Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Parent's Linen Closet...Part Two

As you saw here, my parent's linen closet is a total disaster area.  It is a dumping ground for their things and they have way too many towels for one family to own in their entire lifetime.  Sorry Mom but you are a towel hoarder and it's starting to consume your house...well maybe just your linen closet but still!

As we are in the process of organizing everything, I thought I'd share some of my favorite bins for organizing linen closets.  The Container Store has some of my favorite bins because they are durable and have LOTS of sizes!  Now they can get pricey, so it's best to know exactly what you need before you go into the store or you'll buy everything like I do!  These three containers are my favorite for what would work best for my parent's linen closet.
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Target also has great storage solutions that can be a little cheaper.  Here are some of my favorites for my parent's linen closet.
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Now I can't wait to share how it all turned out!

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Parents' Linen Closet...Part One

Oh yes, my parents' linen closet is so bad that I have to blog about it over a few posts!  So my mom has tried to clean up the linen closet multiple times, but always falls into the same problem...she loses things behind other things!  For example, she has put body towels behind the hand towels that all seem to be stacked nice and neat.  Well, time goes by and the hand towel pile just gets bigger and bigger and then she lost the body towels behind the hand towels.

I see this problem over and over again with clients who try to get organized, but have a hard time staying organized.  The suggestion I have for this problem is to stop trying to fill the space and start organizing it.  This means that even if you have space behind different items such as towels, don't put anything behind it as you will probably lose it or forget about it.

So one idea I am doing with my mom is to use clear, long bins to store her linen closet items.  It is an easy way to make it look like you are using the space while still making it functional. 

Stay tuned for the final product...but to hold you over, here is the before!
Apologies for the picture...Only have my phone

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Construction Themed Birthday Party

I just can't believe that my little man turned two this past weekend.  It really seems like time flew by.  Looking back at his pictures, I am in shock by how much he's changed, but really haven't been able to see all the changes until I look back at pictures of him throughout the years.  So when planning his second birthday party, I knew I needed to do something special to celebrate two wondrous years with him in our lives. 

Starting with a theme, we decided to do something with trucks, especially dump trucks, because the birthday boy is really into that right now.  I figured a construction themed party would be a perfect theme to match his high energy and interest.  We decided out backyard was a great space for the party since the theme is construction and there is lots of space.  I decided to create a big construction site for the kids to play with along with destroying!

I took empty boxes and painted them to look like bricks and concrete cinder blocks.  The kids loved running into them and knocking them over!

Thinking about food, we wanted an easy meal that people could eat anywhere.  Bagels and cream cheese were the perfect way to go!  And we had to have some of the toddler favorites like applesauce and cheese sticks!  The ladies over at Love and Lion really helped me out with planning the perfect finishing touches to the party.  They designed the labels for the food, the tags on the cupcakes and the favors. 
Since it was so hot, we decided to take out some little pools and a sprinkler to let the kids run through to cool them off.  Everyone loved playing in the water then running into the sandbox to play with the trucks!  All of the parents really loved having sandy kids when they left the party!
 I'm just so glad that our little man enjoyed himself!  It was the perfect way to celebrate his birthday!