12 Week Organizing Series: The Linen Closet

When properly organized, the linen closet is able to store much more than just sheets and towels. It can also store toiletries, paper products, cleaning products and personal care items.

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Organizing the Linen Closet

There are very simple ways to organize the linen closet. To begin, place items that are seldom used or those you want to keep out of children’s reach on the upper shelves. Keep heavy and large items on the floor and sheets and towels at waist level.

Use plastic containers or space-saving bags for comforters and seasonal fabrics to keep moisture and bugs away.

Place pretty baskets on the shelves and fill them with toiletries, cleaning products or whatever you desire.

Towels can be folded in thirds or rolled to maximize space.

Sheets can be folded and placed inside the pillowcase to keep them together. It’s a good idea to have 2 sets for each bed and to purchase different color sheets for each bed. This will make it easier to identify which sheets go on which bed.

When washing your sheets and towels, place the clean ones on top and grab the one on the bottom to use. This will ensure that all the sheets and towels will be used and maintain a fresh smell.

Only keep items in your linen closet that you know you will need and use.

Organizing the linen closet is an easy job that doesn’t require much time and doing so will extend the life of your sheets and towels because they will be properly cared for.

How’s your linen closet? Is it organized or a mess? What organizing solutions have you used that works for you?

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10 Ways to Eat Healthy and Save Money

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive! Here are 10 ways to eat healthy and save money at the same time.

10 ways to eat healthy and save money

10 Ways to Eat Healthy and Save Money

  1. Purchase plain rolled oats instead of the packets of oatmeal. The packets cost more and the flavored ones add lots of sugar to them.
  2. Purchase canned wild salmon over farm raised. Farm raised may have pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
  3. Purchase 70% lean beef. I know, we’ve been told to purchase the leanest meat possible, but once the meat is cooked, the calories and fat are almost the same. Just be sure to drain the meat well.
  4. Purchase a turkey breast and roast it instead of buying pre-packaged turkey. The turkey breast costs less per pound and has less sodium than deli turkey.
  5. Purchase frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruits and veggies are just as healthy as fresh and they require no prep work-they come ready to cook or eat. There are also organic frozen produce if you prefer.
  6. Purchase apples, oranges, potatoes and onions in 3 or 5 pound bags. It costs more to purchase these foods individually.
  7. Purchase nuts, grains, beans and spices in the bulk section of your grocery store. The unit price is much cheaper and you can get only the amount you need.
  8. Purchase a bag of whole carrots instead of baby carrots. It’s much cheaper to purchase the bag of whole carrots and cut them up yourself. I believe that the whole carrots taste better.
  9. Purchase store brands instead of your favorite brand. They are usually less expensive and taste just as good. Some stores will double your money back if you are not satisfied with their store brand.
  10. Consider serving a meatless meal once a week. Not purchasing meat will definitely help you save money and will be a healthier option for you and your family.

I’m sure that if you implement some of these tips, you will see how much money you can save while continuing to eat healthy. 🙂

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Building with NV Homes: Almost There!

I know it’s been a while since the last update and a lot has happened since then. We’re almost there! 🙂

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Building with NV Homes: Almost There!

As you may or may not know, our family is building a home with NV Homes to downsize and be closer to my husband’s job. We are now in the final stretch of the homebuilding process. If you’d like to catch up and read more about our journey, here are the previous posts:

There has been a lot of action going on over here-lots of packing and planning. We are also going to have a yard sale to get rid of a lot of unwanted items and furniture. That’s a job all by itself! Thank goodness I have lots of help.

We have already had our pre-drywall inspection and we got to see what the house looked like before they added the drywall. That was really exciting to see!

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Living Room/Dining Room Before

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Living Room/Dining Room After

We learned that our front bay window has a copper roof. I hadn’t seen that anywhere before, so I did a little research on it. Apparently, copper roofs are pretty expensive and require little to no maintenance. If you have a copper roof, or know anything about them, please let me know. I’m not sure how I feel about my roof turning green!

It’s great to finally see the house with the brick, siding, and inside walls. We can now get a better feel for how things will turn out. I can tell you that it’s very stressful trying to pick everything out when you only have small samples to select from!

One of the features I am absolutely loving is the addition of our bay windows! We added 3 and will have a total of 4. They let in so much light and make the rooms seem so much larger.

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Side View of Lovely Bay Windows!

I was also very happy to see that all of our cabinets were installed. We chose espresso in the kitchen and white in all of the bathrooms. I am going to do my happy dance once the marble backsplash is installed!

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Espresso Kitchen Cabinets

Our project manager notified us that our closing is set for May 9th. Because our oldest daughter graduates from high school on June 3rd,  we don’t plan to move in until June 6. We are close enough to the new house to move some things in and get some rooms painted ahead of time.

We’re really excited to be sharing our journey with you and hope it helps someone else going through this process.

We’re hoping the next time we visit, we’ll see the countertops, flooring, appliances, and light fixtures. We’re almost there!

If you have any questions or comments regarding our homebuilding process, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Until next time! 🙂