We used to have a killer command center. It was amazing.
At the current moment, and I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but we don’t even have a command center. I have all the components for it but I haven’t found a great place to house it yet. I’m thinking somewhere in the mudroom when we get it finished. I promise to stop being a disappointment and get on that…someday.
I wanted to use today’s round-up as a way to gain inspiration for my own to-be command center, as well as inspire you all. If you haven’t used a command center to organize your family’s time, you really should try it. It’s very helpful. If you’re a visual person, it will be extremely valuable to you. Typically, I’d write a short description of each one, but today, I’m just going to share links and pictures.
You will notice a common theme amongst all of these command centers. It’s a way to keep up with your schedule, but also a way to cut down on paper clutter and filing. Think of it as the busy mom’s assistant. Every single one of these pictures is different, but they’re all useful and they’re all pretty. Which one is your favorite? Comment below and let me know 🙂
Maybe you are into DIY and Home Improvement, and you already have quite the collection of tools at your disposal. Maybe you are just starting out and you don’t have many tools, but you’re living in your own home now. What sort of tools might you need for home ownership?
1. A Tape Measure
Tape measures are indispensable when you’re a homeowner. You never know what you’ll need to measure. I’ve used mine to plan projects, decide how big a new couch should be, and measure how big your curtains should be. You will use your tape measure countless times.
2. A Hammer
You will use your hammer to hang pictures and art work, assemble small pieces of furniture and who knows what else. Every tool box needs a hammer, and you will use yours many times.
Screwdrivers are great for changing out switchplate covers, putting small furniture items together, installing screws to hang heavy items, and many more things. I highly recommend getting a pack of several screwdrivers in different sizes.
Pliers are often used to hold on to small objects, as well as to pick things up. You can also use them to bend and manipulate metal. I also recommend buying a set with several different sizes of pliers.
Levels are so useful when you are hanging things or putting something together. You can get large levels and small levels.
5. A power drill
A power drill is the best thing ever! You can quickly put things together, drill holes with ease, and remove screws. I have used my drill countless times since I’ve bought it, and it is the one thing that I always recommend someone buy when they move into their own place. I definitely couldn’t live without mine.
What are your recommended tools for homeownership? Is there anything in your tool box you just can’t live without? Comment below and share it!
This is not your typical Lumber in my Minivan post. Most of our posts involve building things but this post? This one involves tearing things up.
We let some parts of our yard get overgrown and out of control.
Like this side yard flower bed we couldn’t see and never thought about. Seriously.
It looked like our house was abandoned from this shot. We lacked the equipment to make this look nice again, so we hired it out and now our home looks inhabited again.
Isn’t that 10,000 times better? I can’t wait to show you what we are going to put there instead.
We did some clean up of a different kind today, too.
This deck had seen better days. It was old, unused and many of the boards were beginning to crumble and rot.
We made the executive decision to remove it. And while I never thought I’d enjoy being destructive it was actually a lot of fun.
The floor boards were super easy to remove, as they were screwed in. I just got out our power drill and went to town.
The next part was none to easy, but it went much faster once we bought the crowbar and sledgehammer.
Bam! Two hours later, we had completely busted up and hauled off all of it. We still have to go back and clean the area up, but it looks better already. I can’t wait to show you what we put here- it’s going to be amazing.
I now know why Chip Gaines loves demo day- it’s a blast!!
Plus, you all know I love getting new tools and I got a new sledge hammer and a new crowbar out of the experience.
Have a wonderful day! Catch us Wednesday for a Pinterest roundup.
This is the time of year when many of us resolve to do something better, or to be better at something. We commonly desire to do different things, like visit a new and exciting vacation destination, or stop worrying about something, or the ever popular “lose weight.” While I have some personal resolutions this year, and I will share those, I have some resolutions for my home and for my blog. Some people would just call these things a “to-do list,” and that’s accurate as well. Whatever you want to call it, I’m more than happy to share them with you.
Personal and family
A healthier, more mindful, and better me
Things have not been the greatest on the homefront. I’ve struggled with mental illness and it has taken a toll on everyone. This year, I’d simply like to learn more about my anxiety and depression, and work toward finding a healthier balance. I’m journaling a lot, I’m reading a lot, I’m in therapy, and I’m learning to handle things through a different lens. And it’s helping, but there are a lot more bridges to cross.
I was in a good place with my diet and fitness journey, but my recent bout of bronchitis and pneumonia really took a toll on it. This year, I’d like to work out at least 5 days a week and get back on my Trim Healthy Mama journey. So far, I’m doing well. My oldest daughter has become my biggest cheerleader and my running buddy.
I’m also working to make more time for what’s truly important: my family and myself. I am practicing saying no and trying to do less. I’m working toward not worrying so much about the trivial things in life- the messy rooms, the dirty laundry, and the crowded to-do lists- and enjoy the little girls who made those messes and that dirty laundry.
And lastly, I’m spending more time reading. I’ve always loved to read and I often find that I’m reading things for work and things to my children, but I rarely read for my pleasure anymore unless it’s summer break. I’ve created quite the list of books I’d like to read in 2019. Will I read all of them? Probably not. My goal is to read at least 75 books in 2019.
Home and blogging
So. many. things. I. want. to. do.
First, I plan on sharing the things we NEED to do, and then I’ll get to the things I WANT to do. Doesn’t it seem we are always sharing our wants and needs, and trying to distinguish between the two?
Finish our bathroom refreshers (WANT)
Currently, we have already started a small remodel/room refresh on our master bath. Last year, I installed plumbing pipe shelving, and changed out the builder grade mirrors and light fixtures for two mirrors and farmhouse style lighting. This year, we plan to change out the faucets and begin planning for our next big bathroom project: new flooring and new tubs. We also may entertain refinishing the vanity. We may even change out the mirror, lights and faucets in our hall bath this year.
2. Replace some of our lost landscaping (WANT)
We lost about ten plants in our front foundation gardens and in our backyard to the crazy, overly rainy weather we experienced in 2018. We will be replacing them this year with something new and colorful.
3. Washer and dryer (NEED)
Our washer and dryer is on the blink. We looked at several different ones this past spring, but never truly lit on one we liked. Plus, we figured we could get a few more months out of ours. Well, we did, but we can’t push our luck much longer. So, we’ll be buying a new washer and dryer soon.
4. A living room refresher. (NEED/WANT)
This one fits into both categories. Does out living room function well now as it is? Sure. But…we are still using the same furniture we bought before Emorie was born, and she is now almost 8. It’s taken a beating from both these baby girls, and it’s time to replace it. Plus, I’ve had this gorgeous antique mantle in our garage for over a year now, and I’m dying to have it installed in our living room. This should be happening soon.
Now, for the things I want to do. This list will be far less detailed.
Gather quotes for new bath tubs and bath flooring
Gather quotes for new kitchen cabinets
Finish our built in bookshelves in the office and convert the office into a playroom
Convert the current playroom into a formal dining room
Screen in our back porch
Do you see now why there are two lists? I’m not saving we will do all of these things, but each year I like to decide what I want to do and what I need to do, and try to balance out the lists.