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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How to clean a stinky garbage disposal

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Stinky Garbage Disposal

The other day I came home from running errands and as I walked into the house the first thing that hit me was a really bad smell.  You know, the kind you get when a potato has gotten pushed to the back of a cupboard and lost until it starts to really stink.  I hunted and hunted for the source of the offending odor.  I cleaned out cupboards, drawers and garbage cans with no success.  The next day as I came down the stairs I was hit with the awful smell again.  The kids and I did a major clean on the main floor to try and find it.  Finally, I realized the stink was coming from the garbage disposal.  There was nothing inside, but oh boy did it smell bad.  I went searching for a way to get rid of it.  After a quick Google search, I decided to try the easiest method and it worked really well.

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Monogram Door Decor

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Monogram Door Decor

Monogram Door Decor

I LOVE my new door décor!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but decorating my door is a bit tricky.  To begin with, my door is painted a deep burgundy which does not go with many colors.  I also have a glass storm door that is lovely for many reasons, but there is not much room between it and the door.  Certainly not enough space for a wreath.  I saw something similar to this on pinterest and knew it would be perfect. The beauty is that I can switch it up for each season.   I love how it contrasts nicely with the door and you can see it clearly.

The basics you will need:

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Antique Treasures found at the neighbors yard sale!

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I’ve mentioned before how we like to use antiques in our home for decor as well as function.  On Saturday I stopped by a rummage sale down the street and found a Treasure!  These beauties were priced right and fit nicely into the look I am going for in our Master bedroom.  They are from the 1920’s.  Even the mirrors are in good shape.

Antique Dresser 1

Antique Dresser 1

This one is for me 🙂

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Picture Hanging

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Picture Hanging

Picture Hanging

We have a large wall with a vaulted ceiling in our family room.  After we painted the room (don’t you just love the red?), we knew we wanted something dramatic that shared a bit about our family.  We decided to go for a nice photo collage.  My good friend Janelle came over and helped me lay out the pictures and then hang them on the wall.  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out.  We chose pictures of our family through the years.  It’s fun to look at how much everyone has grown.

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Scrabble Family Tree

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Over the last few years we have moved further and further from family.  We miss them a lot and I wanted a way for us to remember them.  One Christmas I decided to make family ornaments to hang on a smaller tree.  It became our “Family Tree”.  After Christmas, I still wanted to keep them up so I added them to a “Family and Friends” display I already had in our entry way.  I have the kids school pictures hung above and underneath, I have a metal card holder which we use to display the Christmas cards we receive.  After Christmas, I take the pictures of family and friends from these cards and keep them up.  The family ornaments now hang below this until the next Christmas when they go back on our little tree.  Have I got you completely confused yet?

Scrabble Family Tree

Scrabble Family Tree

I used simple ornament hangers to hang them up with.  I started with my family in the middle and then branched out.  My husbands family is off the the left and my family is off to the right.

Scrabble Family Tree Close-up

Scrabble Family Tree Close-up

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Decorating with Antiques

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When we moved to Michigan we looked at so many houses.  It took us 4 house hunting trips to find the right one.  Each house we looked at had potential and had different characteristics that we liked.  Some were more formal looking while others were more homey feeling.  The house we settled on is definitely in the homey category.  We really love it.  One of the best things is that we bought it from a great family who we are friends with today.  We’ve been here almost 2 years now.  It’s pretty hard to believe!  In that time, we have done many upgrades and changes.  I’ll post pictures of some of them in the near future.  Today however, I want to show you the fun we have had using antiques to decorate with.  This house just lends itself to that feel.  We have found that using antiques has actually been cheaper than buying new decor.  Let me show you a few examples.   Continue reading »