Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This is Seven… Olivia’s Birthday Interview

Our baby girl is going to be seven tomorrow, y’all!  SEVEN.  Time is just a flying…

I interviewed her last week, same questions that I ask the kids every year, and this is what she had to say… as always, my commentary is in parentheses. 


1.    What is your favorite toy?  “My favorite toy is… uh, lots of different  things… all of my princess dolls and then Hatchimals and then the Imagine Ink marker things.  Those are all of my favorite things.”

2.    What is your favorite stuffed animal?  “SHEEPIE!!  You knew I was gonna say that, right?”  (She literally answered this exact same way last year.  Haha.)

3.    What is your favorite game?  “My favorite game is Saint Memory Game and Strike.”  (Saint Memory Game is one of those card matching games, and this one is of a bunch of the saints… can you tell we’re Catholic?  Haha.)

4.    What is your favorite sport?  “Ballet.  Of course, ballet.”

5.    What is your favorite book?  “My favorite book is I am a Bunny.  Hehe.”  (Still going strong since last year!)

6.    What is your favorite TV show?  “TV Show… Frozen 2 and Gabby’s Dollhouse.”

7.    What is your favorite movie?  “Movie?  Frozen 2.  And my favorite Netflix show is Gabby’s Dollhouse.”  (Gabby’s Dollhouse is a brand new show on Netflix and it’s really cute if you’re looking for something for your little ones to watch!)

8.    What is your favorite song?  “Song… hmmmm… maybe This is Gonna Get Stuck Inside Your Head and Queen Whatevra song… and Frozen 2 songs!!  Not Dave Matthews Band.  Hehe.”  (Y’all, she totally just trolled me!!!!  Hahahaha.)

9.    What is your favorite band or singer?  “Band or singer?  My favorite singer is Taylor Swift!” 

10. What is your favorite holiday?  “My favorite holiday is Christmas.”

11. What is your favorite season?  “My favorite season is winter ‘cause that’s when my favorite holiday is so that makes total sense.”

12. What is your favorite color?  “Hot pink.  If you want, you can just say pink.”  (Love her for instructing me on what I can and cannot type.  Haha.)

13. What is your favorite animal?  “My favorite animal is a kangaroo.”  Me: “That’s random!”  Olivia: “Yeah, it hops and I love hopping, plus I just love the animal individually.”  (Where does she come up with this stuff?  That is so random… literally the first time I’ve ever heard her say this.  Lol.)

14. What is your favorite shirt?  “My favorite thing to wear is… is there a question that says what are your favorite PJs?”  Me: “No.”  Olivia: “Well then my favorite dress is that PJ nightgown that you guys gave me for Christmas.  That’s my favorite kind of dress and shirt in my whole entire room.  That one that you gave me that matches Sheepie.”  Me: “That’s not technically a shirt or dress, though.  It’s a nightgown.”  Olivia: “My actual favorite dress in my closet is that pineapple pink one?  That one.”  (Yes, indeed, she does adore that dress.  That’s her Panama City Beach Pineapple Willy’s dress.  Haha.)

15. What is your favorite fruit?  “My favorite fruit?  I like raspberries and blackberries.  Definitely NOT bananas.  I hate bananas.  So does Jacob.”

16. What is your favorite vegetable?  “My favorite vegetable?  Broccoli and green beans.”  (This is true.  She does actually eat those two things… about the only healthy things she will eat!)

17. What is your favorite snack?  “My favorite snack… ummmm… is there one that says favorite breakfast and lunch?”  Me: “There’s a favorite treat, drink, and thing to eat for dinner, so this question is for snacks.”  Olivia: “Okay, my favorite snack is fruit snacks and those little chocolate bears (she’s referring to Teddy Grahams), or if I could have it for a snack, it would be a peanut butter and jelly.  Oh wait, a spoonful of peanut butter!!”  (Girlfriend loves the PB.)

18. What is your favorite treat?  “My favorite treat – gum, Oreos, and maybeeee uh, maybe, maybeeeee, uhhhh, those chocolate covered Oreos like those Oreos that have the white frosting and the brown frosting to the chocolate.”  (She’s officially said gum three years running!  And I think she’s referring to the white chocolate covered Oreos that we have at Christmastime.)

