My kids got a lot of great art supplies for Christmas, which is great, but that influx combined with a growing craft bin led to the need for an organization upgrade. As my daughter would want me to make clear - we have most definitely left the "baby" phase of pulling out the odd oversized crayon and now are firmly in the "big kid" art supply world. I.e we own actual liquid glue, googly eyes and pipe cleaners! Crazy how that happens. Read on...more
I have seen so many wonderful gift guides and I thought I would put my own spin on these fun round ups. Here are my Austin ideas for clutter free gifts...fun activities for kids and adults that won't add to the growing mound of stuff and toys. Parents of tiny people I know you especially feel me...more
They're almost here...Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Year's...all the holidays! I love, love Christmas but have always had a soft spot for Thanksgiving - one special day with family (and friends!) and all that delicious food, wine and football. Doesn't get much better. No matter which is your favorite, once Thanksgiving hits the rest of November and December can (do) feel a bit like a runaway train. With that in mind here is how I...more
Weekdays mornings are hectic...period. For most of us they involve some combination of work, kids, and school plus the potential for crazy traffic, unpredictable weather or exercise goals. With summer now officially over and all of us settling into our "back-to-school" morning routines I thought it might be helpful to share how I plan and organize for the morning. Step by step below...spoiler alert...it starts the night before...more
I have been chipping away at my own to-do list lately and at the top of that list has been PHOTOS. Since moving I had fallen behind in our family albums and our framed photos were an outdated mishmash-poor Ford was hardly represented at all. Time for a real refresh!
Luckily my digital photos have remained organized and categorized...I prefer fewer/larger photo albums (2014, Cuba, 2015, Big Bend) versus a ton of tiny ones. Since...more
Kitchens can be a real beast and often times even when the rest of a house is getting refreshed the kitchen is left out. Why is that? Most people are flat out overwhelmed and just don't know where to begin. Since our kitchens are put to use about a million times a day it can seem daunting to interfere with the daily rhythm. Good news...kitchens and pantries are a favorite of mine! After wrapping some...more
As I type I am now 34 and oh so much wiser...now an age fully qualified to impart my top 5 sanity saving tips. These are the small (but huge) things that help add up to a much more organized and less chaotic day. Plus they will help make everything prettier! Which, let's be real, is always the main goal...why organize if not to create a space that is beautiful and peaceful.
1. Go vertical! I love, love, love hooks and think they are...more
A few weeks ago I got to set up a playroom for a client...formerly a straightforward family room that had become filled with the grandkid's toys. Since there was another space in the home for adults to hang she decided to purposefully set up her living room as a chic and organized playroom. Brilliant and sweet. A handful of items were donated but in this case the main objective was to find a home (sometimes hidden;) for books, games, blocks,...more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…spring has arrived! Spring in Austin can mean many things – bluebonnets, patio margaritas, lake outings, and the list goes on – but for this Austinite it marks the start of spring cleaning. What January is to healthy living resolutions March is to closet organization.
Unfortunately many people are overwhelmed by the idea of spring cleaning when all they need is a push in the right...more
You might think I enjoy packing...maybe it seems like something that someone who loves (true story) cleaning out other people's closets would be into. You would be wrong. It drives me nuts and all I can think about is all the unpacking that will inevitably follow. I know...life is hard.
So here I am, packing for four - I may not enjoy it, but I do it well. Follow along for my method.
Bins have always been great but they didn't serve a huge purpose in my life until kids came onto the scene. Now they are THE lifesaver. The perfect way to group toys and contain the endless stream of tiny things (Mr. Potato Head!). And while yes, I do work to keep certain categories within specific bins, there are some days when clean up time rolls around and we are chucking toys for dear life. Here are some of my favorites...what are...more
See what I did there...just couldn't resist. I stumbled upon Gayle King's closet makeover recently and was stunned. Cue the obligatory famous person closet must haves-high heels as far as the eye can see, recessed lighting, clothes arranged by color to create a glorious rainbow effect. Dreamy. All that aside I was mesmerized by the lucite dividers - until recently I have had...more
Edit spaces is back in action! After a long (OK really long) hiatus, I am so thrilled to have this space up and running again.
Life has been wild. We had two kids, moved from New York City to Austin, and lived with my parents while completely renovating a new home!
Time to get going! In the meantime, here is a snap shot of our life over the past year. Amidst the chaos we have had a blast living in Austin which up and...more