November 26, 2014

Organized Charging Station with iDbeadz + A Giveaway!


There's never a bad time to get those handheld devices organized, but what better time than now? A time when family & friends are visiting and need a spot to drop their phone and charge it. It's also a time when the kids are out of school for the holidays and using their iPad's more than usual.

Personally, a charging station has been on my to-do list for a long time. But it's felt more important lately with the kids home from school for the holidays. It seems as if they have been on their devices a little too much, to be honest. We needed a place for them to sit and charge, but also needed to create a family device agreement. 

I have a new sponsor here on the blog and their timing couldn't be better for this project...and for all of you! The company is called iDbeadz and their product helped kick me in the pants this week to get that charging station organized. 

But first...let me show you my new charging station. In typical Sam fashion - it's very simple. But need it be more than that?...

I've been sorting and working in the office quite a bit in prep for the upcoming gift wrap season, Christmas card writing, and that mountain of photos / movie reels I've been going through during my "one day" series. I wiped the slate clean on this end of the office and this small white shelf ended up being the perfect spot for a charging station...

This shelf is at the top of the stairs, which means the kids can easily come up to grab a device or put it away...

But you'll notice it's in my home office...which means I know when a device is missing. Or if I'm up here working, the kids will see me and be reminded to ask permission...and then we can set the timer together. 

This charging station holds all of the iPads, iPhones, my laptop and my kindle...

In addition to having a landing spot for each device, I also added our family technology rules in a little frame...

And on the shelf next to it, I have a compartment organizer with extra headsets / cords / ear pieces and our solution / cloth for cleaning the device screens...


Everything is now together in one location. I couldn't be happier to have a spot for each device - and a cord for each of them to charge! Which brings me to my new friends, iDbeadz. Did you spy the awesome beads identifying the charging cords?...



That's iDbeadz!...



iDbeadz were created to help simplify your electronic life. Are you frustrated with losing device chargers? Tired of replacing expensive chargers? Confused by what a cord goes to? 

iDbeadz has your solution! 

These are a durable, attractive way to identify charger cords - or even color-code your household cords. Unlike products that just bundle, iDbeadz offer a way to personalize the cords most relevant to daily life. They offer a variety of colors and styles too. There are disc packs in either multi-color or solids...


There's also tile packs in a variety of colors...

They even have bling packs for the little princesses in your life...or for you Mom!...

All you do is add an iDbeadz to your cord and then customize it with the included letters, shapes, or rhinestones! 

These are a great gift idea for the holidays. Don't forget - think stocking stuffers for those difficult to buy for (satisfy) teens in your life! As a holiday promo, iDbeadz is including free gold-foil gift giving bags to make wrapping easier too!...

And they're offering free shipping when you use promo code holidayship at check-out.

I'm so happy to have iDbeadz on board with Simply Organized and am grateful they are offering a generous giveaway to one SO reader - $50 to spend in the iDbeadz online store! Thank you, iDbeadz!

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November 24, 2014

Spray Paint Fixes *almost* Everything!


Chocolate, wine and spray paint fix everything, right? In a perfect World - Ha!

So, first - Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! It's a busy week for me as all 3 kiddos are home from school plus I'm hosting our family Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday. There is a lot of cooking, grocery shopping and prepping goin' on in these parts. We're also continuing our celebration at my sister's house on Saturday. Two Thanksgivings? What could be better!? Thank God for my gym membership. I'm also in full Christmas decorating mode and have plans to buy our Christmas trees this week and get started on those. There's a few home projects being wrapped up as well. 

Which brings me to...

Number two - this week I'll be posting but it's feeling like a "catch-up" week when I look at my list of blog posts. Today is sorta random because I posted a sponsored post earlier today (don't usually do those, but I gotta do something to pay these project bills) and I did this quick project a few weeks ago but never got around to sharing it here. This week I have an update for you guys about the gate in front. One word = drama. And I have a fun organization post with an awesome giveaway just in time for the upcoming gift giving season. So random, but I'm here and I love it!

Anyway...let's talk about spray paint! I know, everyone and their mother is doing projects with spray paint and maybe you're sick and tired of hearing about it. But really, is there anything easier than re-freshing an item with a little paint? If you've been reading along here, you know I've used it a lot in the last year. It's easy, gets into all sorts of tight spots, comes in great colors / finishes, and it dries quickly. So, I used it again to repair a steal from my local Pottery Barn. 

