Tag Archives: Home Organizaton

Kitchen Storage – Before and After

19 Jun

I am so behind on my before and after pictures! This is one of my favorite jobs, because it was the first job I did for one of my favorite clients. I have to say that I love what I do, but I really love the people I meet. Especially, the ones that become my friends and in a way a part of my family.

This client loves to cook and she spends a lot of time in her kitchen! She just needed a fresh set of eyes to determine where and how everything should be stored.

It is just that easy sometimes, a fresh set of eyes can be the best thing for a storage dilemma!

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Aren’t before and after pictures awesome! Are you ready for yours?

Arbonne 28 Day Cleanse, My Journey

11 Mar

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Leigh Lusk Living is committed to helping make life simple! Today, I want to share a product that has simplified and changed my life. If it changed my life, it could change yours too!

Organization can apply to many things in life, including food! I am not just talking about cleaning out your pantry or your refrigerator. I am talking about simplifying grocery shopping, menu planning and even simplifying food you eat.

I have always organized my shopping lists, maximized shopping time and budget. I planned each weeks meals and I cooked what I believed were healthy meals. They probably were to some extent. However, I do not enjoy cooking. I would much rather clean the kitchen after the meal, than prepare it. In all honesty, I never really thought much about the products I was buying or the ingredients in those products.

I had no idea that the products I was consuming were having a direct impact on how I felt each day. In retrospect, that sounds silly. Of course, what I was putting in my body was having an effect on how I felt each day. I was tired all the time. I lost my focus, my energy… I had lost me.

When I worked full time, I thrived in routine. When I quit my corporate job, I lost a piece of myself. When you are with your kids 80% of the time you lose focus and are drained of energy. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely blessed to live this life. Blessed, to be with my children. However, holy wow they can be a constant drain on your energy.

I did’t feel like I did when I worked. I was in a fog. I was overwhelmed, not sure how to get back. I love owning my own business and sharing my time with my children. However, I knew something had to change. I wanted to feel better. I realized I was too busy to focus on me! I wasn’t eating healthy or even regularly. That is right… a granola bar a 2pm does not constitute lunch. Shocker!

I had interest in clean eating and even tried researching it. However, the amount of information was overwhelming and boom… just like that I closed the browser. Then a friend told me how Arbonne changed her life. The Arbonne 28 Day Challenge boosted a step by step plan and a coach… BAM you have my attention.

Arbonne and the 28 Day Challenge is a genius combination. A combination of natural, pure and safe products with a step by step guide to learn how to eat clean. It appealed to me because it is a lifestyle, not a diet. I don’t do diets… ever. I also loved that it was going to teach me something and give me a months worth of healthy recipes! I was sold!

28 days later… I am hooked. It took about 3 1/2 weeks for my energy to improve and when it did everything changed! I was not craving a nap at 1pm and I wasn’t wrecked by 6pm. I feel incredible! I got ME back!!!

Plus, another month of living the 80/20 clean eating lifestyle, I have almost lost ten pounds! What! I never imagined getting five much less ten!

These are the products that Arbonne sells as a part of the detox…

(2) bags of Protein Chocolate and Vanilla

Digestion Plus

Daily Fiber Boost

Energy Fizz Sticks (Pomegranate & Citrus)

(2) Boxes Herbal Detox Tea

7 Day Body Cleanse

Shopping Lists

One Month of Recipes

One on One Coaching

Access to a Private Facebook Group

Plus, One Free Product of Choice up to $50 in Value

So, if you have been thinking you need to make a change. If you feel overwhelmed or not sure where to start. Take a look at this program. I highly recommend it! Improve your health and get your energy back! Let these improvements spill over into all areas of your life!

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!

 

 

 

 

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?!

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!

Perfect Playroom Closet

18 Sep

I recently did a little “do it yourself” project with a sweet client and friend! When we were done, she had a little perfect playroom closet!

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So we started with this…

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A perfectly good storage system for a bedroom, but not functional for playroom storage. Three things I love about this closet:

1. Tons of space! Just not utilized… yet!

2. My client was willing to scrap the current system in favor of a system that would utilize the space and grow with the family!

3. Great storage bins!

So, this is where the DIY comes in…

Step 1: Remove the current closet system

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Step 2: Install the new system. This closet system is from Home Depot, and cost about $150! Well, worth it and simple! Let me tell you, two girls and a drill installed this in about an hour. See… pretty simple right?

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Step 3: Sort, purge, and reuse all of my clients fabulous bins!

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This is a fabulous system and you can easily add shelves for more storage as your needs change!

When the closet it was done, it was time for a little sort, purge, and reorganize of the rest of the room. Is this playroom not super cute?

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Now, they have a super cute closet to match the super cute room!