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Ikea Desk-Side Organiztion

Good morning gang! Happy Tuesday. Who’s ready to return to the regularly scheduled programming around here?! I know I am. March was such a crazy month so I’m glad to be getting a fresh start today. Let’s hop in!

I’m just going to go ahead and assume that everyone is like this (to make myself feel better), but my workspace is often a disaster zone. Papers strewn everywhere, “in progress” crafts cluttering up the coffee table… I can openly admit, when I’m in a blogging frenzy, the living room turns into a mad house. What I really needed was a desk-side companion to help me contain the crazy and I found the perfect thing.Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

I feel like I’ve been seeing this Ikea Raskog cart everywhere lately! When I saw it in the catalog a few months ago, I knew it’d be perfect. It is exactly the height of my desk, easy to transport, and it looks dang cute too. It definitely holds it’s own against my hot pink desk.

Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

Plus, with three separate shelves, it’s easy to keep organized. Up on top, I keep my favorite books, my iPad, and “In Progress” paper items that still need attention. Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

On the second shelf, I keep my camera bag and label maker. I don’t think I’ve even mentioned yet that I bought a DSLR camera! That was before Christmas! Phew, I’m off my game. I just enrolled in the Shoot Fly Shoot camera course so, I’m finally learning how to use it properly. Working on getting one more thing crossed off the ol’ Life List.Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

On the bottom shelf I keep current projects. Right now, it’s a bunch of washed and ironed fabric ready to be made into pillow cases. It’s on the to-do list!

How do you keep your work space organized? I’d love to see your methods… and maybe steal one or two!

green | diy natural orange cleaner

Happy Tuesday gang! March is here and this month I want talk about cleaning! Please don’t misunderstand my enthusiasm as a love of cleaning, because I downright dread it! Why don’t things just stay clean, right?! Well, we’re still trucking along in our Minimalist-Lite series and the next task I’m tackling is how to make keeping a clean home as simple and efficient as possible. Because, I want to enjoy the home we’ve worked so hard to put together not spend hours and hours cleaning it.

The first thing I wanted to try was greening up our cleaning supplies and moving away from harsh chemicals. Over the past few months, we’ve really been loving the method product line, but I wanted to give the DIY route a try too. So, today I’m sharing a super easy DIY Natural Orange Cleaner that you can make for practically nothing!

green-orange-peel-cleaner-promoThis cleaner is made up of three ingredients! Yup, just three! Orange peels, white vinegar, and water. Nothing toxic here!

When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I was a little skeptical. Whenever I eat an orange, it usually makes a sticky mess! Wouldn’t that mean sticky counters? Well, it turns out it does not! I used this in our kitchen, wiped down with a paper towel and there was no left over residue.

green-orange-peel-cleaner-13Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a clean mason jar, start storing left over orange peels as you have them. To keep them from going bad as we collected, I kept our jar in the freezer. Any time we ate an orange, I grabbed it from the freezer and added the new peels until we had a jar ful.
  2. Cover the orange peels with white vinegar; almost to the top. Let sit for 10-14 days. Again, I kept this in the refrigerator while it steeped to keep it out of the way.
  3. After your wait is up, strain the orange vinegar mix into a bowl. You’ll definitely want to use a fine mesh strainer to catch any gunk that could clog your spray nozzle.
  4. Mix in a large spray bottle. Use 1 part orange vinegar, one part water.
  5. Use on pretty much any non-porous surface!

green-orange-peel-cleaner-23The original recipe came from Gammy’s House Blog and she has a lot more awesome information about why this solution works and what you can use it for, so be sure to check out her site for more details!

I don’t know if it will completely replace our current surface cleaner, but I really do like the fact that I know exactly what’s in this cleaner.

Do you have any other awesome DIY cleaning ideas or recipes? I’d love more inspiration! Share below.

Storing Relationship Mementos

 Today is a special day. Today, is my husband’s 25th birthday. Sure, it’s a Tuesday, so it’s probably going to be a little lame, but I do want to take a minute on the blog today to say Happy Birthday to a guy I’m pretty darn attached to.

And instead of doing the normal, rambling mushy post that would probably make most readers want to run away screaming, I thought I’d double team this day and give you some awesome organizing information at the same time!

I’m sure all of us have a box somewhere full of relationship mementos. You know, pictures, love notes, movie ticket stubs. Admit that you have one! Well, up until now, I’ve been keeping all those memories in a box shoved deep into a closet. They almost never cross my mind, unless I’m rummaging through said closet, in which case I’m probably not in a romantic mood.

