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Main bathroom revealed

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Spring has sprung here in Australia and even though the temperature is still low and is still chilly, spring has arrived and here to stay for few months.

So what do we think during this season? It can be the blooming flowers and the great outdoors. It can be ” spring cleaning” and organisation. Whatever we think, it’s the time of the year before summer where our lives become busier because of the massive opportunities we can do outside.

For me, one thing I surely do is to get rid of clutter and organise more so even when we are busy doing outdoor activities or even when we go on holidays, when we come back to our home we will still feel relaxed because it’s tidy and clean.

One thing that I always make sure is that the bathroom is clean and organised. It’s a very private room but we can say it is also public because you share it with other family members. So the bathroom is a room where you must feel rejuvenated whether in the morning after a quick shower or in the evening after a long extended bath.

So here it is, I am revealing our bathroom for the first time.

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Candles surround our tub to create a calming effect when having a bath

 

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Our vanity, which I made sure is not full of stuff but all the essentials are visible

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Just like the jar with labeled with cotton balls which is inevitably needed especially by my teenager who’s now having a bit of problem to combat those nasty pimples ( which of course is part of growing up )

As you can see here, his face regimen is not hidden to remind him all the time to use them

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This is the view of the bathroom as soon as you open the door

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Of course, my chalkboard projects are here and they are here to stay

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Hey, for those of you who have been following me since then, you might recognize the blue fabric flowers given by Beth, a very creative lady of The Renegade Seamtress which is a decor of mine now in our main bathroom

For me a bathroom should be able to cater all your needs and it’s a room where you can relax completely. It’s the place in the house which should help you start your day right and end it it with satisfaction. It is a room that should offer a rejuvenating retreat for everyone.

 

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God bless,

N0va

Organizing Paperwork

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It’s the last day of May and officially the last day of Fall here in Australia.  It means to say that one more month to go and it will be the end of another financial year.  Hence, it’s that time of the year again to look back, how much you have earned, what have you accomplished, how much you have spent and what are your plans for the next financial year.  What is the best way to move forward?

Today, I start with the basic,organizing our paperwork!  To be paperless at this stage is still inevitable for us.

My husband just recently got a new job in a much better company and hence, he has the hard copy of the induction manual.  Me and my son have been attending open days of Universities because we want to start early in exploring the possibilities for his career pathway, so we’ve been collecting brochures as well.  These are only few in addition to the hundreds of paperwork which just keep on coming plus the documents which are significant to our lives, like birth certificates, citizenship certificates and a lot more.

To get organized, I decided to get more hard plastic sheets, folders and dividers, chalkboard labels and A4 size paper ( for printing ). Then I sort the papers,  categorize them and of course label them.

 

Afterwards, I came up with these:

Folders

I have 5 folders including the monthly organizer I have done before and have shown you in one of my post entitled “ Simple Monthly Organization

In addition to my existing folder, I added more folders like this:

 

jobs

In this folder I am now keeping everything pertinent to our current jobs like letter of offer, contracts, induction manuals and others.

 

 

car bank

In this folder I am keeping everything that has something to do with our cars and banks. This contain our car registrations, insurances, service records and communication from our bank institutions.

josephs

Since my son is already in his senior year, another 2.5 years and he will be in the University and therefore, I decided to make a folder for him. He can use it to place information booklets about Universities and courses as he tries to select the best option for him.

important

Lastly but not the least, the folder which keeps all the very important papers for the three of us.  Our birth and baptismal certificates are here, marriage contract, Australian citizenship certificates and others.

I’ve labelled it as ” Important Documents”. This folder has more reminders too.  It says:

You keep what is significant

You keep what you need

You keep what is useful and

You CAN’T keep what you just like or love!

There you go my dear friends and followers, my way of ending the season correctly.

 

God bless,

 

Nova

 

Organised Pantry

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Kitchen surely is very important to all us, it is where we prepare and cook our food.  Hence, pantry plays a very important role because it is where we get some of our cooking and baking stuff.

Let’s have a look at some organised pantries which I adore:

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Now let me show you my very own: org pantry

I have actually 2 small pantries and the other one is work in progress since I need to buy more trays from the hot dollar shop. I am so delighted that it only cost me $24.00 to push through with this simple organisation and was done only in several minutes. For those of  you who want to organize your pantry, you need the following:

1.trays

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2.chalkboard labels  ( I just love chalkboard )

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What I love about these, they are so easily be positioned on plastic trays and since it’s chalkboard, you are allowed to change your mind and re-label straight away

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Once again, let me show you ( from another angle ) my small but organised pantry

My pantry organmised

Hope you find organizing enjoyable like I do.

