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Bye Bye, Summer Stink

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  • September 2, 2015

Summer is drawing to a close, which means switching out our summer wardrobes for sweaters and boots. But before I pack everything away, I like to make sure everything is freshly washed and clean – and that goes for our shoes, too.

#realtalk: Socks + summer don’t mix in my house. Socks don’t touch these feet so much as once from May-September (except for an occasional workout), and to be honest, my flats kind of suffer because of it. Especially, my canvas/fabric flats. By the end of the summer, they have a serious funk and that means every time I wear them, my feet have a serious funk. So, don’t be surprised if you invite me over and I loiter nervously in your entryway while I decide whether or not to unleash my funkiness on you. Usually, I just end up throwing them out and buying new the next time summer rolls around.

BUT! I think I may have found the answer to saving my shoes from a life of shame!

Bye Bye, Summer Stink | Lemon Drop Life

I’ve been finding more and more uses for my Young Living oils on a daily basis, and I’m really excited about this one!

And, no, I don’t have dwarf feet. Those are Roarke’s shoes. Socks + summer don’t mix for him either. And let me tell you, he might only be 2.5 years old, but he has the foot stench of a full grown man. It’s seriously impressive.

So, I took a couple of cotton balls and put a couple drops of purification and a couple drops of lemon on each one. Then you just stuff it down inside the shoe.

Bye Bye, Summer Stink | Lemon Drop Life

Within 24 hours, the smell should be MUCH better. But let it sit in there for a couple days just for good measure. And that’s it!

Another way I like to use this combo (besides diffusing it in my house ALL. THE. TIME.) is to take a cotton ball with the same ratio mentioned above and put it in the bottom of our trash cans (underneath the bag). It helps cut down on any left behind stinky-garbarge-smell, especially in the kids’ rooms where dirty diapers are playing a role.

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, leave me a comment or you can go here to place an order.

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Diaper Bag Organization: Two Under Two

This post is not sponsored by Skip Hop or Periea, but it does contain affiliate links.

As I alluded to in this post, two babies is a totally different ballgame. And in the spirit of my word for the year (‘discipline’) I’ve been trying to make our lives as organized and streamlined as possible.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

One area that needed some improvement was our diaper bag. When Roarke was born, my mom got me this Coach diaper bag and it worked great – spacious enough for everything I needed, and lots of awesome pocket space (pockets = really happy momma). But when #2 came along, I found that it was bursting at the seams with all the stuff I had to carry.

So, I briefly transitioned to a tote I got from thirty-one (this one, in case you’re wondering), and while it has five pockets on the outside of the bag, it only has one small zippered compartment on the inside, so it was like a black hole of all the baby things. Plus, I was still having to carry a purse for all of my stuff. Two bags + a toddler + a baby in a carseat = momma can basically NEVER go anywhere without an entourage of helpers.

My mission became to find a bag big enough for everything, but that looked less like a traditional diaper bag and more like a large tote, because, well I’m vain and don’t want to carry an ugly bag. Oh, and did I mention I also didn’t want to pay an arm and leg for it? I started searching Amazon and quickly discovered finding all those things in the same bag was not an easy task. Until I came across this one:

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

It’s the Skip Hop GRAND CENTRAL bag. I was immediately drawn to the look of it, and when I clicked through and saw more details about the bag itself, I was sold. So let me give you the rundown on the bag (plus the little secret weapon) that has been a game changer for me.

Let’s start with the outside. The bag is made of a nylon-polyester blend that’s easily wipeable in the event of any spillage. There are two large bottle pockets on either side. I use one for Roarke’s sippy cup and the other for Everly’s bottle. The pockets are quite roomy so I’m able to also slip a bottle of water alongside Everly’s bottle.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

The bag also has two clips that you can use to attach the bag to a stroller – no more trying to stuff the bag down into my stroller’s storage compartment!

Inside, there are 3 main compartments, which is my happy number, because 1) Roarke, 2) Everly, 3) ME! I can keep all of our stuff separated and organized so there’s no more digging around for Everly’s diaper cream and pulling out Roarke’s granola bar.

