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2015 in review | home projects and organization

2015 was a decent year. This time last year I vowed to get every space in my home organized and while I didn’t complete that resolution in its entirety, I learned a lot from the projects  I did complete and I am holding onto my resolve to live a well organized life. In 2016 I’m taking you with me on the journey, we’re going to get our spaces together and not go crazy in the process, I promise!

One step at a time, we will do this in 2016! Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter. You will surely not want to miss out on the fun we’re going to have. There will be challenges and giveaways to help, and no you won’t need to have a blog to participate

My major home projects for 2016 include:

  • Repainting the accent wall in the kitchen
  • A master bathroom renovation
  • Carpet removal and replacement
  • Organization of every closet, drawer and hidden space
  • Laundry room floor makeover
  • His/Hers home office makeovers
  • Boys Room Makeover
  • DIY Farmtable

Seeing that we can’t move forward without acknowledging where we’ve been here are the top 4 home projects that I completed this year

Pantry Makeover

Started off 2015 with a much needed pantry makeover. Honestly, this is one of the only spaces that stayed organized the entire year. I know it was because of the time and effort I put in there to make sure there was sufficient storage for all of my essential items

Pantry Organization

Pantry Organization

Daughter’s Room Makeover

When we moved into this house her room was beige with black trim. We conquered painting it in 2014 but I didn’t finish up the majority of the decorating until 2015. I still have a ways to go but progress is good.

Girls Room Decor



Son’s Room Paint Makeover

I’ll be the first to say I haven’t done such a great job of putting as much effort into my son’s room as I have my daughter’s. I have purchased quite a few things for his room that need to be put up. First things first I got rid of that ugly wall color and painted some pretty cool stripes on his wall. Finishing up his room will be one of my first projects in the new year.

Boys Room Makeover


Helpful tips on the blog today on how to get crisp paint stripes. Just one trick and it is super easy with $.99 paint pints from @AceHardware #FindYourColor #Sponsored #DIY #WallStripes #BoysRoom


A photo posted by M I M I (@unlikelymartha) on


Daughter’s Closet Makeover

My daughter’s closet was a hot mess. Not functional at all. Before school started I decided to go in and give her new elementary school wardrobe a nice place to live.

Girls Closet Makeover

I even spray painted her hangers gold. Tutorial here. For those wondering the hangers are still looking good.

Girls Closet Makeover

So excited for 2016 and all of the home projects we have in store. I am looking forward to sharing them with you.

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See you tomorrow when I recap my top recipes from 2015!

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    Fi Ní Neachtáin
    December 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Your home is beautiful, you’ve done so many wonderful projects already. I especially love your daughters room. My next big task is decluttering the house and beginning the new baby’s nursery.

    Fiona @ http://www.dollydowsie.com

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    December 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Your daughter’s room is beautiful! I’m in the middle of 2 bathroom reno’s and it’s been a nightmare! It’s all coming to the blog soon.
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    Miranda (Myrabev)
    December 28, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I think its admirable that you managed to complete some goals and instead of abandoning them you moving them to 2016. Your daughter’s room is beautiful I love the decor plus the wardrobe looks lovely.
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    December 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

    It all looks so fantastic! I could definitely stand to reorganize my kitchen cabinets and my bathroom. I can’t do too much since I live in an apartment, but there’s always room to tidy something up! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mistee Dawn
    December 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Sounds like you have a lot planned for 2016. I definitely need to make a list of all of the home projects I want to do in 2016.
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    Cat Davis | Mom by the Beach Blog
    December 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I have a ton of ball canning jars. Like so many you’d think I own a store. HA! I think I definitely need to find a way to use them to organize areas of my house in the coming year.

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    December 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I love what you did and cannot wait to see all you do in 2016. Your daughters room is just darling! I love it, and love the tips and tricks you’ve shares this year. I plan to do some sprucing up in our new place too next year. I’ll be checking back for inspiration, for sure! 😉

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    December 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing all your home improvement projects in 2016 🙂
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    Jenn @ EnigneerMommy
    December 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    It’s great to assess what you have done over the last year and make plans for the upcoming year. I love your pantry and how it came out! I’d love to organize ours this year!

