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Jun 25 2015

Organized Chaos: Closet Clothes Baskets

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Baskets of clothes in the closet

On the bottom shelf in the kids closets we have 3 baskets of clothes.  Each of these baskets contain specific items.  The clothes are easy to access for the kids.  The baskets make good use of the space between the the hanging clothes and the bottom rack.

The 3 Baskets contain:

  1. Basket of Blue Jeans and Pants
  2. Basket of Shorts and Skirts
  3. Basket of Outside Play Clothes

In the Spring  and Summer the short and skirt basket will be in the center with the jeans / pants as well as the outside play clothes are on the sides.  During the Fall and Winter the jeans and pants are in the middle with the short / skirt as well as the outside play clothes are on the sides.  All the girls have to do is grab a shirt from the hanger above, a bottom (jeans, pants, shorts, or skirt) from one of the baskets and they have the majority of their outfits picked out.  When they are going to play outside they can pick a shirt and bottom out of their outside play clothes.

They usually do pretty well with keeping the correct items in the right baskets.  Although, sometimes when they are in a hurry or if they are digging for a specific pair of jeans they don’t always keep all their items folded nicely.  For the most part they keep the baskets looking good.  If the baskets do get messed up we can just pull out one or all three baskets and fold or organize them again.

We have been using this system for a few years now and it works well for our kids.  It helps makes those busy mornings go more smoothly.  Even though they are suppose to lay out their clothes the night before sometimes they forget or decide to switch into something else at the last minute.

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Basket on the left is full of shorts & skirts.  The middle basket is full of jeans and pants.

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The middle basket is jeans / pants and on the left side the basket is full of outside play clothes.

Jun 18 2015

Organized Chaos: Kids Shoes

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 Organized Kids Shoes

We live in an older house.  Most days it’s fine, but there are a few things (like any house) that we would love to change.  The closets in this house are pretty small.  When the girls shared a room their closet was full even though they were babies.  All the closets had in them when we moved in was a small wooden shelf with one metal bar underneath to hang clothes on.  We have slowly been converting the closets to a rack system* which allows us to use the space we have more efficiently.

The kids are now in their own rooms and we have updated both of their closets with the rack system.  We decided to leave a space underneath the bottom rack for their shoes.  They have enough space to stack both shoes from each set under their bottom rack and line them up.

The shoes that are stored in their closets are slippers, sandals, crocs, dress shoes, and ones they were for special occasions.  The girls dirtier shoes like their school shoes, outside boots, and other outside shoes or sandals stay in a basket by the back door or the garage.  It makes me happy when I look into their closets and see them neat with their shoes lined up.

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Shoes lined up in the kids closet!

*If you are looking at converting your closets to a rack system you can locate them at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or another store. 

Jun 11 2015

Organized Chaos: Hair Accessory Organizer

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All Brina’s headbands, flowers, decorative hair ornaments organized and in one spot

A few months ago I showed you our  Easy DIY Headband Holder.  As you can see from the pictures on this post we are still using it.  It works very well for our girls.  Since they wear more than just headbands I wanted to find a solution that would help organize all the pretty, fluffy, and decorative hair ornaments they have as well.

My qualifications for getting these items organized:

  • Must assist in making these items more organized
  • Able to be hung in a visible location and still look nice
  • Easy to see, reach, and get access to the items when the kids need them
  • Reasonably priced organizer because I will need 2 (one in each of the kids room)
  • Something that we could hang near to the headbands (which were already hanging on the back of their closet doors).

It took me a little longer to find the perfect organizer for these items.  Part of the reason it took longer is I wasn’t really sure what I wanted for the decorative hair accessories.  I wasn’t in a rush so I just kept an eye out for ideas while in various stores.  One day when I was going through CVS the clearance section happened to catch my eye.  I paused for a moment and these little blue and black organizers were in the clearance section marked down to $1.*  After looking at them and thinking about them I decided to pick them up and see if I could make them work for the kids hair accessories.

It was exactly the type of item I was looking for and at a great price!  The organizer fit all the current hair accessories items I wanted to put in it plus had room for some extra ones too.  When I am on top of things (which doesn’t always happen) I will put the kids seasonal hair accessories in the extra pockets on the organizer too (ie. Christmas, July 4th, Halloween, etc… hair accessories during that specific season).

The organizer hangs on the back of the closet door where the kids can easily reach it.  It goes right under the Easy DIY Headband Holder  so everything is available in one spot.  The items are visible and easy to reach.  It meets all my qualifications for getting the kids hair accessories organized.  These have worked very well for our family!

*I tried to find these on the CVS website, but either they do not carry them online or they are not available.  You can look in your local store or I am sure there are other stores that carry a similar item.  This one on Amazon or something similar might work well too if you are looking for one.

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Looking down on the Easy DIY Headband Holder and Hair Accessory Organizer as it is hanging on the closet door

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Organized and ready to go!

