DIY, Fashion, Home Organization

Easy Closet Organization Ideas You Can Use Today

Today, let’s talk closets.  I venture to say that most closets consist of clothes, shoes, purses, and the like strewn across the floor with clothes haphazardly hung on the closet rod and items carelessly thrown on the shelves like a small tornado roared through them. In other words, our closets are not exactly the prettiest places in our homes.

For some of us, myself included, clutter and messiness in our homes cause us anxiety. I never realized this also included the closet until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I. She reminds us that whether we have a standard 2-rod setup or a walk-in closet the size of a small house, we spend a lot of time staring into our closets. Our closets are where we start our days.  Why not start it them off on the right foot by looking into something clean and organized that makes us happy?  Yes, that is some truth right there if I ever heard it! Let’s go organize our closet!

Step 1: Purge

As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need.  For many of you, this will also be your first step.  Since I just moved, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit.  So, we’ll skip to step 2 here.  Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is cleansed of what you don’t need.  This will make the rest of the closet organization much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video.  Check it out if you need some inspiration!

Step 2: Diagnose the problem

Step 2 is identifying the problem areas.  These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason.  It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature.  I have several such spaces in my closet.

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This area needs some serious help!  It’s become a catch-all for my purses and bags.
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Here’s where I put the items I’m going to donate.  Although, it’s a good idea to have a place like this in your home, this particular space could be more organized.
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This is difficult to see, but the closet rod curves making the clothes hard to see.  Items have a tendancy to get lost here.
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Right now, the top shelf is not being utilized very well.  I think this space can be organized to maximize the space.

Step 3: Organize

Step 3 is organizing and finding solutions for our problem areas. Lisa J’s video Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part 2 is a great inspiration for this step in the process. She talks again about how having a clean, beautiful space really sets a positive tone for your day.

She also suggests having a theme. In her closet, she picked organizational items that were acrylic or linen. My bathroom has a beachy vibe, so I carried that theme into my closet. I chose items that were colorful and bright. While this isn’t a must-do, it will help pull the space together.

The first thing I did was make a trip to the Dollar Tree for some bin organizers. Pro tip, Dollar Tree has the best organizers! They have all types and sizes of bins in a rainbow of color choices. They also have linen baskets and a variety of acrylic bins. Check them out if you’re in need of some organization containers!

Now that we have our theme and containers, we can get to work!

This area was way out of control! Pursuing through Pinterest one day, I came across an idea of hanging purses on the closet rod from shower curtain hooks. Brilliant! I decided to give that a whirl with my smaller bags. I picked up the shower curtain hooks at Dollar Tree. I opted for decorative S-curve hooks (similar) as I thought they were prettier and would be easier to use. They worked like a charm! For my larger purses, I opted to place them in some larger plastic bins from Dollar Tree. They work great and are stylish and colorful as well.

On a side note, the pictures are stick-ons from Hobby Lobby (similar). I love how they dress up the space!

Since I moved my purses to this closet rod, I had empty space on the floor. I decided to utilize it by putting my shoes here. The shoe rack is from Target (similar). It’s two tiered or you can buy multiples and stack them on top of each other. It’s also adjustable lengthwise. In other words, this is a seriously customizable shoe rack!

I love my closet, but this particular spot is so weird. The rod curves here making it really hard to see the clothes that are hung in that area. To resolve the issue, I simply rearranged my clothes. Now, sweaters go on the left and my other shirts on the right. That way there aren’t bulky pieces in the curve making it easier to see everything!

Finally, the top shelf needed some TLC. My clothes to donate are now in the two linen blue bins in the left. My off-season clothes are in the clear bins (find them here). These are bins that are designed to be stored under the bed. They just happen to fit perfectly on the top shelf of the closet! As Lisa J mentions in her video, a step stool is essential if you have items on the top shelf. I have a two-step stool that folds up nicely and can be tucked in the corner (similar).

That’s my closet makeover! It’s so much nicer and more organized. I actually feel happy looking at it now!

What are your tips for an organized closet?

