Playroom Organization

Our playroom was getting out of control, so I did a little organization and I wanted to share with you!  Let’s talk clutter….it gives me major anxiety, I’m not sure why, maybe I’m crazy, but I like things organized 🙂  Seriously I do a happy dance when I donate items or take garbage to the dump! Here is what his playroom was looking like: (major anxiety)

Messy Playroom

Messy Playroom

Timmy doesn’t play with a lot of these toys, he basically pulls out a bin and dumps it out like this:

Toys

He then moves on to something else, so I did a toy overhaul. I got rid of SO MANY TOYS! I kept the toys I know he plays with, which isn’t a lot.  And then I re-organized a bit.  In the 6 Cube Shelf I have 4 Grey Bins where I store a few smaller toys. I have a skinny tall dresser where I store coloring crayons, paint, and some art and crafts supplies.  I also have a small bookcase to store some small toys and books of course 🙂  Here are some after photos:

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

So much better 🙂  How do you organize your kids’ toys?

XO,

Kristin

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Toddler Closet

My son’s closet hasn’t changed that much since he was a baby, but the difference is in the organization.  We used to keep his baby towels (which I never used) in the top bins.  Extra burp clothes and swaddles were kept in the bins below.  We have since grown out of needing those things.  So in the top bins I store his swimming essentials: swimmer diapers, swimmer shirts with SPF and swim shorts.  In the bins below, I add clothes that I find don’t fit him anymore.  Then about once a month I empty those bins to give to my brother since my nephew is about a year younger than my son 🙂

Closet Organization

I have to tell you guys, I am so beyond thrilled with my closet makeover!  It’s been a long time coming, I used to hate to walk into my closet, or put away clothes, there was just so….much….stuff!  Even when I did clean it, it never felt clean.  So I looked up a few ideas on Pinterest and then got to work!  Here are some scary before photos:

As you can see, it was chaos!  We had way too much stuff literally stuffed into our closet.  My husband had a million hats and shirts he had not worn in over 10 years and I had a lot of things I to get rid of as well. The first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out of our closet.  I had so many things that I had not worn in years, bathing suits from when I was at my smallest and I know I will probably never fit into again, shoes, pants, jackets I had not worn in who knows how long, scarves (I never wear), even multiple bath robes.  I went through my pile and I kept only clothes that I feel good in and/or needed, this limited the amount by so much, in the end I got rid of 10 black garbage bags full of clothing!  One thing I did that made A HUGE difference was to put my shoes above my hanging clothes.  So now, there is only my husbands shoe rack on the floor and our hamper.  I had my husband build an additional shelf on the left hand side of my closet, above the hamper, which took away hanging space, but I didn’t need it anymore!  The difference is just amazing, the morning after it was finishes I stood in my closet and drank my coffee, it is such a nice space now!

This is standing in the doorway

This is the left hand side (the corner)

This was a very refreshing project!

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Fridge Organization

fridge organization

Hi there!

This past weekend I was able to re-organize my fridge!  Here is a before shot:

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As you can see, everything is just tossed in where it can fit, the only organization going on was vegetables in the lower left drawer and cheeses and meats in the bottom right drawer.  I started out by clearing everything out and getting rid of anything I don’t use. (Like the whip cream my mom brought over about 4 months ago) LOL!  Then I sorted things by group, and wrote down what size containers I would need.  I bought a total of 6 clear containers.  I purchased 3 long skinny ones, one for my husband’s yogurts, one for my son’s yogurts and one for apple sauce squeeze pouches.  The largest one I use for my Greek yogurt and cottage cheese containers.  The 2 medium sized ones I use for fruit and the other for nut butters and my espresso.  I also purchased a clear egg container, which I LOVE!  I kept veggies in the left drawer and cheeses in the right drawer.  Cleaning out my doors, also gave me a bit of room to store things on the door instead of the main space.  It just feels better to me.

Here is the right side door before:

Fridge Door

And after:

fridge door

Here is the left side door before:

Fridge Door

And after:

fridge door left

I hope you enjoyed my fridge makeover!

Thanks for visiting!

-Kristin

Fridge Makeover

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Pantry Organization

This past weekend I organized my pantry and I cannot even begin to explain how happy it now makes me! Here is my pantry before I started….

I had everything in baskets from the dollar store, but it seemed very messy ALL the time.  I wanted minimal items that were easy to reach.  So the first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out:

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Then I applied my favorite contact paper to the back, I wanted to give it a little bit of character!

Then I started evaluating what I REALLY needed and used.  I thought about what I eat everyday, what my husband eats everyday, what my son eats everyday and what I use to make our dinners.

I sorted everything out according to category and then I did a little bit off research to see which storage option would work best for our pantry.  I used some containers I already had and I purchased a few as well.  On the top left I have glass containers with snacks in each one, super easy to grab if we are headed out the door!  Then I put crackers in containers I had purchased from IKEA.  I purchased a clear container to put bread, tortillas and rice cakes in, it turned out to be a perfect size.  The other containers I purchased were the containers for rice and pasta.  On the right I have my sons Easy Mac packages for quick access (I purchased the clear bins from Marshalls).



Here is the shelf below that, I have syrup, nut butters and honey in one container, then I have my Starbucks Verismo along with my canisters of coffee, tea and sugar.  Below that I have a basket of items that I do not use everyday, along with Pellegrino and paper towels.

On the top right I have my protein (I use everyday), my canned goods, cereal, oatmeal and breakfast bars.


Below that I have our toaster, paper plates, straws, water bottles and another catch all basket!

Here is the link for the baskets I used:

Wicker Baskets
On the very top of my pantry I placed all of my serving dishes.  Here is a picture of the completed makeover:

Thank you for reading!

-Kristin <3

 

The Importance of Schedules

I have become kind of a freak when it comes to schedules…..I LOVE to schedule everything out! My workouts, my daily chores, our dinners, etc.  This way, there’s no wasted time thinking about what I’m going to be doing.  I am on a mission to better my life, last year it felt very chaotic everyday, what needs to be cleaned, what am I going to make for dinner….therefore lots of fast food nights, bad, bad, bad!  Organization has always given me great energy in life so I am working on organizing every aspect I can.

I have invested in a weekly white board and it makes everything so much easier.  I have it right near my kitchen, when I am at my sink I can see everything on it.  I do the same meals each day each week.  My son usually eats what we eat, but I make him a separate side, like a fruit and/or veggie as well.

For my chores, I do each task when I get home for the day.  I also have a cleaning schedule I do everyday, which I will be sharing with you as well.  I feel much more relaxed everyday when I wake up and when I go to bed! I used to not do any chores during the week and leave everything for the weekend, but I found that it took time away from something fun I could be doing with my son.  And, now Sundays are a scheduled fun day, my husband and I think of something different each week we think our son would enjoy!  I will be sharing with you guys the different activities that we do 🙂

Mondays are reserved for date night for me and my hubby.  He works odd hours, so we don’t get to see each other very much, so we make Monday our official date night, him and I go out and we try to think of different and fun things to do!  I will be sharing these with you guys as well!

Thanks for reading!

-Kristin <3

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