July 6, 2015

Organized Garage Workspace + A Giveaway!


Are you tired of hearing about garage organization yet? Between my client's garages and my own, I feel as if I've been held captive in a garage for a couple months. Therefore all of you have been held captive as well. *insert evil laugh* Oh, and guess what? I got a call from a new client last week about organizing her garage. In the summer no less. #stopwhiningsam

Buckle up party people - you're going to hear even more about garage organization...this week and in the coming weeks. Heh heh.

Seriously though, the garage is a major organization hot spot in any home. And I love helping people whip their garage into shape and gain an entirely new space to love, enjoy and work in. Yes, I did say love and enjoy. ;-) Because boy am I loving and enjoying my organized garage! Ack - I can't get enough of this wide open space where I can easily find everything! And walk!...



Over the last few weeks I've shared various projects completed out here, but there's one area that needed wrapping up - the new workspace drawers...

In this post I showed you how I went from this...

To this...

But I still needed to put away my toys...

And last week I spent some time doing just that...

Now all the drawers are not only organized, but labeled too. *in love* No questioning what's inside or where the item needs to go when done using it...

July 1, 2015

Simple DIY: Replacing Screens in a Screened-In Patio


With my garage finally in order, I've started chipping away at my list of home improvement and repair projects. Since summer is here, top of my repair list were the screens in the screened-in patio. Last year, I re-did this outdoor patio with a fresh coat of paint, Flor carpet tiles, overhead lighting, a new sectional and mounted tv. Hands down one of the best decisions / projects I took on last year. No question. This room is one of our favorites! Especially during the summer and fall...

It's situated off the kitchen and playroom and added another room to this house. Love love it!

But what you didn't see going on were the small holes in the screens. This one behind the couch was in the worst shape. Hard to see here but the bottom of the screen was getting pulled out of the moulding....

And the kids kept picking and pushing at it to the point of it getting to this just a few months later...

Yep, it was bad...


June 29, 2015

My (Very Own) Simply Organized Garage


Can anyone relate to the idea of not being able to start a project until the space you're working in is cleaned up, tidy or organized? I struggle with this issue - yes, even the home of a professional organizer gets cluttered from time to time (coughcoughunderstatement). I can't sit at my computer to do anything until the space around me is picked up and tidy. I can't cook in the kitchen unless it's clean and dishes are put away. And apparently (psh) I can't work in my garage until I've spent 6 hours sorting it out completely and taking one full truck load of stuff to donation.

Oh, I've got issues - no question. ;-)

But when I feel myself being too hard on Sam, I gently remind myself that I've got 3 kiddos living here, life keeps me busy, kids are home for the summer...and oh yea, I'm usually busy helping everyone else get organized! Rarely do I have the time to work in my own spaces. We should all be a little more kind to ourselves. Right?

Anyway, my garage has been my little big project for the last few weeks. You'll recall I started on this wall with a DIY mudroom...

Then I turned the corner and created a simple utility wall...

Next I tackled my workspace by getting rid of a bulky free-standing cabinet and adding a simple wall system with drawers...

And since I already had my tools out, I got the gardening stuff up off the floor as well...

While those projects took a little time and made a huge impact, the biggest project was yet to come - tackling the shelving on both sides of the garage...as well as all the stuff in the middle. Not only could I barely walk safely from one side of the garage to the other, but I couldn't get any of my projects done. You know, because of *that issue* I struggle with. Heh! I have lumber to build a patio table, I have a client's paint to re-can, I am shooting a video project out here in the next week, I have items to sell (for myself and others). Ugh, something had to happen. And fast!

Be prepared for this. *cringing*



June 28, 2015

Keeping It Real: In The Kitchen

As you may have noticed, blog posts around here slowed down a bit over the last few months. Not because I want it that way and it's certainly going to change with a more relaxed summer schedule. (I have some really fun projects to share this week, matter of fact!) So what exactly is keeping me from popping in here the regular 3-4 times a week, you ask? My business picked up in the new year (I love this!) but it has kept me from my computer, there was a ton of end of school year activities to keep up with (including a lot of time volunteering at school sites), spring baseball was sorta insane (but SO much fun! Both boys made it to championship games!), day to day life was keeping me on my toes....aaaaaand of course there's always the joys of being a homeowner.

