August 1st through August 7th is “National Simplify Your Life Week!” And with as busy as our lives have been, I’ve decided to celebrate this concept during the entire month of August. My goal is to get back to the essentials and simplify things – this will likely include posts on meditating, learning to be still, organizing various rooms of the house, and more. So stay tuned!
For this first celebration post, I thought I’d share some of my favorite organization pictures that I’ve found on Pinterest. I don’t know about you, but I love having a place for everything and everything in its place!
I love window seats! Several ideas turn bookshelves on their sides and add cushions to the tops. I’d recommend checking out end of summer clearance sales for outdoor furniture cushions. You can always recover with different fabric if you don’t like the clearance options.
I love the idea of turning a bench into a filing cabinet – thought I wouldn’t file confidential documents here unless it’s able to lock. And I love the push pin board. I think I’d use the top box to organize jewelry, personally.
Step 1 for me is to reorganize my linen closet to look more like this. I need it to hold linens for both queen and king size beds, towels, plunger and cleaning supplies, and little extras for guests like mini shampoos, lotions, extra toothbrushes, etc.
What’s your first step to Simplify Your Life this week?
My friend Gina found this idea in a magazine and shared it with me. Halved grapes make the fire ring, pretzels make the sticks, and cheese and carrots are cut up to make the flames! Fun and nutritious for youngsters and the young at heart!
picture courtesy of Gina Ogden
Need a fun party idea with minimal planning on your part? Try this!
We hosted a New Year’s Eve Book Exchange Party this year. It was so much fun, we decided it will have to be a tradition. We asked each guest to bring a wrapped book (we specify that it should be a book you’d like to own, not a prank). And we asked each guest to bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share. This way, it cuts down on your cost for the party and on the cleanup (as guests usually take their food with them when they leave).
We provided a loaf of bread and cheese fondue (recipe found in an earlier post) and 2 apple pies, coffee, tea, and punch. My husband makes the BEST apple pies! It’s just a simple recipe from Betty Crocker’s cookbook, but they’re delicious!!
As for the book exchange, we cut up a piece of paper with a number on each small piece, folded them up, and placed them in a basket (one for each book). If you brought a book, you pick a number. Player 1 gets to choose a wrapped book from the pile. Player 2 can either choose a wrapped book or steal Player 1’s book. If 2 steals from 1, 1 gets to pick a new book from the pile. You can’t steal directly back, and once the book has been stolen 3 times, it sticks with that player. Player 3 can then either choose a wrapped book or steal from any open book, and so on. It’s always fun to see the random books people bring. Don’t feel bad about stealing the book you want; that’s what makes it so much fun! I secretly enjoy it if the book I bring gets stolen at least once.
You can do this with other themed parties too: White Elephant Gifts, kitchen items, tools, etc. But whatever theme you choose for your party, remember to keep it simple and everyone will have fun.
Happy New Year’s!