May 28, 2015

Simple DIY: Garage Mudroom

I miss posting/sharing in here! Business has been busy (grateful) and the end of school year activities are ramping up big time. Oh, and I have some really big news to share about the upcoming NAPO SF Bay Area conference. As if I don't have enough on my plate, I'm on the planning committee for our regional conference. We've secured the most amazing keynote speaker and I'm on a sub-committee to secure vendors for our expo hall and sponsors (companies, if you're reading this - e-mail me!).

Our conference is open to non NAPO members...hint hint.

I'll share more about this later. Point is, I have loads of images and projects to share with you. The struggle has been finding the time to get in here to write. When the kids are in bed around 8, the last thing I have the energy for these days is writing. My heart is there, but my body / mind says take a chill, Sam. ;-)

Anyway, I'm here and not going anywhere! #luckyyou But sorry it's been so quiet around here.

May 27, 2015

Sterling Prevail Shower Door with ComforTrack

Like most homeowners, I'm always looking for ways to make our home not only run more smoothly / efficiently and be more organized...I also want our home to be as comfortable as possible. Especially with 3 children living here. When I find a new product that makes all the difference, I'm excited to chat with friends and fellow homeowners about it. But I'm also grateful for this platform where I can share the info with all of you!

Do any of you have shower doors with a hard, uncomfortable track? You know those metal tracks you can't sit on and are nearly impossible to clean? Well, Sterling came through for us! They created a shower door with ComforTrack!...

Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology

May 20, 2015

DIY Garage Mudroom : A Fresh Coat of Paint

Before moving into this house nearly 2 years ago, every surface was freshly painted. There's nothing better than moving into a home with a clean slate. But I knew with 3 kids living here, perfect walls wouldn't last long. Even in the garage!

In years past on the blog I've shared dreams of having a mudroom in the garage. Remember this inspiration photo I shared 3 years ago?...

Amazing, huh? Still in love with this today - it's a classic!

May 12, 2015

Maximize Bathroom Space with Shower Shelf + A Giveaway!

In the average home, bathrooms are small spaces. When it comes to keeping a small bathroom organized, there are challenges to tackle...especially when you're sharing that bathroom with someone or it's a bathroom shared by children.

You've gotta get creative with storage and organization in a space like this!

In my own home, I have 2 tiny bathrooms downstairs. These are the original bathrooms from 1960, when the home was built. They are small and only have a few little upgrades / new paint, but the size and lack of hidden storage is a constant struggle because these bathrooms are used by 3 children and our guests. Of course, you guys know me - I take on small spaces with a smile. Nothing gets past this professional organizer. I think outside the box and make small spaces in this home work extra hard.

For starters, this bathroom is shared by my 8 and 5 year olds as well as guests that visit us...

May 7, 2015

Simple Solution: Organized Kid Socks

If you've got kids, you've got socks. Of all varieties. Including socks that mysteriously lose their match. And let's be real, it's not only socks that are the issue. Hello, shoes! Shoes are an equal struggle. Kids are learning and developing habits and, God bless them, they try their best. But more often than not I'm hearing from clients about their frantic school / weekend mornings... running around the house looking for shoes. I can relate - it's an issue in my home too. If children's socks and shoes are an issue for you, I have a simple idea that works well - for me and my clients!

So first things first, my suggestion is a new house rule - no shoes in the house. If you have a spot outside your door to the garage (most of us do) where you can set up a simple shelf, this is a great spot for shoes to rest before kids cross the threshold. If you don't have a space like this, consider creating one in your entry closet. This means shoes will always be exactly where you look - the first time. No more searching around the house. No more not finding a match.

April 29, 2015

VLOG: Magazine Files

One of my favorite topics to chat about here on the blog is when I share easy, inexpensive, simple organization solutions with you. I've shared many products over the years here on the blog...products that have all been tried and tested by me and my clients. Recently I shared an easy solution used in my own home office...magazine files!...

I can't express enough how much these magazine files have changed my office space. Everything that was once taking up priceless drawer space is now organized vertically in these little gems. Love. This.


April 28, 2015

Simply Done: A Garage for Him - Part 1

Most of the clients I work one-on-one with are women, but occasionally I get so excited when the man of the house offers some input. This tends to happen in just a few spaces, mainly the garage. So when this absolutely adorable family hired me a few weeks ago to help change their home for the better, the husband was all in (right away!) and begged me to start in the garage.

Now, typically I leave the garage for last. During our process together, the garage ends up being the space where questionable items go to live until we're done with the complete interior. During the weeks we work together, items may go out and come back in if we find a new spot or use. But he was desperate to start in the garage and here's why. These are images I snapped from my cell during our consult...again, no judgement allowed. This family is lovely and very dedicated to their extended families and children...

Yup, after first glance I agreed with Dad - let's begin here!

April 26, 2015

Pantry Organization with Eye-D Bands + A Giveaway!

Happy Monday, friends! Welcome to a new week here at Simply Organized. Monday's are always awesome for me when I can share a new organization product and giveaway with sweet readers. And that's exactly what's happening today. So let's not waste another breath and get to it.

I'm especially excited about this product / giveaway...not only has it changed my pantry, it's a product I guarantee each and every one of you will love and appreciate as well.

Meet Eye-D Bands...