19. What is your favorite drink?  “My favorite drink is water.”  (Literally the ONLY thing she ever drinks.  Ever.  Like for years, she has drunk nothing else but water.)

20. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  “Favorite thing to eat for dinner… let’s see… my favoritest thing is when we have Five Guys and I get to have PB&J, and two, Digiorno.”  (Y’all, first of all, when she says peanut butter and jelly when we have Five Guys, she’s referring to the times where we all want Five Guys and she doesn’t, so she gets to eat peanut butter and jelly instead.  Lol.  Also, we get takeout from some amazing pizza places, but this girl prefers Digiorno.  Whyyyy?!)

21. What is your favorite restaurant?  “My favorite restaurant… Longhorn.”  (Y’all.  We hardly even eat at Longhorn… we literally only go there when a family member chooses it for their birthday.  She only loves it because they serve Kraft macaroni and cheese and that’s her favorite kind.  Lol.  As a matter of fact, when I make Kraft mac and cheese at home, she always calls it Longhorn mac and cheese.  Lol.)

22. Who is your best friend?  “Aubrey, Athena, aaaand Kaleigh.  And Ally and Emmie in my ballet class.”

23. What makes you feel happy?  “When I was a baby, YOU, Daddy, Jacob, and Maui.”  (I asked her why she started that sentence with, “when I was a baby” and she didn’t have any good answer for me.  Lol.)

24. What makes you feel sad?  “What makes me feel sad?  When friends start to not like me, so I just cry.  And two, today made me sad because I didn’t get to play on the playground or play on the iPads when we did indoor recess.”  (Girlfriend hates a rainy day when she can’t play outside… and I also asked her where the first part came from and she didn’t have an answer for that either.  Haha.)

25. What are you afraid of?  “I’m afraid of… cockroaches.  And thunder when it’s super duper loud.  Sometimes I’m afraid of thunder when it’s kind of calm actually.  Thunder… and lightning, too.  Lightning is kind of like the sun in the night, but it always scares me ‘cause it flashes at a random time and that’s how it scares me.”

26. What are you thankful for?  “I’m thankful for you, me, Daddy, Jacob, and Maui.  And my whole entire family – my cousins, my grandparents, everybody.  And I’m thankful for Sheeeepieeee!”  *Turns to Maui* “Maui, did you hear that?  I’m thankful for you, girlie!” 

27. What are you really good at?  “What I’m really good at… I’m good at time, and I’m good at math, and lots of things like reading and stuff.”  (She’s learning how to tell time right now in class, so I’m sure that’s where that came from.)

28. What is your best memory?  “My best memory?  My best memory, let me think… on snow days when I was little.”  Me: “That’s it?”  Olivia: “Yeah… and two, some pictures remind me of my memories, like Jacob holding me when I was a baby… like that picture up on your bulletin board.”  (She literally said the exact same thing last year about the picture of her and Jacob!)

29. What do you want to be when you grow up?  “Elsa… a ballerina… and two, I want to be in plays and when the plays have a princess, I always want to be the princess.”  (Three years running for Elsa and a ballerina, y’all!)

30. If you could have one wish, what would it be?  “To fly in the sky without an airplane, without angel wings, without anything!”  (She said fly last year, too!)

Happy almost birthday to our favorite gal! 


Monday, February 22, 2021

Our Week - The One with Quarantine, Week 49 (Brian’s Birthday & the Start of Olivia’s Birthday Celebrations)

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After weeks and weeks of rain, gloom, and cold weather, the sun finally started shining this weekend, so we are rolling into this Monday feeling pretty darn good… even though it’s raining again today.  Haha.  This past week we celebrated our best guy’s 43rd birthday, and we also started celebrating our best girl for her birthday as well.  Let’s get into the recap!

