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Okay – I hope you are ready for a long post because I LOVE PLAYROOM STORAGE IDEAS! Having a toddler who now has an entire room for just her toys – I am ALWAYS on the look out for ideas on how to store her stuff!

Check out what I found:

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I love the height because too much higher for little kids isn’t great and they are on the floor playing anyways. I also like that you can see most of the toys but because there are a few buckets to hide the loose crazy stuff it does look really organized.

via NikJDesigns on Etsy (click picture to see the shop!)

These buckets are GORGEOUS and they look like they would hold a good amount. This would be perfect for those larger awkward toys or maybe Emma’s pile of stuffed animals ;)

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Labeled buckets? YES PLEASE! I think this would be perfect for our outdoor toys since it doesn’t really need to look great, the buckets need to be kinda heavy duty, and it looks so great!

via GooseyGirlDesigns on Etsy (click the picture to see the shop!)

I love these mini crates! I can imagine Emma stacking her entire car collection in these and it’s perfect for smaller (but not too small) toys! You could stack these on top of a shelf or even on the side table because they could work as home decor as well!

via IHeartOrganizing.blogspot.com

This comes from one of my FAVORITE BLOGS and when she did her playroom makeover my jaw just dropped. I love that they are all along the floor so easy height and that they are sturdy but easy to get in and out. I also love that she stuck with one color bucket so it looks gorgeous and like it’s part of the room decor.

via bubblesandbobbins.com

Here are some of the same buckets (I think these are from Target? correct me if I’m wrong!) but I LOVE the little sign on the outside. Since Emma Beans can’t read yet this would be a perfect idea for us!

Ahh my love for organization, toys, and bright colors has been fixed for the day ;)

Perfect Pet Beds!

We are pet friendly people in this house and we like to cater to our little kitty’s obsessions. As much as we spoil our little girl, I am NOT a fan of having her things out and in the way. Luckily she doesn’t even like her Petsmart bed that we got her, she prefers the rocking chair instead.

I figured I wasn’t the only one who would prefer more home friendly pet accessories. I hope you enjoy my finds!

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Our kitchen is large enough to have an island so if we ever decide to get one we can dedicate a little space to our kitty.

via Excess Baggage (click picture to see shop)

I like the simplicity of the one above. It can fit anywhere in the house without overbearing and can blend in with almost any style home.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! The fact that you could use this as an ottoman or side table really excites me! Put a little round piece of glass on top to keep a lamp or cup sturdy.

I also love that if it were face the opposite direction – you wouldn’t even know it was a cat bed! Like a secret little hide out for my little one!

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Built in’s area always awesome. The fact that it’s under a bench seat so it would just be wasted space anyways is perfect.

via KaleidoscopeOfColors via Etsy (click picture to see the shop!)

This is a clever idea! Using a drawer and fitting it with a blanket or pillow. You could easy change this to fit your homes color and fabric scheme.

Which one is our favorite?

Filing Storage Units

I’ve been organizing my files since it’s almost the end of the year – I like to have everything ready before tax season and to clean out the old files to make room for the new! I decided to do a little research for some new ideas on storing my files:

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Having a wall dedicated to incoming and outgoing files would be nice!

via HomeDesign by Martha Stewart

A trunk for files! I love the idea of having a small space to put pencils and other items with the filling as well as a cork board – I may just have to turn Emma’s old toy bin into something awesome!

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Right now my desk wall is empty and I can imagine these working well for me since I do a majority of my work at my desk.

via TheDormyHouse

This is a good trunk option if you don’t have a ton of files for the huge one! I also like that it can double as a seat

via OldSoulWoodworks via Etsy (click the picture to see the shop!)

I can see these hung up on a storage wall. I’d probably get three or four and I love that they are slotted so you can see what’s in them so you don’t lose anything!

 

Pull Up A Stool!

I love multi-functional items and I feel like Stools are just that! You can sit on them, stand on them, put your feet on them, or use them as a side table and throw all your junk on them. Occasionally they even have room for you to store your stuff IN THEM!

Here are a few fun stools I found:

via Wisteria

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Work From Home Series: Paperwork, Notebooks, and Scheduling

Hey everyone! Welcome to my first day on the Making Work From Home Work Better Series I am so excited to share with you how I’ve been revamping my work space. This is something I suggest for everyone to do often. As things change, you will constantly need to be changing your organization process to keep up with it!

Here is what I’m working on to fix my area! I’ve had these unused notebooks since college. I decided now that I have a good amount of constant things going on in my life, Virtual Assistant work, Blogging, Etsy, and more that I needed to create a dedicated space for each of them!

Each notebook got a defined title for its purpose. That way I can keep them separate and not worry about mixing up any important information or getting distracted by multiple things I am trying to work on. I just pull out one notebook at a time for whatever I am working on at that moment!

  

Having binder accessories is handy. I like having tabbed sections to keep certain pieces of information organized. I also love clear sheet protectors as a way to make sure certain paperwork won’t get damaged with use. I tend to put things I won’t need to take in and out or edit often in here.

 

Once you have your notebook set up, it’s time to fill it up with great organizing tools and forms. I like to print out a calendar to keep in each notebook for reference. Even if it is just a blank calendar having easy access to look at dates is great. I use my online google calendar to keep track of every aspect of my life as you can see below!

