

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A New Year, A Fresh Start

ImageHi everyone! Remember me? It has been a long time since my last post, July to be exact. Things were crazy over the last half of 2013. School ramped back up in August so I returned to work, I interviewed for new jobs (and got hired), I resigned from my current position, we celebrated my daughter’s first Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, worked on potty training with my son, and my Thirty One business really picked up. It was hard for me to carve out any free time for blogging.

But blogging makes me happy and I resolved to make it a regular part of my life again. It gives me the opportunity to share things that are important to me with you. Because it’s a new year and everyone gets a fresh start, I’m working on becoming more organized in order to be able to write more. One way that I’m doing that is with a Bullet Journal and I’m excited to share it with you!

The Bullet Journal is a concept developed by Ryder Carroll and you can find his tutorial here. I first found the concept on Pinterest and knew instantly it was for me. I am a chronic list maker and prefer a paper and pencil planner over a digital planner or app. I would give you detailed rundown of how to use one, but I don’t think I would do it justice. Ryder’s videos and websites are wonderful.

The basic concept is this; the Bullet Journal is a rapid logging system to help you keep track of tasks, events, and notes throughout your day. On his website, you can get more information about how to format your monthly calendar and daily pages.

I will say that one thing that was missing for me, was a way to log future or upcoming events. Using Ryder’s system, you only have one monthly calendar written out at a time, but I like to plan ahead. For instance, I already know of an important meeting and a dog grooming appointment in February and a doctor’s appointment for my littlest in April. I solved that problem by creating a spread after my index that lists all the upcoming months in columns. I numbered down the side of the page like the monthly calendar and when I have a future event, I write the page number on which I made a note about the upcoming event. That way when I make the monthly calendar pages throughout the year, I can refer to this year-at-a-glance spread and go to the page numbers listed to find all of the details about the events I need to include for any month.

I’ve already included numerous tasks related to my blog to help me get back into the swing of things. I’m currently working on perhaps the most awesome crochet project that ever was and I’m chomping at the bit to share it! I’ll also be sure to update you on how the Bullet Journal is working for me in a few months to see if it’s something sustainable.

 

Diaper Bag Organization with Thirty One

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I’m excited to share how I organize my diaper bag. I can’t get away with being unorganized in this area because I have a two year old and a six month old!

I use Thirty One’s organizing pack. This messenger style back pack has been a lifesaver for our family. It’s not an overly girly print, so my husband will carry it too. The best thing about this bag is the compartments!

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Each compartment gets its own contents. On the top left, you’ll see my son’s diapers and the wipes. On the top right, I keep my daughter’s extra bibs, burp cloths, and outfits. Below those, you’ll see her diapers. Below that, we keep plenty of snacks for my little guy and some small toys too. On the bottom left we have Boogie Wipes (a must-have for toddlers), diaper cream, and extra pacifiers and clips.

The bag unzips in the front which wonderful because you can easily get to whatever you need. It’s all in view!

It will remain useful when we no longer need a diaper bag as well. The compartments are attached with Velcro and come out easily. The bag also unzips on the top too so it can be used for other purposes down the line.

To learn more about this product and other great Thirty One products that can help you organize your life and home, visit my Thirty One web page here!