Reasons to Rearrange Your Kitchen with Post-It Notes

ghqaI had some trouble deciding what goes where in my new kitchen. So, rather than pulling EVERYTHING out (as some organization techniques suggest), I discovered a much easier game plan and it doesn’t waste my time either. I labeled the doors and drawers with Post-It Notes.  On each note, I wrote the various kitchen contents I own.  Then, I moved the little notes around until I found the most logical fit.

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What I love…

1.  No kitchen clutter all over the counter tops.   With a Little One in the house, my kitchen is used all. day. long.  Performing kitchen tasks with all our contents strewn around would be stressful and chaotic.

2.  Allows for frequent (and easy!) changes until the perfect spot is found.  I’m of the tradition that everything has a place to belong AND that place should be convenient to the task at hand.

In other words, if I’m baking muffins, I don’t want the bowls next to the fridge, the wooden spoons in the island’s drawer, and the muffin tins over in the pantry. Arrangement should be in logical groups to complete a task efficiently.  (Mmmmm, anyone else have the urge to go bake blueberry muffins?)  🙂

cb7653.  A bonus discovery: things are easy to locate with a temporary labeling system on every door and drawer.

While the labels won’t remain there forever (I’ve already removed most of the tags), they have helped me get accustomed to my surroundings as I learn the new layout. No more opening 5 drawers just to find the cheese grater.

4.  Cost effective.  Please don’t waste your hard earned money on kitchen arranging kits available for moving.  Post-It Note labeling is the same concept but costs only a few pennies in comparison.  Nuf said!

5.  Simple enough and does NOT waste time.  Sure, pulling everything out to evaluate the contents has its place in the organizing world, just not here in my heavily trafficked, frequently used kitchen.

6.  A declutter strategy.  As I moved around the cabinet contents, it was a perfect opportunity to send unused items packing (aka the donate pile).  Which, let’s face it, every once in a while we just need to purge the innards of our cupboards and closets.  This is an impromptu way to get it done.  🙂

And there ya have it, Rearrange with Post-It Notes

nu89It really helped me get settled!  Whether moving to a new home or just rearranging your own kitchen’s “trouble spots”, I’m confident you will find this solution helpful.

Making A Game Out of It

78wqThere have been a few challenges that have accompanied moving into our new home.  Many of them involve trying to fit old familiar things into new places.  This doesn’t cause too much stress for me because I’m secretly excited about the organizing opportunities ahead.
Hmmm, that might have something to do with my burning passion to reunite with my label maker; it’s been packed in a box for the last 6 months.  Is it possible to go through label maker withdrawal? 🙂

In our last home, we had a convenient corner hutch that perfectly fit and stored all of our games and puzzles. Sadly, that hutch is no longer with us *sniff, sniff*.  So, I was forced to find our collection a new spot, which turned out to be the coat closet.  It just needed a little customization but it was a logical choice for two reasons.

First, the side of the closet was deep enough for storage, yet shallow enough to easily pull out what we need.  And second, it was underutilized because we only wear cold weather coats about 3 months out of the year.

bh90PLUS, I knew I could manage some way to store our overgrown mess of games and puzzles ORDERLY.  Yep, organization ended up being the solution that allowed both our pile of family fun and our infrequently used outerwear to share a small space.  Dual efficiency, my dream come true.  🙂

One more consideration was our pre-school aged daughter. I’m trying to guide her independence in some areas.  I want her to be able to access the games she is able (and allowed) to play.  On the other hand, I do NOT want her getting into some games I consider too old for her or have too many pieces to lose/break.

I find training independence runs a fine line between teaching new skills and avoiding temptation for my Little One.  🙂  So, storing everything shallow and vertical on shelves solves my problem by keeping what is too old for her out of reach.gt78

After a Home Depot run, some detailed measuring, and my PATIENT husband’s help, we had ourselves a homemade shelf system.  I customized it to our specific gaming needs; (3) 11″ deep Melamine shelves for the upper levels and (4) 16″ deep shelves below.

