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!


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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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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