Closet turned Office

After 2 weeks of being laid up and not working or doing much of anything I had the urge to organize today (let’s hope I don’t regret it soon)

I ended up cleaning and organizing the Laundry Room (it is the size of a closet) that I had made into an Office a few months ago, but unfortunately it had become a collect all 😦 and there was nothing productive happening in there. (I don’t have a before picture, sadly)

I thought I would share with you what my home (apartment) looks like on a good day:22641842_10214082175429395_712139503_o

This is our living room, some sun still shines through the hand print plastered sliding doors. The futon next to the porch folds up to a couch and even has cup holders. The chair in the back corner has freshly cleaned toddler pee and marker stains under that blanket.22546698_10214082176429420_1293752484_o

The other side of the living room is my husband’s office and our wall mounted TV so that a certain someone doesn’t knock it over onto himself (that could be very dangerous and honestly if you have small children get a good wall mount so they don’t climb the TV stand and knock it over onto themselves)

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I paid $0.99 for that clock and no it does not work, but I love how it looks! Our cables are all zipped up with cable keepers, another way to stop the tornado from dangerous stuff.

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Kitchen! In the far back corner behind like 3 other things is a jar with all the sharp objects (he has gotten into them once, but not since) and everything valuable, dangerous, or breakable is in a top cupboard (because he can open all the child safety locks I put on all lower cupboards 😦

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Note beautiful flowers from Hubby (and yes that is an elephant holding random tiny dishes while they dry)

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Dining Room. Behind those bi-fold doors is what would normally be a laundry room (closet)22556022_10214082177069436_1011399477_o22556001_10214082175229390_1630685565_o

My favorite part is that I can close the doors and forget about whatever is in there when I need to, and when I am in there it is almost like being in another room, but I can still see and hear the kiddo. I also love that the locks I installed are up so high he cannot reach them even by standing on a chair so my stuff is safe… ish.

Inside I have my books, journal, board games, paperwork, work stuff, craft stuff, essential oils, electronics, our embarrassingly large for 2017 DVD collection… and there is a power outlet for my laptop and if I want to put a lamp or diffuser in there 😀

Down the hallway and in the rooms are some of my favorite wall art… all free or under a dollar at thrift stores.

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Kiddo’s bathroom (vinyl letters on the wall that remove with no residue or marks) and the only way that I can make the house look like this and have time to sit down and blog… passed out while playing on the tablet.

Toys are locked away in the closet, he asks to go in and can pick out a few toys or buckets at a time (makes life less overwhelming for everyone) I swear he has more books than any other kid. All of these are for at least 5 years from now.

Master Bath has some sweet little wall storage places (since we don’t have a cupboard or shelves in there) The clear drawers are one of my favorite (Amazon)

 

That messy picture is a folding card table with all the stuff I am sorting out for donations and doing laundry (the never ending task). I really try to clear out clutter and things I don’t use or need at the start of every season. Project 333 is my minimalist go to (I am far from a minimalist, but her way of thinking and living help me stay humble and sane…ish)

The photos and art on our bedroom wall are so special to me. I even framed a letter my husband wrote me while we were dating. The Daisy is by Sarah Ann Photography

The shelf above my dresser has specific items representing each of us and then us as a whole.

Curtains… I know they don’t match (not much in my house does) but they are amazing! One is shear and lets the light in and the other is a black out curtain. Both are a MUST if you live in an apartment complex and your bedroom window faces the parking lot on the first floor.

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Last but not least, Master Closet… where laundry goes to die. It is usually quite organized (or at least somewhat organized) this last week we had to get laundry done (at the laundry mat) and I could not lift or bend. So here are all the clean clothes until further notice 😉

 

I hope you enjoyed the humorous tour and were inspired by the Closet Office. Check out my previous post, Closet Nursery, and see how I turned our Laundry Room (Closet) into a nursery for kiddo when he was a newborn in our old apartment.

 

Have an amazing week!

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Being a Mom

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I am currently sitting at the computer gagging on some whitening paste that didn’t rinse out of my mouth all the way and worrying about work, bills, and if I am a good enough mom. It’s tough. I’ll be the first to admit, I do not have this parenting thing down. I raise my voice too loud, I let him get away with things he shouldn’t and get upset with him for things I shouldn’t. I work too much. I worry too much. I zone out on my phone when I could be on the floor exploring the world of trains and cars from his perspective. Yet, at the end of the day he just wants to poke my face and snuggle up close. He loves me despite all my short comings and flaws. Why? Cause I’m his mom. He doesn’t need me to impress him or have my life together. He just needs me to sit still long enough to let him hug me and show me some unconditional love.

