Jars Galore!

Since both my husband and I have full-time jobs, and I have two part-time jobs as well, tax-time can get a little confusing. I guess we figured we’d make it even more so for 2013’s reporting by purchasing a home! Ha!

When I turned in 2012’s taxes, to my great consternation, I discovered that we would actually have to PAY IN. WHAT?! We have never had to pay in, married or single!!! I was crushed, and my husband wasn’t too thrilled, either. Our tax prep guru (aka my fantastic cousin) said: “You need a house. And a kid.”

Well, one thing at a time, people! We took care of the house…and the kid…well, no news on THAT front…we’ll leave it at that!

But with all of the “new” stuff going on in 2013, I knew I needed to find a way to save receipts so we could accurately chart all of our expenses. Because I am NOT paying in again!

I wanted to organize the receipts by category. File folders? No…it could get too bulky. Envelopes? Much more trouble than it’s worth.

I came to the conclusion that I would use jars.

Now, the fact that we love dill pickles and go through large amounts of them at our house really had nothing to do with the deciding factor, but it ended up working quite well! I’ve been saving the lovely Claussen Pickle jars, washing them out several times and using them for receipt storage. However, I still wasn’t quite happy with the idea. So I decided to dress them up a bit. Dress them up with what else but spray paint. (Oh, come on, you knew that was coming!)

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Making Containers Color-Coordinate

So for a while now I’ve had some paper boxes on the shelf in my office.

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See the teal ones at the top and the colored ones towards the bottom? They’re nice and bright and colorful, however, I wanted them to be green and/or brown…since my  office is decorating in shades of green and brown.

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The Holiday Shelf – Easter!

I had to scramble this year to get St. Patrick’s Day put away and Easter in place – those two were pretty close on the calendar this time around! Whew! (I did try to take St. Patrick’s down a little early, but my husband, who “claims” he cares not about my decorations, said it wouldn’t be fair to take down the St. Patrick’s before the day – which happens to be his birthday – was over. So I obliged.) But Easter is now up!

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I didn’t want to do the same ol’ “Easter colors” deal where everything is pastels because then I wasn’t sure what to do for just plain spring! (Happy First Day of Spring to you all, by the way!) So I decided to go elegant. Cream, gold, and a touch of purple. After all, at our house, we celebrate Easter because He is risen!

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