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A Saturday in Atlanta: The General Muir, Lenox Square, and Sobban

the General Muir deli counterI had two more posts on my to-do list/calendar to write last week, but man was last week cuh-razy!  The March madness has begun with everyone trying to get in parent conferences at school, our state writing test being taken, our principal announcing that she is retiring, one of our sons having some oral surgery, our daughter coming home for spring break (with a truck load of laundry!), and our oldest child having his birthday on Friday…oh and my being outside in the rain in 33 degree weather unloading cars several mornings.  (What happened to our 70 degree spring like weather last week????)  Okay deep breath now….We all needed to celebrate simply making it through last week.  So to celebrate his birthday (the real reason for celebration) our son chose for us to go to Atlanta for a couple of meals and a movie on Saturday. (And I insisted we do just a little shopping while we were there.:))

the General Muir exteriorHe had never eaten at the General Muir, but our other son had, and he recommended it.   I had also written a post on it here last summer.

general muir restaurantatlanta.eater.com

So off we all went to have brunch there. Our table was the round one closest to the kitchen in the photo above.  We came in the side door by the deli.

the General Muir black check floorOf course I loved that gorgeous black and white check floor and the big wooden table there!

the General Muir farm tableLook around some more…

the General Muir booths

the General Muir lightsand then take a look at the menu.

the General Muir menuOne of our sons started with a cappuccino.

the General Muir cappuccinoNow here are all the entrees we had.  My husband and our daughter both had burgers.

the General Muir burger and friesCappuccino boy had a Reuben.

the General Muir sandwich

I tried their French toast with roasted bananas. (It was delicious!)

the General Muir French toastAnd birthday boy had an omelet with lots of horseradish sauce on it.

the General Muir omeletAnd for dessert we all shared these luscious cheesecakes (German chocolate and New York.)

the General Muir cheesecakesAfter brunch we went across town to see a Japanese animated film.  (I wanted to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman, but this was our son’s choice…The Wind Rises.)  Then we headed to Lenox Square for some shopping.  The next few photos were with my cell phone, so I apologize for their lack of quality and abundance of blurriness.  It would have embarrassed my kids for me to lug around the Canon in the mall.

Williams Sonoma store Lenox SquareThe Williams Sonoma store had Easter displays and many “lemon” things out for the spring season. Isn’t the forsythia pretty on this table?

Willliams Sonoma citrus table Lenox SqureI also ran through the Pottery Barn kids store looking at their Easter table display.

Pottery Barn kids store Lenox SquareObviously this next photo is not one I took, but it will give you an idea of all the precious Beatrix Potter items they have available in their store. (I sure wish they had all of this when our children were small.)

Pottery Barn kids Easter tablepotterybarnkids.com

The Beatrix Potter tablecloth was especially charming.

Pottery Barn kids tableclothpotterybarnkids.com

The main item I wanted to find was supposed to be at Pottery Barn. I had been looking for these bunny plates – either in the green or the yellow.  In the catalog, it said they were not available to order online.  Pottery Barn bunny plates

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But when I scoured the store, they had only 3 in yellow and 6 in pink.  (I didn’t need pink.) So I am afraid my brain will have to come up with something different for our Easter table.

The Pottery Barn at Lenox is huge – 2 floors of goodness!  I did look at their towels and many other things.

Pottery Barn towels Lenox Square

The C Wonder store (started by Tory Burch’s ex-husband) is right across from the Pottery Barn at Lenox. It is an amazingly colorful, whimsical store full of bright designs.  That was the very first time I had been in it, and I was in wide eyed wonder.  You can’t be anything but happy in a place like that.  And the prices are much less than what you find in Tory Burch’s merchandise.

C Wonder store at Lenox Squarestressfreebaby.com

It has women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, and some home goods.

C Wonder store in Atlantathedailysouth.southernliving.com

C Wonder clothingthedailysouth.southernliving.com

They even had things for pets and bicycles.

C Wonder store via ajcajc.com

There were so many cute things to see in there, but I had the whole family with me, and I didn’t want to make them wait.  So I am looking online at their website to see what I want to order.

After shopping at Lenox we went to dinner at a Korean Southern diner called Sobban. (The birthday boy’s choice again.)  Here is the menu:

Sobban menuEveryone else got some kind of entree in a sauce, but I was still so full from lunch I just had their roasted beet salad.

roasted beet salad at Sobban

It was pretty good, but I like the beet salads at Parish or Murphy’s better. The guys really liked their dishes and want to return.  The people that run this Korean restaurant also run my very favorite barbeque place  - Heirloom Market.  I was disappointed that they did not have any of their bbq on the menu at their new place.  If you are ever on the north side of Atlanta near the Chattahoochee River, I hope you try the bbq at Heirloom.  It is a super tiny place (with horrible parking!), but the food is divine.

Heirloom Market bbq Atlantasouthernliving.com

And that was our Saturday after our crazy week.  I attended the funeral for the father-in-law of one of my friends this afternoon (also the grandfather of one of our daughter’s friends.) It was a very uplifting service with beautiful music for a very kind man.

Hopefully this week will be a little less demanding..but you never know about March madness.  It’s not just for basketball! And those two posts that were on my list for last week will be coming to you this week…fingers crossed.:)I did manage to reply to all of your comments on the closet post (thank you thank you!) but I did not get the replies out in email form.  So if you left a comment last week, please check back at the post to read my reply.

Hope your week is a good one full of bright beautiful spring days! To get you started here is a fun little video for you from C. Wonder.Enjoy!:)

C Wonder vimeocwonder.com

What did you do this weekend?

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Katrina - March 9, 2014 - 11:48 pm

March Madness Basketball Style!!!! Woo Hoo…we just returned home from a weekend in Asheville where our favorite team won on Saturday and just advanced to the championship game after beating Davidson in overtime!!! We had sooo much fun and the best thing is we get to go back to Asheville tomorrow night for the championship game. Of course we did squeeze in William Sonoma and Tupelo Honey! I highly recommend this restaurant (just be sure and make a reservation)So glad you had a fun weekend too! Loved the shops you went to. Happy Birthday to your son. I bought the carrot cake mix at William Sonoma for my son-in-law’s birthday this week!
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Our daughter’s college team just won the championship in their division this weekend, and are NCAA bound! Hope Western Carolina wins tonight as well. I can deal with THIS kind of March Madness. :) Yum to your carrot cake mix…why didn’t I think to buy that?? I looked up the menu at Tupelo Honey, and I’ll take the fried green tomatoes with basil and goat cheese grits. Oh my goooooodness that sound’s delicious! (as does their fried chicken.) Enjoy the game!
Kelly

