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So, I'm doing my gift wrapping done at the last minute (of course!) and what do you know, I don't have enough gift tags! Hmm... cardstock, pilot gtec and sharpie to the rescue... They came out so nice. Simple and very modern.  They would really look good on my gifts since I'm using plain wrappers.


Baby clothes are teeny tiny and there's a lot of them!  There's the short sleeve onesie, the long sleeve onesie, the pajama, the footed pajama, the burp cloths... the list goes on.  If you're a mom, you're probably nodding your head with a smirk on your face right now saying "oh yeah" and if you're not a mom you're probably scratching your head and thinking "how could a tiny baby have so much stuffs?"  Of course being the OC that I am, I just had to organize my daughter's drawer.


It has been a week since my daughter got baptized.  We were blessed to have our family and friends with us as we welcomed Loren to the Christian world.  We gave out rosary rings as favors for her baptism reception.  It came out much better than I have expected and I was really happy with the finished product.


 Organizing paper clutter is one of the most taxing task I could think of.  Sorting through document after document and figuring out what is important and what is not important is very time consuming.  Once you've sort through your stack of papers, you need a filing system to help you keep organized. Here are 8 paper organizers that could do the job depending on the size of the documents you have and the functionality you have in mind.  
Mercer Desktop File $30 Container Store  /   Flyt Magazine File $2  Ikea   /  Vertical File Cabinet $170  Staples   /  Stockholm File Box $35  Container Store  /  Letter-Size Portable File Box $16 Container Store  /  Poly Colors Expanding File $13 Staples  /  Dokument Letter Tray $9 Ikea  /  Martha Stewart Binder by Avery $6 Staples 


When I was decorating the nursery,  I wanted a neutral art wall that my daughter will not outgrow.  In one of my searches, I came across a triangle art 'Mountain' by concretehoney in Etsy.  I recreated this art using neutral colors (dark gray and light gray) but on a much bigger scale. 


This is a long over due post (after all, my baby is now 2 months old!) on how to organize baby clothes for storage.  After my baby showers, I was faced with the dilemma of figuring out how to store the clothes I got for my daughter.  I have to confess that before I got pregnant, I didn't know that baby clothes were sized by month --- NB, 0-3, 3-6, etc.  I was confused on how some sizes' overlapped like 3-6 months and 3-9 months or 6-12 months and 6-9 months.  So, when I was deciding on how to store my daughter's clothes, it was important to me that I could easily sort through the clothes to make sure I know which she can already use and which she already has so I won't buy doubles.  Since I didn't have a lot to store and I wanted to maximize space (I wanted to use the space under the crib), I opted to use an underbed shoe organizer over clear bins and over sized Ziploc bags.


Since I have been home for a while, I've picked up some "projects" around the house that I have been too lazy to do.  Today, I worked on my filing bin.  My filing bin is pretty organized but it doesn't look nice, for a lack of a better term, I think its boring and ugly looking.


When I was doing my daughter's nursery, I was obsessed with Etsy and Pinterest. I searched day in and day out of how I want to decorate the nursery.  Since the nursery will be housed in the same bedroom my husband and I sleep in, it had to be something that I could live with it.  Translation: no cutesy pink stuff or ruffles because we would be waking up to it every single morning for as long as we have a one bedroom.  In one of my searches, I came across garlands as a decor.  What a genius idea!  But I wasn't buying a $20 one if I could make one! I had everything I needed to make this project --- card stock, transparent tape, scissors, string and a sharpie. I googled "elephant template"  and chose one that I like, I cut the template and traced it on my card stock.  I used a sharpie to draw dots along the edges because the color I chose was very light and it blended on the wall.  The one on Etsy did not have dotted lines but I like the way mine came out.  To add a hint of color, I used yellow wooden clippers to finish the look. 


You know how you come into your apartment and take your shoes off by the door and the next thing you know there's like a big pile of shoes and you don't even know how they all got there? Welcome to my world! My husband and I have a no shoe policy at home so we take our shoes off as soon as we enter our apartment.  We are pretty good at making sure we don't bring in the outside dirt, but we're not so good on putting our shoes where they should be.  Thus, the pile of shoes by the door.  What to do.. what to do... I came up with the solution of setting up a "shoe basket" by the door. It's not conspicuous enough to be an eye sore and it blends with our home design and serves the function of de-cluttering the entryway.  



I'm not much of a cook, but when I do cook I tend to be very messy... (spills on the counter, flying chopped garlic, vegetable stalks on the floor, unwashed plates and bowls), I finally figured out a way to  make my life a little bit easier. 

On the Rachel Ray's show, she uses a bowl to put all the "trash" in as she preps her ingredients; instead of using a bowl, I use a plastic bag (you know those clear bags where you put your produce at the grocery store).  When I am all done prepping and cooking, I just throw the bag straight to the garbage.  This makes my clean up time much faster and the counter a little bit less messy (now, if I could just address my inexperienced chopping and slicing abilities).   


My husband and I live in a 480 square foot apartment in New York City.  Translation: Space is a precious commodity.  Believe it or not, I am a teacher who does not have a desk at home!  Since our apartment is tiny, having a desk specifically for the function of work was just not an option (like that's not a good reason enough!).  So instead of setting up a desk, I opted for an IKEA Billy bookcase for 2 reasons.  First, it gave me a much needed storage and second, it took less space than a desk would.  I used white IKEA boxes to store all my paraphernalia (scrapbooking materials, lesson plans, supplies) and labeled each box with what's inside it.  The printer is set up in the bookcase low enough that I could connect it to the power supply and to my laptop when I need to print without the need to move it.  I purchased a basket from Container Store to hold my "most used" items like pens, stapler, calculator, post-its, etc. which I could easily move to the dining table when I need them. The beauty of this mobile system is that everything has its own place and it doesn't take so much space than a desk would.


For Christmas, I got my nephew a Snap Circuit Jr.  It is a pretty cool toy that lets the little one conduct electricity based experiments.  It is recommended by The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products and Dr. Toy Best Educational Products.  Really amazing toy for only $25.  The thing about this toy is that each piece is labeled and each piece is equally important than the other piece.  Translation: You can't lose a piece. Initially, we put the little pieces in a bin, but that didn't work since it meant picking out each piece manually to see the label and it was a bit much of work.



I love this Dumpling Place in Midtown Manhattan named Rickshaw.  I always eat there whenever I'm in the area.  They have these tiny containers that holds the sauces and I took some home and re-purposed them for my sewing kit. They're perfect in holding buttons, pins and little bits and pieces.


Today, I decided to do a simple DIY project.  I have two of these leather bar stools for my kitchen.  It has a very simple design and it's very modern.  I got it when I moved to my apartment 2 years ago, but now I feel its too hard and cold!



I have clutter issues. My husband doesn't. We live in a small 490 square feet apartment in NY and space is a problem.  Our space does not allow us to have a console table since we don't really have an entry way or a hall.  So, my husband developed the habit of emptying all his pocket contents on the only side table we have and I hate it because he dumps everything there!



I just finished spring cleaning my closet (yes only now! arghh).  It is already June and all but the weather here in NY seems to take its own course and chooses to fluctuate every single day so it wasn't until this weekend that I decided to really go through my closet.