Haven Conference 2017 Recap

This has been my third year attending the Haven Conference in Atlanta, GA and it sure did not disappoint. Every year that I have attended, I have been in a different season of my life.  From deciding if I should take the leap, to have taken the leap only to focus on personal organizing, and to this year where I want to turn my focus to just the blog. (More on that at a later date.) Regardless of where I have been on my journey, I have walked away with new blogging friends, products from generous vendors, tons of information, and inspiration for days.

Why yes, yes I am!
Why yes, yes I am!

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Wash, Dry, Fold, and Repeat: Our Laundry Room Stripped Down

Doing laundry is one of the chores to loathe, but if you don’t do it, will suck you in and drown you in a sea of dirty and/or clean clothes.  I have also been known to move piles of clean laundry from couch, to bed, to chair for several days only because I was hoping that the laundry fairy would fold it and put it away. Yep, that never happened. For the first time in about 4 years I finally had a real laundry room, but the functionality, not to mention the fashionability of this room, left little to be desired.

So UGLY!
So UGLY!

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Pallet Wall Made Simple

This past summer I attended the Haven Conference and was lucky enough to win an amazing prize package from Ryobi Power Tools and Ryobi Outdoor Power Tools. Ah-may-zing. Naturally I won all of this weeks before we were set to move into our new house, and had to be patient before I got the chance to dive in and test out all of the goods. When it was time to design the laundry room update, I wanted so badly to do a pallet accent wall so we could finally use the tools. And we soooo used the tools. So many tools.

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Under the sea is where they want to be!

A few months before we decided to sell our house, our girls chose to move into the same room. It was after they moved in together magnified how much unused space we really had, which led to the decision to downsize and find a better layout. Even though they could each have their own room in the new house, the girls still insisted on sharing the FROG (finished room over the garage) and called it the “apartment” since it was the only upstairs room in the new house. The room the day we bought the house, was an interesting florescent lime green. I told them they could pick how they wanted it decorated and they both agreed, and wanted “under the sea”. Just when I thought that I got off easy and just as every “Little Mermaid” theme came to mind, they quickly told me, no  literally under the sea. Ooohhhhh….

Mmmm lime green, last look before the transformation.
Mmmm lime green, last look before the transformation.

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The little bathroom that could.

For as long as I can remember, we’ve always had at least two and a half bathrooms, but with the new house we have two full baths; one in the master and other in the main living space. The bath in the main living space is for the girls and any guests. It’s not a huge bathroom as it had a pedestal sink, single shower with no tub, and the toilet. The bathroom is functional and it’s enough, except there was very little storage in the bathroom. We didn’t necessarily need to gut the whole bathroom, but it did need some minor adjustments.

Before
Before

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Weathering all of life’s storms (Part 1)

Everyone has heard the saying “when it rains it pours”, but the past couple of weeks, I felt like I have literally lived it. Granted, I also know that in the grand scheme of things, what we went through was not the end of the world by any means. It was more a series of inconveniences and frustrations. Sitting this side of all that has happened, I still feel very blessed and grateful that we have come out unscathed.

The cottage close-ish to the sea.
The cottage close-ish to the sea.

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Oops, We’re Doing It Again- Found A New House!

I talked about how we reprioritized our quest for a new house here, but what I didn’t tell you was that there was actually another house that we wanted prior to the one we bought here in South Carolina.

Here we go again!
Here we go again!

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Car organization basics for road trips and everyday trips.

I hope that everyone has had a great summer! This was the first summer I have been off with the girls since I was on maternity leave with my youngest. Holy smokes did it fly by!!  While I’ve focused my attention on those two nuggets, we were also getting ready to take a road trip, and I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about organizing your vehicle.

Road trip basics for car organization.
The family is packed into the car and ready to go!

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Time is on your side

“You’re obese.”

Not quite how you would expect a girl who talks about organization to start out a post. However, that’s how life can be sometimes, completely unexpected. Organization extends far beyond junk drawers and closets. Being more organized is a means to save yourself, and your loved ones, time. Less time wasted searching for things and more time spent doing the things that we love. We all say, “we just don’t have enough time”. When I’m looking at my doctor square in the face and she tells me “you’re obese”, immediately I thought, “there is no way that I have time to focus on that”, or did I?

Smart man that Ben.
Smart man that Ben Franklin. (Source ETSY )

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Over the moon about under the sink!

One of the most asked questions I have received, has to do with that space under the sink, namely in the bathroom. So naturally after I tackled my closet and drawers, I kept the momentum going and moved on to the bathroom. Now let me first start by saying that I am horrible at remembering to catch the absolute before picture in most projects.

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Oops, almost cleared out and almost forgot the before picture

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