{Guest Post} The Year Of Organization Part 2

Hope you all are having a great week!  I’ve got a busy rest of the week staring me in the face.

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Set your DVR to record the Charlotte Today show tomorrow!  I will be making my second appearance! 🙂  This time on behalf of the Habitat ReStore and all things organizing! 🙂

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Back to the topic at hand, Sally wrote her guest post Part 1 a few months back.  You can read that here.  She sent me Part 2 last week, and I have been dying to share!  There will be a Part 3 so stay tuned! 😉

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Jennifer and I were just reminiscing that we have “known” each other for an entire year now!  And of course that reminded me that I needed to get my butt in gear and send her the follow up post to My Year of Organization as I am sure some of you are waiting to see some before and after pictures!!

So let’s dive into 3 of the main projects I worked on in my Year of Organization.

1st Project: Linen Closet

First, I took a look at my linen closet and found it was certainly not being used to its fullest potential.

Linen Closet Before | Pure & SImpleAll of my bed linens and towels were crammed into the top few shelves and the bottom was a mish mash of toiletries.  I hardly knew what we had and was always over buying on my trips to the store because I didn’t have a good system of keeping track.

First, I pulled out everything and started with a clean slate.  I decided to start folding my towels in a way that gave me more space and better access.  I know it seems tedious, but it really did make a difference and has enabled me to keep it neat and orderly.  Then I went out to my local dollar store and purchased some white containers.  I purchased the drawer at the bottom from Target.  (I love those drawers because you can get multiple units and stack them.)  Although these bins are not cute and decorative, they do the job for me.  They are easy to keep clean and you can see everything that you put in them.

I went a little overboard and labeled the bins as well, to keep tabs on what items we were running out of and what we had a good stock of.  Now before I head to the store, I open the closet and take a quick scan to see what is low.  If you walked into my house at anytime, the closet still looks exactly like this (give or take a few towels that are in the wash).  It has shown me that taking the couple of hours to sit down and figure out a good system can withstand the test of time.

Linen Closet After | Pure & Simple

2nd Project:  Master Bedroom Closet

Next, I tackled my Master Bedroom Closet.  In our house, we don’t have the amazing luxury of a walk in, so I had to work to utilize the space I have in the best way.

Master Bedroom Closet Before 2 Master Bedroom Closet Before

I had some MAJOR work to do in there!! It was a mess as you can see.

I was just piling up the sweaters on the top shelf.  I had hanging dividers on the left side, but most of the clothes in them were from when I worked in an office job 4 years ago, so they were not even being touched.  The box in the front held my leftover pregnancy/post-pregnancy/nursing clothes that didn’t need a permanent space in my closet.

So I did what Jennifer suggests and took out everything.  I did a first sort through my clothes and made three piles. Keep, donate and sell.  Items that I found that were not being used currently and that were seasonal were moved down to our cedar closet for better storage.  I then went through the clothes a second time and made sure that every article of clothing that I put back in my closet fit me perfectly, I was not going to make any excuses as to why I needed to keep them. (INSERT- Proud Jennifer!

Once I had all my clothes sorted, I started to work on the best way to put them back into the closet.  I decided to use some Bed, Bath & Beyond linen bins to put on the top shelf.  They can hold more clothes and make them easier to get at when I am deciding on what to wear.  I decided to fold my clothes and place them in the bin top down so that I could maximize the space.  I know exactly what is in this bin because the front is labeled Long Sleeve and then when I pull it down I can see every shirt.   When I am finished, I just put it back up in the closet.

Organized Bin of Clothes

I also repurposed a wire shelf unit that was moved from the arts & crafts closed to the left side of the closet and put some additional linen bins for accessories, skirts and capris and labeled them as such.  I like this better than the hanging dividers because I had cut out a lot of my skirts, so I needed to dedicate much less space in my closet for it.  I then moved all of my jeans, which I wear on a daily basis, to the left side of my closet on hangers.

Wire Shelving & Linen Bins

Master Bedroom Closet After 2 Master Bedroom Closet After It felt good to have this space organized, but I must admit it is much harder to keep up with then the linen closet.  Mostly, because I am in it every single day taking out clothes and adding laundry, etc.  But overall, I have made an effort to put the clothing in the correct place and keep any misc. items from building up in front of the closet door.

