Home Turf

5 things in my house that make it a home:

  1. Family room: Where my family relaxes and shares memories.
  2. Kitchen/Dining Room Table: Where meals are served and projects worked on.
  3. Lots of stuff: I don’t think a house is truly a home until you fully live in it, crap and all.
  4. Family: How would a house be a home without the people I love?
  5. Bed: A constant in my ever-changing world.

Organizing the Front Closet

About a month ago, my mother and I started purging many different spaces in our home.  This included her walk-in closet, the spare bedroom, a kitchen buffet, a dining room buffet, and various other spaces.  But the Front Closet just didn’t seem to be utilized as well as it could have been.  We just cleaned it out maybe 2 years ago and got rid of a TON of stuff, but since then it has become a catch-all for our first floor.  Not sure where to put something?  Throw it in the Front Closet.  Guests coming over?  Throw everything in the Front Closet.  It’s funny what we can hid behind a door right?

So the day finally came, I decided that it needed new organization.  The problem with this closet is that we don’t use it for coats – we store those in our mudroom/laundry room.  So the biggest problem was that we needed more than just the one shelf above the hanging rod.  Now, what would be perfect for this would be a custom closet ($$$$$$).  Instead, a trip to Walmart happened.

I found some rolling wire carts ($12.99 each, I believe).  I had taken measurements of everything before I left, so I knew that 3 carts would fit inside the closet with a little room to spare.  These were pretty much perfect for this organizational project, and they can easily roll in and out of the closet if needed.  We don’t use the items stored in this closet that frequently, so this was a good solution.  I also bought a few storage bins in different sizes based on the needs of the things being stored in the closet.

Things that needed to be stored in the Front Closet:

  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Photos
  • Winter Coats/Snowsuits
  • Greeting Cards
  • Gift bags/Tissue paper
  • Extra paper towels

So with this list in mind, I made my purchases from Walmart and went home to put this new system in use.  The carts were super easy to assemble (no tools!).  I hung a shoe organizer on the far right inside the closet (not pictured) to hold the paper towels.  Then I rolled the carts in and filled them with their respective items.  One cart is not filled yet, and I would like to keep it that way because I know that something will show up in this house and need a home.  Then I took some shower caddies and hung them from the hanging rod.  One holds some winter gloves, the second one holds car accessories (GPS, car usbs, etc.), and the third one has nothing in it currently.  The winter coats/snowsuits live in a huge bin on the top left, and the photos in a smaller bin top right.

I am hoping to keep this organized and not let it get cluttered.  I think that for right now this is our best bet for that closet, and it looks one million times better.  My inner OCD is now at peace with this space.

Hi I’m Jen (An Introduction)

An introduction makes no sense after a blog has already launched…… or does it?

Well here we go – an introduction on who I am and what the hell this blog is about (I’ll do my best on that last part).

About Me

I’m Jen (see also Jenny, JenJen, Jennifer, and JenMarks).  I am (currently) a 22-year-old recent college graduate without a full-time job.  I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Media Informatics, a minor in Marketing, and an area of concentration in Psychology.  I was a part of Theta Phi Alpha sorority during my days at NKU, and commuted to school from home.  After graduation in May, I began job searching and still have found nothing.  I still partially don’t know what I want to do with my life, and my major in college really didn’t fully prepare me for anything.  I don’t feel ready for a job in any one specific area, but am still trying with the whole job search thing.  But enough about college and the job search (that will wear you out).

I enjoy cleaning, organizing, doing crafts, DIY projects, spending money, watching Netflix, teaching tumbling, office supplies, sleeping, jewelry, online shopping, and writing in my planner.  I spend my nights and Saturdays teaching tumbling and competitive acro teams.  I spend every other waking second thinking about my small business, Chloe + Isabel by Jen Marks.  I spend almost all my time with my mother and sister who have been my everything since my father died when I was 6.  My bff Kaylyn is also basically considered a sibling too.  I love traveling (by car/roadtrip, no planes), especially to Walt Disney World, Outer Banks, and more recently New York City.

About This Blog

So, this blog basically started as a place for me to pour out some thoughts and reviews and projects – but really I have no clear basis.  I love cleaning and organizing, and would love to just blog about that – but I don’t think that that is too realistic.  You should read my blog because I am a normal person fighting normal person daily struggles and  losing in a war against Netflix.  I also actually am told often that I have good ideas, and I would really like to share those with the world.  I think I have a slightly different view of the world than the people around me, and this sets me apart.

I would really love to blog all the time and make this a larger part of my life, so I have decided to take this course, Blogging101.  I am hoping that this will keep me on my posting game and give me the push out of the nest to fly on my own! 🙂