A Place for Everything…

31 Dec

After Christmas it may seem like you will never find a place for everything… I feel you!

I feel like I am DROWNING in my kids toys! Thanks Santa!

Christmas is over and the New Year is fast approaching, time to get organized!  I helped this cute little family organize their unbelievable playroom a few months back. The space and storage in this room are to die for! Perfect for two adorable little babies!

 

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Cheers to an New Year and fabulous organization!

Before and After: Christmas Closet

8 Dec

Do you want a Christmas closet? Oh, I do! In my dreams, I totally have a Christmas closet!

This sweet holiday loving client has a huge Christmas closet! Just one problem, it needed a little holiday clean-out! I don’t know anyone (including myself), that enjoys going through holiday decorations at the end of the season. You are either sad to see it go or so very ready for it to be put up! You end up shoving it back into the attic! 🙂 Right?!

 

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Do you need a holiday purge? After Christmas is the perfect time! Let me help you put away the holiday and save you some stress next year! Happy Holidays!

Our Home…

1 Dec

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Whether it is taking care of loved ones or creating a space that you enjoy and refreshes you… a home is to be cherished! I love helping my clients make their home a place to love and making their lives easier… I love it!

Our house continues to evolve and the memories we make each day will last a lifetime! Our addition is done, minus a few small touches!

Here is a flashback… starting with one of my kids memories! Rainy day fun…

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After looking for a new home for two plus years, we could not find anything that we really loved. We finally decided to add on to our house, with the hope that it would give us everything we needed.  My husband and I designed the entire addition with three goals in mind: 1) Open Up the Kitchen 2) Add Space and Storage 3) Entertaining Space.

The day the kitchen wall came down, we knew we had achieved goal number one! It was one of the biggest and the best changes to our house! I love a lot of things about the changes to our house, but the breakfast bar on the other side of the sink has to be one of my favorites!

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We are also seriously enjoying the screened in porch with fireplace! Talk about adding entertaining space! I screened in porch is a must!

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I am busy making our house and several others a home! 🙂 The next pictures will be the finished product!

 

 

 

 

Life is Busy, but Good!

22 Oct

Hello All! I cannot believe it has been seven months since I have posted! Ugh!

Well, what is my excuse?! Hmm… life is busy? Yep, that is it! I know you understand!

I last posted on April 15th, which is the exact day we started on our home addition! This was the beginning of a crazy busy time in our lives! The addition took 2 1/2 months to complete and completely took over my life! Hence, the beginning of why I have not posted in such a long time!

The other reason is that business is good! I have been booked solid for months! What a blessing it is to love what I do and love my clients! I have been organizing and decorating to my little hearts content! This has left me very little time for blogging! I have a lot of catching up to do! Watch for posts in the coming weeks with before and afters of our home and client projects!

Here are some pictures of our home before, during, and after… I will post more pictures of the interior and finished product, soon!

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The last picture was taken months ago… thank the lord! The house is now complete, minus a few projects! More to come…

 

 

 

 

Cars Need Love Too…

15 Apr

Spring Cleaning Challenge, halfway through the month and I have only completed two things on my list. Time to get busy! Next up my car! Cars need organization love too!

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1. Playroom

2. Clean Out Refrigerator

4. Nightstand Drawer

5. Tupperware Drawer

6. Switch Seasonal Clothing

7. Windows

8. Air Registers

9. Clean Out Cars

10. Clean Out Kitchen Drawer

First things first, clean out the junk! I never seem to be able to get everything out of the car, at the end of the day. This means things start to pile up. The usual culprits are coats, cups, toys, bags, you name it. Time to empty it out and put everything away.   IMG_4162

Next, I emptied all of the junk from the cup holder area and gave the entire car a good vacuum! Nice… look at all those crumbs!   IMG_4163 Once the car was clean, I wanted to add some organization. My car (Yukon XL) has a large space in front of the cup holders. It is great, but it ends up being a dumping ground for junk! It needed some organizational structure! IMG_4161

I wanted to divide the space, so I chose these clear containers from The Container Store. They are all different sizes, so you can customize your space. They are super inexpensive, ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 each. StackableDrawerOrg100437G_x This is how they look in my car. I love it already!

