i caught the organizing bug!

started off by cleaning out my pantry this weekend.

Here’s what it looked like BEFORE:

BEFORE

and here is the AFTER:

AFTER

I went through my spice rack and tossed stuff that was old. I also had tons of bags of spices that were just thrown about. UGGGH.
I actually did a lot more organizing after that AFTER pic was taken. A trip to IKEA made it even better!

I took some of my extra baby bottles and put spice in them:

organized spices

I love the results! They are easy to read and really easy to use! Plus I didn’t have to shell out extra money and waste more plastic to get it done.

spicy

The organizing didn’t stop there.

Casey put some cabinet doors on our bookshelves in the sitting room:

new cabinet doors

I straightened up the area (which normally is home to a playpen/Ulitmate fighter cage for coops)

you clean up nicely, room

It will be exciting to be able to use this area one day!

I had this black frame sitting on my dining room table for the past two months. It needed to go up, but I had nothing to put in it.

I decided to just bite the bullet and put some fabric in (which is a temporary fix). I will get back to putting something legit in there one day. This will do for now. And at least it’s up!!

new frame

In our bedroom, we’ve been staring at a blank wall for about three years now. I bought some frames today, and Casey put up the illustrations I cherish!

in the bedroom

A portrait of Casey & I (done by Ashley Goldberg) and portraits of our “power animals.”

This makes me smile:

us & our power animals

This evening I tackled the first of 3 cabinets in my craft room- THE SEWING CABINET!

Here’s the BEFORE (brace yourself)

BEFORE

The AFTER:

sewing closet

Sweet Peaches, this makes me feel good!

sewing closet

Now it’s time to sit back and relax…at least until the next organizing surge arrives.

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  • August 9, 2009

    I love it all! Your house is ready for a Woot visit. *sigh*
    Super idea with the bottles gone spicy… Beanimus Rocksus.

  • gwen
    August 9, 2009

    you are a super woman! where do you find the time? everything looks amazing!

  • August 9, 2009

    Wow, that’s such impressive work. Will you come to my house and help me out? I’ve got a kitchen and office that is dying for some attention! You have such a beautiful home.

  • August 10, 2009

    i feel quite the slob now. those spice bottles are genius & your portrait is lovely.

  • August 10, 2009

    first of all, i have the most intense crush on your house – it is so beautiful!! I only wish I had such skills of decoration. Secondly, go you!! What a nice organization job you did!! I absolutely love projects like that, it makes me feel like I can control the outcome of something. :-)

  • August 12, 2009

    You’re putting us all to shame. Your before and after pics belong in a magazine — very well done. I keep up with my pantry/spice cabinet fairly well (because I use it all the time and can’t stand the mess) but I’m pretty darn good at ignoring the mess in the closets.

    • August 12, 2009

      you are making me blush! thank you!

  • August 13, 2009

    I love the portraits & power animals you’ve got displayed on your walls. I’ve been following Ashley’s site for awhile, which is how I think I found yours. I have a question for you, though — how did you pick your “power animals”? :)

  • August 13, 2009

    Sarah- Thanks! They are both our favorite animals- and there are characteristics about a panda & a raccoon that we relate to the most! They just make sense to us!

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