Thursday, March 8, 2012

Packing, Crafts, & Hiding From Reality


So I am a crazy lady and have already started packing. We close in less than 4 weeks and I want to be on top of things. I kind of feed off of organization and I actually had a lot of fun doing it (weird, I know). Our current home is now up for lease and I wanted to declutter a bit and I also felt weird having people in our house seeing all of our stuff. I have been collecting boxes from work and want to make this move efficient and easy! Jon was on the road for work Tuesday night and came back late last night so it gave me ample time to go OCD on packing. I ended up taking down 43 picture frames....yes you heard that right, 43 frames. In barely 1100 square feet. If my whole house could be covered in pictures, I would be happy! I also took down wall decor, random accessories, and pictures off of our fridge. 


Back in May I did an entire post dedicated to photo booths and our love for them. We had one at our wedding and every wedding we've been to after has had one. They are a BLAST. Most of our photo strips are on our refrigerator along with 4 save the dates, our wedding invite and more pictures. It's a lot!! Our new fridge is stainless steel and is only magnetic on the sides (and only one side is showing). I'd rather not plaster the side with junk so I got a little crafty last night...




I used a shadow box and simply glued down the tiny little pictures. Not all of the photos fit but I picked my favorites. I was thinking this would be a great way to collage any type of picture, not just a photo strip. Saves space and makes for a clean refrigerator :-)

Last night I also started this book. Okay I only read 3 pages because Jon was almost home but I have a feeling I will finish it quickly. Beverly Hills is my favorite Real Housewives group for sure. 


Jon got home late last night but I still managed to show him 4 of the songs I've choreographed for Zumba :-). I can't wait to start teaching!! Jon said after seeing the songs he is intimidated to ever go to a class (yeah right like he'd ever go!). 


30 comments:

Amira said...

Ohhhh, you'll have to let me know your thoughts on Taylor's book! I've been so curious about her story. Also, can I say that I envy your OCD organization impulses? I'm the opposite. I despise packing and moving and organizing.

Michelle P said...

That's good that you started packing! Packing is horrible so it's better to gradually do it.

Carolyn said...

Love the OCD packing! HAHA I started out that way when we were moving too...and then just started chucking things in boxes!!! Hopefully you end a little more organized than me. :) I love the picture frame... so cute!

Carolyn said...

Oh - and what songs are you choreographing for zumba?!?!?!

Ashley said...

Yeah for Zumba! I just went to my first class yesterday and loved it!

Britt said...

You teach Zumba?!?! Man I wish I lived near you... I go twice a week and its my fav!!!!

Love that photobooth shadowbox idea!

Ashley said...

Great job on the packing!!! It is crazy how much stuff you find that you forget about!! You should video your zumba classes so I can do them at home... I'm too scared to goto a class!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

That is so cool that you're teaching Zumba, I used to love taking classes at my old gym! And I totally agree about the picture frames, I'd literally have them everywhere if I could! :)

Mo (New on U) said...

I wish I was even HALF as coordinated as you need to be for Zumba - it always looks like fun!

Good luck with your move! If it gets overwhelming, just remember it's probably your last one for a loooong time :)

Katie @ Lovebird Productions said...

I am loving the photo booth pictures not only because you get to decorate with them but because of what it means to you both. Such a sweet way to look back at great memories!

P.S. It is so nice to hear that someone else likes packing and has OCD tendencies like me. I love to organize and pack! We are building and 4 months from now the house will be done and I am tempted every day to pack. Weirdos unite! :)

Katie {katie lately} said...

a ruthie jon collage!! How FUN! Wanna know something super depressing? The week we got home from our honeymoon (last JULY) I went to Ikea and bought 15-20 picture frames. not a single one is up.. they are all under my dresser. we dont have ANY wedding pics up! you are inspirng me to do that now hahah! so excited for your move & for you to have your very own home!

Katie {katie lately} said...

PS: you are teaching zumba?!?!!? you are a woman of EVERY trade - I swear!

Joeylee said...

nothing wrong with packing early.
high five for teaching zumba!
I love hanging pictures too and probably have about 75 hanging up.

Karla said...

Wait Taylor has a book? I would actually be interested in reading it.. that girl went through allot I can only imagine.

Kodi said...

I can't wait to hear how you like that book! She is a little cray-cray in my opinion, but I bet her story is great.

I wish I lived in the Austin area instead of the Dallas area. I would go to your Zumba class for sure!

Jamie said...

You HAVE to post a video of your zumba dance on here!! just sayin:-)

Jes said...

first time at your blog and i love it!
especially because you have a frenchie. even more especially because we both have mustaches on our banner.
looking forward to following.
xx jes

www.twosmuppies.com

Wendy said...

Good luck with your packing! After packing up my kitchen, I am so glad we are not moving ~ that was plenty :)
Love what you did with the pictures!

Amanda said...

Dang! You certainly did get crafty! I love it! And I also love that you are already packing! My next project is to tackle the man cave... (we just have piles of stuff all over it, and it needs to cleaned up!).

Lia Joy said...

Hi! I'm a new follower! I found your blog via a comment on my hometown post from Meg's blog! I LOVE meeting fellow Aggies :) Love your blog!

Daisy said...

I can't believe you have that many picture frames!! That collage came out great. I love photo booth pictures.

Haha! RJ would never go to any of my classes either. He says It's only girls. Can't wait to hear about your first class! I'm starting to think your my blog twin :)

angie on maui said...

I love the photo collage! What a great way to hilight your favorites without compromising space! A long time ago our refrigerator was plastered with photos and momentos but when we moved, I used that as an opportunity to declutter, too (plus, I was too OCD about covering up our brand new refrigerator)! I wish I had thought of this with the photos - it's a great idea!

I had to laugh about your 43 frames...my husband thinks it's just ME that puts up so many photos around our home! hehe...

Have a great day, love!

Brittany said...

Oh my gosh! What a great idea. And i lurrrrrrve photobooths :) So. Much. Fun.

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

I can't wait until you tell about the book. I have read some stuff on line but am curious because you only get snippets here and there. I can't wait to see where you hang the new collage.

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

Let me know what you think of the book...I was thinking about reading it myself!

Happy Thursday!!!! xoxo

Alyssa said...

confession.. i've never done zumba (gasp!!) but i want to so badly!! it's so great that you are an instructor!! how fun that must be! i've literally never heard anyone say anything bad about it - only how much they love it.

Abbey said...

I just downloaded...well a few weeks ago, Taylor's book. I'm just waiting for some time to read more than a few sentences here and there. I hope it's good!

Nikol Schiller said...

Cute collage! I love that! I'm obsessed with reading celebrity autobiographies. I loved Mindy Kaling's (Kelly from The Office). Happy reading! I'll have to grab Taylor's book soon. =)

Heather said...

such a cute idea to do to the photos! love!! and you have to let me know how the book is... beverly hills is my favorite, too xo

Julie Keller said...

I actually REALLY love the look of a fridge without all the mess plastered on it. Ours is also stainless, and although it freaked me out at first, it feels like our kitchen can breath a bit! We've been on a decluttering/spring cleaning kick this month, so I can appreciate the high you get off of organization!

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