Friday, April 26, 2013

"Workin' with what you got"

Yesterday I guest posted over at Simply Clarke:

I am super excited to guest post today! It took me a while to think of a topic and to be completely honest my BFF, Kelley, actually threw out a few ideas to me and I took this one and ran with it. ;) I hope you enjoy it and will hop over to "They Call Me Mama" and take a look around! Ok, enough business, moving on: 

Mark and I live in a starter home. There is no way around it, it is what it is...right?!?!? We purchased the home about 6 months after we got married so we have lived here about 4.5 years. Our plan was always 5-8 years here then to move to something bigger once he was out of school (he was in Chiropractic school for the newbies) and a little more established as far as office/having patients goes. Then I got pregnant with Wyatt a little before "our plan," funny how that works right?!?!?  From the word positive on THAT pregnancy test our lives really haven't gone according to OUR plan at all. We plan and God laughs (a really good book BTW), right!!?!? With that said for the time being we are staying put and "workin with what we got." (I can't believe I just typed that, LOL) 

I like to call myself an organized person. Since having children, who are now one and two to be exact, I have had to make a conscious effort to not worry so much about the clean house, laundry piles, etc but it's hard for SUPER hard. Where some need that extra kick in the bottom to get started on household chores because they can't stop playing I am just the opposite I need an extra kick to STOP cleaning and organizing and start playing. Sad, I know...something I am currently working on.
I am sure everyone has read this little quote somewhere, especially if you spend anytime at Cracker Barrel. Ha! I have mixed emotions about it and know understand it's not to be taken literally, well for me anyway but I recently set encouraging reminders, quotes, and verses to go off throughout the day on my phone (post coming soon) and this is one of them that comes up. ;)

Liking everything organized carries over into my decorating style as well. For example:

More RIBBA shelves used to display our photo books. I like this because they don't take up space on a shelf, table, or even a drawer. They are are eye level for guests to see as well. I love that we can look at them whenever we want too! Wyatt has recently become obsessed with looking at them and it's so fun!

Something else that I do 99.9% of the time is put something away AS SOON AS I am finished with it. I am sure some of you are rolling your eyes or even laughing but it's true. It just seems easier and makes way more sense to me. There isn't ever a huge mess to clean if you clean as you go. (Don't get me wrong...this DOES NOT mean my house is always clean. Let's be real folks...) The picture below is what my pantry looked like when I opened the door. I was going to "clean it up a bit" but I am keepin' it real ladies! Another place that's small in this house is the pantry. Actually to be quite honest it isn't even a supposed to be a pantry. Pretty sure this is the linen closet, ha...but who cares!?!?! We made it a pantry...

The inside has been painted multiple times. Currently it's black, don't ask me why. I have an organizer on the door and then different ones on the shelves  I love having all matching containers and their labels. This is something that takes more time when you get home from the grocery store BUT it keeps the mess down and usually takes care of the crowded pantry issues. Everything has a place so if everything is where it should be then...taaa-daaa...a clean, tidy pantry! ;)

A few weeks ago did a post about Wyatt's room, well it was actually about him sleeping in his bed but there are pictures of his room. ;) You can read about it HERE. As you can see in there we have to be wise with our space as well. We have furniture that all has a purpose. Nothing bulky and everything has a purpose. 

The living room furniture is another example of nothing bulky and everything has a purpose furniture. The furniture is clean, tight, as well as easy to maintain. We love it! It's perfect to people who love changing pillows/decor too! I use the pillows and a few accent pieces to add the "homey" (sp?) room. 

Sissy's room is another example of using correct furniture when in small places. Niether of the little's have a dresser. A few months ago we splurged and purchased an ELFA organizer system for her closet (we plan to complete each closet in the house someday) This has been a 
lifesaver as far as space goes. That container store, they will get you every time. ;) 

Another use of the RIBBA Sloane's room...bookshelves. They are small and don't take up any floor space. PERFECT! 
 I hope this fun post encouraged you to choose an area and make the best sue of the space that you have. It's fun and always so rewarding when it's finished! ;) Thanks for reading!


  1. Def makes me excited for our new place!

  2. We too are in a small home, but I'm enjoying the simplicity of it. I love those RIBBA shelves!


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