Category Archives: organization

*Magical* Gifts for Your Little Girl: Mermaids, Unicorns, and Fairies – Oh My!

Is your little girl into all things magical?

As I round up gift ideas for myself, I thought I should share all these adorable and magical gifts so you can find the best present for your little one. Check out all things mermaid, unicorn, fairies, and anything just plain cute. Welcome to my first gift guide.

Magical Gift Ideas for Little Girls: Mermaids, Unicorns, and Fairies

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DIY Cork Message Boards {super easy IKEA hack}

This IKEA hack is so easy and adorable. Add some flair and organization to any space with these DIY Cork message boards.

The options for personalizing are endless! I added some pink and custom sparkle push pins, but you’ll see how easy it is to make these little message boards and I guarantee your creative juices will start flowing for your own space!

Super Easy DIY Cork Message Board for adorable organization {IKEA hack}

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Spring Cleaning and Closet Organization with kids {$150 Minted Giveaway!}

Spring cleaning for kids’ rooms. Ideas for closet organization. Oh yeah, and $150 to Minted!!!

Tips for getting the kiddos involved in the cleaning and organization, as well as suggestions for a functional kid’s closet.

Warm weather and fresh starts are the best! Not to mention getting some money for your decor or even your Spring or Summer parties! 

Spring Cleaning and Closet Organization with Kids and $150 Minted Giveaway!

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Hamper Hoop DIY: keep kids’ clothes off the floor

A little while ago I shared some of our favorite ways for making cleaning fun for kids. Well, we have one more trick up our sleeve, and it’s so easy you can do it too!

My little guys actually loves to put his laundry in the hamper and clean up his clothes. We spent one dollar on this project and we no longer have clothes on the floor or have to remind him to pick up. 

We love this fun way to help kids put their clothes in the hamper!

Hamper Hoop DIY

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The Simple Trick to Save on Paper Towels {and other things}

This is a shortcut that I almost never would have thought to share, because I almost forget that we’re doing it. All of a sudden it occurred to me the other day how much we are saving on paper towels by implementing this one little trick! It is too easy, and anyone can do it!

No, you don’t have to make some of those super cute fabric towels, and I’m not telling you to keep a basket of rags handy. We use paper towels, but we use a lot less.

So, what is this trick that saves us money and waste from throwing out hundreds of paper towels?

The simple trick to save on appear towels - and other things
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Multipurpose Room: Gym, Office, Dressing and Sitting Area in One Small Room!


Dreaming of a home gym, home office, or even just some space of your own? You can have it all in one room, even in a small house!

With distinct areas and using things I already had, I got a gym, office, dressing room, and sitting area all from one small bedroom. I love this multi-purpose room! Momma finally has her own space in this house!

 

Multipurpose room: gym, office, dressing and sitting area in one small room!

You guys! I finally feel like I have a space that is my own after 6 years in our 2,000 square foot house with a family of four.

Guys have it so nice, by default they seem to claim the garage, basement, and even seem to get add a storage shed to the backyard. Do you know what we get? The kitchen, that is always a mess and stresses us out thinking of all the meals to cook, the bedroom which we have to share with another person, or other communal areas. I’ve never felt like I had space I could call my very own.

Our house is on the small side with four very small bedrooms. When I was kid less and bought the house, we opened up the wall through our TINY closet into the other room to make it into a walk-in closet for myself and my husband. At the time, we also had just one bathroom, so I added a vanity and always did everything in that room. After a day of breaking down because I worked from home and had no place but the bedroom and living room to try to work, my husband also shoved a roll top desk into that closet.

When my little ones stopped sharing a room, my little guy was very excited to move downstairs into the biggest bedroom. A few months later, his uncle and dad introduced him to video games and he started coming up a lot at night and saying he’d like to be upstairs.

Inspiration hit and I started thinking about turning the closet back into a bedroom, and my very own space in the house was born!

We knew there was no way my husband and I could both fit our things in our bedroom closet, so I would be moving my things downstairs where the closet was bigger. I was also able to move my desk to a room where I would use it. I would also have a place to out the elliptical, creating some more play space for the kids behind the pool table. Win, win, win!

I’m so excited to show you how it turned out!

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Quick Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

There are more than a few ways to start working toward a more decluttered kitchen right now! Don’t be overwhelmed by the overall job, break it into these manageable tasks.

Does anyone get so overwhelmed with all the cleaning that needs to be done that it’s hard to start?

I’m totally that person who feels like I might as well not do it at all if I can’t do it right. I would think about cleaning the counter, but that meant, I had to clear the clutter, and that meant I had to finally go through some of the less important mail that was piling up, and I should probably file a few of those things, and so on…

That basically means, we have a very cluttered house and I get overwhelmed everytime I look at all needs to be done. I finally decided I wasn’t looking at things the right way. I need to focus on the small tasks and work backwards so I at least get something done.

