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DIY Ghost Garland

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Last week I mentioned my new found love of frugality.  (In case you missed it, you can check it out here.)  Today, I am back at it with some ideas that focus on inexpensive family fun. Continue reading

The #VTechNursery Design Challenge Hosted By Momtrends

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Recently, I was invited by Momtrends and VTech to attend brunch at Ludlow Studios where I would learn about the new VTech Safe & Sound VM344 Pan & Tilt Baby Monitor and participate in a fun nursery design challenge.   Continue reading

Tips For Organizing Small Spaces

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“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford

The above quote is one of my favorites, and I think the idea behind it can also be applied to keeping a clean and organized home. When your house is tidy, it shows guests that you care about their comfort and well-being.

My family lives in North Carolina, and I miss them tremendously. They drive up to stay with us every year at Christmas, and it is so important to me that when they are here they know that they are loved.

Part of making visitors feel welcome is ensuring that you have everything they will need (such as towels, sheets and blankets), and when you live in a small space it can be difficult to find room to store those items.

Here are my favorite ways to keep my apartment organized:

Ziploc® Space Bags® are your friend.

I recently moved from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment. Part of me loved purging unnecessary items and ridding my life of clutter. The other part realized that the holidays were fast approaching, and I would have guests staying with me. I couldn’t just chuck all the extra towels that used to live in my giant linen closet because my out of town family would need to use them. Then, I started to wonder where I would store them for the rest of the year (after my guests had gone home) and I panicked.

I realized that I had to find a solution to this storage issue so I went to Lowe’s and bought a few boxes of Ziploc® Space Bags®.

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They are the perfect way to organize seasonal items and they are also SUPER easy to use. You put your items in the bag, close it and then suck the air out of the vent with a vacuum. It compresses everything in there nice and flat and provides 3 times the storage*.

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 Plus, they will keep the items inside the bag clean and secure since they are airtight, waterproof and protect against bugs, moths, dirt, mildew and odors.

Buy double duty furniture whenever possible.

A great way to save space is to buy furniture with hidden storage.  One of my favorite pieces is a standing mirror that has shelves inside for perfume and makeup and hooks for jewelry storage.

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For this apartment, I knew I would need an area near the front door where we would be able to sit down and put on our shoes so I opted for a bench with baskets. I keep our hats, gloves and scarves in there. There are also slots for shoes.

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Put up hooks on the backs of doors.

I have a hook on the back of every door. It is a convenient place to hang towels, and I put my bulky robes up there so I don’t have to waste precious drawer space on them.

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Don’t overlook the outsides of cabinets.

If you don’t have a lot of counter space in your kitchen, you may want to consider reserving that valuable real estate for appliances (such as a microwave or toaster). I purchased these spice bottle holders since I didn’t have anywhere to keep a spice rack. This area would also be a convenient place to hang potholders, spatulas and other cooking utensils or measuring cups and spoons.

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Be sure to check out more space saving ideas here.  Do you have a favorite organizing tip?  I would love to hear it!  Please leave it for me in the comments!

*compared to uncompressed storage volume

5 Tips For Getting Settled After A Move

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It has been two weeks since I moved into my apartment and I am pretty much finished unpacking.  All of my past moves were simple compared to this one.  There was the initial fun move when my husband and I first decided to live together.  It was easy because we had to buy everything new (since we had nothing).  We brought in our clothes and spent time leisurely perusing Target for cutlery.  There was no truck.  There were no boxes.

Eventually, we bought a house.  At that point there was a U-Haul and Billy and his brothers carried our furniture and boxes into the house.  That one was exciting because I could not wait to get into our new home.  Plus, there was so much more room!  There were extra bedrooms, bathrooms and a finished basement.  We now had a backyard and a shed!  

This past move was an odd one because I was downsizing.  We sold our home and separately moved into apartments.  (Sidenote – I hate writing that because it sounds sad and makes it feel like a depressing situation but I assure you it was not.  It was an opportunity to reboot, de-clutter and start fresh.  Billy and I get along better than ever before and we spend tons of time together.  Our daughter is happy and we are in a great place.) 

This time around I went from a 3 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom apartment and it was the most difficult move to date because I had lots of stuff and no place to put most of it.  When I had my house with a big kitchen I bought ALL of the gadgets (blender, slow cooker, Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer, etc).  I had tons of room to store them in my pantry and finished basement.  Now, I have a kitchen with some cabinets and I feel like I should probably put food in there. 

 Even though this was a tough move, I did learn a few lessons along the way and I would love to share them with you because let’s face it: moving is hard.  You are leaving your home and going somewhere unfamiliar and that is scary.  Hopefully, these five tips can help you get settled in faster and cause you to feel less stressed during your next move.

1.  Set an unpacking deadline.

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In my last house I had boxes that were in my basement for six years.  SIX YEARS.  I literally never unpacked them.  We were moving out and they were still packed from when we moved in. The reason for that is that after a few weeks I lost momentum, got settled into my new space and started living my life again.  The important stuff was unpacked and put away by then and the things that I didn’t really need and had no place for just stayed in boxes.  In order to prevent that from happening in my apartment I set a deadline of two weeks.  That is not to say that I needed to have all the boxes unpacked within two weeks but I wanted to at least have a plan for everything in that time frame.  Obviously, there are exceptions.  For example, I have curtains that are still packed because my curtain rod has not arrived yet.  That is perfectly fine because I have a plan in place.  On the other hand, if there is a box full of assorted glass vases from the dollar store with no place to live – they need to be re-homed after two weeks.