Lindy James - March 10, 2014 - 12:06 am

My weekend was exhausting but exciting at the same time. My husband, daughter, two grandaughter’s , 27months and 14 months attended my son and daughter-in-laws baby shower for my third grandaughter due the end of May . We drove to San Juan Capistrano from our home which normally should take about three hours, traffic permitting, but took us closer to five. Made it there right before it started! Weather was beautiful, in the 80′s. Packed a lot of visiting into a short time. Have to say was glad to get home early enough Sunday to rest up a bit for the new week. By the way the shower had a peter rabbit theme.
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A Peter Rabbit baby shower..how sweet!! 5 hours of riding and 2 toddlers would certainly require a lot of energy, but I bet the shower was fun. Hope you got a good nap in yesterday so that you are ready for this week. (I did not manage to get mine yesterday. Missing it today!)
Kelly

Kathy - March 10, 2014 - 2:06 am

Love, love, love Lenox Square but I haven’t been there in years. Your post makes me want to go again. OMGoodness!… a two story Pottery Barn?!! I could live there! And, C Wonder could send me right into spring fever. Kelly, would you be surprised to know that our oldest child’s birthday was also on Friday? She was in a wedding in Raleigh this weekend so we are celebrating her birthday tomorrow…while you are at the championship game, Katrina! (Go CATS!) This weekend my husband and I worked on hanging and painting beadboard in our garage. The garage is going to be part of a wedding venue in September when our March 7th baby gets married.
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Yes, a two story Pottery Barn!! I could live there as well. That is too funny about the common b-days. I know Katrina is going to have fun at the game. It sounds like you were being very productive this weekend. Hope you get everything done for the wedding. I am waiting on our sink for the room over the garage to be delivered any minute now….slooooow progress in there.
Kelly

Debra - March 10, 2014 - 2:47 am

Oh, you are one busy lady. Love that floor at the General Muir. Everything looked mouth watering from your lovely pics. Looks like you had a fun outing. My weekend was only semi busy. Friday was gorgeous here that finally brought beautiful sun and enough of a warm up to take a lovely walk with my sister in law and her beagle. We had a lovely visit. Then it was off to a favorite eatery to meet up with my second daughter and the twin grandbabies for a late lunch. Eating with twins is not a relaxed event. They really are quite behaved but of course need so much tending to, but I love it. My shopping wasn’t as exciting as yours. Just groceries, Oh,fun. Saturday evening brought a family dinner with hubby making baked pork chops and my son’s girlfriend joining us for dinner. Its always wonderful when he cooks. Sunday was low key with just an outing to Barnes and Noble for a Celtic CD and dinner from our local pub. Oh Retail therapy. Who doesn’t love Torey Burch, Lillie Pulitzer, J Crew…Oh, that C Wonder looks lovely. Really, greeting with a lemonade? Only in the South! Well, up too late and it is babysitting duty tomorrow. Have a good week ahead Kelly.
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Yes, spring seems to be finally making an appearance here. Aw a beagle…we do miss ours. You are so right about dining out with twins! That is an adventure unto itself!! Pork chops are on the menu for one night this week here. Did your husband grill yours? Hope your babysitting is going well today. Happy Monday, Debra!
Kelly

Kay - March 10, 2014 - 8:12 am

We had a quiet weekend, so it was fun to live vicariously through you this a.m.!
I am obsessed with the gingham check floor!
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I am obsessed with it too! That was such a smart idea for flooring. :)
Kelly

Mimi - March 10, 2014 - 8:22 am

Oh, Kelly, I LOVE the Beatrix Potter items and the PB bunny plates! I’m afraid bunnies have always been a weakness of mine. It sounds like your family has the same tradition as mine–the birthday person plans his/her fun day. Consequently, it is going to be a busy time around here in the next two weeks as my son will be celebrating his 20th birthday and I will be having a birthday, too. In between all the celebrating, I have parent-teacher conferences and college kids home for a week of spring break. Unfortunately, my school doesn’t have a spring break scheduled, so I will still be getting junior high kids prepped for state testing. Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Thanks for sharing your fun day out with your family. That Reuben looked delicious (that is my all-time favorite sandwich!) and the shopping looked like lots of fun. Have a great week!
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I do believe you and I are doing pretty much the same thing this month! (Except my birthday is not this month.) Happy early birthday to you! My school doesn’t have the same spring break as my college daughter does either. Glad you enjoyed seeing our trip to Atlanta!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 10, 2014 - 8:49 am

We enjoyed Atlanta this weekend as well. Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera!! We had a late lunch early supper at Antico’s before heading to our hotel. It was good. We passed up Sublime Donuts for Krispy Kreme.:) Ended up having Brunch in Bham before stopping to pick up our granddaughter. A fun and busy weekend. Next trip to Atl I will be looking for the place with the cheesecake!! Our daughter in law is Korean and she has a favorite Korean restaurant in Atlanta but I cannot think of the name of it now! She and my son head over there about every other month for an Asian Food Fix!!
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My son looooooves Antico. Did you try the Diavola? (His favorite, but daughter thinks it is too spicy.) Next time I insist you go to Sublime…they are not just doughnuts..they are the ultimate in desserts!! Cheesecake is great, but it does not compare to the fresh strawberries and cream doughnut at Sublime. Seriously. My sons would love to know your daughter in law’s favorite Korean restaurant in Atlanta. I’m sure they would try it. :)
Kelly

Donnamae - March 10, 2014 - 9:09 am

Sounds like a wonderful day after quite a hectic week! I would have chosen the Reuben too…but would have been too full for dinner myself. Hope this week is a slower one for you… But, you know, every once in a while you need a hectic one to keep you on your toes! ;)
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The Reuben did look good, didn’t it? You are right about needing to be kept on our toes occasionally. I just know once March rolls around at school, the rush is on until the end of the year. Thank goodness we do have a spring break to look forward to at the end of the month!
Kelly

Jill - March 10, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Sounds like a fun day! How nice you could spend it together doing things everyone would enjoy. I love trying out new restaurants. Everything looks delish! Some of us in our house can eat horseradish on pretty much anything, so that omelet sounds really good. Actually….everything does.:D
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It was a fun day, Jill! I love horseradish on beef, but I am not sure I would like it on an omelet. Your family is more brave than I am. Maybe I should have tried one bite of my son’s dish.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 10, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Kelly,

What a great way to celebrate a birthday and to revel in the fact that the crazy week was over. I’ve never been to the C Wonder store either, there is one very close to where I live but I just haven’t made it in. Several friends have recommended it.
The food looked delicious.
I hiked the nature trail at O’Neill Park and it was so much fun. The guide was so nice and informed. It was very warm here this weekend after have a cool and rainy weekend the week before.
Karen
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If your weather on the west coast was like ours, your walk on the nature trail should have been great! I need to get outside more and hopefully will be doing so soon. I hope you get to visit the C Wonder store near you. It is really a fun place…so bright and cheery!
Kelly

Dawn - March 10, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Oh Kelly!

