Thursday, January 17, 2019

Let's Talk Laundry!

Real catchy title, right? Just makes you want to dive in and read all about that exciting topic of laundry, right? Ha! I've recently been on a purging and organizing kick, and I did several instagram stories in our laundry room. I had lots of questions about my laundry habits, what I use for laundry bins, etc., so I thought I would put it all down in one post! And apologies for the bad lighting in these photos! No natural light, so I have to keep all the lights on! Also, I'm showing you this is real life with clothes hanging to dry! We all live like this, so why not just show it!
For starters, I'm a weirdo and I like to do laundry. I know. There are many home tasks I despise like dusting and emptying the dishwasher and making my bed. Yep, never do that unless I need to take pics! Eventually I will teach my kids, who are currently 10 and 11, how to do laundry, but for now, I'm kind of possessive about how I like things done in the laundry room. It's my little space and I find it calming to fold laundry.
Second, our laundry room is not huge. We live in a larger than average home and I have an obscenely large master bedroom, but for whatever reason our builder didn't believe in large laundry rooms. If it were up to me, I'd take a huge chunk of master and switch it over to the laundry room (shared wall). That's never going to happen, so I work with what I've got! Our laundry room is upstairs where all the bedroom are which is nice and convenient, but alas, no windows. So, we just painted the room white in the hopes to brighten up the space (more on that later).
Told you it was small. But I do have a sink and quite a bit of storage, which I love. And speaking of storage, here is what I store in the laundry. Upper cabinets get twin/queen sheets, extra shower curtains, tissues, extra blankets, and laundry detergent.
Lower cabinet houses cleaning supplies, old towels to clean up messes, trash, and small broom.
And below our sink we have more cleaning supplies and bleach! Real exciting stuff, right?! The more I open up little nooks and crannies of our home on instagram stories, more and more of you are curious and asking questions. It's fun to know how other people live!
I forgot to open the cabinet above the sink and take a picture, but that house pillow cases and kind sized sheets for our bed. We store bath towels in a different location. I LOVE having a sink in the laundry room for hand washing items and to throw wet towels in in a pinch.
Now on to a few more bullet points on how I manage the laundry at our house! Side note: we are a family of 4. I know everyone's homes and kid situation and needs are different. This is how we do things!

Kid's Laundry Baskets: Our kids each have a laundry bin in their closet in their room. Both are tall rather than wide. All clothes go in one bin, both lights and darks, everything. I also have two fabric bins that stay in the laundry room. After I fold kid laundry, it gets separated into the two bins. The kids are required to come to the laundry room, grab their bin, take it to their room, empty and put away clothes and return the bin to the laundry room. This system has been working out so great!!

Steve and I have two tall fabric bins in our master closet. One of the bins holds all clothes, the other bin holds dirty sheets and towels. The kid's dirty sheets/towels also get placed in this bin. I love having these items sorted out. Excuse the disarray of purses! I haven't purged/organized my closet yet!
Hanging Clothes: I hang dry a lot of things! My mom always did and I just always have. It helps with shrinkage and fading and overall wear and tear. I utilize every inch of hanging space above the washer/dryer. We also added another wall mounted hanging rack from Ikea a few years ago, and it's perfect for smaller items and it folds down when it's not in use (which actually isn't very often)! The electronics on the shelf above are for the TV in our master bedroom, which is on the other side of that wall. We have no cords in the master because they are all up here. :)
Laundry Schedule: I DON'T HAVE ONE! NEVER HAVE! I try to at least do a load a day. Some days I do more and some not at all. It just depends on my mood or who has told me they don't have any underwear left!

Folding Laundry: I fold all laundry right here in this little laundry room. I don't have a shelf to fold, so I use the tops of the washer/dryer. Kid's clothes get folded and go right in those bins and I pile up mine and Steve's clothes and put away when the pile starts to fall over. Ha! Really, that's the truth. It's easier for me to pull all clean clothes into a pile on the floor and fold right then and there.

Dryer Balls: I just recently started using wool dryer balls with essential oils and am loving them!

Decor/White Walls: The color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. We went cheap in here, linoleum floors and cheap countertop. And recessed lighting. I need something for that large wall so send me your suggestions!

Rug: This rug is temporary until I can find a vintage-y runner that doesn't cost a fortune, since I'm the only one that ever goes in here! I need to cover those ugly floors!

Washer/Dryer: As you can see, our washer and dryer are probably 10 years old. I prefer a top-loader. Nothing special, but gets the job done. Crossing our fingers we can get a few more years out of them!

What have I missed? Thanks for getting to the bottom of this post, I know laundry isn't the most glamorous thing one can talk about! Be sure to shop this post if you see anything that interested you! And you can find me on Instagram every day talking about lifestyle, and home, and casual/affodable fashion! XO

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Home Tour 2018

Welcome to our holiday home! I'm joining 29 other bloggers on a Christmas Home Tour. A huge thanks to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this together every season! If you are visiting from Haneen's Haven, I'm so glad you're here! I love to decorate our home because I love creating an environment that feels casual and cozy and reflects us as a family. I believe decorating a home you love doesn't have to cost a ton! I also believe in using things in your home that you love, despite any "rules" that people think exist. Even though I don't do a ton of decorating with trinkets and Santas and snowmen this time of year, our home is festive and cozy with lights and candles and fresh greens and cozy textiles! The older I get, I care more about a feeling, and less about bringing stuff out of bins! When it starts feeling like clutter, I know I need to scale back! Also, this year, I barely spent any money on our Christmas home which just makes me happy! Let's get started!

