Free Printable Weekly Chore Chart (from an optimistic organizer)

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Last summer, my house was a finely-oiled machine.  We did our chores daily, commissions were paid weekly and my house was decently ready for company at most moments.

Then school started . . . and dance . . . and piano . . . and Bible club . . . and next will be basketball.  With the start of everything-structured and less down-time at home (no, I’m not bitter), it meant the end of chores as we knew it.  The kids still regularly empty the dishwasher and fold their own laundry, but house-cleaning . . . nope.

See ya.  

Good bye.  

Hope no one stops by.

With this realization, I have reconsidered the amount of chores the kids do, factoring in the amount of time they are in school (their job), family commitments and extra-curricular activities.  Instead of an unchanging, handwritten list that hangs on my mud room bulletin board, I created this dry-erase chore chart that allows me to change up the kids’ chores from week to week, working with our schedule and commitments.

It is still a work in progress but I wanted to give you a copy of the chore chart in case you are ever progressing in this area of home management like I am.

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Here is how we are getting organized with chores:

I printed a chore chart for each child.  (Download yours below.)

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I laminated them to make them dry erase.  (Here is an inexpensive laminator with very good ratings on Amazon, as well as pouches. – affiliate)

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Then, with a dry erase marker, I began to fill out the chores for the week.  My daughter was excited that she can erase the chore when it is completed.  Ah, the simple things.  😉

How do you handle family chores at your house?  I would love to hear what works and doesn’t work for your family!

Download the Chore Chard Here:

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Weekly Chore Chart Printable – GREEN

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My Favorite Way to Organize Tablecloths . . . Simple & Labeled

My Favorite Way to Organize Tablecloths, Simple & Labeled

If you have been following my tip on finding inexpensive table linens, you may now be looking for a simple idea to organize your growing collection.  Pinterest has all kinds of ways to organize tablecloths, but many are expensive if you’re talking fancy built-in cupboards or time-consuming if you need to create a special rack.  I’m keeping it simple.

For years, I stored all my table linens in a large plastic tub.  It wasn’t ideal, but it worked.  Now, with the new house, I finally have a closet that isn’t jam packed with winter clothes and extra junk.  My guest room closet is quite long with very little to store in it.  And it is the perfect spot for linens since guests don’t usually bring more than a couple items of clothing to hang up, if any at all.

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There were really only two things I needed for organizing my tablecloths:  appropriate hangers and easy labels.

When purchasing hangers for table linens, look for hangers that are:

  • Thick and Sturdy to hold heavier tablecloths
  • Wide to allow for maximum space to spread your linens
  • Rounded to prevent firm creases as the linens hang

I have seen others store their linens on hangers with metal clasps.  I’m not too crazy about the pinching of my fabric, but if you find it works best, go for it.  The point is to do something.  (See the example at the end of this post.)

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What makes me most giddy about my linens is having the dimensions labeled on cute tags.  It is so nice to grab the right sized tablecloth instead of three different white ones looking for something particular to fit a table.  I also noted on the tags any helpful details like “rounded corners.”  Anything that makes a tablecloth easier to identify and therefore quicker to find, is a bonus!

Grab my linen tags for yourself.  Download them here:  Linen Tags for an Organized Closet.

Martha Stewart has a very interesting idea for table linen storage.  It saves on ironing or steaming, but I’m not so sure it is quick and practical.

How do you organize your tablecloths?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

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One Thing I Did for Simple and Easy Laundry Organization

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As many of you know, we built a house last fall.  And with building, you have the opportunity to rethink the ways in which you organize.  I knew the laundry room was a particular place I needed think about and strategize how to keep this space neat and tidy. 

After all, who wants to work in a room with rags, towels and other dirty items scattered all over the floor?  I seem to breathe easier when I know everything has a place.  So, laundry organization was high on the list of things to tackle.

My biggest challenge wasn’t the everyday clothing.  Each person has a laundry basket in their closet for dirty clothes and when it is full, the laundry gets done.  My challenge was the dirty rags or bath towels that didn’t mount up to a full load and the lonely items I didn’t want to wash by themselves.  

Where should I store them and how was I going to keep things from being thrown in a pile on the floor?  No one wants to do multiple small loads each time something is dirty.  I want to be efficient, both in my time, energy use and money.

My solution –

. . . and it couldn’t be simpler!