Monday, February 15 (Day 339 of Quarantine)

The kids were out of school on Monday for President’s Day, and the weather was awful, so we spent the entire day at home.  It was cold and it rained nonstop all afternoon, so we were verrrry lazy.  I spent some time reading in the morning, then the kids tackled some homework, and then the kids and I sorted through two huge bags of jewelry that belonged to my Nana.  My parents are still going through and cleaning out all of her old stuff, so they keep on sending stuff our way.  Olivia particularly loved this butterfly clip, so she kept it.  <3


Jacob’s baseball practice was canceled yet again for Monday evening, so we spent a quiet evening in with leftover pasta, wine, the rest of American Idol that we hadn’t finished from Sunday, and then The Bachelor.

Tuesday, February 16 (Day 340 of Quarantine)

Tuesday morning, we woke up to a light dusting of snow on the rooftops and the potential for black ice on the roads.  One of the back roads near our house was a little dicey, but our commute ended up being nice and smooth.  The kids were delighted to see all of the snow-covered rooftops, and Olivia whined, “NOT FAIR!” about a hundred times on the way to school because we didn’t get actual good snow that she could play in.  Haha. 

That said, we were absolutely heart-broken and devastated watching the disaster unfold in Texas last week.  All of that snow and below-freezing temps + the power outages made for an absolute nightmare for many Texans, including several of our family members and friends, and our hearts go out to all of you.  Our weather here is pretty comparable to the weather in Dallas, so I was in complete disbelief at all of the snow and sustained temps near zero degrees.  I can’t even imagine what things would be like here if that happened, and I’m praying we never find out.  Our city isn’t remotely equipped for that kind of weather. 

After I dropped the kids at school, I headed straight to the grocery store, and it was nearly empty as it usually is at 7:45 in the morning.  I had to stop and get gas on the way home, and wooooweeee, was it cold.  The wind chill was in the teens and the air felt so cold and wet that I thought my hand was going to get stuck to the gas pump.  Yeesh.

The rest of the day was spent catching up on a few things, working, prepping for upcoming birthdays, and meeting with my therapist.  I’m STILL having daily tension headaches – sometimes debilitating – and she advised that I get some testing done to see if I’m deficient in a particular nutrient or having some kind of hormonal imbalance.  I mentioned to her that I’d stopped taking my Flonase, and she said that could be the cause, too.  She said that she takes Flonase daily and if she forgets to take even a single dose, she gets a headache.  I’m thinking that may be the culprit…

I grabbed the kids from school at 3 and Jacob and Olivia were both all a chatter about their Fat Tuesday class parties.  Both of them were adorned in beads, and Olivia's teacher had given her a pretty mask.


Jacob’s baseball coach asked me to be the team mom for this spring season, and I had a team mom meeting Tuesday evening.  I’ve never been a baseball team mom before, so there was a lot to take in and learn – concession duty, raffle tickets, barbecue sales, end-of-season celebrations and trophies and gifts for the coaches.  Obviously, things will be a lot different this season because of Covid, but it’ll still require a good bit of planning on my part. 

The meeting lasted about 25 minutes and I was relieved that it was quick because about 90% of the other moms weren’t wearing masks… it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal if we had been outside, but we weren’t.  I was pretty shocked considering our league has tons of safety precautions in place… our coaches and kids always wear them at practice, so it was a bit mind-blowing that there were only two of us in the room wearing them.

After the meeting was over, Jacob had his baseball uniform fitting.  He has alternated between #11 (for Jake Fromm from UGA) and #34 (for Hershel Walker from UGA) for the last seven seasons of baseball and soccer, and he was excited to get his first choice of #11 this season after having #34 for the last two seasons. 

By the time we were done, it was nearly 6:30, so we grabbed Panera on the way home since I had zero time to cook.  B and Olivia were waiting for us at home with a fire in the fireplace because it was FREEZING. 

Wednesday, February 17 (Day 341 of Quarantine)

Wednesday was a dance workout followed by work and birthday gift-wrapping, and then after I grabbed the kids from school, Olivia had dance class.  She was extra excited when she got back in the car because they finally started learning their ballet, tap, and jazz routines for their big recital in May.  Not sure what that recital will look like this year due to Covid, but I’m assuming they’ll figure out some way to have it safely just like they did last year.

