I believe 100% in being organized, but I also believe in not spending a lot of money. Take a look at how I organize my home, to get ideas on how to organize your home the inexpensive way with baskets, bins, and totes. You can pick up a variety of baskets, bins, and totes almost anywhere. Some of my favorite places are Ross, thrift stores and Home Goods. Look for the best varieties in the late Winter and early Spring. The best thing about organizing with baskets is that you can take them with you when you move and use them again. They are also easy to move from room to room if your needs change.

Organize your Whole Home with Baskets, Bins, and Totes

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5 Easter Mantel Decorating Ideas

By the time Spring comes around I am so ready to give my house a little decorating face lift. What about you? Easter is the perfect time to bring in the fresh colors of Spring along with flowers, bunnies, eggs, nests, and even sheep. I’m sharing 5 Easter Mantel Decorating Ideas to help you with ideas to create a beautiful Easter mantel that represents the holiday and season to you.

5 Beautiful Easter Mantel Decorating Ideas

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In my case this post should actually be titled How to Stay Connected As a Family when your husband lives away from home because of work. I’m sharing 10 ideas that have worked for my family, if you’re in a similar situation I hope these will be helpful to you.  This post was originally written 4 years ago and while some things have changed we are pretty much back to where we were when I first wrote it. A few months after the original post we packed up our house and 3 kids still at home (we have 8 kids total) and moved to where my husband’s job was. It wasn’t an easy move, it took us over a year to sell our house so financially it was a struggle and as you can probably guess it was an emotional struggle as well. We were living together again though so that was good, but that was an adjustment too because I was used to doing things alone.

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Easter Apothecary Jars

I saw some awesome apothecary jars on Martha Stewart and wanted to recreate them for Easter. I actually made these Easter Apothecary Jars several years ago and love displaying them every year.  It’s a simple project but I love the impact it has. You can display Easter candies or even small toys. I might make more this year with little bunnies or lambs in the jars.

Easter Apothecary Jars using items you have around the house

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Cleaning and Refreshing Your Mattress

Let’s talk about cleaning and refreshing your mattress today. If you haven’t cleaned your mattresses recently, now would be a great time. We don’t have to go into all the details about the microscopic things that can live on your mattress and I don’t dwell on it too much, but every time I change the sheets on the beds I think about it and remember it’s probably time to vacuum them again.

cleaning your mattress

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20 DIY Spring Wreaths

I love hanging a beautiful wreath on my door to welcome guests and beautify my front porch. I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite DIY Spring Wreaths to give you inspiration to create a beautiful wreath for your front door or even over a mantel or shelf. You might want to make a couple wreaths to add to the Spring decor throughout your house. Be creative and make them in different colors, shapes and sizes to add interest.

Easy and Beautiful DIY Spring Wreaths

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Garden Spring Mantel

Hi Friends! I’ve been gone for a while but am so happy to be back with you again. I’m just trying to figure out how to find balance with my health issues, new responsibilities, and blogging. I know we all have the same hours in a day but I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to accomplish all I need to within those hours. Wish me luck, but as I figure it out I’m going to make sure I find time to share my projects with you again. Let’s start with this Garden Spring Mantel with a slight nod to St. Patrick’s day.

Garden Spring Mantel with gold and green accents

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Rock Trivet

How many of you pin things almost everyday but seldom make or create what you pin? I pinned a photo of a glass teapot several years ago but what I really wanted to recreate in the photo was the Rock Trivet it was sitting on. It was inexpensive and easy to recreate and I love the natural look of it. I only made one, I think I need to make at least 2 more.

Natural Rock Trivet by Organize and Decorate Everything

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Pink and Red Valentine’s Day Printables

Who wants some instant art to add to your Valentine’s Day decor? I love decorating with printables for holidays. They’re easy to decorate with by using the same frames and just switching the prints out with the change of the holidays. Print out one or all of these Pink and Red Valentine’s Day Printables for pretty and instant Valentine’s Day decorating.

Red and Pink Printables for Valentine's Day

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Surprise Birthday Money

As my kids became teens they started receiving more money than gifts from friends and relatives for their birthdays. Soon they caught on to this awesome gift of money and started wanting it from us instead of gifts too. They like pooling all their birthday money together and getting something more expensive they really want. The only problem is giving money is boring. We started giving Surprise Birthday Money several years ago. Check out more fun ideas for giving money at the bottom of this post.

Hidden Money for a fun Birthday Surprise

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