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I asked my builder to install a counter top but not with the usual cabinet base below.  Instead, there is a single shelf underneath the counter.  The shelf is the length and width of the counter top and is absolutely perfect for storing laundry baskets above and below.  This is the spot I store baskets that hold all the items that generally take time to become larger loads:   rags, towels, delicates, bedding . . .

No longer do I have piles of rags on the floor or random towels to be washed strewn around the room.  I am able to keep things tidy because of this one very simple concept.  The shelf has me loving my organized laundry room.

And beyond the shelf, there are other things I love about the laundry room that make my life simpler –

> The counter top makes it easy for folding clothes or laying out sweaters to dry.

> The bright yellow walls make me happy.  A cheery room can make a big difference.  After all, is there anyone who actually loves doing laundry?

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> Two closets that are perfect for hanging clothes to dry.  Confession:  I avoid ironing at all costs.  I set the timer and pull clothes that would normally require ironing out of the dryer after 10 minutes.  Then I hang them to dry, allowing gravity to pull out the rest of the wrinkles.

> The motion detector that turns on the lamp when I walk in the room.  This way in the evening, when I enter the laundry room with my arms full of laundry, a light automatically turns on.  I love this!

 
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> The Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean laundry detergent I have been using for about 10 years.  I buy it at Sam’s Club. It is very affordable and lasts me quite a while.

I love the awesome cleaning performance and how much it costs compared to leading brands.  It has patented Ultimate Clean Technology that is tough on stains.  Plus, this is my first HE washing machine and the Member’s Mark detergent is HE-compatible and can be used with all washing machine styles.

I have always stored my detergent in a cupboard above my laundry sink (because I like fewer items cluttering my counter).  Member’s Mark detergent comes in a convenient, no-mess dispenser with a cup marked for various load sizes.  I buy the Fresh Scent, but there is also a Paradise Splash scent that I would like to try.

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How to Make the Laundry Shelf:

I was fortunate to have my builder make the counter and shelf for me.  But I have taken some photos underneath so that you can recreate the simple design in your laundry room.

One thing you need to do before you head off to the hardware store is determine the size of counter top and shelf you want.  You will also need to decide how far below the counter your shelf will be.  Typical counter height is 36″.  I chose to split the difference, knowing that all of my laundry baskets would easily fit.

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Below the counter top:

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Below the shelf:

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Because my counter was surrounded by walls on three sides, I did not need any support legs.  Be sure to keep this in mind if you are laying your counter and shelf out differently.
 

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I love that my counter and shelf keep my laundry room tidy and that Member’s Mark detergent leaves my clothes fresh and clean.  I’d say that is a laundry win!

Here is where you can find the detergent in the laundry aisle at Sam’s Club.  (Also available online.)
 

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Have you tried Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean detergent? What are your laundry organization tips?

How to Make a LEGO Mini-Figure Display

LEGO Mini-Figure Display

Legos here.  Legos there.  Legos, Legos everywhere.

If your kid is into Legos, you probably know exactly what I mean.  It is one thing to organize the lot of legos, but have you counted how many mini-figures your child has?  I was dumbfounded when I saw all the little guys in one pile.

So as I was hitting the garage sales last fall, I searched high and low for something that I could turn into a Lego mini-figure display.  Maybe an old plate display rack or tea cup holder.  And that was when I found this $5 wall hanging with little shelves that would be perfect to display my son’s collection of Emmet and his friends.

It just needed a little work.

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I am not sure what this display piece used to be.  There is a lip in each shelf, which leads me to think that it may have been a rack used to hang in churches with the hymn numbers on it.  Maybe?

What You’ll Need to Make a Lego Mini-Figure Display:

  • A display unit.  Find a stand or rack with little shelves.
  • Flat Legos (plates)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Something to weigh down the Legos once glued.  I used dominoes and a long {random} piece of metal.
  • Painting Supplies (if desired)

Let’s Get Started:

Before you do anything else and after you have your display unit, figure out what Legos you need.  My son used plates he had in his collection to count how many dots across the shelf we needed to cover.  He found the perfect combination of sizes and because I wanted a uniform color/look, I ordered light brown plates directly from Lego.

To find out the part numbers, I used BrickOwl.com and called Lego directly to place my order.  The customer service at Lego is super friendly and very helpful.  You will want to connect with their Pick a Brick store.

