Nursery Reveal

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all have been doing well!  I know I have been absent and I apologize! Between baby showers, work, being pregnant, nesting, etc… I have been busy!  I am planning on picking my blog up after I get settled into being a mom.  My guess date is about 5 weeks away, so please keep me in your prayers!  As a little “good-bye” before I return, I thought I would reveal our nursery!  This is officially our favorite room in our home.  😉

Before you look ahead, thank you to everyone who has blessed us with items for Lucas.  My parents and in-laws have made this nursery possible! Nathan and I love you all and so happy Lucas has you all as grandparents.  Thank you!!!

Okay for the reveal…

 

 

 

Ta-da!!

We found the Lucas decal on Amazon.  We LOVE the mobile my parents surprised us with from Etsy.

JUST ADORABLE!! All the way from Australia!!  

My mom made the UK quilt for Lucas and it could not look better in our nursery!  It was such a sweet surprise and I will cherish wrapping up Lucas as long as he’ll allow me. 🙂

This sweet quilt was made by Nathan’s sweet relative.  It has a special place in our heart. It will also be a joy to wrap him up in this one. 🙂

Love all these good finds!

Our dresser, changing table, that awesome mirror, and even the Zany Zoo are all second-hand finds!

Secret storage that can’t be seen when you open the door to the room!
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A fun, mini set of corn hole for Lucas to learn (attached by velcro)
The best chair ever (from our generous in-laws) in our cozy reading corner
Lucas has a comfy chair too for when he gets bigger 🙂
A sweet, personalized coin bank from my aunt and uncle. 🙂

 

I hope you all love the reveal! We are beyond thrilled with it and so looking forward to bringing home Lucas.  Comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

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Marylee

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.

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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

My Favorite Organized Nursery Tips

Happy Monday!

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite tips for an organized nursery.  It is important for us to have an organized nursery because of the smaller size of the room, keeping it tidy, being able to keep it clean, and having everything accessible when we need it.

I don’t want to share pictures of our nursery progress because we haven’t announced the gender yet and there are a few things that might give it away. 😉

In 3 weeks we will be sharing the gender and then I can finally show pictures of tips I have for nursery organization.  For now, here are a few I have found on Pinterest that I LOVE!

Here are my top 5 favorite nursery tips:

  1. Isn’t this the perfect size storage for baby shoes?? Nathan and I both love shoes, so you know our baby will have plenty of shoes. 😉
  2. Under the crib storage? This is genius and so easy. I am hoping to find a short enough storage bin that will slide under our crib. Our crib sits pretty low so I’ll be on the hunt for one! What a great place for extra diapers, wipes, future clothes, etc.
  3. I love this closet because of the bins for future clothing.  I will definitely be doing this and using my label maker!! This way you only hang up what the baby will be in for a few months.  Nice and tidy. =)
  4. I think this is the cutest way to store books.  It is a little rustic for our nursery but I think it is absolutely adorable.  I had to share the idea.
  5. I love this closet because of the storage cubes, the storage bins on the top shelf, space for toys, etc.  Isn’t it just cute?

 

I can’t wait to share progress pictures of our nursery!!  In just a few weeks I’ll update you a little more on our nursery.

For now, here’s a bumpdate for you. It’s exciting to have a little bump now! Pregnancy has been going very smoothly for me. I did slip down my stairs a few weeks ago and damaged my tailbone pretty bad but thanks to an awesome chiropractor, I do see progress! It’ll need some healing time but better to happen now instead of later in pregnancy.

Have a super week ahead! Thank you for reading! =)

Marylee

My Favorite Way To Organize Jewelry

Happy Monday!

Boy am I excited to be back posting. I LOVE to organize and this blog gives me an extra excuse to get something tidy (Nathan would say I don’t need another excuse)!

Today I want to share with you my favorite way to organize jewelry. Yes, not everyone has room for another piece of furniture, the funds to buy one, or the desire but if you can make some space and spare some cash, I highly recommend a jewelry armoire. For years I wanted one. I would find some at thrift shops but the velvet colors would usually turn me away. Then one day, my mom found the PERFECT one!  When I graduated from The University of Kentucky (GO CATS), it was a surprise present from my thoughtful parents.

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My jewelry armoire

With an armoire, you are able to easily organize your jewelry. It gives you the appropriate places for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. It is also very hard for it to get cluttered. This piece had a nice dark velvet lining, 6 drawers of all different sizes, and many compartments.  There are many many armoires out there. I recommend looking on Overstock.com. They have pages and pages of them and you can’t beat their shipping.

