Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Organized Storage Spaces

While Ryan has had projects going on around our house this week, I had a chance to catch up on some much needed organization. My in-laws gave me some great organizers and it inspired me to go crazy around the house!
Have you guys seen the spice rack organizer on TV? It's the Swivel and Store and I got one for Christmas. Usually I don't order things from TV ads because they never seem to work well for me. Since I was given one, I got to try it out. It is actually as amazing as it claims to be! I love it beyond belief!
I was fairly skeptical when I first opened it. There wasn't much to it so I didn't expect much. 

This is the mess I was dealing with before: 

Everything had overrun and my poor lazy susan just wasn't cutting it....

I took everything out and wiped down the cabinets. I then went through expired spices and organized what was left into my new toy. 

Everything looked great at this point, but I wasn't quite sure how it would work once I got it in the cabinet. 

I loved it! It is the neatest thing ever! It works perfectly and is so compact. It takes up hardly any room and I can always see exactly what is on hand. 

I used my lazy susan to hold the taller items and grouped everything neatly together. Look how nice it is now!

After this, I was on a roll. I cleaned out my small cabinet that holds various items. I dedicated the top shelf for all of our plastic and paper plates and bowls. I kept our extra napkins here too. I have never dedicated a whole shelf to these items before, but I think we'll find it very useful. I always forget I have these things and they never get used. I do a lot of dishes and I think this will help cut back on that now.

Then I moved on to my other cabinets. This is where I keep most of my baking supplies. It was a huge mess before I got to it and it looks a million times better now!

I used my new sliding metal baskets I got for Christmas to organize my pantry. This small pantry was a disaster and this is how it looks now:

So much better!

I realized it's time to stock back up on some things this week!

I told you we have been crazy busy the past few days! Wait until you see what's next....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

We had a wonderful Christmas with our family this year. I have tons of pictures to share, so bear with me!
On Christmas morning Caleb was so excited to see if Santa stopped by our house!

He was talked the entire time coming down the hall!

Daddy helped open gifts and Caleb couldn't wait to take everything out!

He looks so big here!

I love how sweet he is!

When we got to Granny and Granddaddy's, Caleb couldn't wait to open more!

He couldn't sit still at all!

Caleb got his very first welding set!

And tools with a tool belt to help Daddy around the house...

He got a forklift like Brian and Daddy drive. He has not put this down since....

It was complete chaos! 

Mom and Dad lined us all up to get a picture. 
They gave us one more gift....

Ryan and I realized we got an amazing Christmas gift! You can see how shocked we were....

Me and my mommy....

Me and Daddy

Me and Tara

My hubby was so sweet! He got me the most thoughtful gifts. It's so true that they get better as they age! Ha!

The last presents were hidden in the garage...

Caleb and Zoey got their Jeeps!!!
My mom put their names on them and stocked them with goodies for the road. 

Caleb had no idea they were out in the garage and he just kept opening gifts....
We finally took the kids out to the Jeeps and they were so surprised!

Daddy showed Caleb how to push the pedal and steer...

Zoey preferred to ride along with her best friend. 

They had the best time!
After a nap, we all went over to Nana and Pappy's house. 

Caleb gave Nana pretty pictures...

And Granny too!

Caleb got an awesome tool set!

After we got home, Hubby couldn't wait to put on his Tennessee gear! Isn't he the cutest in orange and white?!?

He is loving his new smoker and is preparing to cook all kinds of stuff in there! Looks like I'll be free of dinner duty for quite a while....

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Organized Office Space

I've been really busy at work this week! Not only have I done my regular work, but I took time to catch up on some much needed organization. I admit that I stay so very busy most of the time that I don't have any time to make things pretty! Until yesterday, on my walls I had pictures of Caleb from before he turned one! I was finally caught up enough to put some effort into making things better around me.
The closet in my office was a catch-all. If we didn't really have a place for it, it went in there.

We laughed and joked about how the floors hadn't been mopped in a year, but I am afraid it might have been longer than that!

This little closet drove me CRAZY!
While cleaning, packing things up, and organizing, I found these little baskets....

I figured I could use those after they're cleaned up a little. I moved my file cabinets to one wall and worked on installing shelves. 

My very cool, awesome boss let me add a few nice organizational touches and here's what I came up with:
I took the green metal rack out and moved the filing cabinets together. I created labels for each drawer.

So much nicer, right?

And my cute little shelves!
I found the little plastic bins at the dollar store and used them to store some things. 

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I have a HUGE obsession with sticky notes. I feel the need to have all the different sizes and colors. I use them all the time! This little box is stuffed full!

I am also the biggest nerd when it comes to pens and highlighters. I seriously have way too many....

I repurposed the shelves that we had around work and painted my little baskets. I packed up paperwork and kept only things from the last two years. 

I love weeks like this. I absolutely love to clean and organize when I can find the time. Life goes so much smoother when you have things in order! Despite what many people in Blog Land tell you, it doesn't cost a thing to be organized and clean! You can use things you already have and make it work for you. You don't need a custom built closet system to make life easier! The biggest thing is getting up, dragging out everything and putting it in order as you go! Once you get started, it's done in no time. 


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