Friday, December 2, 2016

Making the Most of "Leftovers"

Do you like leftovers?  If not then you probably haven't made the most of them!  I used to think that the best way to handle leftovers is to pack them up and send them to work with my hubby, but now I've actually started cooking extra on purpose so that I can use the leftovers for another meal all together.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas in the New Kitchen

Now that we've got a new kitchen, I figured it would be important for me to get some new decor in there for Christmas, of course! I wanted to share how I decorated in there and maybe give you some ideas for your own home, too!

Christmas in the Kitchen

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

25 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas + FREE Christmas Budget Printable

Every year I find you amazing gift ideas that don't cause clutter! And, I've found some more again this year! I've broken them up into categories to help give you an idea of what to give for a specific person. Also, as a reminder, feel free to download my FREE printable for making you list and budget for Christmas.

25 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas + FREE Christmas Budget Printable

Getting the right gift for the person you love in your life is easy if you know what to look for, but it's especially important not to cause them any more clutter, too! Here's 25 gift ideas for not causing clutter!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Traveling and Organizing Essential Oils

I'm sure that many of you have been busy traveling this summer. I like to travel to an extent but, admittedly, am a homebody! I'm also an avid essential oils user and have found that traveling with my oils is beneficial and necessary. I get asked often how to travel with them and organize them for the trip. So today I'm going to share with you how I travel both in the car or on airplane with them, plus I'm going to share my EIGHT most important oils to travel with!

Diffuse Balance in your car during road trips to create a calming, soothing environment ::

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Natural Ways Your Family Can Keep Well This Season

Having a well-organized, well prepared home is key to me. It is a calming and relaxing thing, right? If you don't have that, the chaos can make you feel anxious and stressed. Well, I feel this way about the possibility of getting sick in this season, as well. We like to stay organized and prepared. One of those ways is through natural means and essential oils - we've been using essential oils for years now. And, we are rarely sick in our home, due in part to the use of essential oils and other natural ways. The best way is for us to naturally boost our immune system and to have the proper oil ready for us to do this. I want to share our family's five natural ways of keeping well.

Five Natural Ways Your Family Can Keep Well This Season

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Best Thing About Reusable Bags + Giveaway

I have been given compensation from Full Circle Home to express my 
opinions on their product and share with you. All opinions are my own. 

Over the years I have become more and more of a conscious Mama, who is focused on a natural, organic lifestyle, the more I learn about the things that are in our food, our health, and environment. So, to say that I want to have environmentally conscious products, describes me completely! One of my newest favorite companies is Full Circle Home - a company dedicated to earth friendly, non-toxic products. This is something I can get on board with! 

Ziptuck reusable bags ::

Today I wanted to share a new product that I've been using and offer it as a giveaway to you - reusable bags. It's one of the products I've been searching for a long time to find that really works, can be washed in the dishwasher, and is truly leak proof. I found it - AND I get to give them away to one of my readers! Please read on to find out more...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Welcome to my Organized, Colorful Home

I haven't updated my home tour in awhile so I thought it would be fun to share how my house looks right now, since doing my new kitchen and a few other areas this year. So, I'm going to walk you through the house! If you want to now specifics about that room, just click on the link I provide for each room. 

Welcome to our home!

Yellow front door of Organizing Made Fun's home tour

Our front yard got overhauled last year and is now completely drought tolerant and all native. Go HERE to read more about it. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Boom Shakalaka Entry Goes Stylin!

The kitchen update has been amazing! I am truly thankful and amazed every time I am in there, to know how updated and functional it is! But, my entry, which is right next to the kitchen, was looking a bit shabby! So, I realized I had to kick it up a notch so it could compete with the awesome boom shakalaka-ness of the kitchen!

Before: Drab and boring entry area ::

It started out nice, but it needed a lot more pizzaz. I mean, a lot!

Friday, November 4, 2016

I Hate Packing and 10 Reasons I'm Learning to Like it Again!

I was given compensation from EzPacking to share with you my experience with their amazing product that will make you a much happier packer, too! Plus, I've got a great coupon code for OMF read on!

If there ever was something I'm happy to share with you, it's that I hate packing. I'm not exactly sure what makes it so awful - perhaps it's the idea that I can't fit everything in that I want or the not knowing what to wear or maybe just the having to put outfits together and not knowing what "mood" I'll be in when I get there. Do you feel my pain? Maybe not, but packing is just one of those dreaded things for me. Funny thing is, my husband can pack in like 5 minutes - well, he actually likes ME to do his packing but he can pick out all his clothes in 5 minutes. Anyway, I digress...

