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Another Laundry Improvement

13 Sep

Almost exactly 2 years ago I posted about my *groundbreaking* idea of having two laundry baskets in my closet (read it here). Sure, it wasn’t rocket science, but since implementing my new approach I have shrunk my clothing by accident probably 98% less often.

There was one issue though. After washing my ‘no dryer’ items, I’d lay them all on top the washer/dryer to let them air dry. Or, I’d stick them on hangers and hang them all over my bedroom – on my closet door, on my dresser knobs, on Ollie’s tail if he was moving too slowly…

It was a mess.

So I decided to improve the situation with a fancy, new laundry rack. I didn’t have space for a standing rack though, so I found one that mounts on the wall. I checked out a bunch of options and ended up with one that had 3.5 out of 5 stars and almost 100 customer reviews.

Specifically, this one:

I ordered it off of Amazon (of course, because I order practically EVERYTHING off Amazon nowadays) and it came a couple days later. I also ordered a set of clothespins and chia seeds and a dog collar and a lunch box…

Anywhoo… it came like this:


It wasn’t too much of a pain to put together, but it was missing one screw. I still haven’t gotten around to replacing it, which is kind of annoying. The whole thing went together in less than 20 minutes or so and then I screwed it into the wall (with drywall anchors):


I like that it collapses to the wall when I’m not using it and then I can easily open it up and hang items when I’m doing laundry:

This $50 investment makes doing laundry so much easier/better/more tolerable for me. I mean, I still hate doing laundry, but at least now I can hang everything up to dry without playing clothing Tetris on the top of the washer/dryer.

How do you air dry clothes? Do you have a clothing rack or just hang things all over the house?

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My Back to School Organization Tricks

11 Sep

I’m one of those ‘everything has its place’ people… but I’m also a mom to a 6-year-old boy. Our house isn’t SUPER organized like the ones you see pinned all over Pinterest (do people even live there??), but it also typically doesn’t get super messy. With the start of school, I thought it would be a good time to share my little tricks for keeping school work and backpacks from exploding all over my house.

First tip, check out Jack’s area in our front entrance way:

This is right when you walk in our front door and it’s pretty much been like this for the past 4 years or so. I just added the backpack hook recently though and it’s been working great! The umbrella hook holds Jack’s jackets and/or sweatshirts and all his shoes go into the basket. I also have a spare pair of socks in there in case we realize we need some right when we are walking out the door.

Jack knows that the moment he walks in the door, his shoes go in the basket and his backpack goes on the hook. Sure, sometimes the shoes end up next to the basket. However, this little system makes our lives SO MUCH easier to have it all right there, rather than doing the ‘WHERE ARE YOUR SHOES?!’ dance while running around the house.

Second (and final) tip, the schoolwork station:

Every single day there is SOMETHING coming home from school. It may be artwork, homework, papers for me to review and sign, a calendar of upcoming crap, etc. I keep this little basket on our kitchen island and each evening when I empty Jack’s backpack I glance at each item and throw it into the basket. In the bottom of the basket, I have a few sharpened pencils, a glue-stick and some erasers.

Homework gets done each night and returned to the backpack. Everything else sits there until I have a few minutes to go through it all.

Conveniently the basket is located right on top of the trash can…

Like I said, I’m no Pinterest Queen but these little areas work for us. So now I want to know, what do you do to keep organized?

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DIY: Super Easy Flag Pallet

2 Jul

I was literally putting off this project for MONTHS. First, my husband brought home a pallet and it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Then, he brought home another pallet and it was do-able… but still not pallet perfection. I had resigned myself to doing the project with a sub-par pallet, when he came home with the PERFECT PALLET.

I had already gotten three little sample pots of paint from Home Depot in the appropriate colors, so I propped up the pallet, grabbed my paintbrush and got to work.

When I say this project was easy… I mean, it was SO EASY. And quick. It took me probably 20 minutes to get to this point. I let it dry for about a half-hour and then free-handed some stars.

Boom. Done. After thinking about this project and putting it off for months, it only took up an hour of my time and I LOVE the way it turned out!

Happy 4th y’all!

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May Thrift Haul

4 Jun

Apparently my May thrifting was all about Jack. And shoes, shoes, shoes! And a dress. And some workout clothes. Anyways, let’s get on with checking out my May thrift haul!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Thrifted for Jack:

Clothes:

Gerry Swim Trunks, $2.99 (retail $13.99)
Cat & Jack Uniform Shorts, $3.99 (retail $14.99)
Converse sneakers, $7.99 (retail $35)

I’ve mentioned before that I like to have a couple pairs of cheap swim shorts around for when Jack goes to summer camp and inevitably ruins them. I thought these were super cute and at only $3 it made sense to snap them up. The uniform shorts are in unworn condition and I think they’ll be good for our cruise next December. They’re a plain front (rather than cargo shorts), so they will look nice with a polo or button up shirt. As for the sneakers, whenever I see an almost unworn pair of Chucks in a size or two up from what Jack is wearing, I buy them! Sure, he isn’t in a size 1 yet… but it’s only a matter of time before he has a growth spurt and suddenly needs bigger shoes!

