5 PLACES IN VACAVILLE ALL FOODIES MUST TRY

Vacaville is not what you would call a “happening” town, lol. Nor do we have a flock of tourists like our neighboring cities, i.e. Napa. In fact, most people don’t know it exists, and those that do rarely give it much thought. Vacaville is actually pretty centrally located (no more than 1.5-hour drive) between some of the biggest touristy places in Northern California – San Francisco and the Bay Area, Napa Valley, Sacramento, and Silicon Valley.

Below I have a list of five places in Vacaville you MUST try if you’re ever in the area.

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So Many Bags … So Little Space!

Hey everyone!

To all the ladies out there, have you ever felt that your bags are taking over your closet?  If you’re anything like me that thought has crossed your mind at some point.  I will be the first to say that I have a minor bag collection problem.  I love my bags; hand bags, cross body, totes, you name it.  The only problem is I don’t have a massive closet to store them as if they were on display in a store (although I will admit that would be a dream).  I’ve been trying to find a way to store all my bags for a very long time, and done quite a bit of research on different ways to store and organize bags that would fit into my living environment.  And I am here to say that I have finally found a way to store all of my bags, including wallets and wristlets.  I’m also happy to say that this method will help keep me in check on how many purses I buy, lol.  A good rule that I should start living by is ‘one in, one out‘.

The first thing I did was go through all my bags and decided which ones I wanted to keep and which ones I was going to get rid of (I did this step prior to having a system to put in place).  Next, I had to figure out how to actually store all of them.  All my bags are stored in my bedroom closet, which measures roughly 82″ W by 23″ D.  As you can tell it’s not a very big closet, especially considering all the other stuff that I have in there.  My closet also has a built in top shelf, which is where my bags were being housed (and a currently being housed) but it was not very functional.  I would just place them up there, and then they would just fall on top of each other and if I tried to take one out then the whole thing would come tumbling down.  Not. Fun.

So how did I remedy the problem?

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Well, I was at Home Goods a few weeks ago and came across these beautiful canvas storage containers.  They came in a number of sizes, although with them being purchased at Home Goods they may no longer have the same exact ones anymore .  I purchased two, a larger one and a smaller one (17.5″ W x 13.5″ D x 14″ H and 14.5″ W x 10.5″ D x 12″ H respectively), and divided my bags in two categories: totes/large bags and shoulder/cross body (which also includes wallets and wristlets).  Then, I simply placed all my bags neatly in their respective containers then placed them on the shelf inside my closet.  I have found this to be the best way to contain and organize all my bags while still making them easily accessible, if I need a bag I just grab the container I need (they’re very light so it’s easy) grab whichever bag I want and then place the container back on the shelf.  Best thing, this storage method doesn’t take up a large amount of space, which is great if you’re short on space like me.  Oh and on the plus side they’re pretty containers to look at when I open my closet 🙂

I hope this post has helped some of you who might be looking for a way to store and organize all of your bags.

As always thanks for reading, and I will talk to you all soon!

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Storing Christmas Decorations

Hey everyone!

With the holiday season coming to an end it’s time to put away all those decorations.  This is a time consuming and stressful task for some, but when done with care can save you so much time in later years.  Now, I will not sit here and tell you that I’m an organizational professional or guru, but by listening to others who, in my opinion, are I have started to come up with a system that can make putting away Christmas decorations easy.

First you’ll have to asses your storage needs.  What I mean is, how big is your home? How much of your home gets decorated?  How many decorations do you have and use?  And lastly, how much storage space do you have?  The reason I would suggests asking these questions is because I have seen two decoration storage systems that work well, but are most efficient depending on the answers to these questions.

The first system is the By Category system.  This system groups like items together, i.e. linens, tree ornaments, outdoor decorations, lights, ect.  This system I believe works well for those who;

  1. Live in a small home or apartment
  2. Don’t decorate many rooms in their home, or
  3. Don’t have many decorations

This system does require a little bit of forethought in deciding what categories work well for your home and your needs.

The second system is the By Room system.  With this system you can store everything in containers and label them by which room they go in, i.e. kitchen, living room, dining room, outdoors, ect. I believe this system works well for those who;

  1. Have a larger home
  2. Decorate multiple rooms in their home, and/or
  3. Have many decorations

I personally blend these two systems, but tend to go more towards the By Category system.  I live in an apartment and only really decorate the living room and the kitchen, also I have a midlevel amount of Christmas decorations (but am always accumulating more, lol) therefore it’s really important for me to separate everything by category and label everything. However, I recommend labeling everything with whichever storage system you implement.

Also, if you have a plethora of decorations and decorate many rooms in your home, I would suggest using the By Room system with the By Category system within each room.

Lastly, a few tips on how to put away and store some decorations.  Lights are always the most dreaded decorations to put up every year, but if stored properly can save you unnecessary headaches.  My tip is to get a piece of cardboard (part of a lid from a large box) and cut two slits on either end then just wrap the lights around the cardboard. I would also suggest doing this for some of the more delicate garland. Also, anything fragile wrap in tissue paper, and anything glittery place in a plastic bag.  Now you’re ready to put everything in your containers or boxes 🙂

I hope this post has helped some of you who either have been dreading taking down your decorations or have been trying to find a system to organize your decorations.

Like I said, I am no organization expert but these are just some tips that I’ve found work and thought I’d share them with you.

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk you to all soon!

XOXO