This summer I have been trying to do little things around the house just to make life simpler or prettier or just nicer in some way. It’s funny what can change your life in a small yet very significant way.
I am not the most organized of people and with two kids in two different schools this year, I figured I needed to create a way to keep track of who needed to be where, what forms needed to be filled out and returned and what days I have a meeting or Karli is going to be home late etc etc etc.
With school starting last week this has really been my first introduction into the crazy schedule of a family of four. To help me stay on track, I dedicated a wall in my kitchen to family organization. I have two white board calendars as well as cork boards and white boards for notes and forms and stuff. I even found a stick on post-it dispenser and some really cute orange cube push pins.
My office supply fetish is definitely satisfied on this one. We even have a different color pen for each member of the family.
Another addition to my kitchen is the hanging fruit basket. This worked out really well, providing plenty of room for all the fruit bowl items and keeping the onions and garlic separate from the fruit. By finding a creative solution to the overflowing fruit bowl we also cleared up some much needed counter space, which is at a premium in my tiny kitchen.
Cleaning out the garden window which had previously been filled with all my poor suffering house plants cleared enough space to start an herb garden in that window which had always been the plan and only took me 8 years to get around to. We also gave the window sill a fresh coat of paint which really brightened it up. It is so nice to be able to look out that window and see the kids playing in the back yard. I don’t know if I ever thought we would get there.
Probably the biggest kitchen impact came from the addition of this giant pantry unit. We finally got the extra shelves we needed and the drawers we forgot to buy the first time around and it is now complete and a fully functional pantry. Having this extra space makes all the difference in a tiny house with little storage. And I finally have all my little plastic storage containers with labels and everything. Mmmmm, it makes me all warm inside.
And yes, those suffering house plants (there are many more) have finally found legitimate homes throughout the house. I look forward to watching them finally thrive and grow. Only a few weeks later they are already looking very very happy. They even all got matching pots in complimentary colors.
It is really amazing how much more alive and homey my house feels now. Having the youngest to an age where he no longer feels the need to tip the plants over and dig in them is a great relief to both them and me.
And last, but certainly not least is the new over the door towel rack in the main bathroom. There has never been a really good place for a towel rack in this bathroom and since I am sharing this bathroom with the kids for the time being, where to put he towels has been an ongoing struggle and trial and failure.
But here it is, my big beautiful towel rack. Like I said, it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. Ahhh!
This wonderful little school is my daughter’s preschool and my son will start attending here in the fall as my daughter goes off to Kindergarten. I am proud to be able to contribute to my children’s school by using my skills to help them create a whimsical yet professional website that helps them to grow their business and take away the headaches and expenses of maintaining a website.
This is a custom themed WordPress implementation used as a simple content management system using pages and custom navigation. Although WordPress is usually used as a blog platform, as it is on the redesigned mom, it lent itself nicely to this application.
The director’s goal was to be able to easily update the content on her own site without having to worry about coming in contact with the structure of the site. Wordpress enables her to update the text, images, downloadable documents, photo galleries and school closure information at the touch of a button in a “word-like” environment that she felt comfortable with. I was even able to provide her with quick reference tutorials using draft posts that are available right on her administrator dashboard.
There are many content management systems available and I looked at drupal as well, because it is the other one I am familiar with, but for this simple site there just wasn’t the need for a more complicated and robust system like Drupal. Wordpress in all it’s blogging glory was just what this little static site ordered.