Identifying and ordering your bricks early on is important because the bricks will ship from Denmark and take 7-10 business days to reach you in the States.

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The next step is to prepare your display.  I wanted a darker brown look so I used Waverly Truffle Chalk Paint and their Antique Wax.  (The Waverly wax goes on more like paint than Annie Sloan’s wax.)

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Before using Gorilla Glue to attach the Legos to the display, you will need to sand.  Follow all directions on the glue.

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Line up all your Legos so they are ready to go and find a safe place to start gluing.  I don’t know what I was thinking…using the glue in the new family room with only a little cardboard.  But it worked out okay, thankfully.

I worked with one shelf at a time so that I could fill it with dominoes and let it set for a few hours.

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Once your display is dry, start adding mini-figures.

 

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Do you need a Lego Mini-Figure Display?  How many figures do your kids have?

 

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6 Sure-Fire Ways We Keep Organized with Kids in the New House

6 Sure Fire Ways We Keep Organized With Kids in the new house

Can you breathe easier when things are clutter-free?  Organization does wonders for the body, mind and spirit.  But what nobody tells you when you have kids is that clutter becomes a battle for the next 18 years.  All the baby gear, toys, school supplies, clothes, shoes . . . legos.  Did you ever think your arch enemy would be a tiny piece of plastic?

We recently built a house and the clean slate gave me the opportunity to rethink the ways in which we organize.   I looked at where our messes tend to be, where we need a plan and how I was going to implement one . . . or several.

I started from scratch and asked these questions:  

  • What are the biggest categories of our clutter?
  • What rooms tend to be cluttered most frequently?
  • What drives me crazy about clutter?
  • Are there dedicated places for things?
  • Have I made things easy to put away?

>> Join me over at Motherhood On A Dime where I am sharing the 6 ways we keep organized as a result.

 

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – Buy it Now!

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30 Tips for Selling Your House without Losing Your Mind

30 Tips for Selling Your House without Losing Your Mind

Selling your house is a crazy, exhausting process … especially when you have young children who are constantly making messes. The last minute showings, the stress of maintaining a nearly perfect house, the ups and downs of thinking an offer is coming and the brutality of negotiations.   Truly, it is something I hope to never have to do again.

In the whole process, however, I learned a lot.  I tried many different things to see what worked best for my active family.  I found solutions that saved time.  I learned how to live simply.  I became more diligent in things I had previously and consistently put off.  But when you may get a house showing with little notice, you don’t want to let the house get too out of control.

I spent over a year in house-selling mode.  Yes, over one year.  We started out For Sale By Owner, but in the end our house sold when listed with a real estate agent.  On the flip side, take my best friend who just sold her house and was under contract within a week.

So the following list is our collaborative efforts at helping you stay sane.  30 Tips for Selling Your House without losing your mind.  Yep, because there will be times when you feel like you’re pushing the limits.  But do what you can, find out what works for your family and keep going.

And incidentally, my favorite tip is the last.

Let’s Get Started:

1.  Keep Laundry Baskets in key places around the house to collect the clutter.  What rooms are your mess magnets?  I kept laundry baskets in my office and family room so that when I got word of a showing, I could quickly collect my clutter in the laundry basket and take it with me.

2.  Use Your Car As Storage.  Where did I put those laundry baskets?  Yep, right in the car.  My mini-van became the home to anything I wanted out of the house for the showing.

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3.  Keep a Set of Wipes on Your Bathroom Counters.  If you wipe down your counter often, you’ll save yourself from a deep-cleaning before a showing.

4.  Buy a New Set of Towels for Your Bathrooms.  Who wants to look at your ratty towels when checking out your bathrooms?  I spent a minimal amount of money and bought a set of towels for both upstairs bathrooms that only came out for showings.  They looked so much better than the towels we used every day.  And I didn’t have to worry about the condition of my everyday towels for a showing.

I also bought new pillow for the couch…ones that looked fantastic in color and condition.  I kept them in a corner in the family room and they were only used for showings.  If your pillows look good, don’t worry about this.  Mine were well-used by the kids and needed to be updated anyway.

5.  Contain Your Bathroom Toiletries.  I used a clear shoebox-size container for all my bathroom counter toiletries.  This makes it so easy to grab the entire container and place it in your closet or cupboard.  Clean and clear counters look the best.

