Senior Picture Gallery

We have three children and after they graduated, I wanted to display all of their senior pictures. (I do have a large portrait of each child in my living room.)

When we first moved into our 640 square foot home, I displayed family pictures in the big room in the basement. But the humidity got to some of them and they stuck to the glass in the frames, destroying the photos. I did not want that to happen to the senior pictures.

I decided to give each of them one wall in the hall. There is no furniture in the way to keep you from getting close to the smaller photos.

But by the time I had that idea, our oldest married and had a baby! I included an engagement photo, wedding photo, and one of the first pictures of their baby on his wall.

I didn’t pay the expense of purchasing matching frames. I think the variety of frames adds to the uniqueness of the display.

 

My photo gallery of senior pictures.

My photo gallery of senior pictures.

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Best Magazine Storage

As you can see by the first magazine, the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I am a little behind on my reading. I have been fighting an infection for weeks and I am a little behind on everything!

I keep my magazines in a rack in the bathroom. When new ones arrive I put them in the back of the magazine rack. Over the last year I realized I didn’t have time to read all of them each month. I am letting two subscriptions expire.

I am saving money by only ordering the ones I have time to read and I am storing none of them. The best magazine storage is to pass them on.

I made a deal with my mom because we were buying the same magazines and sharing them when we finished. I am paying the subscription for one of the duplicates and she is paying for the second.

After we both have read them, I donate them to a local nursing home. I have also donated to my favorite beauty shop and a preschool. (Call first to see if they need donations.)

I save money by purchasing only the magazines I have time to read and sharing them with my mom.

My only magazine storage.

My only magazine storage.

Use It, Don’t Organize It

I am too organized.

You may not think that is a problem, but where others would give or throw things away, I find myself trying to find some organizer in which to store them.

I was cleaning off the rusty, metal shelves in the basement where I keep my houseplant supplies. On the bottom shelf was a roll of contact paper with watering cans on it. I thought someday I would use it.

The last time I cleaned the shelves I realized the time was now! The shelves were rusty and putting that contact paper down not only protected what I was storing…they look pretty.

“Use it or lose it” is also a good motto. If you don’t use it, get rid of it.

I stored this contact paper for several years.

I stored this contact paper for several years.

 

Storage Everywhere

My granddaughter outgrew her wooden puzzles and we purchased some cardboard puzzles. They come in a cardboard frame and I needed a new place to store them.

I found there was just enough room under the TV stand to slide them in and I can easily pull them out. There are storage places everywhere if you just use your imagination.

Cardboard puzzles slide easily under the TV stand.

Cardboard puzzles slide easily under the TV stand.

Utensil Drawers That Stay Organized

I used to get frustrated when I was cooking or baking and could not find a particular utensil. My family would unload the dishwasher and just guess which drawer to put them in.

Finally, I decided to separate them into four categories:

  1. Silverware, Knives, Wooden Spoons
  2. Cooking
  3. Serving
  4. Baking

I wrote the four categories on top of the board that is inside each drawer. The writing is hidden, but when you open the drawers a few inches it is visible.

Open Drawers

Categories written inside my utensil drawers.

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