Laundry Room- Clothing Storage

I heard the angels singing this week when my husband said, "Hey, why don't we keep my work clothes and running gear in the basement?"  You see, he's self employed and cuts down trees all day long.  He has these icky, dirty work clothes, loads of them, that I wash and schlep up two flights of stairs to put away.
Well, most of the time, I bat my eyelashes and ask him to carry the laundry baskets.  He must of got tired of it.  So win win for me.  The clean work clothes stay right in the basement and I've gained a whole dresser in our bedroom.
Every morning he gets up a couple of hours before me, heads to his man cave in the basement and used to creep back into our room to grab clothes.  No more creeping around.  He either grabs his running gear and goes for a run or gets right to it and puts on his work clothes for a day of sap laden tree cutting.

Since I cleaned house and got rid of a car load of junk at the yard sale, I had freed up shelving space.
All the totes were previously owned and filled with junk that I no longer have.  They fit nicely on the shelves and contain work jeans, sweatshirts, shirts and shorts.  The clear bins contain work socks, running socks, workout pants, shorts and shirts.

Now I have the organizing bug bad.  Do you think he needs labels on those totes? :)



Is it me or are there others out there that wash ALL the clothes when you come back from a trip?  Ya know, even the ones you didn't even wear.

I had a bag full of clothes that Hubs and I didn't even wear while in NYC.  T-shirts, jeans, sweaters (because it was so darn humid in NYC this weekend).
I still washed everything instead of putting them right back in the drawer!
  Sickness?  Please tell me you do the same.

Source: whipup.net via Hannah on Pinterest


Thank God

Nothing tells the story of my past week more than this saying.
My father has made it through surgery successfully. This was a planned surgery to repair an aneurysm and replace his leaking heart value.  While planned, nothing could have prepared me for the range of emotions that I have felt this past week. 
Thank you for your well wishes and prayers!  


Taking Time

I am taking some time away as my father heads in for heart surgery this week.  Prayers are appreciated.


Party Time

If you haven't already been to the party, please think fast and head on over.


Yard Sale Prep

Every so often I get on this kick to purge stuff out of my home.
Every single time I do it, I wonder where did it all come from in the first place.
Every time I swear there is nothing left to sell, donate or trash.
Even so, I found a heaping of clothes, knickknacks, home goods, costume jewelry, purses, and even some furniture to sell this coming weekend.

I am being ruthless.  If I haven't worn it, used it, done something with it, or thought about it in a year, it is going in the truck.  The truck will be loaded up and off to a community yard sale at our local minor league ball field.  For $15 bucks, I get two parking spaces...a place to unload my loot.

What about you? Do you feel the need to purge your stuff?  What do you do with it?

My plan is to take some time this week pricing everything, real cheap, so I come home with nothing :)

P.S. I have one of these aprons! Mine is not so pretty.  Boring brown.


Barn Door Construction

I spent most of my day working on the barn door.  
I worked in pure silence, only listening to the sound of the saw and power tools.  
I found myself reflecting on the day, 10 years ago, that many of us will always remember.  
I still get emotional about it and think of that day often.  
However, because today was the ten year anniversary of 9/11, my thoughts went back to every detail I can remember of that day.  
I will never forget and am thankful for each new day that I have.

Added trim to extend the height of the door

Installed 6 inch wide boards

Nail holes filled and ready for primer


Why I Run

I run to clear my head.
I run to sweat it out.
I run to keep my heart in shape.
I run to feel my legs tone up.
Most of all...
I run to spend time with Hubs. 

He is my cheerleader, my co-pilot. 
Sometimes we run together even though he is much faster than I.  I trail behind.  Sometimes, he runs on the morning, while I walk along.  Sometimes, I run in the evening, while he bikes along.  
You see I am not a morning person.  
I need food in my system.  I need to shake the cobwebs off.  I need to get focused.  
I do better when I run in the evening as the sun is starting to go down.  

I wasn't always a runner.  In fact, I hated it in gym class.  I was never fast enough.  I have since learned it's OK to be a slow runner.  Just keep moving.  When I was in high school, a friend and I tried out for Track.  I lasted 2 days.  I wasn't into the commitment.

I started running about 3 years ago, off and on.  My first run I thought I was going to DIE.  Right there on the road.  Lungs burning.  Heart pounding.  Breathing heavy.  Hubs cheered me on.

I run because I know it's good for me.  
Nothing gets up my heart rate like running does.  
I went through a period where multiple family members were facing life challenges, battling cancer and struggling day to day.  Running helps me to focus on what matters in this life of mine.

I run because I can.  
I run because I am blessed and thankful and joyful all at once.



