by laura janning

Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts

Craft Room ....During

February 5, 2014

We are moving right along with updates to the craft room. The bulk  of the updates ( hubby stuff) are done and now I am just working on the finishing touches.

Remember the before I shamefully showed you a couple of weeks ago here ....yikes!

Seriously out of control. Here's some of the updates that will ultimately bring the chaos to a manageable level.

We built a wall between my craft room and hubby's office. Since these really serve as room dividers there was no need to insulate the walls. We installed peg board and wainscot on the craft room walls. In the office we installed outdoor siding.... it looks amazing.

We also built a wall coming up the stairs leading into the craft room. Before, I had no walls in the craft room, so coming up with organization solutions were limited. This fixes that and also gives me additional electrical outlets and task lighting.

The entry coming into the space from our garage.

The walls got painted white and the beadboard got a coat of Mindful Grey ( SW) . I had some left over siding, so I applied that to the top wall as you come into the entry. 

My old kitchen table..... turned husbands work desk..... soon to be my craft table, got some new primer and paint over the weekend. With beautiful weather and temps in the 60's, I was able to do this outside.

And since the new rug that I received from Mohawk is driving the 11th hour color palate change in the craft room...... spolier alert, some old counter stools got a dose of berry pink too. In case you love the rug as much as I do, you can check it out here

Oh no. I will be on my berry little way now. I have a lot of explaining to do to Lily, since this rug was originally planned to go into her bedroom.
What's the last 11th hour decorating change you made in your home?

PS - for updates to the room, click here

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My Pantry and Some Organizational Tips

December 17, 2013

I interrupt the slew of holiday decor ,cookie recipes and ornament tutorials today, to bring you something that is just as important......once the season is over.  But don't worry, Holiday frenzy will return to normal tomorrow.
See, I am thinking ahead for you as January seems to be when we all create those lists that include organizing something in our homes, especially that one area that we have put off for way too long.
For me it was the ...... Kitchen Pantry.

Before I share some simple tips on how to create an organized pantry, this post nor the contents of my pantry is about- stocking only healthy foods containing no sugar or carbs, how to eliminate cheez-its from your kids diet or how many kinds of chips you can have at one time in your household. So please do not judge when you see my shelves. We are all very healthy.

Before I attempted to organize the pantry, I had to get rid of the original color I had painted it, 11 years ago. That in itself was no easy job, as I had to work around the built in shelves that we made when we built our home and shuffle all of the food around. Not fun and not timely. I actually started this project in September and finished in November.

Needless to say, having a freshly painted space, I was a bit more inclined to get the food chaos under control. With the help of some glass containers from Hobby Lobby, a few storage containers from Walmart and some labels from Martha Stewart and Avery, I was able to put together an organized pantry that not only helped the family find what they needed, but also would save us some money at the grocery store.

See, those glass containers ( with air tight lids) actually let me see when we are running out of gold fish and marshmallows, which is critical in the food pyramid in my house, instead of buying multiple replacement bags before we really need them.

Same thing with the flour, sugar and chips that I put in the plastic containers that I purchased at Walmart for less than $10.00 each. I also used some removable adhesive chalkboard labels from Martha Stewart with Avery, so I can tell what's in which container. I love putting the chips in the containers versus leaving them in the bags, not only do they stay fresher but I know exactly when chips need to be put on the grocery list.

 For the miscellaneous items and my paper products that I use to throw on an upper shelf, I used small wicker baskets that I had in my craft room waiting to be purposed and painted them white. I also placed the frequently requested snacks in smaller baskets and labeled them 'snacks' with more of the Martha Stewart with Avery labels. This makes it real easy for the kids to reach the baskets and select their favorite snack to eat without any assistance. 

Well, it's been almost 2 months since the pantry got revamped and still no food chaos.
I think this works for me....... and the marshmallows.

So tell me, when's the last time your pantry got some attention?

grateful for~
being able to stock our pantry with food for my family

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I was provided  compensation and the labels from Avery that I used in my pantry, but the food chaos and multiple bags of opened chips was my own responsibility.

My Thanksgiving Table.... a label and a giveaway

November 11, 2013

My Thanksgiving table decor this year is made possible courtesy of a label.  Yes ...  a label.  You know, the kind you print and stick.  I’ll  tell ya, the timing could not have been better to partner with Avery in their Personalize with Avery Labels program because, quite frankly, I had no idea what my general theme was going to be this year.... until I printed a label.

I know it all sounds crazy, that I could base this decision all on a label….but I did.  And today, I want to show you three ways I am incorporating the labels that I customized using Avery’s on-line tool into Thanksgiving.

When my guests sit down at the table to enjoy our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, my Thanksgiving place cards will greet them. To make them, I simply selected a template from the Thanksgiving holiday category, customized the message and then hit print on my computer.  I then cut a square out on white poster board and placed the label in the middle.   That was easy.

Who's hungry........let’s eat!

After we have completely stuffed ourselves, it is still likely that we will have leftovers.  Part of our tradition is to pack goodie bags for our guests to take home and enjoy….so it avoids more 'over eating' long after the guests have left.  This year I will be using the labels that I printed and attaching them to brown paper bags.  Although optional, it is just a nice little touch and dresses the bag up a bit.

Speaking of nice little touches, Thanksgiving generally kicks off the baking season for me and even though I can’t cook…..I can bake, or at least I think I can.  I tend to bake gifts for our neighbors, friends and teachers. This year I gathered up some old metal tins, gave them a fresh coat of spray paint and printed out some labels to attach to the top.  Another easy, creative, and delicious way to use a label.

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Between Naps on The Porch
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DIY Dry Erase Board

October 17, 2013

Lately, I have been on a mission to create a Family Command Center to help with organizing family events and for the mounds and mounds of paperwork my children bring home from school each day. 
Seriously.....lots of paper.

If you are a parent with a school aged child ( particularly the elementary years)  you totally get this and experience it daily. If your children are grown, you get it too and are probably sitting back chuckling at me, with a ' been there, done that' kind of attitude.  Go ahead and chuckle....That's quite okay.... I have a solution.

Part of my plan is to reduce clutter, while still staying on top of things and being efficient. For the record.....I dislike clutter, it makes me nutty....really nutty. 

I spent about $7.50 on a pre-cut piece of dry erase board at the Home Depot and another $2.00 on 2 pieces of fence board that I created a frame with and painted. Less then $10 for organizational sanity!

Now when the kids come home from school, first thing I do is write any important reminders, dates and need to know's on the new board ....
           then recycle the paper......
                     that will be used again for another sweet child........ 
                         for another important reminder......... 
                                  sometime in the distant future. 

Unless we all stop the paper....and make it a  Dry Erase Board society.
How do you respond to clutter?

grateful for~

my little karate kid who won the 'best job award' in class yesterday

PS- This is Day 4 of the Fall Porch Tour. I hope you will take some time to visit each of these fabulous fall porches. 

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What I wish I knew then, about my Pottery Barn Pails

March 27, 2012

Okay, raise your hand, how many of you have made that over priced purchase and then months later realized "I could have made that"? Good...... I am not alone.

 This is that purchase.
Although I love them, I realize I  probably could have made these pails that I purchased from Pottery Barn about a year ago myself,
but I didn't.
I did however, save my girlfriend a few bucks with my version of the Pottery Barn pails that I made for her...for a lot less.

Yup, these cost a mere .99  for each pail, a can of spray paint

and the numbers 1,2,3 

Now that's a beautiful thing! Click here for the tutorial.

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