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My Kate Spade obsession continues in my jewelry armoire 😉
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A great way to lay down long earrings
A lovely note that my parents gave me with special pearls
A lovely note that my parents gave me with special pearls

For my tiny necklaces and special Pandora bracelets, I have a nice way to keep those from tangling.

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Do you have a jewelry armoire or another way to organize jewelry? Check out an old post I did on a Jewelry Drawer for my mom!

Have a super week and don’t forget to follow me on social medias to keep up with my activities all week! 😉

Marylee

Closets Organized

Who is ready for AFTER pictures of two unorganized closets?

Here is a reminder of BEFORE the double closets that I was working on for my parents:

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And……..

Here is the AFTER:

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We chose to use the first closet for gifts, memorable items, specific holiday gifts, etc. What a blessing it is to have a closet all for gifts! We used milk crates to hold these items and we labeled them with my DYMO label maker.

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The second closet we used tubs that are used to hold items for storage, like large craft items that aren’t used much and my mom’s Hooded Baby Towels. They stack very well and we tried to keep them lightweight so they were easy to move around.

Remember when you organize, you don’t have to use expensive and fancy items. The most important thing is to ORGANIZE! Get started and make your life easier.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Marylee

Closet Update

Good Sunday Afternoon!

This weekend my mom and I worked on her spare bedroom closets. This may seem like a chore to some, but I find organizing to be an adventure! I love dreaming of the after product and of all the things that can be sent off as a donation or saved for a yard sale.

First things first…

The best place to begin is to completely remove everything from the closets. We found that it created an immediate blank slate in the closets and you can start to feel a slight reward before you even begin organizing.

Of course after you have your blank slate, clean that space from top to bottom!

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For this project my mom wanted it to be on a budget. So for now, we aren’t painting or removing wallpaper, or putting in shelving. That is perfectly fine! Sometimes all you can do at that moment is organize with what you have and get rid of things! Don’t let a budget stop you from organizing your house. I would love to help assist if you don’t know where to begin.

For the closet with shelves, we decided to use milk crates that my parents had. We were happy to find that they fit perfectly! This closet is going to be used to hold birthday/Christmas gifts that she wants to store for future holidays. Do you have a gift closet? I have started one of these since I was a child (I learned from my mom to always be prepared).

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For the closet without shelves, we are going to use plastic tubs to store large craft supplies and hooded baby towels that my mom sells. She makes these beautiful hooded baby towels and has many on hand. If you want to purchase one, email me and I can set that up! They make wonderful presents. Here is an example of them (worn by my beautiful niece, Sadie):

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Thank you for checking out the update! I don’t want to post too many pictures before we are finished. After we are done with these closets, we will be moving to Fibber’s closet. Did you read my post on Fibber’s? You can check it out here.

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Marylee

The Infamous Fibber’s Closet

It’s Tidy Tuesday!

I know it seems like I have disappeared but I am still here!  I have been coming up with some organizing projects and will be busy the next few weeks. I will be working side-by-side with my mom to tackle some of her closets that tend to become unorganized.

My amazing mom has given me permission to post some before photos of her closets we will be working on.

These first two closets were in my bedroom that I grew up in. I did not appreciate these closets as much as I could have growing up! Sharing a tiny closet with a man is difficult! I had it made in the shade through my childhood. 😉

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My mom now uses these closets for gifts, crafts, projects, blankets, pillows, etc. As we tackle these closets, I will be helping her donate a lot of unused items and place them in baskets that will allow her to put away things easily.

This final closet has been an ongoing funny story in my family. The closet goes by Fibber McGee. Where does that name come from you might ask? Fibber McGee and Molly was a radio show that turned into a series for television. It was on from the 30’s-50’s.  An ongoing gag in the show was The Closet. Fibber McGee opened this chaotic closet and things would fly out, sometimes over Fibber and Molly’s heads. One famous line McGee would say was “I gotta get that closet cleaned out one of these days”.  My mom is FAR from Fibber’s closet but it’s always been a funny joke in our house.

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Here is a cute clip of the Fibber McGee series: Fibber Clip

You will notice that my mom’s Fibber closet is fairly organized on the shelves. We have tackled this closet before but my goal the next time around is to teach my mom how to maintain and not to rebound back to an unorganized way.

So over the next few weeks, my mom and I will be organizing her closets using approriate storage tools and folding techniques. I can’t wait to share the after pictures but for now all I have is before’s. 🙂 Maybe after all the organizing is complete we can name the closet Molly McGee.