Wish I could have gone along on your family outing. I would have loved it all. I have been eyeing those same green Pottery Barn plates too! C Wonder looks super fun! I checked out your up loaded video and now want some green driving moccasins and green letter “D” stationary! All things green on their website are 30% off right now! Wahoo! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us!
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Oh yes, you would have loved it all Dawn! I hate that PB was out of those plates. The sales clerk offered to check other stores, but since we were 2 hours from home, I knew we weren’t going to be traveling to several PB stores all over Atlanta. :( How cool that C Wonder has YOUR color on sale now. The things I wanted were green, so I will need to get on the stick and get my order in!
Thanks for the tip!
Kelly

Sally - March 10, 2014 - 9:46 pm

We often do something similar for our kids’ birthdays. It’s fun to enjoy a day from their point of view, and it always stretches us to find/do new things.
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Oh yes, it certainly does stretch us to try out new things! He kept asking for us to go to Disney for a day, and I had to just say no to driving that far for only one day. (I think he was just joking, but he is such a Disney-aholic that he might have been serious!)
Kelly

Jayne - March 11, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful time in Atlanta. I remember going to downtown ATL to shop when I was a little girl. That was before malls. I haven’t been to Atlanta in quite a while. I love the bunny plates. Hope you can find some, but know you will come up with something just as cute! Hold on, Spring break is almost here! Then it will be down hill from there.
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We did have a very nice time. I really need a couple of days in Atlanta to get in all the shopping I want to do…Homegoods stores and The Container Store and Ballard Outlets. I don’t think those bunny plates are going to show up anywhere, but I did run across some cute ones at Pier One that I am thinking about.
Kelly

Organizing: The Bedroom Closet in 12 Steps

the master closet storage

My new year’s goal has been to accomplish one organization project a month.  This closet’s organization actually started in late December with an idea to just change out the hangers and generally straighten up in there.  So bad blogger girl here failed to take any before photos because I did not think I would be doing a lot to the space.  But the longer I worked on it, the more I thought of to do.  I should have taken before photos. Please forgive me.  Okay? Alright now… let’s get in the closet.

Another title for this post might be:

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It really does.  Many many years ago, when we were working on the changes to the blueprints of our home, the original plan was to have two closets with bifold doors along one wall in the master bedroom.  We had a builder study our plans, and he said, “You are not going to like that.  Add about 6 more feet to that space, and put in a walk in closet.  You won’t be sorry.” So we listened and did just that.

the master bedroom  closet organized

And now the closet truly works like a tiny dressing room…and this closet has a closet inside it.  (Now you are thinking I am crazy, right?!) I am standing in the doorway to the closet coming from the bedroom in the photo above.  The mirror is on a door to the closet inside the closet. The water heater, cleaning supplies, vacuum cleaner, and painting materials are all in there. (Another project for later in the year.:)) So how do you organize a closet full of clothes, make it work like a dressing room, and make it attractive? You probably already know all of this, but I am writing it just in case there might be one person who does not.

1.  Purge anything you haven’t worn/used in a year.  Then sort all the clothing that remains by kind (i.e. all skirts together, all pants together, etc.)  and group them by color.  That includes handbags and shoes.

the master closet organized handbags

the master closet mens hanging clothes

2.  Hang everything on matching hangers.

I watched for sales on these from Home Depot and Target and replaced all our plastic ones with the wooden ones over a couple of months.  If you are tight on space, you might be better off with a thinner style than these because they do take up more hanging space.

the wood hangers

3.  Use matching hanging bags for sweaters and shoes.

(These came from Target.)

the master closet organized womens clothing

4.  Use matching boxes to hold miscellaneous items and out of season accessories.

I already had the red boxes on my side of the closet with my scarves, make up travel bags, extra make up, etc., but I had them scattered among the handbags.  Just grouping them together helped to make it look more organized. When we moved all the luggage out of this closet and into the coat closet, it freed up space for all our out of season thermal wear.  So I purchased more red boxes over the last couple of months to store those in.

the master closet organization storage boxes with adhesive labels

The boxes above are the same as those on my side of the closet.  They came from the Container Store. I simply turned them in the other direction on my husband’s side of the closet and added Martha Stewart adhesive metal bookplates from Staples on one side. I wanted the labels to be black, but there is no white ink in a printer to make a light color on black.  So these were printed with a black background on white paper.

Martha Stewart labels on Container Store Stolkholm boxes

5. Use ready made units with drawers for make up, hair products, and other things you need.

(Ours are also holding the linens for the bedroom.)  I know built in ones would be beautiful, but since we don’t have those, we purchased 6 of these from Lowes and stacked them in 3 groups. I changed out the plastic handles for the metal ones to dress them up a little.

the closet storage drawers

6.  Use jars and trays to keep your supplies neat.

(I also keep little notebooks handy for jotting down shopping and to-do lists.)

the top of closet storage

7.  Purge your make up and hair products down to the minimum you use, and organize them with drawer organizers.

the make up drawer organization

The top drawer holds make up and things needed for clothing (safety pins, a lint roller, dryer sheets for static cling, and a razor for getting rid of sweater fuzz.)  While we are on the subject of make up, I have recently switched from being an Estee Lauder girl to a Clinique girl, but I cannot find a Clinique mascara that does as good a job as the Estee Lauder ones.  Do any of you have a Clinique mascara that you love?

the make up organization

the drawer organization of hair supplies

8.  Include a container to hold your dry cleaning items.

I found this tote at TJ Maxx.  It had gold handles that I did not really care for.  So I cut them off and replaced them with black ribbon handles.  The label is another Martha Stewart from Staples product just pinned on with a safety pin.  I wrote on it with a chalkboard marker.

dry cleaning bin

9. Include a piece of furniture for seating.

the target stool reupholstered in buffalo check

This is a stool that I purchased on sale from Target. It was originally a maroon color, but I upholstered it with some fabric left over from the kitchen curtain project.  I will have a tutorial for you soon, if you would like to recover one yourself.  I still want to add wheels to the legs to make it easier to move around.

10.  Include a trash can.

You know you need one for when you cut price tags off the new clothes you buy or threads that somehow hang off your skirt.  I also have a phone in there because my mother calls me in the morning when I am getting ready for work.

the dressing room trash can and phone

11.  Add artwork that you like.

Think about how much time out of your life you spend getting ready.  Shouldn’t the space for it be a place that you enjoy seeing? That is why there are photographs hanging in our closet (aka dressing room.:))

artwork in the closet

12.  Hang a full length mirror in your closet.

This is the one last thing left to do in there.  I want to replace that mirror with a frameless one that covers the full panels of the door, and then the closet will be finished…and I can move on to the next organization project.

mirror

I was a little leery to even write this post here today for several reasons.  First, when I wrote the one on our coat closet organization, my mother said, “You did an entire post on a … closet??” (As if I had lost my mind.)  And I replied, “Yes, people need ideas for organization that are easy to implement.”

Secondly, I did not want to give the impression that I am an expert on anything.  When I read posts that have “10 tips for this or that thing,” I often feel like my intelligence is insulted, and I certainly don’t want to do that to any of you.  So I truly hope you find an idea here that you can use.  Otherwise, my mom will think I am crazy once again! (But it won’t be the first or the last time.)

Finally, this closet is about as personal as it gets…right down to my choice in make up, and  I am not very good at personal.

