What’s Happening at Lumber in My Minivan?

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Recently, we made the decision to change both the niche and the name of our blog. I still love organizing and simplifying, but I want to write about so much more than that. Since we’re not quite on regular schedule yet, and it’s been a while since I posted, I decided I’d write a short post catching you up on our comings and goings. I know a lot of you also follow me on social media, so some of this will not be news to you.

This girl got older. I’m not going to tell you how old, but I’ll give you a hint. I’m 25…with nine years of experience 😀

My birthday gift to myself was my first ever Tarheel Ten Miler. It was a challenge! I didn’t think I could do it, but I did. I even ran faster than I thought! I loved the race so much I have already signed up for next year!

Yeah, I’m dealing with some rough stuff right now. But my two baby girls make me smile and keep me going. ❤️ They will turn eight and four this year and they’re both sweet, cuddly little balls of energy.

And as for the hard stuff- Everybody go to counseling. Even if you think you think you don’t need to. I have been going weekly for a few months now and I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need. I recently saw a quote that mentioned how we go to the doctor for check ups to keep our bodies healthy, so why not do the same for our mental health? It makes sense!

And as for the blog: what I want to do with it is feature a DIY, something hone related and something family related each week. Basically, not a huge amount of changes but enough to keep it interesting.

Here’s to new adventures! Thanks for supporting us along this new journey.

 

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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!!

2019: Our New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year! Hope 2019 holds many blessings for you!


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

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

  1. Gather quotes for new bath tubs and bath flooring
  2. Gather quotes for new kitchen cabinets
  3. Finish our built in bookshelves in the office and convert the office into a playroom
  4. Convert the current playroom into a formal dining room
  5. 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.

What are your home resolutions for 2019?

Happy New Year

From us at Organized and Simplified! We hope 2019 brings you many blessings.

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?