Linen Closet Overhaulin’

 

Linen Closet Organization

Psst…There is an update to the linen closet here

I’ve been busy getting a lot of organizing done around these parts! I LOVE to organize and reorganize until it’s perfect. In the words of my husband, “As soon as I figure out where something is, it changes”. Haha – poor guy.

This last year has been crazy for us. To make a long story short, I worked the worst job ever a horrible job for 8 months that left me emotionally and physically completely wiped out at the end of every day. Oh, and I was sick and running a fever for 4 of those months, just to make things a little more exciting (Yes…a fever for 4 months. What the heck, right?). Needless to say, things at home got a little messy. It just feels easier to shove something in a closet sometimes, but the mess just about drove me mad.

Now, I’m healthy and have an amazing job that I love, and I come home with energy and a smile on my face. Life is good and it’s time to reclaim my home! We also have some bigger home improvement projects in the works (more on those later), and it’s just easier to move your stuff around when you have less crap and it’s all neatly tucked away in little bins and baskets.

The first victim of my purging, rearranging, organizational storm was our linen closet [this is, of course, if we’re not counting the husby].

Welcome to my linen closet hall of shame. Dreadful isn’t it? You know things are bad when you have to lean all of your body weight into the door in order to get it shut. There’s nothing quite like displaying your mess for all of the interwebs to see to keep you humble.

To answer your question, yes – that is a giant hot dog. Sometimes a lady needs to dress her dog in ridiculous Halloween costumes.

One other task I wanted to accomplish along with this project was getting our medications moved out of the bathroom and organized in a better way. Humidity and moisture in the air will cause medications and supplements to go bad quicker than their actual expiration dates, so we definitely needed to get those moved out of there.

This whole project only cost $10, courtesy of the good ol’ Dollar Tree and their stock of plastic shoebox size tubs, and round baskets.

To get things started, I pulled everything out of the closet and sorted it. If it hasn’t been used in a year, is too worn to use again, or if it was something I was only keeping out of guilt…it was gone! I’m learning that the less stuff you have, the better life is.

I sorted all of the remaining items by category and then started figuring out what containers I wanted everything in and where to put it. This may take some time playing around until you find the best fit. It’s good to keep the things you use most often closer to eye level, and the items that don’t see as much action can go on the highest or lowest shelves. It’s great to group like items together on the same shelf, but not 100% necessary all of the time. Linen closets tend to be small or awkward, so just make what you have work. Remember, it does NOT have to be perfect! :) It just needs to work well for you and your family!

Ah! So much better…and less embarrassing.

Linen Closet - After

Our throw pillows that I sometimes switch out are on the very top shelf with the sleeping bags. Our table linens were rolled (less wrinkling! yay!), put into the round, plastic baskets and placed on the lowest shelf.

I used the “sheets in the pillow case” method that I’m sure most of you have seen pop up on Pinterest. I keep any extra pillow cases folded in a plastic, zip up bag that a set of sheets came in. These are great to keep around for storage!

Our travel items, such as travel size toiletries, toothbrush covers, passport wallets, plug adapters, etc are all in one basket together.

Each category of medication got it’s own bin, as well as each family member (ahem…we don’t need sharing of the nose sprays).  It makes it really easy to grab the box you need and quickly find a medication without having to dig through a ton of bottles.

Medication Storage

After all of that, I still had some room leftover so I was able to stick in a bin full of extra toiletry items and a bin of things for the pup.

Extras Shelf

I have a few odd items on the floor, like a box of china that is only used occasionally, placemats, a bag of extra tea lights, and two baskets for dirty linens.

Lastly, I labeled everything with some fun, colorful labels I was able to print for free online. Don’t be afraid to use bright colors that you might not typically use around your home. It’s only a closet, after all. Have a little fun with it!

And there you have it! An organized linen closet with ten bucks and a couple of hours. It feels so great to have that done! Sometimes, I open the door just to take a look at my masterpiece while I’m passing through the hall. Oh…that’s not normal? Let’s just take one more look at the finished product. :)

Is anyone else getting their organization on? What are you clearing out and straightening up?