I think I’m a peeping Tom at heart, because I TOTALLY love seeing inside people’s purses, closets, pantries, etc. I just really enjoy seeing the products people use and how they organize their stuff. So, I’ll give you a closer look at the must-haves I carry with me.

Let’s start with my littlest bebe: Everly. I corral all her stuff in the compartment closest to the outside pocket that houses the changing pad (which was included with the bag), since she’s the one I would use the changing pad for. That probably seems like a ‘duh’ thing, but that’s how my brain works. I store her diapers in the pocket with the changing pad so that I can grab both quickly when needed. Inside her section, I keep the following

  • Diaper cream and some plastic bags for dirty diapers/clothes (both stored in the clear zipper pocket for easy access)
  • A formula dispenser
  • A burp cloth
  • A toy
  • Baby powder
  • Extra change of clothes

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

One other feature worth mentioning is the snaps on the two outer compartments. I don’t know if this was intentional, but I’m able to slip my finger behind the snap, so that I can easily close it up with one hand, which makes me happier than it probably should. #momsdoeverythingwithonehand

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

The compartment on the opposite side of the bag is Roarke’s. I carry a few snack things for him in the built-in zipper pocket, and inside the main pocket I pack the following:

  • A diaper clutch containing his diapers and some wipes. Again, I can quickly identify it (it’s the green chevron pouch) in my bag and grab it for those on-the-go diaper changes.
  • A small zippered pouch that contains a notebook, stickers, and crayons for those times when I need a distraction, like, NOW.
  • Spare change of clothes

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

Last but not least, the middle compartment is for moi.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

In it, I carry all of my essentials (more on that in a minute), plus a zipper pouch with some general first-aid items.

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop LifeKleenex, band-aids, Neopsporin, thermometer, sunscreen, Tylenol (adult and children), ibuprofen, and teething tablets.

And now for that little secret weapon I mentioned earlier:

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

Diaper Bag Organization for Two Under Two | Lemon Drop Life

My Periea Handbag Organizer. This baby has been total gold for me. One major pain of trying to simplify and carry everything in one bag, is that when I go to work or somewhere else without the babies, I switch to carrying a smaller purse for just my stuff. But, inevitably, my chapstick, for example, would be buried somewhere in the diaper bag and wouldn’t get switched over. {If you know me, you know that I will turn around and go home, no matter where I am, for exactly 2 items: my phone and my chapstick. It’s that important.} But now, that problem is totally solved. I keep all of my essentials in this adorable organizer and I can easily lift it out of the diaper bag and drop it down inside my purse! It saves me so much time and changing bags is no longer a hassle at all!

I’ve been using this bag regularly for about a month now and even took it on a small roadtrip – I still have no complaints! I’m sure some of you might be thinking this bag weighs as much as a small horse , and it’s definitely heavy. But, everything that’s in it is stuff that I would’ve carried with me one way or another, so I’d just prefer to have it all in one bag!

So because I’m nosy, please tell me – what’s in your bag?

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The State of My Pantry

It wasn’t good. It was downright awful.

I really had no idea what all I had in there so I recently found myself buying doubles of things only to discover I already had them! And momma don’t wanna waste money on brown sugar if she doesn’t have to.

So, here’s what I started with:

The State of My Pantry | Lemon Drop Life

And I’d actually already started taking things out of the pantry at this point when I remembered I hadn’t taken a before picture. Yeah, it was pretty impossible to find anything.

So after taking everything out and getting a few containers to corral some similar items, here’s where I ended up.

The State of My Pantry | Lemon Drop Life

I fully realize that’s not exactly a Pinterest-worthy after (“Where are the chalkboard labels?!? Everything needs to be chalkboard labeled!”), but that’s not what I was going for. I was just trying to get our pantry organized enough so I can see what I have and functional for our family.

And because I am totally obsessed with seeing how people organize different spaces in their home, I’ll give you a closer look at what’s going on on those shelves.

The State of My Pantry | Lemon Drop Life

At the very bottom, I stored all of our tote bags/recyclable grocery bags, spare light bulbs, and the dust pan.

On the next shelf up is a container of soap to refill the kitchen soap dispenser, toilet paper, paper towels, and extra cereal boxes.