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

lylas,
MissyAnn

Beauty, DIY, Makeup

DIY Setting Spray

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15329059296496031749996494713706.jpgA few years ago, setting spray could only be found from high-end brands. Since then, though, the drugstore has fully embraced the setting spray. I’m not going to lie, I always have one in my makeup stash and I use it almost every day. It’s more for mentality sake. I’m not really sure it’s actually doing anything. I’ve tried the setting sprays from Wet n Wild, e.l.f., and Physicians Formula. I liked all these but went through them so fast. I decided to hit Pinterest to see if I could find a DIY option.

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20180729_1802313689808457693594463.jpgFor my version, I used 1 part glycerin, 2 parts witch hazel, 3 parts distilled water (spoiler alert, I just microwaved some water to sterilize it), and a few drops of rosehip oil. I mixed all the ingredients into my empty Physicians Formula setting spray bottle. The sprayer on that bottle is awesome! It dispenses a perfectly fine mist, which is essential for a flawless application.

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My DIY version was accidentally put to the test a couple weeks ago.  My makeup routine goes something like this: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow, setting spray, brows, and mascara.  I tend to get pretty messy when applying eyeshadow, so the need to brush off the fallout is almost always necessary.  Welp, this fateful day I forgot to do that and sprayed the setting spray.  Oops!  Let me tell you what, that eyeshadow fallout Would.Not.Budge.  No joke.  It wasn’t going anywhere.  That’s when I decided, this DIY setting spray IS doing something good for my makeup look.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you use setting sprays? What’s your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

 

 

Craft Ideas, DIY, Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Summer

Summer Holidays

Happy 4th of July, lovelies!  I hope you’re having a fabulous day spending quality time with friends and family!

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Check out some of my previous 4th of July posts below!

4th of July Week: Centerpieces

4th of July Week: Snack Time

4th of July Week: The Outfit

4th of July Week: Rice Candles

4th of July Week: For the Kiddos

For the Love of the Game

Show Your Spirit

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Cleaning, DIY, Home Organization

How to Get Organized

(without feeling guilty)

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s get real. As women, we carry around a lot of guilt. Maybe our homes aren’t as clean as they should be or our meals aren’t as tasty as they should be or we aren’t as put together as we should be and the list goes on and on.  For starters, let’s stop “shoulding” all over ourselves. We’re doing the best we can. My house is not immaculately clean, but we’re not living in filth either. I’m a terrible cook, but Stouffer’s makes a mean lasagna so no one goes hungry. Throwing on some red lipstick is about as put together as I can get somedays. That’s all okay.
One place I really struggle with the guilt is with organization, particularly filing. In my mind, all the files are tucked neatly in color-coded filing folders in the file cabinet we don’t own. In reality, everything that needs filing ends up in a huge stack of papers on the desk. I’m talking huge, like 2 years of papers it’s-way-too-overwhelming-to-even-think-about-doing-anything-with huge. The picture above is not far off what my desk used to look like.  Sad but true facts.
The hubby and I recently moved into a new house. This has forced me to take a good hard look at some organization issues, like the whole filing thing.  First of all, I find it helpful to identify the ideal end result. For me, that’s again all the files tucked neatly inside color-coded file folders in a filing cabinet. Next, I identify the barriers to achieving the ideal end result. In my case, that’s a couple of things. One, we no longer have a filing cabinet. Two, I don’t take the time to unfold the papers and place them into the file folders. Even when we had a file cabinet I didn’t do that. Instead, I’d just stack the papers on the desk with the intention of getting to it later (news flash: later never came). So how can I bridge the gap between my ideal and reality?
Clearly, I’m not going to take the time to unfold anything so I need a system that will fit that. I also need a system that is as quick and easy as setting the files on the desk. Ideally, the system is color coded or ordered in a way that makes retrieving files simple. What’s a girl to do? 
Well, I emptied my craft cart and turned that into my file cabinet. The drawers were already colored, so I simply just added some labels. Now, all I have to do is open the drawer and put the folded paper inside. So easy! I managed to sort through and file my 2-year paper pile in a night! Plus, my new system is so easy I’ve filed everything immediately since then! No more endless stacks of paper cluttering up the desk!
Whatever you struggle with, the bottom line is to find a system that works for YOU! Not a system that should work or works for Mrs. Jones next door, one that is just for you. You’ll start to see amazing results and the guilt will melt away. Doesn’t that sound fabulous?
What organization issues do you battle?
That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Snow Candles