And while I am on the subject of being brave and putting this personal space out there in the blog world…You all say that I never include photos of myself in any post, so here is one for you. This is my personal wardrobe favorite from the organized closet. A real fashion statement, right?!:)

picture takingDo you have a closet organization tip you would like to share with us?

We would love to hear about it!

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Arlene@Nanaland - March 4, 2014 - 7:32 am

I love organizing posts Kelly!! I have been working on my own closet and trying to keep it neat! I also have a calendar hanging in my closet as that is one place I go first thing in the morning and I can check and see what is on my agenda for the day!! Your closet is Gorgeous!! Good Work!
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Thanks Arlene! A calendar IS such a great idea. Perhaps I should add that above my dry cleaning bin.
Thanks for the tip!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - March 4, 2014 - 7:42 am

I love it! Thank you for sharing this! My husband and I have separate closets and he thinks I’m nuts because my hangers all match and i’ve organized it in the same way you have done yours. One additional item I added over the last few years is those plastic shoulder covers from the container store. I live in a dusty climate and things I wore only once a month would get dusty. These have saved the day. Loved the photo of you — thanks for including it!
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Great tip for the shoulder covers! I need to get them for the dresses in there. Pretty much everything else gets worn enough that it is not an issue. The dresses are worn much less frequently so that would work great for them.
Kelly

Jill - March 4, 2014 - 7:58 am

It looks great, Kelly! Organization posts are always so inspiring. The courage it takes someone to post pictures of their closet is never lost on me. When I’ve organized closets it has always amazed what unity it brings just by having one type of hanger. Last year I invested in new hangers for my own closet. I prefer the velvet type. I love that you have the framed photographs hung in your closet as well as the stool. Well done!
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What nice compliments Jill! Thank you. If I had to recommend only one thing to do to “upgrade” a closet, I am with you. Get matching hangers. They make SUCH a difference. The velvet ones look really nice, and they don’t take up so much space.
Kelly

Kathy - March 4, 2014 - 8:08 am

Wow! You are so organized! This is where we are not alike. Do you have another closest for out-of-season clothing? Since my closet looks like a hoarder’s I will share my husband’s organizing tip/obsession. He hangs his jeans from most-faded to least-faded. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!) I DO have another, different kind of tip for you. Remember that I asked you about chalkboard markers leaving a “ghost shadow”? I just discovered that if you use a dampened Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, it gets off almost all of the shadow the chalkboard marker leaves. (Katrina, share that with Fred.) Kelly, you have inspired me to think about purging in my closet. So, tell your mom this was a great post.
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You mean you did not get that organization gene?? No other closet for my out of season clothes (other than the coat closet with the coats and ski wear.) Sweaters all hang in our master bedroom closet. I keep all my shorts in the dresser in the bedroom. Your husband’s jeans tip is quite unique! Since I only have a few pair that would not be hard to do. I do have a pile of “work jeans” for working outside in, and they are in the bottom of the hanging sweater bag.Thank you thank you thank you for the tip on the ghost chalk writing! I LOVE Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, and will certainly put them to use on this. GREAT tip!!!
Kelly

Sally - March 4, 2014 - 8:08 am

Dear Mom of Kelly,
We love all of Kelly’s ideas. She really knows what she’s doing with this blog — don’t worry! ~Sally [one of Kelly's fans]

Dear Kelly,
LOVE it. Great organizing tips, and beautiful closet! ~Sally
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Sally, your comment made me laugh out loud! I loved it! (And I am sure my mom did as well.) Thank you for your words of encouragement!
Kelly

Gail - March 4, 2014 - 8:26 am

Kelly: You certainly have the gift of inspiring others. You did an excellent job of organizing your closet!!! I wish I could get to mine back in Ohio to start incorporating some of your amazing ideas but I am currently at my daughter’s home in NC and will be for quite a while. I will have to keep on revisiting this blog to keep the inspiration aflame:-) And thank you for allowing us a glimpse into part of your personal life. You are completely adorable!
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Thank you Gail. I am glad you liked the organization tips. Hope you get back to your home in Ohio soon. (But NC is my favorite state!)
Kelly

Nancy - March 4, 2014 - 8:34 am

Well, I love it. :) We don’t have anything remotely close to a walk-in closet, and I’m constantly working on my closet and the 3′-wide closet my TWO daughters have shared their whole lives (going to a college dorm room was a big step up for them, space-wise, haha). I’m about to do one MORE purge (letting even more shoes and purses go, and moving my keepsakes like old cards and letters to another place outside the closet) and I liked seeing your closet.
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Whoa..you do have tight closet space. A purge is necessary frequently when dealing with that (or adding a piece of furniture that can handle some of it.) Too funny about an upgrade to a dorm room! (Although some of the newer dorms around here have done a great job with built in storage.)
Kelly

Sally Gee - March 4, 2014 - 8:45 am

Wow! I love this post! We are in the middle of building a walk in closet. Currently, the only closet in the house is downstairs and is only 5 feet wide. This post is really going to help in the organization of mine. Thanks!
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Glad to know I could help! How wonderful that you are getting a walk in closet. You know you are going to love all that space!
Kelly

martha - March 4, 2014 - 8:45 am

I so wish we had changed our side by side closets to a walk in. I don’t know how many times I have tried to justify adding the room on to do this. Your closet looks great.I love the red boxes, isn’t The Container Store wonderful!!! I like my clothes organized by color too. It makes me happy to see a rainbow. I also love the phone in your closet because your mom calls……my daughter has one in her closet too because I call her ♥
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The changing the side by side to a walk in closet is probably the best home advice we have ever been given. I wish there was a Container Store close by. (But I would spend waaaaay too much money there for sure!) How fun to know that someone else has a closet telephone!
Kelly

Lisa - March 4, 2014 - 9:01 am

Thanks for sharing, Kelly! This is just beautiful. You absolutely amaze me. How do you find the time and energy to do all that you do at home on top of being a teacher? I am always blown away by your many talents ;)
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You are too kind, Lisa. My teaching job this year is sooo much less demanding than what I had for 30 years. I don’t know how teachers can do half they are expected it to do. It has become humanly impossible to do all that is expected in this county. Sorry…could preach an entire sermon on this! But thank you for the compliments. I have a husband who is a tremendous help. (And while I am working on one project, other parts of the house are neglected…so don’t think it is ALL in a state of organization around here…it is definitely not.)
Kelly

Shar - March 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

Love this post–so timely for me, as I am currently purging stuff from my closet & contemplating better organization. I love the photos of your kids. I am sooo stealing (I mean borrowing) that idea! I have added a small jewelry organizer in one of the dresser drawers in my closet for my earrings and “small” stuff. It’s a great help to me in the morning to be able to grab a favorite pair of earrings quickly before dashing out to car pool high school kids before work. Eliminates that “unmatched earring” look. ;) Thanks for the great tips, Kelly.
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Sounds like you on your way to great organization. Glad the post could provide some ideas for you. Thanks for the jewelry organization tip. You mean you don’t like the unmatched earring look? ha ha! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Shar.
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - March 4, 2014 - 9:22 am

OH MY WORD, what a neat closet. Your clothes coordinate with your house. I don’t think I could ever show my closet. I thought I had it straight and organized about a year ago, but it has gone south since I retired. You would think it would be better now that I don’t have to leave the house everyday! :D

We are getting ready to paint our bedroom so maybe this will push me to cleaning out once again.