The State of My Pantry | Lemon Drop Life

 

The next shelf has baking supplies, pastas/rice, and the black container in the front holds spice packets.

The white bins on the shelf above contain all or Roarke’s food and snacks. There’s one bin for fruits, one for veggies, and one for snacks. The rest of the shelf contain things to use for sides (mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, etc.).

IMG_6493The State of My Pantry | Lemon Drop Life

The next shelf is for breakfast stuff (oatmeal, pancake mix, cereal) and snacks. I love our Oxo containers for storing cereal, crackers, and other things that generally get stale when left in bags. The yellow bucket in the back contains individually-packaged snacks and I filled a couple glass jars with almonds and pistachios.

Lastly, the top shelf contains all our extra paper goods for parties. I had purchased three separate boxes of plastic silverware over the past couple years just because I didn’t know I already had some in the pantry. Doh.

I’m happy to report I re-organized about a week ago, and things are still in tip-top shape! That’s a good sign around here!

Anyone else been doing any spring cleaning or organizing? I’d love to hear your favorite tips!

 

 

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So Fresh and So Clean

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  • January 7, 2014

Hello, lovely lemon-droppers! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wonderful New Year!! We had a ton of fun visiting with family and watching our little guy enjoy his first Christmas. It now looks like a toy bomb went off in my house, but it’s all good.

And now, we’re in the middle of a MAJOR snowstorm..we’re currently on day 3 of being completely snowed in.  I can’t say I’m all that upset about being snowed in..I’ve been able to do some cooking, organizing, and general tidying of our house and that feels fantastic.

Can I let you guys in on something? I’m not all that great about keeping our house spick-and-span. We do pretty good about keeping up with laundry (although it may not get put away immediately) and dishes, and I vacuum somewhat frequently, but we still usually find ourselves doing that people-are-coming-over-hurry-and-shove-everything-in-a-closet routine, which is exhausting.

So I thought maybe if I broke down the cleaning list into a few tasks I can do daily, it will help us keep a guest-ready house all of the time. Here’s what I came up with:

Cleaning Schedule | Lemon Drop Life

 

First I made a list of all the cleaning related tasks I could think of. Then I sorted out the ones we do daily or an as-needed basis. I arranged the remaining tasks in a way that made sense to me. For example, I feel like starting my week off with clean sheets is pretty much the best. And, obviously, I have to de-pile (a.k.a. sort through all the paper and miscellany that’s collected on our counters/tables) before I can dust.

You might be looking at my Friday task and saying, “Hey lady, shouldn’t putting your clothes away be a daily task?” And the answer is: yes, yes it should. But, I’m trying to live in reality and I know clothes tend to pile up around here. So Friday shall henceforth be the day we pick up/put away our clothes.

Do any of you guys use a schedule to keep you on top of your cleaning tasks? Do you keep up with it?

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Does That Really Work?: Stinky Shoe Edition

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  • September 11, 2013
We’ve all seen those ‘miracle pins’ on Pinterest that promise to do something awesome for us with very little work. Well, in this series, I’m putting those to the test.
Does That Really Work
If stinky shoes are TMI for you, you’ll want to skip this post.

But let’s get real. Sometimes your shoes start to smell just plain funky. Well, I guess I don’t know about your shoes in particular (how dare I throw your delightfully-scented tootsies under the bus?!), but my shoes do.

And it’s not all my shoes, guys…I mean I bathe on a regular basis. The usual culprits are moccasins or anything Toms-like. Closed toe, canvas shoes that I don’t wear socks with. And I know they make special footie-type socks that you can wear with them, but it’s 95 degrees out and socks are SO not my summer jam.

So after a few weeks of consistent wear, the shoes start to funkify. And then every time I go to someone’s house I have the angel on my shoulder saying, “You’re a guest, you should take your shoes off.” But then the devil on the other side, says “Hold up girl, you know your feet are going to STANK..do you really want to be that person?” And then I realize that I’ve been standing awkwardly in their front doorway for 5 minutes having this inner debate with myself, so I just turn around and run screaming out the door, determined to become a hermit because of my stinky shoe problem.

OK, so that last part probably didn’t happen. But you catch my drift.

