10.21.2014

Lets Get Organized : Jewelry

Welcome back to the Lets Get Organized daily task. Today we are back in the master suite and we will address our jewelry storage system. Many of us either keep our jewelry in a walk-in closet, on our dressers, or in a drawer.
If you have a solution in place and love it, simply go through each piece and quickly decide if you love it, still want to wear it, and if its still your style. If it passes that test, then keep it. If not, donate it or sell it.

Jewelry Storage Tips:
Keep it in sight
  • Easy to see your everyday pieces and makes it easy to get to them during your morning rush
  • Special occasion pieces can be stored elsewhere, out of sight so they remain protected  from dust
Necklaces
  • Store individually so they don't get tangled. Nothing is worse than trying to untangle jewelry or Christmas lights
  • Consider hanging them from a decorative hook or on the edge of a mirror, like me
Earrings
  • Small earrings can be placed in a small bowl. Like my beautiful blue clay bowl my daughter made me in 4th grade
My Jewelry Stand
I never had a system for storing my jewelry. My collection of bracelets and earrings were thrown all over my dresser. With no proper way to keep my jewelry, I often would forget what I had or misplaced a piece and had to tear apart my room to find it.


Browsing the Pottery Barn site one afternoon I stumbled across this jewelry stand. I knew it would be a perfect solution for me but not at that price point. So I looked around and found a great look alike at Hobby Lobby for less than half the price.

I didn't like the finish of the stand so I sprayed it gold. I love how easily you can change a look of something by simply spray painting it. I gave it two light coats and it took less than 2 minutes to spray it. The total time I spent on this project was about an hour, including the drying time.
I love the way it looks! It feels so good to have everything in one place and that I can see what I have. I did get rid of a few dated pieces, which leaves room for more. Shhh, don't tell Dr.Jay. Lol!

Remember to post your progress pics on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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10.20.2014

Lets Get Organized : Hall Closet

Hello Sunshine! I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was quite chilly here and it rained all last week. Speaking of last week, how did you do on organizing your dresser drawers? I took it one day at a time, one drawer a day.

This week I will be tackling another closet, the hall closet. This will not be like organizing my side of the master closet although I will still use my 4 simple steps to organize and clean pretty much anything. For new readers here is the breakdown:
  1. Empty
  2. Clean
  3. Sort & Purge
  4. Organize
Our hall closet needs a little more work than just sorting and cleaning. It is in need of some solutions that aren't currently in place and a lot of brainstorming. Lets talk about the hall closet, shall we.
The biggest obstacle is the breaker box. Why is there a breaker box in the hall closet? It prevents us from utilizing various storage solutions, like installing shelves or rods for coats, because the breaker box has to accessible.

Moving it is out of the question cause that would involve a certified electrician and a lot of work and a couple thousand dollars. No thank you. So I have come up with a couple solutions that would give us exactly what we need without compromising the breaker box.

I plan to finish our coat closet and share the reveal with you later this week. This is what I want to accomplish over the next few days:

  • Clean out
  • Paint it a bright color
  • Install a removable hanging rod
  • Add shelves to the lower half of the closet

Will you be tackling another closet this week? I will have a few more organization updates this week while I work on my hall closet. Remember to post your pictures on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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10.14.2014

Cheekwood Harvest Field Trip

One thing I love to do with my children is accompany them on their field trips. I try to go to all of them. A couple of weeks ago I went with my littlest on his first grade harvest field trip.

We went to a botanical garden and museum of art. I had never been and therefore took way too many pictures. I am not one to post a ton of pictures on a post but be warned this post is picture heavy.

Everything was so beautiful. The many gardens they offered were all beautiful and you could get lost in the many varieties of flowers, waterfalls and structures.

Robertson Ellis Color Garden
Japanese Garden
Robertson Family Water Garden
The Scarecrows
We went to see all the scarecrows that were on display. Each scarecrow was sponsored and created by a different civic group, community organization or school.

No two were alike and they covered a large array of things. Some scary, some influenced by technology, some large, some small, some cute and some down right weird, but they all were fun.
 Frankenstein | Creative Crow | Zombie
 Corn on the Cob | Scaredy Pants | Olaf
Robot Lego | Minecraft Enderman | Mr. Snowflakes

The boys loved the Lego robot and they all  huddled around the minecraft enderman and talked about how cool he was. Boys! Mr. Snowflakes was built by a little girl in my sons class brother, so he was extra special. The whole class took a picture by him to send to her brother.
Frida Kahlo Crow

This scarecrow was my favorite. The attention to detail, the beautiful array of colors, the materials used were all fantastic and made everyone stop that saw her. Gorgeous!