Fun Stuff:

Hot Dots Grade 1 Reading, $4.99 (retail $24.99)
Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit, $5.99 (retail $15.99)
Ice Age Mini Skateboard, $8.99 (retail $29.99)

With summer coming up, I’ve been looking for some fun workbooks and stuff to keep Jack engaged with his sight words and help him with his reading. This Hot Dots set is super cool and perfect for his age. I’m not sure if this has been used, because all the pieces were in the box and there were no batteries in the pen. I just added a couple AAA’s and we were good to go. As soon as I gave it to him, Jack was sounding out words and using the pen to make it buzz or talk back to him. So glad I scooped this one up!

The mosaic stone kit will be a cool summer project and is totally worth the $6 I paid to keep him entertained for a bit. As for the skateboard, Jack has been asking for one on and off for a few months. This Ice Age mini skateboard is brand-spanking-new in the plastic and even comes with a cool carrying case. As soon as I got it home, I ordered a safety gear set off Amazon (knee pads, elbow pads, wrist pads). I’m saving this one to give him on his last day of school and he’s going to totally freak out in excitement!

Thrifted for Me:

Rag and Bone Standard Issue Lace-Up Sneakers, $5.99 (retail $199)
Sesto Meucci Nudara Woven Leather Sneakers, $7.99 (retail $264)
Keds Love Taylor Swift Heart Sneakers, $5.99 (retail $55)

Okay, so I got pretty lucky in the shoes aisle! I first spotted these super cute Rag and Bone sneakers and immediately grabbed them. They are a great neutral gray color and are super comfortable. There were a few scuffs on the rubber, but soft scrub and about 60 seconds of scrubbing got them back to looking brand new.

While browsing the shoe section, I found one of the Sesto Meucci Nudara Woven Leather sneakers and tried it on. I immediately loved it and went on the hunt for the other shoe! I looked EVERYWHERE in that aisle multiple times and just when I was finally ready to concede defeat, I FOUND IT! I knew that this brand tends to be pretty pricy, but I had no idea how expensive it was until I did some homework. These exact shoes retailed for $264, which makes this $8 find the deal of the day!

Ked’s loves Taylor Swift and so do I! These cute little heart Keds are basically unworn, but missing a little gold heart charm. I’ll wear these all summer long with my jean shorts!

RBX Stratus Space Dyed Hoody, $6.99 (currently on sale for $24.99)
Yogalicious Overlapped Back Tank Top, $3.99 (retail $22.99)
Zella Training Jacket, $6.99 (retail $99.00)

I love some almost-brand-new workout clothes for a steal! They’re actually still selling the exact hoody online, so it must not be very old at all. The tank top has a nice high-neck (to keep my chest protected from the sun on summertime runs) and a split back.

I love the quality of Zella workout clothes and have bought a few pieces from Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. This Zella Training Jacket is super cute with mesh cut outs on the arms and upper back. It also has extra-long sleeves with thumbholes, which I LOVE. It was super dusty/dirty though, so as soon as I got home from the thrift store I threw it in the wash and then let it air dry. It’s super similar to an all-black version they are selling on the Nordstrom website for $99… so WIN! I’ve been throwing it on every weekend since I bought it to keep warm in chilly restaurants.

Vince Pencil Stripe Relaxed Long Sleeve top, $4.99 (retail $95.00)

I love Vince, but usually when I find an item I like it’s still way too pricy for me. This cotton top is so soft and oversized. I can see wearing it with a pair of skinny jeans this fall with a little half-tuck for some shape.

Zac & Rachel floral blouse, $5.99 (retail $23.00ish)

I’m not familiar with this brand at all, but my friend says she gets it at Marshalls. I really like the colors in this top, the tab-sleeves and the longer back. I think it will look great with my skinny black trousers for work in the fall!

Anthropologie Moulinette Soeurs dress South Shore Dress, $11.99 (retail $138)

I know my Anthropologie brands, so when I saw that this soft jersey dress was Moulinette Soeurs I threw it in my basket. This dress was at Anthropologie in March 2017 and came in a couple different patterns. It has a higher neckline, cap sleeves and a scoop back. I initially bought it to sell it on Poshmark or the Anthropologie Buy/Sell page, but once I tried it on I almost changed my mind… I didn’t love it 100% though, so I went ahead and listed it for $40 and sold it within a couple hours!

Land’s End Home Chenille Blanket, $7.99 (retail $69.95)

I did a little browsing down the bedding aisle because I tend to collect quilts and saw this pretty grass green blanket. The Land’s End Home tag looks a little old to me, but they have almost identical blankets currently on their website for $69.95… so maybe it’s not really that old? I’m of the mind that you can never have enough fuzzy blankets, so this one came home with me to live in our den.

I’d love to hear your thrifting stories! Did you find a diamond in the rough (literally or figuratively)?

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