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Kitchens seem to be a very popular request for me lately, and I have been helping a few different folks plan out and organize their cabinets, pantries, and drawers. I have also been compiling a lot of the common questions and themes that have been arising, and hope to do a post in the near future outlining how to get started and tips for creating a solid kitchen storage plan.

But a similar subject worthy of its own post, and a question I receive almost more than any other, is what to do with a deep pantry closet? Or any deep cabinet really. They can be such dark and confusing places and definitely require a little extra thinking and planning.



One of the kitchens I was recently asked to help with, has a deep pantry closet very reminiscent of our previous pantry. I vividly remember the days of frustration and trial and error and constant reorganization.

Around the time I was consulting on this project, The Container Store had reached out to me to see if I would be interested in partnering with them on a kitchen organizing story. Talk about the stars aligning just right. Their supersized kitchen sale is going on now through...
You all know I have chatted about some of my online struggles as of late, and one of those frustrations is that it has just been too long since I have had a true lightbulb moment. I have been craving a stroke of creativity that pushes me to come up with a solution I haven't seen done 1,001 times before. And it finally happened! I thought of a new use for a common product and it really helped me with organizing our son's new closet drawers. So, if you have already seen this little idea of mine somewhere else, can you do me a favor and not tell me? #bestfriendpact

To say these little things really excite me is an understatement. I selected a new unit for our son's closet that offered up five large drawers of storage, but those large drawers needed a little division to prevent them from becoming full-on jumbled messes down the road. This super quick and easy project was born out of a need that wasn't being met by retailers, and also by giving myself a few days to let my ideas swirl.


You can see the most recent photos of the closet in this post here; the interior measurements of the drawers come in at 25 1/2" x 21". That is a LOT of drawer area! And I really didn't realize it until...
We are finally here! The day I have been waiting for over a month worth of sanding, patching, painting, painting some more, assembling closet components, swapping outlets and switches, adding hardware, and installing base, casing and crown mouldings. The room was completely reconstructed and we are now left with an absolutely wonderful blank canvas for our growing boy.



Above you see a glimpse of our son's bedding. He picked it out last summer when we started talking about this room update, and it has been the foundation for all of the color selections in the room thus far. It is a combination of bold plaid on one side and a small scale gingham on the other, I absolutely love how the two patterns compliment. We have always wanted to do a darker ceiling and thought this would be the perfect time to play. But with a louder ceiling choice I wanted the walls to sort of fade away, so the final two colors ended up being Benjamin Moore Blue Dusk for the ceiling and Sherwin Williams Nebulous Cloud on the walls. They also like to give compliments, to each other, to the bedding, and to our son of course!


This point in the game my mind starts racing! This room could still...
Happy Valentine's Day my dear readers!

I am so excited to celebrate this day of looooove with family and friends and a trip to the hardware store! Plus, there isn't much better than an excuse to decorate everything with hearts and eat cupcakes and chocolate candy all day, can we all agree on that?

Although we all know that marriage can be filled with highs and lows, Bryan and I are so thankful to be toasting to today with giant cheek-to-cheek grins and all the heart eyes. But things are definitely getting a little patchy over here, not with our marriage, but with our son's closet update. And although that typically sounds like a negative thing, in this case, it is good! Very good! We tackled patching both the wall and the carpet and I wanted to share how we did both.

When we last left off, we had removed a portion of our son's closet wall in order to widen the opening and make additional room for a tower of drawers and shelves. With the closet wing walls in place, it really limited usable space as well as our storage options. His bedroom measures 9 feet wide by 13 feet long, so we need every inch of the closet possible. We opened the closet to a 4 ft opening, which we will eventually conceal with a sliding door.

That wall removal left us with a bit of a repair job ahead of us;...
Hello, hello! How is your week going? I have a case of the blues today, but it has absolutely nothing to do with my mood and everything to do with the crazy moon and our son's closet plans!



Since it has been awhile, I am going to back up and catch you all up with a little backstory.

Our younger two boys shared a room for quite a few years and became the best of friends during that time. You can see their room here. When our youngest son took over our guest room a little over a year ago, we removed his bed and clothes and the rest of the room remained unchanged. We put some focus on making updates to the guest room so our youngest would feel more at home there and could begin to make it his own. We still have a few things to finish up there, but we have also promised our now second teenage boy (13!) that we would help transition his space into something a bit more sophisticated to compliment the wonderful young man he is growing to be.