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get crafty!  I found this winter craft idea on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to recreate it!  You’ll need a mason jar, window clings, Epsom salt, and a small candle.  Attach the window clings to the mason jar however you would like.  You could even start with some Christmas ones and change them to winter ones once Christmas was over.  The possibilities are endless!  Next, pour a thin layer of Epsom salt onto the bottom of the mason jar.  Then, add the candle to the center of the jar and pour more Epsom salt into the jar.  I filled it about a third full, but whatever suits your taste is fine.  Add some glitter for a fancier look.  Finally, light the candle and bask in the glory of a job well done! 
Recipe Style:
Winter Decor – put a candle and “snow” (Epsom salt) in a pretty glass jar like this one below.
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My Style:
How cute are those penguins, right?  Would you make these snow candles?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

The Must-Have Christmas Craft

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

The holidays bring out all kinds of emotions.  Many a table are filled with tales of Christmases past.  It’s a wonderful time of year to remember those who are no longer with us.  That’s where today’s must-have Christmas craft comes in.  When I saw the inspiration photo on Pinterest, it instantly brought tears to my eyes, but it’s so beautiful.  I knew I had to recreate it for everyone on my list.  I love the look of the poem etched into the blocks.  This wasn’t exactly feasible to recreate.  Instead, here’s an easier route.  You’ll need clear frames (I got mine from the Dollar Tree), a dollhouse rocking chair, and a photo of the Christmas poem.  To make the Christmas poem photo, I wrote the poem on a photo editing app, added a background, and made the words fancy.  Then, I printed them out as pictures.  Simply add the poem photos to the picture frames and place the chair next to the frame.  That’s it!  I love how they turned out!  
Recipe Style:
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My Style:
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Budget Shopping, Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

Crafting the Holidays: A Quick and Easy Homemade Gift Idea

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk homemade gift ideas.  I love the thought of putting my creative juices to work this time of year with a good ‘ole homemade gift.  Problem is, sometimes (okay maybe most of the time) I way underestimate the amount of time it takes to actually make the said gift.  This gets me into trouble and I end up rushing out to buy something Christmas Eve.  No more, my friends, no more.  I took to Pinterest in search of a cute and easy homemade gift.  Specifically, I was looking for something to make my co-workers.  Since they are all women, this made the search easier.  When I came across the inspiration photo, I knew it was the one!  It looked easy, cute, and even functional!  Score! 

You’ll need some clear frames (I used 5×7 ones from the dollar store), sticky notes in assorted colors and sizes (again, I got mine from the dollar store), ribbon (you guessed it, from the dollar store), and scrapbook paper.  First, cut the scrapbook paper to fit your frames and place the paper inside the frame.  Next, secure ribbon to the top of the frame using some tape.  I simply wrapped the ribbon around the frame, but you could tie a bow or do something fancy here if you so desired.  To give it a little something extra, I added their initial to the ribbon.  Finally, attach the sticky note pads using glue dots.  I tried tape, but that didn’t work at all.  Glue here would be the best choice.  That’s it!  Now you have a cute and functional homemade holiday gift!

Recipe Style:
Clear Frames + Scrapbook Paper + Post-It + Ribbon and Tag = Cute and Inexpensive Gifts
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My Style:
Do you make homemade gifts?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We’re finally back to crafting on Wednesdays!  As promised, we have a lot of great holiday craft projects lined up for you and today is no exception!  Need a quick Thanksgiving centerpiece to wow your guests?  Look no further, we’ve got you covered!
For this project, you’ll need a plastic pot, black paint, ribbon, fall decor (leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, gourds, things of this nature), and a hot glue gun.  First, paint the pot black.  Mine took 2 coats to cover completely.  Once the paint has dried, turn the pot upside down and tie a ribbon around the base of the pot.  Secure the ribbon with hot glue.  Now the fun part.  Decorate!  Using the fall decor and the hot glue, arrange the leaves, acorns, gourds, and whatever else you picked up to your liking at the base of the upside down pot.  Let dry and you’re done!  Wasn’t that easy?!?!
Recipe Style:
Dollar Store Thanksgiving Hat Centerpiece – Hip2Save
From Hip2Save

My Style:

I can almost taste the turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and cranberry sauce now.  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Accessories, Craft Ideas, DIY

How to Easily Make Cute Bracelets

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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I love making jewelry.  For anyone that’s seen my jewelry collection, though, knows that I have a lot of pieces.  Of course, there’s ALWAYS room for more, but I’ve cut down on my production.  When my sis-in-law asked me to make bracelets for her bridesmaids, I was especially excited.  I get to make lovely jewelry for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids and I don’t have to find a home for the pieces in my collection?  Sign me up!  

