Sunday, January 4, 2009

It's the Little Things...

What does one do when you live in the land of frozen tundra? You find little ways to brighten things up a bit...at least I do anyways.
Here's the latest.



This cupboard used to sit in the hallway upstairs. It held 1/2 my clothes. Apparently, when they built houses 100+ years ago, they didn't have a ton of clothes that they stored but rarely wore. Interesting. Makes me think maybe I don't need to have them either....more on that tomorrow...back to my point...we moved it from upstairs to the living/dining room and it's gonna get some paint, I just have to decide on a color...probably will be black. Open it up and:

and notice the fantastic labels :)...I know, I know, it's a tad excessive...but you know me, it's all or nothin'. I even used recycled containers, which makes me a little light green I think :)

I added these to the table, and you know what...they make me happy. And the boys have only destroyed a few of them thus far. Considering our record around here, I think that's pretty impressive. (yep, they're real)

The next project was the bathroom. It needed some happiness.

Before: Shower curtain

The after, much happier version:

It was out with the brown and taupe towels and in with the yellow and green.*sigh* It really does help. I'm not done yet though...more to come...when I figure it out :)

And last but not least, tomorrow will be more on my organization tangent. And in honor of my love for the book, and the fact that pretty much everyone that commented said they NEED it, I'm gonna do a give-away...OF THE BOOK! YAY! But ya can't register to win till tomorrow...see you then!

29 comments:

  1. Great ideas . . . I have the book ordered . . . I too am in the purging movement . . . too much stuff and the kids really can't keep their stuff cleaned up - it is everywhere.

    Love your post.

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  2. Everything looks great. Can't wait to hear more about the book.

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  3. MOTIVATION, THANK YOU!
    I love the bathroom colors!

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  4. that looks great the colour for the cupborad should be lime green . dont thow out the fruit you can dry it or cut it up and frezze it and use it for many things like honey and lemon when you have a cold or put them in bowl of water and clean the micro wave... cant wait for monday... will u be labeling james lol he was so chaffed with the root beer ;-)

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  5. Like the fruit.

    And you are really workin' that label-maker, girl.

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  6. I'm an organization junkie so I'm loving this little series you've got going on here. :)

    I'm very curious about the book. I'll be IN on that giveaway

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  7. I was just thinking the same thing about the clothes this morning! How strange. I was remembering the closet I had growing up and how small it was. And the fact that it wasn't even full! Great minds and all that...

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  8. love the fruit! I saw someone at Christmas had made a garland for the fireplace of limes. It was so pretty and smelled great and as they dried, they even looked better!!

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  9. Love what you did with the cabinet! The containers are SO GREEN! What a great idea! Can you come to my house and help me???? PLEASE?????

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  10. You know what? I'm listening to Hubby snow blow the drive way right now and for some strange reason I feel HAPPY :)
    Not because he's out there freezing his tail off, But your colors seem so sunshiney! Now if I can only get a whiff of those lemons and limes...

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  11. love your tin can pencil holders...cute...green or not! i'm still in the phase where cute is more important than green. awful i know.

    your bathroom is so cheery now...great job!

    i can't wait to come back and try to win the book.

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  12. YAY! I was actually thinking of making a tip to Books-A-Million... not just because it's next door to Target... and my beloved Starbucks, but to pick up a copy of "THE BOOK".

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  13. I think black is a great color for that cabinet. I think that, because I love black furniture and I also believe that every room needs a little black. :)

    Great face lift in that bathroom!

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  14. I love your changes and especially the organization of the cabinet. The fruit basket is really cool too. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  15. ok i am coming back tomorrow for a chance to win this book... i want it!!! i need it!!!

    love all the changes you made. we have some bring green towels like that... much better than brown!

    can't wait to see more cleaning you have done & get more ideas!!!

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  16. Great job--spring green and yellow, fresh fruit ... you've got it goin' on!

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  17. Good job!

    I just love to change things around and make it feel new and fresh. Looking forward to seeing what else you do.

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  18. Love the towels. All your ideas are great. Looks like you're having fun with the label maker.

    Can't wait to enter the book give-away!
    -FringeGirl

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  19. Don't you just love a label maker?!?! I love mine. I really like your new towel colors!

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  20. I completely agree.

    I think I am about to give some things around my house a color/label makeover.

    FOR.SURE.

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  21. Older house don't have many closets because property taxes used to be determined based on the number of rooms in a house. Each closet counted as a room, so closets were few. Consider this your worthless trivia fact for the day! :)

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  22. You go girl! I'm in purging mode too and wish Spring were a wee bit closer so that I don't have to store all of the garage sale items! Like you, I am in the process of purging clothing! I really only feel "good" in 2-3 of the outfits I own anyway!

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  23. Sarah, I need the book. This dis-organized lady is supposed to teach a Family and Community Education class on February 16 – Organizing and Managing Your Life (Closets, files, papers, etc.) I need to put it into practice and I have only a little over a month to do it. I did not even get all my Christmas decorations on my Christmas tree and now it is still up. Help! Arlona

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  24. You are so right! The little touches do so much for your outlook & mood of the home. We have been in a purge & clean mode for the last month, very satisfying, mostly. :)

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  25. Colors really do effect our moods. Your sprucing-up looks great!

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  26. I love all your cheery updates, including the green script!

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  27. I love the new shower curtain and towels! I've often laughed at yellow towels in the store. Who buys yellow towels?! Now I know and they look great! Laugh no more! Thanks for the little burst of happiness! :)

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  28. Okay I had to come back after all these days and ask...where did you get that shower curtain? I love it! Some sunshiney colors are just what my bathroom needs!

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