The Stickhouse
The kids had a blast running in and out of the stickhouse. I have no idea how they built this. It was amazing.

The Pumpkin Patch

The Walden Treehouse
I wish the kids could have seen this treehouse. The stairwell was stunning and my favorite part, a little wobbly though.

I had a blast with my sons first grade class on this trip. I hope they plan more! Have you been on a trip with your kids class lately? Were did you go? See ya soon!

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10.13.2014

Lets Get Organized : Dresser Drawers

Hello Sunshine! Welcome to week two of 'Lets Get Organized.' Last week we tackled the bathroom and master closet. Your task this week is to clean and organize your dresser drawers. Focus on at least one drawer a day.

Follow a few simple steps and you'll have a clean and organized drawer in 15 minutes or less. If you have been following me all last week then you know the drill but for my new readers here are my 4 simple steps to get anything organized:

  1. Empty | Remove everything out of your drawer
  2. Clean | Wipe entire drawer clean
  3. Sort & Purge | Go through each and every item, sort into categories - KEEP, DONATE, REPAIR, RELOCATE, TOSS
  4. Organize | Evaluate your storage solutions, fold clothes and put things back
When going through a drawer you should ask yourself a few quick questions for each item to help you determine what category it falls in:

  • Does this belong in my drawer? Drawers are often culprits for corralling junk. I had paper that should be filed, my kids school picture packages, confiscated toys. You name it, I had it entangled within my clothes. Those things did not belong and I had to remove them and put them in their proper homes or create a home for them.
  • When was the last time I wore this? Typically if you haven't worn it in a years time it should be donated.
  • Does this still fit properly? If you cannot fit it, donate it or sell it to a consignment shop.
  • Do I still love this item? Some items you just don't like anymore, they may be out of date or simply your style may have changed.
  • Is the item damaged in anyway? If you can repair your item yourself, set aside some time to fix it. If it needs professional repair, first ask yourself if its worth it. Sometimes you can buy a new item cheaper than repairing it. Do not put the damaged item back in your closet, you may forget about it and you only want wearable clothes to go back in your closet.
5 Tips to make your drawers feel organized:
  1. Like items together | Store like items together in the same drawer or section of the drawer
  2. File your shirts | If you have a ton of t-shirts try filing them. To learn how to do this check out this site here
  3. Use containers and dividers
  4. Line the bottom of your drawer with colorful contact paper
  5. Keep your drawer smelling fresh by adding a lavender sachet. Learn how to make your own here
I went through my top drawer this weekend and got rid of all the clutter I had been throwing in there. I put my like items together and now its nice and neat. It feels good to open that drawer and know that everything is in its place and I don't have to shift through junk to find a pair of socks.

Join me this week as we tackle our dressers. One drawer a day and your time commitment is only 15 minutes or less. We all have at least 15 minutes to become a more organized you. Remember to post your pictures on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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10.11.2014

Paint Dipped Basket

Happy weekend! All week I have been talking about organizing. We cleaned our way through the bathroom and ended a good week with the master closet. If you missed anything check out my introduction post and catch all the details and links there.
Today I wanted to share an easy tutorial with you. I took an old basket and gave it a paint dipped look by painting the lower half white. I also painted the handles to add a bit more interest.

You may remember it from the tiny area behind my front door that we simply decorated through compromise. Sure I could have plopped the basket down and be done but next to my TV console it would get visually lost in the sea of brown.
Its fresh coat of paint makes it pop and stand out from its surrounding. We have named it the library basket and use it daily.

We go to the library once a week and load up on a weeks worth of books. When we get home we put all our books in the little basket by the door. I read two books a night to my littlest and a few times a week I read a chapter out of a book to the whole crew.

We just finished Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingells Wilder and we just started on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Did you know the wicked witch of the west slippers were silver?!