6.  Keep Your Linen Closet Smelling Fresh.  If you ever get that scent on bedding that has been in your closet for awhile, try putting a new dryer sheet in between the sheets for a pleasant and fresh smell when your prospective buyers look in your linen closet.

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7.  Make Your Bed Daily.  Not only is this a good habit to get into, but it is one less thing you’ll have to do if you have a showing.  Bonus:  Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to climb into a made bed at the end of the day?

8.  Wipe Out Your Shower Daily.  Instruct the last person taking a shower for the day to wipe it out when they are done.  Maybe this is a reason to get up and shower early.  😉

9.  Set Up & Keep a Cleaning Routine.  There is nothing worse than getting a call for a showing with only a couple hours to prepare if you haven’t been keeping up with your house.  I remember one Saturday night (you’d think I was safe on a Saturday night, right?) getting a call from my agent for a showing in an hour and a half.  We left our friends and raced home to clean.  All four of us, including my then 4 and 6 year old, cleaned like mad people.  I was actually impressed how well my kids pitched in and cleaned.  It was great for bonding (lol), but not so fun in the need to rush.

10.  Stage!  Yes, do stage your house.  I had a cousin who is an interior designer walk through my house and give me her opinions on what I should do to make my house look more appealing.  It was so helpful.

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11. Thin Out.  No one wants to see all your clutter.  Before putting our house up for sale, I went through each room and boxed up things.  My goal was clean, neat and the look of a well-organized home.  It also made the house easier to clean with less stuff.  I grew to like the simple look.

12.  Be Prepared With a List of Updates You Have Done.  Whether this is to give your agent, an inspector or to convey to buyers making an offer, think it through and have a list ready.

13.  Leave a Note if Needed.  I typed up two notes for the house.  One was in the foyer and read, “Children on Floor.  Please Remove Shoes.”  It helped on the dirt that was tracked into the house during showings.  The other pertained to our pond in the back.  To remove many concerns that go with a pond, I shared that it was 3-4′ deep and maintained by the association.  It was important for any prospective buyer to know this information.  Is there anything your buyers should know?

14.  Organize your Closets & Cupboards.  Don’t leave your closets and cupboards a mess.  People will look through them.  Do it before you list the house and work to maintain the organization.

15.  Put Things Back After Using Them.  Another good habit to get into and teach your children.  This little effort after using something can make a big difference when you get that call for a showing.

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16.  Eliminate Using A Room.  If you are in an area where houses sell quickly, can you eliminate using a room altogether such as the dining room or an extra bathroom?  This wasn’t really an option for me over the entire course of time, but you can bet I kept the kids out of the basement if I had showings within a day of each other.

17.  Reduce Kids’ Toys, Especially Those With A Lot of Pieces.  Make life simpler and pack up some of the kids’ toys for a couple weeks and then swap them out.  Put away games and toys with a lot of pieces.  Think simple!

18.  If Playing Music During a Showing, Keep it Soft and Neutral.  Pick something instrumental and low-key, not a style of music that could be considered annoying to your prospective buyers.

19.  Turn Lights On Yourself.  You want your house to show in the best light and you know which lights in your house make the rooms look best.  Even with mid-day showings, I turned on the majority of our lights and lamps.

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20.  Be Hospitable (Offer a Treat if it Works Out).  I didn’t do this on a regular basis, but I did with a set of buyers coming for a repeat showing.  I had a party earlier in the day (yes, I am nuts but the buyers were aware of it) and we had several delicious cupcakes left over.  I put them on a cute pedestal and left a note to help themselves.  It was really about hospitality.  If you serve a treat, be sure to include paper plates and napkins . . . and make sure your trash doesn’t stink.

Incidentally, they bought the house.  I’ll leave you to draw the conclusion.

21.  Don’t Stress If Your House Doesn’t Look Perfect.  This was hard for me because I wanted my house to look its best.  But my Real Estate Agent gave me some good advice.  She told me it was better for a prospect to see the house even if it has some messes than to have me turn them away and lose a good potential buyer.

22. Don’t Get Emotional.  It is so easy to be emotional when it comes to selling your house.  Low offers are taken personally.  Negotiations can be heart-wrenching.  As much as is humanly possible, try to think of the selling of your house like a business.  You are selling a product.  You want to yield the best possible return, but you also want to achieve a sale which may require giving more than you hope in exchange to get it done.

Dan and I found it helpful to put ourselves in the place of the buyers as well.  What would we have done in their shoes?  It caused us to be more objective and not offended throughout the process, especially when we probably would have done the very same thing.

