August 29, 2014

Organized Princess Dresses


Happy Friday! Hope you have a great holiday weekend ahead…maybe a few organization projects planned? If you have a little princess living among your household, today's easy DIY project might make it to your weekend to-do list!

I couldn't wait to tackle this project. It was loooooong overdue and so easy!

My little princess has accrued quite the costume collection…

Thanks to Costco and their recent Halloween costume inventory, the gowns were seriously piled high!…

I was pondering a few ideas to get her gowns organized and a few involved getting them up on this open wall…

The other day I came up with a very simple idea that didn't cost a lot of money. So today I ran over to The Home Depot, grabbed my supplies and knocked it out in about 15 minutes.

Wondering what exactly was holding the dresses before this?….

Ha! This will definitely find a new home somewhere in the house.

But back to my simple idea. It involves just 3 pieces from the Martha Stewart Collection at Home Depot…

1. 8' Smooth Curtain Rod = $24.97
2. Starfruit Finial = $9.97
3. Bracket = $7.97

Total cost = $43 - 10% off coupon

(If you wanted, you could probably create your own rod system for less money. I could have bought the wood and painted it myself. But when I considered the fact everything was smooth (no splintering in a 4 year old's room), painted and came with the hardware, it was worth it for me to spend a little more. And…I have a 2nd rod now that I've cut it in half.)

I wanted a smooth rod and it was only available at my store in 8'. I only need 4' to work in the space I had available so I cut the rod down to size using my jigsaw…

I marked the rod at 4' and cut...


What once was 1 long rod was now 2 short rods...


I have a feeling I'll find another princess in need of a 4' curtain rod ;-)…so this will definitely be put to use!

Once the rod was cut, I found my wall studs and added the wall brackets…


Twisted the finials on the ends…

And screwed the rod into the wall brackets…

That was it! And all of the hardware was included! No need to roam through Home Depot finding the right wall anchors or screws. 

Once the rod was in place, it was only a matter of sorting through her costumes, putting them on hangers and displaying them beautifully for my little princess to admire…

It's much easier to see them as well as grabbing them. Hopefully they won't just end up in a pile on the floor like they used to…

I'd say this was a small project that made a huge improvement! Wouldn't you?…


Love the open floor space…

But this reflection is what I loved even more!…

If you have a little girl with a lot of costumes, definitely consider this simple idea! 

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

(I linked up with Tatertots & Jello)

August 28, 2014

Blog Planner Tweaking


With 2 of my 3 kidlets back in school this week (the 3rd goes back next week), I've spent a bit of time straightening up my calendars and planners. While the kids were home this summer, I kinda soaked up that time and let the lists go. That doesn't mean those lists weren't rolling around in my head, trust me. Now that dates and deadlines are coming home in backpacks / over e-mail, I wanted to take a moment to clean up.

I've cleaned up both my household / main schedule binder and my blog planner. Both are pretty much the same with just a few minor tweaks. I'll be sharing my household binder tweak with you in the next couple days. Today I'm sharing a simple tweak in my blog planner….

Again, still the same planner I shared last year...

While I was going through my planner, I noticed my to-do list dealio wasn't working so well. When it comes to lists, I'm a pen & paper gal…all the way. I've tried digital and it just doesn't work for me. And I don't typically use a special printable. I tried using the blank paper in my planner, but it's a Martha Stewart disc bound notebook, which means the refill paper isn't cheap.

After some thinking, I came up with this simple idea…

Yup, Simply Organized spoiler alert! These are actual ideas I'm brainstorming / have planned for the blog. Oooooooh, earth shattering secrets have been revealed. Ha!

Truthfully, y'all aren't seeing the real juicy stuff. ;-) I have to keep some surprises.

Anyway, I used the disc bound pocket files to contain my to-do lists. First I gathered up my main topic idea to do list and broke it down into categories…

You can see above I have outdoors, garage, office, kids, bedrooms, kitchen, DIY, videos, closets, etc. I just used a plain piece of white paper and lined the top with a thin piece of washi tape…

It brightens up my blog planner a bit!...

Then I put them inside the pocket folder…

I did the same with my Compartment Organizers 50 Ways Instagram series…


Speaking of, you can see my organized washi tape in a compartment organizer right here...

I also created simple to-do lists for blog maintenance (blurred for personal info)...

