Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Packing List Free Printable

If you're anything like me when it comes to working on a project you have to make a list to help keep you on track and organized.  I like to make lists when it comes to cleaning my house of the things I need to do or when my husband and I have a trip to plan.  Since having my son list making has been a key priority for my family every time we travel, this way we know we're not forgetting anything.

With Christmas just three days away, many of you are going to be hitting the road tonight and you may haven't even packed yet. You may be sitting at your desk in your office at work waiting patiently for 5 o'clock to get here so you can run home and pack and then hit the road. So you're silently sitting there making a list in your head of what you need to pack and what you need to remember to bring with you. Well, lucky enough I've composed a Christmas Packing List to help keep you organized during holiday travels.

Keep the list handy for the future.  Add it to your home management binder.

I'll be making another free printable packing list for you all so you can it for other trips.

Download the FREE PRINTABLE here

I hope y'all have a wonderful, blessed Christmas.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kingston's Nursery

I'm a very proactive person and a planner.  I had my wedding planned before Grant and I were even engaged so naturally, I had a nursery planned for a boy and a girl.  When we learned that we were having a little boy, Grant and I began preparing Kingston's nursery.

I had planned something that you don't normally see for a nursery.  I wanted it to be something that he can grow up with and not outgrow by the time he's 5.  

My husband, Grant is a very artsy person.  He enjoys drawing and graffiti a lot so I figured what a better way to introduce something that my husband loves that he can enjoy with our son.  This is what I wanted Kingston's nursery to represent.  We want to be able to share common interest with him as he grows and when he's older.  Along with art and graffiti I added another hobby of my husband's; skateboarding. 

I combined the two hobbies and came up with an urban, inner city theme.  Skateboards, street signs, license plates, and two framed pictures of city skylines make up the art in Kingston's room.  

The color scheme for his room are shades of grey, black and bright, enticing colors that would remind you of graffiti. 

His walls are painted to shades of grey.  We purchased the paint from Wal-Mart and chose Disney colors.  Three walls are coated with a lighter grey called Scream Machine; a Monster's Inc. color.  The accent wall is bold and is coated with a dark grey called Eeyore's Rain Cloud; a Winnie the Pooh color.

The furnishing in his nursery we purchased from JC Penny.  Sturdy, black, and made from real wood, Kingston's dresser, crib, and changing table with storage cabinet line the walls of his bedroom.

Since we are currently renting our apartment I didn't want to get too crazy with decorating his room, but luckily our landlord allowed us to paint.  So when we buy our house I have found a graffiti wall mural that we are going to purchase and hang it in Kingston's room for his accent wall.  I'll post a link to the site for your viewing pleasure.  I've also found a website that makes custom bedding so of coarse Kingston's bedding is graffiti print as well.

I've really put a lot of planning into his room.  If you thinks that's good, wait 'til you see what I have planned for a girl's nursery.  ...If I'm lucky enough to have a girl next time.

Colourful Graffiti Wallpaper

Graffiti Wallpaper

Kingston's Nursery after we finished it.  We've added a nine cubed shelf we purchased from Home Depot with lime green bins that now sits on the wall between the crib and changing table.

Update: House Hunting and Organizing

I think the organization bug has fully hit me.  Currently my husband and I are looking for a house to buy and this is really getting me in the mood to clean out all the clutter and junk in my apartment now.  I have a list of projects that I want to get to do before we move out so it will make the process of moving easier for us, and we won’t have to haul as much to our new home.

I have completed organizing and cleaning our storage room and the closet in Kingston’s room.

My lists of projects that I still have yet to finish:
Kitchen cabinets
Hallway Closet
Cabinet in our bedroom -- This is a project that my loving husband has to help me with since he’s a hoarder.  Okay, not really.  Most of the stuff in there is his junk and I could really use the space to maximize the storage around our 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment.

I found that the key to becoming more organized is just getting rid of the stuff you don’t want/use/love etc… Donate, trash, give away, or if it’s something that a family member wants, recycle or upcycle it and give it as a gift—Christmas is just around the corner. 

For example, my husband and I have a giant movie collection.  We don’t watch all the movies so a couple of times a year we purge through the movies and offer them to a few friends or my sister and let them take what they want.  Normally we have a garage sale once or twice during the summer.  We will hold on to what is left between the garage sales and then donate them at the end of summer.  With my husband and I moving soon (hopefully) we’ll maybe have one in the spring to help de-clutter and make moving easier for us.

For now, I’ll keep organizing and de-cluttering and keep you posted on the house hunting along the way.

Happy organizing!