Tips for an Organized Nursery Dresser

Happy Monday!

Who can believe that it is May 22? 2017 has flown by and what a year of blessings it has been.  I am now 27 weeks pregnant and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. For someone that went through a miscarriage in their first pregnancy, every week is such a reward. Being in my third trimester has brought on new things to worry about (preterm labor, contractions, etc.) but I am keeping God at the center of my pregnancy and remembering that Lucas is here for a reason. I find comfort in that and my worries disappear.

Here are Tips for an Organized Nursery Dresser:

We received this gorgeous dresser from my in-laws that I found on Everything but the House. If you haven’t checked out that website, go check it out!!  Basically it is an auction site with nearby estate sales. We have found some amazing treasures from EBTH in the past couple of years.

My favorite nursery accessory so far is this super fun lamp we received from my parents.  They found it at Ross discount store. My sister made the University of Kentucky fight song print a few years ago that fits perfectly in the nursery. 😉

So what is our theme exactly? We decided to go with an elegant/University of Kentucky/royal-navy-light blue theme. Over the next few weeks we will keep showing a few sneak peeks until we are complete.

No matter what type of dresser/chest/set of drawers that you have in your nursery, you can have organized storage for baby clothes.  I originally wanted to hang up most of Lucas’s clothes but I found it easier to fold those tiny clothes vertically to condense them together. My dresser has 5 drawers.  The top drawer is for sleepers/pajamas. The 2nd and 3rd drawer is for onesies/tops.  The 4th drawer is for pants and the 5th drawer is for outfits and shorts.  I figured I wouldn’t need many shorts in the first few months because fall/winter will be right around the corner. That is why I dedicated a full drawer to pants.

Look at those tiny pants!

In each drawer I folded the clothes vertically and made each column a different size. Folding vertically allows you to fit so many items in one drawer and you can see a sample of each item.  It may look like I have a ton of clothes so far… and well… I do.  My mom and I have been having so much fun finding deals at yard sales and thrift shops.  Where else can you get 13 outfits for $4?? They are all like-new!! Finding deals like that can sure spoil a person but I love searching for treasures.

Onesies/tops

I am thinking about putting labels inside the dresser to show the sizes… but I’m almost out of label tape… so that will come soon! My hubby will also have an easier time knowing where to put away clothes.

I hope you like our first sneak peek of the nursery! I know I didn’t show much, but there are a couple more things to complete.

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One more picture… isn’t this the cutest outfit? My mom found it at our local thrift shop!

Oh and here’s a bumpdate… hehe

Have a great week!

Marylee

The Best Method for Folding Socks

Today I am sharing the best way to fold your socks! Sock drawers can be a disaster.  They go missing, they are mismatched, they are rolled up in balls of different sizes, specific ones are hard to find, etc. I have been there. I used to have a basket I would throw those rolled up balls in. I only used the 3-4 pairs on top, what a mess it was!  When I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it changed the way I fold my socks forever.

Marie Kondo’s method for folding socks works best if you use a drawer or some type of flat basket. You don’t want to use a deep basket that requires stacking. I have an antique trunk in my bedroom that I use to store my pajamas. The trunk has this awesome lift-out tray that I use for my socks. It is the perfect size and has two compartments. The large compartment is for my longer socks and the small compartment is for my no-shows.

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My trunk lift-out tray
Large Compartment
Large compartment
Small Compartment
Small compartment (no-show socks)

Folding Step-by-Step

Lay flat and stacked on top of each other
1. Lay flat and stacked on top of each other
2. Fold over one side, half way
2. Fold over one side, half way
3. Fold over a third time
3. Fold over a third time

Don’t you just love those socks??? They are Kate Spade found on Ebay. They have so many designer pairs for great prices!

Folding For Smaller Pairs:

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1. Lay flat and stacked
2. Fold over once for smaller pairs
2. Fold over once for smaller pairs

After Folding…

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After you have tackled the folding, you will want to prop each pair on their sides and squeeze them close together so they don’t topple over. Some pairs are stronger than others. When I completed this task and saw each pair, I was thrilled! I didn’t realize I had so many and I forgot about many of the pairs. I also threw away the ones that didn’t have matches or had holes.

