Category Archives: Organizing

Tiny Laundry Room Makeover

February 2, 2016

Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

I have a tiny laundry room.  It’s slightly bigger than a closet … but it’s tiny.  It’s also amazing in it’s shape.  Seriously though, it’s almost non-functional to some degree because of the shape.  It just had a boring shelf that was WAY too high for my five foot three inch self.  I could barely reach to get my detergent when it was on the very edge.  I really wanted to re-do it, but that takes time, and money, and planning.  It just wasn’t happening.

Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

Then mid-December (of course right?  Right during the holiday’s), the washer started to smell like it was burning.  It’d happened before, I called a great repair guy.  He told me hopefully it’ll last a couple more years, but it may not.  If it started to smell again, I needed a new one.  Sigh.  So here we are, a week before Christmas, and apparently I was getting a new washer/dryer.  Which was great, but not really either.  My husband and I found ones that we liked (but mostly what I liked), and we got them.  They were being shipped to us, so we had a couple weeks.

Insert me deciding we were redoing the laundry room ASAP!  YAY!  First things first, we knocked out the too high shelf.  By we, I mean my amazing husband.  🙂  After the shelf was knocked down we put a 2×4 board up using a level, and screwed that into some studs.   My husband then fixed up the area where the shelf had come, and painted it all white to match the walls.Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

We were able to find two cabinets on a local classified website, that were the height we wanted.  I took some time to sand it down, and then painted it a light blue.  We decided to to paint the cupboards the color I wanted to incorporate into the room instead of painting the walls.  It saved us a lot of money since we had enough paint to do the cupboards, but would have had to buy more for the walls.  We screwed these into some studs as well, and having the 2×4 under the cupboards helped in holding it all up when it was being screwed in, and keeping them level.Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

Next we just needed to wait for our new washer and dryer to come.  I knew once they arrived I’d be able to finish up the details.  The first detail I KNEW I wanted was to print off some vinyl decals that were laundry signs.  

I made these before we got the new appliances.  Once they were in place, I decided it’d be so fun to have the “Machine Wash” and “Tumble Dry” above the washer and dryer.  I love how they turned out.

Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

Tumble Dry decal sign.

Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

The other decals that I made were put up on the wall as a boarder on a couple small walls.  I hope to make more at some point, but I LOVE how it looks.  Plus if I ever need help understanding how to wash my clothes, I’ve got some my own key in the laundry room.

Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

I had a plain clock that may not even work … but I decided I could still use it.  I use paint to make little sunflowers on it, and then added a mason jar and some sunflowers that I used for my daughters Frozen Fever birthday party.     Tiny Laundry Room Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

I love how it all turned out.  It makes it so much nicer to do laundry when I love the room that I’m in.  It’s nice to be able to take the time to make a space nicer so that I can truly enjoy it better.  The best part is that we were able to do it on a small budget (besides the new washer and dryer, lol).  We spent around $150 for the cupboards, other wood, screws, pegs for shelves, and vinyl.  

What room would you redecorate in your house if you could?

How to Accomplish Your Resolution

January 9, 2015

How to Keep your resolution by Simplistically Sassy

As I’ve been reading my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I see so many people talking about I’ve resolutions, a word or the year, not setting resolutions, goals, etc.  It’s interesting to see the various views, what different people like to do, what has worked, what they hope works, etc.  

I think the biggest hurdle to it all is finding a way to accomplish what we set out to do, to accomplish each year.  We’re all really good at it for a few weeks, and then we get set back into our old habits, or it becomes hard, or we realize that we don’t care as much as we though it would.

So how can we change?  Really change?  How can we keep things organized?  How can we eat better?  How can we get the results that we’re so hoping to get? 

Last year I started on a goal that I’m still working on (and once I get to the my goal, I will happily share more details), and I’ve learned a few key things along the way that I wanted to share that can be applied to any goal. How to accomplish your resolution in 5 steps (plus a bonus 6th one).

1. Break your large goal, into smaller goals.  

If you want to lose 30 pounds, that won’t happen overnight.  Figure out how much you think you’ll be able to lose in a week or a month and work on getting that done.  

If you’re hoping to organize your house, pick a room each week, or even each month (maybe depending on the size of the room and all that needs to be done), and make a daily list of things you can actually have time to get done to help get that space organized.