Amazing is all I can say!
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I think it is more that my house coordinates with my clothes. :) They say you should look in your wardrobe when you are trying to choose patterns and colors for your interior spaces. I know what I love, and it shows up EVERYWHERE. Good luck painting your bedroom. That is a major job!
Kelly

Katrina - March 4, 2014 - 9:33 am

Great post!!! So sweet that you have a phone to talk to your mom every morning in your “dressing” room/closet. I have never had a large closet so I really envy yours. I just love your clothes, shoes and handbags!!! I bet you are the cutest teacher at your school! My husband has the larger closet in our new to us tiny house but that’s okay because for 28 years his closet was in our daughter’s room …our old house was built in 1940 and seems back then they didn’t see a need for closets. He did a great job revamping his closet with supplies from Lowes but it is not near as cute as yours!
Mmmm….you went from Estee Lauder to Clinique. I did the opposite a few years ago. I love all the Double Wear products. I am curious as to why you switched. I have never found a Clinique mascara I like and I have tried then all. Do you put your make up on in your dressing room? I make so many mistakes I have to be right by my bathroom sink!
As an aside, my husband is finishing sprucing up his bathroom this week. He hung the Roth and Allen bead board wallpaper horizontally and painted it white. It looks just like real bead board..really..and right now the rolls are on clearance at Lowes for only $9.00!
Thanks for another glimpse into your pretty house!
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Katrina I am a loooooong way from being the cutest teacher at our school. We have some young teachers who are much more creative in their clothes styling than this middle aged female will ever be! Kudos to your husband for putting up with a small closet for so long. Old homes certainly didn’t have today’s closet space.
As far as makeup goes, I did like the doublewear foundation, but I was allergic to EL eyeshadow, and their constant changing of products once I found one I loved just made me mad (angry AND crazy.) So I switched. I do put my makeup on in the closet. There are 2 overhead lights in there.
Thanks for tip on the wallpaper. I will probably head to Lowes later today to see if ours has it on sale too.
Thank you for reading and leaving your comment!
Kelly

Scribbler - March 4, 2014 - 9:46 am

I am seriously impressed! painting all our closets is on the agenda for this year, so I am sure there will be some serious purging. Our (separate) closets are pretty organized by necessity because they are not large. It am always looking for good organization ideas, and you have certainly inspired me.

about the makeup: I used to work for Estée Lauder years ago, and at the time, I thought there was nothing better. since then I have tried everything there is, and I have been buying some Clinique skin care, too. I have never found a Clinique mascara that are as good as the Lauder ones! but the best product to start with is a Lancôme mascara primer, the very best. I makes every mascara look better, and it is good for your eyelashes. I also
like nearly all the Lancôme formulas in mascara
! too. I believe Defiinicils is their best seller! maybe overall! worldwide.

please forgive the tops. It is because the stupid iPad corrects me incorrectly as I go. it makes me crazy!!!
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Painting the closets would NOT be fun. You have to take EVERYTHING out to do it, and then put it ALL back in . No…definitely not fun. Why in the world does Estee Lauder keep changing its products when it has best sellers? That aggravation is what made me change to Clinique. I will be checking out the Lancome mascara.
I just got an ipad at work last week…lots to learn with it.
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - March 4, 2014 - 9:54 am

I love any posts on organization. This closet is quite impressive and, of course, red! You did a beautiful job and so pretty to be in and look at. I was laughing at the last picture of yourself. Because I have been one of those asking for you to be in more of your posts. What is with the camera in front of your beautiful face! LOL
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I wonder if blog readers by nature are organizers? hmmm…something to think about. The camera in my face is the ONLY way I can get a photo to be centered. If I left it to holding it out in front of me, you might be able to see half a door or maybe the floor. I am SO not a photographer (and I am blind on top of that!) And when the autofocus shuts off on my Canon (as it has done quite a bit of lately) it is really hard for me to take a decent picture.
Kelly

DeeDee - March 4, 2014 - 10:10 am

I echo the sentiments of others: awesome, inspiring & ever-so practical! I love the “signature Kelly red” throughout the closet, too! Thanks for sharing some of your personal space w/us as well as your great organizational skills.
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You are so welcome DeeDee. I try to be practical (even though my husband doesn’t always think I am! LOL)
Kelly

Laura - March 4, 2014 - 10:26 am

Kelly,

It’s always exciting to see an email pop-up from ‘Talk of the House’.
I loved this post, like so many of your others ones!

Last week we organized our bedroom closet and it has been very relaxing getting ready in the morning. I know where everything is and nothing is crumpled or stuffed to fit.
I like the red boxes and wooden hangers! It all looks so nice.
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Thank you for your always encouraging words here, Laura. Isn’t it such a nice feeling to have it all organized…like a sigh of relief. :)
Kelly

Cynthia - March 4, 2014 - 10:27 am

Kelly what perfect timing & really great ideas. I’m starting the big closet purge, & looks like our closets are approximately the same size. Love the white drawers for makeup, I’m are currently taking up space in my dresser, and along with the cologne bottles on top I was looking to move it into the closet somehow as a small dressing area, so I can make our bedroom more serene. Going to find your coat closet make over & see if I can grab ideas there too, since that is another place that needs a purge & make over. Thanks again….& let the purging begin!!!!
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The purging is really the biggest step to me. And then the shopping to decide on what I needed took awhile. The actual “time in the closet itself” was not that bad. Hope you make fast work of your projects!
Kelly

Susan - March 4, 2014 - 11:44 am

Guess what I am doing today?! Thank you for the inspiration, Kelly~
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Let’s see…organizing your closet?? Glad to provide a little inspiration for you Susan!
Kelly

Kaye Ann - March 4, 2014 - 11:47 am

Kelly, can I hire you to come to Indiana?? I’m very impressed. Just need to start.
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Ha ha, Kaye Ann! I am afraid that is a little far to travel. You do “just need to start.” Get in there. You can do it!
Kelly

Susan - March 4, 2014 - 11:49 am

I almost forgot……Lancome mascara is fantastic! It is pricey, but well worth the cost. I use Defincils for everyday and Star! for night/special occasions.
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Another vote for the Defincils. That is one I am really going to have to try since so many of you are recommending it. Maybe one of the shops around here will have a sample to test out for a while.
Kelly

lissy parker - March 4, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Thanks for the info. I am heading to the closet right now!
xo, lissy
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You are quite welcome, Lissy! I hope you make good progress with your closet. :)
Kelly

