Category Archives: Organization & Storage

Pretty & Practical Command Center

You guys! I don’t know why it has taken me a year to get a command center set up in our home. Well, actually that is a lie. The reason is that I have been really non-committal on the location of such a thing. However, it has finally happened! Thank goodness! We are the proud owners of a Pretty & Practical Command Center.

Pretty Functional Command Center

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I kept thinking that a nice and big command center on the wall of the laundry room would be great because it is out of view of the main areas of our home. Plus, the hope was that we would see it every day as we went in and out of that room to do laundry or to go into the garage. I’m here to tell you that our garage is still packed full of junk that we need to either organize or get rid of, so I avoid it like the plague. And the laundry, well, I just hate doing it, so… this command center was relocated to our dining room. Which, by the way, is smack dab in the middle of our home.

Command Center Supplies

Requirements for this space were simple. We needed a calendar to keep track of our family’s busy schedules and a place to sort and store all of our paperwork/mail. Oh, and it needed to be clean and simple. I can totally appreciate command centers with chalkboards, pencil holders, pin boards, artwork, key hooks, and magnet boards. That just not my style though, folks. I like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible.

When I’m trying to put together a gallery wall type scenario, I like to lay all of the pieces out on the floor for visual reference.

This saves me time and I don’t usually end up having to put unneeded holes in the wall. (I know my husband appreciates that!)  You can see below that I have the calendar (originally from Hobby Lobby),  paper organizer (which we used in our previous home), and vintage clipboard.  I added the wood script word “hi” (also from Hobby Lobby) to balance the grouping.  Oh, and since I was working around the light switch, I just took it off of the wall to see how everything would fit.

Lay Out Gallery Wall Pieces

After I was happy with the spacing, I used my trusty Ryobi Laser Level to square things up on the wall.  This was a Christmas present from my parents and it has been such a wonderful tool to use!  I made my marks and hung up the paper organizer.

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For the clipboard and wood script word, I used Command strips. These seemed like the easiest way to hang up these lightweight items. (Bonus: No Extra Holes in the Wall!)

Command Strips

I also loved these metal label holders that I found and decided to add them to the front of the paper sorters. A little super glue later and they stuck like gum to hair. You know you how hard that is to remove!

Metal Label Holders

I’m so excited to get the paper clutter and bills off of our countertops!

Command Center Organization

Oh, and I wanted to clarify the clipboard. I love clipboards because they can be so multi-functional. No, really! Use it  to hang up some fun free art prints (this one is from Magnolia Market Blog.) Or paint it with chalkboard paint and write a list right on it. You can even use the clip to hold extra pens, pencils, or chalk. I plan on eventually printing out our weekly schedule of activities that remain the same from week to week.

Magnolia Market Printable

It may be a bit late in the post for this, but I should mention that I actually hate the term “command center.” It sounds so militant. However, that is what these little areas where we organize the chaos of our lives are called, so I’m reluctantly embracing it. Doesn’t it look pretty good?

How To Create A Pretty Practical Command Center

2017 Calendar and Planners

It’s here!!! I’ve had so many requests from friends and readers for the newest version of my annual calendar/planners and I’m here to deliver. Apparently, a lot of you enjoy planning out your life at least a little in advance. (Like me!) And this 2017 calendar and planner are, of course, free for you to download!

2017 Calendar and Planners

Most of the design for this coming year has stayed the same, although there are a few tweaks to the cover.  If you can’t read the writing on this small photo of the cover page, it says “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” A little motivational quote never hurt anyone, right?

Scroll Printable Calendar Months

Obviously, the calendar is pretty straight forward. I choose to stay with the vertical format and updated all of the dates.

PLANNERS

I’m also including my favorite planners in this bundle.  The weekly planner is great for jotting down all of the specific activities going on during your week on an hour by hour basis. It’s perfect for meetings, lessons, practices, etc.

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Monthly Weekly Calendar Planners

Black & White Striped Pen

I love using a bill pay checklist! It makes remembering which bills have been taken care of very easy, especially when we pay so many of our utilities and such online.

Bill Pay Checklist Payment Record

I also find that I end up saving money at the grocery store when I plan out all of our meals for the week. I plan everything out on the menu, then can add individual ingredients and items to the shopping list.

Shopping Grocery List Menu Planner

Perfectly Fragrant Rosemary Plant

If you are looking for a way to get your life more organized in 2017, this is a great way to start! Simply click the link below to download.

Download the Free 2017 Calendar/Planners!

All of my printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

2017 Calendar Planners

I like that this style of calendar is versatile. It can be put inside of a binder or hung straight on a bulletin board. I even added a pretty front cover page to make gifting this freebie a breeze! Wrap the set up with some pretty ribbon or send it off to be printed and bound.

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Psst… I’ve been working hard on a new printables gallery with lots of free goodies for you! I’m hoping to have it up and running in the next month, so check back soon!

Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources

You guys! I must apologize. In the final reveal post, I said that I would share all of the Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources with you last week. Oops! Over a week has passed and I’m just now getting around to finishing up this post. Part of it was probably laziness and the other part was burn out. I hear that completely overhauling a room in just 6 weeks can do that to a person. *wink* However, I’m ready to jump back in and tell you all about it.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

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To see all of the before photos, mood board, and all of the final photos of this space, click here!

As I already mentioned, this room was completely renovated. After some major gutting of the old carpets, we added new floors (peel and stick faux wood) and painted the walls (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Satin @ 50% ), trim, and doors (Behr Pure White in Semigloss).

Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

Over Door Hooks | Door Handle | Thermostat

We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, switches/plates, and the ugly almond thermostat.

Aren’t these printable art pieces perfect?  Guess what!?  They were all free!

Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

Have Courage Be Kind | Glitter Initial | Don’t Quit Your Daydream | Frame

Since this room was craving some storage, we added large white boxes in the closet to help corral clutter and collections.

Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

White Storage Boxes

This pretty dress form is now a display area for new and vintage necklaces. Our creative girl also likes fashion and design, so her fabrics and sewing machine are just behind the doors of the closet. When inspiration hits, she can remove the necklaces and pin up a new outfit .

Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

Dress Form | Blinds

Finding a tufted headboard that our daughter liked and also fit our budget was a bit of a challenge. It seemed that every place we looked was out of stock of this particular one. However, after a little waiting, we were able to score this puppy and it looks so beautiful in this space.

Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand

Headboard

Aren’t these Morrocan mirrors cute? We snagged them for just $16 from Marshalls. The scale is a little off for my liking, but my daughter loved the shape and they just happened to go with the room.

Tween Bedroom Bed

The nightstand was a last minute idea. My hubby built this one from scratch, using building plans from Anna White. A drawer and a few pretty boxes below add more storage to this small room.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

Drawer Knob | Pink Storage Box | Floral Storage Box 

The gray and white clover pattern bedding was our first purchase for the room and one that we are so happy with. The duvet cover is reversible (gray on white) and adds some nice pattern in here.

Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

Duvet & Sham | Pink Pillow

By looking at this room, you probably wouldn’t guess that our daughter’s favorite color is purple. What? That’s right. The girl loves all things lavender. However, when looking for inspiration, she kept coming back to rooms that featured touches of pink and ultimately decided she liked the warmth and softness of a light pink color vs. purple.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

Lamp – Passed On From Family | Pink Flameless Candle | Notepad

One item I haven’t talked about yet is this plush, cream, shag carpet we picked out. Since the new floors are pretty dark, we wanted to brighten the area with a soft rug. This fluffy option is perfect for stepping onto right out of bed in the morning. Or practicing splits and stretches.  Whatever you may fancy.

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

Area Rug

And if you’ve been following along, you may remember chandelier-gate 2016. (OK, it wasn’t really a scandal.) This pretty little number gave us a few installation problems, but luckily we worked them out.

Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

Chandelier | Ceiling Medallion

I already shared the details of how we built this “dresker” using two small chests of drawers. It is such a functional piece of furniture in this room since it doubles as both a dresser and a desk.

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

3 Drawer Chest | Drawer Pulls | Chair | Faux Sheepskin | Waste Can

The swivel chair and faux sheepskin were a few last minute requests from our daughter…

Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

Pink Frame | Deer Print | Lamp | Plant & Pot

Along with some of these pretty accessories.

Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

Jewelry Tree | Flowers | Pencil Holder

We wanted a place for the little miss to display photos and important reminders, so I whipped up this easy pinboard with an old corkboard, some dropcloth, baker’s twine, and upholstery tacks.

Tween Bedroom Dresker

White Chromebook | Pom Pom Stickers

Wowza! I think that covers all of the tween bedroom makeover details and sources. We are so happy with how this room turned out and it is currently our favorite space in the house. Now we need to get working on some other rooms! Hmmm… I wonder which one will be next?

One Room Challenge Week Six – Tween Bedroom Reveal

You guys!  It is the end of week six of the One Room Challenge and to say that I am ecstatic would definitely be an understatement. These past six weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of work, but we are so excited with the way everything turned out. Check out our Tween Bedroom Reveal!

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

But first, let’s go back to the beginning and review where we started. Ugh. This room really needed some help.

Day Bed White Bedroom Before After Door Hanger Old Carpet

The old carpet and dark trim were just not working for us, not to mention the mismatched random furniture and lack of accessories just made to room look blah.

Stained Closet Doors Desk Dress form Bedroom Before

OK.  Now, scrub your brain of those old, mismatched images and let’s move on to the pretty pics!

After some brainstorming with my daughter about how she wanted her room to look, plus some research to achieve that look on a budget, we came up with a beautiful and affordable mood board and design plan.

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Here’s what was on the to-do list…

  • Remove old carpet and replace flooring
  • Paint walls, trim, & doors
  • Replace old electrical plates, outlets, and switches
  • Add new lighting
  • Install window coverings
  • Create a workspace that can also double as clothes storage
  • Bring in color and textures with accessories
  • Organize craft & art supplies, books, toys, and clothing

Come on in.  Stay awhile.

This room is now our favorite in the house and we hope you enjoy the visual tour as much as we (especially our daughter) are loving the real thing. Let’s start at the entry door and work our way around the room.

Since this reveal is so pic heavy, I will be sharing more details and all of the sources next week in a separate post. Enjoy!

Tween Bedroom Makeover Desk and Door

Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

Tween Bedroom Heirloom Vintage Necklaces

Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand

Tween Bedroom Bed

Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

Tween Bedroom Silver Chandelier White Medallion

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

Tween Bedroom Desk Laptop Notebook

Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

Tween Bedroom Dresker

There was so much to do and we didn’t know if six weeks would be enough time to finish! Thank goodness we’ve lived to tell the tale of our first One Room Challenge. Now I think it is time to hibernate for the winter and recover from this whole process.  Well, maybe just for the weekend. *Wink*

If you have missed any of the progress in this room, feel free to go back and check out how we went from meh to marvelous!

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