ClutterCloset Organization: Sheet Storage

To recap, here is our disaster starting point:

This is probably hard to believe, but I know how to fold fitted sheets.  Thank you, military school (I learned by watching YouTube videos over and over.  Yes, I just admitted that).  I just choose not to do it properly most of the time.  But as you can see, there actually are some decently folded sheets, fitted and flat, lurking in the depths of our linen closet.  Squint your eyes and look really closely . . . I promise they’re there.  (Okay, not really, but it was worth a shot).

I saw this amazing tip online this morning.  Miss Martha herself suggests storing sheet sets inside one of the pillowcases.  Why didn’t I think of that?

Of course mine don’t look that pretty, but it’s really convenient!  Especially if you’re like me and own about 10 different kinds of mis-matched sheet sets.  Typically my pillow cases don’t match my sheets because, in the big scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter.  But storing everything together in the linen closet is going to streamline my sheet changing process in ways you can’t imagine!  I won’t have to spend 10 minutes searching for pillow cases anymore!

Ok, so my sheets aren’t as pretty as Martha’s.  That’s okay.  And in doing this I realized that I only have 3 sets of sheets that actually have matching pillowcases.  That’s okay, too.  This is a great start to reorganizing the ClutterCloset, and this is still a great tip that I wholeheartedly endorse.

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ClutterCloset Organization

Yeah, okay.  We’re not organized here at Clutterhome.  Life goes on.  But sometimes, the disorganization can be scary.  Fear inducing.  Frightening.

My little “paper cha$er“, Clutterhubs, gets up around 4:30am to get ready to head off to work.  After he left this morning, I decided I was going to change the sheets on the bed before I haphazardly tossed the comforter on top made it.

That’s when the attack happened.

It looks like an ordinary closet, but don’t let that fool you.

Here is a dramatic recreation of events.

I narrowly escaped injury.  I decided (yes, at 5:30am) that I will organize the closet today.  Here’s a before shot.

I bought this amazing iron caddy on sale a few weeks ago, and let me tell you it made a huge difference.  No more iron attacks!

Stay tuned for updates and ClutterTips on closet organization.  That probably sounds counter-intuitive, taking organization tips from the Queen of Clutter herself.  However, if there’s a tip that I’m implementing then you know it’s gotta be good.

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Foodie Friday: Buffalo Chicken Biscuits

I love these bad boys.

I’m not crazy about the price, and the fact that they go so quickly here at Clutterhome.  Let’s just say we love all kinds of bready goodness and it never lasts long.

They were also sold out at the grocery store today, so I figured it was a good chance for me to try and <gasp> make my own.  I know, I know.  Erika?  Cooking something when she could just BUY it?  But it was so easy!

Here are the “ingredients.”  Plain chicken (left over, frozen, canned, whatever!) would work just fine!  

I know that most normal people like bleu cheese with wings, so you could throw that in, too.  I don’t like it, so I just went with mozzarella.

Step 1) Flatten out a biscuit like a pancake.  I just used my hands.

Step 2)  Add some chicken, cheese, Texas Pete, and whatever else your little heart desires.  This is very customizable.

Step 3)  Roll it up like a dumpling.  Make sure you tuck in all of that yummy filling and pinch it closed as best you can.  But if some leaks out, the world won’t end.  I promise.

Step 4)  Place the dumplings crease-side down on a greased baking sheet and pop them in  a pre-heated over.  Bake according to the biscuit directions.

That’s it!  I had 2 leftover biscuits so I made myself a similar desert, but filled it with peanut butter and jelly.  The warm, melty PB&J was so delicious.  I might make them like that next time!

So easy!  Do you have any quick and easy canned biscuit recipes?

Please visit our Link Parties Page to find out everywhere this recipe is linked to, including Foodie Wednesday with Organized Chaos!

 

 

 

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Clutterhome Food for Thought

3 months until the Clutterbaby arrives!  At least he’ll fit right in . . .

 

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DIY: Nautical Nursery No-sew Crib Skirt

If you Google Nautical Nursery, you’ll likely find a lot of really adorable decor.  Most of it will have sailboats included somewhere.

We hate sailing.  A lot.

