On the Road in April

Welcome to May, folks! We are almost half-way through 2016 – can you believe it?! Hey, I’m still over here trying to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015! Who’s with me?!

Lots of stuff happened on the blog last month, but, as always, I wanted to give a quick highlight to the top 5 posts! Here we go…

April

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Find the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift – at Uncommon Goods!

A couple years back, I was tired of purchasing the same ol’ type of gifts for friends and family. It all seemed so…routine! And BORING. And I felt like I wasn’t appreciating those I loved very well at all when it came to “gift giving”.

So I started looking for something a little different. Something unique. I wanted to find one spot I could go to see products that were fresh and new and not at all “common”. 

It was then that I discovered UncommonGoods.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment, AND without harm to animals or people. All of the company operations are run out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand! Most of the jewelry products, home décor and tabletop items carried are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of the entire collection incorporates recycled and/or up-cycled materials. At the core of the company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is the responsibility of UncommonGoods to use their business to impact the world in a positive way.

And let me just say right here how user-friendly their website is! I love that you can even search by recipient – men, women, babies, or even wives and husbands!

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I loved what the company stood for, but what about these products?

Of course, anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time knows that I’m always on the hunt for neat home goods that serve a purpose, and boy, have I found some!

The Personalized Anniversary Journal

Anniversary Journal

Check this out! This beautiful book has places for photos and handwritten memories of each of your anniversaries – from year 1 to year 60! What a great tribute to your marriage – one that would look beautiful on your coffee table or the bedside table. And the fact that it can be personalized just tops it all off!

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DIY Garage Organization Ideas

We’re currently in the process of de-cluttering our garage. Again. There some stuff that we’ve been storing in the front room (which is now being transformed into the nursery) that’s moving to the garage, and some stuff from the garage that’s going to be sold. Although de-cluttering is always quite the process, in the end it’ll be worth it! Right? RIGHT!

So when RST Brands contacted me regarding publishing their article on garage organization, I knew it was the perfect fit! They’ve got seven fabulous ideas here – check them out!

The garage seems to attract clutter like a moth to light. Without even trying, it can get so messy that your car doesn’t even fit anymore.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Garage organization is achievable, and you don’t have to throw out all your tools and toys or spend thousands on renovations, either.

Here are 7 simple DIY organization ideas that will help you take back your garage and turn it into a space where you’re proud to park your car!

1. Utilize vertical space

To truly organize your garage, you need to think in terms of vertical space. Every inch of wall offers storage possibilities. For example, any items that are used rarely can be stored up high out of reach. If you need quick access to a tool, hang it on the wall at eye level.

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2. Take advantage of studs (and the space between studs) for easy storage

Studs present an easy opportunity for organizing your stuff. For example, nail a board between two studs, and all of a sudden you have space to store your shovels or fishing rods. You can even install shelves into the space between the studs to store little odds and ends or toys.

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Stylish Storage Solutions For Any Space

As you can imagine, things around our house have gotten a tad bit busy since we found out about the twins! All other house projects have been put on hold in favor of any house project that deals with the “project room”, which will be the twins’ room when they arrive. I think it’ll be perfect: it has light wood floors, great natural light, and TWO closets. Ah! (If you want to see an idea of what it looks like right now, CLICK HERE)

Anyway, it’s mostly been used for storage, so we are working on relocating all the holiday decorations and other items that have been stacked up in the closets. It’s become clear that we probably need some creative storage solutions. Because…do you ever notice that the longer we inhabit a space, the more stuff we seem to accumulate? Even if you’re pretty good about consistently purging your space, there always seems to be that pile of things you just can’t part with. Whether it’s a stack of books you plan to read (one day!), out of season clothing, or memorabilia, I’ve decided there are plenty of ways to stylishly store your important knickknacks, and give your space a clean and sleek appearance.

Tip #1: Contain the Clutter

Open shelving looks really polished when your items are minimally displayed, but for the many packrats out there, this isn’t always achievable. If you need to utilize shelving to store your stuff, contain the clutter with chic woven baskets or printed boxes. These baskets and boxes will allow you to store the same amount of stuff, but will give your shelving a uniform appearance.

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Shocking Stats About Getting Organized!

How’s that for a title? Are you intrigued now? Are you READY?!

I honestly think the most shocking stat about getting organized is the fact that the people you THINK are organized perfectly are NOT. It’s true. I have people tell me all the time they can’t believe how organized I am, and all I can think is of my nightstand drawer, that is a hot mess right now. Or the fact that our guest room closet has turned into a catch-all closet. And don’t get me started on the pile of disposable gardening pots that’s on the side of the house…out of sight, out of mind, right?

Are you shocked?!

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I’m not. In fact, millions of Americans have a hard time getting organized. Don’t believe it? Let the statistics do the talking. 

  • On average, we spend 1.5 hours a day looking for things. 
  • 80% of what we own, we rarely use.
  • Can you guess the item in the house that both men and women look for the most? 

Thanks to the amazing Stephanie over at Monkey Bar Storage, who put together some information for us, we can SEE some of the shocking stats and hopefully use that knowledge to CORRECT our biggest organizational problems!

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