Update For My Readers

Hey WordPress friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer. I am all kinds of busy this month, and you may or may not have noticed this.

Since I last wrote, I have been hard at work in my three business classes I’m taking for summer term. I’m neck deep in homework and studying and it has been a little overwhelming. Basically, the professor is having to cram in ten weeks worth of information into six weeks, and it’s frazzling my brain a little bit and taking up a lot of my time. So I just wanted to write this post to let you know I’m still alive, and I do have  more blog posts coming very soon. If time allows, hopefully I’ll have one out by tomorrow or sometime this weekend.

I have read from several bloggers, and almost all of them have said one of the best ways to have a successful and interesting blog is to plan plan plan. Plan out the week, or the month, or however you want to plan, just plan and do it often. I’ve tried planning for the month, and sadly, right now anyway, that just isn’t the way that works for me. I am at least planning in my mind what I’d like to blog about next, but I don’t have a calendar in front of me telling me what my posting goals are, though that is the eventual goal for me. All I can muster up right now is what project I am financially able to do next, as well as what project I am able to do based on the amount of free time that I have.

So just to give you all an update, I do plan on finishing up the table project I’ve been working on, and a post on that will be coming to you soon, within the next few weeks. I also plan on posting about some fun DIY decorations for parties or other events. I’m a bridesmaid for my soon-to-be sister-in-law, and I am going to be decorating for her bridal shower, so I’ve been doing a lot of fun decoration projects in preparation for her shower. So I’ll be filling you all in on those DIY’s as well.

Thank you all for reading, I really do appreciate the time you take to read my posts, and I hope you continue to stop by my blog. I welcome any feedback, and I’m happy to take suggestions for content or just let me know in general what you think of my projects as I post about them. I’m not even a year into having this blog, so I’m still learning what kind of planning and writing works for me, and I’m just thankful for those who read my posts and like the content.

That’s all for now, thanks everyone!

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A Great Perspective on House Cleaning

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday, I hope you’re all well! I apologize for not posting for several days. I’m trying to blog at least once a week, and I believe I blogged twice last week, but I still feel like it’s been too long. School has been eating up a lot of my time, and now I finally have a moment to breathe and type out my thoughts for you all.

I feel like I might be a little late in the game posting about this, we are coming towards the end of spring and most people have probably done their spring cleaning by now. Regardless, this is a topic that has been on my heart ever since I read the article in the Magnolia Journal. In the spring edition, Joanna Gaines wrote a piece titled A Case For Spring Cleaning, and I really appreciated her perspective on the topic.

Joanna speaks to the deeper reasons as to why  it’s beneficial to clean our homes. She explains that with creating a cleaner, clutter-free environment, it also can help alleviate the anxieties of life, and it can feel rather therapeutic. She ends the article by explaining that cleaning your home can be a way to express thankfulness as well. “It’s actually about nurturing, about being grateful, and about making room in your life to take good care of what you already have” (Gaines, 30).

It sometimes surprises me to read Joanna’s words, because I feel like she takes them straight from my brain and prints them on paper. I am so glad that she looks at spring cleaning -and cleaning in general- in this perspective, because this is exactly how it feels for me. I make time to clean my home and tidy it up not just because it’s a chore, but because it’s out of love and a heart of gratitude.

I love making time to decorate my home and do projects, but I also love getting to clean it because I feel like doing either of these things holds the same value. Like decorating, cleaning up around the house gives me a chance to show off how lovely it really is, whether that means dusting, vacuuming, mopping, or even scrubbing the toilet (not my favorite, but necessary).

My apartment is not cheap, and it took a long time for my husband and I to be able to afford a new home, but we were finally able to save up enough money and come here. I want to make sure that I always walk through the door of this apartment with a heart of thankfulness and humility.

I also agree with Joanna on the point that cleaning can often feel therapeutic. For the last two and a half years, I’ve been working a house cleaning job that I do once a week. In these last two and a half years, I have experienced tremendous amounts of anxiety over a multitude of things, and up until recently, I hadn’t gone to counseling for it or learned how to manage it. I can honestly say that cleaning every Friday morning helps me through it. It gives me something to focus on.