Part 3 will be published next week where she talks about the 3rd project (Arts & Crafts Closet)! 🙂

Sally Sosler Jamie Ball Photography

Sally Sosler
Jamie Ball Photography

Sally Sosler is a photographer located in Orange County, New York. You can follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SallySoslerPhotography or at her websitewww.sallysoslerphotography.com.

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Side note from the organizer:  staying organized is definitely work.  It doesn’t just magically stay organized.  It is easier to keep up than it is to catch up.

I think of it like losing weight the old fashioned way.  Exercise & eating right.

You lose the weight, look good, and feel good.  Then life happens.  You get busy.  You start to skip the gym.  Fast food becomes more common than it should for dinner.  The weight comes back on.

It takes consistent effort to keep the weight off … and the clutter piles eliminated.  Safe to say, it is worth it’s weight in gold though! 🙂

What are your questions for Sally?  Ask them below in the comments! 🙂

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

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Guest Post (The Charlotte Moms & SouthPark Magazine)…

Hope you all had a nice weekend!  I spent it spring cleaning and reorganizing!

Shocking I know! 🙂

Aside from my wonderful and random blog posts, feel free to check out my organizing posts over at:

The Charlotte Moms:  Organizing Memories With Shadow Boxes

http://www.thecharlottemoms.com/how-to-organize-memories-using-shadow-boxes-guest-post/

SouthPark Magazine:  Organizing Kid’s Toys by Getting Creative

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/15/3983670/organize-kids-toys-by-getting.html

Be sure to leave some love .. if you are so inclined! 🙂

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

You Can Find Me At…

It is a beautiful Saturday here in Charlotte!  I hope you are enjoying this spring weather and beautiful day!

I rarely post on Saturday, so you got a little treat today!

I wanted to keep you in the loop on some things I’m working on down my way.

(1) Guest Posting last week over at SouthPark Magazine.  Topic:  Where Are My Keys?

One of the biggest issues we all face is “what did I do with those keys?”

Hop on over and check it out! 😉

(2) I was asked to Guest Host a radio show this morning! 🙂

Real Estate Today with Renee on WIXE 1190AM radio station.  Thank you Renee!

You can listen to it here!

(3) Lowe’s Home Improvement made a YouTube video just for me! 😉  Answering my question about how to grow hydrangeas in planter/containers on my patio.

Stay tuned for a very big announcement I will be making later this week!  Big BIG news! 😉

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Succulents Add Color In The Bathroom…

I asked Dwell by Cheryl for some tips on how to update my bathroom.  I’m still working on her list of recommendations like painting and purchasing a new shower curtain.

One recommendation that I implemented right away was adding succulents.  Wikipedia says that succulents are:

In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

You can purchase them at Lowe’s Home Improvement or Home Depot stores.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Tutorial | Pure & Simple

On a recent thrifting trip with Dwell by Cheryl, she spotted a glass globe for $1.  I walked right by it, but her creative eye suggested I use them for succulents.  SOLD! For a $1! 🙂

The globe would top a terra cotta saucer plate with the plants residing inside.

Thrifted Succulent DIY Planter

The terra cotta saucer matched the color of my counter top, so I decided to update it with a little DIY.

Step 1:  Wash the globe with warm soapy water.  Air dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 1

Step 2: Prime the terra cotta saucer.  Let dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 2

Step 3:  Mix up your white wash paint.  White paint + water.  Mix well.  The runnier the wash, the more coats you will need to cover.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 3

Step 4: Paint the saucer.  Air dry in between coats.  Paint a total of 2 coats per side.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 4

Step 5:  Lightly sand the edges to give it an aged look. 150 grit.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 5

I had originally planned to sponge on some gray paint to give it more of an aged look.  That step was omitted — I loved how this turned out!

Step 6:  Add globe.  Carefully add potting mix, succulents.  Gently water.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 6

TIP:  Be sure to use the Cacti & Succulent Potting Mix.  I also use a spray bottle to water it — much easier to control the flow and spray. 

MiracleGro Cacti Potting Soil

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Final

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Close Up

They have a beautiful home in my bathroom!

Cost breakdown:

  • Glass globe = $1
  • Saucer plate = already had on hand (I believe they are a $1 at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Primer & Paint = marginal as I used so little
  • Succulents = $3.98 for a mini 4 pack
  • Succulent Potting Mix = $4.98 for a medium bag (again marginal)
    • Total =  $7-ish

Easy Peasy project!  What do you think?

