Lands’ End Organizing and Storage Solution
By Amy Trauntvein
I received this set of Lands’ End Canvas Storage Totes, but the pictures and opinions and storage ideas are my own.
I adore Lands’ End! With their classic designs and high quality, you can never go wrong when choosing a Lands’ End product. So when Lands’ End offered to send me a set of their Canvas Storage totes AND give a set to one of our readers, I was ecstatic! Set of 5 Canvas Storage Totes (value $195.50 online)
Lands’ End also asked me to come up with some creative storage solution for my beautiful totes and let me tell you, this was no easy task! Only because I had TOO MANY ideas for each size! But in the end I chose one storage idea for each tote that worked best for my home.
Extra Small- I do a lot of cooking and baking and so I keep my cookbooks out on my kitchen counter. I like having them out because I use them so much, but everytime I’d grab one, they’d all fall over. The Extra Small Canvas Storage tote was the perfect size to hold my cookbooks! No more books toppling over whenever I need one. And it looks cute too! I do have other cookbooks in a cabinet, but these are the ones I use most.
Small- I use tablecloths, a lot of tablecloths. When we moved into our new home 8 years ago, I bought myself a nice, solid hard wood dining set. Then my kids started using my beautiful table and chairs. Yeah. So now, to preserve the top of my table from craft projects, spills and whatever else they come up with, I use tablecloths which help immensely! Since I’m always changing out my tablecloths almost daily, I need easy access to them. I’m kind of embarrassed to show you where I use to keep them, but here it is… In a lower cabinet all stacked up and ready to fall out at anytime.
No longer! I was able to fit all of my table cloths into the Small Canvas Storage tote and find an open spot at the bottom of my pantry. Just open the door, and there they are! All neat and tidy and ready to be used.
Medium- During the summer, we go swimming. A lot! Not only do we go to public pools, but we have some great friends to own a pool and invite us over many times during the warmer months. I have needed a bag large enough to fit all of our towels, sunscreen, goggles, sunglasses and pool toys and the Medium Canvas Storage tote was the perfect fit! It held it all, plus had some room to spare!
And when the season is over, I can just take the entire, filled bag and store it in my hall closet ready for the next year!
Large- One of my favorite things to do when the day is done, is to snuggle up in a cozy blanket with my hubby and either watch a movie or catch up on our favorite TV shows. I have invested in some pretty awesome blankets but where do I keep them without it looking a mess all piled up in a corner? I used a big basket in the past, but it quickly fell apart. Not so with the Large Canvas Storage tote, this thing is top notch and sturdy! I also love how it matches my blankets…
Hamper- I wanted to do something different with the Hamper, but what else do you do with a hamper besides hold dirty laundry? I put it in my youngest daughter’s closet to hold all of her dress ups! I used to store her dress ups in a large plastic tote with a lid, but as with all those big plastic totes, the lid was hard for her to get off and pretty bulky for her to pull out too, AND it was so full it was starting to bulge and hard to get it closed. Not with the hamper, it’s plenty large enough to hold all her pretty things, shoes and all, and with no lid, there’s no more, “Mom, I need help!” Also, with the sturdy metal support rods, I’m not worried about her breaking the supports.
I love these Land’s End Canvas Storage Totes for their quality, functionality, gorgeous construction and finally, for helping me find some great storage solutions in my home!
Giveaway- Land’s End is giving one of our readers a full set of 5 Canvas Storage Totes as seen here (color may vary). One set contains the extra small, small, medium, large and hamper. Retail online $195.50.
Also be sure to go over to visit Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons too! Her awesome organizing blog is having a giveaway of the Lands’ End Storage Totes too!
Love To All! ~Amy
I have been married for 23 years to my awesome hubby, Todd and we have 4 equally awesome kids who keep me young! Our favorite thing to do together is travel. I enjoy gardening, yoga, walking and saving money! I am very active in my church and am currently serving the children, and I love volunteering at my kids’ schools doing whatever I can to help the teachers and staff.
So excited To Visit Hollywood Studios at Disney World
I promised Elise we would make it over to Hollywood Studios at Disney World. I actually think if we could have only gone to one park, she would have picked Hollywood Studios over Magic Kingdom. I’m glad we were able to get to both. I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to or not.. but we did.
The atmosphere was calmer and less chaotic than Magic Kingdom. That was a nice break right off the bat. We loved Magic Kingdom, so don’t get me wrong, but it was very crowded and hectic.
There was one thing Elise really wanted to do -The Tower of Terror … and one thing I really wanted to do… the Toy Story ride. So we did them both!
The Toy Story ride said there was an 80 minute wait, but it ended up being about a 40 minute wait instead. There was talking Mr. Potato Head to entertain us as we waited…. lol I love Mr. Potato Head! I tried getting a couple picks of the ride, but wasn’t able to get any that turned out. But trust me…. very fun ride!!