I Hate Packing and 10 Reasons I'm Learning to Like it Again! ::

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to Make 10 (Pressure Cooker) Freezer Meals In A Day

So you've seen those pressure cookers and instant pot recipes and heard all the hype but you're not sure if you're ready to take the plunge.  After all, you're just a "normal Mom,"  do you really have time to cook for hours, bag and then freeze it all just to save a little time?  Are you longing for an honest opinion about just how doable this "power cooking" actually its?  I was wondering the exact same thing so I tried it, and I'm going to share the whole truth with you today.  

How to Make 10 (Pressure Cooker) Freezer Meals In A Day ::

Friday, October 28, 2016

How to Organize Kitchen Cupboards

If you want to get some more great ideas with organizing your kitchen, I've got them! Last week I shared my new kitchen and how I organized all the drawers in there! Today I'm sharing the rest of the cupboards in the kitchen! There's so many great ideas I'm going to give you about organizing them, so be sure to share this and pin all your favorites!

How to Organize Kitchen Cupboards ::

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Where to Get Those Kitchen Products and Appliances

With all that has gone on in the past months with our kitchen, I wanted to share some of the amazing products that I used and recommend for you to use also, should you decide to re-do a kitchen, update a bath, or just pin a few of your favorites. 

I work with a lot of great companies and I was able to reach out to a few of them that I have worked with in the past to provide me with a few things for my kitchen. Other things are just fun finds that I found on my own and want to share my opinion about how it works and whether or not it was worth the money to purchase that products. So, I'm going to go through everything and hopefully answer all your questions about them.

Up close drawer detail of MasterBrand cabinet ::

Friday, October 21, 2016

The New Kitchen: Organizing the Drawers

This new kitchen is truly AMAZING! Having someone take what was in my head and design it on paper, then to have it actually in my home, is just an amazing feeling! I can't wait to show you all the organization that I've done in the new kitchen, so today I'm going to share all the organizing in the drawers! There is so much organizing that it's going to take multiple posts to share it all - there is just THAT much awesomeness! Are you ready to PIN some great organizing ideas? 
How to Organize Kitchen Drawers ::

To begin with, my dream was to have as many drawers as possible in the new kitchen. I wish I could have had many more than I have - I would have liked two big drawers under my cooktop but I had to sacrifice those drawers in order to have the downdraft exhaust fan - since that exhaust fan takes up a big chunk of space under the cooktop, so no room for drawers. I also would have loved it under the sink, but being that I wanted to have actual plumbing it's nearly impossible to have drawers there, also! I have drawers all over the place, though!  In my opinion, drawers are much better for organizing things than a big, open space. So, I'm going to start with my coffee/wine bar drawers in the dining area of the kitchen, because I just want to start over there and bring you around the kitchen.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to Organize Cords Easily

Living in the 21st century means we have cords, lots and lots of cords. Cords are messy, very messy! You know there are cords by the couch, next to the bed, in the kitchen, in the office, behind the TV - you know, everywhere! So, I consider myself somewhat of an expert in this area now, especially having a husband in the IT field - yes, cords and more cords. My husband also runs the sound system at our church and he's become quite meticulous about how to keep cords out of the way and from view, so I've learned things from him too. I'm going to give you my solutions and some of the basic things you need to keep around your house to keep up with the web of cords - cause I like them hidden!

How to Organize Cords Easily ::

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Kitchen is Done - the BIG Reveal!!!!

I have been given the opportunity, from MasterBrand Cabinets, 
to join with them in our kitchen renovation, which includes the donations of 
these unbelievable, quality cabinets. 

I can't believe it, but the kitchen is DONE!! It is unbelievably beautiful. We've increased our counter space by three fold! It's truly the most functional kitchen I've ever had! Are you ready to see it? I hope so, because I'm going to flood you with beautiful photos!

Before: Kitchen stuck in the 70s ::

Let me start with where our kitchen began, and you can go back to the beginning of our design process and demo process to see. We moved into our home in 2006, and this is what our kitchen looked like ten years ago, above left. Six years later, I have improved it as much as it could possibly be improved by painting the cabinets and putting new flooring in. But, it still lacked counter space, so I was using a hodge podge of things to add more counter space. The kitchen also felt very cramped! And now...