Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Our new Coffee Table August 15, 2011

Filed under: Furniture,Organization — Treasuring The Journey @ 3:11 PM

Happy Monday, Folks! 

 

I L-O-V-E our new coffee table.  It is a lot more kid friendly than our old one.  We needed a table that would be better for Cason to pull up on and walk around. Our old coffee table and end tables were hazardous to small children to say the least!   I wanted something softer and with storage.  Enter, our new leather storage ottoman.  Smile 

 

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It has great storage space to hide all of our junk, in an organized fashion of course!

 

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A boppy pillow, two blankets, basket of toys, ring toy, 15 magazines, two laptop desk pillow things, and a bumbo seat with table.  See, I told you it held a lot of stuff.

 

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I love how both sides open up and the hinges are strong and you have to push down on the lids to make them close.  They do not slam back down.  Slamming lids would not work very well for my baby’s hands. 

 

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I have a small basket on top to serve as a catch-all for a few of Cason’s toys, the remote, and drink coasters.  With both sides opening/closing, I doubt this ottoman becomes piled up with stuff, at least that is the hope.  I have the dining room table for my piles o’ stuff.  Smile  If you know me and have been to our house, you know what I am talking about.  The dining room table is my dumping spot. 

 

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I found this wonderful coffee table/storage ottoman at T.J. Maxx last week.  The regular price tag was $400, but the T.J. Maxx price was $199.99.  While this price is more than I had intended to pay for a new coffee table, it serves our purpose so well and the leather is super easy to clean up when you have spills, slobber, and other baby stuff happening on it. 

 

Now, to sell the old coffee table and end tables on Craigslist.  Here is the link if you are interested in buying them. 

 

http://shoals.craigslist.org/fuo/2545478953.html

 

And I am on the hunt for new end tables.  Darn, I have to visit more thrift stores now.  LOL!

 

Happy Monday,

 

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Spiffy Spices August 10, 2011

Filed under: Kitchen,Organization,Thrift Store Finds — Treasuring The Journey @ 2:17 PM
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Our spice cabinets were driving me a little cuckoo and I had been meaning to re-organize them for the past several weeks.  I had my inspiration on Monday and got to work organizing them.  I found a three-tier shelf riser while thrifting for $1.  They retail for around $7-8 depending on where you purchase it from.  I had organized the spices probably a year or so ago, and for the most part it had stayed somewhat organized.  The past few weeks it had gotten more disorganized than I could handle.  As with all organized spaces, it must be maintained.

 

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Here are some before pictures of our spice cabinet situation.  The third shelf is pretty much useless for me, since I can’t reach anything on it. 

 

These cabinets are above the stove. 

 

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This cabinet is to the left of the stove.

 

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I took everything out of the cabinets and put it all on the stove. 

 

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Yes, I am aware we have a ridiculous amount of spices.  We probably only use about 20% of these spices.

 

Besides my $1 3-tier shelf riser, I only wanted to use bins/storage containers I already had on hand.  I did not want to have to buy anything for this quick fix organization project.   I have a plethora of storage containers to pick from, it is a collection, trust me. 

 

Here are a few after pictures.  Quick, easy, and a lot less cuckoo for me! 

 

See the shelf riser on the bottom right?  I only used the first two risers.  Our cabinets are not tall enough to use the third row.  You can’t see the labels I made for the top left containers in this picture:  Bread Dipping Seasonings and Bouillon

 

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Close-up of right side of the cabinet above the stove. 

I stored our extra Ground Cumin on the third shelf of the shelf riser.

Why on earth we have two full containers of Ground Cumin is beyond me. 

I have NEVER cooked with Ground Cumin.

 

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Left side of the cabinet.

 

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Close-up of the cabinet to the left of the stove. 

We use the bottom row for our rubs/spices we put on meats.  These are the spices we use the majority of the time.

The labels on these containers are ‘Peppers’, ‘Turkish Seasonings’, and ‘Dips & Sauces’.

 

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We ended up with 4 jars of mystery spices that were not labeled.  I have lived here for over 2 years and we have never used them.  So, I tossed them out.  Smile 

 

How does your spice rack/cabinet look?  This was quick (took me less than an hour) and cost me $1.  That is my kind of organization – quick and cheap!  And a whole lot less cuckoo!

 

Hope you are having a great week!

 

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Overload of Greeting Cards? January 21, 2011

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Hello Everyone,

I have been away being sick, organizing, meeting huge deadlines at work…blah blah blah. I hope you have been doing great in the New Year. The picture below shows my “word of the day” for the past two weeks. So glad the crunch time has passed!

In addition to work deadlines, I have been working on getting our house more organized, like many of you, and getting ready to tackle the nursery. Tackle has a negative connotation, but I do not mean it that way. This weekend we will be painting the nursery, next will be steam cleaning the carpet, and then I can get everything setup. 🙂 Woo Hoo! We have about 6 weeks left til Baby Peanut arrives and the countdown is on. Tick Tock Tick Tock…

I digress, sorry! The topic of this post is about greeting cards, you know birthday, anniversary, Merry Christmas, thank you cards, and so on. I, like many of you, have issues with throwing away the cards. I have a somewhat large box shown below that I keep my cards in and I try once a year to go through a purge the excess cards.