Jayne - March 4, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Thank you for sharing your ideas. There are many of us, like me, who can use all the inspiration we can get! I have now decided to put a full length mirror in my closet. Plus I like the idea of something to sit on and a trash can. I love seeing new ways to organize so, keep sharing! I’m going to do my closet this spring when it is warmer. When you read that post you will understand why I am waiting. hint: my closet is cold!
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I will keep sharing Jayne. Thank you for the encouragement! A cold closet would be no fun…especially if you dress in there. I specifically asked that a vent be put in our closet when we were designing it. I knew I would want heat in it!
Kelly

GinaE - March 4, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Kelly, you make everything look so stylish and organized. I have no doubt we will start seeing your rooms and closets in magazines soon. And on your photos….if I had your body, I’d have many photos ALL the time, everywhere!!!
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Too funny! I doubt you will be seeing our spaces everywhere. And glory be, my body does NOT need to have photos of it everywhere. But thank you for the compliment!
Kelly

Louvina - March 4, 2014 - 1:29 pm

I mean–you will NOT believe it–this morning I opened my closet and said “today is the day I start my closet!” Not that it needs it!! HA! But now I am going to rethink it. I feel a real purge coming on. Since I am retired, I really don’t need so many outfits. I mostly wear jeans, capris and more casual wear now. Thanks to Katrina for the tip about the bead board wall paper at Lowes– going to check it out soon! I have two products to recommend to the readers– found a great new product to go over moisturizer and under makeup, it is Garnier 5sec Blur Skin Renew–found it at Walgreeens and I just got The Perfecter fusion styler by Calista Tools–got it at Bed Bath and Beyond! All I can say is WOW! Really works for me!! The best mascara I have found so far is by Covergirl–lashblast fusion. So I’m off to begin my Spring Cleaning!! Thanks Kelly– love your organization tips! keep them up!!
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That IS wild, Louvina! Great minds definitely think alike around here. I want to check out the bead board wallpaper too…thinking of using it in the laundry room aka laundry CLOSET. Thanks for all the makeup tips. Unfortunately, I seem to be allergic to Covergirl eye products. I guess my eyes are just super sensitive to makeup.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 4, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Kelly,
Great post…true confession: organizing posts of any kind are a favorite of mine. I never get tired of seeing how others organize their “stuff” and we all have “stuff”. I’m so envious of your walk in closet. I’ve only had one in my life and I loved it. But there were some great ideas for those of us with regular closets, so thank you.
Karen
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Yes, we all do have stuff…some of us more than others! I will try to keep you full of organizing posts this year, Karen! I am so glad to know you like them. (See Mom, they DO like to see closets! :) )
Kelly

Anita - March 4, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Very impressive closet! Do you have a craft room by any chance where you do some sewing like the stool cover? Again, loving the red accents. Must cheer you up in the morning. We very excited about this weekend’s weather as it will be 13 C. Woohoo!Perhaps it will put me in the mood to do some purging. I purchase my products from Paula’s Choice and when I need some advice on what products she and her team recommends I go to Beautypedia. I use lashblaster by Cover Girl, works quite well on my tiny eyelashes. I would like to try Garnier’s 5 sec blur.
Thanks for all the tips! You have a great blog Kelly.
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Impressive? Nah. Just clean. :) I do not have a craft room anywhere, but I am sure working on a workroom for me in my head as we think about rearranging the room uses here. Thank you for the makeup tips. 5 sec blur seems like a crazy name for a product! (Sounds like my vision. LOL)
Kelly

judy - March 4, 2014 - 5:21 pm

let me first say how sweet that your mom calls you every morning…i can flip that and say my daughter calls me every morning on her way to work and after work on her way to pick up the kids…wonderful way to start my day!

i purged and cleaned out our master closet a few years ago when we had to replace carpet in our bedroom due to a burst hot water heater up in the attic (long story) and for a while it looked pretty good. my husband has his own closet so i get the whole thing to myself! now it’s become a jumble of stuff but i have used some of your tips….i have matching hangers (the skinny non-skid ones that are so popular all in black so they match), i also have all my clothes arranged by color. but that’s where it ends.

it really needs a makeover but i’ve got to get the “urge” before that happens! i love all your ideas and would never think you’re not an expert on offering organizing ideas….yours are spot on and make a lot of sense!
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So do you have a “daughter phone” then Judy? :) It is so easy for messy to creep back into a space after awhile, isn’t it? You are right about needing the urge to organize. It seems that you have to MAKE a mess in order to get it organized, and that is not always easy. Glad you liked the closet. Thank you for your very sweet words here!
Kelly

Betsy - March 4, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Love your blog Kelly, I stalk it regularly but have never commented before :) Your closet looks great – makes me realize I need to get going on mine. I use Clinique makeup too and love their Lash Power mascara. It doesn’t flake or run and my favorite part is how easy it is to remove – warm water in the shower and it’s gone.
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Yay, you came out of stalking mode! Love it! Thank you for taking the time to comment Betsy. I am happy you liked the closet. Lash Power is one mascara I have not tried, so on my next Clinique purchase I will look for that one.
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Debra - March 4, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Ok, I not only have house envy, and now closet envy? So much detail and organization. Just what you set out to do. I think we have very similar tastes. Look at all that black, red and even houndstooth. Classic looks are always in fashion. Can’t go wrong. Oh and how adorable, skinny you in front of that mirror. How do you stay so thin with all those jars of candy and wonderful recipes you always post girl?? I love your touches, all the way down to the needed phone and adorable target bench. I assume you reupholstered it? Add that to the lists of talents? Yes, do you have a sewing room as well? Next reveal? I think with a closet such as this, my family would be calling the house phone, saying they’re tired of waiting in the car with the engine running and be saying their leaving without me! I would just be trying on way too many outfits, then sitting on that cute bench in front of the mirror maybe reevaluating shoes, jewelry and make up choices? I’d have to say its just too cozy in there! Nice work Kelly!

Debra
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Too funny! And no I am not skinny. When we married, I weighed 98 lbs. and wore a size 2. THAT was skinny. Three decades and three babies later, the body changes! I DO eat my fair share of the candy and foods around here. No sewing room in our house…just the dining room table. But I am rethinking the use of one of the rooms here and might be able to squeeze a sewing area in it. Thank you for the very sweet comment!
Kelly

Kathleen - March 4, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Oh my! In my dreams my closet would look like this.

