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Organizing my office drawer {1 hour or less}

I have changed things around here a bit in an effort to get organized in 2015. I don’t have a dedicated room as an office so I try to use dressers or side tables with drawers as a place to keep my office supplies. A couple of days ago, I started organizing my office drawer. It wasn’t overly stuffed with junk, it just needed to be organized.

How To: office drawer organization

Organizing my office drawer / Use stackable office supply dividers in a drawer to keep small items together

The problem was, there was nothing keeping like items together.

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Do your drawers look like this?

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I took everything out and started fresh.

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I had a set of old office supply organizers that fit perfectly inside the drawer.

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I think the smaller containers would also work nicely to organize jewelry. I have had these fabric covered dividers from HomeGoods for a couple years and I am finally putting them to good use.

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I decided to separate out the paper clips by color and keep the elastics together in another slot.

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These items are daily go-to items that I always need for one thing or another. I have another dresser full of craft items that I don’t use as often.

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This dresser is in our family room behind my newly created desk area. I will share that soon!

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When you don’t have a dedicated room as an office, you have to improvise and work with what you have. We have so many multipurpose rooms in our home, it’s the only way for us! ha. You don’t really have a choice when you live with four generations under one roof.

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Doesn’t it look so much better? Don’t laugh but I tend to use colored paper clips when I am organizing my editorial calendar. Each color represents a brand and project due date. I know, kind of crazy but it makes my calendar look pretty ;). Green means finished and red means “to do.”

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Organizing my office drawer took about one hour. That’s it! If I wasn’t taking pictures, it would have taken less time. Empty, purge, add storage containers and place items in their new home. Easy! For me, I love doing “in house” DIY projects such as organizing and creating functional spaces during the winter months. It’s way to cold outside to be cutting wood, sanding or spray painting. Trust me, I would much prefer laying on the couch in front of the fire and watching soap opera’s (that’s what my gram does all day!!) but something about getting organized motivates me and keeps me going. Winter is a depressing time for me so these little projects and “little wins” keep me sane ;). Happy organizing!

Try This: 9 DIY Organization Kitchen Tips

New year…..new you.  You’ve seen those advertising campaigns, right?  Lets talk about DIY organization shall we? We all know that completely changing ourselves is going to take more than the clock striking twelve and a ball dropping on Times Square.  It takes a lot of effort to create new habits.  From experience, I know that sometimes the best way to make big changes is to start small. Here are 10 tips to get yourself organized in the kitchen.

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get organized, try doing it in baby steps.  Pick one room in your house–like the kitchen–and narrow it down even further:  start by organizing a single drawer or cabinet.  I’ve found some great ideas to get you off and running.  None of them require expensive materials or more than a few hours of your time.  We can do this!

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 Some ideas for organizing a pantry cupboard from Jenna Burger Design.

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 That dreaded spot….keeping things neat under the sink at How to Nest for Less.

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 How a junk drawer helps keep the kitchen organized at Clean & Scentsible.

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  Lots of spices?  A fantastic way to keep them straight by Organizing Home Life.

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  A great way to keep the counters clear with wire baskets at Golden Boys & Me.

Get the stuff off your kitchen counter! Try our DIY breadbox charging station idea.

Easy organization projects diy cell phone charging station

 DIY Charging Station

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  A spot for measuring utensils on a cupboard door at Tidbits From the Tremaynes.

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  Messy drawers?  Try these inexpensive DIY drawer dividers at Organized Mom.

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  Free up counter space with this vertical beverage station by A Farmhouse Reborn.

 I’d love to hear what your kitchen organization tips are!  Have you done something that made a big difference in the way you use your kitchen?  Tell me about it in the comments!

How to make a hot chocolate bar

A couple days ago we shared a few fabulous hot chocolate bars and today, we wanted to share how to make your own. I decided to use the table top of our craft dresser and I think it worked perfectly! I don’t have an over abundance of hot chocolate items and only a few santa mugs so I needed a fairly small space. A hot chocolate bar is just a variety of items necessary to make hot chocolate and a few yummy accessories.

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Isn’t it cute? I used a tray to coral the mugs and and cute buckets to hold the candy canes. I added gold glitter trees and plaid placemats that I found from HomeGoods and along with a vibrant red tray, I think it came out very cute!