*insert sarcasm here*

Does "when it rains, it pours" ring a bell for anyone?

First up, my freezer died a slow death. This being the freezer attached to the fridge I purchased less than 2 years ago. The fridge was purchased before I moved in August 2013. When it started going downhill, I called the manufacturer only to learn it was under warranty for only one year. Whaaaa? The parts to fix the freezer cost as much as buying a new one...so there went $$.

Next it was the new inline water heater. It was put in a few months ago but noticed the water wasn't heating immediately or staying hot, which is a huge feature to adding a system like this in your home. They've been back out working on that issue.

Then it was my dishwasher - yet again. This was the 3rd time it stopped working so I threw in the towel and purchased a new one. However, when they arrived to install it they couldn't. Why? I don't have an air gap and the dishwasher is hardwired which means we are not to code over here. Lovely. I've been washing dishes by hand for a few weeks and can't wait for my handyman to come over tomorrow to remedy the issues and install this new gem. He is going to get some serious hugs and kisses. Good thing he knows me pretty well. #awkward

But before and during my conversation with my handyman, I was having minor panic attacks. If I had to add the air gap, that would require drilling a hole into this very old sink...

Yea, you don't want to see this scene much closer...or I fear you'll stop reading this blog altogether. Let's just say the sink is so old that I worried him drilling a hole would cause the entire basin to crumble to pieces. We talked briefly about pulling up the sink and adding a new one, but he said the way the sink is set would require removing the surrounding countertop as well...

Trust me, I am ALL about removing this old tile countertop...on both sides of the kitchen...

But am I ready to take on a kitchen renovation right now? NO! And you guys know me, every single detail will be researched to the nth degree for this OCD nutcase.

June 26, 2015

Simply Organized Children's Art Supplies


My kids love to get creative and I love having supplies on hand for those moments when their imaginations kick into high gear. With all 3 out of school for a couple months, a little creative quiet time is a nice addition to the go go go schedule of summer. Over my blog life, I've shared variations of organized children's art supplies. Many times my systems have involved keeping the supplies tightly contained and highly monitored. But thankfully, my 3 are old enough now that I can set up a station like this and not worry about cut hair or colored walls. ;-)

I was also desperate for a system that looked nice and didn't scream "kids art supplies riiiiiiight here!". Why? Because our playroom, where the supplies live, is in a main walk-through area of the house. We come and go through the white door you see...

That white door leads to the laundry room and out to the garage...


June 25, 2015

Keep Your Car Fresh This Summer with PERK + A Giveaway!


Hard to believe summer is upon us! While that means a more relaxed summer schedule, it doesn't mean you're spending less time in the car. Summers usually involve road trips, hauling kids to the pool or driving to various summer activities and camps. Or heading back to the grocery store again because the kids are eating everything in sight.

But don't forget, summer is a great time of year to not only re-visit systems and routines in your house that were an issue during the last school year, but also a great time to check-in with your car organization systems. I've shared a lot about car organization over the course of my time blogging. We spend too much time in our cars these days, so why not drive around in a stress-free, clutter-free environment?

And in a fresh smelling car too?

June 16, 2015

Garage Workspace - Part 1


Tackled yet another zone in the garage! Although this garage transformation is far from complete, at least I can say I've started, made great strides and am feeling lighter already. Yay for all that!

If you recall, I started the transformation here by creating a garage mudroom wall...

Then, I made my way around the corner to this neat and tidy utility wall...

Today I'm here to share the transformation of my garage workspace. This little nook is in the far end of the garage, at the back of the 3rd stall...

June 8, 2015

Simple DIY: Garage Utility Wall


Between everything else I have going on and working with my organization clients, I've been tackling trouble areas in my home. I'm proof that even though time may be limited, if you have a plan / list and break it down into small jobs - you will get it done. And feel a whole lot better along the way.

I've mentioned my garage has been a big issue. I started with one very important wall and am working my way around this 3-car garage...taking one wall at a time. This weekend? I created a very simple utility wall.

This wall is just around the corner from my new garage mudroom. And it wasn't pretty to begin with...

The previous homeowner created this hanging system by nail-gunning base moulding to the wall and adding hooks...