Archives for January 2015

ORGANIZING FOR KIDS ~ CREATIVE CLUTTER SOLUTIONS

I am of the opinion that an organized space creates a happy environment and a happy environment leads to a stress-free environment. Well, at least in a perfect world. 🙂 While I’m sure most of us aspire to have an environment that is stress-free and clutter-free, sometimes that can be a rather lofty goal, especially when kids are involved. Let’s face it, as adorable as they can be, they come with a lot of stuff, and all that stuff can present some organization challenges and before you know it, CHAOS. Here are some creative storage ideas to tame that kid clutter.

DOUBLE-DUTY STORAGE

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Many times, kid rooms are space challenged. I love the idea of using furniture that has a dual-purpose, like this play table. It’s stylish and makes clean-up a snap with it’s rolling under-table bin. Image via.

PORTABLE STORAGE

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Portable bins are great for art supplies and help kids stay organized whether it’s storing creative supplies or homework supplies. It’s the perfect solution with kids on the go. Image via.

COLORFUL BINS

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DAY-OF-THE-WEEK ORGANIZERS

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These are especially helpful for children who are at that stage when they want to “dress” themselves. Outfits are organized for each day, saving time and reducing stress. Image via.

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More storage bins with colorful images showing what goes where. Image here.

MIXED UP STORAGE

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Drawers, shelves and open storage help when one storage type doesn’t solve clutter problems. After all, kids stuff comes in all kinds of different shapes. Image.

BOOKS ON DISPLAY

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This is a great way to keep favorite books within reach.

BUILT-IN STORAGE

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Built-in bedside storage creates a cozy nook and provides space for storage of books, kid decor and a nightstand, all in one. Image.

Here are Some More Stylish Storage Finds~~

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Land of Nod

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Pottery Barn Kids

TAME THE CHAOS

REDUCE THE STRESS

I HOPE YOU ARE FEELING INSPIRED

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED ~ PART TWO

Get your closets in order using some of these inspiring closet organization ideas from Better Homes & Garden. Plan a closet make-over, build a better clothes closet, learn about closet systems and so much more at bhg.com.

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His and Her Spaces

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Pull-down bars.

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Pull-out and labeled drawers.

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Built-in ironing board. Love this.

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Galley-style.

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For a small size room, bring the dresser into the closet and mount shelves above.

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Try a closet armoire when space challenged.

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Cubbies for baskets and cubbies for shoes, everything in its place.

Happy Friday. Have a Fabulous Weekend.

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED ~ 6 INSPIRING IDEAS

We all know that January is the month synonymous with “new beginnings”, “fresh starts”, and “make-over” resolution mania, whether they be dietary changes, new work-out challenges, or simply getting your interior spaces spruced up with a little TLC and some organization. Now that the holiday decorations have all been packed and put away (I’m hoping you have gotten this far), we have the perfect opportunity to take inventory of our spaces. It is the perfect opportunity to better organize the things we have, or maybe, even purge so we can make room for some of those new things we acquired during the holidays. Soooooo, let’s get started. Here are 6 ideas to help you get organized. I hope they inspire!

1. JEWELRY ORGANIZATION

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Swooning over these drawers with their built-in cubbies for all those necklaces and baubles we like to layer our outfits with.

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This is another fun idea, create fabric covered picture frames to use as a decorative place to hang necklaces and earrings.

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Another very clever way to hang necklaces, easy to grab and keeps them tangle free.

2. CABINET ORGANIZATION

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3. CLOSET ORGANIZATION

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A spare closet is the perfect place as a converted craft space.

4. DRAWER ORGANIZATION

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Such a clever way to use baking trays.

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5. CLEVER CONTAINERS

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Pretty little cups make the ideal container to hold things like cotton swabs and cotton balls. Of course, a nice little tray helps to decoratively corral all these little bathroom lovelies.

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Pretty paper covered paint cans.

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A new and clever idea for straw containers to hold spools of ribbon.

6. GIFT WRAP ORGANIZATION

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All images via Pinterest.

FEELING SOME ORGANIZATION INSPIRATION?

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

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THANKS FOR STOPPING BY

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WEEKEND WANDERINGS ~~ GREAT SALES

I was out and about with my oldest daughter this weekend to do a little shopping, well actually she wanted to return a few things in exchange for some skinny jeans, tops and whatever else looked like a good find. As we wandered around the mall, we ventured into Zara, and I have to say, they are having an incredible sale. Oh my, we saw so many cute items. I picked a few different things from coats, to dresses, to handbags, to kids (I was a little selective here since I have the most adorable grandson, and, of course, had him in mind). Anywhoooooo, enjoy!!

Zara Women's Jackets

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Zara Black Dress

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Zara Handbags

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Zara Kids Shoes

Zara Little Boys

Too much cuteness and such great savings.

More Sales to Check Out ~~

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C – WONDER

Sadly, they are closing all of their stores (according to BuzzFeed). The article, which you can read here, says “that they are closing most of their stores”, but, then I read another article that came out after the BuzzFeed article, that said all stores were going to be shuttered. Always sad to see another retailer decide to close its doors, but on the positive side of things, it just means you can find some great bargains. I love their monogrammed items, the slipper shoes, the graphic ceramic pieces, the jewelry….oh stop, there is so much I love, so check it all out! 🙂

Hope You Have a Wonderful Sunday

Thanks for Stopping By

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HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~ RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR 2015

Road Trip~~

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On New Year’s day. after beginning our morning with the traditional viewing of The Rose Parade, we decided to take a little road trip. Out here in sunny, Southern California, an unusual Arctic storm has brought frigid temperatures and blanketed our mountains with beautiful snow. But what was even more amazing was the snowfall that fell in places that ordinarily don’t typically ever have snow and one of those places was Ortega Highway. Ortega Highway is a 2-lane, curvy stretch of road nestled between Orange County and Riverside County, starting in San Juan Capistrano and ending in Lake Elsinore. Just days before the New Year, motorists were left stranded for up to 10 hours on this highway with snow falling everywhere and wreaking havoc with motorists trying to navigate under extremely unusual conditions.

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Hubby, myself, my youngest daughter and our Vizsla, Duke (our beautiful, high-energy companion that loves an outing), all jumped into the car to take advantage of the beauty that Mother Nature had dropped at our “doorstep”. As we got underway, continuing our drive out of San Juan Capistrano and climbing in elevation, the scenery slowly began to change. What unfolded in front of us, was a vision of fresh, brilliant, white snow. It was amazing and a little surreal to see children with their parents building snowmen, having snowball fights and seeing snow plows drive by (apparently, we actually have them). As we took some time to enjoy the beauty of the snow, I began to think about the beauty of white and all that is associated with the color. It is an inherently positive color, associated with purity, innocence, light  and goodness, to name just a few, but, it can also represent a successful beginning, which seems rather symbolic as we welcome the New Year 2015!

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From Fashion to Interiors, I find white to be just right, pure, fresh, new and inspiring. These are just a few images of white that I think are particularly lovely. I hope you enjoy!

Fashion ~~

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Interiors ~~

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HAPPY 2015

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