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Having me give advice on organization is humorous at its best, but after spending the better part of a weekend organizing I feel like I can at least tell you what I did and brag on my Husband.  When we moved into the new suburban  house everything that we were not sure we wanted or had a place for, ended up in the garage.  Sound familiar?

It was GROSS.  I literally had to climb over stuff to move through the garage if I wanted to go from the front to the laundry room.

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Sooo If you are in the same boat as we were above, here is my advice:

  • Take it all out of the garage.  We move the cars and drug it all out on the driveway.  IT WAS EMBARRASSING FOR OUR NEIGHBORS TO SEE OUR MESS but it was the only way to sort it all out.  We needed to be able to see everything.
  • Sort before moving it back in.  Open every box, pull it all out and make sure you want to keep it. We had our trash can full before we got anything put back in the garage.  We had three sorting piles once we decided it was not trash; garage, tool shed, and inside the house.  We moved stuff to the right piles then took it to the correct location before we started on the garage stuff.
  • Go vertical.  See this awesome cabinet?

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My Hubby made it using a pattern from Home Handyman magazine.

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The whole one day thing did not work for us, mainly because tools are scattered between the two garages.

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It is great to store stuff on the wall.   It has a dry erase board on the front.  I love that it holds drills, caulk guns, safety gear, and levels all at eye level.

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See how much like the magazine it looks?

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We also installed a small pegboard for me to keep paint brushes, screwdrivers, and spray paint cans.

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The blower and extension cord now have their own hooks, the lawn chairs have another set of hooks, and the toolbox is a rolling vertical chest.  Probably the best use of vertical space is storing my wreaths.  See where I have them?  They are up out of the way not getting crushed.

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  • Zone it.  We now have a paint zone, a car stuff zone, a tool zone, and a nasty chemical zone.  No photos of the finished product  because we need another cabinet.  It will be done soon.  Here is the start of our garage cabinets:

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  • Get rolling storage.  See this rough looking chest?  It was built by my husband out of scrap tongue and groove pine 30 years ago.  It weighs a ton but it holds our chop saw, our circular saw, and grinder along with other assorted electricity requiring power tools.  It rolls in and out of where we need it to be.

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Like I already said I am no expert on organization, but this worked for us.  In the future we plan on adding some more wall cabinets along the  side wall but some stuff still needs to come out.  The Coke machine is getting a makeover soon and will be moved to the Garagemahal and the table and chairs are sold as soon as I get them redone.  If it ever stops raining, sleeting, and in general being winter here in south east Texas.

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It is my plan to add a narrow work bench to the space.  I have been eyeing this one on Pinterest because it stores wood and has two levels.

Even though we were both tired and sore when we finished, we were also pretty proud of our efforts.

Blessings,

Karen

Milestones

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Well this week will be a week of milestones for us here in the burbs.

It is my first “Back to School Week” in the new school district we have moved to.

I love it here. I am over the moon about my staff. They are awesome. But there are times I feel a little lost.

My textbooks and technology arrived! Yay! I was beginning to think we were going to start school with a stick of chalk and slab of wood!

My husband started his first week in his new job too. He is going to have a great year. He is an amazing teacher. I think he is feeling the same as I do.

There are also a few milestones in the blogging world too.

I started blogging two years ago. I blog because I enjoy sharing what I was already doing with others. I would never in a million years try to sell my work. it is my hobby, not my job. I never have gone outside of my friends on Facebook to tell people I was blogging because frankly I didn’t know what I was doing (I still don’t most of the time.) I switched my blog from Blogger to WordPress, and survived…barely.

I didn’t know how to “link up” or even what that meant six months ago. (I still mess this up from time to time.)

I didn’t know that I could create a Facebook page or even why I would want to create one.

Heck. I was a blogging train wreck!

Roadkill Rescue featured my mudroom bench this past spring. Wow! I had 1042 views on one day. My highest view day before that event. Did any of you find me there?

About a month ago I was contacted by Remodelaholic and asked to do a feature. A blog that gets 100,000,000 (yes, 1 million) views a month found my little, itty, bitty blog and liked my husband and my work. This past Saturday the feature was published. Thank you to the folks at Remodelaholic.

