40 Bags in 40 Days – The Results

messy closet

The 40 bags in 40 days challenge ended a couple of weeks ago...how did everyone do? I did pretty well. My house still isn't an organized haven, and I wasn't the ruthless, hard-hearted, clutter destroying machine that I had hoped to be...but I still got my 40 bags. More than 40 actually. When I first read about this challenge 40 bags sounded like a … [Read more...]

$5 Built-In Magazine Rack

$5 built-in magazine rack

 I have another bathroom "mini project" for you today, this on is easy, cheap, and useful... the trifecta of DIY goodness. It may actually cross over to superfecta status, which also includes being attractive. This isn't the most beautiful thing I've made, but it at least qualifies as non-ugly. That's a win in my book. The only supplies you … [Read more...]

How to Make Book Slings

fabric book storage

 If this sounds oddly familiar to you, it's because I've already done (and blogged about) this project. I made my first set of book slings a few years ago while pregnant with boy #2, but I'm going to throw it out there again since 98% of my current readers probably haven't seen that post. Plus these slings have been really great... I mean, we're r … [Read more...]

40 Bags in 40 Days

40 bags in 40 days

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU for all the awesome comments on my last post about house size...I love it when a blog post turns into a conversation. I'm really enjoying reading all your responses, getting different perspectives on house size, and just generally getting to know y'all better. That comments section is a wealth of knowledge and … [Read more...]

$5 File Cabinet Makeover


One of my "loose goals" for 2013 was to buy a real file cabinet and finally take control of paperwork in our house. Why is it that it is sooo easy for paperwork to get out of hand? My command center has helped a bit, though only in my kitchen and only with recent paperwork. The rest of it is still a mess.  My current "file cabinet" is too small and … [Read more...]

Kitchen Command Center

Kitchen command center - map magnet board & mail sorter baskets

So this whole command center project started one day when I was at World Market...I saw this one and thought "man I could really use a command center in the kitchen". I kinda sorta liked this one, so I looked at the price tag...it was nearly $80 bucks! It's just some plywood, chalkboard paint, trim and a basket. I bet I could make it for $15... … [Read more...]

2012 Resolutions and “Loose Goals” for 2013


Last January I posted my "Less Mess" resolution and made it my goal to clean up my messiest spaces. I even threw etiquette to the wind and showed you pictures of my messes in all their glory. Well 2012 has come and gone and I should be living in an organized paradise. Should be, being the key word. Lets see how I did... The Pantry, then  The … [Read more...]

The Less Mess Project: Pantry Reveal!

organized pantry

Well, I've spent the last week painting, stenciling, and organizing my pantry and I have to admit...it's one of the best things I've ever done. Not because it was particularly fun to do, but because the results make life so much easier.  Seriously, if I had known how much less stressed having an organized pantry would make me feel I would have done … [Read more...]

Less Mess – The Junk Drawers

The Less Mess Project if off to a good start! I chose to begin with the junk drawers because they're the easiest...I could finish them in an hour or so and feel dang good about my day. So, the before shots..  See that plastic bag on the bottom shelf of the cabinet? Well, that it the contents of the junk drawer when we started the kitchen r … [Read more...]

The Less Mess Project


Happy 2012 y'all! A new year is here and I have a goal. Actually I have a lot of goals, but the one I'm going to talk about is one of simplification and organization. Ah, simplification and organization, I sound so eloquent. What I meant is that my house if full of crap. It's not the in your face kind, I hide it away like a true professional. My cl … [Read more...]

The Littlest Garage


I'm back! Sorry about the long break, there just hasn't been a lot of project completing going on around here lately. And no, it's not because I had the baby, though I'm sure that's going to happen very soon with all the contractions I've been having! Anyway, I do have a small one for you today....well small as in really simple, but huge in the i … [Read more...]