So what am I to do? Just toss them when they get stinky? That seems like such a waste! I was determined to save them, so I turned to Pinterest. I found lots of tips on getting rid of shoe stank, but the one that intrigued me the most (mainly because I already had everything I needed to try it out) was this one:

Does That Really Work?: Stinky Shoe Edition | Lemon Drop LifeUnfortunately, there was no source on this pin.

Like I said, I already had tea bags sitting in our pantry so I figured it couldn’t hurt. I put three in each shoe and let them sit for a full day before I did the smell test.

And, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I mean, they don’t smell brand new or anything, but they are definitely a lot less funky! Score one for free home remedies!!

Now you all can invite me over to your house, and I’ll walk in with confidence and take off my shoes right away 🙂

{Side note: Please don’t use tea bags that have been in your shoes to then brew tea. People will stop liking you.}

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Reader Dilemma: Ugly Storage Totes

 

I recently had a reader ask me for some tips on how to to pretty up her plain plastic storage totes. She recently moved and is short on concealed storage space. So what to do when your have no choice but to leave your storage containers out in the open? Well I’ve been doing some research and have come up with a few ideas!

My first thought was to hide them behind a folding screen. If they’re coordinated into the room well, a folding screen can be a really chic touch!

folding screenvia

Along those same lines, you could use a couple of bookcases to create a hidden storage space.

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You wouldn’t want to do that in a small space though; it would only make the room feel more cramped!

But those are both ways to hide the containers…what if you want to make the storage containers themselves prettier? I’ve got a solution for that, too!

fabric totesvia

Using some fabric and decoupage medium, you can make those plastic totes fierce! I also love the rope handle detail, it really jazzes things up!

You  can also use spray paint specifically designed for plastic to change up the color and help them blend a bit better. Check out this pin I found where someone made theirs look like an old trunk by painting them brown and gluing on an old belt!

rubbermaid chestvia

Pretty neat, huh?

What about you guys? Do you have any clever solutions for making over those drab storage totes? Let me hear ’em!

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Does That Really Work?

So we all know that Pinterest is, like, one of the most awesome things ever and a HUGE time-sucker. Seriously, my ‘quick’ browsing sessions always turn into at least an hour. There’s just so much STUFF to look at! Beautiful inspiration, awesome crafts, and loads of tips that promise to revolutionize the way you clean, organize, etc.  But as I’m pinning that trick that for how to get my house sparkling clean in under 30 seconds using only a paper clip and an old battery, I can’t help but wonder…does that really work??

So I’m going to do some snoping (I totally just made that a verb..do you guys ever check out that site? It fascinates me.) for you guys and test out some of those infamous pins to see if they’re really all that and a bag of chips!

Does That Really Work

 

This first pin is one I’ve had on my “to-try” list for quite some time.

miracle pinvia

The Claim

A simple baking soda-hydrogen peroxide mixture will restore those old cookie sheets to their former glory.

The Deets

It should be noted up front, that I tested this claim using the instructions that were there when I originally pinned this. I didn’t click through and read the original post before diving in. The instructions that I pinned called for mixing 1/4 cup of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide until you had a paste. Then simple rub it on your cookie sheet with your finger or a sponge, and watch all that gunk disappear!

The Experiment 

I grabbed my oldest, nastiest cookie sheet. Prepare yourself.

nasty cookie sheet

Judge away. This old faithful saw me through all my nasty college apartments…back before I learned to cover the sheet with aluminum foil before each use.

So I started mixing up my ingredients: 1/4 cup of baking soda…

baking soda

…and then I added in the peroxide until I had a consistency somewhat like oatmeal.

peroxide

Then I grabbed a sponge and slathered the mixture on half of my cookie sheet.

cookie sheet cleaner

I waited about a minute and started cleaning off the paste and….

cookie sheet cleaner

Improvement! However, I must add a disclaimer here. I brought in a little back-up.

cookie sheet cleaner

The sponge just wasn’t cutting it. The paste mixture definitely softened things up, but I needed my little scraper to really get the job done. And you’ll notice that there’s still some crud around the edges, it’s hard to get that stuff off because of the curve.