Well, it's technically not the weekend yet, but I have been on a stay-cation all week!  Woo Hoo. I've been fiddling around getting some mini projects done here and there.  My barn door madness has been on the daily list all week.  Little by little I am working at it.  I had to step away more than a few times to gather my senses.

I spent some down time revamping my blog layout and am having tons of fun.  There are some great tutorials out there so you don't have to spend any $$$, just time.  I want to come up with a logo for my site, but that is for another day.  (Want to know more, drop me a note.  I'd be happy to share what I found along the way).

So what do you have planned for the weekend?  The weather turned gorgeous here in Jersey and the blue skies are a plenty.  I hope to enjoy the last few days of my stay-cation fully.

I've received a brand spankin' new camera this week and I am giddy with it.  Not only am I learning about manual mode, but the bells and whistles this baby has is delightful.

I wandered around the yard taking some landscape shots.  Smile.


Organization: Clipboards

I've been wanting to do this for a long time.  It was one of those 5 minute projects that you ask yourself why didn't you do it sooner.  Many months ago, I bought clipboards at Staples.  I made sure they had a spot to be able to hang them.  Some clipboards don't have this.

After much procrastination, I found the perfect blank wall to hang them up.  A couple of wood screws and BAM!, instant wall art along with function.
My top clipboard is a catchall for everything. I sorted the rest of my tear sheets into 3 categories: Trim, Bath, Paint/Fabric.

I used Post-its for labeling because I am always switching things up.  Right now I am focused on my bathroom, so all the ideas and sketches are on one board.  

I am always looking for ways to add interest to my wall, with wood trim and molding, so I have a board dedicated to this.  

Last one is my paint and fabric inspiration board.  I also jotted down notes and put them here.  When I come across a paint color that I like from blog hopping, I make a note.
I love this system.  I've used the boards frequently, added and taken away tear sheets and have decided I need a few more.  

I am going to use one for keeping "To Do" paperwork handy.  Stuff like tickets, receipts, lists.

This was my inspiration.  Go Pinterest!


Barn Door- Friendly Mock Up

Hope you all had a great Labor Day.  I spent time at the beach, having dinner with family and celebrating Hubs "Big Birthday Weekend".  In this household, we stretch birthdays and make them last longer.

I did not hit my entire To Do list, but I did manage to start the friendly mock up of the barn door.  

I lined up my hardware pieces like soldiers, inspected them, took a big sigh and wondered what I was getting myself in to.
I purchased the kit back in May at my local Tractor Supply Hardware. The kit is made by Stanley.  4 brackets which were $11.50 a piece. These hold up the box rail or track.  This came in an 8ft. long piece for $28. Hubs cut it down about an inch for me.  The hangers came in a box kit for $55 which includes the wheels, door hangers and nuts and bolts.  
I also purchased a wider piece of wood from Home Depot to use as the header casing that the rail will attach to.  This is going to replace the top door casing and run the entire length of the wall to support the door.
I sprayed all the metal pieces with primer (couple of light coats).
I used the box the kit came in to stand up my bolts so I could get even coverage.
I taped off the wheels since I didn't want them gunked up and they will be hidden in the rail.  We'll see how it looks.  I might have to go back and spray them up.
I did use one can of ORB spray paint.  Brain dead I must have not taken any pictures of that.  The hardware can use another coat, but I figured I'd wait until after I am done with my mock up.
For the mock up, I am using a cheapo door from Lowes.  I am still deciding if I want to trim this out and beef it up to look like a fabulous barn door or if I want to use the existing 6 panel door.  If I use the existing 6 panel, I'd have to add trim to make it wider, from 30 to 36 inch.  
Here is the casing header that I will be taking down and replacing with the wider trim to support the barn door.

My mind is racing as I am in it to win it now.  I just need to figure out how high to place the rail so the door doesn't drag on the floor.  Ohhhh and here's just a monkey wrench to throw in.  I have to install the rail with the door on the tracks because I have no open end to slide the door into the tracks after the fact. Bring on the muscle.  I'm sure Hubs and I will be having a grand time with that part of the install. 


Barn Door Madness

I have officially started the barn door for my bathroom and boy oh boy am I scared. 
 Here's some inspiration to keep me going.

Source: google.com via Cindy on Pinterest


Long Project List

Emily Jones of Jones Design Company put together this cute "to do" form and I've been using it ever since.  My list is long, and I need to get cracking this weekend.
What is on your plate for the weekend?  
I am going to enjoy the last of the summer weather and hope to get these things done:
Powerwash house and repair screens
Paint trim in and around pool house
Upgrade trim in Guest Bedroom
Install Barn Door for Bathroom
Finish Painting Desk for Office

Big doin's!