Tiny Master Bedroom Gallery Wall

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medicine cabinet gallery wall

A couple days ago I posted about how I used a medicine cabinet in my bedroom. I hung it along with some artwork to create a little gallery wall above my bedroom dresser and I love how it turned out! I thought I’d share more today about how I put together the gallery wall.

I had two purposes in mind when I created the gallery wall. I knew I wanted to hang the medicine cabinet above my dresser so that I could make use of my top dresser drawers and dresser surface for my morning skin, hair, and makeup routine. I also knew that I wanted to hang a beautiful print that my sister had gifted me, but I hadn’t yet hung. The size of these two pieces were great for hanging above my dresser, but they still needed some extra pieces to fill the space. Continue reading “Tiny Master Bedroom Gallery Wall”

Medicine Cabinet in the Bedroom

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medicine cabinet above dresser

I love medicine cabinets! Which is a bit ironic, because I don’t really love medicine. But those little cupboards… So perfect for stashing away little things! Maybe it’s because I live in a small house and every square inch of space is precious, but I kind of think all mirrors should have built in cabinets behind them.

A couple of years ago I decided to use a medicine cabinet in our master bedroom. Continue reading “Medicine Cabinet in the Bedroom”

How to Naturally Clean Hard Water Stains on a Bathroom Sink

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How to Naturally Clean Hard Water Stains on a Bathroom Sink

We have a history, hard water stains and me. When I was growing up there was a time my family lived in an old farmhouse with a well and our water was so hard that it deposited reddish stains on our sinks, tubs, clothes, and even hair. These mineral deposits were hard to clean – even with strong chemical cleaners. I hated those stupid hard water stains!

I can remember one time when I was about 13 or 14 and it was my job to clean the family bathroom. I was determined to get the hard water stains off of the tub and shower. I used one of those scrubby sponges, powered cleaner, and I went to town. After much scrubbing, the tub and shower looked white again! I was pretty pleased with myself. The only problem was the scrubby sponge I used was so abrasive that it completely ruined the finish on the tub and the shower. Oops. (Sorry, mom!) Continue reading “How to Naturally Clean Hard Water Stains on a Bathroom Sink”

Life-Changing Magic – A Review of the KonMari Method

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The Kon Mari Method - Life Changing Magic

I recently finished Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Now typically, when I think “tidying” and “magic” my brain immediately goes to Mary Poppins. That gal could clean up a room in no time. And she was so cheerful. To be honest, I have a tough time finding an element of fun in every darn job that must be done. Some aren’t so bad – I really don’t mind making the bed. Dishes? Not so terrible. Picking up the house? This makes me loony.

Maybe it’s because my toddler only cleans up after himself when he feels like partaking in the experiment of “Will this block go in this basket?” Maybe it’s because we have a zany schedule that changes every day and every week – so it’s hard to maintain a rhythm of keeping the house tidy.

STUFF. There’s just so much stuff. I go cross-eyed thinking about it.

Our family has developed a mantra in the past few years – “It’s just a thing.” We say this whenever a piece of furniture gets a ding in it. Whenever a wine glass breaks. Whenever a mysterious stain appears on the carpet or a page gets torn in a book. “It’s just a thing.” We’ve gotten to the point where we really, really don’t want to be so attached to things. Because the stuff in our lives may be useful, lovely, or sentimental – but at the end of the day it’s just a thing. An object. It’s only as meaningful as we allow it to be. And truthfully – these things, all this stuff, weighs us down more than it brings us joy.

So, when I kept hearing rave reviews of Kondo’s book and her “KonMari Method” of tidying, I was super intrigued. Maybe I’m late to the game, but I finally read it and well – what can I say…. It is life changing magic.

Here’s what I loved about the The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and why the KonMari method is working for us: Continue reading “Life-Changing Magic – A Review of the KonMari Method”