• Home Decor,  Kids,  Organization & Storage

    Playroom Storage Makeover

    I don’t think I’ve ever shared photos of our playroom before. It is a finished space in our basement that serves as a multi-purpose room (playroom/family room/office/guest room.) The major work horse in the playroom is a huge shelving unit (Expedit from Ikea) which holds all of our games and our son’s small toys in the black bins (Drona). For quite awhile, I’ve wanted to change things up. So, I decided to do a playroom storage makeover, focusing on what we currently have.

    Playroom Storage Makeover

    There are so many amazing storage solutions for toys available these days. I love these charcoal and ivory rugby bins from the Container store, but at almost $100 for 8 of them, it seemed that I could come up with something similar for our current black bins and save myself some dough.

    Playroom Storage Expedit Before

    I thought of several different ideas, from covering the bins in fabric to painting stripes, but I just couldn’t commit to any one idea. Then, while perusing Ikea’s website I found black and white stripe place mats (Ljuda) for 1.49 each and decided they would be perfect for the job.

    Ljuda Black White Place Mat

    After taking the measurements of the bins, I cut one of the place mats to size and used it as a template for the rest of the pieces.

    Cutting Ljuda Place Mat

    Then, I inserted the cut place mats under the fabric fold at the top of the bins and used hot glue to secure them to the fronts. Super easy.

    Hot Glue Place Mat To Drona Box

    I love how the stripes add some playfulness to the plain boxes and if for some reason we tire of the contrast, we can just flip the boxes around and they will look just like they used to.

    Playroom Drona Storage Makeover

    So, what do you think of this simple playroom storage makeover? Do you like all of the stripes or the simplicity of the plain black bins? I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know!

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  • Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    It seems like 2015 has been a whirlwind of a year. (Although, I hear as you age the years tend to get more whirlwind-ish!) With all of life’s chaos, I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs a little help making sure things go smoothly. So today, I’m sharing a way to get things under control. Check out our Free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners and get a jump start on planning your year!

    2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    Who doesn’t want a free printable calendar? I love the combination of pretty fonts and simple graphics this one offers. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with my favorite color combo of black and white. (See how I decorate with black and white in the fall home tour post.)

    2016 Calendar Months

    In addition to the regular annual calendar, I’ve included a few more goodies. There’s a Weekly Planner…

    Monthly Weekly Planner

    A Menu Planner and Shopping List…

    Menu Planner Shopping List

    And a Bill Pay Checklist. (All of which will work great in conjunction with our command center.)

    Bill Pay Checklist

    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 your local print shop to have it printed and bound.

    2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    If you are looking for a way to get your life more organized in 2016, this is a great way to start! Simply click the link below to download.

    Printable Calendar

    Download your free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners.

    Want to see more where this came from? Check out the Printables Gallery!

    All of our 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.)

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  • Home Decor,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Create a Simple and Functional Command Center

    With both of my kids in school this year, it was finally time to figure out some sort of organizational system for all of our paperwork. Not that we aren’t organized normally. However, with two rugrats bringing home enough paper to equal half of a rain forest worth of trees, we needed something that would keep everything in check. Enter the command center…

    Create a Simple and Functional Command Center

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    Over the years, I have seen some pretty amazing command centers.

    These spaces are usually centrally located in the home and contain everything needed to keep the household running smoothly. Stuff like calendars, clocks, chalkboards, bulletin boards, binders, folders, files, menu planners, and the list goes on. I knew that I didn’t have room for all of that business (just a tiny wall in our kitchen). So I had to figure out how to create a simple and functional command center in a small space.

    To cover the basics, I ordered all of our main command center pieces from Ikea. (Ikea didn’t compensate us for any of this; we just really liked the price and how the pieces came together.)

    Command Center Organization Station

    Our calendar is something I whipped up and had printed as an engineering print (18″x24″) at our local print shop. I placed it in a large Ribba frame (19 3/4 x 27 1/2) with the mat. We can write all of the important stuff we have coming up on the front of the plexiglass and erase it with ease. Hopefully, this will keep us from forgetting dance or soccer practice and all of the things that we need to be available for.

    Dry Erase Calendar

    I’ve included the PDF file for the calendar, in case you would like to print your own. Click the image below to get yours now!

    All of our printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. (View Terms of Use.)

    Calendar Printable

    To organize all of our papers and bills, I ordered the Kvissle Wall Magazine Rack. Each of the kids gets one slot for important school papers. The rest are designated for bills, other mail, and etc., which holds blank paper for note taking and a weekly calendar for menu planning.

    Hanging File

    I placed a cork board (painted with white paint to make stripes) in another smaller Ribba frame so that we can hang up any little bits of fun or info we have until we can file them.

    Painted Cork Board

    All of the colored dry erase markers are corralled in a small canning jar, along with a few extra pencils, and placed on the counter for easy access.

    Marker Pencil Holder

    This little wall in our kitchen has turned out to have a huge impact on our family organization and I am feeling a lot less anxiety with this system in place.

    IMG_8807Do you have a family command center? How do you keep organized during the school year? We would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Build It Yourself,  Home Decor,  Organization & Storage

    Wire Mesh Pin Board

    Pinterest is a big deal. If you haven’t explored the many different pins and quickly become addicted to looking at pretty pictures and organizing them into neat little boards, then you are definitely missing out. However, when you are a sweet little 9 year old, like my daughter, Pinterest is something for the ol’ folks, because honestly, you are just too innocent to have to experience some of the randomness that pops up on the internet. So, to give our daughter a way to collect and display her own creative and pretty photos, my husband and I created a pin board out of wire mesh (aka hardware cloth, aka square chicken wire.)

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 1

    After a trip to the local hardware store to gather supplies, we quickly started putting everything together. We bought four 36″ x 2″ x 1/2″ pieces of craft board for the frame and hubby used a hand saw and miter saw box to cut the boards on a 45° angle, so the corners would meet up nicely.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 2

    Next, he cut some hardware cloth a little smaller than the outer dimensions of our frame.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 3

    Then, it was my turn. Since we couldn’t find any galvanized wire mesh at the store with reasonable dimensions (hello, we didn’t need 50 feet,) we went with the green coated stuff. I placed the cut piece on top of a drop cloth and coated it with a few layers of white spray paint to match the frame, which I also painted white.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 4

    Once everything was dry, it was time to piece it all together. We found some corner braces that reminded me of something you might see on campaign furniture, so I opted to put them on the front of the frame and give it that same type of look.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 5

    Lastly, using a staple gun, I attached the painted wire mesh to the back of the frame, stretching and pulling it, as best as I could, to get it to lay flat. (It still is a bit bumpy/wavy, but works perfectly for our needs.)

    Here it is up on the wall, doing its duty. Not doody. Because that would be gross.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 8

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 6

    I grabbed a handful of paper clips to attach a few pretties to the board. I’ve seen clothes pins used in a similar manner, but probably any sort of small clips would work.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 7

    Buying a regular, old bulletin board would have probably been easier, but isn’t this one so much cooler?