How do you fold your socks? Is this a project you will try?

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How to Have a Functional Laundry Closet

It’s Tidy Tuesday!

Do you have a laundry closet instead of a separate room? It can be a huge struggle!   I have finally figured out a way to utilize the small space and keep it tidy everyday! First of all, I do have a dream laundry closet. Since we don’t have the resources to do something too extravagant at the moment, I have tidied our closet on a budget and kept it simple. Before I share my budget closet, here are a few dream ones of mine:

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I love the simplicity in this one
I love the simplicity in this one

 

Who wouldn't want a TV?
Who wouldn’t want a TV?

 

Look at these colors and countertops!
Look at these colors and countertops!

 

Beautiful backsplash
Beautiful backsplash

How to Have a Functional Laundry Closet:

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  • Only keep Laundry baskets on the tops of your washer and dryer. Do this even if you have top loaders. We used to have top loaders and I still made this a habit (I will never go back to top loaders though!). I also keep a basket on the washer for all of my detergents and laundry products. What are my 3 baskets for? The two black ones are for lights/darks. The tall gray one is for our undergarments (I wash these separately).

    Baskets and Shelf
    Baskets and Shelf
  • On the top shelf (which a lot of people have) I keep lightweight baskets filled with cleaning items, lightbulbs, extension cords, ironing things, etc. I also store my paper towels and toilet paper.  In the far corner I store curtains in a decorative basket.
  • I like to add a little personality. I hung a simple print on the side of my closet that adds a little color.

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    Choose a happy and bright print!
  • Along with adding a little personality, we chose to have curtains instead of closet doors. I used sheer, yellow curtains that I found at a yard sale for $2! They also add brightness in a small, dark hallway. When the light is out, you can’t see what is behind the curtains.
    One of my favorite yard sale finds... these curtains!
    One of my favorite yard sale finds… these curtains!

    Our hallway
    Our hallway
  • Do laundry every other day or every two days. Completing this “dreadful” chore more often actually makes it easier! Your loads are smaller and you can put away your clothes in half the time! Sometimes I have a load go in everyday. =)
  • I also regularly dust this area. It keeps it clean and tidy.DSC_0007

My mom is The Laundry Queen. She can solve any stain and do tons of loads a day. With three girls in the house (who love clothes), we never worried about needing clothes clean. I love my mom! She spoiled us for sure. I do believe this talent was passed down to myself. My husband never has an empty closet. 😉 I actually have started to enjoy it. It keeps my laundry area clean and it truly doesn’t take long when you are doing smaller and fewer loads in a day.

Thank you for reading! Do you have a laundry closet or small area? Please share! I’d love to see what you have and how you make it functional. If you need help on making it functional, comment below!

Marylee

How we are Spending our Snow Day

spike plant and bench

Happy Snow Day! Well, at least it is for a lot of Kentucky. It’s always nice when Nathan and I both have a day off! The majority of my family has a snow day as well, except for my daddy’o. He’s such a hard worker and essential for the school he works at. Say a prayer today to all those that have to be on the road. So many businesses don’t close that rely on their employees.

Here are some pictures of today’s winter storm (which is still going on):

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Above our front door

 

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My spike plant trying to hang in there

 

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Nathan shoveling

It’s a beautiful, light snow, so sadly we can’t throw snowballs but it has been relaxing inside. It’s also been a great day for blog planning. With all this snow I wanted to share a great bargain that will keep your entry way nice a clean!

When there is a lot of snow, mud, or rain, does your entry way look like a mess? It’s almost impossible to keep it neat and clean when people are dragging in gear and dirty shoes. We decided to take a plunge and make snow angels, and well our shoes and clothes were soaked.