Have a great day, y’all!

 

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oh, beautiful Saturday! The best day of the week! This is the first weekend in months that we don’t have plans……and I LOVE it! We have had a ton of really great, full weekends back to back…but I’m really happy to have a weekend for rest. So far we’ve done a whole lot of bumming around. I might still be in my pajamas.

I can’t have a bummy Saturday morning (or any morning for that matter) without a cup of coffee….and sometimes you just need a little treat to go along with said coffee. So, I whipped up a yummy batch of muffins.

These are super easy to make, and you probably already have all of the ingredients you need.

You need:

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1/3 c sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

3/4 c milk (I used almond milk)

1/4 c of oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mix all of your ingredients together until the batter is moist. It should appear somewhat lumpy. Next, the add-ins! I chose chopped strawberries and dark chocolate chips, mostly because that it what I had on hand; but you can choose any number of options. You could add blueberries, chopped cranberries, poppy seeds….anything you can think of! You could even add a little lemon zest to the batter to give them a little more flavor. Fold in whatever items you desire into the batter.

These aren’t very sweet, but if you add a couple of tablespoons of sugar if we need to ramp up the sweet factor a bit.

Spoon the batter into your muffin pans, and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Let cool for 5 minutes, and ENJOY!

What are y’all up to this weekend? Relaxing? Working on any projects? Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend…and make sure you at least sneak in a few minutes of quiet. :)

Rustic Chalk Board {and a giveaway!}

Happy weekend, y’all! I hope you are all doing well and getting a few days to relax before the craziness of the week starts back up for you. We have had a TON of rain around here, and a lot of flooding in our area. Luckily, the worst we endured was being stuck at home for a day.

I have a fun project to share with you today!

There are about a million and one DIY chalk boards floating around the interwebs, but I still cannot get enough. This is a different take on the chalk board craze. The best part is it’s super easy and super cheap. I like both of these things! :)

Supplies needed:

A “country round” or wood plank. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. They’re usually used for wood burning crafts.

Liquid chalk board paint. I love, love, love Rustoleum brand chalk board paint!

A good flat head brush

Foam brush

Chalk

The only thing I had to buy was the wood plank. I used my Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and it ended up costing me about $6.50. Everything else I already had on hand.

The nice thing about these planks, is that you do not have to sand. They are ready to go! I decided first how much of a border I wanted to leave around the actual chalk board portion. I used the rings in the wood as my guide. I decided that two rings in of the lighter part was perfect.

Dip your flat head brush into the paint. You don’t want to get too much paint to start with, otherwise you’ll end up with gobs of paint and a wonky line. Start slowly painting a border by following the natural line in the wood. Don’t let this part intimidate you — It doesn’t have to be perfect! Plant the side of your hand on the plank to keep it steady. Continue painting until you have completed the border around the whole plank. Now, it’s time to fill in the middle with your foam brush. The foam will make the paint go on fairly smooth. You will have some texture, but it adds to the rustic vibe. You just want to make sure it won’t get in your way when writing on the board. Paint until the whole area is filled in. Go back and check for any spots you maybe have missed and touch up. Let the chalk board dry for at least a couple of hours before you decide to write on it.

Once it is dry you are ready to prime the board. Grab a piece of chalk and rub it on its side until the entire chalk board surface is covered.

Erase, and you are ready to roll! These would be great as a “Welcome” sign at your front door, a menu board in the kitchen, or wedding/party signage.

These chalk boards are so easy to make and they don’t take long at all. What would you use it for? If you decide to try it out, show me your finished masterpiece! OR! You could win this one!

To celebrate the launch of Like A Saturday, I’ll be giving away this very Rustic Chalk Board to one lucky reader. You have THREE chances to win:

{UPDATE}: This giveaway has ended! And the winner is…..Michelle! Michelle said, “I would use it in the kitchen or for a learning game for the toddler!”.

Thanks for all who entered! Didn’t get a chance to enter? Keep checking back for future giveaways.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!