I chose Melamine covered shelves for the durability I anticipate this closet will need.You can see I was so excited to snap a picture that I forgot to paint the unfinished wood supports.  At least you get a good idea of the transformation that took place. In case you’re wondering, the top two green boxes are also game related.  One holds all our Play-doh, conveniently out of reach and out of sight for a certain 4-year-old girlie.  The other contains all our miscellaneous items like playing cards, dice games, etc.
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Oh, and the white basket down on the floor holds all the Play-doh toys/supplies.  I don’t mind if she gets those out by herself or brings the whole basket over to the table. Play-doh toys are no big deal if they get strewn around the room when I’m not looking.  Play-doh, on the other hand, has a nasty way of smooching itself into the carpet if played with unsupervised… and will therefore remain up high.  🙂

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FYI:  I purposely did not detail our shelf construction to keep the post short (and because there are so many talented blog writers out there who educate perfectly in this department), but please feel free to remark in the Post a Comment section below and I’ll answer any questions!

Making an Art Cart

If you have children, chances are you have art supplies floating around your home. Formerly, I kept things like crayons, markers, coloring books, etc. on a shelf up high to avoid messes.  It recently occurred to me that my preschool age child should be able to access some of these goodies to busy herself while I’m unpacking.jk09
May I introduce to you (imaginary drum roll) the Art Cart. Container Store cart organized with supplies. It was a quick project after a trip to The Container Store and the Dollar Store for all my needs. First, I set to work sorting and grouping items I thought were age appropriate and wanted to include in my project (ie nothing terribly messy or damaging to the furniture).

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After I took inventory of our arts/craft supplies, I was off to snag this Silver 3-Tier Siena Rolling Cart from The Container Store.  You could get the larger size if you have tons of art supplies and need the extra room, but the smaller one was a good fit for our purposes.

I also grabbed a couple packs of plastic containers from the Dollar Store to corral the loose supplies.  Then I arranged everything into cart, easy-peasy!  The cart assembly took the most time, and even that was simple and didn’t require any tools.  Truly an easy organizing project!
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The top shelf holds coloring books, miscellaneous craft packets, small notebooks, watercolor paints, markers, glue sticks, tape, and googly eyes. The second shelf holds a bucket of crayons, a small construction paper pad, puff balls, and glues.  The bottom shelf contains foam stickers, a bin of regular stickers, colorful ribbon, and our favorite Melissa and Doug stamp collection.
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FYI, this Melissa & Doug stamp set is perfect for young children.  The stamp tools are designed for little hands, the ink is washable, and everything is stored in one of their trademark wooden boxes. I love using a cart for art supplies, it’s easy to wheel around wherever we want to spread out.  I also love that the compartmentalized bins allow us to set out individual supplies on the table next to her project.

That about wraps it up, folks.  I’ll leave you with a shot of our Art Cart in action. When we’re done, everything gets packed up and wheeled into the closet.  Easy clean-up and out-of-sight!

UPDATE:  I’ve updated and upgraded our Art Cart for several reasons, mainly because our supply stash was growing over the course of birthdays and Christmas gifts.

Vacation homes in Puerto Vallarta

bg12Vacation homes in Mexico’s city of Puerto Vallarta are located at well suited locations in which the vacationers can find quick access to the necessary items of daily needs. Rates of the holiday rentals depend on the available amenities as well as the season. Typical travelers also enjoy at Puerto Vallarta as Condos which are optimally priced and also decently provided with luxury furniture can also be found in huge numbers. Puerto Vallarta has a range of interesting attractions for the tourists. Visitors staying in holiday rentals get the opportunity to get pleasure from many kinds of attractions all at once. In condo rentals the tourists enjoy restrained life and have a good time with the adventures of the local places. Puerto Vallarta marine life is really amazing and varied.

Vacationers staying in Vacation homes can also enjoy scuba diving. Additionally they can get the chance to have fun with the dolphins, sharks and fishes existing there while they snorkel in the bay . Peaceful waters let the people to have enjoyment of Para sailing, skiing and also swimming. You will find wide selections of water sports in Puerto Vallarta that appeal to the travelers. Waters around the city ensure that it is a fantastic tourist’s spot for fishing. Various kinds of fishes can be found in the waters of Puerto Vallarta such as Dorado, sailfish and also marlin. Visitors may easily catch such fishes by the service of fishing boats. Travelers in Puerto Vallarta holiday rentals can get pleasure from both salt & fresh water fishing.

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Apart from these entertainment and luxuries in Puerto Vallarta, you can also find other enjoyable things to do and attractions which will make the holidays of the tourists more pleasurable and wonderful. Near the condo rentals which are situated the golf courses as the tourists can play and get a ball. Visitors can join easily in almost any of the golf courses with fun. Such golf courses are close to the condominiums, so the visitors can visit here easily by walking. Buses can also be found that carry the guests from the condo rentals to the golf courses.  Find more about vacation homes in Puerto Vallarta.

