Curtain tiebacks as mudroom hooks

I've been putting off doing any permanent storage in our mudroom/laundry room. I've been holding off; wanting to wait until I can install the mudroom of my dreams, complete with lots of storage, a bench to sit on, and hooks for backpacks and coats. Well, we've been here a year and a half, and this is just not a practical goal. Backpacks and coats have been strewn all over the floor, and the kids have started avoiding the mudroom completely and dumping all their bags, books, coats, and shoes in my dining room every day. Enough is enough! I created a temporary (but probably less … [Read more...]

Sorting all those LEGO instruction booklets

Are you a Lego mama? I am. My son has tons of Legos. Like, bucket-loads. I've spent time setting up a pretty sweet containment system for all the chaos, but those instruction booklets? Aye yai yai. I swear, my friends, Legos will be the death of me! So, for like 8 years I have saved the Lego instruction books from the grips of a little boy who would otherwise completely destroy them. He is finally old enough that I have relinquished my iron grip on these very expensive little books and allowed him to keep them. The booklets have been stored in a plastic container with a lid. They have … [Read more...]

How to replace TOMS (or any shoes) insoles

Well hey my friends! I hope you all had a fantabulous extended weekend. My daughter is obsessed with shoes (who isn't, am I right?!). She has been rockin' a pair of blue glitter TOMS for half a year now, and they have definitely seen better days. The shoes themselves are still in wearable condition, but the leather insoles? Um, no. Not only are they crunchy and disgusting, they S-T-I-N-K to high heaven. Leather and sweaty feet make for some disgusting aroma. Here she is wearing her TOMS last summer. TOMS are definitely not on the Wal-mart-cheap end, so I want her to be … [Read more...]

Labeling & organizing massive amounts of Legos

Well hello hello! Things have been cray-cray around here! I have been doing stuff around the ol' hood, but mostly I've been trying to soak up the last few weeks of kid action before they head back to school... which they did, Monday. sniff. I love having them home, but I'll admit, it is time. It's been two days and I've already got the house totally torn apart with projects! The first of many is to get some labels on the Lego Organization System I set up in my son's room. {Lego Organization} Remember that post? About a month ago I showed these cool storage units I found over … [Read more...]

Awesome LEGO storage for the brick enthusiast

If I were more organized I would have created a word for 2012. And that word would be ORGANIZE. I have been trying really hard to get my house and life organized. Is it just me or do you feel like clutter is taking over your life? One of the things that drives me coo-coo cra-zeee are... LEGOS. They are everywhere. I swear they grow and multiply at night while we are sleeping. I have permanent indentions in my feet from stepping on the little buggers. I tried a few years ago to organize them all with these plastic drawers I found, but there are more legos than … [Read more...]