God bless,

Nova

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Outdoor Oasis during Winter

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Today marks the commencement of Winter here in Australia.  But we’ve been having cold days and chilly nights since the middle of April which was late fall.  As I’ve told you in my last post, there is a challenge to use your outdoor space during winter and let me tell you once again, if there’s a will, there is a way.   I will show you how we took on the challenge of enjoying the outdoor when temperature has been dropping down. First allow me to show you once again our courtyard last summer so you can see the difference:

summer courtyardHere’s another view

r courtyardNow, time for me show you what we have added:

heater in courtyardMy husband bought and assembled a gas heater from Bunnings to make sure that our guests will be comfortable and never freeze.  We have also added something on the wall which becomes a focal point of our courtyard:

sconceThe newest additional decor are these sconces which hold 7 tea light candles which I bought for only$14.99 from Aldi.  Putting decor on your outdoor wall is getting the taste of your inside space outside.

candle centerpieceThe centerpiece that I have for this cold season are candles, to add warmth and light.

ready for alfresco diningYou can see here, our courtyard is ready for some alfresco dining.  To top it all, we dared to invite guests for an early dinner, 5:30 which was already dark.  But it was part of the challenge of enjoying your outdoor to the fullest during winter.  Well, we actually did it during that time since our son was part of their school musical which started at 7 pm and those friends of ours who were watching  that night were invited to our place before and after the show ( our way of extending our gratitude for the support they have given to our son ).  Now let’s inspect the courtyard during the night:

outdoor setupAs you can see, the wall and the table are well-lit.  But the ambiance will not be complete if there are no candles on the floor too.

candles to light r pathThere you go, all prepared to receive our guests.

nova in her courtyardLet me tell you that we had a lovely night, a night which was not cold after all due to the warm reception we gave to our guests who graced the musical show of our son.

God bless,

Nova

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Enjoy your Outdoor Space during Winter

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Two weeks from now and it’s officially winter here in Australia.  Cold days, chilly nights are just some adjectives that best describe winter.  But since we live in Sydney, we do not experience blizzard here.  We have to drive for at least 6 hours to go to snowy mountain to do tobogganing or skiing. This means that enjoying the outdoors during winter is still possible.  Yes, I do believe that outdoor space can still be appreciated to the fullest with your family and friends as long as we keep ourselves warm by

1. Placing some heating elements outside to combat the low temperature and make your guests comfortable

source ( Place gas heaters or heat lamps where you will eat and drink )

source  ( Place candles on the floors not just to light the way but to add warmth)

source ( Here down under, we do not need to store away our cushions during winter since we are not expecting any snow.  So, lots of cushion can be a trick to keep us warm especially if the fabric is right

source ( If there is a chance, you can place some curtains to add style and to control the wind which can really be very cold )

There you go, let not winter stop you from being in touch with nature or enjoying your outdoor space.  As they say, “if there’s a will, there’s a way”.

Next time, I will show you our outdoor space during winter.

 

God bless,

Nova

Under the Grill Organization

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It’s always  winter time here in Australia so it means there will be less barbecues outside and outdoor space will not be used often.  However, lately, I felt the itch in looking after what is under our grill. My husband always cleans the grill after Bbq parties but as we know, cleaning comes first then organization.  So this is where I come in now.  A bit of “TLC”..tender loving care from me. Let me show you first how it looked like before:

grill chaosNot pleasing absolutely!

Then I thought of some metal tins I have inside, one is a metal tin for biscuits which I painted with charcoal paint before and never used it.  Now, I have decided what to write:

charcoal proj 4 grillThis is exactly right for some of our Grill accessories. Then I used another larger metal bin which I originally used in our bathroom but as per suggestion of my husband, it needs to go from its original position since metal and water are a perfect combination for rust formation.  Now, it has a new spot.  So this is what you can find now under our grill:

grill organizedHere is another photo:

grill afterI can say that these will rest for a while until winter is over, but it’s always a nice feeling to know that what is “under” or what is “inside” is as good as what you can see “outside”.

Wherever you are, whatever season you’re into, happy organizing from the “world down under”.

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God bless,

Nova

Under the Laundry Sink Organization

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If you are follower of mine and have read my most recent post, you know that I was hospitalized but I did bounce back.  My discharge date was the 3oth of April which was a Tuesday but of course, I did not go back to work until the following week, 6th of May.  So while at home and recovering, I did some organizing projects.  Yes, I did, but do not worry, I did not overdo it.  I was taking it easy.  In fact, home organization is always a therapy for me.  So, let me reveal to you what was “under our laundry sink” which became my first mini project.

unda sink b4Chaotic?  Definitely!!

uner d sink chaosYeah, it has so much, gloves, floor cleaner, laundry stain remover, and a lot more.  Of course, there was no order then.

