Thursday, September 4, 2008

Time For a Change......

You know what's great about redecorating my blog as opposed to my house?
~~First of all it's cheaper but secondly my family can't mess it up!!~~

I have been on an organizing kick ever since the kids went back to school and today I thought I would share a couple of my latest projects.

The Laundry Room.....

One of my favorite organizing tools is the "over the door pocket shoe holder". I have one of these on the back of almost every closet door. Recently I purchased one for the laundry room so all of the cleaning supplies could live together in one place instead of being scattered throughout the closet and cabinets.

My Jewelry......

As I was looking for a way to store my necklaces and bracelets I came up with a cheap and easy alternative to those expensive jewelry armoires. Hand towel racks are perfect for keeping chains from tangling and they are small enough to keep on a closet shelf or pretty enough to set out on the dresser for display! I have also found that tie racks are great for hanging my thinner chains on.

The Deck....

I got this idea from a magazine. I bought a large cabinet for $10. at a garage sale and it is perfect to store all of my outdoor essentials; grilling tools and spices, candles, tablecloths, garden tools, dog toys..... I may end up painting the cabinet and changing the door handles but for now it works great!!

So there you have my top 3 organizing tips of the week.
Actually this may be the most I get done all year. I want to be organized but find that it just doesn't happen for me very often. I think my desire comes from my mother, she is the most organized person I know (its been said she even folds her dirty laundry before she washes it!). It isn't easy living in her shadow, especially with 3.5 times as many children as she had, but her example does keep me pressing on. If nothing else she made me into an organizing wannabe. Thanks Mom!


Kristen said...

Kelley, LOVE the tips. That cabinet is a great idea! I am going to look for a bargain like that for my patio! Love you new look! It's fun to decorate our blogs for different seasons... I am already working on my Christmas blog! :)

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I love your new blog design, and your cabinet idea. Way cool.

Enjoy your organizing time while the kiddo's are in school.

megs @ whadusay said...

Great tips and the blog looks great too!

Joyful said...

Kelley, your new blog design is gorgeous - love it, love it!!!!

Your organizational tips are wonderful. My Mom is also the 'queen of neat'. However, I find I get my best ideas from my neice. She is 'Suzy Homemaker' and she inspires me continually.

Hope you're having a great day!

linda said...

What great great tips...I may just have to "borrow" one or two of them!

I love your new look! How fun to be able to change the look of our blogs with the seasons! Beautiful!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I LOVE your fall blog look. Great job, Kelley. You are so talented with this blog thing. I'm so scared to change that I'll loose everything. Oh well.

I've seen that idea before with the shoe organizer. That's a great idea for cleaning supplies that way one of the items doesn't get pushed to the back and lost forever. ugg.

Great idea with the necklaces. Right now I have mine layed in the three jewelry drawers of my dresser.

Maybe when I sell my house and I don't have to have everything tucked away, I can invest in towel racks and display my necklaces. For now, that does pass the "staging" ideas of selling a house.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Girl, you have talent just oozing out of you. I LOVE these fall colors...makes me want to repaint my house. :) You can come over anytime you want to help me re-organize my closets.

Laurie Ann said...

Your new look is great, perfect for fall. I love it. You did a great job! And in the words of Lidna, I Ken Lee those over the door shoe organizers!

Lelia Chealey said...

Great ideas Kelley. I told my Mom about the cabinet one after my visit this summer.
Love you,

Christy said...


New layout looks great!

The cartoon is very funny!

Thanks for sharing such great organizing ideas. I am a firm believer in organization. I love to organize and get things into their place!

Have a great weekend!

On Purpose said...

Great Fall feeling....I can almost smell the pumpkin pie!!

Hey when you are all outta things to organize...I will let you keep on a roll right over here!

Ang baylis said...

I LOVE LOVE your new look! Your house looks great, too! I need to get off this computer right this minute and go downstairs and get a closet completed. No, there won't be pictures. I am proud of myself for doing my desk yesterday. I need to get back on a roll! I hope you get to enjoy your weekend!
Angie xoxo

Runner Mom said...

You go, girl! Love the ideas! I'm with Paula--my necklaces are 5 deep in a white plastic basket--just a little jumbled! I'll look for some towel racks at consigment stores!

The new blog look is just too, too cute! You are so talented!

Happy Weekend!
Love ya,

Amy said...

Your blog looks beautiful!

And after all of my traveling and back surgery/recovery nonsense, I am really ready to get my house back in order...I love your organizing ideas; I might just have to follow in your organizing foot steps.:)

I hope you have a lovely weekend, Kelley!
God Bless,

Anonymous said...

I like the over the door idea for the laundry room and may borrow it. I like the look of your blog too!

Cindy said...

Aren't face lifts wonderful. Love the new design.

Great organizational tips. I over organize and drive myself (and my family) crazy. I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Love the new blog design. It looks great!

Also, thanks for the organizing tips. I use the shoe holders for many things, but never thought to use one for cleaning supplies. I guess I figured the bottles might be too heavy. Glad to know that's not the case. Time to put one of those on my shopping list.

Rachael said...

Its soothing to the soul to have a change of scenery--even if its a blog that doesn't surround you. Its lovely. Great organizing tips--I've been wondering how you manage such an active household!

Capri K said...

Great idea for the jewelery! I have a small problem with my bracelets at the moment. I'm going to give that try!

Mom said...

Kell -
Love the new blog design - reminds me of fall and how I need to keep on organizing, organizing, and organizing!
Great idea on the towel racks...I had not seen those but will try to pick a couple up.
Must run - time to fold the "dirty" clothes so that I can begin washing!
(Actually got hysterical laughing at that comment).
Love you Lots,

Chatty Kelly said...

Hi - I am visiting from another blog. Your organization ideas are so great! I love the shoe rack over the laundry door, and the outside cabinet is awesome.

Thanks for the insights. I'll be visiting again.

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

I love your blog design! How seasonal!! you are so talented! Miss you...

In His Graces~Pamela

Jennifer said...

Ooh I like. I love the idea about the cleaning supplies living in the individual pockets. Hmm thinking that I need to get to the Container Store real soon.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

So good to get caught up here. Jessi is so cute in that duck outfit. Is her tongue out?? I missed that you sprained your ankle, so sorry about that. And your organizing tips are totally do-able. AND your design is beautious. You are amazing.

Mari said...

Great job with the organizing. I so need to do that. Thanks for posting your picutes. They have definitely encouraged me.

Brittany said...

Wow - those are great ideas. Thank you for inspiring, this not-so-organized, leave-it-to-the-last-minute blogger/mother/wife/secretary.