Hi, I'm Angela! I am a mother, daughter, wife, middle school teacher, and Sunday School teacher. I love all things farmhouse, galvanized metal, chippy paint, and raw wood. I am a sucker for a good DIY and I will never get tired of poking around in antique shops. Find what makes you happy and enjoy it as often as you can!
I have decided to take a break from the 21-Day Organizing Challenge to share some Valentine related goodies with you. Here are some super cute free Valentine’s Printables for you 🙂
This one is probably best suited for small prints, like a 5×5 or 4×6. I like the red and pink together and the fact that it’s on a background.
This one reminds me of our ultimate story of love: how Jesus loved us so much that we can trust in Him for a new heart.
You knew there’d be a simple farmhouse black and white print some place on this list, didn’t you?
This one might be my favorite print on the whole list. I want to print this and put it on my mantle.
For best results, please right click and save to your device. Do not print larger than 8.5×11, and you may find that using a print shop produces a much cleaner print. I like to use Staples Copy and Print.
I hope you enjoy these prints! Check back this Wednesday for garage organization tips, and on Friday for a farmhouse Friday roundup.
Does anyone else often find that their closet is a hot mess, despite their best efforts? Do you struggle to find things in your closet, even though you know they are there?
I have definitely been there, but at the moment, I’m in a much better place with my closet. Today, I’d like to share some tips for keeping your closet clean and organized.
1. Use matching hangers to free up space in your closet space
It sounds a little crazy, but did you know that by using hangers that are the same width and thickness, you can actually save yourself some space on the closet rod? In addition, it also gives your closet a more streamlined, more uniform appearance.
2. Attach labels to the baskets and bins
Labeling boxes and bins not only helps you to find things more quickly, it also ensures that everything has a proper place, and that you put everything into its proper place each day.
3. Hang pants at eye level because it looks nicer
Pants will always hang more neatly than shirts. For this reason, hanging pants on eye level will make your closet appear overall more neat and clean. A cleaner closet also feels more organized.
4. Twice a year, purge what you don’t wear anymore.
I like to turn my clothes hangers a certain direction, and after I wear the garment that season, I turn the hanger the opposite direction. At the end of the season, I turn the hanger the opposite direction. At the end of the season, anything that worn that no longer fits is donated, sold or given away.
I hope you have enjoyed these tips for organizing your closet! Stay tuned tomorrow for a summary of week two.
Last week, I shared with you how I reorganized our entry way, an out of control pantry, the area underneath our sinks in the bathrooms and kitchen, our linen closet, and our playroom. Today, I’m going to share with you how we handle extraneous clutter. Later on this week I’ll share tips for organizing our closets, and on Saturday, I’ll share numbers 6-10 with you.
But for now, extraneous clutter- as the mother of two small children who are both still in single digits, I have seen some clutter. A lot of it. On a daily basis. Don’t be fooled- the adult members of my household are pretty good at creating clutter as well. We just blame it all on the kids 🙂
We have a number of habits we practice for managing clutter, but just like everyone else, we are not perfect and we definitely slip sometimes, too.
1. Create a daily declutter routine
We take an ordinary laundry basket, and we go room to room each night, putting away anything that was left out. When the basket is empty and everything is put away, we have a decluttered house, and a clean slate for the next day.
2. Manage that paper clutter!
Invest in some file folders and a good paper shredder. File your important papers, like bill stubs, school papers, etc, and shred the rest. No need to let paper pile up on your desk or your kitchen counter! Put it away or get rid of it.
3. Sort and purge anything you no longer need or use at least twice a year
At least twice a year, we have something we call a purge around here. No, we don’t go on a killing spree, like the horror movie. We simply go through closets, dressers, drawers, and cabinets and we get rid of things. We take what we no longer need or use and we either throw it away, repurpose or recycle it, or we donate it. At times, if the items were in good shape, I chose to consign them using a brick and mortar consignment store, or online services such as Poshmark or Thredup.
Yet another rule of thumb is to search or shop your own home for anything you can use prior to buying something new.
Our linen closet wasn’t terrible but it definitely needed a little love.
We had some good things going in our linen closet but we really had been neglecting it and piling it up. I began the cleanup process by removing everything that didn’t belong and putting it in its rightful place.
I neatly folded up all the towels and popped them into the cubby shelves. I also used bins and baskets to corral smaller items. I took everything that was just sitting on the shelf and found a new home for it.
I also cleaned up and consolidated some of the luggage on the floor of the closet. The laundry basket is for dry cleaning.
Rolling up a quilt actually helps it to take up less space than if you folded it up.
Let’s look at the before and after again:
All in all, I’d say that our linen closet is so much neater and more organized. What do you think?
We have a really big pantry/coat closet at our house that I absolutely love. It has a ton of storage space, has nice shelves and is just a really useful space. At the moment, though, it’s a really messy space.
Thankfully, it’s a mess that isn’t too hard to clean up. I started by going through each shelf and throwing away anything expired, or more than half empty. I also consolidated boxes and containers if I had any items that were open.
I also went through all of my canned goods and straightened them.
And finally, I used baskets and bins to corral chip bags and snack boxes, clip on shelves to maximize space, and wood crates for under-shelf storage. Eventually, I plan to add casters to the bottom of my crates so I can roll them out easily when I need them.
I also straightened up the items on the shelf to make them easier to find and store.
All in all, my pantry is so much neater and better organized. What cabinet or pantry organizing project have you completed recently?