Organize Your Closet: Turn Your Clothes Around

One of my favorite easy closet organizing tips for the new year or the beginning of any season is to just rotate the hangers of everything in the closet to face the other way. As you wear and put away clothes you just put the hangers back the way you normally would.

Organize Closets

It’s a little weird at first but it lets you visually see what you wear and don’t wear.
At the end of season or year if you get that far. The clothes on the hangers are the first things you should grab for the donation bag, no questions asked. If it’s sentimental take a photo – you can even hang the photo in your closet but get rid of the unworn clothes and make more space and room for the clothes you wear.
You will be surprised how much more you wear with a less crowded closet.

DIY Homemade Oversized Ruler Growth Chart

Oversized Ruler Growth and Height ChartWhen Hunter was about One. I realized I needed to find a way to watch him grow and remember him at different sizes. Of course, the first thing I did was stand him up to the walk and measure him and mark his height with my pencil. This house was never in the plan to be our forever house. I either had to find a way to bring the wall with us when we moved or come up with another way to measure his height.

I started seeing these over sized rulers all over DIY Blogs, Pinterest and Etsy. I knew there was no way I was going to pay someone else for a piece of wood.  I headed over to Home Depot and ended up with a nice piece of Pine already cut 6 feet long and 8 inches wide. This was going to be easy – stain, mark and measure. Right?

Nope. I totally forgot the stain and I was not about to go back out. Here’s where I decided to “Ask the Internet”. (Whenever my father in law, needs us to look up anything on the computer for him, he asks us to “Ask the Internet!”) I googled homemade stains and discovered you can add just about anything to vinegar and come up with any color stain you wanted, nails, tobacco, tomato sauce, nuts, steel wool, pennies, basically anything. I went with the steel wool, since I was leery to add food to stink up my wall and I liked the greyish “restoration hardware” look of the steel wool. I also happened to have at least 2 bags of it from an attempt to fill holes and prevent mice from coming into my house.

Homemade Stain - Vinegar and steel woolI filled an old glass tomato sauce jar with vinegar and put in a big piece of steel wool and waited a day to see the color. I was finally happy with the color two days later and could now start staining my Pine for my Height chart Ruler.Homemade wood stain

I loved the color of the stain. I loved the fact that it was all natural and I loved the fact that it was free. I was sold on natural stains. After staining top and all 4 sides. I let it dry overnight.
Homemade wood stainI then printed out numbers 1 to 6 on my computer in the font and size I wanted. Grabbed a ruler, pencil and a sharpie marker and started making myself a ruler.

Note: Measure where you want to place the Ruler so you can figure out where to start marking your numbers. I knew we had pretty high molding and I wanted it to be so far above the molding to look somewhat centered in the space. My Ruler would begin about 10 inches off the ground, so I left 2 inches before the 1 foot mark.IMG_4756

I Made shorter lines for the inches and a line about double the inch line for the Feet numbers.  I wanted to be able to clearly see each inch and foot to make for less math work when measuring my kids height. I do not like math. Numbers drive me batty.
all markedI used to ruler to keep lines as straight as I could with the pencil and then traced over the numbers I printed out until it left an indention in my soft pine wood. If you are using oak or another harder wood this part maybe more difficult unless you have nice handwriting, which I do not. after the whole ruler was marked out in pencil. I did my best to steadily trace over the pencil and in the indention.  Finished.IMG_4759

I completely love this Oversized Industrial looking Growth chart! We can take it with us when we move and have it forever, Unless one of the kids happens to grow taller then 7 Feet, then I will be back to marking up my walls.DIY height chart

Day 4: Weekend Begins

Breakfast: Green Juice and Homemade Almond Milk Protein Shake
Lunch: Black Beans and Brown Rice with a Cucumber Alfalfa sprout salad
black beans and avocadocucumber salad
Dinner: Broccoli Soup
Snack/Treat: Raw and Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bites
coconut chocolate bites

So Basically at this point I have learned that I do not like the protein powder in anything other than an almond milk drink. This morning was homemade almond milk, full scoop of Raw Protein Powder, a spoonful of cacao powder, chia seeds, and ground flax seeds. I just don’t like to ruin a nice green juice or another shake with the heavy protein powder.

Day 1: Clean Cleanse Begins without a hitch

I am going to basically list what we ate and general mood and feelings thus far. I will add links to the recipes when I have them online.

Day 1
Breakfast: Becky’s Morning Shake
Lunch: Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Photo Coming Soon

Dinner: Carrot Ginger Soup

I think the hubby and I did really well today. I gave him an empty orange juice container that holds 89 ounces, so its easier for him to track just by finishing the bottle. I’m so jealous of his water jug, I need to get my hands on a nice container for my water. Counting cups of water is a very annoying thing to remember.

Note: It’s key to make large batches of soup and some easy meals to take to go or pre-made to make meal time less stress. Planning meals is very important to making good choices.

We got Wood! and I am Oak kay with it!

So right before Christmas, we finally got around to ordering the hardwood flooring for the other side. We did lots of research and knew we wanted Oak. Since we are spoiled and got an amazing deal on the Reclaimed Quarter-Sawn Oak  in wide plank  from 7″ to 10″ through a local auction company, we first tried that to find some more similar wood through the same auction route but of course, nothing.

Next Up, local flooring companies and Lumber Liquidators. We had to have real wood – not laminate or pre-finished. We wanted to stain the same color (Golden Oak) to match existing floor we put down the year before. Choices seemed to be limited and most stores carried mainly pre-finished.

We finally decided!!! We figured the 5″ Utility Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring – would be perfect. We absolutely love a more rustic looking flooring and love the different characteristics of knots and wood grain. So we were set right! Haha Of Course Not! The universe loves to through us curve balls.

So the salesman at Lumber Liquidators did not seem to want to sell us the Utility Grade Flooring. He commented on how much more difficult it is to install, the quality and then lastly the lead time and delivery time to receive it. He said “One guy waited over 3 months to receive his order”. I’m not sure if he really didn’t want to sell it to us or if this was the truth. We placed the order anyway knowing we could cancel for a full refund at any time.

The search is still not over. I, of course, went home and found another Mill that would sell me the same type of 5″ Utility Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring. The cost was lower than Lumber Liquidators but I had to pay for shipping from Florida. So it worked out to be basically the same, paid $123 more to have it in a week rather than then the maybe”over 3 months”.

So Here it is! In all its glory! My 5″ Utility Grade Oak Hardwood Flooring!

New Hardwood Flooring

Goodbye Ugly Gross Carpet with your freying seams!

Gross Carpet
Goodbye horrible chipped kitchen tile floor!
Hello New Hardwood Flooring! Let the acclimation begin. The Mill recommended letting wood acclimate to the room temperature and humidity for between 5 and 10 days.

hardwood acclimating