A few years ago, I started putting a wreath in every street-facing window and I just love it! It's such a classic holiday look with the red bows. I keep the porch super simple as well, adding string lights, fresh cedar garland, birch sticks, and lantern. The gold garden stool adds a little pop and I pretty much keep black/white striped pillows on my rockers all year long.

The only purchases I made for the porch this year were the bells on the door and one large birch stick (both from Hobby Lobby). Also, I buy fresh garland every year from Costco! I'm just reusing the same rugs I used for our fall home tour because "Let's Stay Home" definitely fits for us in the winter!
Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house because it always stays clean! And it's always a space that looks modern and festive with minimal effort. I kept it very neutral this year and let the plants/greenery do the talking (I'm a crazy plant lady)! Glitter trees and a faux fur add warmth and texture.

This vintage bar cart is always fun to switch up for the seasons. I love to junk it up and add a pop of color.

The real star of the show in the living room is the real Christmas tree! We get a Fraser Fir every year and this is the second year I started putting it in a large rattan basket. No more tree skirt to mess with and the needle clean up is so easy now!

Our breakfast nook hosts a simple wreath/ribbon, inexpensive bottle brush trees, and some festive balloons! I also hang our cards across these window using what looks like a clothesline. I only have two cards so far, but soon the line will be full! It adds so much to this room with very minimal effort! I just use ribbon and command hooks.

Next up is our kitchen. I used fresh garland in here and one faux wreath. I also bought a bunch of greenery from Whole Foods for $5 and I love how dramatic it looks on the island! I'm all about the fresh greens this time of year and all year long! They give life to a space! I also LOVE pink! I have it all throughout our home, and I keep it for all seasons. I'm loving pink and red together so much right now!

Right off our kitchen is the mudroom with our chalk wall. I change this up every season with a bucket list that the kids help us decide on. It's a fun and easy tradition and keeps us honest! We never get to everything, but it's fun to dream! Ha!

And because there seems to be a lack of traditional color in our upstairs, our basement is full of traditional colors and pillows and blankets! We have a fake tree down here with all the kids ornaments and red/white lights! We spend a lot of time in the basement in the winter and we love having this second cozy space to hang out in! Also added a new table/chairs to play games and work on puzzles!

I hope you are feeling inspired after touring our holiday home as well as all of the other homes on the tour! Next up is 11 Magnolia Lane! I love how unique everyone's homes and styles are on these tours. That is what I love about home design! Different makes the world go around! Thanks so much for stopping by! XO

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Creepier" Halloween Porch 2018

I'm calling this the "creepier" porch because our kids (ages 11 and almost 10) decided this year that we needed to go a little "scarier" with our porch decorating. It's still not the caliber they want because I will never part with my plants or pumpkins (ha!), but we did add a few things this year.  I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking! Let's get started!
I like to take my summer ferns into fall! These Kimberly Queens have been doing well all summer in this spot and are still doing well into late October. They are the gift that keep on giving! Staggering their height and adding some colorful mums help flank the door. Pop in some witch legs (Target last year), a broomstick (old from Tuesday Morning), and a large spider (Party City this year), and you're done!
I also believe if your mums and/or ferns begin to die, leave them! They add to the appeal! It's genius! You don't have a black thumb, you're just doing more "decorating"!
I also changed up our layered rugs for fall. Both rugs are from Kirklands. The bottom rug is an indoor rug, but it can be washed, so I'm making it work out here! I love the texture and pattern it adds. You can't ever go wrong with black/white!
This dead bride and her mate make up our "wreath"! His face changes colors! These were inexpensive from Menards and Ross. And that creepy bat just hangs from fishing wire from our lantern. He's from Party City!
I picked up several large pumpkins from Aldi a few weeks ago for under $3 each! Such a great way to make an impact on a porch on the cheap! One of the pumpkins is rotting, but again, I like it like that! It adds to the feel, so leave it! Unless it stinks! The faux spider is from Dollar Tree.
Moving to the other side of the porch, I knew I wanted to pull the trigger on some life-size skeletons this year. Every year I think about it and never do it, so this was the year! I ended up purchasing these guys from Walmart!
And my nine year old daughter is actually the one who decided to put one in chains and dress the other as a witch. I just love these two! Ha! And we added the Insane Asylum sign right behind them. And eventually added creepy cloth because creepy cloth is EVERYTHING!

A dead raven next to your mum makes it look less "pretty", right??
And last but not least, we added this creepy animated doorbell that talks to you when you push it! This is my kid's favorite part of the whole porch! We just nailed a small nail right next to the actual doorbell. We are hoping kids will push it on Halloween night!

Here is a wide shot of the whole porch. I did add tons of creepy cloth to finish everything off! Everything just looks better with it! We hammered nails to the inside of the porch walls to hang it from and it works perfectly!
And here are a few night shots, because it's just more fun that way!

Thanks for checking out our "scarier" front porch. At least scarier than last year so my kids are happy! This month is just flying by! Hope you are enjoying all that comes with October! XO