Bamboo Tapestry

Bamboo Tapestry

I like to vary what I put up on the walls of our home. I am going through a Japanese style phase right now. I had been using bamboo table runners on my dining room table and sideboard, but had recently replaced them with cloth ones. And, I found a bamboo pole out in our garage. So, I strung some jute through the table runners and tied it to the pole. I then found wooden curtain brackets and attached them to the wall in the best places determined by the length of the table runners and the bamboo pole. I placed the somewhat heavy pole and table runner hanging art on the brackets and it turned out really nice. With lighter wall paint, the wooden tapestry would have really stood out, but I really like...

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A Room Divided

A Room Divided

I have rearranged our living room again. This “obsession” with rearranging stems back to my early teen years and possibly earlier. After a while, I get tired of an arrangement. Luckily, I have a computer program that I can arrange furniture in before actually rearranging it. It drastically decreases the time it takes and prevents me from making mistakes thinking things will fit and they don’t. The program also gives me freedom to rearrange in ways I wouldn’t dare try for fear of having to move the furniture many, many times. I tried something new this time. Last time I rearranged the furniture, we introduced two new desks into our living room. I designed the room so that we could see the TV from the desks with only slight movement. I realized that we need a little separation and so this time, I divided the room in half where the desks are on one side and the couch and TV are on the other. It is still a cohesive room with good flow from one area to another, and I feel as if I have given us some freedom from the TV too. We will see in time. Room before rearranging : Room after...

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A Tale of Two Katies

Organizing is a useful tool in accomplishing more in less time and having a fuller, less stressful life. Below is a story about how being organized changed one person’s morning schedule. The Old Katie The Morning Routine It’s 7:15am and only minutes before Katie needs to be out the door and off to work to be there by 8am. Katie needs to find her keys, sunglasses, cell phone and purse. She needs to find some toll money so she doesn’t get stuck at the bridge again searching through the car seats trying to find enough money to make it through the toll. And, she needs to make lunches for her, Bill, and the kids. She finds the keys on the kitchen table buried under the mail from yesterday (5 min). She finds her sunglasses in one of her coat pockets – not the coat she was planning on wearing today (5 min). She finds her cell phone under a pillow on the couch (5 min). After searching the whole house, she finds her purse in the car on the backseat floor (10 min). Making the easiest lunch she can think of for the kids, she grabs out bread, peanut butter, and jelly, and makes a sandwich for each of the kids and stuffs it into a plastic baggie and then into a paper bag that she had to scour the pantry looking for. While looking for the bags in the pantry, she found buried juice boxes and and threw those in the paper bag with the sandwich (8 min). Almost forgetting, she remembers that there is some money on the dryer that she found in the wash last week. She grabs it, counts it and there is enough for the toll (2 min). After finding her keys, sunglasses, cell phone, purse, and toll money, making the lunches for the kids, telling her husband to go out to eat for lunch and planning on going out to lunch herself, even though they are tight on money this month, she finally gets out the door at 7:50am, 35 minutes later. With the usual traffic, she will get to work at 8:20am, 20 minutes late, not including any traffic she may encounter due to leaving later. What a way to start off the day. As a result, Katie feels frazzled, forgetful, and behind all day due to her reactive morning routine. Unfortunately, this is not a rare morning for Katie but a frequently occurring, morning routine. Routines can be good for you or bad for you. Katie’s routine needs a complete overhaul. On the way to work stuck in traffic, Katie sees a sign for a no obligation, 1 hour, free consultation...

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8 Steps of Organization

The world around us can be a messy place. It can be hard to keep up with even the most simple of tasks when you are ridden with clutter. I like organization. I thrive off of it. It makes the day-to-day go by so much easier. It makes finding your keys trivial. It makes spending time with your loved ones a reality. Let me make your world a functional space. Organization, when broken down, is a bunch of small steps. It is achievable on so many levels from decluttering your home, to simplifying your life, to creating more free time. I want to share with you some ways you too can be organized: Get rid of anything you don’t use. Throw out, give to a friend, or donate. This may sound simple, but getting rid of items is one of the hardest things many of us ever have to do. Letting go is difficult. Removing items from the home can range from throwing out trash and general decluttering of items that you just don’t want any more – to donating or passing on a sincere gift from a friend or family member. When sentimental items are held onto for the sake of not wanting to let go and not a true love of the item, it can become a burden. Take a picture of the item and let it go – you will be happier. Put like items with like. All of the like items should go together. In the closet, for example, hang all of the long sleeve shirts together, next, the short sleeve shirts, followed by the pants, etc. In the kitchen, put all of the cooking utensils together in a drawer or utensil holder, stack similar dishes together, put all of the spices together. Similar tools can be separated into bins and then all put in a cabinet so any tool is located in the same place. Make sure everything has its own place. It will make it easier to find and choose between like items when they are all in one location. Find a home for everyday items. Put your everyday items in the same place every day. Determine a location to put your keys, purse, wallet, cell phone, coat, and other items you come home with so that you can find them faster the next time you need them. Get rid of any unnecessary incoming mail. Throw out unnecessary paper right after it gets through your door. After you take off your coat and put the items away that you were carrying when you came home, don’t just lay the mail on the counter. Sort through it. Recycle the paper that you can recycle...

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