DIY · Kids · Organization

Summer Bucket List Organization

Most of us have heard the old saying that there are not enough hours in the day and, as I am experiencing adulthood with small children, I can attest that this adage could not be more true. My little family likes to stay busy, and I cannot count the number of times that a season has busily passed, as all seasons do, and we realize we had not done an activity we had discussed or gone on a trip we had mentioned.

Cue the summer bucket list.

First, we sat down as a family and made a list of all the things we want to do before summer ends. Most of us were on the same page, and my little guy even suggested we go to Target. Way to speak my language, little dude. I think we’ll probably mark that one off the list several times. 🙂

Second, I put all our ideas on a couple pieces of poster board with big check boxes that we can satisfyingly mark off each time we complete a bucket list item. I left plenty of room on both pieces of poster board to add more activities as we think of them, and hung the list in a central part of our home for easy access.

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Third, I split our list into two categories: rainy day activities and sunny day activities. I then labeled two jars with these attributes.

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Lastly, I wrote all of the activities from our list on colored craft sticks and sorted them into their corresponding jars. As we add more activities to our “master” list, I will jot them down on a craft stick and add them to their designated jar. There will never be any “I’m bored” conversations around this place. If we’re bored, we’ll choose a stick. If we can’t decide on an activity, we’ll choose a stick.

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We had a lot of fun creating our list and I’m excited to stay on track with a little organization amongst our madness. I’m hoping that, when summer winds down, we will proudly be able to say we did every single thing on our list, and that we made the most of our summer break with no regrets about what we may have forgotten.

Antiques · Home Decor · Organization

Paul Stanley & Produce Crates

Paul Stanley. My dad once dressed as Paul Stanley from the band KISS. It doesn’t stop there, friends. His buddies also dressed as other members of the band, and adoring fans paid money to see them perform (lip sync). It was a pretty big deal, and my dad is now essentially a lip-syncing legend. You didn’t hear it from me, but word is that photographic evidence and whispers of this epic performance are still passed around, even today.

Along with my dad’s love of music came a nice collection of records, which he stored in a couple of produce crates he was able to snag from the grocery store where he worked. I’m sure this long-haired young man, as he unpacked Sunny Slope Brand peaches and nectarines onto the store’s produce shelves and toted the empty crates home, would never imagine that, one day, he would have a daughter who would cherish those old, wooden boxes and display them proudly in her home. I inherited these treasures when I started collecting records myself, and my dad passed along his collection to me in, of course, said crates. Once my record collection expanded, I upgraded my music storage to a steamer trunk given to me by my Papaw, who used this in his Navy travels, but kept my crates because I knew I’d find another use for them. And, for those who may be wondering (because I know it probably has you on the edge of your seats), my records have now outgrown the trunk, as well. I have a lot!

Today, I’m sharing with you how I now use these antiques (sorry, dad, but they are!) in our home, along with a couple others I have since collected.

We have an adorable built-in right near our garage door and, although I’ve never had anything like this before, it’s something I’ll need in all my homes from here on out, because I L-O-V-E it! There are 6 cubby holes total, with the 2 largest being at the bottom. These particular cubbies fit my produce crates perfectly! Inside these boxes, I store reusable shopping bags, lunch boxes, and extra backpacks.

Next is an old 7-Up crate my husband found at a Goodwill outlet, where they charge you by weight. He got this puppy for less than $2! I have set it up on its end on the counter next to our fridge. It perfectly fits several bottles of water (around 23 at a time!) and it’s a nice way to store bottled beverages within easy reach for us and our guests, and without taking up all our fridge space.

Lastly is an apple crate I found at an antique show. Someone had previously put a little shelf inside, which was a nice addition! Initially I considered hanging this crate on the wall, but then no one could see the old label, which is the best part about it! I decided on placing it in on our entry-way bench. It currently holds our hats, gloves and sunglasses. And, when we have guests, I clear a side for their keys, accessories, purses, etc. so they stay right there by the door and aren’t forgotten.

There is nothing more satisfying than old, pretty items that are also functional and unconventional. What antique items do you have in your home that you use on a daily basis?

Antiques · Fashion · Home Decor · Organization

Pretty In Pink: Using Pink Depression Glass To Organize Jewelry

I received my first piece of pink depression glass from my Mamaw, and it was a beautiful and ornate bowl she found in her kitchen while cleaning out her cupboards. Since that time, I have become a collector and have scooped up many pieces, mostly from my favorite local antique stores! I’ve gathered bowls, plates, a cream and sugar set and taper candle holders. No piece is alike – all different sizes and patterns. They are so fun, pretty and delicate! Instead of just simply displaying my collection, I use them to hold my favorite and everyday pieces of jewelry!

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My creamer dish is perfect for earrings, which I just hang on the rim – they are easy to find and stay untangled! I use the sugar bowl for my rings.

It’s tempting to put pretty things behind glass, especially when you have little ones. I found a second-hand table on a neighborhood sale site, and it’s the perfect size for several of my pink depression glass items. I keep it in our bedroom, away from little hands (for the most part).

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I even use one of my plates to hold a couple of my favorite perfume bottles:

What pretty little things are you hiding behind glass, or in your closets and cupboards? Whip those suckers out and find a good way to put them to work, even if it’s not conventional! Would you have ever thought to use a cream and sugar set to hold jewelry? Probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but man does it look nice! Useful and unique items that are also easy on the eyes is a win-win!