Sunshine & Strawberry Lemonade – P333 Summer 2015

The other night at 10 PM my neighbor was in the yard digging a fire pit for this summer. It is May and with hopes of warmer weather, I made a strawberry lemonade for Mommy 😉

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If you have never heard of Project 333, please go check it out. It is amazing!!!

This summer is very different for me. I no longer am pregnant (ya for normal clothes) and I have updated my style significantly over the last year. I also have been taking a break from P333, so it is nice to jump back in.

I do not include PJ’s, Workout clothes, accessories, undershirts, or shoes. I also do not include my work clothes since I do not wear them outside of work ever. It is my spin on a minimalist closet and it is what works for me. The biggest benefit I find is that I feel like I went shopping every time to switch out clothes. I get that excitement and do not become bored with my wardrobe. It is also helpful to not have to look through a bunch of clothes that are out of season or no longer fit.

Ok here we go!

Pictured is 20 pieces that I chose for Spring/Summer. I also have my 3 pairs of jeans (year round) and a few pieces that were in the laundry that I might keep out for a few more weeks until it gets warmer.

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I love the blue dress. Still brand new from the end of last summer. I also went thrift shopping and several of the shirts and shorts are “new”. I think I spent a total of $25.

Below is our closet. On the Left is my side, on the right is Hubby and Little Man’s things.

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I picked up these colorful bins at the Dollar Tree the other day. They are perfect for Little Man’s clothes. I labeled them with a chalk marker (it will wipe off when I’m ready to use them for something else).

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Get Ready for Summer

I am trying desperately to get out of this winter funk. Being in Maine has been a lot harder on me than I thought. Where is the SUNSHINE!?!?! It does not help that it snowed today…again…in April. 😦

To get myself out of this fun and to help me get active for Summer I did a few things this week.

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First, I bought some new workout clothes! (at my favorite secondhand shop of course)

Second, we pulled out the stroller and went for a walk. (all bundled up in fleece)

Lastly, I downloaded this amazing Workout App for Women. (it gets you motivated and organized)

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I hope it is warmer where you are!!!

Making the Most of Naptime

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Every child is different, but almost every parent has the same dilemma. Not enough time in the day to accomplish all of the things you would like to. Especially if you have a small, colic, or teething child. It is rough. You end up finally falling into bed at night, staring at the ceiling, thinking of all the things you wish you could do.

Today I have a few tips of how to get things accomplished during your child’s nap time (and throughout the day). Not every child will have the same nap routine, but you should be able to easily mold this to fit your day. I am going to go off of a day where the child has two 40 minute naps. (my son does not nap this way yet, it is still 3-4 naps of anywhere from 20 min to 2 hrs).

Wake up :

Try not to go back to sleep, adjust your schedule if you can to stay awake and maybe accomplish something before the kids awake. If your children sleep in (mine does not) get dressed (put on work out clothes to motivate you), have a cup of hot lemon water, and throw in a load of laundry. If you still have a quite moment left, read something inspirational to start your day.

First Nap:

10 min – You are already in your workout clothes, so hurry to the living room and do one of these 10 minute work outs. Ten minutes!! That is it!

15 min – Shower. Quite and without interruption…ahhhh. Get dressed in something other than sweats or workout gear, even if you are just staying in today. How you dress will motivate you.

15 min – Do a quick clean through the house. Wipe off counters, load the dishwasher, run a vacuum or swiffer over the floors, (you already picked up and started laundry when you woke up, switch it to the dryer), throw toys into their bins, etc

Second Nap:

15 min – Make any phone calls, appointments, pay bills, balance checkbook, etc. Use this quiet to organize your life.

25 min – Quiet time for you. Take a nap, read a book, catch up on your favorite TV show, paint your nails, take a bath. Try to stay away from just mindlessly browsing FB or Pinterest. This won’t actually relax you, but will leave your eyes tired and you groggy.

Before Bed:

Put away laundry and dishes. Have your spouse or older children help you. It is a great way to catch up on the day. Avoid electronic 30 min before bed. The screen of a TV, phone, or computer will strain your eyes, make it harder to fall asleep, and make you feel lest rested.

The dishes, laundry, bills, and dinner have to get done, but remember… the most important things are reading to your kids, kissing foreheads, tending to boo boos, playing dress up, and being there for them. 🙂