Quick Cleaning Checklist – Get Ready for Guests in Less Than an Hour!

So Easter Sunday is right around the corner. For those of you that have guests coming over for Easter dinner, here’s a great checklist to get your home all tidied up in a snap. I always like to at least aim for the illusion of clean when I’m hosting a get together, but these tips are the real deal. For all of the tips and the downloadable checklist, follow the link below!

Tips for getting your Spring cleaning done in no time with a little help from our Quick Cleaning Checklist.

Source: Quick Cleaning Checklist – Get Ready for Guests in Less Than an Hour! – Home. Made. Interest.

2016 Home Organization 101 Challenge | A Bowl Full of Lemons

The 2016 Home Organization Challenge

I’m not really a checklist maker, but I’m sure a lot of you find that checklists can be very helpful. I wanted to share this post for those of you that thrive on the thrill of checking off the boxes on a to-do list. Toni, the founder of abowlfulloflemons.net, is an amazing organizer, designer, and list maker. If you’ve started the process of decluttering, or reorganizing your home and you need a little method to your madness, her Home Organization Challenge is an awesome resource of printable checklists and guidelines for creating a clutter-free home in just fourteen weeks. Check it out!

Welcome to the 5th annual A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization 101 Challenge. Over the next fourteen weeks, we will be challenging ourselves to conquer clutter.

Source: 2016 Home Organization 101 Challenge | A Bowl Full of Lemons

Year In Review: Favorite Bloggers and Instagrammers of 2015

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This year I’ve become more active in the social media world than I’ve ever been. There are so many beautiful, intelligent, and creative people out there that I find myself getting lost in all the awesomeness of the bloggers and instagrammers I follow. There’s no way I can list everyone that I’ve been following this year, but here are some of my personal favorites. Each one contains the name associated with the account, their description in their own words, a link to their instagram, and a link to their blog.

1 West Elm-modern furniture and home decor featuring inspiring designs and colors”



2 Lindsay (from Whimsy Girl Design)-Design + Decor + DIY + Deals”



3 Shannon (from Fox Hollow Cottage)-Home Decor & DIY Enthusiast”



4 Better Homes and Gardens-home and garden improvement projects  plus recipes and entertaining ideas”



5 Neely (from SocietyLetters)- “We talk about girl stuff, and you can totally sit with us”



6 Anissa Zajac (from House Seven Blog)-Wife. Mommy. Interior Stylist.



7 Annie (from Zevyjoy)-Wife and Mama decorating, dressing and cooking on a budget.



8 Laurie (from TheGlamFarmhouse)- “Wife and Momma of 2. Chalk Painter and Fixer Upper”



9 Liz Marie (from LizMarieBlog)-Veteran wife. Blogger. DIY-er”



10 Gisele Bundchen- “Sharing Love”



Hopefully, this coming year, I’ll become your favorite blogger/instagrammer 🙂 I’m totally gonna make a New Year’s Resolution to start posting pics on Instagram. I promise!




Fixer Upper Friday: 30 DIY Weekend Projects

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There are tons of projects that you can tackle in your own fixer upper this weekend. Now’s the time, especially if you’re having guests over this holiday season. I like to keep things simple. Cleaning forgotten spots around the house, like baseboards or light fixtures, is a good start. De-cluttering common areas isn’t time consuming and can breathe new life and function into your home. Rearranging furniture, replacing window treatments, or changing linens can give your space a fresh new look. Why not take the time this weekend to fall in love with your home all over again? Check out this post from Better Homes & Gardens for some more ideas.


Fixer Upper Friday: Pantry Renovation


I’m constantly tackling projects in the two fixer uppers my family bought in Pennsylvania. Ask any homeowner you know, and they’ll tell you that there’s no shortage of little home improvement projects that they have to do. Ask any owner of an old fixer upper, and they’ll tell you that those little home improvement projects are actually huge and totally, and I mean totally, never-ending.

My most recent project has been a pantry renovation in ‘fixer upper number 2’. I’ve always dreamed of having an organized pantry like the one in the picture above. As fate would have it, a radiator pipe burst in the ceiling of our current pantry, so I had no choice but to renovate. I had to remove everything from the pantry and rip the ceiling out down to the studs. Of course all of this was a total pain, but when life hands you lemons, the lemons have a silver lining, or something like that. So I looked on the bright side of things.

I don’t want to bore you with all of the details of the renovation. I just worked through it step by step. I put up drywall, opted for canned lighting (you can get the kits at any home improvement store), painted the walls, and bought wire racks. The fun part is looking at the before and after pics. Check out the transformation.

Pantry Renovation

Pantry Renovation 2

Progress in the Pantry

Progress in the Pantry 2


Now I’m in the process of creating the pantry of my dreams. If you’ve ever dreamed of a totally organized pantry, here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

1 Start with a Blank Slate

I’m not just saying this because I was forced to remove everything from my pantry. This is actually an important step. Take absolutely every single thing out of your pantry. Repair any damage to the existing walls, add a fresh coat of paint, and step away. There’s almost nothing as inspirational as an empty canvas.

2 Easy Access

Take stock of the things that you and your family use the most. These items should be at eye level and easily accessible when you’re restocking the pantry. Rule of Thumb: Things that are difficult to get to, are also difficult to put away. If your most used items aren’t easy to find and easy to reach, your kitchen counter will suffer the consequence of clutter.

3 Group Items Together

Baskets and clear containers are key here. Some items, like flour, dry pasta, and grains are better stored in containers than in the paper or plastic packaging you buy them in. The added bonus is that they look totally pretty and neat on open shelves. While clear containers are perfect for storing one item at a time, baskets are great for storing multiple items that fall in the same category. For instance, all of your tea and coffee flavors can go in one basket, and sit right next to the basket that contains your growing collection of cookie butters, peanut butters, and jellies. The beauty is that these baskets will look intentional and totally organized side by side.

My pantry is still a work in progress. I’m still trying to figure out which method of grouping items works best for my family. I’m also trying to make it as foolproof and as lazy-proof as possible. Mothers of teenagers know what I mean.

What are some of your favorite pantry organizing tips?