Airstream Organization

Airstream Spice Organization

This weekend was a rainy one, so if I had to stay inside for most of the weekend, I decided that I might as well be productive. I tried not to spend every last dime of my birthday money at the Container Store, but it organizational gizmos are better than candy to me. I may have had to stifle my urge to skip through the store.

I did spend most of my birthday money, but it was well worth it. I’ve been meaning to give some of the cabinets and drawers in the Airstream a little sprucing up for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

Airstream Cabinet Organization

Before and After

Looking at the drawers, cabinets and closets now, I feel so much better.

Airstream Pantry Organization

One problem with the Airstream is that it has super deep cabinets. This is great for storing a lot of stuff, but it’s not great for remembering that you have 15 cans of potatoes. I got these holders that are intended for canned drinks in the fridge, but I used them for canned goods in our “pantry.” Now I can see everything we have to eat.

Airstream Utensil Organization

Before and After

I had always wanted to organize our utensil drawer, but George balked at it every single time I mentioned it. Sorry, honey, you have to organize our utensils now when you put them away. It had to be done! My sanity was at stake.

Sometimes it’s the little things in a little space that make such a difference.

How was your weekend? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 37

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Calculate your time until financial independence. I found this a little disheartening, but it’s an exercise in realism, I suppose.

6 foolproof rules for hiding things you hate about your home. We all have them…

Have you seen these beds that lift up for under-bed storage from Ikea? It’s genius.

Some really great creative furniture hacks.

5 furniture pieces you can live without.

“Owning less provides more money, more energy, more time, and more opportunity to pursue our greatest passions.”

This couple hiked the entire Appalachian Trail! That’s a feat that only 1 in 4 people complete. Part of the trail runs through my home state and I’d love to hike at least part of it one day.

This is a beautiful idea for a DIY gift. It would be perfect for just about every occasion, but it’d be especially great for wedding gift.

Don’t forget, we’re reading The Power of Less for our next book discussion!

And just for fun, this video cracks me up.

Happy almost Friday!

love,
melanie

Happy Birthday to me!

baby me!

baby me!

In the past I’ve written goals for my birthday. I’ve set a lot of them: 27 before 27 and 27 before 28, but this year for my birthday, I’m giving myself a break. Sure, I’ve got goals and super big, super secret things I want to and will accomplish this year, but for now I’m practicing the art of leaving things undone.

I’m a seasoned “do-er.” I’m a list-maker. I’m committed and hard-working and fastidious. But I’m also often stressed out and burned out and quite frankly, tired. I don’t want to make even one goal, but if anything, this year, I want to learn how to relax. I want to learn how to relax and still accomplish things. I want to learn how to take a break and I want to learn how to not count my self-worth by my to-dos.

How have you practiced the art of leaving things undone? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie

Tuesday Thoughts: Too Many People

Too many people

Don’t keep up with the Joneses. You don’t even like them. It’s time to impress yourself.

love,
melanie

Link Love: 36

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DIY hammocks! This would be perfect for this summer.

This guy made over $2,00 from decluttering. 

Why this woman wears the exact same thing to work every day. I love this! And it’s such a cute outfit.

This woman spoofs 10 fashion ads. I love the Givenchy one.

This DIY pleated midi skirt is gorgeous and looks so professional. Maybe this this can be my uniform 😉

This rescue dog and baby are partners in crime and in fashion. The aviator hat KILLED me.

The 30 best hikes around the globe. I want to do all of them!

When others frustrate you. I need to bookmark this one!

The science of why you should spend your money on experiences, not things.

Simplify–it’s not just a nice idea.

That’s all folks!

love,
melanie

Houseless, not Homeless

airstream in the fall Last week we had a funny thing happen. Someone that George had known from the church he went to when he was growing up dropped off a card full of cash at our house! Apparently they had heard that George was unemployed (he’s not) and that we were having a hard time (we’re not). But they also had driven by and saw the trailer, so they assumed all of that information was correct. It was a super sweet gesture and I was certainly happy to receive the gift, but we are not “in need.” We’ve returned the money and I thought it might be nice to share the letter that I attached to the money.

Dear _______________,

Thank you so much for your generous gift. It is comforting to know that in a time of need, neighbors, friends and strangers will be there for you. I am writing to you today because this is not our time of need and we cannot accept your gift. Please let me explain.

Almost two years ago, George and I were at a crossroads. I had a new job opportunity in the area. Unfortunately, the job requires me to work evenings. I knew with both of us working “regular jobs,” we would rarely get to see each other. At the same time, George was working as a teacher by day and illustrating by night. Together we made the decision that George should quit his teaching job to pursue his art full-time. In order to get George’s business off the ground, we knew that we would have to make some sacrifices. I make a decent wage at my job, but we knew that it would be difficult to pay rent or buy a house and establish a small business at the same time. Therefore, we decided to live a simpler, smaller life. It is the best decision we have ever made. I know it may look strange to others, but our lifestyle was and is our choice. We consider ourselves very lucky. Neither George nor I have ever known hunger and this lifestyle has given us the ability to save money to pursue our dreams.

I cannot thank you enough for your concern and your gift. Knowing that people care about us is a gift in and of itself.

Thank you,
Melanie and George

Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is simple, your whole body will be bright.”

Have anyone ever thought you were in need due to your lifestyle choices? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

love,
melanie

Tuesday Thoughts: Bloom

flower

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the comparison trap. It’s also very easy to tell yourself things like, “the grass isn’t always greener…” but still have feelings of jealousy and diminished worth. Instead try to compare yourself to yourself. Am I happier today than I was yesterday? Am I healthier? Am I making steps toward improvement? What can I change and what can’t I change? Am I blooming?

love,
melanie