DIY: A Swing Set Made for A Princess

How a few hours on a Saturday can lead to hours of fun

We have an aging redwood playset that my kids have had since my nine year old was two and a half. It’s been a lot of fun, but it is badly aged, and both kids are too big for it. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new swingset, since both kids will likely age out of it in the not-too-distant future. But with Covid still on the rise, and the parks being too risky, we decided to DIY a simple yet sturdy swingset they would enjoy.

First, we bought four treated lumber 4X4x8 posts, a treated lumber 2x6x10 board and one treated lumber 4x6x10 post. We also bought metal swing set hardware from Amazon.

We started by inserting the 4X6 posts into the brackets to create both A-frames.

Repeat on both sides and then insert the 4X6x12 to make the top of the swing set. When all of your boards are inserted into the brackets, stand it up (with help- don’t do this alone) and tighten the bolts with an impact driver.
Then, make sure the ground under your swing set is completely level. If it isn’t, move it around to where you want it.
Cut your 2×6 in half and use wood screws to attach it to the 4×4 posts. This will stabilize it and create your A-frame.
Double check your lag screws and make sure everything is tightened down.
Install your swing hanging brackets. We used six of these and we measured before drilling.
Then, hang your swings and you are done! We reused the swings and trapeze bar from our old playset.

Looks like the tiny Lumbers approve!

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.

 

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!!