J is so excited about holidays right now and especially decorating. After decorating for Easter he walked around tapping his chin, saying “what else we need here?” I took him to Target and Hobby Lobby and let him help pick out a few things. With a lot of J enthusiasm here are our new decoration additions:
And after decorating I realized that Easter is really right around the corner and I needed to get the boys’ outfits figured out:
So after two years, I took our living room corner from this…
I’m really slow at decorating, mainly because I’m terrible at making decisions on any sort of decorative item. I had the IKEA shelves on my list for a year before actually purchasing them…and the metal feather I looked at in Hobby Lobby for three months before taking the plunge (and purchasing it for half off).
What I really love about it, is it seems purposed and planned and pulled together over time. It may be just a little nook of the overall room, but it’s definitely a start!
I feel like our extra bay in our garage is that closet in Monica’s apartment on Friends, that nobody really knows about, but then when they find it our true messy nature comes through. HA! We don’t have a lot of storage in our house and I have seriously maxed out every space of our available in house storage. And our attic is filled with boxes upon boxes of old baby clothes, toys, etc.
I usually clean out this area once a year during the spring, but it has clearly gotten way beyond what I can clean without some massive overhaul.Insert B, who has taken an interest in helping me organize it since he figured out he cannot reach his lawnmower or any of his yard tools.
He has been planning and budgeting of what we can do to make storage easier and more efficient. I had one request which was that we had some sort of project table that I could use for canvas drying and wrapping paper storage.
So here is our storyboard as it stands now…
You can reach each of the items sites by following the numbered links, however here is a bit of commentary on some of the items:
More wall organization to get a lot of the yard tools from being stacked in the corner (1-4). We like the fast track system because it is very durable and can hold anything from yard rakes to bicycles and ladders.
A project area with outdoor friendly containers (5-9). I am planning a DIY for the project table because the bedford inspiration is not in our budget. My main concern is finding bins that will work with the cubes, but are also sealed (I don’t really want to reach into a box for tissue paper and find a spider, yikes!).
New and coordinating tool storage for B (11 & 13). B has a small tool box, but it is full. A coordinating lower storage box and a wall peg board will help to make tools easily accessible (though I’m not sure why he minds having two jump over two cardboard boxes, a lawnmower, edger, and lawnmower bag to get to things…).
Sturdier outdoor products and paper product storage (12 & 14). We have several hand-me-down plastic storage racks that we will probably still use, but would like to upgrade with a few sturdier pieces. I would especially like a locked storage cabinet for items that need a bit more temperate climate and we don’t want out in the open garage.
*As a side note (and as always) I’m not endorsed by any company for these products. In our searching for items we have found the greatest variety of storage items at our Lowe’s, however your area’s home improvement store may have similar items.
Our first step is getting the entire area cleaned out of all the random items, and then we will move on to start re-organizing it. It’ll be several months, but I’ll be sure to share when we finish re-organizing it!
It’s bitterly cold here. However, despite this bitter cold B has thoughts of springtime (unless you tell him it may snow. Then his thoughts include how big of a snow fort we can build for the boys). With these snow exempt springtime thoughts, B has decided we need to actually organize the third bay of our garage…perhaps the only unorganized spot in our house (minus a few drawers and a filing cabinet that seem insistent on staying cluttered no matter how many times I try to straighten them). With B that means a plan, a budget, and lots of trips to Lowes and Home Depot. I have some story boards of our ideas coming up, but I had to share this picture I snapped of A happily jotting notes in his little notebook to help with our plan…while J eats all the snacks. HA! Happy Monday.
I kind of love Valentine’s Day. Not for the roses, the fancy dinners, or extravagant presents. To be honest, B and I have hardly had a “fancy Valentine’s” of that kind. Our first Valentine’s we made chicken enchiladas. Last Valentine’s we had an amazing meal at our house, courtesy of my parents. The boys get genuinely excited about all the little treats, hearts, and decorations. A few of my favorite decorations are homemade or picked up from the store on the fly. Like that amazing heart wreath you grab while buying groceries, and then subsequently have to use it year after year because the boys ask where it is. Like that.
Since it is officially fall, the boys and I have been doing some decorating and I thought I would share! The boys wanted lots of “bats, spidah’s (how J says it), and spooookkeeey stuff (“Like a Tiger!” J yelled. Kid is obsessed with tigers). I tend to go lower on the Halloween end of it because I really don’t want to have to take everything down and decorate again for Thanksgiving. Thus, here is our comprise:
Aren’t the plates gorgeous? Target, baby! I was super excited to find those. I also love having the boys’ costume pictures from last year on display. J has already decided he wants to be “bat guy”, but A is still up in the air. Considering how many times he has changed his mind about his upcoming birthday party, I’m hoping I’m not trying to put together a last minute costume. Or rather buy a last minute costume. HA! Happy Fall!
*Most of the decor was purchased at Target or Hobby Lobby. You can find the print here. Happy decorating!
So B completed a project for me this weekend….
Our shelves from Ikea are up! After putting them up, I set two books on them and B said, “so do you want me to get the rest of the stuff?” And I said “what stuff?” And he said “the stuff to fill those shelves” And I said “I don’t have anything to put on them.” To which B said, “soo…why did we buy these?” So now I have three shelves that I need to fill! I have a few ideas….
I have probably discussed this before, but I’m a big advocate of moving and changing things in the house to fit our lifestyle. After inheriting a new larger kitchen table, the boys’ easel and play kitchen was a tight fight in our dining area and I kept trying to figure out where to move everything. After five years of our study being mainly closed off I decided it was time for a change….