The entire room needs love and the closet is just the beginning. In fact, it was a "quick" closet update that I originally wanted to do, that is suddenly springing on a couple of additional room upgrades as well.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has come and gone, but today we are going to chat about one decorative detail that was a really nice addition this past year. Flocking! I wasn't introduced to tree flocking until a few years ago, and it always seemed as though it was either too expensive or too messy. But I LOVE all of the pretty, fluffy white! So file this one away for next year if you have been in that same boat. It is a little messy, but I can testify that it is worth that mess in the end. And because we purchased a non-flocked tree last year (which was the right size and budget), it didn't make sense to purchase a flocked tree this year no matter how much I wanted one.
So I did a little research and figured it would be worth it to try and flock one of our artificial trees myself. And based on your feedback, it sounds like many of you are interested in doing the same!I flocked our artificial tree, but I don't think anything is off limits. Garland, live trees, wreaths... I put together a quick little video tutorial to show you just how simple the flocking process is, but will also recap a few things below as well.First,...
Well, you guys! You did it! You made me cry the happiest tears I have cried in a very long time. I am so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support you all showed me after my last post. I am still making my way through all of the emails and comments and letting every word soak in. So. Much. Good. And so many new ideas and thoughts that spurred from our conversations in the comment section! I looooved it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Today I was invited to host a blog hop surrounding my favorite subject of all time: ORGANIZING! I mentioned I wanted to do more connecting and sharing this year, and this was the perfect way to dive right in!



I am joining a group of lovely ladies, and each of us was asked to share our favorite organizing tip for five different rooms in our homes. I absolutely can't wait to check out all of the other blogs and pick up a few new ideas for myself! You all can follow along with my fellow friends below:

L I S A :  Shine Your LightK R I S :  Driven By DecorJ E N N I F E R :  Dimples & Tangles
Well hello everyone! It sure has been awhile! I hope that your 2018 is off to an amazing start and that you had a very warm and fulfilling holiday season. I have missed you all so very much!



My sweet boys returned to school this week and the house is so quiet now, maybe even too quiet. I am definitely ready for our "normal" routine to set back in but I am also really missing their sounds and spats and smiles and having them home with me during the day.

Although I haven't been online much, I have been writing this post in my head for days, weeks, even months. I honestly don't know where it will go, I just plan to let my feelings flow through my fingertips, so hang on for a little ride on my roller coaster of thoughts.

I didn't really plan to take such a long break. But it happened for a culmination of reasons; including some unexpected health concerns and out of town doctor visits with one of our boys, three months of lost planner work (and then re-creating all of that work in a few weeks time), and then the general craziness that comes with the holidays. I blinked and December was gone and so was 2017. Which I am more than OK with. I couldn't be more ready...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your bellies are full and you're snuggled in with your favorite people. Did you take the day to fight Black Friday crowds or surf from your sofa?

Or are you up for some organizing? Maybe not today, but some last minute end-of-year sprucing before Christmas entertaining begins?

When I search for storage, I always try to consider how it can be re-used down the road as our needs change and our family evolves. I aim to select things that will stand the test of time and continue to be used and purposeful for many years to come. One of my "go-to" organizers is the not too expensive but always dependable magazine file, and I am guessing many of you have these hanging out in your homes also! Yes, they are perfect for managing that stack of glossy paged goodness, but they really can be utilized in infinite ways.



Below find 15 quick and easy ways to organize all around your home using basic magazine holders, and at the end, I share the easiest crafty hack for adding even more functionality to an already awesome organizer.

One thing to note is that these holders come in a variety of materials, typically metal, plastic and cardboard, and some of these suggestions work best with more durable or easy-to-clean finishes.


Hey friends and happy Tuesday!

2018 is quickly approaching and it has me sweating even though our temps are below freezing already. Where has this year gone? Am I ready to pull out Christmas decor and make New Year's Resolutions again already? I just don't know how I feel about that!

With the new year comes a new planner and one of my loves in designing those color-filled pages every year. I have been receiving multiple inquiries each day for the new printables and I am working overtime to try and get them done and out to you asap!


As those important dates, appointments, and events pile up for 2018, I wanted to give you a happy place to keep track of those until the full 2018 planner release.

download your FREE Future Dates to Remember printable here
The printable is designed to be printed landscape on standard letter sized paper (8 1/2" x 11").

It can be printed on a single sheet front and back and filled in with a pen, or it can be saved to your computer/phone/tablet and edited with Adobe Reader.

Hi everyone! I apologize for my recent extended absence. Although it wasn't planned, it was necessary. I truly appreciate that many of you took time to check in with your kind comments and emails. I find so much happiness in connecting with you all here and it is always hard to step away for more than a few days at a time. I have missed you!