First, what I did was to  put everything out to see if I can get rid of some things which is no longer needed.  However, I did realize that  I need everything but there was a need to just relocate some stuff like the hand towels ( (I did place it in the kitchen cupboard ).  Then, I placed the rest in two bins which I bought from the “reject shop” and those few items that did not fit were just placed behind the organizing bins.

So here it is:

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Now it looks more organized.  I know there are no labels and it’s not perfect but I personally believe it has improved a lot.  I’m quite happy with it.

Next time, I will show you what is “under our grill”.  Oh, yes, I did organize as well outside the house.  Again, I did not overdo it.  I was taking it easy and keeping it simple.

Happy organizing everyone!!

God bless,

Nova

 

 

 

Photo Gallery and its Meaning

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I can never be consistent showing you what I’ve been pinning in Pinterest so I will never promise to do it on a regular basis, but surely, you’ll get to see some of my pins like these:

Pics above couch

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I love the huge pictures above the couch.  It speaks of the magnificent maternal and paternal love to her/his child or children.  It’s amazing that “from the abundance of the heart, the decoration speaks”..

Absolutely love this!   "to hear laughter of a child, to wake up next to the love of your life, to know that god has placed them on earth for you... you are blessed.

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The above picture is another favorite of mine lately since photos and words made a perfect reminder to every parent, a reminder that we are so blessed being entrusted with a child or with children.

Photo wall, i love this!

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I adore this photo gallery too with the word family and a big letter monogram.  The word “family” is just perfect  since it is the family which makes a house a home.  The family who shares  their joy and pain, their loss and triumph, a family who just share themselves to each other.

Picture Wall... love

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Finally, allow me to show you another great picture gallery.  The wall reveals life’s events and occasions which definitely depict that life is really beautiful and should be well celebrated with family and friends.

God bless,

Nova

Bookshelf and Powder Room Redecorated

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Everywhere we go, there are always revisions and updates such as revisions of policies in our workplace or simply updates in our iphone applications. In our home, we need to redecorate and update as well.  It does not mean though that we have to buy a new furniture or really make a huge project like painting the whole house or removing the carpet in the bedrooms.  For me, simply adding few items or  a single piece of item can make a big difference.  Let us look at thesepowder rm

powder rm redoObviously, you can see at a glance  the basket that I have added to hold more stuff.  Then there are small items that I’ve added as well to definitely eliminate the dullness of the shelves in our powder room.  Can you spot on them?

Here’s another one with a simple change due to the additional of one single item:

my own bookstyle

bookshelf upgradedI have added in our bookshelf an indoor/outdoor lantern which I bought from Dusk for only $10.00.

The process of transformation can be quite simple,  yet we can be sure of a better effect.  Do you agree?

God Bless,

Nova

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Under Your Bathroom Sink Part 2

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I have made a post not so long ago entitled “Under your Bathroom Sink”.  To my surprise, I got very good comments, they thought that our bathroom sink was pretty organized ( although for me it was not pretty at all ).  I had also a  comment from Russel Ray Photos a professional home inspector  who is one of my followers.  He made an advise that dry stuff like towels, bathroom and the like should be stored under the bathroom sink to make it easy for us to know if there’s a leakage somewhere.  Likewise he mentioned to me that chemicals kept in the bathroom sink might eat away the plumbing and the underside of the sink.   Well, since he is a professional home inspector, he has all the knowledge about these things and I know I should take his comments on board.  However, I had some problems.  The space under our bathroom sink is quite small for me to store towels and toilet paper.  But having in mind that chemicals should be stored away, I thought of a solution.  bread

I thought that the enamel bread tin which of course always keeps moisture away can do the trick.  But of course I need to change the label.  Now I turned on to my chalkboard paint:

chalkboard paint

I love these chalkboard paint which I have used in many projects of mine.

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Now I can say that chalkboard paint works so well with enamel tins.  It only took me few seconds to apply it and the dried so quickly as well.

medsNow I have an entirely new label.  I have placed inside most of the liquid medicine hoping that chemicals will not eat away the plumbing under our sink ( well, this is just a guess, I have to wait for the comment of a professional again).

labeled medsI have used another enamel tin here which is labeled sink so I did not have to change it.  I just made sure that all of us in our household will find it easy to look for what we need by sorting out the other medicine.  I have divided it into three categories, for allergies, for swelling and for colds and flu.  I also put the cream and ointments here which I should have labeled 4.  Anyway, I will get it done after  this post.

bathroom sink reorgSo here is our updated “under the bathroom sink organization”.  So for those of you who have seen my previous “under the bathroom sin organization”, do you like the improvement?  I would surely love to hear your comments and I will take it on board, for sure.

God bless,

Nova

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