The boys had just left for baseball when we got home, so Olivia did her homework and practiced her splits while I prepped everything for dinner and got lunches made for the next day.  We still had some time to kill after that, so she showered and then we read some of her AR book together.  She’s in first grade this year but her AR level is 3-4.5 (third and fourth grade level) now, so she’s reading long chapter books now and rocking them! 


I had breakfast for dinner on the table as soon as the boys walked in the door, and then we got both of them off to bed just before 8:30… later than usual, but baseball seems to cause that a lot. 

Thursday, February 18 (Day 342 of Quarantine)

Thursday, I spent the whole morning researching primary care physicians.  I haven’t had a primary doctor since my early 20’s, because most of the time when I have an issue, it’s something that one of my specialists needs to handle (midwife/OBGYN, allergist, ENT, gastroenterologist, dentist, optometrist, etc.).  The few times I’ve been sick and needed antibiotics, I’ve just used one of the local urgent care facilities, so I’ve never made it a priority to have a PCP. 

I’ve been meaning to find one for over a decade now, and have never taken the time to do so, but at the urging of my ENT doctor last year, I finally started to research them last March.  Just when I narrowed my search to a few, the pandemic started, and all of them stopped taking new patients.  Argh.  At my recent visit with my allergist last month, he urged me to try again now that everyone knows how to operate in a pandemic, so I started my search again.

Y’all, I have been fretting over this decision so much… I know exactly what I’m looking for in a doctor, but it’s so hard to find one that checks all of the boxes.  The most important thing to me when looking for one (aside from competence, of course) is good bedside manner.  I want someone who is going to actually care about me and listen to me and not try to rush me out the door so they can move on to the next patient.  I LOATHE when the nurses handle everything and then the doctor is only with you in the room for two minutes. 

I’d also love to find someone in a smaller office so the wait times aren’t super long, and it’d also be really nice if I don’t have to drive to the other side of town to get there.  I’m also leaning towards wanting a female doctor because it just seems that she would understand the female body better than a male would since she lives in one.  Haha. 

And while older doctors who have been practicing for decades are usually my favorite because they have so much experience, I do not want someone who is going to retire in the next few years, because then I’ll be right back where I started – without a doctor.  I need somebody who can be in it for the long haul with me, but I also don’t want to see somebody who is brand new and has no experience.  Is this all too much to ask?  Haha. 

So anyway, I turned to Facebook to ask for recommendations from friends and family first, I researched all of their suggestions, and I finally narrowed it down to two.  Now I just have to make the final decision and make the appointment.  Whew.  If you’re still reading this, then God bless you… I’ve been rambling on forever.

Anyhoo, Thursday evening, Jacob had baseball practice at the indoor cages, so it wasn’t canceled despite the fact that it had rained all day yet again.  Olivia and I hung out at home, reading together and then doing her seventh birthday interview.  I cooked dinner and had it on the table when the boys got home, and then it was time for the whole showers and bedtime rigamarole. 

B and I watched some TV as we always do, and B was kind enough to rub my neck because I’d had yet another horrible tension headache all day.  Yet another reason I need to get to the doctor…

Friday, February 19 (Day 343 of Quarantine)

Friday, I dropped the kids at school and worked most of the morning, and then mid-morning, I left to run a few errands.  Jacob’s baseball practice was canceled yet again Friday evening because of all the rain we had, so we were able to have another quiet Friday night at home.

I took down all of the Valentine’s Day decorations while Brian finished working, and the kids played outside.  Then we got Mexican takeout, poured some margs, and watched Flora and Ulysses on Disney+.  We’ve watched so many movies during this pandemic that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, y’all.  Lol.



Saturday, February 20 (Day 344 of Quarantine)

Saturday morning, I made my momma’s pancake recipe and finally got it right… third time was a charm, I suppose!  I’ve always made homemade waffles, so I’m no pancake expert.  But since Olivia declared pancakes to be her favorite food just recently, I decided I should probably find a good recipe for them. 