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When Selling For Sale By Owner –

23.  Research the Comparisons Yourself.  Use Zillow or Trulia or your county website and see what has sold recently in your area.  Compare price per square foot, different features and consider condition when determining your listing price.  Be reasonable (and realistic).

24.  Be Sure That You Enjoy Meeting New People.  If you are not a people person, this will become one of the most awkward situations when you welcome strangers into your house.  For Sale By Owner is not something I would suggest to a person who is not comfortable with meeting and engaging new people on a regular basis.

25.  Set Boundaries for House Showings.  Will you show the house yourself?  Will your kids be present during showings?  These are all things to be discussed before your first showing.

26.  Take Great Photos.  Clutter clean each room and wait for good sunlight to take your house pictures.  I actually shot the front of my house in the morning and the back of my house in the later afternoon because I wanted the best light possible.  You may feel differently, but I much prefer photos where the drapes are open and a room is flooded with natural light.

27.  List Your House in Multiple Places.  Share on Facebook, use Craigslist (if you’re ok with it), create a website.  I used Tackk to create a landing page that I could put on all my paper flyers and social media.  Ask your friends to share on their social networks as well.

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When Listing With A Real Estate Agent –

28.  Work with an agent who you trust, like and will work hard with and for you.  We were blessed to have a great agent whom we have worked with twice before.  She started as an agent but became a friend.  Her advice was invaluable.

29.  Negotiate Commission.  It is okay to negotiate on the commission with your agent and their agency.  Even a half percent can make a difference.  Ask around and find out what friends have found to be normal in your area.

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30.  Preserve Memories & Take a Video Tour.  I am very sentimental.  And while I was so excited to be under contract for the house, I couldn’t help but be sad that we were moving on.  That was the precious house to which I brought my babies home.  It was the first house Dan and I bought.  Those walls were filled with so many wonderful memories of watching my kids grow, parties, entertaining on the deck, feeding the fish and so many other blessings.

Before I began packing, while the rooms still looked normal, I took my video recorder and created lasting memories of the house.  I started outside, shooting the house and yard.  Then I went to the front door and rang the doorbell to which my kids answered and continued to give me a tour of the whole house.  Saving the thoughts from their perspective will be precious when they are older.  Sure, I’ll probably cry, but sweet tears thankful for all the memories the Lord blessed us with in that house.

Great Memories!

30 tips for selling your house without losing your mind at www.CelebrateEveryDayWithMe.com

How to Shop the Kraftmaid Outlet

How to Shop the Kraftmaid Outlet

If you are a local to Ohio or even the surrounding States, you may have heard about the Kraftmaid Outlet in Warren, Ohio.  It is the spot to go if you are looking for quality cabinets at amazing prices.  My cousin recently bought her children’s bathroom cabinet and granite counter top (yes, I said granite) for $95.

Years ago, Dan and I headed to the outlet (in it’s old location) but walked away confused, disappointed and empty-handed.  We had no idea how to shop it and didn’t realize that there was a system in place for shoppers at the Kraftmaid Outlet.  So when we decided to try our hand again (and save some money if only on one room), we did some homework beforehand.

Thanks to a friend who spent 30 minutes on the phone with me before our trip, we learned how to shop the outlet.  I’m sure if not for him, we would have walked away empty-handed once again.

Most people do try to go several times in a row and watch for what they want.  But for us, this was a one-deal trip.  If we didn’t find anything, we were going to pay regular prices at a place near home.

What to Bring With You: 

  • Your dimensions for your space or cabinets.
  • Mailing labels with your last name pre-written on them.
  • A Marker
  • Measuring Tape
  • I also brought my budget info and other prices to compare on the spot.

Arriving at the KraftMaid Outlet:

First, you should know that the building does not say “KraftMaid.”  Rely on a GPS, the string of traffic and police officer directing cars at the entrance.

You will want to arrive between 6:15am-7:00am when they hand out wristbands.  The wristbands are numbered in order of arrival.  We arrived at 6:30am and Dan was #106 and I was #107.

Kraftmaid Outlet in Warren, Ohio - wristbands

If you don’t arrive during the wristband distribution time, you will have to wait to enter until everyone with wristbands has been allowed in.  To get your pick of the selection, it is worth getting up early and hitting the road.