So here is our entry way with all this snow:

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Mainstays Door Mat from Wal-Mart

I love this rug! We purchased it at Wal-Mart a few years ago and it is great for keeping your entryway clean. It is also big enough to keep shoes on and let dry out. Today we have gloves and hats drying out as well. It is also a great place our sweet pups can sit while we dry their paws off. We keep our coats and extra layers that are soaked hanging up behind the door. If there is any dripping, it makes it to the rug.

For only $10.56, you get a stylish rug that protects your entryway and keeps it neat. It cleans your shoes and traps water. It’s also made in the USA! Here is a link: Entryway Rug. I highly recommend it!

We are enjoying the snow but our pups, don’t enjoy getting out in it. But they sure look cute. =)

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Violet our oldest poodle

Have a blessed weekend and stay safe if you find yourself in a winter storm!

Marylee

5 Essential Steps to Organizing Clothes

Good Friday Morning! Today I am giving you the 5 essential steps to organizing your clothes. Clothing is a great place to start if you are looking to heal your home from untidiness. Clothes can be easy to part with and great to donate. Set aside 1-3 hours for this project, depending on your tempo and how much you have. As you will see, Nathan and I have too many clothes! I hope these steps inspire you to organize your clothes and keep only what you love.

A few of my ideas come from Marie Kondo’s, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in tidying your house and keeping it that way! Her procedure for organizing is called the KonMari Method, which fascinates me! Enjoy the book if you read it. You can buy it here: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

The 5 Essential Steps to Organizing Clothes:

  1. Complete unfinished laundry and have all of your clothes clean and ready to sort.
  2. Gather every piece of clothing in your house in one spot. This includes winter coats, pajamas, hoodies, leggings, tops, shorts, dresses, etc. Don’t forget anything! Even grab those clean clothes that just came out of the dryer! I do recommend saving shoes, purses, and accessories for a separate project. We had done this recently and I realized I didn’t have pictures for this post. So with my supportive husband, this was our Thursday night (which I actually enjoyed, hehe).    Pile of clothesPile of clothespile of clothespile of clothes
  3. Now to start the purging of your clothes: Start with one category at a time and hold each item individually. This may seem silly but it honestly works. As you hold each item ask yourself, does this bring me happiness or joy? If it does not bring you joy, go ahead and put it in a separate donate pile. Please don’t skip holding each item. If you are at all unsure if an item fits, try it on! Only keep clothes that currently fit you.
  4. If you decide the item brings you happiness and joy, place it in your closet or dresser. When deciding if something should be on a hanger or folded, I go by these guidelines:
    • Folding: knit tops, tank tops, leggings, sweaters, pajamas, socks, undergarments
    • Hanger: Dresses, skirts, cardigans, suits, hoodies (because they are so bulky), jackets, and  any other type of dress clothing).
  5. Once you are finished, gather your donate pile in boxes or bags and donate as soon as possible. You don’t want the temptation of taking items back.

Tips:

  • Use velvet hangers. I truly believe these conserve closet space.
  • For the best folding technique, watch this folding video on Youtube. Feel free to check out other videos, the music will probably get you folding as soon as possible! Folding Video … I love the KonMari Method!
    • Here are my nicely, folded summer t’s and tanks (used to be in three drawers, now in ONE): folded tops
  • Don’t go into this stressed and overwhelmed. Maybe have a nice cup of tea before you begin and go into it with a great attitude!
  • Put music on that inspires and relaxes you. For me, that’s either The Shins or Gavin Degraw.
  • Only keep clothing that brings you joy and happiness! If you hold it and it doesn’t spark any joy within your heart, donate it. Find a non-profit place to donate them to.
  • Don’t keep clothes that you think will fit you later on. Only keep ones that truly fit at that moment.

Are you inspired? Start organizing your clothing! It will be worth the hard work and you will love the outcome!

Here is our finished closet:

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It’s not the biggest closet for two people, but we make it work and donate clothes often. 🙂

Let me know if you try these steps and I would love to see before/after pictures! Remember to sign up for email updates and check out my social media sites, I’d love for you to follow me!

Marylee