 

 

When it comes to building forms, like timesheets, inventory, contact lists and etc. I tend to use the google Apps drive. I’ll open up the Forms Library and find one that fits my needs or tweak it until it really fits into what I need. If you feel comfortable with excel you can always create your own forms and databases (I do sometimes, just because you can’t find everything you need).

 

 

The great thing about keeping notebooks is they are EASILY interchangeable. If something new happens and you need to update your system it’s really easy to just throw in a new tab with some new forms and keep going.

The other thing I like to do is keep notebook paper in each section. Even though a majority of what I do I keep track of on the computer – there is nothing like pen and paper!

How do you organize your paperwork?

I Brake for Yard Sales!

I just finished reading I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer and I couldn’t NOT share it with you all!! The title had me from Hello. One thing I absolutely love? Yard sale hopping, thrift stores, and flea markets are starting to be a new thing for me!

After opening the book it was an instant “home” feeling. I kept reading and found myself screaming, “She gets me!!”

 

 

This book is great for figuring out what kind of style you like and where you are most likely going to find it! She gives great examples and ideas for figuring out what you want in your home.

If you are unsure of where to start looking, she’s got that covered! She explains the best places to look for things as well as some great do’s and dont’s at each event. You’ll feel prepared and prepped before you even step out of the door!

 

This is a great read for those who are interested in starting to decorate their home with yard sale, flea market, thrift shop, and auction finds at great prices!

Here is Barnes & Noble’s overview:

Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer is a self-confessed frugalista with a passion for shopping at yard sales, thrift shops, and estate sales, and for decorating her home and friends’ homes with her fabulous finds. In I Brake for Yard Sales, Lara shares her secrets for bargain hunting and tells you where to shop, what to look for, how to pay for it, how to restore it, and finally, where to put it in your house. Looking for the newest arrivals at your local thrift shops? After busy Saturdays and no-pick-up Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the best days to shop for fresh items. Peppered with wisdom from world-renowned appraisers whom Lara knows from her previous work on Antiques Roadshow as well as contributions from well-known designers, this book also features the house of comedienne and good friend Kathy Griffin, which Spencer herself refurbished and decorated.

 

 

Making Working from Home Work Better!

As most of you know – I a work from home mom and sometimes cutting myself off from working is a challenge. It’s so easy to just keep working when it’s right there! It’s also really easy to feel overwhelmed or unorganized when you are surrounded by all your personal belongings!!

via FreshHome

One thing you’ll notice about me is I am constantly updating how I organize things – it may seem ridiculous but I absolutely love it! I think one of the reasons that I stay so organized is because I get excited to spend a little time reorganizing often.

Desk organizer

via RealSimple

We all know that one way of organizing isn’t always going to work. Things are constantly changing in our lives and organizing isn’t any different. Updating your system now and then is a great way to get you back on track and boost your production!

Home office in corner of kitchen

via RealSimple

For the next five weeks I am going to be posting about how I have recently reorganized my work from home life! I am going to go through a series of things I have done to update my space with tips on how to customize it to fit your life.

Here are a few to start you out with while you are waiting that I found on Pinterest:

Before & After Closet!

Hey everyone! My custom closet is finally finished! We went from Builder Grade to Custom Made in no time ;)

I’m not a fan of Builder grade closets at all. Mainly because I don’t like slotted shelves. The fact that my stuff can fall through the slots is not cool. Secondly there’s only one shelf and I’m 4’11 which means I can’t reach it.

Since I don’t hang things much I’d would much rather have a built in shelf!

I fold all my pants, jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts on one side.

Sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, and tube tops on the other side! Everything else is my chest in my room.

My dad built the hang up space a bit lower so when I use the top shelf I can actually reach it. He put a second shelf above which I can’t reach but will just be putting storage up there that I won’t need to get to often.

As you can see the amount I hang up is nice shirts and dresses. I’m a stay at home mom and I hardly dress up so there’s not much that needs hung.

I’m pretty happy with this before and after!!

The last time you saw the craft room it looked like this:

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Which is what I like to call a hot mess ;)

Thankfully I’ve had some down time so that I could do a little playing and unpacking. It’s been so much fun organizing this space to the best of my abilities with what I have. I refuse to go out and buy anything else to put in this room until I’ve gone through everything and and figured it out as best as I can!

Here is my desk work space – you may remember my instagram photo with Emma “helping me”

Photo: Someone is helping me get my office set up!

This may be one of my favorite things in the room. It’s my stack of boxes I bought to contain my scrap and pre-cut fabrics. I used two show rack shelves (that were actually left here at the house) and turned them into a nice little shelving unit!

Over here is my craft table! YAY!!!!!!!! I finally have a craft table dedicated to nothing but making a big mess This is one happy girl. Of course right now it’s filled with things to unpack – but soon it will be ready for new kinds of messes ;)

And last but not least – a seriously happy moment for me – a working storage/packing/photo closet. That’s right – I fit all that in there!!! And there’s still space for me to walk around and get lost in it!!

It’s SO nice to have everything hung up in the closet  - easy to see – and ready to go! After being in buckets where I’d have to dig through things to see what I had left in there or find something to package – this feels like a huge step up!

I know I’m going to need more storage items in order to finish unpacking but I’m trying to wait until the end so I can figure out the best options.

What do you think?

Love Always,

Jennifer