Maximize Organization for Your Small Bathroom

Bathroom Organizing

Just because your bathroom is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be perfectly organized and functional. The key to any organizing project is identifying the space available and using it to it’s full potential. Three sneaky spaces you shouldn’t over look when trying to get the most out of your small bathroom are:

  1. Above the toilet – this is the perfect space for a small cabinet, hanging shelves or an over toilet standing shelf.
  2. Under the sink – this space can easily become over run with junk stuffed away out of sight. Organizing under the sink with containers, dividers, and baskets will help keep everything in it’s place, easy to find, and wont leave you with the dangers of falling items every time you open the cabinet doors.
  3. Behind the door – this area can be overlooked because we often don’t even look behind the door unless it’s closed. You can use hooks or hanging bars here for towels and robes!

Bonus: Use containers for all your small items like Q-Tips, bobby pins, hair ties, etc. These will easily fit inside the drawers, under the sink or in your storage above the toilet and will both decrease clutter and save you time when searching for what you need!

Here are a few of my favorites from the container store: Under the sink mesh drawers, acrylic canisters, style station (counter top, or under the sink).

My Favorites: Veronica Mars & French Cooking

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So many small things were making me happy last week but this past weekend was another great one! I’ve been trying to get my hands on the first season of Veronica Mars. It seems like a show I would be into so I thought I’d give it a try. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have it, Hulu Plus doesn’t have it and Amazon Prime does have it but I don’t have that so I was out of luck. I didn’t want to buy the seasons because I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like the show enough re-watch over and over again?

Lucky for me, the public library has all of the seasons.Unlucky for me the first season was checked out so I had to get on the waiting list. I only had to wait about a week and I picked it up on Saturday. Turns out, I’m loving it! I’m already about halfway through the first season!

Another thing making me happy this week is French food! Last week while doing my meal planning I realized that I didn’t have much going on this past weekend and it was a perfect opportunity to try something a little more involved. I love cooking and find being in the kitchen very relaxing. So I decided to try making Julia Child’s recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon. Then later in the week I found a recipe for crepes and realized I had all the ingredients so I decided to make Sunday a French cooking day! I made lemon crepes for breakfast (I adapted this recipe to make it more lemony) and spent the afternoon making a delectable Boeuf Bourguignon and both were a smashing success! I have a feeling I’ll be coming up with more ways to incorporate crepes into my weekly routine. My husband approved of both. It’s always nice when you hear a lot of “mmmms” when people eat your food.

Here are a couple pictures I captured of the delicious French meals:

Bouef Borguignon Lemon Crepes

So that’s what’s been making me happy, until next week everyone!

My Favorites – Perfect Balanced Weekend

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This weekend was full of friend gatherings and family time; and I even managed to sneak in some relaxation to recharge for the week ahead. In other words, it was a perfectly balanced weekend and it made me very happy.

I’m what’s considered an extroverted introvert. Meaning, among people that I know and feel comfortable around I’m an extroverted person but if not, I tend toward introversion. For this reason, I need to recharge my batteries with alone time on a regular basis. But there come times where I crave spending time with good friends. As it happens, I usually end up planning or participating in multiple friend gatherings in one week. Which might seem overwhelming but that’s how like it!

It’s oddly invigorating and feeds the soul to have a jam packed weekend full of love from friends and family. Generally when this happens though, the relaxation goes by the wayside but this weekend because of the timing of each event I was able to squeeze in reading, vegging, and my favorite from last week “Bachelor in Paradise”.

To top it all off, I was able to wake up early this morning and be productive before work which is a great start to the week!

And that’s what’s making me happy this week.

My Party Theme Bucket List

Party theme bucket listParty themes can be hit or miss. Generally, people fall into two categories when it comes to this topic, they either love them or hate them. I love them. A good themed party is exactly my cup of tea and they are my favorite kinds of events to plan because creativity is limitless and it’s always fun to plan perfectly on theme decorations and menus.

Because I love entertaining, I put a theme to almost any gathering held in my home, regardless of whether the guests are aware at the time of invitation (although it’s much better to incorporate the theme into the invitation itself). No matter how small or large the gathering, I like to have a basic theme tying the whole thing together.