Until next time…

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Metrolina Expo {Recap}…

What is the difference between a flea market and an antique/collectible’s show?

Metrolina Expo Glass Jars

There was no shortage of Mason Jars

I have no idea.  You?

I grew up roughly 3 miles from a flea market.  I believe I have been all of 2 times to said flea market.  I just remember there being a lot of crap.  Cheap crap.  I like cheap but I also like pretty and cheap.  Big difference.

WARNING: This a photo dump post of my Metrolina Expo finds.  Be sure to check out my Facebook album for more pictures. 🙂 

Pyrex was not hard to come by

Pyrex was not hard to come by

The Metrolina Expo hosts a monthly antique + collectible items + flea market festivity each month (first weekend).  This past weekend just happened to be one of their two big mac daddy shows.  I am so glad I went!

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. :)

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. 🙂

I’m a newbie to this outdoor market thing.  I went and left my cash at home. What do you do mean they don’t take credit cards?  Haven’t they heard of square?

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker
Clearly I like the 3 brass animals — yes they came home with me. 🙂

I tagged along with Dwell by Cheryl on Friday.  I was overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overly excited.  She basically had to drag me through the show in order to cover as much ground as possible.  We arrived at 10:30am … and left at 4:30pm.  I was exhausted!

Birds of a feather flock together.

Birds of a feather flock together.

I went back yesterday during the last hour of the show.  I wanted to buy a birdhouse that I spotted on Friday.  Raymond said we needed a birdhouse.  When that man speaks about something fun and decorative, I listen!

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! :)

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! 🙂

A few of my other finds …

Metrolina Expo Finds

There were so many ideas to inspire DIY projects!

Paddles turned hooks

Paddles turned hooks

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes!  I might make some for our patio! :) Oh Daddy... I need to borrow that saw ;)

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes! I might make some for our patio! 🙂
Oh Daddy… I need to borrow that saw 😉

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

A few other items that caught my eye:

Vintage dishware is all the rage!  I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago.  I knew I should have bought it! ;)

Vintage dishware is all the rage! I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago. I knew I should have bought it! 😉

I was on the lookout for antique hooks!  I loved this one!

I was on the lookout for antique hooks! I loved this one!

What a gorgeous faux mantle!  If we didn't have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

What a gorgeous faux mantle! If we didn’t have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

I had the absolute best time at the show and so thankful for the company on Friday!  Have you ever been to an outdoor show like this before?  Any tips and recommendations for when I go back?  

Until next time…

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Thrifted Frame + DIY Tutorial…

I have several obsessions.

  • Wooden Frames
  • Wooden Animals
  • White ceramic anything
  • Milk glass
  • Mason Jars
  • Thrifting
  • DIY/Crafts
  • Antique glazing
  • Clearance Oops paint

It is no secret that I love to thrift.  I even have a Facebook album dedicated to my unique and fun finds.  I attempt to be a DIY maven.  I see these couples and women on Pinterest doing some amazing work.  I long to be just.like.them.

I can transform a wooden picture frame like nobody’s business but building a fireplace surround or a chalkboard key organizer.  That is a different story.

I long for the days of a house.  The ability to have a workshop with actual tools.  The ability to plants flower … in the ground and not just in containers.  The ability to decorate a porch or a front yard for the holidays.  The ability to grow a full garden … not just in containers.  The ability to raise chickens.

I might have daydreamed a little too far. 😉  You get the picture … I kind of want a house so I can have dedicated work stations and a garden. 🙂 Chickens or not.

Since I don’t have the space for many tools, I don’t tackle large DIY projects.  I stick with easy ones — like painting a wooden frame.

Goodwill Thrifted Frames

I couldn’t pass these up!

Goodwill Thrifted Frame

I saw this bad boy at Goodwill a few weeks ago.  Raymond rolled his eyes and said, “Another one?”  Yep!  Another wooden picture frame my good fella. 😉

I loved the detailing on the corners.  I did not love the color.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but proceeded to sand and prime as if I had an end result in mind.

Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame - Sanding

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Priming

Don’t you love my antique bedsheet? 😉

 

Behr Clearance Oops Paint

I wanted a lighter shade of blue so I mixed it with white acrylic paint

 

Behr Oops Paint Blue

 

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Painting

 

Prior to the glazing

Prior to the glazing

Goodwill Thrifted Frame Complete

 

I have wanted to frame this since the day I brought it home … 5-ish years ago.  This was a happy accident.  Happy that it fit.  Happy that the colors matches the Alpha Delta Pi crest. I cannot wait to add it to my Art Gallery Wall in my office! 🙂  

 

DIY Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame Tutorial

  • Remove the backing and glass
  • Clean the glass with windex.
    • I sometimes use alcohol to get off all the “junk”
  • Sand the frame
    • I prefer a sanding block over sand paper
    • 150 medium grit is my preference
  • Using a washcloth, wipe down the frame
  • Prime the frame
    • Spray primer is easiest
    • I use Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer
    • It rocks!
  • After the primer is dry, Paint the frame
    • Any paint will do. Acrylic. Indoor.  Spray.
    • I’m slightly obsessed with the Clearance Oops Paint from Lowe’s & Home Depot — the color selection is varied
    • Both sell miniature containers of paint that customers have returned for a deep discount.
    • I used my $0.50 Oops paint from Home Depot and some white acrylic paint
    • Use a paint brush to cover the frame.
  • Repeat with a second coat is desired
  • If you are going for a more aged look, then I recommend lightly sanding in between coats
  • I also sand before and after glazing
  • Antique or age the frame with glaze
    • I’m also obsessed with antique glazing
    • I use Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee (Home Depot)
    • Wipe glaze on with damp washcloth
    • Let is dry for 10-15 minutes
    • Wipe off with dry washcloth
    • If there is more glaze in one area that you want, then wet the washcloth and rub it over the glaze
    • Glazing really is SO simple!
  • Let it dry.  Add picture and backing and voila!

What have you thrifted and given new life to recently?

Until next time…

Jennifer Signature

Clothes Mentor & Why I Love It…

Thrifting has become a major hobby of mine for the past few months.  I will go weeks without hitting up a thrift store, and then I get the junkin’ bug and *bam* I’m back in the Goodwill searching for another Hermes tie.  (yes, I have found 2 Hermes ties to date)  😉

What I like about thrifting is the thrill of the hunt.  The prices are unbeatable.

What I don’t like about thrifting is having to sort through the crap to find the occasional “Oh my, is that Burberry?”   If I am looking for something specific (style & color), then it might take several trips to Goodwill or the like in order to find it … if ever.

Clothes Mentor

This brings me to Clothes Mentor.  It is above Goodwill and below consignment stores.  (I blogged about my experience at FiFi’s Fine Resale here).  The prices at Clothes Mentor are awesome.  It is organized beautifully (by style, then size, then color).  It is like shopping in a boutique store — really!

They are opening another location in the Charlotte area.  The one I frequent is off Kings Dr near the Melting Pot.  901 S. Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC

If you are shopping, then be sure to grab a loyalty card.  $10 = 1 punch on the card.  Checking in on Facebook also = 1 punch.

They have two large sales per year.  I accidentally happened upon the first sale and will definitely be going back for the next one! 🙂

If you are selling, then I recommend dropping off your clothes and coming back after lunch or the next day.  It takes a little over an hour.  You will also walk out with cash, if they decide your clothes are sellable.  They give you 1/3 of what they sell it for.

Example:  GAP Maxi Dress will be sold for $18.  You will be offered $5.94 for that one item.

Check their website for more information on the buying/selling process.

Back to the fun stuff.  Here are some of my goodies:

Banana Republic Shift Dress | $18

Banana Republic Shift Dress | $18

Vineyard Vines Polo Shirt | $12

Vineyard Vines Polo Shirt | $12

BCBGeneration Shirt | $8

BCBGeneration Shirt | $8

Polo Sport Nautical Shirt  | $14

Polo Sport Nautical Shirt | $14

UNISA Ballet Flats | $20

UNISA Ballet Flats | $20

I love them all! 🙂  I’m working on becoming more fashion forward and I give mad props to my friends who help push and support.  My {Fashion} Spring/Summer board on Pinterest is coming together! 🙂

This outfit is my ultimate spring and summer inspiration! 🙂 I need to buy some stacked bracelets, statement necklaces, colored britches, and TOMS! 🙂

Source: Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mail

Have you had any luck buying name brand goodies at resale shops?  How about selling some of your items?  

What is your favorite fashion trend for spring?

Until next time…

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