Keep Calm And….. Pie?

Keep Calm And….. Pie?

I haven’t blogged in a while, and that fact is the basis of today’s blog.  As I type, I am seeing a reflection in the computer screen, and there are lovely little lines between my eyes on my forehead…… because I am thinking.  It’s my thinking face.  I learned that thinking face from my Momma & my Granny.  I am smoothing it out now & trying to consciously get rid of them physically & emotionally – - – I must have a lot on my mind. This happens, doesn’t it?  Especially to women, I think.  (SEE!  THE THINKING!)  Thinking is obviously not a bad thing,  but I think it’s the “over-analyzing” that’s toxic.  I think the very definition of “Over-analyzing” is exactly...

Shelving Options for the Non-Handy

Shelving Options for the Non-Handy

Yes, you can buy shelves from IKEA.  Yes, it’s a good idea to own a “level.”  Yes, the level is only useful if you know where it is right now. Yes, it usually takes two people to hang shelves…… No, they don’t have to be hung straight.  No, they don’t have to be grouped in identical sets.  No, they don’t even have to be made of traditional shelving material.  No, …. they don’t have to come in a box from IKEA or a store like it! I happened upon this interesting organizational feature while shopping.  Up close, these are just bits & pieces leftover from various carpentry projects that have been painted a uniting sea green hue.  The person had a hammer & some nails – no screws involved....

Closet Organization: Wall Planters

Closet Organization: Wall Planters

How many times have I cleaned out my closet in the last two years? ……. Closet storage & organization is a constant battle for a lot of folks.  Don’t try to do it all at once, or you’ll set yourself up for failure, and continue to have the occasional “Closet Cleaning Weekend, a weekend that is much better spent doing something more fun.  Break it up into smaller increments and tasks.  This way you will get the space just like you want it, and it will be an inviting place.  This “Wall Planter Turned Scarf Holder” is a cool addition. Decorative wall planters are those “pocket-like” hanging planters that don’t necessarily have plants in them.  If you’ve got some around the house you’re...

Storage Idea for Pots & Pans

Storage Idea for Pots & Pans

There’s almost never enough space for your pots, pans, & lids.  Even worse, they almost NEVER fit back in the cabinet the way you had them before you took them out…… Solutions: Hanging Pan Rack: Pros:  It utilizes vertical space that is wasted.  Also, you can get one of these with lights so you have extra spotlighting in the kitchen. Cons: Be careful – You have to get the right size or it’ll hang too low.  If you don’t have a high ceiling or an island in the kitchen – you’ll have to duck under the thing.  If you qualify for a hanging pan rack – go online & find one CHEAP.  They can get expensive. Do-It-Yourself Wall Hanging: Pro:  Cheap.  It also utilizes vertical space on your wall, and can...

Unique Ways to Organize Jewelry: Tennis Racket!

Unique Ways to Organize Jewelry: Tennis Racket!

When I come home,  I am tired, & my jewelry sometimes ends up wherever it lands.  I read somewhere that “everything has to have its place” or it will end up in a catch-all spot …. or several catch-all spots in the house.  It’s not that I don’t have jewelry boxes or little compartment-like things I have tried over the years – it’s accessibility.  A lot of times we give something a “place to live,” but it’s not a realistic place for “our” lifestyle.  For example – I used to keep my bed linens in a cabinet – at the top….. where I couldn’t reach it. Consequently, the frequency of linen washing dropped, because it was too much trouble.  Jewelry often has odd shape,...

ASANA: Free Program to Organize Your Life

ASANA: Free Program to Organize Your Life

ASANA recently came into my life & I’ve been enjoying it!  No – I’m not talking about some newfangled fad or abstract concept.  I’m talking about a new user-friendly program online that can help you organize your goals & keep you on track!  Asana is a task-managing software that allows you to make your “to-do lists” with more success! I am a lover or “lists” so this particular idea is a home-run for me. www.asana.com Categorization: You can categorize them by the area of your life – home, work, hobby, financial, etc. Organization:  You can order them however you want.  You can view in multiple ways to keep you focused. You can give them due dates, priority, etc. Collaboration:  You can get others...