Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jumping back on the wagon

Things have been hectic recently with work, but I'm jumping back on the wagon, and trying to get things back organized. I should have some projects coming up soon.

I'm veering off of the to-do list that was originally posted, and instead am going to tackle certain areas of my house, and go room-by-room.

My first area to tackle is going to be my "dumping ground" in the kitchen. Here is what it looks like currently:

**This is my ashamed face**

So - round two - here goes!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I came to check the blog to see just how much Sarah has gotten done lately, and realized that it looks like we've both been on a little hiatus...called life!  It's amazing how life does that! :) 

My newest organizational frustration are my contacts.  My family address book, which has been kept on excel, and my contacts on email and phone.  Seems like I have contacts coming out the wazoo!  I stumbled upon plaxo.com today and am in LOVE!!  It's a free website that organizes and syncs all your contacts.  It's great! :)  Does anyone use this site already?  If so, do you like it?  What are some helpful hints?  I'm curious to know what you think!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I'm not being very organized this past week and this week. Husband had Jury Duty all last week as well as yesterday, so things have been double-crazy lately. I promise to get back on track soon!!! Oh - and remember how I sent the coach purse back in for repair? Cue the sad trombones, because they sent it right back to me. Wah Waaaah. They did give me a letter for 40% off my next coach purchase (from a full-price store, not an outlet store). Oh well. So, if I decided I need another one, I will use it.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kids Clean-up Cards

I saw this article this morning on iMom and I love this idea! Why not involve the kiddos in cleaning? I am printing and trying these tomorrow! :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Great containers at Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to find some organizational materials. This is just a quick after (I didn't think to snap a before picture) but the "locker" style plastic bins are the perfect size for a closet shelf. And at $1 each, you can't beat it!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Clear off your dresser tops!

Isn't it amazing what a difference 5 minutes can make as to how you feel about a room?

Here is a quick before/after. Keeping on top of things like this make walking into a room so much more enjoyable. And it only took 5 minutes.



Its like a breath of fresh air.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Embracing the ugly (Learning to live with a non-perfect world)

We moved into my house almost 2 years ago. I love my house. Mostly. But somewhere down the line, the previous owners went a little wallpaper crazy. Our upstairs has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a hallway. When we moved in, the soon-to-be office was painted two shades of pink. So we tackled that right away before my husband moved his stuff in.

The rest of the upstairs is as follows:
Nursery - was originally a green snakeskin wallpaper. We pulled that down and painted it a light blue.
CJ's room (both boys will eventually be in this room together) - a 90s verson of burgandy and hunter green striped wall paper
Main bathroom - black wall paper with bright flowers all over it
hall way - beige and white floral wall paper
master bedroom - mint green and white striped wall paper
master bathroom - yellow floral wall paper.

Are you getting the idea? Yikes! So far, the only room that we have tackled was the nursery. This is the easiest room to tackle, because there was no one in it at the time.

The master bedroom will probably be the last one we do. Because really, who sees it other than us?

So, this is what the wall paper is like:

not so terrible. But wait - it gets better. Because, if you don't love the color - then you are totally overwhelmed - check out the carpet:

 (the tan is the hallway - the green is our room)

And, to make matters worse, we had this as a comforter set in soft gold (a wedding gift from before we had the house). And it clashed. it really really clashed.

So, sometimes, you just have to embrace the ugly in your life, and make decisions that you don't love. So while I was shopping last weekend, I came across a comforter cover. A mint-green and tan comforter cover. I don't love it. I would never choose it. But it doesn't clash. So, I made peace with the decision and went for it. I wish i had a before picture so you could see how horrible the gold looked.

This is the comforter I found. (and no, this is not what it looks like in my room - this is from the package).

Did you just spit out your coffee at the price? Don't worry. I'm not that crazy.

I have the checkered underside showing, but may play around with it over time, and see about having the up-side showing. I have plans to help tone-down the stripes, because I really don't think that will get changed any time soon. And even if it does, there will still be mint-green carpet in there until we have a carpet-overhaul. Which is not going to happen until after the boys are a little bit older.

So here is my final "in progress" picture. Where I no longer cringe when I walk in the room, even if I don't love it.

The shams are left over from an old bed set. They don't match exactly, but they do the trick. Here is them up-close.

So what about you? Have you ever made a compromise on buying something you didn't like, just because it works better with your non-perfect world?