DIY built in Kallax closet hack

DIY built in Kallax closet hack

How to create tons of storage for bulky items in the closet! These cubby units hold a TON and look great.  I've been planning my closet makeover for some time now...and my plans for the space have changed more times than I can count!  They have continued to change in real time as I've been working on it, but that's part of the fun for me.  Planning the organization, in your main closet especially, is something you really don't want to mess up. It's a lot more detailed and expensive than a smaller closet.  Our recent coat closet makeover inspired me to get moving on this one. I was just so tired of the constant clutter and mess in my "hers" closet. We didn't pay extra for melamine or custom shelving when we built our house four years ago -- as much as I HATE wire shelving, I knew it would take me awhile to figure out the layout I wanted.  Paying for anything more felt like a waste of money at the time. I'm REALLY glad we waited...because now it



20 years...never forget

20 years...never forget

I will share this post every year because it's important to me that we have a visual reminder of this day, now 20 years ago. Can you even believe it?  It's so odd to me that there is a whole generation that wasn't even alive when 9/11 occurred. As many of you know, New York is near and dear to us. It's a city we love so very much. I always knew I'd love it, and when my husband took me on my first trip (days before September 11, 2001) I found out I was right.  I instantly fell in love with the city. This photo always gives me chills. We're at the top of the Statue of Liberty and you can barely see the towers behind me: I think it was nine days before 9/11. Nine days later and the towers were gone. My husband was a band director at the time -- a few months after we were supposed to travel to Japan for a band trip. He canceled that trip and instead we took the kids to New York City. We've seen Ground Zero at it's best and worst. New Yorkers stop



How to stop {almost everything} from sliding around

How to stop {almost everything} from sliding around

Easy fixes to prevent (almost anything!) from sliding around in drawers, on the wall or on the floor!  I have a thing with things that don't stay put. Containers sliding around in drawers, rugs that don't stay put, pictures that don't stay leaning like they should.  At the least, it's just annoying. At the worst, like with rugs, it can be dangerous! I have a few solutions that have worked SO well for us over the years. These work for items that lay flat and slide around, like in a kitchen drawer, and decorative items that you want to stay where they are on a shelf or leaning against a wall.  My first item is one I just recently discovered... Museum gel/putty to prevent sliding If you live in an area that is more prone to earthquakes, you've probably heard of this one.  I LOVE having our new cabinet drawers in the mud room for tons of storage. They are one of the best additions I've made to our house.  But it was driving me a little crazy that these plastic org