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Shopping malls, boutiques, and art galleries are found in huge numbers located very close to the holiday rentals in Puerto Vallarta. It is all totally accessible in Puerto Vallarta for the vacationers to shop including costly art pieces to cheap ornaments. Vacationers in Puerto Vallarta city also get quick access to the shopping malls & the clothing of popular designers from condo rentals and villas. Puerto Vallarta for its excellent foods and huge types of  is recognized as the Mexico’s “culinary capital”. You can find around 250 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta that meet the needs of the various clienteles traveling to the city. People staying in rentals get the possibility to enjoy the Mexican along with other international cuisine in the restaurants located near the rentals in Puerto Vallarta.

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Puerto Vallarta is a dream heavenly home for the honeymoon. in Puerto Vallarta is quite marvelous and stunning so those couples that are trying to make their honeymoon more enjoyable must visit Puerto Vallarta. Couples in condo rental or luxury villa can enjoy spending their precious moment in night spots and get pleasure from various kinds of music and drinks.

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So if you are planning to have a holiday to Puerto Vallarta, it would be better to book condo rentals or villas in advance. You can go online or visit vistalegrerentals.com . This site manages vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta and their staffs respond quickly and professionally to guest inquiries, vacationing guests and homeowners. Also, they respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.

Choosing the right type of High density woods for decking

High density woods have remarkable beauty, are sturdy, natural and organic, solid wood and last much longer when compared with any other materials for home exteriors like patio furniture, decking , siding , fences and many more . With huge selection of material which is offered to property owners, architects and also building contractors, picking the exterior item which can give good result for you is usually a difficult task. Having heard all of the impressive advertising claims about plastic lumber and synthetic decking, it is good to realize that you will find natural alternatives for us available on the market. If you are intending to construct siding, fence, deck or other exterior project, high density woods are really worth to consider.

They are solid wood from trees which are absolutely renewable materials harvested from well maintained forests. You can find various species available in the market and all of them have a variety of colors, characteristics and style.

Cumaru

Cumaru is an amazing tropical wood species which is becoming a really popular decking as well as exterior project material. Cumaru is more durable and comes with durability, hardness and thickness sizes which are almost similar to Ipe. Cumaru differs in color from reddish to yellowish brown to virtually purplish cordovan hues. The graining of Cumaru is a bit coarser. Cumaru offers a lot of exotic figuring and also attractive striped grain patterns. Cumaru Decking is proof against decay and rot, making it a fantastic option for exterior uses such as decking. Cumaru Decking not just lasts quite a long time, but offers the appeal of an interior wood. It outlasts different common wood decking such as redwood, cedar, pine and also Douglas fir.
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Garapa

Garapa is also tropical hardwood species coming from Northern Brazil. Garapa is harder compared to oak and also offers amazing stability. With its blonde to honey tones, Garapa provides a beautiful classy look. Garapa usually shows delicate or more obvious striping and has graining much like maple. Garapa is generally the material used to construct home decks, docks, exterior siding and outdoor furniture. Garapa decking is rot and insect resistant, more convenient to work with when compared with various other hardwoods, it lasts quite a long time. This hardwood is becoming an alternate choice for people who do not like a darker wood like Ipé, but still need a high quality, sturdy, endurable project timber for a reasonable price. Garapa is kiln dried to prevent any movement or shrinkage.
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Tiger wood

When considering Tiger wood decking materials, you will find more advantages. Homeowners thinking about deck installation on their houses must very carefully weigh their choices. One of the primary advantages of using Tiger wood material is its unique charm. This wood has a good look that cannot be mimicked by other kinds of wood or even composite materials. Moreover it is one of the most environmentally friendly deck-building materials. This is simply because that the wood itself is not processed with any tough chemicals, which will never be claimed of various other woods such as bamboo and pine. In fact, Tiger wood is perfectly untreated and natural. Even though this solid wood will never need chemical treatment, it can last longer when compared with any durable types of wood designed for decking.

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If you are going to build deck and you enjoy the appearance of natural hardwood but wish it to survive for a long time without the need of maintenance, high density woods mentioned above are an outstanding option of materials that need to consider. With their long lasting wonderful looks and affordability, high density hardwoods can create an elegant statement and provide you with a great return on your purchase.