That is all I have for now, I just wanted to applaud this article and add my take to it. I hope you all enjoyed! Please do let me know in the comments what you think. I would love to hear from you!

 

Fun Living Room Project in the Making

 

Hey there readers, happy Monday! I have a fun project I’d like to share with you all! This one hasn’t even been started yet, but the ideas and design are currently being brainstormed and I wanted to let you in on what’s going on.

Kristofer and I currently have a TV stand that we are using for the TV and other consoles we use, and it is small, very small. To add to the inconvenience, the cable outlet is right next to the large (and only) window we have in the living room. So the TV sits awkwardly in the corner and overlaps with the window so that we can connect everything nearby.

We decided that since we can’t do much about the positioning of our entertainment center, we want to build a stand that adds convenience but also accentuates the window in the room.

Window Seat #1

What we plan to do is make a large wooden structure that serves as a bench with storage space underneath the window, and an entertainment center at the far left. The structure would extend from the left end of the window to the corner on the right.

Window Seat #2

This is what we drew up as our final design, and we plan to start buying wood pieces for it soon and begin building.

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This is the paint color Rain (6219). I looked at a few soft grays and found this one to be my favorite, so I plan to paint the structure this color. This photo can be found at its original source rughdesign.com if you want to learn more about it.

Once we reach a certain point in building it, of course I will want seat cushions and curtains as well. I’m trying to take this project one step at a time though, it’s the biggest one Kristofer and I have ever taken on!

We estimated this whole process to cost at least $200, which is a lot for us, so we will have to take this on in small pieces. It would be nice to do it all at once of course, but it gives me more blogging material to work with if I can write about it for the next couple of months.

I’m excited to share our journey with you on the blog!

Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading everyone!

A Decorative Adjustment That Leaves a Little More Counter Space

Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a quick change I made in the kitchen that has made a huge difference, and a lot more space too!

There is a lot of counter space in the kitchen compared to where Kris and I moved from, but for some reason, we still find ourselves complaining that there isn’t any room for things like food preparation or keeping clean dishes out to dry. We have moved things off of or around on the counter in order to have more space, and sometimes we are successful, but other times it’s a pain to not have a specific thing sitting there because we use it frequently and hate having to take it out of a cupboard.

Kris came up with a great idea the other day, and it has made a wonderful difference! We moved the microwave off the counter and onto our food shelf. It’s lower to the ground which looks kind of funny, but now we have a lot more counter space because of it. After that, we bought a couple of food containers with lids that clamp down and we put the food we cook or eat most frequently in them like coffee and pasta noodles.

This was a small change that was necessary for sure! We were able to add a little decorative touch while keeping it useful and helpful all at the same time. I added the chalk labels to the jars for a little more convenience as well. This was only a minor change I suppose, but it’s the little additions or adjustments to a space like these that excite me. They can make a big difference and add so much character and fun. The little things are what inspire me. 😉

Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know in the comments what you think!

New Storage Space for Our Food

So this last weekend Kristofer and I decided to buy some wired shelving to store our food in rather than a pantry.  When we moved in a month ago, we immediately put our food into a small cupboard area off of the living room, on the other side of the kitchen. It worked for a while, but then it slowly became an inconvenience.

We didn’t have very much food to begin with when we moved in, but once we started to shop, we noticed how cramped and narrow the cupboard was. Food was getting piled on top of each other and there was no good way to keep it organized, and it got frustrating pretty quickly. On top of that, if I am making food in the kitchen and I need something out of the pantry, I have to walk out of the kitchen and over to the other side of the wall into the living room to access the cupboard. I feel silly for having that complaint, but it was a bit frustrating how far away we had the food stored.

We decided over the weekend to make the cupboard into a linen closet and I went out on Sunday and bought some shelving at Bed Bath and Beyond.

 I was able to buy this 4 tier shelving unit for about $50 at Bed Bath and Beyond. It was a little more than I wanted to spend but sometimes it is necessary, especially if I know it’s something I will be using all the time.

