Friday, October 28, 2011

Mattress Care

Yesterday I had this random burst of cleaning energy and decided my mattress needed some TLC. I had seen recently on Pinterest (not just for pretty pictures, you know!) that you can sprinkle baking soda onto your mattress to freshen it up. You just sprinkle it on (about a cup), wait a few minutes and vacuum it off. You can also add lavender before sprinkling it onto the mattress but my husband hates the smell of lavender, so I skipped that part. I also washed my sheets and had a very pleasant night sleep. I think this might be a quarterly activity for me.

And people say you never do projects you see on Pinterest. Ha.

Monday, October 24, 2011


My family is moving in three weeks. I am planning on making this the easiest move we've ever had. See, we're moving upstairs. We live on the 3rd floor and we're moving to the 13th. Same building, just an elevator ride away. It seems weird to box everything up for such a short move but there's no way I could not put everything in boxes, even for a short move. So far our record is 2 hours, start to finish and we had to drive the truck 5 blocks between loading and unloading. I'm hoping this will be an hour or so.

Needless to say, there hasn't been much crafting. I already packed all that stuff. You know, important stuff first, right? Of course, as soon as I finished packing it I thought of all the quick 30 minute or less projects I want to do and could probably have done if I tried. All well. I really should focus on the task at hand. But my pinterest account just keeps filling up with things I want to do.

So, things have been quiet but I'll try to pop in here and there. Oh and I'm excited about the move because I'll have a bigger apartment to decorate. And I think that includes paint. Woohoo!

Maybe some of this: 
or this

Ooh I can't wait!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Toy Storage

I know I've been quite absent lately but I have good reason. We've been in Spain for a while and before that I was in Chicago with some girlfriends. I'll share more about both of these a little later but right now I have a question. Do you have the perfect toy storage solution? I can't seem to figure out what I want and I've looked at tons of different choices. Do you have something that works? I'd love to see what you think!

Here are a few I've been considering.
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I like the idea of just using crates on casters. Simple, open top, easy to move and re-arrange. I'm worried about the floor space it will take up though. 
I have also considered Ikea's Trofast storage unit (or making my own with Ana White's plans) but I don't LOVE the way it looks. I do like the way you could add shelves once you don't need it for toy storage and then it would be a bookshelf. If I went this route I would add metal legs to the unit. I also don't love the plastic bins. I would prefer cloth, metal or wood. I understand they're lightweight but they aren't too pretty to look at. 
I also really like these from Land of Nod. They are stack-able, so you just buy however many you need. I also like that you can't dump a bin full of toys on the floor. You would have to take them out one by one instead. The down side to these is the price. They are a bit more than I would like to spend. 

So, what do you do with the toys? Or, what would you do with your toys if you could start over?


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