2. Have a plan – a reasonable plan.

Once you’ve set your goal and kind of figure out how you might want to accomplish it, figure out what your plan will be.  Will you work out in the morning?  In the evenings?  Are you going to make a meal plan?  How will you follow through with that meal plan?  Are you organizing your house?  Which rooms will you do first, and then how will you do that room?  All at once, within a few days?  Have a plan, so you can keep yourself in check and also so that you can still weight loss live life, and not let that desire overwhelm and take over.  If it takes over everything, you may not be able to keep up with other things that need to get done, and in turn, you’ll stop working on your resolution.

3. Reevaluate Often.

Check on yourself.  Are you making the small changes you were hoping to?  If not, why?  What can you change, realistically, that will help you be able to reach those small goals.  Change your goals if needed.  Figure out a different time of day to do what you’re hoping to, or put reminders or motivators up around the house that may help you.

4. Why the resolution?

As you set your goals, your word of the year or make a resolution figure out WHY you want to do it.  When you’re reevaluating look at that too.  It’s great that you want a cleaner house, but WHY?  Really … ask the question, and figure out the answer to that question 4 times.  Is it so you can find things?  Why is that important?  So you’re not stressfully looking for things.  Well, why?  Get down to the real desire you have for your weight lose, for eating better, for getting things put together, or for why you want to focus on a specific word for the year.  Get to the heart of it.  If you can get to the heart of it – then it will be easier to keep going when the hype of the new year is gone.

5. Don’t be afraid of change.

If something isn’t working, FIX IT!  Change things up.  Try to see what isn’t working, and don’t be afraid to try something else.  You don’t have to give up on your desire to change, but sometimes we have to take a different path to get there.

6. You Will Fail – but it’s okay!

It’ll happen.  It’s life.  You’ll slip up in some way or another.  That doesn’t mean that you have to give up though!  Just realize the mistake was made and why it happened, and MOVE FORWARD!!!  That’s is the most important thing.  You don’t have to dwell on the slip up, you can notice that it happened, and just keep moving towards your goal, towards your life improvement, whatever it is.

What have you resolved to do this year?!?

Kids School Display Board

August 11, 2014

Kids Display Board by Simplistically Sassy

I am totally in love with out this project turned out.  I was recently at IKEA for a catalog launch party, which was awesome.  I got to bring the kids, and we had an amazing breakfast, and then had to shop around once we were done.  IKEA

I found this great magnetic board that I totally fell in love with.  It was only $13, which made it even more appealing.  I knew right away that I wanted it to display the kids work from school.  Spelling tests, math tests, art work, etc.  I wanted a place that wasn’t my fridge.  Having my fridge full of papers makes me crazy and it feels like my kitchen is so messy.  This migraine kids school display board will make them smile to see the awesome things they’ve done and what their siblings have done too.Kids School Display Board by Simplistically Sassy

We hung it up right by our computer desk (in our dining area), where we can all see it, but it’s not in the midst of all the craziness that is the kitchen.  I added the fun quotes (using IKEA frames) too, hoping that as the kids struggle to want to do homework, or not getting a perfect score, we can be reminded of the important things, and that it’s important to keep trying.

There are more Dr. Seuss quotes and printables here.Quotes for Kids

 

Meal Plan Printable

January 21, 2014

Meal Plan Printable

Having an easy to follow meal plan printable is so helpful in figuring out what you’ll make for any meal.  There are so many out there that help plan dinner, but I always want to know what we’re having for all 3 meals.  I’ve also included a free Grocery List as well!  I’ve found that doing so helps save money and time. 

The best part is, you could print off any color that you’d like, laminate it (at any local copy/print shop) for fairly cheap, and then you can use a dry erase marker to reuse it over and over.

Meal Plan Printable: Just click on which color you’d like, and print.  🙂

Black Meal Plan
Blue Meal Plan
Teal Meal Plan
Red Meal Plan
Green Meal Plan
Purple Meal Plan
Orange Meal Plan

Grocery List Printable: Click on the color you’d like and print.  🙂

Black Grocery List
Blue Grocery List
Teal Grocery List
Red Grocery List
Green Grocery List
Purple Grocery List
Orange Grocery List

Do you think having a meal plan printable is helpful?  What about having a grocery list you can just write things down as you go?  If you haven’t tried using a meal plan printable, try it out for a little while and see how it goes, and let me know!