The Verdict

There’s no denying that my cookie sheet definitely looked better, maybe not as sparkling clean as the original pin, but better. I just didn’t know if I credited it more to the cleaning mixture or my scraper. So I decided to investigate a little further. After perusing the blog this originally came from, I came across a post about this miracle cleaner and had a face-palm moment when I saw this photo:

cookie-sheet-4via

Doh! Hers looks more like a thick pie crust, not a thin oatmeal-y paste. And she mentions that it’s a lot easier to let it sit for 2+ hours and then wipe it off as opposed to scrubbing immediately. Double doh! Lesson learned: Do a little digging before you go running off to follow the instructions you find on Pinterest. Case closed.

Do you guys have any pins you’ve always been itching to try? Or maybe you’d like me to be the guinea pig? Drop me a line and let’s chat!

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Nursery Closet Organization

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  • January 15, 2013

Every time a new year rolls around, it has me itching to purge all the unnecessary clutter in my life and get my house clean and organized! The first area that got hit this year was Baby P’s closet.

Now, other than a few bags of baby clothing we received from a cousin and the odd outfit bought here and there, we don’t actually have much ‘stuff’ to organize. But, I’ve got baby showers coming up so I wanted to already have an organization system in place long before we get the influx of onesies and tiny socks. Is there anything cuter than those unbelievably little socks?! Methinks not.

So we headed to Lowe’s and picked up one of the Rubbermaid Custom Closet Kits. Initially, we were just going to buy the individual pieces (shelves, rods, etc).  We quickly discovered, though, that  it would be a lot cheaper to buy it as a kit and it would actually give us more pieces than we need. So if we ever want to change up the configuration down the road, we have that option.

Here’s the closet as it stands now.

nursery closet organization

I didn’t get pictures of the process (oopsie), but the system was very easy to install. You first mount the bar the goes horizontally (of course you want to ensure that it’s level and that you get at least 1-2 screws in a stud, just to make it extra sturdy) and then you hang the vertical bars from it and screw them in place. We used the shelves included in the kit as a guide for how far apart to space the vertical bars.

We installed two shorter shelves on one side of the closet, and two canvas bins on the other side. Here’s my organization plan: I’ll use the top shelf to store the clothing that Baby P doesn’t yet fit into. Any clothes that require hanging, will get hung from the top shelf.

For the two lower shelves, I’ll pick up a couple more baskets and store things like socks, hats, shoes, etc.

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The canvas bins on the right will be for onesies, sleepers, tops, and bottoms.

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It was also really important to me that we have room at the bottom of the closet for storing larger items (playmat, jumper, bathtub) so that when they’re not in use, they can be put away (theoretically).

nursery closet organizaiton_4

The closet is still a work in progress (what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t put chalkboard labels on all my storage bins?!), but I feel relieved that we at least have some semblance of order in place!

Linking up at Design, Dining, + Diapers

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Project Organization: My Closet

A couple weeks ago, I posted about finally gettting my magazines organized by creating an Inspiration Binder. I didn’t mention it then, but I have an entire list of things to do in order to get this whole house a little more organized. So, in keeping with that theme, tonight I tackled the great abyss known as my closet. Namely the closet that houses my shoes and accessories. Let me just tell you right now, I own a lot of clothes/shoes/accessories. So much so that I occupy both the closets in our master bedroom. Yes, that’s right. BOTH closets are filled to the brim with my things and poor Jordan got pushed out to the closet in his office. I desperately need to do a closet overhaul and get rid of a lot of clothes, but for now let’s focus on the shoes and accessories.

Now, in my dream land my closet would look something like this:

However, in reality, my closet looks like this:

Cue the scary music. It’s like a shoe bomb went off in there. (My blog will probably be permanently flagged by the FBI now because I said “shoe bomb.” And now I’ve said it twice.) I love my shoes, and I hate to see them all jumbled together like this. I’ve tried the whole laying-them-in-neat-pairs-on-the-closet-floor thing, and you can see how well it worked out. It just doesn’t cut it t for me. I need a more concrete place to put them. So I made a little trip over to Bed, Bath,  & Beyond to pick up some sort of closet organizer.