At 7:15am, everyone gathers at the door and they announce how many people are in attendance and they draw a starting number.  They then admit the next 150 people from the starting number.  On the Saturday we were there, there were only 225 (I’ve heard there can be over 400 at times).  The man drew number 79 and started admitting 79, 80, 81….  We were so fortunate to be early in the group.  At 106 & 107, we only had a short wait.  *If you happened to have been 78 or anything less, you wouldn’t have been very happy.

Every 20 minutes, they admit another 150 people.  My friend suggested if you have several people that know what they are doing, to stagger your check-in for wristbands.  This way you may have a better opportunity to cover the first group of admittance if there is a large crowd.

Once Inside the Kraftmaid Outlet:

When you go into the Kraftmaid Outlet, you will notice cabinets are grouped by color on your left.  If you walk beyond all the rows of kitchen cabinets, you will reach the bathroom vanities, followed by crown molding and other accessories.  Granite is along the right wall after you enter.

We went straight to bathroom vanities.  I knew I needed 84″ of cabinets and was looking for two base sink cabinets and a set of drawers for the middle.

At the outlet, if you see something you like, you put a pre-written mailing label (tape works too, but labels are fast and easy) on the cabinet with your NAME and #1 if you’re the first person to label, #2 if you’re the second one in line or #3 if you’re third in line…and so on.  I don’t think I ever saw more than three labels on a piece, though.

My friend encouraged me to move fast, measuring quick and throwing labels on things if I was remotely interested.  I put my last name with #1 on several things and #2 on a couple things.  Dan was ready with the tape measure and I was ready with my labels.

We found the 3 pieces for our master bathroom (and were first ones to label!) and two for the kids’ bathrooms (2nd in line, but we didn’t get these).

cheap bathroom cabinets at the KraftMaid Outlet in Warren, Ohio

Checking Out at the KraftMaid Outlet:

Assuming you’re #1 in line for the cabinets you want, you then find someone who works there.  The employees were wearing orange or yellow and walking around with clipboards.  Find one of the employees and they will take a crayon to your #1 label which means an item is being checked out.  (If you see a piece while shopping that has crayon across the #1 label, move on.  It is already spoken for.)

They will write you up and send you to the front counter to pay.  From there, you go to the “pole” and wait to be assigned to another employee who will go get your cabinets and take them to the sidewalk.  The person moving your cabinets (you are not allowed to move them for safety purposes) is not required to help you load your car.  We loaded our own.  A’hem, Dan loaded our car.  I have heard sometimes they will help you, but just don’t rely on it and tip if they do.

What Happens if You’re #2 in Line for an Item:

If there is a cabinet that you are very interested in but you’re not first in line, you’ll have to keep watching for the first person to remove their label.  If at 9:30am, the item hasn’t been taken, you can then have the person paged.  If within 10 minutes they don’t show up at the desk, the outlet will let you buy the piece.

Are the Savings Worth It?

Mostly . . . yes!  Bathroom cabinets vary by price.  For the three bathroom cabinets I bought, I paid $250.  They had soft close on the drawers and were a glazed finish.  The local stock cabinets that were my backup (with no soft close and no glaze), cost $650.  I saved $400 and bought better quality.  

For kitchens, each cabinet is either $90 or $95 depending on whether it is a base or wall piece.  If the piece has no doors, it is $5.  Yes, really $5.  If I didn’t have a storage issue, I could have started thinking all crafty on these things!  Well, I’ll just wait until the house is built.  😉

If you are comparison shopping, it is a good idea to know what you’d be spending elsewhere.  The kids’ bathroom cabinets that we were watching were only $50 cheaper (although taller) and not exactly the color I had been hoping for . . . But in the end, the first person took them anyway.  Granite counters with pre-cut sink holes were $20 per piece.  Un-cut prices varied.

kraftmaid outlet bathroom cabinets

 Info to Know:

Kraftmaid Outlet Address:   3418 Elm Rd in Warren, Ohio

Kraftmaid Outlet Phone Number:  440-632-2106 (Masco Cabinetry Sale Warehouse)

When They are Open:  A couple Saturdays a month, 7:15am-1:30pm.  You can find out which Saturdays by calling the above number.

Payments:  MC, Visa and Cash.  Sales are final.

You can also email KraftMaid and request outlet information at kmcares@Kraftmaid.com.

Celebrating Savings!
~Kristen