This Month on Homemaking Organized

  It’s August! And this month we’re working on….

  • Back to School! Can you believe it already?!
  • We’re implementing our Great Morning Plan. If you struggle with getting things done during the day and want to capture more hours in your day I highly recommend getting on the Morning Plan bandwagon.
  • Continuing with 34 Weeks of Clean (this month we’re in the homeschool room and home office, )
  • Getting some summer fun in.
  • Joining the July Blogging Challenge

This Month Check out the Carnival of Homeschooling
Carnival of Homeschooling

5 Home Decor Ideas for Big Blank Walls

blank-walls-home-decorStaring at a blank wall can cause you to feel overwhelmed and in search of wall decorating ideas.  I know this personally. I have 3 such walls in my home and I’m moving into year two here without having done anything to them yet.

There are many ways that you can take a big wall space and transform it into a cozy space that fits your personality.

Here are 5 ways to decorate those big blank walls that I am considering in the next 12 months (hopefully).

1. Photo Collage:  If you have many family photos,  framing them in similar frames and making a wall collage using the framed photos is a very nice touch.  Nothing decorates a space better than pictures of those you love. A friend of mine used a wall decal like this one to feature her family photos on a blank wall at the top of her stairs. For an artistic look, have the photos printed in black and white.  They’ll all coordinate even though they are all very different.

2. Mirrors: I learned from another friend how mirrors can open up a room, draw in more light and give your wall a finished look. This friend added a big mirror in the once dark living room to make the space seem bigger and lighter. If one big mirror is not your style then several small ones can make quite a statement. Just check out this look in all of it’s DIYiness.

3. Tapestries and Art: Interesting objects can also make beautiful wall art.  For example, hanging a large musical instrument can add a very elegant piece to your room.  A beautiful rug can also be made into a wall hanging.  Quilts and other homemade art projects can be beautiful additions to a room. My mother has made us a taspestry wall hanging at the top of our stairs. This instantly added a very stylish touch to what was once a boring landing.

4. Personalized Sayings: Make a statement with your walls. Tell what you are about. I like these LetterPress Custom wood blocks from DaySpring. I played around with them online to see what my BIG blank entry wall would look like with a meaningful saying. What do you think? Maybe an exclamation at the end?


4.Chalkboards: Okay this is my personal favorite. I haven’t done it yet but I have plans to add a HUGE…okay, huge chalkboard in my kitchen. I have two blank walls in this space but I know what I want to go on one of them. I’ve been stalking Etsy for the perfect large chalkboard.

A blank wall can be very overwhelming.  But even if you’re not an expert, these wall decorating ideas can get you started on personalizing your space.


What Happens Each Part of Your Young Child’s Day

It’s okay if your daily schedule changes depending upon the day of the week. That’s a good thing. We don’t want to get in a rut and variety is the spice of life you now. But for now let’s just focus on the routines for one day. The goal is not to over schedule your […]


Provide Preschool Time at Home for Your Child

  My daughter still recalls with fondness her preschool days at home. I had the habit of including a little tea for our lunch each day. We drank juice or water but we used her little tea set and she poured. I cut our sandwiches with cookie cutters and made made spreadable cheese out of […]


Free Editable Printable August 2015 Cleaning Calendar

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Back to School Labels from Label Daddy 20% Off

Save 20% on Label Daddy labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with […]


Simple Address Pages for Your Half Size Planner

This entry is part 27 of 27 in the series 34 Weeks of Clean

For this week’s 34 Weeks of Clean printable I’ve made simple half size pages for your half size planner (if you have one). Keep track of the important people in your life the old fashioned way. Just print and cut in half. Hole punch and voila!  


The Curiosity Keeper : a Litfuse Book Review

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Dollar Stretcher Tips for July 30, 2015

Simple Veggie Wash Working in a school lunchroom has given me the opportunity to learn some kitchen tricks. We were taught to wash produce with salt water. Just fill your sink with water and add a couple of tablespoons of salt. Make sure the produce is covered with water for about 10 minutes. Sherri Glass […]


Menu Plan Monday July 27, 2015 – Back to School in the Kitchen

This entry is part 57 of 57 in the series Monday-Menu Plan

A lot has happened this past week in my kitchen. First of all I’ve talked a family member into getting a chest freezer. But more importantly I’ve started taking cooking lessons of a sort. From the Culinary Institute of America.  I love to cook but I know there are tips and tricks I could be […]