Small changes add up. I cleaned one small area of our kitchen and it made a big difference visually, was a quick and manageable project, and I felt accomplished. I also kept going and ended up cleaning a few other areas. I have a few other ideas of how you (and I, let’s be real) can pick a small project to tackle that cluttered kitchen.

Quick Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

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3 Ways to Help Young Children Love Cleaning!

We tried to make cleaning fun from the time the kids were very little.

I used to work with kiddos with autism and, from my Behavior Analysis background, I knew that high praise and making it enjoyable was the key. We’ve found a few ways to get the kids to cleanup without them realizing it’s a chore, and it makes things much easier!

These are the top three ways I’ve found to get the kids to love cleaning.

3 Ways to Help Young Children Love Cleaning

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2016 Goals

I did a lot of thinking during my break from the blog through the holidays. I reflected on my goals from 2015, and wondered if I was focusing on the things that would make me the most happy and fulfilled in 2016.

When it all came down to it, there are four areas of focus that I seem to gravitate toward. These are the things I think about the most often, the things I pin on Pinterest, and I’m excited to push myself to execute some of the things I research and “plan” to do.

2016 goals

So, what made my list?

If you’ve been checking out the new blog design a little, I bet you can guess. Although, in my header, they are in no particular order…

First and foremost, my goal has always been to be a fun mom for my kids, to set a great example, and teach them all I can. Some of my previous goals definitely distracted me from this, and I am determined to bring this back to the forefront!

kids

Kids Goals

  • Spend more quality time together
  • Plan projects and activities for us all
  • Be present
  • Read more
  • Focus on healthy eating and exercise in a fun way together

Next, I’ve always tried to focus on setting a healthy example for the kids. This year, I want to be more concrete with the things I change, healthy recipes I try, healthy habits I put in place, and increasing my activity level.

Health

Health Goals

  • Focus on small changes
  • Serve healthier meals and snacks to the family
  • Get active together as much as possible
  • Schedule and plan
  • Take time for myself and make it a priority

We bought our home before having kids and we’ve definitely outgrown it. However, we aren’t finding much in our target area and our mortgage is so low, we are looking into more ways we can make our home work. Add to that that I’m a bit of a pack rat and have some severe hoarding tendencies, and organization and decluttering is an area that is pretty important to me. I’m determined to make some changes here!

organization

Organization Goals

  • Declutter
  • Tackle small tasks
  • Deep cleaning schedule
  • More effective planning and scheduling
  • Making our small home work better for our growing family

I work part-time from home and my husband has recently changed professions and is working his way back up, so  money saving is an important thing for me. I want to continue to stay home and, to be honest, I definitely get a bit of a thrill out of saving money. The more we do for ourselves and the smarter we are with our money, the further we can stretch what we do have.

Saving Money

Money Saving Goals

  • Budgeting
  • Finding small ways to save
  • No spend periods
  • Savings plans
  • Making things at home

A lot of these areas overlap, and that’s when I  really love it! My goal is to check something off each list each week. I’m looking forward to it!

What are your goals for 2016?

Do we have some in common?

Kristin - Exploring Domesticity

 

Ready for 2016!

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Have you noticed some changes taking place around here?

I’m back from my holiday break and feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on 2016! I’ll explain more tomorrow, but I’m getting more focus around here and in life and devoting time to the things that really matter.

Before 2015 comes to a close, I have one more quick review to share. Like so many things during the holidays, I meant to do it sooner, but we’ve added remodeling to the craziness – which I’ll also share more about, but you can see some photos on Facebook.

As you can tell from the new header, organization is one of my main focus areas, and that includes the car.

I have no idea why it took me so long to get a backseat organizer. When the kids were babies, I had wipes, diapers, pacifiers, extra clothes, toys, and anything else that fell on the floor piled up in my back seat. My car doesn’t even have pockets back there.

I got to try the Fancy Mobility Backseat Car Organizer for free in exchange for my review, and boy did we need it!

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

I love having two new organizers in the backseat! There is so much room for the kids’ stuff and it keeps things up off the floor – especially during the slushy, dirty winter.

Pros

  • plenty of pockets of all shapes and sizes
  • comes with a visor organizer
  • nice width for the back of the seat

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

Cons

  • not the best attachment to the seat- it buckles around the headrest and somewhere around the bottom. The other version we have uses hooks that go under the seat and it was much easier to install
  • the visor organizer if really awkward in my car – the elastic straps either cover the mirror or the spot that snaps it Into place

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

Sorry about the terrible picture, we haven’t been out that much lately without being in a rush and it was too cold to get a nicer one!

This is not my favorite organizer due to the fit in my particular car and the way it is attached, but it does come with the visor and seat back organizer and gives you plenty of pockets for all your goodies. Definitely a better method than a crowded floor with random junk and bags of stuff.

 

I can’t wait for 2016 and the feel of a fresh start! I hope you check back to see what’s going on around here in the new year!