After breakfast, I spent some time in my office meditating, reading my devotional, and doing my daily Lenten video.  During Lent, I’m trying to spend more time in quiet time, so I’ve been taking my time each morning with it. 

After my quiet time, I got in a very quick cardio workout, made the bed, tidied up a few things, and started some laundry, and by the time I was done, it was time to get ready and eat a quick lunch.  Jacob had baseball practice at 1, and we decided that we’d all go since it was Brian’s birthday and the weather was beautiful. 

For Covid precautions, they don’t want parents and siblings hanging around too much during practice, so Brian, Olivia, and I did a couple of laps around the park, and then caught the last half of his practice from a distance.  I hadn’t been to a practice this season, so I was finally able to see what Jacob and his teammates could do… they’re all looking pretty darn good and we’re thinking that he could end up having a pretty good season.  I guess we’ll see…



We got home mid-afternoon, and my parents dropped by to see Brian for his birthday and to bring us some leftovers – yassss!  We hung out with them outside for a bit, and it was a nice visit, especially since the weather was so lovely.

Saturday evening, B requested pizza from one of our favorite local places for his birthday dinner, so I made the quick drive over to pick it up, and then we all enjoyed it together back at home.  I always get B a new beer to try on his birthday, preferably one that has a new bottle cap for his beer cap map, so he and I tried one of the new ones with dinner, and it was so delicious. 

After dinner, B opened his gifts and then we busted out the cupcakes that I’d bought for his birthday so the kids could go ahead and have theirs.  B and I were still too stuffed.  After that, we watched The Neverending Story per Brian’s request and he and the kids both enjoyed it.  I, on the other hand, thought it was one of, if not THE, worst movie I’ve ever seen.  Hahahaha.  I know it’s one of those movies you probably have to see when you’re a kid to appreciate, and I never saw it.  And if I did, I don’t remember it.  But anyway, I just did not understand all the hype around that movie, and apparently most of my Instagram followers didn’t either as I took a poll and 71% of people thought it was terrible, too.  Hahahaha.



The kids had a slumber party in Jacob’s room for the second night in a row, and then B and I headed back downstairs to watch some more of our shows and dig into the delicious cupcakes I’d gotten him for his birthday!



Sunday, February 21 (Day 345 of Quarantine)

Sunday morning was cinnamon rolls and virtual mass, and then I started prepping for the week ahead before getting ready for the day.  We had a socially distant outdoor lunch planned at my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law’s house to celebrate Brian’s and Olivia’s birthdays and we were SO excited.  We hadn’t seen them since our weird, outdoor Christmas celebration and it was LONG overdue.

My MIL and step-FIL cooked all of our favorite things, and we all sat outside on the back deck and ate at separate tables.  The weather was incredible, y’all!  Just incredible.  It was 63 degrees and sunny, and there wasn’t a single cloud in the whole sky.  Seriously just perfect, and it was exactly what we all needed after being cooped up at home for weeks on end with all of the yucky weather. 

Brian and Olivia both opened their gifts and then we had cookie cake for dessert per Olivia’s request.  We were all enjoying the weather and the visit so much, but sadly, we had to call it a day just after 3 because we had to get Jacob to baseball practice.  We’re hoping that the weather will be nice all the time soon enough so we can start getting together again for lunch more often. 





Brian took Jacob to baseball practice while Olivia and I hung back at home.  She had just received a bunch of birthday loot, and all she wanted to do was put together her new Lego sets and do her Magic Ink books!  I did some work while she did her new activities in my office, and then I got dinner on the table just as the boys got home… leftovers from my momma!  Yum yum!  It was a wonderful weekend and a great way to celebrate two of my favorite people!


And now for a few current things…

Currently Reading

 

For the month of February, I read Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison in honor of Black History Month, and I cannot tell you how much it spoke to me.  It was equal parts heart-breaking, informative, and inspiring, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking to learn more about what you can do to help pursue racial unity. 