Did you find me there?

The feature leads me to the blogging milestones:

This week I have had almost 100 new folks like my Facebook page. Wow. Before this week, I had 37 whole people who liked my page. I have found that I enjoy the page because I can post sneak peeks of projects I am working on, Craig’s List finds, and quick updates.
Welcome to this little glimpse of my world.

It looks like I will hit 30,000 page views on my blog today. It took 18 months to hit the 20,000 mark. Thank you all for taking the time to read my rambling thoughts and for looking at our work.

We have a lot planned as we continue to work on our homes. We have a few gifts to get done before Thanksgiving that I hope the recipients, and you, enjoy.

I discovered Pinterest…it changed my life:)

and… I have sort of learned to tweet.

We are also setting personal goals for ourselves.

We are also going to work on finding balance. Hubby has taken up golf again. I’m feeling the itch to paint…I mean really paint, again. I plan to take more photography classes.

Life is good. Thank you for stopping by!

What to do With my Furniture

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Weeeelllll….keep your fingers crossed for us. We submitted an offer on this beauty today.

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I know.
Pretty huh? I so hope this is the house for us. Hardwood floors, slate porches front and back, a barrel ceiling entry way that is calling out to be lined with reclaimed wood, a huge, beautiful kitchen… The list goes on and on.

But if this is our home, I have a problem. Some of my furniture is not going to fit and others just won’t make sense in this very rustic, Texas style, home. Remember that our City House was a 1979 Brady Bunch style home with soaring ceilings and funky angles. My bright rug and living room art won’t work, and my yellow night stands won’t fit the way the guest room is configured. Hardest of all, the mudroom bench may not fit in the entry way. It will be tough getting rid of things that I have an emotional attachment to, but more stressful for me is what to do with these beloved pieces. I will have to sell it in order to buy or make things that will fit. I have not sold any of my furniture before and I may have a hard time pricing it. I am going to need help on this part from those of you who do sell your work!

On the bright side, I will need a ton of new stuff that I look forward to collecting and creating…if we get the home.

Fingers crossed. There may be some thrifting, resale shopping and garage sales in my future!

The Things I Collect

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I joke a lot about my hoard, but really I try to keep my stuff down to a minimum. I donate a ton of stuff to a twice yearly garage sale that is a fundraiser for an organization near and dear to my heart. I really do only collect what makes me happy and I get rid of what I do not love. At Star Hill I collect milk glass. It is cheap and easy to find, along with being very versatile. Here is my whole collection.
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I cleaned it all over the holiday and snapped some pictures before it all got put up. The milk glass is about to need a bigger shelf unit. I have one planned but it is not at the top of the list. I also collect old wooden bowls.

They are rustic and remind me of my great grandmother. I have her wooden bread bowl at Star Hill.
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She made sour dough bread in this bowl almost every day. I add old bowls as one “speaks” to me. I have collected 10 of them and keep them on top of the cabinets in my tiny kitchen.
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I also collect cream or white colored creamers.
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Come on, cream creamers… just typing that makes me smile. They are small enough to be in kept on top of my cabinets in front of the wooden bowls. It is harder to find my creamers than you would think. I don’t want a set, just the itty bitty pitcher and I want interesting shapes. Oh, and my spending limit is less than a dollar. No wonder I only have 8 9 of them. ( The social planner just bought me one tonight.) At the city house I collect McCoy pottery and shell angels and crystal globes. The stuff at the city house definitely is a bigger investment. Do you collect things or am I the only one out there?

Collect What You Love and Make it Look Great

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My social planner, Tanis, loves what she loves.  If she loves it, she collects it.  I think that is a great strategy personally.  She loves anything vintage to do with camping or fishing.  I think it is her memories as a child camping with her family and then taking her own kids camping later, but whatever the reason, these things make her happy.  She has picnic baskets, water cans, old thermos sets, and a variety of other items.  She has found a way to make those things look right at home in her lake house.

They added a long shelf the length of their downstairs room.

Over the eight years that they have had the house, she has added things she bought and found ( notice the bird nest found a few weeks ago).

The result is great.  Over time the collection has spread to the floor under the shelf but it fits right in.

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