Treadmill Desk

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A few days ago I overheard a friend talking about a treadmill desk she made herself.  She works a lot on the computer and has found this to be a good way to get some exercise in.  I was intrigued and began an internet search to see if I could make one for myself. There are a lot of ideas out there. My requirements were that it be functional, inexpensive and removable. I’m not the only one who uses our treadmill, so it needs to be quick and easy to remove and set up. I have a couple volunteer projects I’m working on that require a lot of computer time. Why not get some steps in while I work?DIY Treadmill desk on a budget. Exercise while working!

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Memory Storage Boxes

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Storage Boxes

Storage Boxes

I love these cute memory storage boxes.  They are so convenient to hide things away and organize.  I love all the fun colors and designs they come in.  There are plain ones too if you want a look of clean uniformity.
I already store pencils, book covers, and photos in them.

I went into my Michael’s craft looking for a storage solution for my scrabble tiles.  I found these on a one day sale (Today is Thursday July 17, 2014) priced at just 6 boxes for $10.  That only makes them $1.67 a piece!!  I bought six and may be headed back for more.

I love sharing good deals!


Game On! Organizing the Games.

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Today has been Organizing the Games day at my house.

Do you ever have one of those days where you start cleaning one area and putting things away leads you to another area that consumes at least an hour of your time?  That is what happened to me today.  I started clearing off the dining table and ended up completely reorganizing the games.  It wasn’t on my list, but I just had to finish it.
I decided to add it to my list just so I could cross it off 🙂 .

Our family enjoys playing board games.  Every Christmas we get one or two new ones.  Dominion and Tsuro are new to us this year.  While it is great to have so many to choose from, organizing and storing them all is a bit of a challenge.

I had them all organized when I made this Game Organizing post.  We’ve added a few since then, and I decided I would rather store them out of view.

Board games are a great way to spend time together with family and friends but organizing and storing them can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas!

Organizing Board Games

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Check it out – A Family Library Organizing System

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I LOVE to read…

When I was a kid, I hated reading.  It is possible I was a little obstinate.
I didn’t want to read what someone told me I had to read, so I just didn’t read anything unless forced.

After college, I developed a love of reading.  I read what I want to read.  I usually read for entertainment and as an anxiety coping tool.  I enjoy many different genres, but I have my favorites.  I especially love going into the children’s section and reading from the middle school level of books.  As a general rule, I know I can pick up almost anything there and be assured there is nothing objectionable.  I want my kids to be able to pick up any book on my shelf and read it themselves.
I can disappear inside a book and emerge hours later 🙂

My Bookshelf

My Bookshelf

This is my bookshelf.  It is in my favorite room of the house and I love it immensely.  Not everything will fit on these shelves, but my favorites are there.

I wanted to inspire a love of reading in my children.  It doesn’t have to be boring!  So I have purchased books, new and used, for years.  I love to re-read books, and I love to share them.

I am more than willing to loan out my books to friends and their kids, if I know they will take care of them AND return them.  So I have a system…
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Garage Makeover – Part 1

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I have a dream….

One day it would be really nice to fit both cars in our 2 car garage.  It has never happened in our 21 years of marriage. 

Every couple of months my husband and sons clean out and organize the garage.  It never stays that way for long.  A few years ago we built wood shelves at the front of the garage to help with storage.  They are very nice, but have not been used to their potential.  We also took most of the camping equipment and seasonal decor down to the basement.
This is a picture of the garage after we had already started sorting and getting rid of things.

BeforeThe bottom shelf is always a disaster.  Every one of us is guilty of dumping things onto it.  We can never find what we are looking for either.  Also, it is just too convenient to walk out the door from the house and toss things onto that shelf.

This time we decided to spend the time needed to get it really organized.  This process has taken my husband and I two weekends, but it is so worth it!
Garage Organization

  Here are the steps we took:
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Laundry Room Makeover

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Today you get a two for one post!  I am going to show you my laundry room makeover and a laundry sink skirt tutorial.  My laundry room is located on the main floor of my house and has an entrance from the redundant hall,  and an entrance from the mudroom.  I like the convenience of it’s location, but it is very visible from my dining area, which leads to our family room, and no one seems to be able to remember to close the door to it.  So whenever friends come to visit, they see the mess.  I decided to see what I could come up with to make it look better and stay clean and organized.

I’m afraid I did not get a before picture, but imagine sticky laundry soap residue on the top of the washer, dish towels and other misc. stacked on the dryer, wire shelves full of mismatched items and containers, and ugly rug on the floor and a very ugly laundry sink with paint stains inside it.

Take a look at how it looks now!

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Here is what I did:
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Creating Calm from the Chaos – Organizing 101

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It’s feels like Fall around here.  The kids are back in school and I am in a de-clutter and organize kind of mood.

I hereby declare ORGANIZING WEEK at Cooking up a Project!

I will be posting everyday this week with organizing projects I have going on at my house.

There are a lot of different ways to approach getting organized.  I like the idea of simplifying.  What makes my life easier and how can I organize areas that fit into my, and my families, already existing habits?

Sometimes this means I have  a system that works really well for a while, but then needs changed because our schedules or needs have changed.  For me that is what it is all about.  Organizing to make my life simpler.

I will not use a “system” if it complicates my life or is difficult to keep up.  Oh I will try for a while, but then feel like a failure because I can’t maintain it.  Have you ever felt this way?

There are 4 basic rules I use when organizing.  If I stick to them, I am happy with the results.

Tanya's Organizing Rules

Tanya’s Organizing Rules

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Kitchen Organization – Part 1

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Kitchen Organization - Part 1

Have you ever read the book…If you give a mouse a cookie?  The story goes from the mouse wanting a cookie, which will make him want a glass of milk, which will make him want something else, and on and on.  That’s how I felt as I started the project to get my spices organized.
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Closet Organization

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The last month has been very busy for us.  Between camps and trips it feels like I have hardly been home.  We just returned from a trip to visit family.  26 hours in the car each way is a bit taxing.  We like to drive it straight through, but it takes a few days to recover 🙂  I have spent my time doing laundry and trying to catch up on everything else.  As I was unpacking and putting away my clothes, I kept staring at my closet thinking there must be a better way to organize everything.  I didn’t want to purchase anything, so I started hunting through my house for items I could use.  Here is the the result:

Closet Organization

Closet Organization

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