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The next step is my favorite… loading my things back into the space. Now, I have a space for coins, ear buds, pens, sunglasses, gum, phone wallet and a notepad. It looks amazing and makes me happy every time I get in the car!

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Next, I needed something for the back of the car, between my kids seats. I wanted something to hold paper towels, movies and toys, diapers and wipes, first aid kit, etc… I chose this bin from The Container Store.   RugbyStripeBin_l It fits perfectly in between the seats and helps keep the back of the car organized!

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I spend a lot of time in my car, so why not make it lovely?!

Spring Cleaning Challenge

2 Apr

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Spring is here! Finally! It is my favorite time of the year, the days are longer and warmer! I am always ready to pack away the coats and boots and pull out the shorts and sandals!

Spring cleaning has always been one of my favorite activities, it is so therapeutic to me! It is like a fresh start to a new year. A time to shake off winter and prepare for summer!

I have to say the more I organize for clients the less organized my own home seems, busy… busy. I typically organize based on frustration. You know that feeling you get when you cannot find what you are looking for or when a drawer will not shut. For instance, the current state of my tupperware drawer. So I made a list of ten things that have been bothering or frustrating me and I am going to tackle them in April!

Here is a peak at my list…

1. Playroom

2. Clean Out Refrigerator

4. Nightstand Drawer

5. Tupperware Drawer

6. Switch Seasonal Clothing

7. Windows

8. Air Registers

9. Clean Out Cars

10. Clean Out Kitchen Drawer

 

First project… the playroom!

I think this explains why I don’t spend much time cleaning or organizing the playroom…

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This is totally my house, now that my littlest one is on the move! My son’s favorite thing to do is get things out. I put everything up and he has the best time getting it all back out! Stinker…

I removed the rug, all the large toys, and furniture. Then gave the floor and baseboards a good scrub. Then I did a basic sort and purge of the toys. My little one is about to turn one, so time to make room for new toys.

It will only be a matter of days before it is a mess again, but in the meantime it looks so nice… Ahh!

 

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Hate Doing Laundry?

26 Feb

Hate doing laundry, oh doesn’t everyone? I really don’t mind the washing, the drying or the folding. However, I really dislike putting it away! But wouldn’t it make it more fun if you loved your laundry room? I organized this laundry room for a sweet little family and it is super cute!

Ready for some laundry room love?

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First off, this client’s home is gorgeous! The the laundry room is too cute! Don’t you love the blue and white? So fresh and clean! Love it! This room has tons of storage and just needed a little TLC!

Here is the Before and After…

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Ok… So my before pictures did not turn out great! Somehow… my finger keeps ending up in my pictures! I did get some pictures of the drawers, so let’s start there!

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First step, clear the drawers and insert drawer liner. I used adorable wrapping paper I found at TJMax. It also turned out to be a perfect match! I love it when a plan comes together!

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After the drawers were organized, I went to work on the cabinets. I used great little bins from the Dollar Store and Martha Stewart labels! I cleared the counter tops to create a great work area or folding space. Then we took some art that was hanging on the wall and set it against the back splash for some interest!

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Lastly, I re-purposed a basket the client already had to make use of the top of the dryer. This is a great tip, it keeps all of your laundry items together and keeps the top of the dryer from becoming a catch all.

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Now, doesn’t that just want to make you say ahhh! Such a relaxing, lovely laundry room!

Before and After

21 Jan

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I absolutely love a house with lots of storage to play in! Give me your pantries, utility closets, and mudrooms! I love them all! No joke! Here is a before and after of a utility closet that had become a place to store odds and ends! This lovely closet just needed some structure and a quick 30 minute clean-out!

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And the after… oh yes!

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The blue bins are from the Dollar Store… gotta love it! I also used a small white trash can from the Dollar Store to hold the rolls of wrapping paper! The stacking bins for gift wrapping supplies are from the Container Store, as is the cleaning supply caddy. The bins contain cleaning supplies, tools, paint, light bulbs, bug spray, etc…

Fabulous! If this was my closet, I would just stand and stare at it!

15 Minute Organization

9 Jan

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So my recent organization dilemma was paper clutter… in the kitchen.

I don’t have a ton of counter space and even if I did, I hate piles of paper in the kitchen.

Here is what it looked like…

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This lovely little pile included; my planner, my son’s paperwork from his doctor appointment, my daughters school folder, my to do list, etc. All piled up on the end of my counter, ugh! I needed a place in the kitchen where I could store these items.

We have two junk drawers in our kitchen. One, stores pens, pads, batteries, and miscellaneous items. The other, a real junk drawer. It started out as a drawer for my husband, a place where I could put his things that were left on the counter. In the end, it just became a real JUNK drawer!

Here is the proof…

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See how random… a broken watch, my husbands baby photos, chargers, lip gloss, outlet covers, cat medicine, random papers, you name it! Talk about embarrassing, but remember this was my husband’s drawer!

So I decided to use this drawer as my little kitchen office, of sorts…

1. First, I emptied the drawer. Of which, 90% of the contents were just trash. Then, I relocated the other items.

2. I bought scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. Using the paper as drawer liner, I used double stick tape to adhere it to the drawer. See? So much better!

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3. Then I purchased clear drawer organizers from Container Store, for under $15.

4. Finally, I just loaded all my things back into the drawer and voila!

15 minutes and under $20 dollars!

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Here is a list of what I keep in this drawer… my planner, a notebook, my journal of kids quotes and stats (where I jot things down about them), my menu planner, chargers, pens/pencils, and to do list pads.

I also keep any papers, forms, to do items in this drawer. This way, I will see them daily and remember to complete them! I have a home office, but this allows me to keep the things I need in the kitchen and not have to look at the cluttered counter top. Problem solved!

Merry Christmas!

26 Dec

Merry Christmas from Leigh Lusk Living!

I don’t know about you but there is something about the day after Christmas that gives me the urge to organize. It could be the influx of new toys and clothes that my children receive or just the fact that the busy holiday season is coming to an end and I am ready to get my life back in order! First up, organizing for next Christmas!

Oh that is right, already thinking about next year! I decided it was time for a Christmas binder! You know a place where you can make notes about everything you did during the Christmas season and things you want to do next year.

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This is a very simple project and costs less that $20.00.

What you will need:

1. White Three Ring Binder

2. Printouts from Etsy (See Link Below)

3. Dividers from Office Supply Store

4. Washi Tape

5. Label Maker or Marker

First, I ordered the printables from a shop on Etsy. They cost $10.00 and it was worth every penny! One day, I would love to make my own… but no time for that this year!

Here is the link to the set of printouts I purchased: https://www.etsy.com/listing/162839386/editable-christmas-planner-chevron-pdf?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Christmas%2BPlanner

I like using a regular white binder with pockets, so that I can slip in pictures of possible gifts and receipts for returns. My first page is a calendar for the month of December, followed by categories for Gifts, Food, Decor, Traditions, and Christmas Cards.

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I bought plain white Office Depot brand dividers for about $2.99. I covered the dividers with green Washi tape, also from Office Depot. Then I used my label maker for the categories!

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The last step is just to select and fill in the printables that you want for your binder!

In my Gift section, I have a sheet for each member in my immediate family, a sheet for the extended family, and a sheet for friends, neighbors, and teachers.

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I love the Food section, because you can list everything you made and the recipe for each item! You can even keep your grocery shopping list in here and update it each year! Who wants to be in the grocery store on Christmas Eve? Not me!

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In my Decor section, I list gift wrap essentials and what I need for next year. Shopping for 2014 should be a breeze! I do a lot of shopping in November when our Christmas stuff is still in the attic. I hate guessing if we still have wrapping paper or ribbon. I almost always buy what we do not need and forget what we do need!

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The Traditions section, has a place for current traditions and traditions to try in the future. It also has a sheet for projects, this is great when you have children!

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Lastly, the Christmas Card section. This section is my favorite! I keep our address list for the cards and I keep a record of how many we order each year. I will especially appreciate this next year, because I did not order enough this year!

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This little beauty will stay in my office, so hopefully I can write down gift ideas all year long. Christmas 2014 will be a breeze! Ha! I doubt it, but it is worth a try if it will make Christmas simple!