Travel Tips with Kids

December 16, 2013

Travel Tips with Kids

 

We’ve done our fair share of traveling (by car always) with our kids.  My husbands parents lived in CA for 3 years, and we went to visit about every 6 months (12 hour car ride for us), and then earlier this year we went to WA state to visit some family there.  Along the way I think we’ve learned some basic travel tips with kids.  Things don’t always work out the way you may plan, or go perfectly, but it’s all part of the adventure.  🙂

 1.Make a plan!  Know your route, where you’ll be stopping, and when you’ll have your snacks/meals.  Know what you’ll be bringing in the car to snack on, and when you’ll buy things from gas stations, or even restaurants.

2. Make sure to have: Plastic Bags (in case someone gets car sick … or just regular sick if you’re on the road), jackets (if needed), snacks and activities to keep them busy.

3. Activity Tips: There are so many awesome car  game ideas on Pinterest.  Last time we took a long time (supposed to be 12 ish hours, and took 18 ish hours … it was kind of awful), we printed off some games, and then had them laminated so we could reuse  them next time.  We brought dry erase markers with us so the kids could easily use them and wipe them down and trade with each other.  Of course, there is always the issue of dry erase marker being used … you could do crayon as well.  🙂

4. Make stops efficient:  Have everyone unbuckle (even the baby, as long as you won’t be waking them up once they’ve just fallen asleep), and stretch.  Have everyone go to the bathroom as well.  We do this in shifts … Dad fills the car with gas, and mom takes the girls to the bathroom, then when the girls come back, all the boys go.  Grab any snacks that you may need, or if you’re stopping for a meal, try to plan to stop somewhere close to a gas station (if you’re filling up at the same time).  Also take the time to clean the car up a little bit (get rid of garbage, or extra items, find lost items, etc).

5. Variety in Activity:  We have a DVD player in our car which is AMAZING for long traveling, but honestly, I think we all can only watch so many movies!  Make sure you have some activities that involve kids getting the minds working and thinking.  Play I Spy, Licence Plate Game, Tic-Tac-Toe, Would you Rather …, etc.  You can also borrow books on CD from the library, or even online libraries.  You can mix things up with playing music (CD’s or Pandora, or whatever you have on your phone).

6. Bring fun things for Adults too: Make sure to bring snacks that you like, and also activities for the passenger to do.  You could even bring something for the passenger to read to the driver to help pass the time for the driver.  

7. Laugh it off:  Unless you’re family is awesome, your trip will probably not be perfect and the kids will probably fight and be done being in the  car 10 minutes in (or is that only my child?  I really do have one like that …).  When your patience has disappeared, try to just laugh at whatever problem is happening, and help the kids to just relax and see the silliness in the hardship.

8. Keep Track of Where you are:  This is helpful for everyone.  When we drove from Utah to Washington state we had about 8-10 stops we planned on making.  I found a little van image, cut it out, and colored the same color as our van.  Then, I used packing tape to “laminate” it so it’s last through the trip both ways.  Then I took some yarn and paper and labeled our stops out in order and hooked them to the yarn.  Then, our van had a piece of tape on it, and it would “travel” along the yarn with us.  Then we could all see exactly where we were along the way and how many more stops we still had to go.

9. SURPRISES!!: These are fun to do.  I grabbed some lunch sacs and labeled all of them.  I just put the stop name on them (since it was the same trip as I talked about in #8), then I’d know when they were getting a fun surprise snack, or when they were getting a fun little toy/book we’d gotten at the dollar store, and I didn’t have any one sort of item clumped together.  This is great because it entertains the kids for a little while longer once you get on the road again after a stop.

10. Have fun: Do your best to make it fun for everyone.  Take the time to talk with your kids, and see how they’re really doing.  Ask them what funny things happen at school, or what books they are loving reading, or what their favorite animal is.  Family trips can be long and they can be a hassle.  But they can be awesome and help each family  grow closer together too.  Create memories, and it’ll always be fun to look back on.  

Organize with toilet paper rolls

October 8, 2013

Our Tuesday Tip today is about a quick way to Organize with Toilet Paper Rolls!  Yep, that’s right.  Do you ever have the issue of storing things with cords in small spaces and they’re all over the place?!?  I’ve got the EASIEST solution for you!  Are you ready for this Tuesday Tip?

Organize with TP rolls

Use a Toilet Paper roll!  Apparently that’s the theme on SS lately, lol.  We’re all about organizing with toilet paper rolls for crafting with them too.  🙂  Of course if you wanted to be fancy then you could decorate your TP roll before using it to organize/control cords.  Or just be boring like me, and use it for a quick awesome fix.

What’s your favorite use for empty TP rolls?