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Adding a marshmallow and candy cane to a cup of hot cocoa makes that yummy drink, extra yummy!

how to make a hot chocolate bar / simple and easy tipsI filled a jar with hot chocolate and wrapped festive Washi tape around the top and lower portion of the jar. The jar now looks fun and not boring ;).

how to make a hot chocolate bar / simple and easy tips

Want to add a cute shelf above a dresser? Check out our how to make a shelf tutorial. How to make a hot chocolate bar is very easy and if you are looking to add a fun banner, festive holiday flags (marshmallows) and signs, head over to Minted. They shipped me these complimentary items to help make our hot chocolate bar extra special. Thank you Minted!

Christmas Decorating with Fresh Greenery

Earlier this week I shared our Christmas home tour and today I wanted to share how I made our dining room table centerpiece. Fresh greenery can be expensive so before you head out to your local tree farm, grab a basket, shears and take a walk through the woods. You will be amazed at the fresh greenery you will find and the best part, it’s free! Last year a friend of mine shared a secret spot in town to get winterberry branches. Oh my, I was in heaven! We are very careful though about what we bring indoors for fresh greenery as some is poisonous to dogs.

Christmas decorating with fresh greenery

I created an easy centerpiece for our dining room using cedar, spruce and boxwood. I started with a long wooden bowl and snipped a group of small greens from the larger limbs.

Christmas decorating with fresh greenery

I layered the three different greens inside the bowl.

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I added the cedar first because of it’s flat full body which in return, makes for a nice base.

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After a few minutes of layering the greens, the bowl was full.

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I added a few pinecones and in under 10 minutes, I created a beautiful simple centerpiece for our dining room table.

Christmas decorating with fresh greenery

I love Christmas decorating and adding fresh greenery to bowls, vases, tabletops and any space that needs a little Christmas flare. If you do not have fresh greenery in your back yard, try a friends house or simply pull over on the side of the road and start snipping! ;).

How to decorate a Christmas tree {black + red}

Sounds kind of silly right, how to decorate a Christmas tree? There is no right or wrong way to decorate a tree. If you love it, then it’s perfect! Today I am sharing how we decorate our tree and how we achieve a clustered ornament look. My grandmother was quick to say she didn’t like my method but that’s ok, I do! Decorating a Christmas tree can be overwhelming so hopefully with a few quick and easy tips, you will be on your way to creating a fun joyful tree that your family will love.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black Last year our Christmas tree in our family room was a neutral elegant flocked tree decorated with gorgeous white owls and rustic grapevine garland.

Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour 2013First, start with your tree. I moved the flocked tree from last year into our dining room and decided to go with a green tree this year. This tree is by Balsam Hill and is the Vermont White Spruce.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

I start by adding my garland creating a looped look.  I found the wooden italian pinocchio’s at HomeGoods and immediately thought they would look fabulous on the tree.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

I used two types of garland, a beaded red and a candy cane theme. I always stuff the largest ornaments inside the tree, many times as fillers. No matter how perfect your tree is, there will always be gaps and the best way to hide a gap is to stuff large ornaments inside. I don’t even hang them, they usually are so large, they just rest on the limbs.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

Next, I decided to add a few cute sign sayings. I have never added signs to a tree before and I must say, I kind of like the way it looks! It’s fun and different! Don’t be afraid to try something new ;). Next I clustered various sized red ornaments together. Try to use different textured ornaments. This will create visual appeal and create an eclectic look. I love how the matte, shiny and glittered ornaments look paired together.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black I scattered glass santa clause ornaments left over from a couple years ago throughout the tree along with small black ornaments. Never in a million years would I have tried black ornaments on a tree but I saw these at HomeGoods and thought they would look great with the black, “baby it’s cold outside sign” and the black on our throw pillows.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

red + black ornaments/ Christmas signs/wooden Pinocchio/red beaded + candy cane garland – HomeGoods

red dot Jute rug – Dash & Albert

snowflake crimson throw – PineCone Hill

Our little pup enjoys his morning naps right in front of this tree. He loves when the sun beats in threw the window and it’s warm and cozy. Like I said earlier, there are many different opinions on how to decorate a Christmas tree. There is no right or wrong way, decorate with what you love! I usually try to start with a color or theme and then go from there when scouring the house for ornaments and decor. This year, I went in the complete opposite direction creating a fun colorful nostalgic Christmas tree and while it’s a big change from last year, I think it’s quiet charming ;). I will be sharing the entire room in our upcoming Christmas home tour. UPDATE: See full home tour here.