Jun 04 2015

Organized Chaos: Jewelry Organizer

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Necklace & Jewelry Organizer

Having girls in the house means you are bound to have some jewelry around.  As the girls got older they continued to accumulate more necklaces.  It slowly became harder to keep the necklaces organized without them getting tangled or putting them in a spot that was hard for them to easily access.

I wanted to find something simple, easy, and reasonably priced.  It took awhile of looking around to find one that I liked and could hang on the back of their closet doors.  I ended up finding this one at our local Michaels store and bought it using a coupon.  At first I only got one because I wanted to make sure I really liked it before getting another one.  After a couple weeks I still liked it so I used another coupon and got the second one.  It has been nice to having all their necklaces organized and visible.

Our kids are using it mostly for necklaces since they do not have pierced ears yet, but you can use it for earrings, belts, watches, scarves, rings, bracelets, ties, or a multitude of other things.  I like that it is  simple design, not too big, and yet pretty.  It hung on the back of the closet door so it is accessible for the kids to reach when they want to wear one of their special necklaces.  All of these necklaces were given to them from family or friends and have special memories so I am happy that they are now displayed well and tangle free.

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Brina’s necklaces are organized now!

May 29 2015

Fun Around Town: Big Celebrity Cats at Hollywild Animal Park (Wellford, SC)

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“Mandela” the white lion!

Our family had a great time at Hollywild Animal Park.  Upon entering the park I was given a packet with a very nice “Welcome” letter from Kim along with a map, her business card, a bracelet for each of us to wear, and other park information. The workers from the Safari Bus driver to the Creature Feature Show to the Gift Shop Clerk and the various ones we encountered throughout our journey through the park were always willing to answer any questions we had along the way (most of the questions were the kids asking about various animals).  It was a wonderful activity to do with the family.

As I have mentioned in a couple other posts several of the animals that reside at Hollywild have been stars in Movies, Commercials, Print Ads, Sport Events, TV Shows, events, and much more.  The animals seemed friendly, content, and interactive with the people passing through the park.

It was great that even the lions were up and active while we were at Hollywild!  Usually at the zoo and other places you don’t often see the lions moving or playing around too much in their pens.  The white lion paused while moving around so we were able to get some shots of him, but the brown lion didn’t ever stop moving for a good picture.

We ended our trip through the park about the time they were getting ready to close.  The workers were starting to feed the animals their dinners so that was pretty cool to watch some of the animals munching down on one of their favorites treats.

For more information about our adventure at Hollywild you can check out our other blog posts:

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He looks very serious!

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He hears the worker getting his dinner meal ready and started pacing.

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On the move!

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Relaxing on his rock

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Look at the length of those whiskers!

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Peaceful and relaxing

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Beautiful tiger

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Love how his tail is sitting on the rock below him.  He was curious about us watching him though!

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Those eyes are looking directly at us!

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Siberian Tigers – he looked so serious, but colorful up on the rock.  Not an animal I would want to meet in the wild though he looks amazing.  Featured in the following:

  • Movie – Man Hunter
  • Movie – Betsy’s Wedding
  • Movie – Reversal of Fortune
  • Movie – Price of Tides
  • Movie – The Real McCoy
  • TV Ad Campaign – Land Rover
  • Gallery Portraits – Valerie Shaff Photography
  • Countless live appearances at special events

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Cougars were out and walking around.  These cougars featured in following:

  • Commercials – Lincoln-Mercury (1983 to 1991)
  • Movie – Date With an Angel
  • TV Program – Rescue 911
  • Movie – Reversal of Fortune
  • Movie – Last of the Mohicans
  • Movie – Miracle on the Mountain
  • Commercial(s) – Coca-Cola

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Black Leopard was busy eating its dinner time treat.  Not sure what it is, but fresh meat of some kind.  Seeing it’s eyes watching us through the grass gives me goose bumps.  The leopards were featured in the following:

  • Calendar – Great Cats
  • Print Ad Campaign – Kemdura Paper
  • Audiovisual Production – Leslie Advertising
  • Score Boards – Carolina Panther
  • Caesar, a Black Panther, has been a star in the National Football League for the Carolina Panthers

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The white tiger just finished his dinner and is taking a walk around his pen.

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So pretty!

Hollywild Animal Park Coupon Discount (Free Child’s Admission):

  • Print off the coupon for Free Child’s Admission with purchase of an Adult Admission and bring it to the park with youLimit one per family. $8 Value. This coupon is valid during our Park Season which is open Weekends in March, Daily April through Labor Day, and Weekends from Labor Day through the end of October. Please visit our website for seasonal hours prior to your visit. Coupon not valid during our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit.  Expires: 10/24/2015.

A special thanks to U.S. Family Guide and Hollywild Animal Park for offering a special discount to our readers.  Any specific product information was provided by Hollywild Animal Park and U.S. Family Guide, however, the opinions expressed in this post are our own.  We did receive tickets so our family could visit and share our experience.