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Marylee

6 Things to Start Folding Vertically

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It’s Tidy Tuesday! Today I am sharing 6 Things to Start Folding Vertically. If you haven’t already, please sign up for email reminders! You won’t have to miss any new post. 😉

I learned the art of folding vertically from Marie Kondo. I was so thrilled when I started folding my shirts this way. I was able to combine several drawers into one! Not only were all my tops in one drawer, but I could see every top I own! After I got these awesome results with my shirts, I started folding everything vertically. So today I am sharing some examples in my own home. I highly recommend this way of folding.

6 Things to Start Folding Vertically

  1. Wash Cloths/Hand Towels. As you can see I have separate baskets for each type of towel. The small basket for my hand towels created enough room for my spare sheet set. washcloths
  2. Kitchen towels/cloth napkins/aprons/tablecloths. These towels and cloth napkins were in so many baskets and drawers. I donated some but narrowed them down to one drawer. How refreshing!! kitchen towelsDSC_0048
  3. Cards. Who else keeps note cards on hand? I always like to have a card ready to send someone! I love finding these at yard sales, goodwill, discounted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, etc. cards vertical
  4. Tops/pants. Here is the drawer that started it all! 😉folded tops
  5. Socks and undergarments. If you missed my post on folding socks, you can find it here.Large Compartment
  6. Curtains. Folding vertically also keeps things neat and not wrinkled.DSC_0044

Do you have anything you fold vertically that I didn’t list? Let me know!

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Marylee

7 Ways to Use Over the Door Organizers

Happy Hump Day! I feel so bad about missing Tidy Tuesday but I am back to share 7 Ways to Use Over-the-Door Organizers.

I already own 3 of these things but now I want to buy a few more! They are very inexpensive, and I’ve actually found a new one before at a Thrift Shop for $2! So keep your eyes out! Here is one at Amazon: Over the Door Organizer.

Over-the-door organizers might be meant for shoes but they have a lot more uses! It just takes a door and a little creativity. 😉 I prefer clear ones so that you can see what is hiding in the pockets but cloth ones work just fine (depending on what you are storing).

7 Ways to Use Over the Door Organizers:

  1. Gloves and hats. I LOVE this idea. It’s coming from The DIY Village. I am going to work on this very soon. I have been storing gloves and hats in tote bags but I never get to see all the cute items we own.                                                                                                                     gloves
  2. Scarves! I have a million scarves, so it might not be a big enough storage idea for me. I am going to try it though! It might be time to get rid of some scarves. This idea comes from Organized by O’Dell.                                                                                                                       scarves
  3. Cleaning products. This idea would be great if you had a cleaning closet. We have very few closets in our house but this idea makes me want to move my cleaning products! This idea is coming from Fashionable Home.                                                                cleaners

  4. School supplies. This idea comes from A Bowl Full of Lemons. I love this idea because it would be very easy for kids to help organize. It is easy and you can keep the scissors up high. 😉 You could also go to the extreme and color-code crayons, markers, etc.                       utensils
  5. Toys. This idea comes from Parents.com. This is a super idea for dolls, cards, legos, etc. dolls
  6. Gift wrap. This is a different type of over-the-door organizer but it still works well. There are so many to choose from. This idea is from O is for Organize.                           gift wrap
  7. Cords and batteries. This idea comes from iHeart Organizing. I love the idea of storing cords! Who doesn’t have a ton of cords lying around? This would solve that problem! cords

So there you have it: 7 Ways to Use Over the Door Organizers. Do you use these? If so, how do you use them? Please share in a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

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Marylee

Check Spring Cleaning Off Your List

Happy Tidy Tuesday! If you never want to miss a Tidy Tuesday (or any) post, don’t forget to sign up for email subscriptions.

I am not sure about your home, but we had BEAUTIFUL weather this past weekend. I could not get enough of it. The temperatures are starting to get lower again but I do know that spring is right around the corner.

My favorite moments of springtime are when we can open the windows and hear the birds chirping. After a season of sniffles, flu, and colds, it is time to air your house out and feel fresh! One more thing I love about spring is the cleaning. I may sound super weird but I love a freshly, cleaned house. Spring cleaning means deep cleaning and getting to spots you don’t clean on a daily basis. I definitely compare myself to Monica from friends in that regard. I enjoy cleaning too much. 😉

Today’s Tidy Tuesday tip is from Simply + Kierste. Kierste shared a very helpful Spring Cleaning Checklist that will make your deep-cleaning a breeze. She goes in-depth over each point on her list.

Here is her checklist:

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Go check out her post on Spring Cleaning.  I cannot wait to use this checklist.

I suggest printing this on card stock paper and then laminating it. You can use a dry-erase marker and reuse it every spring!

Do you like to have calendars and check lists for chores? I have been planning on designing my own cleaning/organizing schedule calendar. Would you use something like that for your house?

Marylee