Home Organization

How to Run Your Household Like a Business

Have you ever thought of your household as a business?  Many people work for or run very successful businesses, but when it comes to their own finances or running their household, they are at a complete loss. If you think about the aspects of running an organized and successful business, you will realize that many of the same aspects could be applied in your home. To run a successful business you need organized records, a filing system, best practices or systems to keep things running smoothly, a budget with income and expenses, a person in charge of the finances, and […]

5 Back to School Tips and Tricks

Back to school where I live is not until labor day (for now), but I have noticed that many others have already started back to school! August/September is similar to January in that a lot of people kind of start a “new year” and make plans to get organized, start new activities or hobbies, and set up new systems and routines. This is a great time to do this as it is about halfway through the year and allows you to reflect on any goals or resolutions you made in January.  And also add new ones. If you did not […]

Once-a-Week Laundry Routine

It is no secret in my house that I love figuring out the most effective and productive way to get things done.  I am always trying to determine the path of least resistance that will get me the most bang for my buck. Time is money after all! As a stay-at-home-mom, one of my weekly tasks is laundry.  Everyone has their preferred laundry routine, and if you have one that works for you, that is great. I would venture to guess that most laundry routines, especially those of people who work out of the home, involve doing laundry over multiple […]

How Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Life

Before I had kids, I prided myself on being super organized…in my head.  I definitely did not have a morning routine. What this means is that I could remember everything without having to use a calendar or write it down.  I had appointments, social engagements, the conversation I had with my husband about who’s turn it was to do what chore, and where I last left my wallet, keys, and phone all stored in my brain for easy access. My house, on the other hand, was not so organized.  We usually had piles of laundry (clean, dirty, and the in-between […]

How to Organize Tools When You Don’t Have a Garage

How to Organize Tools When You Don’t Have a Garage We do not have a garage.  We knew that was a sacrifice when we bought our house a year and a half ago.  I think it is probably something my husband curses on a weekly basis.  However, he has made do by transforming our shed into his “fortress of solitude” for all the big items and I helped out the small tool organization situation by coming up with this idea for how to organize tools by turning part of our laundry room into tool storage – sort of a mini […]

How to Create a Cleaning Schedule that You Will Actually Follow

A few months after E was born I finally felt like I had used up all the I-just-had-a-baby-and-I-am-still-technically-on-maternity-leave excuses that I could get away with and I started to honestly attempt to keep the house clean on a regular basis.  I am actually someone who “loves” to clean, it makes me feel better afterward and sometimes even during the process.  I am not the neatest person around but I really hate when things are dirty.  Michael is the exact opposite.  However, once I had E I just could not muster up the motivation to get my act together and care.  So […]

IKEA Semi-Hack: Nightstands

After we got married, Michael and I bought a bed but had pretty much no other bedroom furniture.  My parents bought me two of these IKEA Rast dressers for one of my birthdays.  I had seen this post on Pinterest where this woman took these super cheap pine dressers and turned them into really pretty nightstands so I decided to take a stab at it!  We are were going for a gray/blue color scheme in our room with lots of neutral colors and pops of yellow. Now we have replaced blue and yellow with coral.  We opted for Classic Gray from Minwax […]

IKEA Hack: Storage Ottoman

I am pretty excited about this hack that we did with a $2 scrap piece from IKEA.  Michael has been using this IKEA shelf/box thing as a nightstand for a few years now.  He found it in the damaged/scrap section.  We decided to turn it into a storage ottoman.  We really wanted one for the end of our bed, and while this is a bit too small for our king size bed – it will do for now!  And in the future we plan on turning it into a toy box 🙂 Here is what we started with, basically just […]