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After talking with the bride-to-be and seeing some of her ideas on Pinterest, I had a pretty good idea of what she wanted.  I made a few prototypes, got her approval and set out to make the bracelets. Knowing I needed to make bracelets for women with varying wrist sizes, I used elastic bead cord.  Specifically, the 0.5mm Stretch Magic Bead & Jewelry Cord (find it here from Michaels).  Not only does the elastic bead cord make it easy to fit anyone, it’s also nice as it eliminates the need for clasps and things of that nature.  For this reason, it’s the perfect project for someone who is just getting into making jewelry.  Next, we’ll need some beads.  It’s important to get a nice balance of beads.   You’ll want varying sizes, textures, and colors.  I find it’s easiest to start with a few star beads that are the main focus of the item.  Along with those main pieces, you also need some spacers or filler beads to add balance to the jewelry.  The next step is to lay out the pattern.  My jewelry must have
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symmetry, so all the beads are laid out beforehand to ensure a uniform look.  This also gives you a way to envision what your final product will look like without stringing the beads.  Too many times I’ve strung on the beads only to find I didn’t like the pattern.  That’s frustrating and a huge waste of time.  Once your pattern is laid out the way you want it, it’s time to add the beads.  I find this very soothing for some reason.  Maybe that’s just me.  After all the beads have been added, I make sure the bracelet is long enough by slipping it around my wrist.  When you do that, you can easily tell if you need to add or remove beads.  Finally, the bracelet is secured by tying many, many, knots.  I tie square knots, but I’m sure there are more fancy ways to tie off a bracelet out there if you’re so inclined.  Voila!  That’s it!  They turned out really pretty and my sis-in-law was happy with them as well, which is, of course, the most important part!  
Do you make jewelry?  What are some of your favorite projects?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Weddings

Wedding Favorites

Fabulous Finds Friday

For today’s installment of Fabulous Finds Friday, I’m sharing some of my favorite wedding ideas in honor of my sis-in-law’s wedding today!  Grab some bubbly and enjoy!
My bestie and I made these invitations.  It was so fun sharing that with her!  Check out the original blog post for more details!

After scouring Pinterest and all the craft stores in the greater Des Moines area, I came up with these boutonnieres and corsages.  I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.  My mom made my bouquets.  I absolutely loved them!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  

Ah, the wedding dress.  The most special dress you will ever purchase.  See the whole story in the original blog post!
Wedding Centerpieces.  These can be challenging, at least they were for me.  I went around and around and around with different ideas.  I finally landed on this design and loved the simplicity and elegance of them.  Check out the original blog post for all the details!

The kiddos need to be entertained too!  I found this great idea on Pinterest and made activity books.  They were a big hit!  The ring bearers also loved the Ring Security badges I made for them.  Check out all the details in the original blog post!
DIY Wedding Unity Candle
Since I never wrote a blog post about this, I thought I’d give a quick description of how I made this candle.  It was actually really simple!  I looked on Pinterest for wedding poems and came across this one.  I loved it!  I made the design in MS PowerPoint and printed it out on normal computer paper.  I cut the paper so it would fit all the way around the candle.  I secured the paper to the candle with some double-sided tape.  I finished off the look by adding some gold ribbon to the top and bottom. There you have it.  A quick and easy DIY wedding unity candle!
Cupcake stands can be expensive!  This is DIY version uses items from the dollar store making it a more affordable option.  Check out the details in the original blog post!
So the wedding’s over, now what do you do with all the leftover decorations?  You repurpose them of course!  Check out the original blog post for ways to turn those wedding decorations into beautiful gifts!
Big congrats to my sis-in-law and her new hubby! 
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn

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