State of the Blog Address 2019

State of the Blog Address 2019…or something.

 

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By now, most people have realized I don’t post here a lot anymore. I recently did post and let you all know that things in our lives have been difficult lately, and we are dealing with a lot. Work has also been crazy busy!

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I have also been unsure of what direction I want this blog to go, and as much as I love organizing and making a home more functional, it seems as though I run out of ideas after awhile. I thought about changing my niche, and expanding my content a bit. I still want to write about home decor, DIY and parenting, but I want to write less about organizing and getting simplified.

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Sure, I’ll still occasionally share tips for organization and simplifying your life, but it won’t be my main focus.

After all, one can only write about cleaning out their closet so many times, right? That being said, my blog is not only changing directions, but changing names.

So…starting next Saturday, Organized and Simplified will become Lumber in My MiniVan!

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Thanks for supporting us on this new journey!!

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Getting organized: tips for a more organized home

Getting organized: tips for a more organized home

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It’s that time again- spring time. The time when flowers bloom, everything is green and fresh, there is pollen all over everything…and some of us engage in a little yearly tradition known as spring cleaning.

I don’t know about you, but my house needs some extra TLC, and I can’t always get to those extra things during the school year. Like many others, I choose to spend a few days in the spring giving my house some extra cleaning and organizing. Today, I’d like to share some tips for getting your house cleaned and organized but in a simple and timely manner.

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1. Give your closets some TLC 

One of the first things I tackle are our overflowing closets. and donate what I do not need, throw away what is damaged, and organize and put away anything else. You can read all about how to keep your closet cleaned here.  You can read about how to organize your child’s closet so that it grows with them here. 

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2. Clean your kitchen: clean your cabinets, fridge, freezer, and pantry.

Give your fridge a good cleaning before cleaning out your pantry and cabinets.

Remove any expired foods or unneeded kitchen items from your pantry. 

Use cabinet organizers to keep your needed items within easy reach. 

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3. Organize your bathroom!

Organize your linen closet by donating items you don’t use anymore, and throwing away expired items. 

Use drawer and cabinet organizers to keep everything in easy reach. 

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4. Organize your playroom

Get rid of any broken toys and donate or give away anything your kids have outgrown.

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5. General cleaning

I also like to do some extra cleaning, such as moving furniture and cleaning under or behind it, or cleaning our blinds. We also pressure wash the sidewalks, porch furniture, and outside of the house. We also take down the curtains and wash them.

What spring cleaning tasks do you do?

Four Farmhouse Projects

Four Farmhouse Projects

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This time of year is always a busy one for teachers, so I never seem to post as many blog posts as I’d like. Today, I’d like to share some super cute farmhouse projects with you all.

  1. Classic farmhouse wooden sign 

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You can make this one with just a stencil, some scrap wood, some paint and some wood stain. You can even freehand it if you’re more artistically talented than I am. There are so many things I want to put on a sign like this one! I can’t wait to make a few more.

 

2.  Wooden Farmhouse planter box 

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I made this box from some mis-measured wood pieces from another project, and some walnut wood stain. I have used this box for Christmas, for spring, for fall, and for winter. It’s so much fun to decorate with!

3. Farmhouse chunky wood candlesticks 

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These super cute, very farmhouse candlesticks are made from wood-turned chair legs, terra-cota flower pot saucers, and chalk paint. I ended up with three really nice candlesticks for around $20.

4. DIY Rustic wood coat rack 

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This rustic wood coat rack is made from a plank of scrap wood, some walnut stain, and some Hobby Lobby drawer pulls. It adds a unique touch to our room and was super easy to make too!

 

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab some scrap wood and some walnut stain and get to creating! I can’t wait to see what you make.

Four farmhouse entry ways: a Pinterest roundup

I don’t know about you all, but I’m crushing on farmhouse entry ways at the moment. I’m a sucker for natural light, board and batten trim, and somewhere pretty to drop my bags and kick off my shoes. This week, I found four lovely farmhouse entry ways that spoke to me.

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I love this entry way for lots of reasons. I love the shaggy rug and the wooden bench. I love those big baskets for shoes and I love the little topiary in the olive pot. The blanket and pillow make the space look inviting too.

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Boxwood, a sweet little shelf and a beautiful little bench. This entry way is perfect if you only have a small space or a nook. I love those green plants and how much they add to the space.

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Here’s another small spaces entry way. I like that rope basket and the pillows, and the antique mirror. So much simplicity and so much pretty.

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Here’s another simple farmhouse entry way, with a simple white bench, a shelf and some pretty white pumpkins!

And I know I said four farmhouse entry ways, but here is a bonus fifth room:

Southern Revivals

Everything about this picture makes me happy.

I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest roundup. Stay tuned, next week I will be sharing some more farmhouse goodness.

Creating an easy spring vignette

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I have often struggled with the correct way to create a seasonal vignette. I was always worried about making it too busy, or too sparse, but then I realized something: there really isn’t a right or wrong way to create a vignette. I have created some of my favorite vignettes simply by trial and error.

There are, however, a few rules I like to stick with when creating seasonal vignettes.

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  1. Use natural elements.

Pine cones are appropriate for spring, fall and winter decor. I always try to include some sort of seasonal element from nature, be it flowers, or tree branches, or even a bird’s nest. Including a natural element adds something real to your home.

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2. Texture makes a huge difference

You should always use something that adds texture. Baskets, birds’ nests, pinecones, or even tree limbs add texture and interest to your vignette.

3. Group items in odd numbers, in varying heights to keep the eye moving.

I recently added this spring vignette to our home:

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I added both flowering tree branches and eggs for natural elements, a basket for texture, a glass gallon jar for a vase, a milk glass footed cup, and a rabbit vase on stacked books to give it some height. It took me four tries to make this something I loved and enjoyed.

Don’t be afraid to group and arrange what you love, change it and re-arrange it, and re-arrange it some more. Change it until you’re happy with it, but follow the basic rules to help you get there.

And, tune in next week for a peek at our spring home tour 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday.