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Talk of the Weekend #34

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It’s been quite a while since we have had a Talk of the Weekend around here.  This weekend is always one of my favorites because it marks the official start of the Christmas season to me, and I love seeing all the Christmas displays and creative ideas for the season everywhere.  So let’s get right to it!

Every year, a few people ask me how I make our gingerbread houses.

Dining room gingerbread house Christmas vignette

It is really easy to do because I just use pre-made kits from Walmart or Target, and merely decorate them with the white frosting that is included in the kit.  Then I “glue” on some sprigs of artificial greenery with a bit more icing for garlands and plants around them. Now if you want to know how to make them from scratch, just read this post from Marina, the brains behind the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog.

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You could also make an entire city of gingerbread buildings!

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The video tutorial for it is good.  I love how they prebake the cookies for a few minutes to firm them up, then remove the excess dough and finish baking them.

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Or perhaps you just want a little gingerbread man to tie on to your Christmas packages.
Here is a precious one with directions for you at A Homemade Living.

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There are more great ideas for creative gift wrapping here.

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When you purchase your Christmas tree this year, be sure to ask for some extra greenery that they often cut off at the tree lot (or just save a bit of your own.)  These door hangers made from a few branches are easy to create, and they add a nice holiday touch to your rooms. (Of course I love the red ribbon on them. 🙂 )

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And here are a few table setting ideas for your holiday table.

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If you are looking for a clever and delicious idea for a dish to take to a Christmas party this year, this cheese wreath just might be your answer. 🙂

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Besides all the Christmas related ideas in this week’s Talk of the Weekend, I wanted to share just a little of our Thanksgiving with you before that holiday is a too distant memory.  Originally, our oldest son was to fly home from Seattle, spend Thanksgiving with us, and then we were all going to spend next week at Disney World with our daughter.  Unfortunately, our son has had quite a few migraines recently and did not have the leave left to take off such an extended period of time.  So we cancelled our Disney trip, and my husband, our other son, and I flew to Seattle for Thanksgiving at our son’s small apartment.

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Our table was simply set for the four of us with a cookie from a local bakery topping off the setting.

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And we were able to pull together an entire Thanksgiving dinner with groceries from Whole Foods and Safeway, and a cheesecake and baby pumpkin cake from Hoffman’s Bakery.  My husband made a pecan pie, while I cooked up a sweet potato souffle, and a few other dishes.  Preparing a turkey was a joint effort. 🙂

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While we are looking at our son’s kitchen, let me just give you a quick tour of the rest of his place. I did a little decorating for it a few months ago… starting from an idea to use a National Parks poster (since one of the main reasons he moved to the West Coast was because of all the wonderful hiking opportunities in the National Parks out there.)

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I framed it in a mat and frame combination from Target, and my husband found a National Parks calendar at Whole Foods that I used in other frames around the apartment.

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The apartment has this cute little desk corner.
I framed a National Park postcard that we had for the art there.

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And a couple more calendar prints went up in the bedroom.
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It’s not a fancy place, but it works just fine for a twenty-something year old guy. 🙂  While we were there we spent a little time outside on a cold and rainy day.

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REI closes all of its stores on Black Friday to encourage everyone to spend some time outdoors.  So we took one of their posters with us on Friday as we went up to the Northern Cascades area.

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Couldn’t resist taking this photo with everyone! 🙂

During our time in the Seattle area we also saw the new Disney movie, Moana.  It was beautifully done, and we all enjoyed it at a theater with reclining seats where you are served dinner.  (The best way to see a movie to me!) We also dined out a few times and did a little shopping at Bellevue Square.  I was totally enchanted with their Christmas display!

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I kid you not.  Rudolph’s nose even glowed. 🙂

And now it is officially time to think of Christmas.  You see, because our daughter had scheduled off next week for our visit there (the trip we cancelled) she has decided to drive home for a visit beginning tomorrow…a visit that will be her Christmas since she has to work during the actual Christmas Day.  So I have to get going on all things Christmas here!

I’m leaving you with one sweet idea for the start of the holiday season.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Let the shopping, baking, decorating, merry making, wrapping season begin! 🙂

Until next time…

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Rosemary - December 1, 2016 - 6:03 pm

Oops! Icing on the cake! although in it is good too 🙂

Rosemary - December 1, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Sorry, I’m a little late commenting but I just wanted to say thank you for all the helpful tips. Also for sharing pictures of your son’s apartment. How lovely that you were able to change plans and be with him for Thanksgiving. I hope his migraines soon improve. Then the icing in the cake! you have your daughter coming home for a week 🙂
Such a great family picture too …really nice to see you in it. I definitely support shops closing over Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Rosemary

Anne from Atlanta - November 29, 2016 - 6:05 am

Hi Kelly,

I enjoyed this episode of Talk of the Weekend. It had a little bit of many things-ideas for Christmas but included your Thanksgiving. I am so impressed with how neat and tidy your son’s apartment is! It is very cute! As always, thanks for the time and effort you put into your wonderful blog. ~Anne

Garden, Home and Party - November 28, 2016 - 1:17 pm

Kelly,
What a fun impromptu Thanksgiving. As you know, I love Seattle and am sure if felt seasonal and fun. We saw Moana too and in a theater with reclining seats and tray tables…Mr. B. has decided that is the only way to see a movie!

I’m ready for Christmas and am savoring the season, my favorite. I don’t want to rush through it. I’m trying to slow down and enjoy.
Have fun with your daughter’s visit (her Christmas). How I remember having to work at Disneyland for all major holidays. 🙂
xo,
Karen

Vickie - November 28, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Hi Kelly, I love the post and all of the pics! Could you share the bakery that did the beautiful turkey cookies for you? So hard to find cookies like that .

thanks so much, Vickie

Gina - November 28, 2016 - 10:10 am

How nice you could change your plans and still be able to see your sons and spend the upcoming week with your daughter!! And you still had a Thanksgiving feast! 😉 Love how you helped your son decorate his apartment. Perfect theme. We were happy to be outside Friday too at my husband’s sister’s “Turkey Bowl.” We were too “old” to play football so we took a little hike. We did “Black Friday” shop for the first time in our life that morning though, only because we needed a dishwasher! 😛 Now, I am going to checkout a couple of those links for some inspiration. I’m starting my decorating today!!

Anne - November 28, 2016 - 9:38 am

Hi Kelly, I’m glad you decided to all be together! Sounds like y’all can make the best of any situation. Hope those migraines go away; I’ve had them too. On with Christmas!

Barbara (WA) - November 27, 2016 - 4:38 pm

I’m so sorry your son has migraines but glad you were able to visit him up here. Nice apartment! My sis, niece and I love that style of posters/art. I grew up in Renton, btw. Have fun getting ready for an early Christmas with your daughter!

Louvina - November 27, 2016 - 1:31 pm

💕I stopped just to check for postings and found yours and whizzed through it and promising myself a treat of looking indepth at it again when I get all the fall decorations down while cooking turkey hash and the last of the TG feast!! Amazed how your plans changed and think it is great you can go off whenever you want and have a great adventure!! I can just see you whizzing around getting your organized bins out and “whala” Christmas!! You have inspired me to get ‘Er done!! I’m always singing “Christmas is coming and the goose IS getting fat and please to put a penny in the old man’s hat – if you have no penny a 1/2 penny will do and if you have not a 1/2 penny — may God bless you!” I’m in the spirit!! 🎶😊

Donnamae - November 27, 2016 - 10:38 am

This post is what retirement is all about…readjusting! Our kids now have jobs, real life concerns….and in order to keep the family together, and our traditions going….sometimes we have to take the celebrating to them! Kudos to you and your hubby! Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! Looking forward to more Christmas posts! 😉

DiAnne - November 27, 2016 - 9:25 am

Kelly,
Thank you for taking the time to write and share this post. For a while now I have been thinking about flexibility. Change is hard but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Sometimes we get so steeped in “tradition” that we can’t or won’t bend when we need to. Our Thanksgiving celebration didnt look this year the way I thought it would ten years ago, but it was still soooo great.
Retirement has brought for us the ability to go and do as we need to. It is a wonderful thing. What I saw in your post was a coming together for a son and I doubt any of you will ever forget this Thanksgiving in his cozy, cute apartment in Seattle. I can get just a little sappy over things like this. lol. Anyway kudos to you guys for making the most of a last minute change of plans.

I love those national park posters and how nice they look in your son’s apartment.

I am going to try to do a gingerbread house with my two year old grandaughter this week. Thanks for the reminder of how cute they look in a big glass jar.

Have fun this week with your daughter.
Merry Christmas,
DiAnne

Tricia - November 27, 2016 - 7:23 am

Kelly, how wonderful you were able to make such last minute arrangements, ensuring your far-flung son would enjoy a family holiday. And now your daughter will be home with you for a visit. Your son’s apartment definately has your touch, it’s quite homey. Enjoy your week! T

Kay - November 27, 2016 - 7:21 am

What a wonderful family you have! Kudos for the calendar art work. I just love that style of illustration, don’t you? I wish I knew what they call it. Anyway, sweet story!

Dawn - November 27, 2016 - 12:00 am

Kelly,

I love hearing how flexible your family is so that you guys may still get your together time. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Dawn

Marianne in Mo. - November 26, 2016 - 11:56 pm

What fun! An impromptu trip for the holiday! Wow, you did good with the feast, I’m impressed! Sons apartment is perfect for a single guy, and it shows a bit of your touch, so he will feel like home.
Love the reindeer!
We are just starting our decorations, outside first, then the inside. Hope I can get it all together by Christmas! I have to take more breaks than I used to, so the tree alone takes a full day!
Hope you have a great time with your daughter home! Mine comes in on the 26th.

Cheri - November 26, 2016 - 11:47 pm

How wonderful that you were able to go to Seattle for your son, I bet he was so thrilled. You deserve “The Best Mom” award. I love Seattle, I had been there 3 or 4 times before our ex- son in law got relocated to Ft. Bragg.

Leslie Anne Tarabella - November 26, 2016 - 11:45 pm

“Flexible.” That’s the key word for enjoying life. And you win this round of flexibility, hands down!

The Storage and Organization Post

the ribbon organizationHappy Thanksgiving week!  I know you are probably running around making shopping and grocery lists for your Thanksgiving dinner, but I want to answer a question today that I seem to be asked a lot lately.

Where in the world do you store all your stuff, Kelly??

Perhaps by answering this question,  it will give you some ideas for storing holiday items as you look ahead to December.  I do have a lot of “stuff” which is why I try to keep it as organized as I can.  Like you, I want it not only to be neat, but also logical – so that I can find it easily.  I have done a number of posts on some of it, and I am going to include a bit of that here for new readers, but I also have a few other closets, and the attic – (yes the attic!) to show you.  Just know, this is not a pretty post…this is the utilitarian stuff. 🙂

Alright, let’s jump in…

Talk of the House workroom

Pictured above is my workroom…a real workhorse of a room around here.  The photo at the top of the post shows the boxes that house all my ribbon. There is a tall basket that holds all my rolls of gift wrap at the end of the long desk area.  The closet there behind my smaller desk houses all the drapes, pillow covers, and pillows that are not currently in use.

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The cabinet under the window stores all my craft supplies.  You can read the full post and see many more photos from the storage in that room in this post.

I have also written about the dining room storage.

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 The cabinet above holds a large portion of our plates and glassware.

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Many more pieces are found inside this cabinet between the dining room and the kitchen…

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and its drawers store all of our napkins.

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 There is also an antique cupboard in the dining room that is good storage.

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It is where we keep our paper party goods…

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along with some of our most used cookbooks.

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You can read more about the dining room storage in the post here.

I’ve also shared a post with you about our master bedroom closet organization.  (You can read all the details about it here.)

mirrorWould you like to see what is behind the door with the mirror? 🙂
(It’s not very pretty…)

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This is what we call our cleaning closet because to the left side, over the water heater is where we put all of our cleaning supplies.

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On the right side are more shelves.

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 This is where our vacuum cleaner, the mop buckets, and all of our leftover paint cans live.

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cleaning-closet-paint-suppliesWhile we are back in the bedroom wing, let’s take a look at the storage in the master bath.

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All of our bathrooms have pedestal sinks.  So there are no cabinets under our sinks like many homes have.  Our house also does not have a linen closet (something I will be sure to include the next time we build!)  This means our furniture pieces in the bathroom are utilized to handle the storage of not only bathroom related items, but also linens.  I am not going to bore you with photographs of every drawer in there.  I think you can get the gist of the storage from the labels on the photos.

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 This antique cupboard is also in our bathroom, and you can see that its contents are a mix of bath supplies and linens.

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But we do have one closet in the master bath for our towels and medicines (and dirty clothes.)

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 Another “room” in our home that works hard for storage is our back porch.  You can read all about its organization here, but I will show you one photo of the interior of the large cabinet out there. (This is an old photo though.  The pottery is now up in my husband’s office, and the bottom shelf now houses gardening items.)

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And finally, the BIG storage area…the attic.
(Yes, that’s a lot of red storage bins. 🙂 )

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Because I like to decorate the entire house for Christmas, I have a large collection of Christmas items.  They are in bins, labeled with a chalk pen.  I have numbered them in the order that I decorate the rooms, and each bin is labeled with either the room or the contents. The bins are not all full; they are just separated to help with the organization of it.  All of the white hanging bags are trash bags that hold our artificial garlands, and they have a piece of paper inside them that tells where they are to be hung.  A couple of the bags also hold large wrapped boxes that I use for display (and they are labeled as well.)  Oh, and that huge box there on the bottom is an old artificial tree that I am getting rid of in a week or so.

The other bins (those on the right in the photo) hold all the decorating items for the other months of the year.  You will notice that some months have 2 bins because those months just lend themselves to more decorating than others (like October and November.)

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There are a couple more spaces that I have already written blog posts on.  One is the playroom organization, and you can see that post here.

game system baskets (2)And the other is the coat closet by the front door.
(post found here)

Talk of the House organized coat closet

And I think that is about all the organization I can share with you (and probably more than you can bear to see! LOL)  I also wanted to announce the winner of the Thanksgiving giveaway.  You all left wonderful comments on all 3 of the Thanksgiving posts!  There were over 400 comments, so I had to do the drawing a little differently this time.  First, I got a random number to choose the winning post…

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That gave me part 3 as the winning entry’s post.
Then I got a random number from the comments with that post…

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And comment #9 belonged to this winning entry:

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So congratulations to Dee!!  I hope she will enjoy all the items for Thanksgiving in the giveaway. 🙂  I wish I could have given all of you the prizes, but I am afraid my budget will not allow me to do so. 🙁

Let me close by wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving Day!  I will be taking a break from blogging for the rest of the week as we celebrate with family. (But our Disney daughter has to work on Thanksgiving Day.  boo hoo!)  I am so very thankful for your presence here and count it as one of my many blessings.

Until next time…

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April Edwards - December 9, 2016 - 10:03 pm

Kelly, I always look forward to your decorating posts and I have been thinking about your attic organization strategy since you originally shared this. How did you decide to pack your bins by room and not type of item? I tend to think in terms of rooms also, but I know others organize their decor by thing like berries, picks, stars, red items, etc. Do you consistently decorate your rooms similarly for Christmas and not use items you use from other times of the year, like a star dish at Christmas and the fourth of July? Thanks for your help. I am trying to develop a formal system once and for all.

Ann - December 6, 2016 - 8:13 pm

Hi, Kelly. An argument has ensued at my house over the size of your red containers. My husband thinks they are like big shoe box size. I say they are big ones. What say you? Thanks. It would be a shame to be feuding over this on our 38th anniversary-haha-coming up this month…

Jayne - December 1, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Oh my stars, Kelly. What a great post. You are my idol. Thanks for taking the time and effort to inspire us.

GramiePamie - November 27, 2016 - 1:38 pm

Dear Kelly, the neatness and organization you have achieved is inspiring to me!! I have a LONG way to go! I think that some containers like the white ones you use for medicines would be particularly useful to us. Could you source them for us? I searched for white containers with lids online, but…..Thanks!!

KRISTY - November 25, 2016 - 10:53 pm

Thank you for sharing your organised spaces. WOW! Gave me something to think about, my own storage organization.

Nancy - November 23, 2016 - 10:27 pm

Your organization post is so informative and helpful. I love every single entry on your blog (I have looked at every one of them.). Please never quit blogging. You are such an inspiration and bright spot. I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Garden, Home and Party - November 23, 2016 - 6:21 pm

Kelly,
You’re so lucky to have such great space for organizing and storing your items. I use Rubbermaid bins for all of my seasonal items but the drawers and cupboards look so great with your well-organized, color coordinated items.
Great post.
xo,
Karen

Debbie - Mountain Mama - November 23, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Ok, now you’ve made me want to immediately pull everything out of every single drawer and closet and start all over again! Oh my gosh, I absolutely love your cozy home and the way you keep it so very organized – that’s my dream situation, right there! I love having things ‘just so’ to the point that my daughters call me anal….and since my daughters are both still living at home, things don’t stay ‘anally organized’ like I really want them to! I shall live vicariously through you, my organizational muse.

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and your family, Kelly!

Lanita Anderson - November 23, 2016 - 2:29 pm

Wow….I feel the need to organize! Thank you for the “behind the scenes” look at your storage areas and for sharing your storage ideas and options. While it may not be the “pretty” post, it was very inspirational! Happy Thanksgiving….

Janet - November 23, 2016 - 10:45 am

Kelly — This is awesome and I’m totally inspired! I’ve actually pinned a bunch if your photos to a new board. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - November 23, 2016 - 8:12 am

For a gal like me, this is a “pretty” post, haha! Your photos make me want to jump up & reorganize my entire house 🙂 I hope that you & yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Donnamae - November 22, 2016 - 11:00 pm

My goodness…..you are one organized lady! I should take lessons from you! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 😉

julia walker - November 22, 2016 - 10:27 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Kelly! Your closets put me to shame…I wanted to tell you “Giving Thanks” was a hit with my sister-in-law in Louisville who hosted our family feast Sunday.Everyone secretly signed it while she was busy cooking. Thank you for giving me the idea! Take care.

Pippa Griffin - November 22, 2016 - 10:22 pm

Kelly – This was the wrong post for me to read the day before the day-before Thanksgiving….. I am itching to organize!!!

One quick question – where do you get the red storage bins? I am a “red person” and so is my husband. That’s exactly what we need (I’ve already got the white chalk marking pen).

Love, love it all – you are simply the queen of it all and with such a nice personality to go with it. Wish they made “Kelly pills” – I’d sign up for a lifetime supply!!!

Have a wonderful holiday – can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas this year….. can it really be this close to Christmas ALREADY???

Hugs, Pippa

Jeanne bell - November 22, 2016 - 10:14 pm

I am always amazed at how you have it all together. I always use the excuse that creative people are messy….works for me, but you are creative and organized! I think I want to be you when I grow up.
Happy Thanksgiving
Jeanne

Donna - November 22, 2016 - 6:13 pm

Kelly,
What a great post! I loved every picture. I have always been pretty organized, but your attic is to die for. I have tubs, but some are clear some are tan, some are blue. I love all the red ones and how you did it by month. Mine are labeled Spring, summer, fall, winter. I think I will break it down some more. Again the all red is so impressive.The other places are perfect, loved the paper goods all together and of course the pillow and curtains. Thanks for the behind the scenes peek. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Donna

DiAnne - November 22, 2016 - 5:54 pm

How I love all this organization! I will be “stealing” some ideas I am seeing here.
Of course your tote boxes for the months would be red. lol
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
DiAnne

Carol Ann - November 22, 2016 - 3:10 pm

Kelly…even your closets are pretty! Thanks for sharing your organizational tips!

Robyn - November 22, 2016 - 2:07 pm

WOW! Your organization is beautiful. I wish i could be more organized. I have things stuffed in every corner! Maybe a time to turn over a new leaf and let your Post be my inspiration!

Thanks For Sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda Graber - November 22, 2016 - 1:40 pm

Kelly,

THANK YOU for such beautiful pics of your organization and wonderful storage. 2017 is my year of getting the “clutter” into order. I’m going from the Process to processing to finally Processed technique next year!

FYI…The Legend of the 5 Kernels of Corn can be googled for more details: http://firstgradewow.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-legend-of-five-kernels-of-corn.html

Linda

Patty - November 22, 2016 - 1:02 pm

I have so much STUFF for Christmas but I never label the boxes. That will change this year because tomorrow I will buy a chalk pen. We have a small den on our second floor that is Christmas Central right now with presents for our “kids”. After Christmas and before I put things away, I will place a lot of things in that room to be donated, sold or I will just throw things away. I am hoping we will put our house on the market in the Spring. I got a lot of good ideas from your post, thank you.

Darla B - November 22, 2016 - 11:15 am

Kelly, Wow you motivate me to want to get all my things in order. Thank you for sharing. I so much enjoy your blog and look forward to reading each new post you send. I’ve taken multiple ideas you’ve shared and implemented them into my home. I love each and every one of them. As I take time this Thanksgiving season to reflect on so much to be thankful for, I wish you and your family wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lori - November 22, 2016 - 11:07 am

Wow, you are the queen of organization! Congratulations Dee! Happy Thanksgiving to all …

Dawn - November 22, 2016 - 10:48 am

Kelly,

Thanks for sharing and have a blessed Thanksgiving

Dawn

Louvina - November 22, 2016 - 10:20 am

Great ideas!! Even your messy areas are near and colored coordinated!! Loved looking at the behind the scenes to your organizing! Wow! You have a real talent in this area! Must be that “math side” of your brain in over time!! Gave me some things to think about and tackle. Thank you!! Enjoy your family and Thanksgiving!

Sandy in FWB - November 22, 2016 - 10:10 am

Love love love this post, since I love to be organized. I would have said it was because you are a teacher. I recognize that tub with labeling in my own life, but I know too many teachers who were not organized:)
Loved seeing how your store the seasonal stuff. Great use of the attic.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Pat in Georgia - November 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

Kelly, we can all take lessons from your organizational ideas. But, I have to say, my favorite of all is the red tubs with Christmas Decorations and months of the year decorating. I store all my tubs in a little doll house behind our house. I wish I had the foresight to number them and write on them to make the process of decorating easier. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Decorating!!!

margaret - November 22, 2016 - 9:40 am

Thank you for your organizing post. I have a couple of
places in our home that could use a better system. You
have inspired me, now I just need to find time to do it.
Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

Gina - November 22, 2016 - 9:19 am

I can’t explain it, but I LOVE to organize so I love this post!! 😉 You have a great system. There are a couple of spots, okay more than a couple that I really need to get control of. I need to purge first though. Your attic space really inspires me. I have clear bins that size in my attic. I really like your shelving.We need to do something like that too. And that drapes/pillows closet. :O Haha, if I was a burglar I’d go there first!! 😉 Thanks for the inspiration and I hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Marianne in Mo. - November 22, 2016 - 9:13 am

Wow, Kelly. I have seen most of these posts, never put together in my head how organized you are! It is amazing! I try to be organized, but then hubby comes along, and he NEVER puts things back where they belong. After 41 years, I doubt that will change.
You have given me some great ideas to try and implement though in the coming months.
Wishing you a peaceful Thanksgiving. (Not all of our family will be together either this year).

Bonnie Auld - November 22, 2016 - 9:10 am

Kelly, I just love this post. I know that it combines a number of your previous posts, and puts them all together, which is great! (And, just so you know, when I grow up, I want to be organized just like you!! 🙂 )

Anne - November 22, 2016 - 8:10 am

Hi Kelly, Thanks so much for posting about your storage solutions. I am always so impressed with your organization. I could look at your pillow & drape closet for hours, lol. Love your colors and they look fabulous all together in your closet too. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and I hope you will all be together in your beautiful home.

lin - November 22, 2016 - 8:08 am

you are probably the queen of organization! always like this or since your blogging activities?

Linda - November 22, 2016 - 8:07 am

Loved it all! Lots of great ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to you all as well.

Cheri - November 22, 2016 - 8:07 am

And I thought I was organized…you are not only organized but color coded organized as well. Besides being a travel consultant…you could also be a professional organizer.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and a big congrats to Dee.

Renee Cook - November 22, 2016 - 7:32 am

Wow, Kelly, your organized home is such an inspiration! You did an amazing job and I appreciate you letting us have a look behind all the doors! I look forward to putting some of your ideas into practice in my own home.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

Kay - November 22, 2016 - 6:55 am

OMiGosh. I have a name for my version of your genius; I call it “my mad organizational skills”. Mine pale in comparison to yours, though. This is the coolest thing I’ll see all day!

Rosemary - November 22, 2016 - 6:32 am

Kelly! What an inspiration you are! So lovely that you’re blogging regularly again ….I’m sure we all appreciate how time consuming it is. You ALWAYS brighten up my day, regardless of what you’re writing about. I enjoy all your posts! Now if I could just follow your lead on home organisation I’d be a very happy bunny!! ..do you know that saying? Otherwise it may sound odd!
I’m just trying to get back to normal following our trip to Florida ( I’ll send you an email soon) …burning Christmas candles and playing festive music!!
I hope you feel you can continue with your blog …maybe have long breaks when you need them or occasionally just write a short paragraph to let us know you’re ok 🙂 I certainly wouldn’t ever want you to feel obliged to blog …even though you would be missed!
Take care and have a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family ….and Happy Thanksgiving to your daughter in Florida too. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see her or her “friend” Princess Anna 🙂
Rosemary

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