My teen daughter went from a large closet to an average size closet with our last move. Oh, the joys of moving to a smaller home. I’ve talked about portable storage solutions in the past and that is the key to this Organized Teen Closet. The first step was to get rid of the excess, or what we usually call clutter.

OOrganized Teen Closet- using what you have

We found a solution to the clothes clutter and if you have a teen daughter you might want to do this. We rounded up all her clothes she hadn’t worn for 6 months and also ones she just wanted to get rid of and we took them to a consignment shop. This is the perfect way to earn money for new clothes and get rid of ones that are just taking up space. Plus it gave her plenty of space for the clothes she actually wore. Group like items together to make it easier to find what is wanted. I place mine in color order but with the teen we are happy to just have them hung up.

Teen Organized Closet- skirts

I didn’t have to buy anything for this closet makeover, except 2 packs of hangers. All we did was declutter and organize the space. Having the same size, type, and color of hangers just makes everything look neater and cohesive and the plastic ones are very inexpensive.

Teen Organized Closet- shirts

She had already been using the scarf hanger but we got rid of the scarves she never used and added belts to the mix.

Teen Organized Closet- scarves

Don’t you always want to know what’s inside boxes or totes? The soft sided totes across the top shelf hold extra text books and study material, dance and theater shoes, extra bags, and hats (beanies).

Teen Organized Closet- totes

These stacking shelves and canvas totes came with us from our last home. We just had to use them differently to make this small closet space work to our advantage. The polka dot box holds a few keepsakes. Want to know the great things about totes in a teen room? The totes don’t have to stay neat inside but they help contain the items so the space is clutter free and organized.

Teen Organized Closet- bins

These shoe shelves are also from our previous house. There are only 2 here, but stack as many as you need in your space. We took the things she rarely used and placed them in lidded boxes under the bed to give her more space in the closet. Don’t over crowd your closet or it makes it hard to find what you want and will easily get cluttered and unorganized again.

Teen Organized Closet- shoes

The teen is pretty much in charge of keeping her space neat and organized but it makes it so much easier to keep it that way once it has been brought to that point. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money getting organized, just use what you have to get that space neat and tidy.

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We’re always being told we need to drink more water. I’m always asking my kids if they had enough water during the school day and at their other activities. It seems like I’m always encouraging them to drink more and trying to remind myself that I need to drink more also. It’s not always easy drinking the recommended amount of water especially if you don’t particularly love how it tastes. Brita Water Bottles are helping my family stay hydrated and enjoy drinking more water.

Brita Filtered Water Bottles-Stay Hydrated

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I shared this post at Organizing Made Fun a few weeks ago but for those of you who didn’t see it I thought I would share it here. Let’s talk about Beauty Products Storage and Expiration Dates. When was the last time you cleaned out your expired or never used make-up? Do you keep buying more and more products, adding them to your ever growing stash? A few years ago I had way too many beauty products, some I had never used and some that had been expired for years. Once I cleaned out my stash I vowed to keep it that way. I have a few things I do to keep my beauty products in check so I’m not wasting money and space.

Beauty Products Storage and Expiration Dates Printable

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Updated Family Letter Wall

by leanneja on May 22, 2015 · 2 comments

in Decorating, DIY, Family, Paint

A couple years ago we were living in our forever house (or so I thought). I decided I wanted something special going up our stairs to represent out family so I started gathering finished and unfinished letters in different fonts, sizes, colors, and styles. The stairs were at the front of the house so they made quite a statement as you walked in the house. I loved seeing our Family Letter Wall all throughout the day. It was the hardest thing I had to take down when we moved.

Updated Family Letter Wall.4

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Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror

by leanneja on May 20, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Living Room

I made some sunburst mirrors a few years ago, but didn’t think they would travel well to another state so I sold them before we moved. I was happy to have them being enjoyed in someone else’s home but I have really missed them in my own. A few days ago I was going through a box in the garage and found a whole package of shims, so the thought of a Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror came to mind again. I still had a large mirror in my craft stash so I didn’t even have to run to the store for supplies. Why didn’t I make this sooner?

Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror- make your own miror for a fraction of the cost using wood shims from the hardware store

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I love researching and finding new products to make my home pretty and functional. I never thought I wanted a shower door but after renting a house with them in 2 of the bathrooms I can see the benefit in shower doors, especially when it comes to keeping water where it belongs. My kids have been notorious for having the shower curtain on the outside of the tub which also means the water ends up there too. It’s always fun cleaning up after bath time, right?

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I love taking a day to celebrate and honor our Fathers, Husbands, Sons, and all the important men in our lives. We’re going to be celebrating Father’s Day a few weeks early with hubby so I decided I better get started on planning now. I made these Father’s Day Printables that can be used for so many things. Think: banner, cupcake picks, candy labels, gift tags, straw labels, and so on, or enlarge one and frame it for dad’s desk.

Father's Day Printables - you can make bannesr and tags and so much more

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It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts. My kids love making and giving gifts to their dad that he can put on his desk at work. Since he loves golf the kids usually want to get him something golf related. I saw this faux grass at the craft store last week and had the perfect project in mind for Father’s Day. Why not make a Faux Grass Pen Holder? I’m pretty sure he is going to love it! Do you have a golf lover too?

Faux Grass Pen Holder

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I love the smell of clean laundry. I started helping with the laundry when I was 12 and by the time I was 15 I was doing most of the laundry for my family. It’s actually still one of my favorite chores, minus matching socks. So if we count my teen laundry days I have been using Tide for 41 years. When I found out Tide Dry Cleaners was opening a new store in Las Vegas only a few minutes from me I was thrilled. Now my dry cleaning can have the same fresh smell as my laundered clothes at home.

Tide Dry Cleaners Store

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Toffee Apple Dip

by leanneja on May 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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What is it with Sundays and how everyone wants a dessert or after church treat? Sometimes I have a lot of options on hand, sometimes very little. Luckily I always seem to be able to come up with something to please my family’s sweet tooth. Since we had a lot of apples on hand I decided this Toffee Apple Dip would be the perfect dessert. Even though it’s very sweet, by adding the apples I feel like I’m giving them a little bit of nutrition too.

Toffee Apple Dip

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