And you look like a teenager.!
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A teenager?! My husband WISHES. ha ha. :) I think it is just the long hair and the jeans…very misleading! I am a very loooooong way from my teenage days.
But thank you for the compliment!
Kelly

Dawn - March 4, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Kelly,

I love that you shared your personal space with us! I love to see how you do things. I do organize my closet similarly to the way you do with the skirts, pants, shirts all hung together. I still need to get all matching hangers. I also have built in drawers and I love them. I have a questions for you though. What made you switch from Estee Lauder to Clinic? I am an Estee Lauder girl (Clinic is made by the same company as Estee Lauder). It seems like every time I love an Estee Lauder product they discontinue it or change it. I am just curious about your choice. I will getting a trash can and scissors asap. Those are great ideas!
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I am so glad you liked it Dawn. I am jealous of your built in drawers! If we were to build again, I would definitely have that in a closet. I switched to Estee Lauder for a couple of reasons. I became allergic to their eye shadows a number of years ago…not sure if they changed their formula or if it was just me (like my sudden allergy to shellfish after eating it for half a century!) And the other reason was precisely what you said in your comment. They discontinued my blush (that used to come in a coloring stick tube). So I changed to their cream blush. Then just recently they discontinued it. That was enough for me to look elsewhere. I had always liked the Clinique moisturizer, so I went with it.
Kelly

Kristi@Chatfield Court - March 5, 2014 - 12:34 am

Your closet looks great Kelly. Love the pops of red and the photos of your kids. I did the same with my daughter’s baby pics. I agree about sharing personal stuff on your blog. It’s the one thing I really struggle with…how personal should you get? Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I love and use Clinique High Impact Mascara.:)
K.
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Well I am glad to know I am not the only one who hangs photos in the closet. :) I’ve not tried the High Impact mascara from Clinique, so I may try that one next. I’ve tried the Naturally Glossy and the Lash Doubling, and they have not done anything – especially when compared to Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous.
Kelly

Kathydohack - March 5, 2014 - 7:06 pm

great job in organizing and putting together a workable and pretty closet. I love your honesty and reality. Thank you,
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You are so kind to say that Kathy. I appreciate your reading and leaving a comment on the blog post.
Kelly

DiAnne - March 5, 2014 - 11:22 pm

I love, love your closet organization. I especially like the phone in your closet. What a precious thing to have a special Mom phone. Love the stool.
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Thank you DiAnne. I am glad you liked it. Love the term “mom phone”! How cute!
Kelly

phyllis - March 6, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Kelly, you never cease to blow me away!!!
So many good tips, I’m going to have to read it again..I NEED advice in this area.
I can tell you one thing…for mascara…Laura Mercier. I learned it from a teenager on Youtube and WOW was she right…in fact, all of the LM products I’ve tried have been favorites.
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Glad the post was helpful Phyllis. :) I have never heard of Laura Mercier. A teenager on Youtube! How funny!! I will have to look for those products.
Thanks for the tip!
Kelly

Lori - March 7, 2014 - 9:23 pm

First of all, cute shoes. :)
Secondly, I LOVE these closet posts. I must say I am a tad bit jealous of your closet space. I do love how you have organized this space. I don’t think you are crazy one bit.
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Thank you, Lori. Those shoes are old ones from Target (bought them in black and gray, and daughter has them in black!) So glad you enjoyed the post on the closet. Don’t be jealous. Our first house had 2 tiny closets for the entire house! We had to be VERY creative with storage in that space.
Kelly

lisa - March 8, 2014 - 9:03 am

Girl you are adorable! Tell Mom you are doing a great job. Sorry you haven’t heard from me in a while. Simply crazy here!
I loved reading your organizing tips. Teachers always have the best ideas for organizing. Can’t wait to read more.
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Aw thanks, Lisa! I know all about crazy here as well. :) Teachers seem to have to know about organizing since we have soooo much stuff in often small spaces (and many times no closet!)
Kelly

Retha - March 23, 2014 - 9:46 am

Ha ha ha! You Are so very brave to post “personal,” but not crazy, lol. I never get the impression you are trying to come off as an expert at anything. But in life we (hopefully) learn skills that help others. And you certainly do that. Help others with your ideas and creativity. Good job here! Very helpful tips. I’m curious…why did you find it necessary to to turn the red boxes the other way on your hub’s side? I didn’t really get that. This is truly beautifully done, Kelly
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Thank you Retha. Such a sweet comment! The reason I turned the boxes in a different direction on the other side was because I wanted them to cover the entire expanse of shelf there. I didn’t need more than 8 boxes for the things that were stored there, and it would have cost a lot more (obviously double the cost) to totally fill the shelf with them turned in the narrow direction.
Good question!
Kelly

Retha - March 24, 2014 - 8:43 am

Oh, I see! Lol. I’m sorry. I misunderstood you. When you said you had to turn the boxes in the other direction, I thought you meant 180 degrees, not laterally. Kind of made me do a Scooby Doo on that one, lol! I had to come back to the blog and re-read that section to understand. Ah, good call! Thanks so much, Kelly, for answering me. All the best to you.

Megan Kessler - March 31, 2014 - 11:46 am

Hi Kelly! The closet is amazing, I LOVE the red boxes. I have a question about your matching hangers. I love having my clothes on uniform hangers, but how do you handle dry-cleaning? My husband and I both dry-clean more than 50% of our clothes, especially our business clothes. Do you take them off of the dry cleaning hangers and move them to your wooden ones? This seems like it would be a huge pain – plus with pants I think they would get messed up. Your thoughts are appreciated!
Thanks,
Megan
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Megan, we have hardly any dry cleaning here. You probably do more in a month than we do in a year. And my detail obsessed brain does move them from the wire cleaner’s hanger to the wooden ones, but you are right. If you do as much as you do, it would be a pain. The pants would not get messed up though, because I think the bar across on the wooden hangers actually does fine. It is a very smooth bar, so it does not snag, and the pants still keep their nice crisp fold. Time versus looks though, I would probably have to rule in favor of saving the time and keeping them on the dry cleaner’s hanger…especially if you and your husband work outside the home. The purpose of organization is to save time, so keep all your dry cleaning in one section, and at least that would be uniform together.
Hope this helps!
Kelly

A Round Up of Oscar Party Ideas

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Happy weekend!  Will you be attending or hosting an Oscars party this weekend?  I have been looking at all the beautifully creative ideas online the last few days and thought it would be fun to share a few of them with you here.  (There must be a zillion out there!) Even if you aren’t interested in the Academy Awards, perhaps some of the details could be saved for other entertaining occasions.  (A few of these came from weddings..not Oscar parties.:))

The first thought that comes to mind with this kind of party is glitter and glitz.  Fancy is fun for an Oscar party!  Here is a super cute invitation that sets the tone perfectly. (And there are full diy directions at the site.)

glitter invitations from make life lovely via talk of the housemakelifelovely.com

After the invitation, the next thing to think of is…no not the food….the games! You want to have some friendly competition going on.  Which of your guests can pick the most winners?  Here are several lovely options for voting ballots.

black striped with gold glitter oscar party invitationstudiodiy.com

free printable oscar ballot from papermuse presspapermusepress.com

(They even have that cute diy Oscar award on the site!:))

free printable oscar award from papermusepapermusepress.com

More ballots..Printable Oscar Ballot from Sugar and Charm via Talk of the Housesugarandcharm.com

Or perhaps bingo is more your style? (This one is from a previous Academy Awards show and would have to be updated, but I love the styling on the kraft paper.)

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Oscar party bingo cardsbhg.com

After the invitations and the games are planned, think about the table setting.  I thought this one was simple and classic.

Twig and thistle oscar party tabletwigandthistle.com

Then even had an oreo stack cake like we had at our daughter’s graduation party

twig and thistle oreo stack cake and oscar ballottwigandthistle.com

and a printable Oscar.

