This past weekend was “tax free” shopping on clothes and school supplies here in Alabama.  Thankfully, ML and I are both out of school and Noah hasn’t quite started any form of structured learning.  The thought of a new school year starting, of the chance to begin something new has really gotten me motivated though.

Motivated to clean and prep the house for fall… even if we are in the middle of Summer.  Motivated to explore some design topics here on the blog.   Motivated to get some DIY projects done… which means I actually need to start some of them.  Motivated to finally get organized… I broke down and bought a planner (tax free)!

20130805-212744.jpgI’m really excited about my planner.  Way more than I should be.  I have different color pens for keeping activities organized… blue for the blog, red for family, black for all other.  I’m a procrastinator but do well working with deadlines  So, I figured maybe if I have a calendar to give myself actual deadlines it will help me prioritize everything and manage to give my mind a little sanity.

With all this planning I hope to actually free up a little time.  And by “free up” I really mean find enough time to get everything done.  Does this every actually happen?  I think not.

Besides my super cool pink flowery planner I mentioned that I was also motivated to finally dive into some design topics here on the blog.  I love chronicling our DIY journey with you but I think it will also be fun to explore some design topics.  I don’t claim to be a design expert by any means and still have a lot to learn about residential design but after working as an interior designer for five years and becoming licensed and NCIDQ certified I hope to have a little knowledge to share with you.

One of the first topics I plan to cover will be a series about tile.  Ceramic tile.  Porcelain tile.  What’s the difference?  Tile shapes, sizes, thickness, and installation patterns.  Selecting the tile that is right for you.  After installing the tile in our kitchen I realized that there were several people who didn’t know what i meant by “subway tile”.  What is it they asked?  After hearing this a few times I thought maybe people would like to know more about tile.  Especially since it is a popular element to use in design.  I have a few more topics rumbling around in my head but I don’t want to give them all away right now.  I think this will be a fun new addition to the blog though and I am definitely open to any more topics you would love to know more about.

Has all the talk of “back to school” got you ready for fall?  Are there any new things you plan to start?  Any new goals?  What other topics would you be interested in learning about?

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4 thoughts on “Motivated

  1. Melanie

    Tax free week? That’s pretty great! What is your tax rate? I remember stopping in Mississippi once when taxes were 11%! Made a huge difference in my purchase than our 6% here in PA.

    By the way, cute planner! I love being organized. I use the google calendar and sync it with my phone.
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    1. Krystle Post author

      Alabama and some of the other southern states offer tax-free weekend right before school starts back. It’s definitely helpful… one year we bought a new Mac Mine tax free. Huge savings! Especially since where we live is 10% sales tax. It’s crazy that PA’s is only 6%. However ours varies by city and is typically lower in areas away from Birmingham.

  2. ValenzMom a/k/a Helen

    Love your cute planner! I think you’ll really need it more than ever with 2 kiddos and all their activities! It’s good to get in the habit of keeping one now :).

    By the way, I think another good topic to cover in your blog would be window treatments. Sometimes I think that the term “treatments” really intimidates some folks, so maybe you could explain other options and how their not that difficult to accomplish.

    1. Krystle Post author

      That’s kind of what I am feeling. With kids in the picture you don’t just juggle your schedule but theirs and yours.
      Thanks so much for the window treatment suggestion. It sounds like a fun topic to explore and will hopefully be helpful to others.


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