So, the other day, I took that box out, sorted through the contents and decided to give all these special little items a nice space to hang out. Here’s how I’m storing my relationship mementos!  Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comI picked up this adorable little spotted box at Target, brought it home, and diligently sorted through every scrap of paper I’d saved from our high school days. Most of it went into an automatic “keep” pile. Notes and songs and pictures; they all make me smile equally as big as on the day I received them. But I won’t be shy about saying that I did not keep everything.

Why on earth do I need to keep a Bridge to Terabithia movie ticket? It wasn’t even that great of a movie. And I didn’t look all that great in those prom pictures anyways. Why do I need five copies?

Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comWhen sorting through your own collection, try to consciously decide what has a meaningful memory attached and what doesn’t. Keeping every scrap of paper won’t make the whole of your mementos more special. If anything, it’ll just clutter up the good stuff.

Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comI didn’t do anything too crazy inside the box, just gently laid everything inside where it can easily be accessed. And then I put that box right on our book shelf! No more hiding these little treasures in the depths of a closet. It might seem a little silly, but even just seeing the box out in our home gives me a little boost of lovey-dovey-ness.

And, because, I just couldn’t possibly talk about all this without sharing at least one silly artifact from our relationship. I present you with this:

Get Organized | Storing Relationship Mementos | twolivecolorfully.comOh yeah. Drink this in. This was back in the day when cutting up and diying t-shirts was all the rage. I made this little beauty for Josh’s high school Jazz band concert where, you guessed it, he was the bass player. Yup, I was pretty smitten. Also, I’m pretty sure that awful selfie went up on my Myspace page! Haha!

Happy Birthday Honey!

How do you store your special little relationship tokens? I’d love to know!

get organized | label all the things!

Happy Monday! Today, we’re talking about labels. Specifically, my awesome new label maker and how awesome it is. This was one of the few things I specifically requested for Christmas and I love it.  Up until now, every label I’ve made has either been hand written or I’ve had to create them in Photoshop. But hand written labels usually end up bugging me because my penmenship is not so fantastic and creating labels from scratch on the computer can be a little time-consuming. It’s nice to have an option where a perfect label is made instantaneously.

get organized | the brother p-touch label makerAfter doing some online research, I decided to ask for the Brother PT-1800 Label Maker. It has generally good reviews and is used by one of my favorite organizers, Alejandra! That girl can organize anything and I do trust her recommendations.

get organized | the brother p-touch label makerSo, what have I labeled so far? Well, first I attacked my stationary boxes. They had handwritten labels that needed replacing. I also added labels to some of our food storage containers. I loved the idea to label the mixing instructions for our pancake mix right on the container. No need to flip through a cookbook or save the recipe from the box. And then, I created some “Willis” labels to put on our reusable shopping bags so the baggers will know they already belong to us. This baby also really came in handy for Josh’s classroom supplies and when I organized all my lingerie!

For my official review, I’d say this label maker does exactly what you need it to. It comes with a few cool features like typing vertical and 2 font selections. My only complaint so far is that it uses a lot of excess tape at the beginning and end of each label. I usually end up chopping some of it off, so that starts to feel a little wasteful after a while. But other than that, it’s a fantastic little label maker that makes organizing super simple!

Favorite way to label things: GO!

minimalist-lite | resources + inspiration

Hey gang! Sorry for the radio silence early on this week. Honestly, this past weekend, Josh and I spent a whole lot of time having fun and not a whole lot tackling the to-do list. But, you know what? It was the best weekend we’ve had in a while, so it was totally worth it!

But anyways, today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite articles, videos, and resources I’ve come across while starting our Minimalist-Lite series. When I started writing about this lifestyle transition early this year, I wasn’t coming in with a full plan. I’m kind of learning and sharing as I go and I figured other people out there, trying to live better with less, would totally love more inspiration to keep them on the right track.minimalist-lite | resources + inspiration

  1. How to Get Rid of Stuff | Fay Wolf for Apartment Therapy
  2. 12 Things You Probably Own Too Many Of | Apartment Therapy
  3. How to Live on 100 Things or Less Infographic | Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo
  4. I Feel Bad About My Stuff (Getting Rid of Emotional Clutter) | Ladies Home Journal
  5. Living with Less. A lot Less. | Graham Hill for NYTimes.com
  6. The entirety of The Minimalists blog. They are currently on tour promoting their newest book and we’ll be seeing them in Dallas next month! See if they’re coming to your city!!
  7. 9 Ways to Need Less Money | Tiny Buddah
  8. 10 Reasons Our Family Wants to Live with Less Stuff | Live Renewed

Now, these are only my top eight. I’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to more Minimalist-Lite ideas and I’m always looking for others. The more I stay involved in the process and learning new information, the more excited I get about everything!

Do you have any other articles, videos, or challenges to help organize and purge extra stuff? I’d love to know what you’ve found! Share below!

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