August 27, 2015

School Basket Organization System

Hi there everyone!  I hope all the kiddos that headed back to school this week are having a great start!  I loved seeing all the back to school pictures on IG!  Such cuties!!  I can hardly believe we have almost finished the first week!

Something that really helps us stay on top of things during the school year are these wall baskets.  I shared this basket organization system as a guest post earlier this week, but also wanted to share it on my blog too.  It is one of my most favorite organization systems for back to school and helps keep the counters clutter free and our kitchen space looking tidy!

In the back of our kitchen, we have a nice size desk space that I use daily.  It's just a nice central location in our home.  My laptop sits there and I love being right in the kitchen which also opens up to our family room, so I still feel part of whatever is going on.  The laundry room is through the door directly behind this desk, so I can keep on top of that when I work too.  We have a home office, but most everything I do happens right in this space.  It is definitely command central for our family.

You can see all three baskets that I use in the picture above.  There are two wall baskets labeled with each of my kids' names and then a larger basket on the counter that is part of this system as well.  The wall baskets are from World Market and they are a nice size (these are the medium size) and I love that they are wide enough to hold a binder.  Most wall organization systems I looked at, fit papers and notebooks, but not a binder.  The counter top basket is from Target.  You may notice that this space also leads into our dining room, so I like that these baskets look a bit nicer then other wall paper holders. 

So here's how it works for us...

During the school year when the kids come home with their 20 daily pages each, I quickly sort through them and toss what I don't need and then place whatever I need to keep in the larger counter top basket.  If I have time, I sort through and file the important papers to keep in the binders that are inside each child's basket.  But if we are running out the door for something or if I just don't feel like sorting papers immediately, they stay in the basket on the counter and things still look neat until I can get to them. 

Since school starts for us today, here's a look at what has been inside these baskets for the summer.  Below you can see that included along with the binders are their flashcards and whatever book they are currently reading.  During the school year these also hold any weekly study items like sight words, as well as box tops or other items we need to save or collect.

In each binder, I have clear protector sheets to keep permanent papers intact such as the school year calendar, class schedule, etc.  I also have dividers to file papers for their extracurricular activities, religion classes, and other miscellaneous items. 
And here's a close up look at the tabs for my daughter's binder.  I have them labeled right now with:  School, Sports/Cheer, Piano, Religion, Miscellaneous.

This basket system has worked so well for us!  It's really simple, but so necessary and such a big help keeping up with all the kids' important papers.

And if you're looking for a way to organize your kids' art supplies, this organized kids' arts and craft closet has been a really popular post for my readers in the past around this time of the year.  It has made the kids' school projects during the year so much easier with everything in order.

Have a great day everyone!

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August 24, 2015

White Farmhouse Crush

Happy Monday and Happy First Day of School for many in our area!  I hope all the kiddos have a great start to the new school year!  If you've been around my blog awhile you probably already know I have a major crush on white home exteriors.  I have a whole Pinterest board for home exteriors and guess what?  They are all white!  But make it a white farmhouse and I'm in love!  These two above (which you can see full tours on Country Living's site by clicking the links below each picture) I especially love because they are both so close to where we live.  The first one is in Bellville, TX which is about 40 minutes from us and then of course, the Gaines are in Waco, TX which is a couple of hours from here.  The interiors are very different in d├ęcor style, but both equally gorgeous.
My husband and I both grew up in a small country town of ~2000 people, so we would both love to get our hands on an old farmhouse to restore one day. 
Here are a few more that I adore...

And I can't look at this last picture without a little John Denver popping in my head.
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong....
Have a great day!
P.S.  I'm guest posting over at 11 Magnolia Lane for their Back to School Operation Organization Series.  Stop by and see what I'm sharing :)


August 20, 2015

Our trip to Florida | 30A and vacinity

Hi there!  I hope everyone's week is going well!  Today I wanted to share a few pictures of our trip to Florida last week.  It was a great way to end the summer!  We visited this area two years ago, but it was a quick trip, so I was happy to spend a little more time here this year.  The entire 30A area and surrounding beaches are really gorgeous!  I'll just let the pictures do the talking...
The top four are in Rosemary Beach, which has stunning architecture and beautiful cobblestone streets.  And below is in Seaside, which has beautiful cottage homes and is just so charming.  

We did a little shopping and ate out once, but really spent most of our time on the beach.  We set up camp and pretty much stayed all day!

Really such a gorgeous, family friendly location!  We will definitely be back!
Have a great day!!
P.S.  The operation organization series hosted by 11 Magnolia Lane is still going on for several more days.  Lots of inspiration being shared.  It will be my turn to share on Monday.  Check out the schedule in the post below.