My Pinterest board called “Party Inspirations” is one of my most pinned to boards, it’s mostly filled with decorations, invitations, and menu ideas but it also has some fun themes that I’m itching to bring to life. Here is the start of a bucket list of parties to host (or plan for someone else), chances are this will continue to grow:

1. Hogwarts Dinner Party
2. Whodunnit!? Murder Mystery Party (preferably with a Clue theme within the theme)
3. Wine & Painting Party
4. The Real Housewives of Disney Party
5. Julia Child Inspired Dinner Party
6. Capitol Party (Hunger Games theme) (check)
7. Terrible Tu-Tu Party (kids birthday)
8. The Witches Ball Halloween Party

My Favorites: Book Lovers Day & Bachelor In Paradise

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Two of my favorite podcasts, Pop Culture Happy Hour and The Simple Show, as well as one of my new favorite blogs to follow, Modern Mrs. Darcy, have segments that are basically about what’s making them happy that week, or month. This is one of my favorite segments because I get tons of ideas for things to read, watch, listen to, or do from what is making these awesome people happy at that particular moment. So because imitation is the highest form of flattery, I’ve decided to adopt this segment for Happy Heather and post weekly about my favorite things. I’d like to start by doing this weekly because I think that will help me be in the moment and keep the things that are making me happy top of mind.

So what’s making me happy this week?

Last Sunday was Book Lovers Day and as a book lover myself I decided to treat myself to a trip to the bookstore to get a new book and spend the afternoon reading. I ended up with the book How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman. This turned out to be the perfect book for an all afternoon, and evening, and night reading session. I read this book in just over 24 hours, reading more than half of it in one sitting on Sunday, a little more on my lunch break Monday, and finishing it shortly after I got off work on Monday evening. The story is a psychological thriller about a woman who begins to see things and the reader is left to figure out if these visions are true memories that she has suppressed for years or if she is hallucinating from mental illness. Great read, that made me very happy this week. I’ll talk more about this in my monthly Reading Challenge update.

Another thing making me happy this week is Bachelor in Paradise. I love everything about the Bachelor franchise and in this second season, I have not yet been disappointed. Here is the premise if you are not familiar. Previous Bachelor/Bachelorette hopefuls who were not so lucky in love their first time around (or second if they’ve been on BIP or Bachelor Pad before) come to an island and live in a house together. Each week selected individuals to get the opportunity to go on romantic Bachelor style dates, while the rest are free to make connections back at the house. At the end of the week, either the men or the women (they alternate every week) hand out a rose to someone they feel a romantic connection with. If you don’t get a rose that week, you have to go home. My favorite ladies of the season (so far because new ones are added all the time) are Clare Crawley, Tenley Molzahn, and Ashley Salter and my favorite guys are JJ Lane (surprisingly) and Jared Haibon. I’ve also enjoyed Joe this week because he’s completely crazy but I have a feeling I’ll be over that really quickly.

So those are my favorite things this week and I’ll continue to keep you posted as the weeks go on!

What is an Event Planner?

Event planner quote

I read this quote in an article on eventmanagerblog.com entitled “5 Event Planner Cliches That Are No Longer True” by Bethany Smith. This quote completely embodies how I feel about being an event planner. So often people think event planners are just party planners, and all they do is attend parties. Events of all sizes and purposes, from a social or corporate perspective, take a lot of work and a good planner has the appropriate experience to bring concept to life in a way that makes the experience pain free and enjoyable for the host and guests.

Organize Your Junk Drawer in 6 Easy Steps

Organize Your Junk Drawer In 6 Easy Steps

The dreaded junk drawer. Everyone has one, mine isn’t even a drawer it’s a Rubbermaid that I keep on the top of my refrigerator that I call my “crap box”. These are necessary evils in the effort toward keeping a clean and tidy living space. But sometimes the junk drawer becomes so full and overwhelming it completely loses it’s ability to be a useful addition to your organized home or office. Here are 6 easy steps to organizing your junk drawer and regaining the function behind it.

1. Start with a clean slate. It’s easier to not include something back into a clean space than to try to maneuver around all that junk. Empty the drawer completely before attempting to organize it.

2. Throw away any unused or unnecessary items. In particular paper items tend to clog up  the junk drawer causing frustration as they fall out every time you open it. If you’re handing on to coupons that expired six months ago, toss them out!

3. Line the drawer with festive paper. Use contact paper or craft paper to line the bottom of the drawer. This is an optional design tip that will help you want to keep your drawer in order so you can enjoy the pop of pattern or color every time you open it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Buy inexpensive organizing trays, or craft your own if you’re looking for a fun DIY project. Here are some good ones I found on Pinterest! Plus if you use clear organizing trays you’ll be able to see your fun drawer lining from step 3. To maximize your organization, double up with stack-able containers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Group related items. Now that your drawer is clean, decorated, and your organizational containers are in place. Group items that should be put back in to the drawer with related items. For example, office supplies like rubber bands, tacks, and pens; or beauty supplies like nail clippers, filing boards and bobby pins.

6. Consider using containers with lids to keep small loose items together. You can label the containers so you can easily find what you are looking for. I love an excuse to label something!

Once your drawer is organized the best way to keep it that way is to do regular check ins. It’s likely to accumulate more “junk” once it’s cleaned out so revisit the drawer once every month or two and follow these 6 steps to keep your junk drawer in order!