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Month: July, 2014

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Nature Scavenger Hunt pinterest

 

 

So, in preparation for my blog next week, I put together little nature scavenger hunt. I love a good scavenger hunt! I put a lot of thought into this one so I hope you like it. Grab a bag and get hunting. Oh, don’t forget to print off your list HERE

Never Overpack for Vacation Again

Never Overpack again

Heading out for a vacation this summer? Are you stressing about what to bring? Over-packing is one of the biggest mistakes we make when packing for vacation. Have you ever tried rolling a huge suitcase over cobble stone streets in Italy or bringing way to may clothes on a beach vacation because you realize bathing suits and a few sun dresses do the trick? Time to pair down and get serious about what to bring.

Top three things to remember: Be ruthless, Be realistic, Be methodical.

I found a few great images that really help you visualize what you need to bring. The first is an example of a one-week “city” vacation: sightseeing, visiting friends and family etc.

I like this list because you have a couple staples and then smaller filler pieces to create different looks without a lot of frivolous items.

One week vacation visual

 

 

Tip: Pick a color scheme. This one has an underlying theme of pinks and oranges. This will help you focus in on items that work with the palette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This list is similar to the one-week city vacation, but expands to include accessories. Again you want to bring minimal pieces that work with multiple outfits.

Packing list visual

 

 

 

 

Tip: Wear bulkier items on the airplane: jeans, sweater/jackets, boots etc. This will save valuable room in your suitcase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a visual for a one-week beach vacation. I like that they geared it toward a carry-on suitcase. I absolutely believe you can pack for a beach vacation in a carry-on. The clothing are lighter and smaller, you don’t have a lot of big shoes to pack, You can use your beach bag as a separate carry-on bag and be ready to hit the beach when you get to the hotel.

Packing list bech vacation

 

 

 

Tip: Squeeze sunscreen into carryon approved containers. It can be expensive at the resort and you don’t want to burn, that’s the fastest way to ruin a vacation.

 

 

 

I hope this helps as you plan for your summer vacations. Keep a little room in that suitcase for item you pick up on your travels, you never know what treasures you might find.

Happy organizing!

7 Easy Organizing Tips

7 easy organizing tipsFor those of you who follow this blog you might have noticed I’m Pinterest obsessed. I like to go on for everything from organizing tips to recipes, decorating ideas to vacation ideas. You can follow me by clicking here

My favorite blogs are when I get to share some of my findings with you. These are just a collection of quick organizing ideas with items you probably have laying around you house right now. No need to spend a dime and you declutter by giving a lifeless piece of stuff a function, bonus!

1. You know the plastic pant hangers you get time to time – well simply break off the clips for instant function. Chip clips, brilliant!

2. Shoe box charging station – need I say more? All you need is a power strip and possibly some metal grommets to preserve the holes and give it a fancier look, but really a show box and power strip do the job.

3. Metal hangers – I hate metal hangers. Not quite a Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest way, but, metal hangers are not my favorite. However, this is a fabulous idea to repurpose them in a functional way for your closet.

4. Here’s another great storage idea of flip flops using a plate holder.

5. How about this idea for old garment bags? You can repurpose the old garment bag for wrapping paper rolls and hang it all in the closet. Comparable wrapping paper organizers at the store would cost $19.99 and up. Create pockets on the outside for tape, ribbon and gift tags by using a plastic page protector taped on three sides with clear packing tape. You can use this for other large and small crafting items or large, flat school projects you or your child are not ready to part with yet.

6. Muffin liners in a mason jar! I personally have more mason jars than I can currently use – I had a bit of a craze for them around my wedding. So, why not repurpose for storage. They also work great for the pantry – storing nuts, baking goods etc.

7. I love opening a Tic-Tac container. Something about the pop it makes when it opens and closes. Keep the lovely sensation going by storing bobby pins in them. Seriously, I just did this to my bobby pins! You can also decorate the outside anyway you like.

I would love to hear about your upcycling projects. Post about them below in the comment section or share on Pinterest.

Happy organizing!