10 Reason Why I Make My Bed Every Day

My home is not super organized but there is one room that I try to keep organized, clutter free and tidy.

10 Reasons Why I Make My Bed Everyday

My bedroom is my sanctuary, a place of peace and space for rejuvenation.

One of the things that makes this room being so special is my bed. I’ve taken my focus off projects around the house and made our master bedroom a priority starting with our bed.

This year we made an upholstered headboard and I invested in some nice bedding.

The next thing I want to do is add risers to make the bed higher off the floor then purchase pillows and a bed skirt.

Some of the things that have made our bedroom so special are the projects we’ve completed in here and in the master bath but also the habit of making our bed each day.

Either me or my husband will make the bed once we get up. I don’t know why he does it but here are my 10 Reason Why I Make My Bed Every Day.

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1. I feel like a hypocrite telling my children to make their beds but then I don’t make mine. I like to see their bedrooms looking semi tidy and a made bed is the crux of my expectations.

2. Making my bed in the morning provides a sense of finality. It draws the line in the sand indicating sleep time is over.

A nicely made bed usually prevents you from going back to bed and wasting valuable time!

When my kids were babies and toddlers the bed was rarely made. Back then, a lot of my day was spent in the bed cuddling or putting one of the kids down for a nap so it didn’t make sense to make my bed.

Now that they are all school age, we all make our beds in the morning.

3. I like my bedroom to feel like a hotel suite. You know that feeling when you’re on vacation and  leave your room a little disorganized only to return to neat and tidy room?

That’s the feeling I get when I go about my day and then return to a neat bed and tidy bedroom. A tightly pulled duvet and fluffy pillows excite me after a long day.

4. It provides a sense of achievement first thing in the morning.

5. It’s a great way to show off my bedding or encourages me to invest in some nice bedding.

If you’re on a budget like me, a great alternative to a pricey comforter is a duvet.

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Duvet’s slip right over existing comforters and provide a new look for your bed for a fraction of the price of a new comforter.

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I bought my King size duvet and two shams for only $22.00!!

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6. It prevents dust and dirt from getting under your covers.

Our carpet provides a massive amount of dust and shedding fibers. On top of that dust, dander and other allergens are entering your home each time you open a window or door.

Not making your bed allows all of that stuff to settle on your sheets and unless you change your sheets every day…you are sleeping right on top of this stuff.

7. Making my bed also provides me with a clear straightened surface area to tackle homemaking chores like laundry or menu planning. Often times I’ll grab my recipe binder, lay across the bed and plan my menus.

8. Having my bed made provides an inviting space for my husband and kids to come hang out when they come home from school or work.

This goes back to number six. My husband and I don’t get on our unmade bed with clothes that we’ve worn outside nor do we let our kids.

9. Making my bed motivates me to keep the rest of my room neat. Having a made bed and pretty bedding motivates me to tackle other areas of clutter.

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10. It just feels wonderful to pull back the blankets at night and crawl in for a restful evening.

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Now it’s your turn. Tell us why you do or do not make your bed. Is your bed made right now?

How To Create an Effective To-Do List

I have yet to meet a women who does not know how to create a to-do list.

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Many times I find that women are very fluent in the art of creating to-do list…so much so that they even create them for their husbands and children.

While we may all know how to jot down a bunch of things on a sheet of paper what I want to know is, “How effective is your to-do list?

Do you have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day or at the end of the list? Do you even make it to the end of the list?

In today’s video I’ll talk about how I create my list, who help me come up with the idea for my list and why my completed list gives me a sense of accomplishment.

What’s your best advice for effective time management?

Organizing a Small Bathroom

While we did gain twice as much bedroom space by moving our master bedroom downstairs we did not gain anymore bathroom space.

In fact the size is about the same with way less storage.

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This bathroom has no cabinets and had only one built in shelf. When we bought the house we hung a 2 tier metal shelf and called it a day. That worked great when this was a guest bathroom, however once we moved down here we had to figure out how we would store our hygiene related stuff.

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Here are some ideas on how we keep our tiny bathroom organized with limited storage space.

1. The first thing we did after moving down here is installed two more shelves above the one that was already here. Before this I had never built a thing so I am pretty happy with the way the shelves turned out.

First I installed the top shelf and then it took me a year before I finished the project and installed the second shelf.

Installing shelving added a bunch of open storage space but I realized I needed some closed storage space to tuck away things like cleaning products.

2. I bought in a nightstand table to hold some of the items that I’d rather not have to look at every time I came in the bathroom or either were hard to organize items.

The top drawer of the nightstand holds my makeup and and everything I need for my 5 step manicures or gel nail manicures.

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The bottom cabinet works great for concealing bathroom cleaning products and my hair care supplies.

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These two spaces are not as user friendly as I’d like so I plan to bring in some drawer dividers, a tension rod and shelf to make this space work better.

3. I re-purposed several items from my kitchen to organize my bathroom. I used bowls from Crate and Barrel to hold toothpaste and soap.

