The Tissue Trouble {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

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the tissue trouble

Forgive me.

I’m designating an entire post in this series to toilet tissue.

Let’s conduct this like a Scott’s extra soft toilet paper commercial and just whisper. Allow me for the next, oh…thirty seconds or so to murmur in your ear about an irksome mom problem.

Is that better? Can you still hear me? 

For years, we have had issues with empty rolls, disappearing half used tubes and fresh new rolls dancing like balls of yarn across the bathroom floor. 

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It all started when I began potty training my children. I think that little people may be the root of this issue….but that’s just between you and me.

I solved one of our issues in our hall bathroom with yet another basket. It’s the same large, deep basket that settled my cleaning cloth dilemma.

I keep the rolls ready to go under the bathroom counter. After several towers of tp rolls stacked and knocked down like building blocks, well, I guess that you could say that I’ve finally learned my lesson.

organizing the bathroom

Perhaps one day, when my kids are raised, an attractive and open display will be a possibility. For now though, clean tissue is my goal.

Ok ….at this time you can resume your normal speaking voice.

Now if I can just convince my kids that the toilet paper holder previously mounted to the wall was not a handle. Spackle can truly cover a multitude of messes and damage.

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So how do you handle tissue troubles? Use a stand for extra rolls? Create a little stack on the back of the toilet? A nice arrangement in a basket? Or maybe just trust that they’ll find the plastic wrapped pack under the sink? Whatever your style, order is king and habit is queen. Obviously this theory applies to more areas than just bathrooms. Make this your household motto. Organize your space and keep it that way.

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The Shoe Spot {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

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I am your average female. I have a severe addiction to shoes. This is a normal issue, right? On second thought, maybe I’m not average.

the shoe spot

Actually don’t tell me.

As most of you know, we have four daughters and evidence of my genes are showing strong tendencies in their closets. It’s a hereditary problem, of this I am certain.

The problem with seven people -most of which having an itty-bitty shoe fettish- in a small 1500 square foot home is that they are everywhere. Shoes, that is.

The fear of tripping over them is constant, which we can’t worry about. We already live with the fear of stumbling over little ones.

shoe organizer

Everyone has specific zones in their closets for their shoes, but what about when they have a pair out? Where do their play shoes end up? Their church shoes on Sunday afternoon?

Sadly, these are the culprits for most tumbles around here.

Enter a simple boot tray. It was the answer to many a bruised toe.

organizing shoes

I love how easy it is to kick off shoes and to slip them on again. The tray is made of a very hard plastic and is incredibly straightforward to clean.

It’s called rain.

I’m laughing my head off here because I’m certain you think that I’m kidding. I’m not. ;)

And clearly it needed a good scrubbing. I draw the line on polishing designated shoe zones -even for pictures. Dirt just doesn’t seem out of place here.

shoe organization

Dirt and shoes are somewhat the normal combo here. And when it gets to be too much, there is always rain, my friend.

Rain can be wonderful.

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What about you? Where do your shoes go during the day? While this is not your typical container, it works. Containing life doesn’t always necessitate a box. Creating a zone, a landing spot may be all that is required for an orderly space. In this case, a shallow tray was perfect.

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So there…..go make a dedicated shoe spot.

XO,

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The Trinket Trial {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

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the trinket trialYesterday’s post took care of those small baubles that can sometimes be difficult to manage. And then I hid them under my bathroom sink.

Today, however, my topic is on open storage. It’s simple really.

I’m using my bracelets as art on my bathroom counter.

bracelet storage

Accessorizing an outfit just got easier, and so did putting the bracelets away.

making a zone for bracelets

Hubs bought me this antique pewter bracelet cuff in Washington D. C. this past summer. The engraving of daffodils reminds me of my childhood. Growing up, we would take family walks down an old, dirt road behind our house. It was a lovely, wooded trek that would open up into a huge field, a field full of daffodils. It was absolutely gorgeous in the spring, almost magical. One almost felt like Dorothy in her field of poppies -minus the sleeping, of course.

Then the gas company had to come through and wreck havoc on my childhood wonderland. I would say that I hate the gas company, but it was because of them that we were able to have city water piped to our house.

So there, I just admitted in two tiny paragraphs that I grew up on a dirt road and that city water was a mere novelty until my teen years.

Yes, I am a country girl.

storage for bracelets

The cuff is also engraved with my birth month on the inside. I love it. And I love my man. <3

I picked up the sea green bowl from Anthropologie. It was surprisingly cheap and I can always use another shade of green in my house. Blue, gray and green -my favorite colors.

bracelet organizerThere you have it. My little bowl of bangles.

By the way, ever notice how things shrink with time? Remember that daffodil field that I was telling you about? In my mind, it was as big as a football field or two, but in reality, it was cracker box size. Hilarious how the mind works.

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  Have you ever tried storing things in plain sight? Do you have something pretty that could be left out, something that makes you smile? Storage can even double as art. Decorative and contained is a definite win-win.

Go ahead, try it. Leave something out on purpose. In a container, of course.

XO,

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The Jewelry Jam {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

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jewelry jam

I’m not really sure where I got this idea. I saw it somewhere and tucked the idea away in the back of my mind. Now was the time.

My jewelry was begging me to do something.

Traditional jewelry boxes no longer worked for me. A beautiful, ornate jewelry box had simply become a flashing neon sign that beckoned little fingers to explore. The many doors and drawers of a large organizer had over time proven too much of a temptation for my wee ones. Once one drawer was opened and the treasure trove within revealed, well, it was curtains for my delicate chains and tiny stud earrings. Each child has been trained not to touch, but that training came with a price tag of broken necklaces and misplaced earrings.

jewelry organization

So I decided to remove the temptation.

I ditched my fancy, mahogany box for cheap, plastic containers off of Amazon. Nice, huh?

I couldn’t be happier.

jewelry storage

The boxes came with adjustable dividers. I was able to customize my containers to fit my needs, my jewelry specifically.

“Out of sight, out of mind” is so true. My kids seem to have forgotten about my shiny objects. I have my new and improved jewelry boxes stowed away in my bathroom cabinet. No one is the wiser.

organizing jewelry

While it’s not exactly kid-proof, these latches sure do slow them down a bit. They also keep the contents from spilling.

Losing special pieces like these no longer concern me. My husband-to-be gave me this rose pin to wear when I flew for the first time. I love it, but then again, I’m a sentimental soul.

jewelry organization

Another up side to getting rid of my wooden jewelry box has resulted in a cleaner, more streamlined surface on my dresser. I’m loving a simpler, less cluttered look these days.

Having one less thing to dust didn’t hurt much either.

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How about you? Do you wear jewelry? If so, how do you store it? Even if you don’t wear jewelry, the principle of this post is applicable for other organizational needs. Consider the possibility of hidden storage. Some things don’t need to be out in the open. You may be surprised at how much more spacious your home looks and feels simply by choosing to store a few items behind closed doors.

Thanks for reading.

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