Today I wanted to chat about something that took me by surprise. In fact, I am still trying to wrap my head around what I am about to write.

I am falling madly, deeply in love with the color orange.

Just take a minute to let that soak in. I will be here when you pick your jaws up off of the floor.

Image via Elle Decor
Color is such a huge part of everything I do. Whether I am sourcing wallpaper for a closet or a paint color for a piece of furniture or designing planner pages and printables, color combinations are always catching my attention. That said, I tend to stick with a lot of the same colors over and over and there are others that I generally avoid. Orange was one of those colors.

Orange has never been a color that I have gravitated to, down to...
Just over a year ago, my girlfriend and I began discussing her daughter's closet situation and came up with some plans for putting in a true storage system. Her little lady was going to transition from a nursery to a big girl bedroom and her closet had become a bit of a catch-all in the process. Being a mom of three boys, it is rare that I have the opportunity to work on a girl space in any form, and I was really excited about the opportunity to put something fun together for her daughter.


Although we had a general idea and plan for the closet, the project stalled and life happened. But as we began coming up with plans for our son's closet, we decided to revisit this closet as well. I pulled up the initial design and checked in with my friend and her daughter to see if any of their needs had changed. We decided to stick with many of the original plans, making only a few small tweaks. The girl's bedroom also has a nearby dresser to hold pajamas, undergarments, pants, shorts, etc... so this closet was going to be used specifically for any hanging items, accessories, memorabilia, clothes she has yet to grow into, shoes and bedroom linens.

Here is the closet before (which wasn't necessarily a true before since it was holding...
What is the first thing you see when you wake up? Depending on how much tossing and turning takes place, I either open my eyes to our dressing room or rise and see the wall across from our bed. That wall is where our dresser is located, and up until recently, it was a very neglected part of our bedroom.


I really wish I would have thought to take a before picture, but the styling wasn't actually something I ever planned on posting in the first place. It sort of just evolved over the course of the last week and I loved the outcome and decided it was worth mentioning.

So, just picture the white dresser with the too small yet very beautiful pink and navy abstract print above it. And the lamp. And random folded laundry. That is how the dresser had been "styled" for about the last year or so.

I actually initially picked the lovely print from Minted with the intention of framing it and hanging it over our headboard. I looked for something that married masculinity and feminity in a single piece and was really drawn to this particular print for that very reason. Once I picked out the art, I taped out an area above the bed with painter's tape and took those very specific measurements online to Frame-It-Easy to...
Our youngest boy's bedroom has received a couple of updates that are really helping his space feel more finished and functional.


Last year at the beginning of the school year, we decided it was time to give all three boys their own bedrooms. Although our youngest two will always be the bestest of friends, I think they are enjoying the process of putting their personal stamps on their rooms, and appreciating their privacy and quiet time. Although, my heart really loves that they have "sleepovers" with each other any chance they can get.

Just like any space, we try things and they evolve after living with our updates for awhile. We have actually made three changes in this space; two completely intentional and one unintentionally. You may notice that his desk has changed since we created his playful workspace last year. When we ordered his new closet storage for the right side, we wanted to take advantage of as much of the space as possible. To install everything on the right side, we pulled everything out of the left. Once the right was installed, we were unable to get his previous desk back in on the left. It was just a few inches too big, even when I tried to assemble it inside of the closet. We goofed.

So we sold the desk on Craigslist and looked...
I knew today would be special because it is our son's thirteenth birthday! Little did I know he is celebrating it on a national holiday this year because today is also Amazon Prime Day!

Ok, so I was sort of joking about the national holiday thing, but you guy know that I am a very committed Prime user, yet I have never taken advantage of this special deal day. And apparently, I have been really missing out. #alwaysthelasttoknow I do my best to take advantage of all the other Prime perks... Free shipping? At least weekly for everything from office supplies to cleaning products. Who am I kidding, it even saves me time and money on grocery goodies and bulk household items. We definitely take advantage of the music and video streaming, free movie watching for the fam is always a cherry-on-top way to spend a night in. But a whole day with bonus sales, steals, and deals? Why didn't I know?

I am currently doing quite a bit of traveling and ended up in the car for six hours yesterday. That gave me a lot of time to dig through the deals and pluck out items that I super heart, whether it be things we use frequently or have waiting on our wish list. And of course, I wanted to pass those finds on to you with this special Items IHeart post!

