Friday, August 28, 2015

The Perfect Stylish Storage Solution + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Otto Storage Stools
but opinions about their product are completely mine!

Don't you love a good deal? Or when you find something you can't wait to share with others? I have both to share with you today. Otto Storage contacted me a couple of months ago and shared their product and I loved it right away. We gave away FIVE of these products on Instagram in July and I really had wished I got to try one out for myself...and now I'm able to share it with you and give away FIVE more. But, I have found the perfect, most stylish storage solution and I can't wait to show you!

Red Otto Storage Stool on patio ::

This is the Otto Storage Stool - which looks so much like a garden stool and I LOVE garden stools. But, I got a beautiful red one and quickly put it together when it arrived. It looks so great on my patio, doesn't it?

Red Otto Storage Stool on patio ::

I like it out there because it's plastic and won't mind the weather {well, at least our Southern California weather} AND....

Inside storage Red Otto Storage Stool on patio ::

...look how it stores things inside! I have our blankets rolled up inside, so if it's chilly in the evening we can grab one and still be comfortable out on the patio. 

Gray Otto Storage Stool in boys' room::

I also got a gray one for my son's new made over bedroom!

Inside Gray Otto Storage Stool in boys' room::

He can keep all his footballs and such inside! Plus, it's strong enough for him to use as a stool to sit on or as a nightstand. 

Otto Storage Stool Giveaway ::

So, do you want one? It's easy -- use the Rafflecopter below and enter to win!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Negotiating with Kids for a Clutter Free Home

Are you wondering why I would negotiate with my kids to get them to do something? Well, hang on and hear me out. You see, I have been instilling into my kids for as long as they were able to understand that have clutter around isn't good. Part of it is that I just don't like clutter since it distracts me. Part of it is that I don't want them to hold tightly to earthly things. I believe that earthly positions are not of high value - people are. So, I want them to learn young to let go of things, BUT to also be responsible with what they have and put it away, where it belongs.

Negotiating with Kids for a Clutter Free Home ::

Friday, August 21, 2015

How to Wash a Down Pillow Naturally

OK, so I'm not reinventing the wheel or telling you anything new. But, I washed my down pillows. Yep, big deal? Did you know you can wash down pillows? I did...but, I was just too chicken!

Down pillow before::

So, here is what the pillows look like BEFORE.

Down pillow after::

And here is the AFTER - I know! Unbelievable!! AND, I used NO bleach {I don't even own bleach}. Here's how I did it:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hide that Ugly Thing

Am I the only one who finds some technology offensively ugly? I mean, the cables, the cords, the antennas, the routers, the boxes? Uggh, it's just ugly!  In our family room, we have this router that has to be there. I know, it's something that just comes from technology so I try to embrace it and know it's here to stay. 

How to hide something ugly ::

Friday, August 14, 2015

20 Organized Ways to Get Back to School

OK, I admit it. The last few weeks have been crazy busy for me and my kids start school on Monday and I've been trying to squeeze the last bit of summer by spending a lot of time with, I wanted to share with you ALL the ways that you can get organized in this back to school time, that I have shared over the past five years. There are a lot of ways - from home school to traditional school - that you can get things organized! 

20 ways to get organized for homeschool and traditional school ::

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How to Hide Messy Cords with Pegboard

This post is sponsored by National Hardware, 
but opinions about pegboard products are completely mine!

I have this problem area under my desk in my home office with all my cords - they are awful and ugly. It's probably something many of you have a problem with, too! I've been trying to come up with some sort of "pretty" solution to the problem. And I did! Get ready to pin this and share it because there is NOTHING on Pinterest like it - I've looked!

BEFORE: under desk cords are messy ::

Friday, August 7, 2015

School Supply Drawer

It's time to start thinking about IS August and my kids start in ten days so we have to get moving and ready for school. We've now got a middle schooler and a high schoolers, so I consider myself a veteran at this! I took my kids EARLY this year to get some school supplies because their school sent out a list early. I don't normally shop in July but I'm glad I did. I was able to get the school supply drawer all set up. 

Back to School Organized ::

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How Does HOARDING affect you?

Let me be honest, I have not broached the subject of hoarding before because I'm honestly not an expert! I have no idea what to tell people, have no patience for not being able to's the truth. But, I know it affects many people and I know that it can consume families with despair and hopelessness. So, I asked my professional organizer contributor, Jill, to talk about Hoarding since she has much more experience with that than I so. I hope you are encouraged and that you can get help if this is something you or a family member or close friend are struggling with. 

How Does HOARDING affect you?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fleeting Days of Summer - July 2015 Wrap Up

Fast fleeting are the lazy days of relaxing on the beach.  Soon we will exchange the fireworks and BBQ chicken for books and brown bag lunches. Sleeping in days, Camp fire cooking days are almost over! 

What have you done with your summer and the extra time with your kids?  Are you happy with how you've spent your days?  If yes, then its time to celebrate!  If no, you've got just a few days left of summer vacation and it's time to make the most of it! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Get Kids to Declutter and Organize

Kids can be amazingly messy...but, kids can also be amazingly helpful! What about that ONE kid you have that likes to keep everything? Or that "pig pen" kid that leaves stuff everywhere they go around the house? Is it possible to get them to learn, in a healthy way, how to be organized and declutter? Yes, it takes time. Lots of time. Here's some great posts I've done that can help encourage you with getting your kids to declutter and organize.

1. Get kids to clear out clutter at Birthday time:

Clear out the clutter at birthday time ::

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Favorite Organizing Quotes

Motivation can come in all forms. Right? Sometimes we just need someone {like me} to help kick us in the rear to get moving! Sometimes, it helps to have things clearly written out to post on our fridge, pin on Pinterest, or just share with others. I have found great quotes all over the web. I encourage you pick your favorites and share them, and visit the blogs where I found them. Organizing and decluttering is possible...let me help inspire you!

You can't organize clutter :: OrganizingMade

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

11 Clever Ways to Organize Spices

Not everyone has the same kitchen or cupboards or I love finding new ways, lots of them, to organize things. So, I thought why not come up with 11 ways to organize your spices? From fancy to simple to inexpensive, there should be an idea or two in here you'll definitely want to try in YOUR kitchen!

11 Ways to Organize Spices ::

Friday, July 17, 2015

Teen Boys Bedroom Final Reveal

My sixteen year old son likes a few of things - golf {among many sports}, Star Wars, and Legos. For a teenage boy to be excited about his room decor is no small feat! I think I accomplished it! You might remember how I have been slowly getting his room made over - first, the wallpapered wall to look like planked wood, then the desktop made from laminate flooring. Last was this project - industrial shelving!

Teen Boy's Room Industrial Shelving ::

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Labeling in the Fridge

So, I have this idea that I want my fridge to stay fairly organized all the time. I know, it's really an impossibility, but it's a goal so I'm going for it! 

Labeling in the fridge ::

Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Ways to Stop Clutter

Wherever I go, I meet people who find out I am an organizing blogger, and I get pretty much the same response! They begin making excuses for why they aren't organized, why they need me to come to their house to help them, and launch into questions about how organized my house must be. 

5 Ways to Stop Clutter::