PB is one of my major weaknesses. They always have the perfect home accent when I'm looking for something special, but that perfect accent typically comes at a cost. That said, they also have pretty awesome sales. When I visit my local store, I first always make a b-line to the sale section. Sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I hit the jackpot. A few weeks ago, I got lucky with this little gem...

Our last name starts with a P and I've always wanted to put the letter up somewhere in the house. I'm thinking in the middle of a gallery wall or something? Anyway, I was digging around in the sale baskets and found this letter P, but it was a total mess...hence its sale basket location...

In perfect condition, this letter would cost $30. But it was deeply discounted because of the major scratches and dings. (By the way, you can find them here on the PB site for $20 right now). I snagged the letter for only $11! And I bought it because I knew it could easily be repaired with a shot of spray paint....which I already had! I used this paint for a previous project and had some leftover...

It's a perfect match!

I cleaned up the P (that sounds bad) and gave it a good coating of Espresso paint...

Check out the after...

The paint was a perfect match and the P looks incredible now! I don't have my wall gallery up yet - remember I'm working on that "one day" series? Soon enough there will be P on the wall in this house - OMG, stop me I'm on a roll! In the meantime I have the P tucked away in the living room with some Thanksgiving decor...

Just another way spray paint makes *almost* everything better...

Even P!

Keep in mind when you're shopping and see something on sale that you love but think it's not repairable...it may very well be cured by just a little spray paint!

Hope you are all staying calm this week and have your Thanksgiving food lists organized!




Keep Your Stainless Steel Appliances Beautiful with Steel Meister + A Giveaway!

This post brought to you by Meister Cleaners. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Simply Organized.


Recently I shared the updates I made in the kitchen by changing the floor and kitchen faucet. I love the little updates that are going to help extend the life of this tiny kitchen until the remodel. But no matter what the improvement, there's nothing more annoying than seeing smudges and fingerprints on your stainless steel appliances. I'm sure you can relate because so many of us have upgraded our kitchens and chose stainless. It's beautiful, but man, do those fingerprints show! Especially when you have little ones, because they are the perfect size for touching those appliances.

My 2 kitchen pests are the dishwasher and range. The dishwasher shows more signs of fingerprints and watermarks because of its location. It's next to the sink so with frequent loading and unloading it always looks like this...


Ugh!

The range isn't that bad, but occasionally shows signs of food spills...

Last week I was introduced to Steel Meister...


And before you think this is just a typical sponsored post, please remember that I am very picky when it comes to sharing these type of posts with you guys. This product really is my favorite stainless steel cleaner. Really! Not only does it actually work - easily - it doesn't have that smell you sometimes get from a stainless cleaner. And it's not a cream or product that leaves behind a slimy residue. Not sure about you, but when I spend precious time cleaning my kitchen and appliances, I want it to work and I want it to smell clean.

Steel Meister does that!

Check out these afters...
 




So much better! Not only is my stainless clean, but Steel Meister repels fingerprints and smudges too - meaning I don't have to clean my stainless as often. Yay!

But I have to admit, the worst stainless appliance in this house is actually not in the kitchen - it's in the garage...

This is my real kitchen fridge. It's living out here because it doesn't fit into the 1960's-sized fridge opening. Since it's in the garage, you can imagine it gets a lot of love from the kids. When the kids play outside, which is pretty much daily here in Nor Cal, they grab drinks and snacks from this fridge. And it shows...

Especially on the handles...

I couldn't wait to give this fridge a good cleaning with Steel Meister. Check out these afters...


That shine! Steel Meister is hands down the winner on battling fingerprints, smudges and streaks. It cleans, polishes and protects your stainless steel and metal surfaces. It leaves an effortless "like new" finish. This product is a game changer, friends.

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November 20, 2014

Simple DIY: Temporary Kitchen Floors


To say I'm fired up about the end result of my new, temporary kitchen floors would be an understatement. Remember this awful brown tile floor?...

Well, I can happily say it's "buh-bye" and I'm all "hellooooo"...

Now, you may be wondering why I'm calling this a temporary floor - so let's start there. This little kitchen isn't going to be here forever. We're in saving mode to gear up for that major improvement project, especially because it may also go hand-in-hand with a front entry update...and maybe even a 2nd story on the left side of the house. Still waiting on an architect meeting for all that craziness. In the meantime, these floors needed an update. Not only because of aesthetics, but also due to water damage from the dishwasher earlier this year.

For those that have been reading along for a while, remember when I had to hack away at the counter to remove the dishwasher...



