Monday, February 20, 2017

How We Store Our Stuff (Now)

How To Store Your Stuff is my number one post that is shared everywhere. It shows our storage room in the basement of our last home. A basement is great for storage and that house had no lack of it. Mr. DIY built 2 of these super easy and relatively inexpensive with OSB and 2 x 4s. You can find that post HERE.

Even though we sold, gave away and tossed a LOT of things that were in the basement of our last house, we still had a lot of storage, so our new house had to have space for it. We either needed a ranch house with a basement or we needed a very large storage shed with AC. Neither of which are easy to find in our area.

After months of looking for homes on the internet, I found our  house (to be) online and this photo was included. Not a basement, but a high crawl. We could possible work with this. The problem with a crawl space in the very humid South is that the humidity is high and  things stored in it would have a musty smell. Not good.

So we called a lot of different companies who did crawl space encapsulation. With encapsulation, the space is sealed with a thick plastic, a dehumidifier and a sump pump are installed to keep the humidity level down around 55%. Encapsulation isn't cheap, but it's a lot less expensive that a house with a basement. 
Before the encapsulation was done, Mr. DIY rented a machine and dug out a few inches of dirt where the storage would go so that the beams above would be about 6 ft and the "floor" somewhat level. Thank goodness we're short! Mr. DIY had to make a new door for the crawl space to seal off the space. 
The crawl space door doesn't look very tall, but it's 53 1/2" high and  44 1/2" wide. We still have to bend down a bit to get in, because we aren't THAT short, but once we get inside, we can stand up.(because there's a big header above the door, which holds up the ceiling/floor joists).

After the space was encapsulated, Mr. DIY started building shelves. The floor is uneven, so he decided on single, level shelf which would be sufficient and our storage bins would be stacked 3 high.

He also laid some interlocking OSB on the floor to make it easier to walk on than the uneven dirt underneath the plastic. We're still not all the way organized, but our crawl space holds everything we need. We also keep the lawn mower and landscape tools and supplies, which we kept in our large 3 car garage at our last house. We are so happy to have the space in the crawl for our landscape tools and supplies because the garage at this house is a small 2 car garage and those things wouldn't fit in there.

This area is the tallest section of the crawl space and Mr. DIY has claimed it for his own. He plans on building a workbench and putting up some wall shelves.

 As you can see we still need to do some work in here. The gardening items on the right need to be organized a bit and the table saw stand will be moved to the area shown above.

This house also has a very large attic, but it's not that easy to get into, plus it gets pretty hot in the attic in the summer, so that limits what we can put up there. 

That's how we store our stuff now. 

How do you store your stuff?


PS: if you'd like to see how we've organized our garage, you can see it HERE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Table For Two

Happy Valentine's Day Friends!

I get nostalgic around Valentine's Day and remember little things we did to make it special for our girls when they were little. I always made a heart shaped meatloaf with a red pasta sauce on top.
Simple and tasty- a winning combination for busy moms.
Of course there's always lots of red, flowers and hearts in the Foyer and on the table.
This year is no different, but the table is only set for two.

The chest in the Foyer is topped off with a Valentine's vignette. It's always fun to get out the Vintage Valentine Hearts. This year I added the wedding photos of the newly married group that graduated last year. The heart shaped candy dish was a gift from my sister and brother in law.

As for Valentine's Day tablescape, we've always had dinner in the breakfast  room. It's a little more cozy than the formal dining room. 

I told you there's lots of red!

Nothing fancy...

Now that are girls are grown, Mr DIY gives them a bouquet of flowers.

Do you have a favorite Valentine's Day that you remember?

 I do. It involves some Kissy Bears, a Barber Shop quartet and a few tears... You can read about it HERE.
Would love to hear about yours!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Laundry Room Makeover

I'm really happy to show you how far our laundry room has come since we've moved in. I was really excited to have a larger laundry room than our previous house, especially because this house is a lot smaller. Our current laundry room is also a separate room and we don't have to enter walk through it to get into house from the garage.

Here's what we started with.

We knew that those shelves were definitely not going to work for us, so Mr. DIY headed off to Lowes the day after we moved in to pick up 2 wall cabinets and a tall cabinet. Since our garage was a lot smaller, we needed to store cat food and a lot of cleaning tools, batteries and light bulbs in the tall cabinet which we kept in the garage at our last house.

Lowes carries these cabinets in stock and they were affordable and simple to install.

 Mr. DIY and I talked about moving the sink and installing the tall cabinet where the sink is and putting the sink next to the wall cabinets, but with so many other things that had to be done, he just needed to get this room functional. We were also thinking we might add more storage above the cabinets, if needed,which is why Mr. DIY didn't install crown molding at that time.

That was about all we did until this month. We had a couple of spare weekends, so Mr. DIY painted the walls and ceiling Sherwin Williams Silver Strand (cut 25%) and installed 2 additional can lights.
What a difference those can lights make! It is now super bright in the laundry room and I enjoy being able to sort black socks easily!

I painted the baskets and made new liners a couple of years ago and they work perfectly and keep me organized. I use one basket for socks without a match, one for rags and one for miscellaneous things.  You can find how I made the liners HERE.

I repainted the coat rack a couple of weeks ago while Mr. DIY was painting the room.

Here's how the laundry room looks now.

Here you can see the laundry room from the dining room. The door to the garage is around the corner in the hallway to the right, between the laundry room and dining room.

 Now that the lighting in the laundry room is so bright, I'm finding that I'm actually folding laundry in the laundry room, so I ordered two of these stools from Walmart. This style stool is also available on Overstock, Wayfair and Amazon.

We still have some additions to make in this room...We might get a pendant light for ceiling, Mr. DIY will be installing a farmhouse sconce and a hanging rod over the sink and I'm working on a print for over the sink.

Here's the light we ordered from Amazon for over the sink:

At a later date, Mr. DIY really wants to install a wood countertop over the washer/dryer and we plan on adding that crown molding to the top of the cabinets.

For now, though, I think it's perfect!

Hope today is a good day for you!