We wore 3-D glasses during the ride where we hot these little shooter things. There were four people in the car, two on one side and on the back side (we couldn’t see them) there were two more. The ride would zip you around so that you would stop at these virtual targets where you’d shoot your shooter. It kept score (I won by the way out of the 4 in our car).
She was so excited that we were able to get one of the Toy Soldiers to take her picture with.
I was amazed that Elise didn’t mind going on the Tower of Terror by herself!
I just can’t do scary things like that. But she was all about it! So off she went on her own to ride this ride. She came out just so excited and exhilarated. There was a couple there who took her under their arm on the ride, which was so nice of them. But she wasn’t scared…. just excited. It did win out for the best ride for Disney World, for her.
We headed to the Sci-fi diner for dinner. It would have been better if we made reservations, but I didn’t think about that. We had about 30 minute to wait, and I think we had a shorter wait because there were only two of us.
It was fun watching the old sci-fi movies on the drive in movie screen while we ate. What a fun place to eat. It is all set up like a drive-in movie theater from the 1950′s. We sat in the middle of a car.
There was much more to do at this park, but we wanted to try and get back to Magic Kingdom for the electric light parade. (We didn’t make it, but we did get to ride the ferry, run through Epcot in the dark… trying to beat the crowd after the fireworks as we made it to the tram)
My tickets from Disney World for the day was a one day – 4 park hopper pass that included Hollywood Studios. My opinion and pictures are all my own.
Guest Post by Organizing Junkie!
by Laura from I’m an Organizing Junkie
Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie helped to inspire the feel of my blog. Once I discovered blogging I looked at many. I felt most comfortable with hers as I felt it was inviting and fun. I liked the colors, the feel of it and I decided that I also wanted to have a “comfortable” feel to my blog rather than “stiff or stuffy” feel.
She is by far the most recognized organizing blog and I am thrilled to have her being my guest blogger today.
I am so glad she is doing menu planning because it is something that I am not good at. I wish I was….I wish I liked to cook….I have attempted menu planning many times and never seem to stick with it. (See organizers aren’t always organized at every aspect of their lives – although I think we hate it when we aren’t!)
I am going to try her method and give it another shot. Just like I have started couponing..I am going to incorporate menu planning.
Menu Planning Made Easy
I started menu planning three years ago when I became a stay at home mom. It literally changed my life and now I don’t know how I ever managed without it. I use to be under the impression that menu planning was too rigid and wouldn’t offer me any flexibility. Yet that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Menu planning allows me to prepare and shop for a whole week of dinner options at one time and even though I menu plan what I’m having on certain days I am by no means restricted to that. Having all the necessary ingredients on hand allows me the flexibility to switch days around if I need too without any problems. The menu planning itself takes me no time at all. Let me take you through the process of what works for me step by step:
If you can, choose a regular grocery day and stick to it. For instance I like to get groceries on Monday mornings at 8:30 am when the grocery store is less busy and I can get in and out in no time flat.
The night before grocery day sit down with a notepad and create sections for each day of the week.
Then looking through cookbooks or online start putting together a list of 5 or 6 different meals your family might enjoy that week. To make it a little easier for me when I do it, I start by figuring out which “meat” I’m going to have on which day. So on my notepad I might have chicken marked down for Monday and beef marked down for Tuesday. I also usually try to include at least one meatless dish. Once I know what meat I’m having I can do a quick search for say chicken recipes to find one that I want to use in my menu plan.
As you are doing your menu/recipe search you will certainly come across some more dishes that you’d like to try. I created a folder in my bookmarks called “recipes to try” with sub-folders listing the various food categories (ie: veggies, chicken, desserts, etc) and as I find recipes I’d like to try in the future I bookmark them for quick and easy access in subsequent weeks.
Don’t forget to create a night for leftovers. I purposely make extra on the other days so that I can afford myself a leftover day or two and that way nothing is wasted. This is especially helpful if scheduled for nights when you are busiest. I also do Simple Supper Sundays where anything goes.
Some other considerations to keep in mind when creating your weekly plan is what you might already have on hand in your freezer or pantry that might need to be used up. Select recipes around those ingredients and save money on your grocery bill that week.
Have a look at the grocery store sale flyers. If roast is on sale it is a good time to include roast in your menu plan. Also cross reference with any coupons you might have on hand.
Write a grocery list of the foods you need and post your menu where everyone can see it. No more having to answer the annoying “what’s for dinner?” question.
Join Menu Plan Monday to share and get menu plan ideas from other participants.
Smile and relax knowing that come 4 o’clock each evening you’ve got dinner covered. No panic necessary.