Consequently, our nursery decorations have been mostly DIY, but we are SO not DIY people.  No one here at Clutterhome can sew.  Or paint.  Or make cute crafts.  The Good Lord did bless us with pretty decent math skillz, though, so I guess that makes up for it.  Hopefully it’s a dominant trait and Clutterbaby will come out of the womb and immediatly reach for an abacus.

Sorry for the tangent.  Anyway, you can see in the above picture that our awesome Ikea Gulliver crib is pretty basic.  We were going for functionality, safety, and portability so it’s not very ornate.

And we like it like that.

But I don’t like that you can see under the crib.  I wanted to make a crib skirt to go with our Nautical Nursery theme, so I found this fun fabric on eBay.

And then I found this AMAZING tutorial on YoungHouseLove for a no-sew crib skirt.  I had to tweak Sherry’s instructions a bit because of the design of our crib, so mine is actually 3 separate pieces for each side of the crib, instead of one long one that wraps around the inside crib perimeter.

But first things first, you have to iron the fabric.  I’m including this because, as y’all know, I hate ironing.  I want my bratty Clutterson-of-the-future to know JUST HOW MUCH his Mama sacrificed for his benefit.

I really, REALLY hate ironing.

I’m clumsy and bad at cutting straight lines, and ironing a straight crease in my fabric was difficult.  I took the slacker, uncrafty way and marked it with masking tape.  Yup, I just stuck it all over the fabric where I wanted a sharp crease for my no-sew hem tape.

I slapped that puppy on my ironing board, folded the fabric over it, and ironed right on over the tape.  It didn’t melt, and I had myself a nice, mostly-straight crease.

Check out Sherry’s tutorial for making your crib skirt panel with the no-sew hem tape.  When you’re done, you end up with this.

Sherry attached her 3 panels together.  Mine are all separate because my crib design won’t allow for one long skirt, but they’re still attached to the crib in a similar way under my mattress.

By “similar” I mean they’re taped in place until I get some velcro.
Undomestic:  I own it.

Actually, it’s not going over there.  It’s going against another wall because I am crrrrazy and afraid our A/C and heater will fall off the wall in an earthquake and hurt the Clutterbaby’s pretty face.  Safety first!

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Wordless Wednesday: My Weekend

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DIY Nautical Nursery: No-sew Curtains

So, here’s a confession.  I have never, ever purchased curtains.  We don’t have any in our house, and in my 9+ years of not living with my parents I never have.  I’ll Clutter my home up with all kinds of messy goodness, but curtains?  That’s a little high-falootin’ for us!

But the Clutterbaby’s nursery was looking a little bare.

Oh, oops. I missed a spot while painting. Like an entire wall. Easy to fix, though,

So I'm not the best painter in the world. My baby won't mind, so I'm cool with it.

We’re doing a Nautical theme to coordinate with our DIY nautical art (found here).  Truth be told, it’s a Disney’s Steamboat Willie theme but that’s a topic for another day.  I found these awesome curtains at Ikea for roughly $25, and I snagged the cheapest curtain rod I could find for a grand total of $32 per window.  That’s a lot for me, folks.

They’re not nautical signal flags, but they coordinate beautifully without being too in-your-face matchy matchy. I pulled them out of the package and . . .

Tripping hazards are not a good thing.

Luckily, Ikea includes some no-sew, iron-on hem tape.  I had some left over from my crib skirt I made (tutorial coming soon!), but I didn’t even have to use it since it was included in the package.  Neat!  Ikea speaks my uncrafty language.

I decided I wanted them 72″ long and marked that spot on both sides with tape, because I’m fancy like that.  I folded it up, pinned it, and shoved some iron-on hem tape in there and pressed it.  I figured I might as well iron the whole darn thing while I was at it.  That is so out of character for me.  It must be the pregnancy brain.  Next time, I’ll throw them in the dryer on touch up with a wet wash cloth.  That’s more my style.

These pins came off of one of Clutterhusband's new dress shirts. One day I might invest in actual straight pins (but probably not).

Much better!  Except . . .

Oh, hey! Nice paint streak on the carpet, Erika . . .

I will never be one of those neat, tidy people who can do things without spilling paint or breaking bones.  But Lady Gaga told me that God makes no mistakes, so it must be true.

Nothing a little $20 rug (also Ikea) can't fix!

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