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from HomeGoods.  Of course, all opinions and words are 100% my own.

DIY Christmas Clothes Pin Wreath

Have you ever tried the Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape ? I recently created a fun DIY Christmas clothes pin wreath using their holiday tapes and oh my, it’s adorable. This is such an easy project and budget friendly. You can use any color scheme you want to coordinate with your existing holiday decor and to glam it up a bit, I added small ornaments to mine.

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DIY Clothes Pin Christmas Wreath

Supply list

Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape (holiday patterns/colors)

Scotch® Duct Tape (cherry red)

12″ floral craft ring

70 clothes pins

hot glue (optional)

ornaments (optional)

Scissors

DIY Clothes Pin Christmas Wreath

Start by wrapping your floral ring with red Duct Tape.

DIY Clothes Pin Christmas Wreath

Next, clip your clothes pins around the ring.

DIY Clothes Pin Christmas Wreath

I used 3 different holiday Scotch® Expressions tapes. Green, green dots and red stripes. I alternated them to created an eclectic look.

DIY Clothes Pin Christmas Wreath

You will need to trim the edges of the tape unless your find larger clothes pins. Smaller fine cutting scissors work the best. You could also pre-cut your tape and add to the clothes pins first, then clip once taped. Either way will work.

DIY Clothes Pin Christmas Wreath

I used a 3M™ Command™ Hanging Strip to hang the wreath on our mirror. I glued 2 different colored ornaments around the wreath and that’s it! This would also look really cute as a table top centerpiece for a kids hot cocoa party or an party for that matter. You could add a few small glitter trees with faux snow in the middle or small potted greens and you would instantly add a touch of Christmas to your tabletop. This DIY Clothes Pin wreath is a quick and easy way to decorate a mirror, wall or tabletop for the upcoming holidays. There are so many different Scotch® Duct Tapes and Scotch® Expression Washi Tape colors and patters that the possibilities are endless. For more inspiration, be sure to check out their facebook, twitter and pinterest pages.

Happy wreath making!

 

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from Scotch® Products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

Quick Ornament place setting {red + gold + blue}

Everyone loves a cute Christmas ornament. Have you ever used one as part of your place setting during the holidays to spruce up your table? I found these gorgeous red glass ornaments at HomeGoods and originally intended to hang them on my tree but in a moment of clarity, something told me to put them on the table. I knew this would be the perfect decorating tip to share as part of Laura’s 10 minute decorating series over at Finding Home.

Gorgeous DIY ornament napkin holder

Here we go.

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Simply find an ornament you love. Mine came with a rope hook but if yours doesn’t, just tie a ribbon or colored rope around the ornament. You could always just place the ornament on top of the napkin as well.

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Feed your napkin through and you are done!

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gold charger/ornament/plaid placemat/gold dot napkin {all found at HomeGoods}

So what do you think?

Simple right?

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Need a few more quick ideas? Look what these rockstars have put together! I just love these guys!

finding home 300x300 fur garland Finding Home,

  10 minute Christmas Decorating Thistlewood

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Inspired by Charm

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For me, I found that coordinating the ornament color with the placemat worked nicely in providing a continual theme. The blue willow china is from my great great grandmother and the gold flatware is from my great grandmother. I think she would be pleased to see her vintage china and flatware paired with modern glam.

How to decorate with a Glass Jar Lamp

In case you missed it yesterday, we shared our navy blue and gold master bedroom makeover and today, I wanted to show you how to decorate with a glass jar lamp.  Jar lamps have been around forever but many times, you couldn’t get the top off to fill the inside. Now, many companies have made the top removable so you can fill with anything you want. I received many emails yesterday after we shared our makeover asking, “where did you get that lamp?” The jar lamps are from HomeGoods and they were only $29.99!

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

I purchased vase filler and filled the jar. This is such an easy way to decorate a night stand or any table top for that matter. The vase filler adds so much texture and it took all of 5 seconds to do.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

You can fill your glass jar lamp with just about anything.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

The walls are a deep navy blue so I felt like a variety of neutral colors would be perfect and Target had just the right colors.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

I picked up a cute round wooden glass tray by Nate Berkus and the jar lamp fit nicely inside.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

The glass jar lamp looked great on the night stand but it needed something……you know, it looked naked to me. That is where the round wooden tray came in. I love layering items and once the tray was added, the night stand looked completely dressed. Does that make sense?

