Kids’ Beach Bathroom {virtual tour}

I was so excited to design a Jack and Jill bathroom for our son and daughter when we were building our house.  

 

However, it was a little tricky because many of the themes I came across were for much younger kids and I wanted a theme that would carry them from pre-teen into teen years.  Finally, we decided on the beach theme because it was age appropriate, gender neutral and we all love the beach!  

 

This bathroom has been so much fun to decorate.  I love the color of the walls and the floor that looks like pebbles.

This room is now one of the favorite rooms in our home.  I hope you enjoy taking a peak!

kids beach bathroom

You may not believe me but this is the only linen closet we had built in our house.  

 

We have four beds in our home that all have their own set of sheets.  Then we have three extra sets that I store on the top shelf of this linen closet and that’s it.  No need for more linen closets!

 

The second shelf is for travel size products, the third shelf is for my children’s bath towels and the fourth shelf is for extra supplies they need.

kids beach bathroom

I think it is really important to store all “like things” together and that includes travel sized products.  This way when you are ready to pack, everything is at your finger tips.  It also makes it easy to know what you have and what you may need.

kids-beach-bath2

kids beach bathroom

I can not even tell you how excited I was when I found this oar with hooks on it at Home Goods!

 

Personally, I am not a fan of towel racks.  I like to find different, unique ways to hang towels so this went along perfectly with our beach theme.

kids' beach bathroom

Speaking of excited, I was also very excited to find these mirrors at TJ Maxx.  To me they look like windows of a ship!

img_7829

These little bins are great for keeping my daughter’s drawer organized.  (my son tends to have much less in his drawers).  We go through these drawers twice a year to purge and tweak.

kids' beach bathroom

I think the spaces in our home should be meaningful to us.  So I like to use meaningful things to tell a story about who we are to visitors.  

These two photographs do just that.  The top is of my husband and his sister, who were three years apart in age.  We have always loved this picture because it shows the love and bond between two siblings.  We decided to reenact the same shot with our children (also three years apart).  

It has now become a tradition to redo the same shot every year on our vacation!  So sweet!!! I wonder how long they will cooperate with us?

kids' beach bathroom

Of course it wouldn’t be a beach themed bathroom if it didn’t have shells.  The kids love displaying different shells they collect when we visit the beach.

kids' beach bathroom

kids' beach bathroom

Jennifer Ford Berry

Garage Organization: tips to increase space and efficiency

garage organization

Garage organization is more important than most people realize.  Why?  Well here are a few reasons:

  • Keeping your garage organized will save you money because you will know exactly what you own and can find what you are looking for when you need it.  No more wondering ” do we still own ladder golf“?  when you’re entertaining at your next family BBQ.  You will know exactly where it is and this will save you from buying a second set!
  • You will also save lots of time!  How many baseball practices have you been late for because your son couldn’t locate his baseball glove?  Don’t answer that if you are too embarrassed. 
  • A clean garage will keep the pest population down.  Anything that keeps mice away from our house is worth doing!
  • In many houses the garage is the first thing a guest sees when they come to visit.  I know some of you reading this cringe at these words knowing that your garage is everyone’s first impression of your home.

Now at the Berry Home my husband is usually the one to keep the garage clean and organized.  However, I do add an additional product or system I think will improve this space from time to time.  Don’t get me wrong things do get messy from all of the running in and out but the key is everything has a home.  

So if you are finally realizing how important garage organization is here are some steps to help you tackle this area:

1.  Purge

1.  Make four piles: toss, keep, donate and not sure.

2.  If you haven’t used something in 2 years toss or donate it.

3.  If you are not sure about something put it in a “holding tank” and if you don’t use it or miss it within 4 months get rid of it.

2.  Use Height

1. Look up and make sure you are using all of your height in the garage.  (lots of valuable space up there)

2.  Hang items from hooks on the ceiling-perfect for bikes.

3.  Add a few rafters for extra storage.

4.  Install shelves up high for rarely used items.

3.  Create a Kids’ Zone

1.  Designate one area in the garage for your kid’s toys, sporting equipment etc.

2.   Mesh baskets work great for those toys that get wet.

3.  Store smaller toys in plastic bins with covers. Label each so the kiddos can put items away on their own.

4.  Create a Work Zone

1.   This is a separate area, ideally with a flat surface, that can be used to work on things. (fixing things, painting, planting in pots, etc)

2.  It should include: tools, gadgets, nails, screws…things that would assist you in working on a project.

5.  Additional Tips

1.  Keep the recycle containers in a convenient location so that you are more likely to use them. (I keep ours on the wall right outside the door)

2.  Look for products that will truly help you keep your garage organized.  Here are some of my favorites:

Jennifer Ford Berry

Organize Mindfully Podcast

cover170x170

 

Are you ready to Organize Mindfully?

Twice a week the Organize Mindfully Podcast brings you organizing professionals, designers, mindfulness teachers and people who are living an inspired and organized life. They share amazing insights, new ideas, tips & techniques so you can grow, gain inspiration and bring order to your life. From there you can accomplish anything. Join host Mark Dillon as he explores with each guest what makes them a success in their organizing and life.  

Click on the link above to hear the podcast I did recently on Organize Mindfully!

 

12 Days of Giveaways: Getting Organized Magazine

 

Entertowin

Here is what you can win:

A FREE 12 month subscription to Getting Organized Magazine

A subscription for a friend

The entire library of past issues of GOM

 

How to enter to win: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Winner will be drawn on December 23rd!  Good luck!

Dipsy Dabber Paint Organizer: 12 Days of Giveaways

Entertowin

Here is what you can win:

2 Dipsy Dabber paint organizers

 

How to enter to win: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Winner will be drawn on December 23rd!  Good luck!

12 Days of Giveaways: Fridge Coaster

 

Entertowin

Here is what you can win:

A $40 credit towards their products!

 

How to enter to win: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Winner will be drawn on December 23rd!  Good luck!

12 Days of Giveaways

12daysofgiveaways

 

I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before but I will say it again….

THIS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!!!! 

This is why I have decided to put together a fun little series I call “12 Days of Giveaways” and thanks to a bunch of AMAZING companies that have teamed up with me, YOU are going to have a chance to win some of my VERY favorite products!  Does that sound like a fun way to spend the next 12 days?? I sure think so!!

1.Gatheredtable.com: EVERYONE receives a 12 month free subscription! One lucky winner will receive a gift set including: a grocery gift card, towel and a cutting board.

2. Fridge Coaster: Win a $40 GC toward their products!

3. Young Living Essential Oils: Win one bottle of Stress Away oil!

4. Smead: Complete Smead filing system!

5. Life in Case: a Life In Case portable filing box!

6. Organize Now: a signed copy of Organize Now! think & live clutter-free and 30 minutes of phone coaching!

7. Dipsy Dabber: Win 2 Dipsy Dabber containers!

8. Bulu Box: Win a FREE 3 month subscription!

9. Getting Organized Magazine: Win the entire library of Getting Organized magazines, a free subscription to the magazine and one for a friend!

10. Post It: Win a packet of Post It Reminder Tags!

11. Kidecals: $30 GC toward their online store!

12. Wrap iT Gift Bag Organizer: Win a wrap iT gift bag organizer!