Operation Declutter: Tackling the Hall Closet

I just finished decluttering the hall closet and boy am I tired. I found this one to be a little emotionally draining because there were so many random things to deal with and make decisions about.

Here we are around 1pm

I started by taking everything out and then vacuuming and dusting the shelf. 

Most of the items in here didn't really belong in the hall closet to begin with and I realized what a dumping ground this had become. �� That meant that I had to decide where the items really did belong and traipse all over the house to restore order. When I was done I was amazed at how little actually belonged in the closet! A few pairs of shoes per person, a few coats, a basket of hats and gloves, and a shoe organizer that we use for the odd umbrella or sunscreen. Oh and then I snuck my purse in there after. 

Voilà! I finished around 3:30 pm. 

Before and After

Ok I did it, now it's your turn! Just start by pulling everything out. There's no turning back then! Good luck!

Create a Gallery for Your Kid's Art in 10 Minutes

Do you have a pile of your child's art hanging around? Is your fridge covered with construction paper and glitter? Did you use regular old tape to stick your child's drawings on the kitchen wall and then the paint came off when you were trying to take it down? (That last one was definitely me. Shhh don't tell my husband.) If the answer is YES! Hold on to your hats, because I've discovered a solution that will only take you 10 minutes to execute.

I am all about speedy, yet impactful projects these days. Ever since reading Marie Kondo's book I have been on a roll with the decluttering (my favorite accessory is a trash bag), organizing, and home improvements. Gracie's artwork has been on our fridge and our kitchen wall since she started putting stickers on construction paper around 18 months. I love these little reminders of her creativity but my kitchen was starting to look crazy so I needed a way to display them appropriately. Now, originally, I was always enamored by the beautiful and elaborate frames you see on Pinterest, hung in pristine fashion to create a gallery wall. While I'm working on some version of that dream down in the playroom, I just don't have the TIMMMME to create that all over the house. And also, do you know how many works of art I receive in a month? A lot. I know myself and the September art would be in there for 15 years.

So what is a time strapped, yet highly motivated gal to do? Head straight to Amazon of course (while feeding the baby with the other hand) and invest in the following supplies:

2 Brad Nails - you may have these on hand, but if not maybe it's time to equip yourself with a picture hanging kit?


 1 Pack Mini Colorful Clothespins

If you need some additional art, I'll put Gracie to work straight away.

Fast forward 2 days when your Amazon shipment has arrived (because I trust you have Amazon Prime, don't you?).......

Take one of your nails and tie two knots around it with the twine. Bang into the wall while the baby is awake. Now tie two knots around the other nail and eyeball the proper location across the wall. No levels required... this isn't a "gallery wall" remember. Now with your twine in place, hang the art with the clothespins. Done. So easy.

Ready to shop? Click on the links below to purchase what you see in the project above. *These are affiliate links so if you purchase I will make a percentage of the sales. Please and thank you :)


Toys, toys everywhere. Time for a playroom overhaul!

We've all been there. That point. The point where you just can't stand looking at clutter - whether in a playroom, your closet, the leftover containers... *shudder*

Since I've been spending a lot of time at home during maternity leave, these clutter situations have really started to get to me. So I had to take action. While the newborn sleeps. 

If you haven't seen the declutter-a-thon that happened in my drawers lately, click here.

But for now, it's ON to the PLAYROOM! 

We've been in this house for almost 2 years now so this playroom represents 2 years of toy accumulations. To be honest, the playroom is pretty easy to clean up and "organize" by throwing toys in random bins (can you spot all my bins?), but the problem is that all of the toys just seem to blend together in a sea of distracting colors. I felt like Grace wasn't seeing the potential in her toys. 

Playroom Before - Monday
Fast Forward to Wednesday when the Playroom was unveiled to Grace and my husband...

I won't tell Grace that two bags of her toys (mostly broken/random/mismatched things) were hauled out to the curb but it sure does look purdy doesn't it?

Now note, how it only took 5 minutes for her to completely destroy all order. Luckily it was a fast clean up. Le sigh...

On to Phase 3. See that purple wall... I have plans. Big plans. What would you do?

Take a look at these drawers!

Alright friends, progress has been made! I was so proud of my t-shirt drawer that I made my husband come and view it last night when he got home. As for finding the time? Brooke was nearly due for a nursing session but was still fast asleep in her swing so I just pulled out all the clothes and got to work. Once they were on my bedroom floor there was no turning back so I got down to work. To my surprise, everything was complete in about 20 minutes! So there you have it! No excuses!

So far I've tackled 2 drawers and a seasonal bin of clothes. Here you see the two bags that I'm donating and the folded shirts and leggings. My other drawer was full of loungewear and I decided to wash it all because I haven't worn it since being pregnant. I'll be sure to show off the progress on that drawer soon. I think it will be bit more challenging to fold.

Want to learn more?
Read about the start of my journey here.

Sisters and Selfies

Raising my two daughters in the selfie generation... and thinking of all the selfies my sister and I would have taken if we had the same kind of technology.

How I'm Reorganizing My House During Maternity Leave

With a little bit of time on my hands, albeit unpredictable and a little bit frantic thanks to a newborn who is both sleepy and fussy at various times throughout the day, I decided that I needed to change my relationship with stuff and ordered Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up.

After moving countless times in the past 10 years, I've gotten better at hoarding less, but I still feel the need for change. This book is a little extreme... but still I think it will help!

Interested? Get the book on Amazon!
*affiliate link

I'll admit, one thing I could not wrap my head around was the whole business of t-shirt folding until I saw a video

Ahhh, much better. I must be a visual learner.

Now, prepare to be entranced by an underwear drawer.

Let the magic commence!