 

Currently Watching

 

We’ve been watching The Bachelor, This is Us, Shark Tank, Saturday Night Live, and All American on TV, and we’re also working our way through New Girl and The Good Place on Netflix.  New Girl is absolutely the cutest and funniest show and I am OBSESSED with it, y’all!  I heart Nick so much.  I’m also still working my way through Dawson’s Creek while I work… it was my favorite show when I was a teen (aside from Friends, of course), and I’m loving revisiting it all these years later. 

 

Currently Listening To

 

I’ve been shuffling my entire music library since the beginning of this month, and it’s been so fun to listen to some songs I haven’t heard in, probably, years.  I have 5,000 songs in my library and my taste in music is verrrrry eclectic, so you just never know what’s going to pop up – Dave Matthews Band, Shai, ACDC, NKOTB, LSG, Blake Shelton, Counting Crows, Led Zeppelin, Nsync, Boyz II Men, 311, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Claude Debussy, Lauren Daigle, The Beatles, Weezer, Sublime, MercyMe, Lil Jon – I could go on forever!

Happy Monday, y’all!

*Linking up with My Glittery HeartThe Other Side of the Road, and The Sirois Family for Hello Monday.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Five on Friday - All About Brian, the Birthday Boy!

Brian’s birthday is tomorrow, so in honor of his big day, I thought that it might be fun to share a few basic things you may not know about him… the hubs behind the blog…

O N E – College

He has a bachelor’s degree in business from University of Georgia, and he graduated from there the same year that I graduated from high school… c/o 2000!  He’s been a diehard Georgia fan ever since, and he wears a Georgia shirt about 90% of the time… our red laundry pile is always HUGE.  Haha.  My family's love for UGA goes all the way back to the 1940's when my Big Daddy (grandfather) attended, so B fit right in.  ;o)

Unfortunately, I couldn't find his college graduation pictures, so here's one of the two of us at a Georgia football game in 2007.

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T W O – Jobs

B has only had two jobs in his whole life… he worked at a pizza place in high school, and a few weeks after he graduated from UGA, he started his big boy job… he has been there ever since.  He’ll celebrate his 21st anniversary there this summer which means he’s been working there for half of his life.  I would love to explain to all of you what he does, but I’m still not really even sure.  Haha.  But in all seriousness, he’s in the credit card industry to put it (very) broadly.  He typically has to travel a lot (that has ceased during the pandemic), and his travels have taken him all over the world  Brazil, Ireland, England, Germany, Cyprus, Canada, etc.

The picture below was taken in Dublin, Ireland in 2003... he was pulled on stage at a pub by one of the Irish dancers to do an Irish jig.  Brian is on the far right, and my guess is that he was probably about three pints deep at that point.  Hahahaha.



T H R E E – Family

Brian is one of three kids, and he’s the baby… he has two older sisters.  Both of his older sisters also attended UGA, so he followed in their footsteps.  Fun fact, I am also one of three kids, but I’m the eldest… and I have two younger brothers.  So he and I are complete opposites when it comes to our upbringing with siblings… I grew up with boys who are younger than I am, and he grew up with girls who are older than he is.

The picture below is of he and his two older sisters.  Look how cute he was!!  


 

F O U R – Sports

He’s been athletic his whole life, playing soccer for nearly a decade as a young kid, and later making the switch to tennis as a teenager.  He still plays tennis to this day… well, when we’re not in a pandemic, anyway.  He also plays the occasional round of golf, and he's also a boss at skiing, water-skiing, and knee-boarding.

Here he is water-skiing on his friend's boat back in 2004.  I took the picture.  :o)



F I V E – Hobbies

In addition to playing tennis, B loves to watch football (and other sports when UGA is involved), and he loves to play video games.  He also collects coins, he collects rocks (well, he used to anyway), and he loves live music as much as I do.  He’s probably been to even more concerts than I have, and I’ve been to upwards of 120. 

One of his favorite bands of all-time is 311... that's him with Nick Hexum (the lead singer from 311) in the picture below.  It was taken in 2000 a few years before we met.



Friday Funnies

It's funny because it's true!  Hahahaha.

Skinny jeans and side parts for life!