When we complete a book out of the basket we put it in our library bag to be taken back. When the basket is empty we know its time to head back to the library for more. This system has proven itself to be very effective. My littlest knows every night to grab his choice of books out the basket so we can read together.
This project costed me nothing. I already owned the basket and used some leftover paint from another project. You can give an old basket new life with a fresh coat of paint this weekend. 

Have you ever paint dipped anything in your home before? See ya soon!

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10.10.2014

Lets Get Organized : Master Bedroom Closet

Welcome back to the Lets Get Organized daily task. Today we will tackle our master bedroom closet. My husband and I have separate closet spaces so I selected to clean out the 'Her' side today and over the weekend my husband will follow the steps and tips listed here to get his side done.

I usually keep my closet just so and very organized but lately I have been just putting things back in without using my usual method. It is a little disorganized but not too bad, a good candidate for a quick clean.

A year ago I did a big overhaul of my closet. I removed all the clutter that I was storing at the top of my closet to make way for a closet makeover that never happened. So my closet shelf is pretty bare these days.


Lets go over the basic steps to clean and organize any closet:

  1. Empty | Remove items
  2. Clean | Wipe down walls and shelves
  3. Sort & Purge | Go through each and every item in your closet. Sort into these categories - KEEP, DONATE|SALE, REPAIR, TRASH, RELOCATE.
  4. Organize | Evaluate your storage solutions and put things back

When going through a closet you should ask yourself a few quick questions for each item to help you determine what category it falls in:

  • When was the last time I wore this? Typically if you haven't worn it in a years time it should be donated.
  • Does this still fit properly? If you cannot fit it, donate it or sell it to a consignment shop.
  • Do I still love this item? Some items you just don't like anymore, they may be out of date or simply your style may have changed.
  • Is the item damaged in anyway? If you can repair your item yourself, set aside some time to fix it. If it needs professional repair, first ask yourself if its worth it. Sometimes you can buy a new item cheaper than repairing it. Do not put the damaged item back in your closet, you may forget about it and you only want wearable clothes to go back in your closet.

Tips to make your space look organized:
  • Coordinate hangers for a clean look
  • Hang like items together: long sleeve shirts with long sleeve shirts, dresses with dresses
  • Color coordinate your clothes, this makes things easier to find and looks good

I went through all my clothes and shoes and I am happy to say I purged a huge bagful of items from my closet. It feels good! I will be taking my bag of clothes and shoes to a consignment shop today and just maybe get a few dollars for things I cannot fit or like anymore. Everything else will be donated.

The entire process took me about 30 minutes. I did not add any storage boxes or buy anything new. I simply organized my space with a good purge and cleaning.

Will you be tackling your closet today? I will be taking a organizing break this weekend and we will pick up where we left off this coming Monday. Remember to post your pictures on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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10.09.2014

Lets Get Organized : Under the Bathroom Sink

Welcome back to the Lets Get Organized daily task. We are continuing our efforts in the bathroom and today we will be organizing the sink area.
Follow the same 4 simple steps, that we used in organizing the medicine cabinet, to get your cabinet clean and organized in 15 minutes or less.
  1. Empty
  2. Clean
  3. Sort & Purge
  4. Organize
My cabinet had been overlooked from my daily cleaning for sometime. It had gotten out of control. We would use what we needed and toss it back in without giving it a second thought.

When I decided to do this challenge and opened that cabinet door I knew I had to reevaluate our storage solutions. My hair basket was entirely too long and prevented me from storing much needed items.

I remembered a brilliant idea, I had seen somewhere across blogland, of hanging your curling irons by hooks. I simply hung three clear command mini hooks near the top of the cabinet for my flat iron, curling iron and blow dryer to hang from out of the way.
That simple change made it possible for me to get a smaller bin for my hair related items. I don't use many hair products so my bin is quite small. It holds my combs, brushes, hair ties, bobby pins and coconut oil. I went ahead and changed my husbands basket to a clear bin as well, that holds his clippers.

We added a couple of baskets to hold extra tissue and a few other products we don't regularly use. You may have noticed that we don't keep any cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink. If you are wondering we keep all cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink and that may change when we finally get the laundry room finished.

This is not the most prettiest space but it is, now, functional and organized! If you know of a etsy shop or if you, my readers, have a Silhouette, I would love to add a label to the front of our clear boxes in a bright color and cursive font.

Tomorrow your task is the master closet. Remember to post your progress pics on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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