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Thursday, August 28, 2014

{Organized} Coffee Station

Two organization posts in one week?! What is happening around here?!! My organizing episodes urges come in waves, so I have to ride them hard when they decide to come along. Yesterday was all about organizing for back-to-school, but we left out one very important element. Actually, the key to a successful morning around here, is making sure mom and dad get their coffee! And no one wants to be fumbling around looking for coffee pods and mugs at the crack of dawn, so we created a dedicated coffee station.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Coffee Station

You may recall we had a set-up in place for our Keurig, but since we received a Nespresso machine for Christmas, it was no longer working. That's blogger code for: it was a hot, unorganized, non-photogenic mess.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Coffee 

You're probably wondering why two people need two different coffee machines. I'm not really sure myself, but I know we're hooked on both, so I had to find a solution for all those pods and accessories!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Coffee Station

I also made it a chic little spot that starts my day off right. Who said organizing has to be sterile?!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Coffee Station

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Coffee Station

It took some trial and error before finally finding the best set-up for us, but now mornings are a lot smoother...and prettier...thanks to this little coffee station. You can see all the details...including how I hide the cords...on my contributor post at I Heart Organizing. Tell Jen I said, 'Wassup!' #dopeoplestillsaythat #dopepeopledo #seewhatIdidthere

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Nespresso Maker with Milk Frother (this one without the frother is on sale & this system is half-off!)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{Organized} Back-to-School Prep

Where did the Summer go?! Or rather, where did the last 13 years go?! I blinked and suddenly we have an 8th and 3rd grader!!

Monday marked the first day of school around here, so it's been a crazy few days trying to find our new rhythm. We all leave for school or work at 7:30 each day, so having an organized morning routine is imperative to getting out the door on time. Preferably with smiles on our faces.

We've worked hard over the years to organize the key spaces, and they have been life-saving. My kids share a single-vanity bathroom, so they take turns using the mirror and sink in the morning. Having their drawers and cabinets well-stocked and organized cuts down on the time.

Once everyone is dressed, they head to the kitchen for breakfast, and grab a snack for their backpack. I make sure the fridge and pantry have easy-to-find healthy options.

I quickly realized there wasn't enough time in the mornings, so now I pack lunches the night before. Is this chore a nemesis for anyone else?! Dang, do I loathe packing lunches! I finally narrowed down some winning combinations, and that's helped the process be a little less painful.

Last stop out, and first stop upon coming home, is the hallway turned Mudroom...having a designated spot to drop bags, backpacks, jackets and keys keeps us from spending precious moments searching. Not to mention, I don't have to trip over bags strewn all over the house!

Once bags are hung up, I'm easily able to pull out necessary papers and file away in the Family Command Center.

These systems have been working for us for a few years, but I'm always watching to see if they need updating as our needs change. I'm sure a few tweaks will be necessary in the coming months. In the meantime, I can't wait to start spoiling our new teachers. Here are a few of the simple gift ideas we've created in the past.

Is it back-to-school week in your house, too? What are you doing to prepare? I hope some of this comes in handy for you...have a great day, lovebugs! And thanks so much for your kind response to our new Entrance Hall reveal!

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