And some blog business stuff I'm working on (blurred for personal info)...

Just going through the process of separating categories, writing it all down, getting it out of my head, collecting those random post-it notes and putting it down on one paper - SO helpful! I feel more organized in my head too! And feel a huge weight of my shoulders.

This blog is my happy place, but I have bigger aspirations…for the blog and my real life business. There is a lot in the works over here (new website - ahem!) and I needed an updated planner to reflect my needs. Just remember!: You don't need to buy anything fancy when it comes to to-do lists. Simply grab a sheet of paper, pretty it up with some washi tape and you're good to go!


Have a great day!!

(I linked up with I Heart Organizing)



August 27, 2014

Just Another Reason to Love The Martha Stewart Wall Manager


With each passing day I'm falling more in love with Aiden's tween boy bedroom. You can see my previous posts about his room here, here and here. Almost finished with his space and there will be a full reveal next week, I'm guessing. But today I'm popping in to show off his new desk and share yet another place in my home where I've found a perfect spot the Martha Stewart Wall Manager.

Let me quickly start by saying I love his new desk…and so does he! I'll definitely share the desk again once we have it all organized and stocked. But the desk arrived yesterday and it was clearly meant to be right here…


I love the color and features. This desk is from Pottery Barn Teen. I bought it on sale and used a reward certificate. It was still on the pricey end, but when it comes to a piece like this, I tend to go nicer because I know it's going to last a very very long time. He's only in the 4th grade. I picture this being a desk he can keep for years to come.

This is the Beadboard Smart Desk, without the hutch, in dark espresso.


I love the pull-put work surface on both sides. This will give him extra surface space for big projects or books / materials...


This was another feature that won me over...the Smart 5-plug outlet!...

We won't see cords!!!

There's a file cabinet, should he ever need one. I don't have it set up for now but it came with the material to add the framing if desired...

And the 3 drawers are roomy enough for all of his little things...


Love love love! And it was so awesome to hear him today after school. In the car he said, "I'm going home, going to my room and getting my homework done on my new desk!". Music to my ears!

But he had another surprise to come home to today. While he was at school I put the Martha Wall Manager up over his desk…

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I love this product - so much! And not only because it's a Martha product. It truly is a highly efficient organization tool! I have it in my home office, my kitchen cabinet, under the kitchen sink, have used it in client's homes and now Aiden has a few components over his desk. It's a great product, can be used anywhere and is at a very affordable price point. I hope she doesn't have plans to discontinue this because I can see myself using more of it in my eventual renovated home office. 

(I'm not getting paid, by the way, to talk about this product. I really do love this and use it all the time!)

This works so well above the desk not only because he has a spot to display photos and treasures, but also it will keep pencils and other small work items out of the drawer and up on the wall...where he can easily grab them while working. Sure, I could put them in the drawers, but my hope is for him to have a work space with just that…space. If I can get some items up on the wall leaving more room for other things...perfect!

The Wall Manager is easy to install. It comes with nails, but I have only ever used Command Adhesive to attach my components to wall. This gives me the flexibility to move it around to where it's most functional, without putting holes in my walls….

The built-in level makes it easy to hang...


He has 2 cork boards and one accessory board. On the accessory board he has a pencil holder, 2 clips and a set of drawers...

In one of the drawers I stored away his push-pins, so little sister doesn't get into them…

To give him even more room for photos and A++++ schoolwork, I found this little cork strip at Staples…

You can find it in their bulletin board area. I didn't want to cover this wall with a huge board (because I have plans for some kind of shelving to go over this at some point), so the strip works really well! It's easy to put up too because it also sticks to the wall. It comes with magnetic adhesive as well in case you want to secure this to the side of a fridge or a large white board…


I'm going to print some pics of his buddies to put up right here. He really misses our Arkansas friends. I do too!

I'm really happy with his desk and now his little organized Martha center above it…

Of course, once homework was done today, the papers were gone and out came the baseball cards!…


I've got no problem with that! The desk has so much surface space it's the perfect spot to choose your dream team line-up. 

Loving his room so far!…

Confession: I also love that he is so into sports for the obvious reasons…but it's not bad looking around his room either - ahem, the Giants poster above his desk….


We love our boys in orange!...

Have a great day!!!

(I linked up with I Heart Organizing)