Originally, I thought I would just buy a small, clear, plastic box for each pair. I quickly realized that would be far too expensive and take up too much space in the bottom of my closet. So, I looked around at the other options. I knew the over-the-door organizers were out of the question because our closet doors are sliders. There were several options that hang inside your closet, but my hanging space is too valuable to use up with a bulky shoe organizer. I needed something that would go on the floor. Then, I found this:

Huzzah! It would sit perfectly on the floor beside where my dress skirts hang, and it holds 18 pairs of shoes! I already had another floor organizer that held 12 pairs, so I felt pretty confident that between those two, I could give all my shoes a lovely home. I also purchased a few of the clear plastic boxes to store my flip-flops.

So, I started by clearing out the bottom of my closet and taking an inventory of what I had. The verdict: too many shoes!

And that’s not even all of them. The good news is I found three pairs that I don’t wear anymore and can give away! But the rest stay.

So, next I put together my little shoe tree. The instructions were super simple and it 15 minutes later, it was all assembled and ready for shoes! So, I loaded ‘er up.

Looking better already! Next, I used an old basket and a plastic bin that I already had to hold my winter scarves and belts.

Then, I just put all my flip-flops in the clear plastic boxes, and I’m pretty pleased with the outcome!

Much better, right? I’ve got my shoe tree on the right, my boots in the middle and the shoe rack that I previously had all the way over to the left. I put my the plastic bin containing my belts on the lowest shelf, and then my flip-flops, scarves, and hats on the upper shelf. I still need to get a couple more small bins for my summer scarves and hats. But for now, it’s a marked improvement!

And, yes, those are Croc flip-flops on the right. Judge me all you want, I can almost hear a sigh of relief from my feet the second I slip those bad boys on.

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Project: Organize – Inspiration Binder

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  • April 25, 2011

Hello, lemon-droppers! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend..I’m still recovering from my food hangover. We had some seriously delicious meals this weekend. It started on Friday with Indian food (one of my faves!), continued with fried catfish, walleye, and frog legs on Saturday, and we finished up on Sunday with ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, and deviled eggs! Can you tell I’m writing this post around lunch time? Sheesh.

Between all that eating this weekend, I got one project checked off of my to-do list. Ok, confession time: I have a disease and it’s called hyper-magazine-collecting-osis. It’s a dire situation. I melt for magazines and catalogs. Now, this wouldn’t be such a problem except for the fact that when I bring them into the house, they stick around for a LONG time. I usually read them cover-to-cover right away, and turn down the pages on all the things I like, recipes I want to try, etc. And then they get put into the black hole where magazines go to die: the shelf under our coffee table. I toss them down there thinking, ‘I’ll tear out those articles/pictures I want to save later.’ Guess what? It never happens. And now, I have a hubby that physically cringes when I bring a shiny, new magazine home.

See what I mean? Can you spot the magazine that dates all the way back to Thanksgiving? I’m one sick puppy. {Sidenote: when I got home from work this evening, I had 2 magazines and a catalog waiting for me..I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.}

So, I knew it was time to stage an intervention for myself and get my addiction under control. I marched (ok, drove) my patootie to Target and picked up an adorable binder for just $5..I figure if I gotta be organized, I’m gonna make it cute! I also picked up some page protectors and tabs.

Then I set out to collecting all the pictures/articles/recipes that I had flagged in my magazines. And this may just be me trying to justify my crazy behavior, but I’m actually kind of happy I waited this long to tear everything out. As I looked back over things I had flagged, I found myself saying “meh” to a lot of things and ended up saving only things that I truly love. Success!

As I was sorting, I grouped things into several subcategories: Home Inspiration, DIY, Holiday, Recipes, and Outdoors. As the binder grows, I may divide it even further by specific room inspiration (living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc.), but this works for now! Also, I decorated each tab page just to give it a little pizazz 🙂

Then I simply put each article or picture in a page protector and filed it away in the appropriate category. Easy peasy and I feel SO much better now that the space underneath our coffee table is clear! And hubby, if you’re reading, I apologize that the trash bag in the kitchen weighed 500 pounds and you had to carry it. I owe you a massage 🙂

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