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

When I saw these lamps in HomeGoods I blurted out, “those are perfect!” The woman beside me just kind of looked at my out of the corner of her eye and kept walking. I can’t help it, when I see something I love, I get excited!

Decorating with a Glass Jar Lamp / Navy + Gold bedroom makeover

Do you have any glass jar lamps? I would love to hear  your ideas of what you fill them with. I cannot wait to fill this one with faux snow and cute little Christmas trees. Decorating with glass jar lamps is a great way to spruce up any table top and it doesn’t take much effort. To see the rest of the bedroom makeover, click here.

How to clean a refrigerator {homemade cleaning solution}

A few months ago I shared our refrigerator makeover and I’m happy to say the the storage containers are working out fabulously! Today I am sharing how to clean a refrigerator with a quick budget friendly cleaning solution. I don’t know about you but our fridge is in need of a deep clean every couple months.  We did swap out the soda storage rack as my husband is trying to cut back on his soda intake so having cases of soda in the refrigerator is not necessary now. Phew! Honestly, the soda dispenser took up a lot of room. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season and to make way for more room in the refrigerator I decided to share how to clean your refrigerator in an effort to have a germ free space. We always have an early Thanksgiving dinner in mid November with my brother’s family as he spends the actual holiday with his wife’s family. This way, we get to eat turkey twice! ;)

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I love when the refrigerator smells clean and fresh.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy.

I mixed about 2 tablespoons of Clorox Concentrated bleach, a tiny squirt of dish soap and  16 ounces of warm water in my spray bottle. I am never really good with measurements, I just eye ball it and move forward. Shake it up and you are good to go. What I love about making your own cleaning solution is that it’s a fraction of the cost of buying pre-made cleaners.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

Our refrigerator stays much cleaner now that we use clear plastic storage containers but the drawers and shelves still get grimy from leaking meat juices (especially chicken), tipped over bottles and grimy kids hands. God knows where kids hands have been all day and once they enter the refrigerator, grossness ensues! haha . I mean, you can’t prevent this from happening but you can ensure that you disinfect and prevent any salmonella and other germs that may be lingering in your refrigerator.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

I simply empty the refrigerator, drawers and all, spray it down with homemade cleaning solution and rinse. I also spray the drawers in the sink and rinse throughly allowing them to completely dry before placing them back in the refrigerator.

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Rinse.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

Dry.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

We are now ready for our early Thanksgiving with my brother.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy

When we have large family dinners, we all participate in bringing a favorite dish. This year, I will be contributing the turkey, a veggie or two and a berry pie.

how to clean your refrigerator {preparing for the Holidays} Take steps to ensure your fridge is germ free and clean. Flu season is upon us and your refrigerator is a great place to start in an effort to keep yourself healthy.

My grandmother will most likely cook mashed potatoes and gravy along with a pie and my mom will make the stuffing and a couple more veggie casseroles. Thankfully we have three refrigerators to “house” all of our food, this one happens to be mine. That is the beauty of living with four generations under one roof, we have multiple places to store food and we all play an active role in the dinner department ;).

How to paint dark stained doors {before & after}

Do you have old dark stained doors from the 1970’s? Today I am sharing how to paint over dark stained doors with latex paint. Our house was built in the early 1970’s and slowly but surely, we have been updating the entire house. The last of the dark stained doors were painted white a couple weeks ago.

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Here is the door before.

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We lightly sanded with a fine grit and applied two coats of Zinsser 123 latex primer. Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next.

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Once the two coats of Zinsser primer were dry, we applied two coats of Extra White semi gloss Emerald Interior paint by Sherwin-Williams.

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We couldn’t just paint the door because once the door was all pretty, the rest of the hallway and baseboards looked terrible! We added two fresh coats of Extra White Emerald Interior (semi gloss) by Sherwin-Williams to each door as well as the surrounding trim.

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We are in the process of having the plugs changed and hopefully the remainder of the hallway will be finished soon.

how to paint dark stained doors

This hallway is difficult to photograph as there isn’t much natural light. As you can see though, the white paint looks so much fresher and cleaner than the old dark stain. I know there are so many people out there with dark stained trim and doors that would love to update their home and this option is definitely less expensive verses replacing doors and trim.

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