I know, I'm a barrel of laughs. #not

Well, it turns out it wasn't only the counter that needed to be hacked away at. The tile floor was put down AFTER the dishwasher was put in. Don't ask me why...these are the situations I scratch my head about all the time in this house. Bottom line, the tile floor in front of the dishwasher had to be cut away in order to get the dishwasher out for repair...

Since the repair back in March, I've done my best to temporarily cover the open spot in the tile...

My best being a long runner from Target. Ha! But that wasn't going to last long because over time I noticed the tiles surrounding the opening were buckling and the wood beneath appeared to show signs of water damage. You know what that means - a perfect environment for mold!

I wanted to pull up the floor and put in a temporary until the eventual kitchen remodel...and the perfect solution was something I already worked with here at the house - Flor tile squares. If you recall, I installed these in the screened-in patio last Spring...

We've had the best experience with these tiles. The patio is a high-traffic area and the kids frequently eat meals on this table...

While it's not usual to have carpet in a kitchen, I figured this would be the best temporary solution for us. It would allow for the old, ugly tile to go away...we could clean up the subfloor to make sure we didn't have mold...and it's easy to maintain / clean carpet tiles. We know this because we have had a great experience with them on the patio. Oh, and their recent 25% off sale helped seal the deal too. ;-)

I'm not going to lie, this job took 3 days but that's because it took almost one full day to remove the old floor, which had adhered itself to the house. He wasn't leaving without putting up a good fight. And the kids were here all weekend so there were many interruptions. That said, this job was easy and if I can do it - you can too!

The tile demo started out easy because I was working with an existing opening...


I started digging away at the already loose tiles. However, the further away I got from the opening - where it had been moist - it got a bit harder and needed to update the tool to a larger tile scraping pole. Very technical terms here...so I hope you can follow along. ;-)

For the next several hours there was a lot of scraping and hacking and back bending...

Sure, maybe even a little swearing and stomping of feet...


Until finally it was all gone...

Not only was the old tile an issue, but the plywood over the sub floor was totally disintegrating. It splintered everywhere. Make sure if you do this job, you are wearing safety glasses and a mask. The splinters, dust and odor were no joke.

Once the floor was up, the holes and water damage were revealed...

Thankfully the water damage wasn't too serious. I sprayed some bleach / water onto the now dried wet spot, let it air out overnight, and the next day started laying the new floor.

To begin I added a layer of roofing paper. This creates a moisture barrier, much like it would on a roof...


All I did was roll it out and cut pieces to fit the angles...


To keep the paper in place I hammered it down with tacks...

Done...

Next was a new layer of plywood. I went with 1/4" and used my jigsaw to fill in the floor like a big puzzle...


With the plywood in place, I used my brad nail air gun to secure them to the subfloor...

That was it for day 2. I thought it was particularly adorable when my 4 year old saw this finished plywood floor and exclaimed with a big sigh of happiness, "I love it!!!". Ha! If only.

On day 3, the floor was ready for the new carpet tiles. On the patio I chose to keep the tiles in the same direction, therefore making it look like a regular wall-to-wall carpet. This time, the carpet tiles I chose had a pattern. I was inspired by the product image on the Flor website when choosing the flooring...

(For those wondering, it's called Straight and Narrow in gray. Not getting paid to talk about Flor here, by the way.)

I started with one long strip down the middle of the kitchen floor...

And worked out from the middle to each side...

Cutting the tiles is easy. I used a box cutter to score the back. Once it was scored, I snapped the backing and then cut through the carpeting side. Pretty easy, but time consuming. This was the one point I was happy to have a small kitchen. ;-)


Done!...

Once the tiles were cut and in place, I adhered them together with the Flor dots and added a new threshold on either side of the kitchen. You can see the line where the old threshold had been. I wanted to update and give it a finished look on either end of the carpeting...

Finally...totally done!...


I love the end result. I'll probably add some kind of comfort mat in front of the kitchen sink because it's not the softest flooring, and when I do I'll be sure to update with more pictures. For now, I'm a very happy girl....


How's this for a before and after?...

While I was at it, I updated the kitchen faucet too. What was once an old standard faucet...

Is now a nice pull-out...

I may have used the saws-all while removing the old faucet, but I can clean my sink so much easier now!...

It was something I had always wanted to do. While I was at the hardware store grabbing materials for the floor, I grabbed this Moen faucet...

One more small improvement here at the house. If you have found yourself in a similar situation in your kitchen or need to cover up a bad floor while you're renting, this is a great solution. And easy too!

Go DIY something and have a great day!