Totally Random, Old School Blogging

Are you young at heart or an old soul?

Old. I’m pretty sure I was born that way.

Tell me about a movie/book that has changed your life.

Books That Changed Me

The Kite Runner – Made me rethink the Middle East.

A Time to Kill – Made me rethink race and what it means to be black in a white America.

The Chamber – Made rethink the death penalty.

Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?

Yes, my best friend from elementary school.

Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?

My aunt’s house. Her daughter was my best friend.

Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people?

Both has it’s time and place.

What’s your “quirkiest” habit?

I like to organize my food by color, if possible. For example m&ms, but be eaten by color and the color with the fewer amount goes first.

What part of the past year sticks out in your mind?

My mom getting married and Listen To Your Mother.

What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning?

I use both a lot. My gut points me in the right direction, but logic helps me find the answer.

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?

Hmmmm… I don’t know. I like a lot of places. It depends on my mood at the time.

What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

The one that James made up the other night in the shower after we told him we would not take him to Walmart that evening to spend the money he had saved.

“You say, you say, that I can’t go today, but I can’t wait for tooommmmmooooorrrrrooooowwwwww.”

I’m still laughing about it too.

What is your ethnic heritage?

Cajun on my dad’s side and a motley mix of Eastern European on my mom’s side.

Give me the story of your life in six words.

God has a plan. Be patient.

Old School Blogging is hosted each month by Elaine, The Miss-Elaineous Life. This month her co-host is Emmy from Emmy Mom. Copy the questions and join in the fun!

How to DIY a Hanging Counter Top

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It’s that time of year. SPRING CLEANING. The time of year when everyone wants to declutter, reorganize, and scrub every inch of their homes. Well, maybe not that last one, but decluttering and reorganizing seems to be high on everyone’s list of things to do this year.

There is something about an organized space that makes my heart so happy. Awhile back I was on a big organizing kick and I redid my entire laundry room (with David’s help). Today I want to share how to DIY a hanging counter top to help add space and making organizing easier.

How to DIY a Hanging Counter Top to save space and making organizing easier.

My laundry room was a mess. Like a crazy mess. First, we pulled everything out and I painted the room a bright, fun color. Next I built a back to school command center to tame all of the crazy that comes with two kids in school. Then I had David patch a hole in the wall so that we could install this hanging counter top.

The only thing left was to build the hanging counter top. You will need:

1 x 4 boards sized to your specifications
Small piece of cabinet plywood for support
Angle Brackets
Wood Screws
Counter Top
Counter Top Installation Screws

First you will need to measure and cut your boards according to the size of counter top you want to install. You will need 1 x 4 for the wall side, one for the front, and two for the back. You will also need one for the lengthwise back brace. Cut your cabinet plywood into a triangle based on your length and width measurements.

How to DIY a Hanging Counter Top - Measure and cut your braces and attach to the wall with wood screws.

After all of your pieces are measured and cut, attach these to the wall with wood screws drilled into the studs. Attach the angle brackets in the corners to make the counter top more sturdy.

How to DIY a Hanging Counter Top - Use angle brackets to make the counter top more sturdy.

Paint or stain your base. I painted mine the same color as the walls so that it would blend in. Attach the counter top to your base. We bought our top at Lowe’s. David had to cut it down to size. All of the necessary supplies were available in the cabinet department.

How to DIY a Hanging Counter Top - Attach your counter top and you are ready to go.

It has been awhile since we completed this project, and it had kind of fallen into disarray (that’s a nice way to say it was a mess). I cleaned up the entire space and added a candle with a nice spring scent. I don’t know about your laundry room, but mine can always use a little extra smell good to clean out the eau de wet towel.

After I cleaned off my counter top, I decided to go the extra mile and clean out and organize the overhead cabinet as well. I tossed a bunch of old cleaning supplies and moved some holiday items to another location. This cabinet was so out of sorts before I didn’t use it much, but now I have everything right where I need it.

Organize your cabinets as part of your spring cleaning.

After all of this was cleaned and organized and smelling good, I decided the living room needed a little touch of spring too. I added this new Tiki Colada candle. It smells so good and is cleaning out all of the stuffy, winter smells.

Add a spring candle to your leaving room to say goodbye to those stuffy, winter odors.

You can find all kinds of great smelling candles, wax melts, and plugins in the scent aisle at your local store.

For more spring cleaning and organizing tips, be sure to check out these posts:
Organizing a Meal Station for Easy Meal Prep
Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips
Bathroom Makeover

This month Sharon, Mom of 6, is hosting the happy mama linkup and it is all about organizing. Be sure to visit her post for more tips and to share your organizing posts.