Organizing a teenager bedroom, plus a huge broken mistake!

Guess what! My daughter is officially a teenager now! No more tweening for her. Thirteen will be a good year. It is weird though that I now have two teenagers and zero tweens, kids, toddlers, or babies. So anyway, I've been asking this teen of mine to please clean her room for months now. Obviously cleaning her room is above her pay-grade. Or maybe it's her age? Whatever her reason, she just could not get her s**t together enough to get the room clean. You know, typical teen girl messes - clothes everywhere (clean and dirty mixed together all over the place), trash that just could … [Read more...]

Organizing an under-sink bathroom disaster

Today I have a quick and easy tip for organizing the cavernous hole under the bathroom sink. Our guest bathroom tends to be a catch-all for crap under the sink, and with it being a huge hole, it doesn't leave much room for organization. Here's what it looked like before. Yikes. I'm sorry for that. I'm sure you now need some eye bleach. I know, huge mess! Before I tackled the cabinet, I measured how wide the opening was and ran to Target for some type of drawer to hold everything. Here's what I came home with. When I got home I pulled everything out of the cabinet. Organizing … [Read more...]

A summer bedroom & office swap

Our almost-15-years-old twin nieces are staying with us a good portion of the summer! They live in Texas and we like to fly them to Colorado whenever our schedules allow. We are lucky that they get to spend over 4 weeks with us this summer! This bedroom switcharoo might seem confusing but stick with me here. Usually our nieces share a room at home, but our guest room has a queen-sized bed. We didn't want them to have to share a bed all summer, and we thought it would be fun for each of them to get to have their own bedroom. Our guest room is upstairs with the two other kid bedrooms, so … [Read more...]

35 uses for IKEA’s VARIERA plastic bag dispenser

As you probably know, IKEA is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great products and many of their products are perfect for altering or "hacking". IKEA's VARIERA plastic bag holder is no exception. This versatile product can be used in literally dozens of different ways. Here's the basic VARIERA plastic bag holder from IKEA. It's purpose is to hold plastic grocery bags. This item is great as-is, hung in a kitchen, mud room, or laundry room. BUT! There are also so many other really cool uses for the VARIERA plastic bag holder. This item gets pretty darn creative when you … [Read more...]

Make your own drawer dividers/organizers

I can't believe I forgot to show you this awesome project in our last house. I was going through old photos and came across these and had such a doh! moment when I realized I never shared this. So, for those trying to keep up with every place we've ever lived, this was our 2nd house in Austin (our country house), before we moved here to Colorado. And to confuse you even more, this was post-renovation on our kitchen in that house. And just to make things even more interesting, Ben's company just went through a merger and his company was the one getting bought out, so now things are … [Read more...]

How to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase (IKEA hack)

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial from our last house, Kinsey's bedroom specifically, that can easily be applied to any reach-in closet. The tutorial of the day - how to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase from Ikea, a few pieces of MDF, several 1x2s, and a clothing rod. I've also got a great tutorial for installing shelving in a closet here. To complete this project you will need (affiliate links): Billy bookcase extra Billy shelves for the bookcase 1/2"x11"x{length you need to fit in your closet} MDF or shelving material wooden … [Read more...]

How to organize bags, purses, and scarves in a tweens room

We have been slooooooowly getting organized at our new house. It always takes so long to feel moved in and totally comfortable at a new house. I heard the other day that it takes at least two years living in a new location to finally feel acclimated and at home. We've only been in Colorado 9 months so I guess I should stop being so hard on myself. I've really been focusing on making our kids feel settled in, totally comfortable, and "at-home" since the move so I've been focusing a lot of my energy on making sure they have friends and are involved in the community. Also, making their … [Read more...]