On the Blog This Week

 

Master Bedroom Tour 2021… a Refresh

Our Week – The One with Quarantine, Week 47 (Grandma’s, Baseball, and the Super Bowl)

How to Completely Organize Your Master Closet (My Organized Master Closet)


Happy Friday, y’all!  And happy birthday to our best guy!!  We love you so very much and we can’t wait to celebrate you!


*Linking up with A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

How to Completely Organize Your Master Closet (My Organized Master Closet)

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I’ve had many requests throughout the years to share how I organize my master closet, so I thought I’d finally share since my closet was recently cleaned out for the new year.  I will go ahead and warn you that this is some next-level organization, though, so get ready!  ;o)  But first a little back story...


When we built our house 12 years ago, we selected our floor plan for a few different reasons, one of which, was because the master closet layout was so fantastic!  Brian and I each have our own large closets and mine has a window… you pretty much can’t beat that!  After living with little to no closet space my whole life, having this large one has been the biggest treat!  I never take it for granted. 

In our first house, there was so little space that Brian’s clothes completely filled all three of the bedroom closets, which meant that my clothes had to hang on a clothing rack in the middle of the spare bedroom.  Haha.  He bought the house and lived there alone while we were dating, so by the time I moved in, his clothes were already occupying all of the space and I didn’t see any reason to even bother trying to move things around because it wouldn’t all fit anyway.  When I say the closets were tiny, I mean tiny.  They were only about 2-3 feet wide, and a couple of feet deep.

When I moved in, I just bought one of those big clothing racks from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and called it a day.  The clothing rack wasn’t quite large enough to hold all of my clothes, though, so a lot of them were in piles all over spare bedroom.  It was a mess.  Haha.  After dealing with that for a couple of years, you can probably see why I was drawn to the floor plans with the biggest master closets.  ;o)

When we started the building process, we found out that my master closet would come standard with just one hanging rack down each of the left and right sides.  I didn’t think that was the best way to utilize all of that precious space, so we decided to upgrade to a customized layout.  I ended up designing the layout myself (literally drawing it on a piece of paper) and the builder brought it to life. 

Overall Layout Design + Basic Zones

Left wall, first 7 feet – two equally spaced rows of hanging space (zone for tops)

Left wall, back 2 feet – floor-to-ceiling shelving (zone for shoes)

Right wall, first 7 feet – one high row of hanging space (zone for bottoms and dresses)

Right wall, back 2 feet – floor-to-ceiling shelves (zone for shoes)

I like having the overall layout organized into zones because it makes things so easy to find – tops on the left, bottoms and dresses on the right, shoes in the back, bags on the shelves, and jewelry on the door.  Everything has its own zone.  Now let’s see how each zone is organized.

Left Wall

Right Wall



Zone Organization

Left Wall, Top Rack, First 7 Feet (Regular Tops, from left to right)

Regular strapless tops

Regular sleeveless tops

Regular short-sleeve tops

Regular three-quarter length tops

Regular long-sleeve tops

Regular sweaters/fleeces

Regular cardigans

Regular vests

Regular outerwear



Left Wall, Bottom Rack, First 7 Feet (Themed Tops, from left to right)

Workout sleeveless tops

Workout short-sleeve tops

Workout long-sleeve tops

Graphic sleeveless tops

Graphic short-sleeve tops

Graphic long-sleeve tops

Georgia-themed sleeveless tops

Georgia-themed short-sleeve tops

Georgia-themed long-sleeve tops

Fall-themed sleeveless tops

Fall-themed short-sleeve tops

Fall-themed long-sleeve tops

Christmas-themed sleeveless tops

Christmas-themed short-sleeve tops

Christmas-themed long-sleeve tops



Right Wall, Top Rack, First 7 Feet (Bottoms & Dresses, from left to right)

Shorts

Short skirts

Long skirts

Jeans

Dress pants

Hanging canvas shelf that holds PJs and workout bottoms (PJ tanks/shorts, PJ leggings, PJ fleece pants, workout shorts, workout pants)

Tunics

Strapless dresses

Sleeveless dresses

Short-sleeve dresses

Long-sleeve dresses

Sweater dresses

Evening gowns



Left Wall, Top Shelf, First 7 Feet (Miscellaneous, from left to right)

Carrying bags

Hats




Right Wall, Top Shelf, First 7 Feet (Miscellaneous, from left to right)

Wallets

Handbags

Box that holds travel supplies (travel toiletry bag, travel hair dryer, travel bottles, etc.)