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I used a clear plastic tray from the Dollar Tree for our toothpaste and toothbrushes. Our sink is a pedestal sink and there is nowhere to lay these items so having this nightstand here gave us some much needed counter space.

The tray works to protect the surface from water damage.

The glass that holds our toothbrushes is a small vase from Bath and Body works and the white bowl with my hair and bob pins is a Ramekin or bouillon bowls. — I know…I know…I’m a genius. 😀

I also a glass candy jar to hold cotton balls and a glass candy dish to hold my perfume.

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4. Baskets are great for shelves especially when you want to conceal or group things. I use baskets to store personal hygiene items and extra toilet paper.

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I also use them to conceal and store sanitary products.

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This basket goes on the higher shelves until needed and then it’s moved to a lower shelf until it’s no longer needed. I check the inventory and refill it once a month.

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Finally, I keep another basket beside my shower area to hold personal hygiene items used specifically in the shower. eg., shampoos, conditioner, body wash, razors.

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The basket was re-purposed and originally held three glass water bottles identical to the one on my nightstand table.

If you have a small bathroom I truly hope this post gave you some ideas on how to create more storage for your small space.

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      Icone Set RedBed and Bath Remodel 032 What is the most challenging part of your bathroom to keep clean? Better yet, what part of your bathroom do you hate to clean? 😀

How Do I Organize My Home Office Files (Vlog Part 3)

Today I’m sharing the final video in the series, “How Do I Organize My Home Office Files?”

If you’re just stumbling upon this series, you’ll want to go back and watch part one  and two first.

Getting my desk as well as many area of my home organized is an on going project that I am constantly tweaking as time goes on and our family changes.

Right now my office has one central location that allows me to manage my sites and my family and my home.

I often use magazine folders to keep the things organized. Today I’ll show you how I use them to organize my work projects and ideas.

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How to Organize Dresser Drawers Super Cheap

In an effort to distract myself until I can find a paint color suitable for my thrifted master bedroom dresser I have been working on other dresser related projects.

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Two of the brass drawer handles needed replacing so I replaced them with these pretty glass knobs.

Replacing the knobs led to organizing my drawers, which led to me giving you a peek at how I organize my drawer.

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My Method

The first thing did was empty the drawers and line them with contact paper.

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I use contact paper to dress up all kinds of everyday household items such as this, this, this, this and this.

I lined my husbands drawer with a neutral design and mine with something colorful.

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The paper in my husbands drawer is one we found at Walmart and the other I picked up at the Dollar Tree.

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Before putting the clothes back in the drawers I wanted to add some sort of dividers but didn’t want to run to the store for anything.

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I needed a quick fix so I grabbed some sturdy cardboard and cut strips the length of my drawers.

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I find that my undergarment drawer is the quickest to become disorganized so these dividers should help.

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I may dress them up with contact paper later on but for now they are keeping everything in neat rows.

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Do you ever feel like you have to buy the latest organizing thing-a-ma-jigs after reading a super-cute-oh-so-perfect organizing blog?

I hope today’s post inspired you to think outside of the box and find a frugal way to achieve your organization goals.

 

 

 

How I Plan Lunches (SAHM version)

How I Plan Lunches

You don’t know how many women I’ve met who skips at least one meal a day.

I’m serious…I spoke with two at length at Starbucks and Publix within the last month alone.

I thought it was just busy moms doing this but it’s busy working women too!!

We can all agree that skipping entire meals a few times a week is not healthy.

Skipped meals lead to overeating at other meals. It can also lead to headaches, irritability and low energy levels among other things.

So, I’ve come up with a brilliant plan that should help me stop skipping meals.

It’s so simple I don’t know why I never thought of it before now.

Last week school resumed for my children and after a few days of packing their lunches I decided to pack one for myself.

I started on Friday and immediately saw the payoff.

I had coffee for breakfast (I know…I’m so lame but a cup of coffee is easy to make and filling) but right around 11a. m. I grabbed a snack from the bag.

Here’s what I packed.

Snacks:
Yogurt
Popcorn
Granola bar
Orange slices

Lunch:
Baked BBQ chicken with mango curry couscous

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As the day went on I ate things from my bag until it was empty.

Eating was a no brainer after being planned and packed ahead of time.

No standing at the fridge in the middle of the afternoon wondering what I should eat for lunch only to decide it was too much work to cook for just one person.

I am so excited about this and I hope it’s given you some ideas on how to plan your meals even if you are a homemaker.

How Do I Organize My Home Office Files? (Vlog Part 2)

Today I’m sharing video two in the series, “How Do I Organize My Home Office Files?” and next Friday I’ll share the final video.

If you’re just stumbling upon this series, you’ll want to go back and watch part one first.

Getting my desk as well as many area of my home organized is an on going project that I am constantly tweaking as time goes on and our family changes.

Right now my office has one central location that allows me to manage my sites and my family and my home.

I often use magazine folders to keep the things organized. Today I’ll show you how I use them to organize my Bible study material.

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