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    December 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I am going to do better next year. But I will be waiting until we move. You have a great eye for decor!
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    December 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I need to do a little organization around my house.
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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    December 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    First of all, what a fun idea on the hangers – love them! And second, I’m totally impressed by the organization of your pantry. Mine is a wreck the day after I organize it.
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    Esther @ The Cuteness
    December 28, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Everything looks wonderful! I absolutely love those gold hangers, I think I need them for myself. Well done, it’s been a very successful year for you!

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    Travel Blogger
    December 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    These ideas all look so great! I love the uniform look of the gold hangars. It makes the closet look “dressy” if that makes any sense. Love it!

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    Jaime Nicole
    December 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    That is pretty darn impressive that you were able to organize every closet and drawer. I need to be inspired to do that in my home.
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    Bites for Babies
    December 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Wow, your rooms are gorgeous! I wish I would have accomplished more during my holiday break but I had a full house of sick people ;-(

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    December 28, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    OK, so I am drooling over your pantry! That is gorgeous! I have this “thing” about pantries. Your daughter’s bedroom is just beautiful as well.

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    December 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I’m so jealous of your pantry. I desperately need to organize mine! I have plans too for organization next year! I’ve already gotten rid of a lot of clothes, so the next thing I’m moving on to is to organize all of the closets in the house! Pray for me! LOL
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    Tiffany of Macarons and Coffee
    December 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Loving the pantry makeover! Definitely is inspiring me to makeover mine.

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    December 28, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    What a beautiful job you’ve done to your home. We have some rooms to painting our house too and probably some things to u grade in 2016. We’ll probably start on those projects as soon as we can.
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    Tiffani G
    December 29, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Can’t you just come to my house and work your magic in 2016? I need to figure out how to make my tiny kitchen more functional, decorate my living room (while trying to coordinate with hubby’s tastes), organize my linen closet, and make our bedroom a sanctuary. Looking forward to seeing your projects this year!

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    December 29, 2015 at 8:10 am

    These are great, you’ve done an awesome job! Definitely motivating as we have several projects that we’d like to do around our home, especially organizational ones! Thanks for sharing!
    -Natasha | http://www.lovelyyoublog.com

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    December 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

    You completely rocked this you should be very proud I need to get on board those hangers and your daughtera room is simply perfect !!!

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    December 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    You got alot done in 2015. I cant wait to see all of the changes you make for 2016!!
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    December 29, 2015 at 9:39 am

    All of the things you have redone are gorgeous! I cannot wait to read about your 2016 projects. I can’t believe we are already a few days away from the next year!

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    Trina - Baby Shopaholic
    December 29, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Great stuff! Can’t wait to see all your projects in 2016!
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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    December 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I’m moving this year into my first ever HOUSE with the fiance, so this is so inspiring! That pantry looks sooo so good. And the gold spray-painted hangers??? Holy moly, it really does make a big difference! Looks amazing.

    Coming Up Roses

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    Jennifer Pritchard Kearney
    December 30, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Wow you have so many beautiful rooms in your home! Love your list of projects for 2016.

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    Jasmine Watts
    December 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Your home is beautiful! Now I cannot wait to see all you do in 2016.

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    December 30, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    My pantry needs deliverance! I wish I could keep mine together for more than a day or two. I need to pick up some of those baskets asap! I need to step my organization up in 2016!

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    January 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Great makeover projects for this 2016. Your 2015 projects are awesome too specially the daughter’s room makeover. Love that gold hangers 🙂
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    Holly Sparks
    January 8, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Great ideas! I love the rooms of your kids! I need to make a little renovation at home, too. We moved to a new house in November and we need to work on the design and decoration of some of the rooms. I am really happy that we have finally moved to our new house and I want to make feel like our forever home! Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas! 🙂

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