Box that holds costumes (Halloween costumes, costume props, etc.)



 

Left Wall, Back 2 Feet (Cold Weather Shoes, from top to bottom)

Tennis shoes

Ballet Flats

Booties

Boots



Right Wall, Back 2 Feet (Warm Weather Shoes, from top to bottom)

Flip flops

Sandals

Wedges

Heels 



Back of Door (Jewelry, from top to bottom)

Rings

Watches

Bracelets

Earrings

Necklaces

(The jewelry organizer can be found here... seriously one of the best things I've ever purchased as there is ample room for every single piece of jewelry you own!)



Back Wall Under Window (Scarves, from left to right)

Scarves 

(B installed towel racks, and that's what they're hanging on.)


 
That’s how the different categories are organized within the zones!  I should also mention that the tops are also organized by sleeve type and color.  Why do I organize them this way?  Well, when I go to pick out an outfit for the day, I typically decide first what kind of top I’m wanting to wear that day (that's why I have them in their own little sections  regular, athletic, graphic tee, Georgia football gear, fall-themed, Christmas-themed, etc.) depending on what we're doing that day and the time of year.  

Once that decision is made, I then need to know what sleeve-type to look for (sleeveless, short-sleeve, long-sleeve) depending on the weather that day.  Then I have each section arranged in rainbow order (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, grey, black, white) from there, so it makes it easier to find what I’m looking for... and also because it's pretty.  ;o)

For example, if it's a Saturday during football season and it's going to be 40 degrees, I know I'll want to wear a University of Georgia top, and probably one that will keep me warm.  That's why I have all of my Georgia stuff in it's own little section... so I can shop that little section and make a quick decision.  

If I'm going to volunteer at the kids' school for one of their class Christmas parties, I just go shop my Christmas-themed tops section where I'm able to see all of the Christmas-themed tops together.  That way, I never have to hunt for anything, and I also don't forget about anything.

Do y’all think I’m crazy yet?!  ;o)

I know this level of organization is absolutely insane to some of you, but this is the kind of stuff that makes my heart sing!  With regard to putting away my laundry, yes, it probably does take me a little longer to get everything in the correct place than it would if I just threw it all in there, but having my closet this way makes me happy and it makes my life easier, so it’s worth the extra time to me.  I’ll happily own the crazy.  This is me, y’all… I’ve been like this my whole life! 

One more thing I'd like to share is that every single article of clothing I own is hanging in this closet.  I don't like storing clothes in drawers, so what you see here is every single thing I own.  My dresser in our bedroom only holds underwear, bras, belts, tights, slips, socks, and swim suits... no shorts, tanks, pants, or shirts whatsoever.  So if you're thinking that I have a ton of clothes, just keep in mind that a bunch of them are basic tanks and tees and jeans that most people probably just store in dresser drawers.  

That said, I do still probably have more clothes than the average person because a) I love fashion, and b) I wear clothes for years, sometimes decades, so I hold onto them for a very long time.  Some pieces in my closet are nearly 20 years old, but I keep them because I still wear them.

I’ve been using this same layout for 12 years now and I don’t see myself changing it, so it’s obviously working well!  One day I’d love to upgrade the materials for the racks and shelving and get rid of that ugly acrylic covered wire, but if I ever do that, I’ll most definitely be keeping the same layout.

Having my own separate master closet was always on my wish list, and it has been the absolute best thing since B and I do not see eye-to-eye on tidiness.  To answer your question, no, I do not organize his closet this way, too.  He has his own much more laid-back approach to closet organization, and I completely respect that.  ;o)

So what team are you on?  Team super-organized closet or team just-throw-everything-in-there?

Happy Wednesday!