Oscar printable from Twig and thistletwigandthistle.com

Here is another party with a lot of pretty ideas (from the creative folks who designed the invitation at the start of the post.)

Creative Oscar party by make life lovelymakelifelovely.com

This next one has been saved on my Pinterest board for a long time because of those absolutely precious cupcake toppers. (Several good ideas at the site.)

diy oscar party

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An entire movie party kit is available for purchase below and could easily be adapted to an Oscars party.

movie night collection for oscar partysimonemadeit.com

Loralee Lewis always does over the top events with every kind of detail imaginable.

loralee lewis oscar partyloraleelewis.com

Even Orville Redenbacher gets in on the Oscar action with this party.:)

Orville Redenbacher Oscar partypizzazzerie.com

Speaking of Orville, there are tons of great food ideas out there for your party. (This one includes the cupcake recipe.)

Oscar cupcakes with recipe hoosier homemadehoosierhomemade.com

I thought these cake pops were so clever!

tuxedo cake pops for oscar partyblog.bellabaker.com

I think we have enough ideas to get that party started now; don’t you?  Before your guests arrive you might want to take a look at some Oscar history so that you can be a knowledgeable host (or quiz your guests on Oscar trivia!)  Check out this infographic.

Oscar History Through the Yearsnj.com

And you will want to read up on all the latest from the official site.

official site for the Oscarsoscar.go.com

Now as much as I would love to be decorating for a glitzy party to watch the Oscars, and serving beautiful cupcakes such as these…

gold wrapped cupcakes for oscar partychristinedovey.com

We will be sitting at home with just the family, watching to see if Frozen wins any Oscars for animation or its music. (That’s how our movie tastes run.:))  And I will be wearing pajamas, enjoying a Coke, and munching on…

popcorntwigandthistle.com

But next year…I just might use these invitations and host a party.:)

invitations for an Oscar party from Twig and Thistle

So what are your plans for the weekend?  I am working at our school’s Spring Fling (yes, we are into spring already!) and doing a little shopping.  Hope to have a post up about my finished February organization project for you tomorrow. (Yay, two completed for the year!) Thank you for all your kind comments on the Dowton Abbey and British Designer post.  I think all of us could happily live in an English cottage!:)

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martha - March 1, 2014 - 1:17 pm

I haven’t been to a movie all year.I gave up being interested in the Oscars years ago. I rarely like the movie that wins and don’t know enough about the actors to care. I do like the black, white and gold theme for a “formal” party. I hope Frozen wins something too…..hey…..I did see a movie, Frozen!!!!!

Debra - March 1, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Doing laundry, checking email and “blimey” another post already from KELLY! Your too much. Look at all the cute ideas you found. Love the gold and glitter ball jar pic, the cute game ideas and had to do a double take on the picture of the table setting with the stack of Oreos! Oh my gosh, I thought it was a table setting at your home. Between the oreos and the luscious cupcakes, well, I’m drooling. I just started to try and seriously behave myself and stick to a low-cal diet. Well, no party here, though that would be fun. It will be a quiet evening and yes, I will be watching. It will be interesting to see who wins. The last movie I actually went to was last summer and it was an indy film, The Way Way Back, with Steve Carell. I know. WHAT? I don’t go to the movies like my kids do. I think the only one they haven’t seen yet is 12 Years a Slave. It will be fun to see what they stars wear, what they say and who wins. Thank goodness Downton is not on!

Debra

Design Chic - March 1, 2014 - 3:45 pm

I have a feeling we will be watching in our pi’s and hear the final winners the next morning, but these images make me wish otherwise. Adore the Oscar ballot from Sugar and Charm and the cupcakes in the gold foil…amazing!! Wish I had one to eat right now. Happy weekend ~

Mimi - March 1, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Kelly,
Although I probably won’t watch the Oscars, I enjoyed the party ideas. I especially loved the kraft paper bingo cards–but then again, I think I have a kraft paper addiction. Those elegant cupcakes are to die for! Can you just imagine how delicious they are if they taste half as good as they look? Yum!

Thanks for the fun ideas! Enjoy your weekend.

Patty - March 1, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Any excuse to throw a party and I’m normally on board. But I must admit pj’s and fresh hot popcorn sound better to me than all the giltz and glam. I will go all out and have a Dr. Pepper too. Cute post.

Vicki - March 2, 2014 - 12:04 am

So many cute ideas! The bingo games cracked me up. I like the Oreo stack cake, too. That’s perfect for a casual party with friends. It’s been raining pretty steadily here in the L.A. area– hopefully we’ll have clear skies on Sunday!

Garden, Home and Party - March 2, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Kelly,
What a great bunch of ideas. I love the idea of Oscar bingo. We’re sitting home by the fire, eyes glued from red carpet walks to the end.
I usually see most of the movies nominated, this year I haven’t seen one! It will be fun to see which movies I should really see after the winners are announced. :-)
xo,
Karen

Dawn - March 2, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Kelly,

I love the tux cake pops! I won’t watch the Oscars here, (we aren’t very big tv people) but I will check tomorrow to see if Frozen won any awards. Since we have gotten and are getting more snow and ice I am off of school again tomorrow. My daughter and I will sleep in and drink hot cocoa while making truffles for school Tuesday which happens to be Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

martha - March 3, 2014 - 9:14 am

I didn’t watch last night, buy just checked…..so happy Frozen and Let it Go won!!!! I bet your daughter had a smile on her face.

Cathy Norrie - March 3, 2014 - 9:18 am

Hi Kelly,

What cute ideas! I watched the whole shebang last night. Including the coverage of the red carpet. I love it all. Then my hubby, Bill, joined me for the actual awards program and we both really enjoyed it. Although I really felt that Sandra Bullock should have won Best Actress. Her performance in Gravity was outstanding! Oh well…

Thanks for all of this, once again!

Cath

Louvina - March 3, 2014 - 11:01 am

What outstanding Oscar party ideas! You so inspired me to fix an AllStar dinner: Roasted chicken, cranberry/pecan herb dressing, mashed potatoes, drop dumpings and steamed green beans. For dessert — Mounds chocolate pudding/dream whip topping AND a winner—-triple chocolate cupcakes with a hidden Cadbury Easter egg inside with chocolate frosting! Ta-da! I know how you like all that chocolate, Kelly!! Then I had popcorn and diet coke during the show! :) Can’t wait to see your next organization idea–not that I have finished my foyer coat closet project—got my baskets to put iside tho—

Jayne - March 3, 2014 - 12:39 pm

What cute ideas!!! I’m not one to watch award shows, but still, the inspiration flows for me! The cookies on the cake plate could be used for so many occasions. The tux cake pops would be cute as a “groom cake” for kids at a wedding. Even the glitter envelopes could be used for a St. Patrick’s party. Thanks for sharing!

Anita - March 4, 2014 - 4:22 pm

I did watch it a little bit just to see some of the fashions. I like all the ideas for parties. Amazing how much talent there is out there! One can look at pinterest for hours it’s that good!

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