I felt guilty for recycling or throwing away the cards, but you can’t hang on to everything! It does not mean your Momma loves you any less if you don’t keep each and every birthday card. 🙂 Normally I put ALL cards that I get into this box, this year I had an exception. With getting married, you get a TON of cards from your family and friends and I love all of the nice sentiments in the cards or hand-written notes. I decided to have a separate storage box for our wedding cards. Maybe one day I will part with some of those, but not this year. I will also have the same exception in 2011 in that a big life event is occurring…birth of our first baby! We are already getting cards and I know many more will follow. I will have a separate keepsake box for those as well and maybe one day I can part with some of those precious cards.

Here is my box with my current stash of cards, note this does not include this year’s Christmas cards. I have to locate those, I set them down somewhere!

Ok, so now what. What do I do with my cards you ask? Well, I could be very crafty and re-purpose them for cards to give to other people. Lord knows I have a ton of scrapbook stuff to do it with, but I have found something I like better. I mail my cards to an organization that puts them to use and helps their non-profit organization earn some money. Say ‘hello’ to St. Jude’s Ranch.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a non-profit organization that rescues abused, abandoned and neglected children of all races and faiths from the vicious cycle of child abuse. They provide healing and nurturing in a safe home-like environment where children can learn life skills to start new lives with new chances, new choices and new hope. They have a Recycled Card Program that helps earn money for this organization. People are asked to mail in their used greetings cards (all occasions are accepted) and the children help re-purpose them.

Here is how the program is described on the St. Jude’s Ranch website:
“Operated by Kids, Corp., a program for the children at St. Jude’s Ranch to learn entrepreneurship skills, the children participate in making the new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive “green” holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of “going green”.

So, during my lunch break today, I am going to sort through my cards and get my package ready to send to St. Jude’s Ranch. I no longer have to throw away my cards and feel the guilt and I know they will be put to a good use and be helping a great cause. Yes, it cost me a tiny bit in postage, but it is worth it. I hope you decide to give the Recycled Card Program a try. There is currently a need for more birthday cards and thank you cards. For more information, please visit their website here: http://stjudesranch.org

Have a great weekend!
Iris

 

What’s in your Medicine Chest/Cabinet/Closet? October 28, 2010

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Howdy People!

Hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday and is ready for the upcoming weekend! I know I am.  TGIF (a few hours early)!  I mentioned yesterday in my first blog that I have some OCD tendencies when it comes to organization and I thought I would share my latest organization project with you.  I apologize upfront for not having a before picture, but when I decided to start this closet clean-up I was not thinking that I would write about this organization project for a blog.  So I only have after pictures, but I bet you can get an idea of what the before may have looked like.   A hot mess of medicine/personal hygiene products!

So, I started off by asking Pete to help me clear the closet out and just scrape everything off into boxes.  He obliged knowing I would handle the rest.  I ended up with 3 large boxes of various medicinal items, cologne, lotions, ointments, and a lot of miscellaneous items that never should have been in this closet to begin with.  And yes, we do have a medicine CLOSET…not just a cabinet.  We are ready for almost any type of illness, cut, wound, runny nose, foot fungus (I know, ewww!), sore throat, cough….you name it we are ready.  Oh and I forgot to mention vitamins.  We have a plethora of those.   I tossed away anything old/outdated (we had stuff from 2002 in here OMG!), sorted the items into like groups, and determined baskets would be the most helpful organizational tool for this project. 

Pete and I suffer from the common ailment of needing something, knowing we have it “somewhere”, but can’t find what we are looking for when we need it….therefore we buy more.  Whew, that is a long-named ailment.   This ailment is how we ended up with 4 bags of cough drops, 5 boxes of Band-Aids, various milligrams of ibuprofen, and so on.  You get the idea.  Well, now we know what we have in terms of first aid, cold/flu/sinus, and so on so hopefully we won’t have to make a mad dash to Walgreen’s anytime soon!   The ironic (and fortunate) thing is that Pete and I are RARELY sick, but when we do get sick, we are ready to fight back with a vengence!

So, now it is time for pictures.  First a look at the whole closet…I love green and could not resist these baskets from the Dollar Tree. At $1 a basket, the small price of $12 has cured our ailment! WOO HOO! 

Medicine Closet - Overview

Now for a close-up of the baskets. 

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You can see I made labels for each basket.  I L-O-V-E my “Handy-Dandy” Label Maker.  Pete laughs when I call it that, but it is very near and dear to my heart.  🙂  Categories include (since you can’t read them very well in my pictures):  

  • Foot Care/Antacids
  • Cold/Sinus/Flu (2 of these)
  • Vitamins (2) of these
  • Cologne (yes, Pete, has an entire basket full of cologne, yet he normally wears the same kind every day)
  • First Aid
  • Antiseptic/Ointment
  • Pain Relief
  • Body Lotion
  • Shaving Cream/Hair Gel
  • and Eyes/Teeth/Nails

Whew, we have a ton of personal hygiene and medicine products! 

So, what is in your medicine chest, cabinet, or closet?  Is yours organized?  Are you battle ready to fight the war against sickness and ready to perform triage in your home?  LOL!  🙂  I can only imagine how our medicine closet will grow when Baby Peanut gets here!  Oh goodness, I will need more baskets!

Cheers everyone…til tomorrow!

Iris