First, I want to thank you for all of the love and excitement over this week's pantry reveal! Working with others to organize and improve their spaces has been so rewarding and exciting and something that I hope to continue to do for many years to come! I am definitely in my element when we are deep in the sorting process and working to simplify systems. But I also love to add a little extra love and attention and even toss in some small scale DIY's when I can.


My gal pal already owned an unfinished craft crate, which can be usually be found at home improvement stores, craft stores, and even Target. The crate was the foundation piece when it came to designing the pantry and coming up with the shelving widths, right from the start I had envisioned tossing some casters on it and putting it to work. And as we checked off storage solutions for each type of food, produce and the crate were the last two options standing. The idea sparks flew and I took on the task of figuring out how to make the crate ideal for holding a variety of veggies.

With all of the cosmetic upgrades we were giving to the closet, I really didn't want to leave the crate in its unfinished state. But knowing that food was...
I have been working with a friend on her kitchen over the past few months, and we are nearing the end of a multi-cabinet, drawer and closet overhaul. Installing and organizing a new pantry system was one of the biggest check boxes on our to-do list, and we are both thrilled with the end result.


But let's back up for a second. As I mentioned, this is part of an entire kitchen and mudroom organizational makeover, and we have been doing our best to design their highest traffic rooms into spaces that work hard for them (so they don't have to work hard to maintain them). I am working closely with this super sweet family of five who eat the majority of their meals at home 6-7 days of the week. Mom meal plans, but she also purchases quite a few items in bulk 1-2 times per month, with the exception of weekly produce and dairy. When I did my initial walk-through, the first thing that caught my attention was that they were storing food in a pantry closet as well as 3-4 miscellaneous cabinets throughout the kitchen.

Here is a look at the pantry during my initial visit.


A system had been installed to make room for some cleaning tools, but...
Last week I mentioned that I spotted the prettiest blush mini-binder at The Container Store. I also mentioned that I love those fantastic mini-binders for organizing my coupons and receipts. And then I realized that I have been using the mini-binder organization for awhile now and I have yet to show you!



Between feeding a family of five and working on home organization and DIY projects around the clock, I run a lot of errands. Given my location, I try to consolidate my trips whenever possible. I live 20-60 minutes from the majority of my favorite shopping sources so I will typically hit up HomeGoods, Home Depot and a couple grocery stores all in a single outing.

Over the years I have attempted to organize my trips and handbag with a variety of checklists and pouches. Expandable files for coupons, envelopes for receipts, a small card holder for store cards and folded stacks of ideas and lists. Each individual attempt has been OK, but when combined it just created a jumbled mess inside of my purse. Or things would get misplaced, and transferring the items between totes would cause some to become separated from others. And sometimes the pouches and lists would get left in the car and then I would end up in our other vehicle. Not the end of the world,...

It's that time of year again! The kids are home from school for the summer and we are trying to figure out schedules and daily activities and boundaries and sanity savers. We have already made a trip to the craft store to load up on supplies, picked up a couple books from the library and Amazon, enrolled the boys in a few summer classes and tuned up their bikes for hours of cruising the neighborhood. We had a rocky start just trying to get everyone adjusted to the freedoms of summer, but I think we are finally finding a good groove that we all enjoy (fingers crossed). I am always looking for ways to keep the boys busy doing fun things that don't include a lot of tech time; they are each working on summer journals and have picked up a few fun hobbies to try and learn and also just spend a lot of hours playing with friends and being typical boys. But I always enjoy (and appreciate) chatting with fellow friends and families to add some additional summer sanity savers to our list. Maybe I should dedicate a post just to that since I could totally keep this conversation going for multiple paragraphs...


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I have said it a thousand times, but sometimes the best organizing solutions are the simplest, most obvious ones.
We have been wanting to update the mirror in our son's bathroom for quite some time but it had to be a very specific size. After months of looking for something in the right scale and finish, we decided to just make what we couldn't find in stores. The best part is that it turned out to be extremely easy and budget friendly!


Quick backstory:A few years ago we live-blogged our guest bathroom makeover over the course of a single week. It was ridiculously fun to pull inspiration, update the flooring, paint the walls and vanity, swap the sink top, install new lighting, source a discount mirror and put the finishing touches on a previously bland space, all on a very tight schedule. It is extremely rare for me to give a room a makeover in one quick swoop and then be 100% happy with the outcome... I have learned that I am definitely more of a let the room evolve over time kind of gal. But that guest bathroom was my jelly jam and I really truly loved how it all came together.Fast forward to last year and our guest room began its evolution to our son's new bedroom. The closet was wallpapered and the walls were painted and we began helping our son put his personal stamp on the...