2. Label your boxes and include a description.

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The boxes that I found that most annoying and difficult to unpack in my previous move were the ones that were only labeled with what room they went in.  This time around I made the effort to include a description of the contents (even if it was just one word).  I also used a method that I recently saw on Pinterest and put a piece of colored duct tape on each box that coordinated with a certain room.  For instance, all of the boxes that were going in my living room had hot pink tape on them and all the boxes for the master bedroom had red tape.  It made it a lot easier to make sure they were in the right place. 

3. Pack up your cleaning supplies and bring them in your car to the new place.

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 I knew I wanted to sweep up the living room quickly and mop the floor before my movers started bringing in my furniture.  Otherwise, I would have had to move the couches and rugs later on in order to get access to clean them and it would have been a pain.   During packing I gathered garbage bags (the big, black jobbies), a bucket, loads of paper towels, floor cleaner, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, toilet cleaner, a toilet brush, a mop and broom and then during the move I brought them with me to the new apartment in my car.  This way I was able to run in before the truck got there and take care of the floors.  Plus, it was helpful to have garbage bags on hand to throw out the packing tape as I unpacked my boxes and I had the rest of my cleaning supplies handy so I could use them as needed and not have to search for them in the sea of boxes.

  I recently bought all new cleaning supplies and that included an O-Cedar MicroTwist™ mop.  I ordered it using Amazon Prime (free two-day shipping for the win) and I must say that I am obsessed with it.  I thought that all mops were the same but that is not the case at all.  This one has a extra large 16-inch head and because it is microfiber, it cleans up dirt and dust on the first pass.  That is EXTREMELY helpful when you have movers waiting to bring up furniture and you are in a rush.

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4.  Start with your most difficult room.  

I think in the beginning of a move you are the most ambitious and eager to get things situated.  I used that inertia and started unpacking in my most difficult room.  For me, during this move, it was the bathroom.  I went from having two big bathrooms with linen closets to one decent sized bathroom with NO linen closet.  I am also a product hoarder so I was not looking forward to having to situate all that stuff.  I wound up buying a really cute over-the-toilet cabinet from Target and also a slim cabinet from Ikea.  After I sorted through my products and purged the items I don’t use I was able to fit it all.  Once I was finished with the bathroom (which I dreaded the most) everything else was a piece of cake.  

5.  Unpack one full room at a time.

Another tip I have that I think really helped me is to do one full room at a time.  For me, when I finished the bathroom from top to bottom and it was all clean and glossy and properly organized it motivated me to want the other rooms to look as nice.  It gave me a glimpse into how nice the apartment was going to be in the end and inspired me to keep moving.  

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Do you guys have any helpful tips or hacks to share about getting settled after a move?  Leave them in my comments!

How To Style Your Shelves For Fall

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I tend to get pretty excited about each coming Season and jump the gun with my decorations.  Each year I am the first neighbor with my Christmas lights up.  As soon as Labor Day was over I was anxiously anticipating Autumn decor.  I am sure you can imagine my glee last weekend when I noticed that they put it out in the Seasonal aisles at Walmart!  I immediately starting loading my cart up with leaves, gourds, candles, burlap and sparkly pumpkins.  Nevermind that I have a ton of this stuff from previous years.  I obviously need more.

My favorite place to decorate is the set of shelves in my living room.  They are the first thing you see when you come in the front door.

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I take everything off and start with a blank canvas.

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Then, I put on a few larger things to see how they look together.  

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I play around, arrange, move things, step back and see how it all works as a whole.

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I continue adding, taking away and changing things around until I feel like the shelves look symmetrical and I am satisfied with the overall look.

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 Then I add in finishing touches (like leaves, acorns and candles).

I never spend too much money on decorations.  Everything I used for this arrangement was purchased (inexpensively) at Walmart or I already owned it.  

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Some tips to keep in mind when decorating shelves are:

Stagger the heights of the objects you are using.  I do this by elevating candles with holders or putting out baskets that I fill with seasonal items.  I also make sure I put some taller things (in this case I used signs) on the top shelf to draw the eye up. 

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Include a signature fragrance.  I read recently that our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our other senses.  I am a HUGE fan of candles and I think fragrance plays a large role in how we perceive our surroundings.  

I was recently introduced to a new line at Walmart called American Home by Yankee Candle® brand and I am OBSESSED!  You can find them right in the home and candle section and there are tons of fragrances to choose from.  

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Not only are they super affordable, (the larger two wick tumbler I bought was around $15 and the smaller ones were only around $5) but it is so convenient that they are sold at Walmart.  It saves me from having to take a trip to the mall to buy my candles.  As a Mom, I am CONSTANTLY at Walmart for something, so if I can also pick up some fabulous Yankee Candle® products during one of my many monthly trips I am all about it.  

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For this project I picked up Banana Walnut Bread and Buttercream Frosting because I wanted my living room to feel cozy and the deep Vanilla-based fragrances remind me of home.  I really wish I had the ability to let you smell them through the computer because they are heavenly!

Sparkle and Little Touches.  Remember – everything’s better with a little glitter!  After I am done with the main pieces of decor I like to sprinkle around some added touches (little heart candies for Valentine’s Day or ornaments around Christmas).  I think they add a little something to a display.  For Fall I sprinkled faux colored leaves and pinecones around.

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I have shared how I like to style my shelves for Fall using pumpkins, gourds, candles and colorful leaves.  What tips do you have for creating a beautiful Autumnal display?  Leave them in the comments section!  xo