In case you haven’t noticed in previous posts, Nessy enjoys being in my photos so please enjoy her photobombing. Ha!

This should take about 20 minutes to assemble…Unfortunately it took me about an hour because I didn’t have another person helping me, Kris was at work. But it is fairly easy to assemble.

Confession: Kris actually reassembled it for me today because I had it upside down. In my defense however, the directions were poor and not at all specific. I got it to stand upright, so I am just proud of that fact!

This is it all put together! It is so much more convenient to have this right off of the kitchen! And a bonus is that I was able to create more kitchen counter space by taking the small wood crate with our cook books on it and placing it on the shelf instead.

I really enjoy having all of our food out in the open, I can’t put my finger on why. I guess it’s because it is different and not many people do this. I like to do things a little differently sometimes, and something about having this all out in the open is just a simple reminder that there is life in this apartment. It isn’t a clean, perfect, well-kept museum where nothing can be touched.

So if you’re looking for more closet space and want to try a creative solution, maybe give this a try.

Thank you for reading friends!

A Creative Alternative for the Bedside

Hey all, Happy Tuesday! I wanted to write a quick post about a small project I did while we were still in the process of moving. If you remember these from other posts I’ve made, Kris and I have a couple of small wooden crates that were part of our wedding. We kept one as a coffee table and the other two to hold our shoes.

I was planning on throwing them away once we moved because they took up too much space, and we’re trying not to hold onto too many things. I decided to try and use them in a different way, and see if this worked before I threw them out, and so far they have been useful!

I have a small black table that I use next to my bedside, but I found a spot for it somewhere else in the new apartment, so I needed to get creative and figure out what I was going to put next to my bedside. I stacked two of the crates as you can see above, and filled them with some books, my journal, my laptop and a couple of other decorative pieces.

I have been trying to incorporate more wood pieces into our space, to give it warmth, and these crates do just that. It also helps that they match the bed! The third crate may end up getting thrown away, but I’m happy I could make use of these two.  This was a quick five minute project that made a lovely difference.

Thanks for reading!

Miniature Dresser Organizer

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a quick post about another organization project I worked on a while ago. I actually made this piece before I even started my blog, but I decided to write about it since it was made for the purpose of organizing my hair and jewelry accessories, and as you may know, I’ve been all about keeping things organized lately.

 I bought this small dresser back in August and decided to paint it a combination of mint green and light grey. I don’t remember how much this cost to buy, but looking online right now, it is $8.99, so not very expensive.

I use it to hold my earrings, my hair pins and my hair ties as well. I have so many that I needed to find a space for them where they wouldn’t get lost, and I’m happy with this organizational tool so far!

Hopefully you find this post to be helpful in your quest to be a little more organized around the house!

Also, please let me know what you would like to see more of on my blog, if any of you read it consistently. If not, thanks for taking the time today to check out my page!

Mail Box Decoration

Hello readers! I have been absent from my blog for about three weeks now, and I apologize. School and work have become increasingly more busy, and I’ve just been tired and haven’t had time to work on anything. Thankfully though, I had a chance this last weekend to work on something new!

As I said about a month ago, I’m trying to work on projects that encourage more organization, so this week I have another  project I wanted to post about. Lately, my husband and I have been overwhelmed with mail, and we have been allowing it to scatter all over the house-how this has happened I have no idea…- so I decided to take action and find a spot for it. Last Saturday we shopped at Hobby Lobby, and I was just looking around the office and organization section and found a paper mache mail box. I had been thinking for a while now about what I wanted to use as a designated space for all of our mail, and when I saw this I thought “Well duh, a mailbox for inside the house. Of course!”

I bought this mailbox for $4.99 at Hobby Lobby, and then decorated it with cardstock paper that I bought at Michaels the next day for a total of $1.08.

The overall total of this project only cost $6.07, and it took me roughly 45 minutes to decorate.

So if you are looking for a cheap, fun and creative way to organize and keep your mail in one place, give this a try!