After a month off from blogging, I’m back. I took some time to work, vacation, and spend much needed time with family. . . lots and lots of family! For my back-to-organizing project I’ve decided to start with the school-room closet. It’s the beginning of July, which means it’s time for me to start thinking about our school year. As a homeschooling mom, I usually take June to zone out and just have fun with the kids. Then July I begin planning for our year. This year, I not only want to be well-planned, but well-organized, starting with the school-room closet which is . . . well, chaotic. This week I will be sorting through curriculum, getting rid of what we no longer need, deciding on what I need to order, organizing school supplies, and setting up an organized storage method we can easily maintain. I will post throughout the week to update on our progress.
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For the next few weeks I need to focus on my work schedule and enjoy some vacation time with family. I will be taking a break from blogging and be back in July! Enjoy your summer vacations!
In case you had noticed I haven’t been posting, I decided to take some time off from blogging and organizing so I could concentrate on my work schedule. I’m happy to say that as of this morning the work project is complete and it is time for me to get back to organizing that pantry.
It’s been a week since I’ve last posted . . . life was busy last week. I’m back and I’m assigning myself a new project. In the past weeks of posting I’ve worked on “30 minutes or less” projects, many of which took me to my pantry. This week, it’s time to finish what I’ve started and get the pantry in order. I admit, I’ve been avoiding this one, but it’s time. Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!
I don’t even know what to call these baskets I attacked today. . . three very messy “stuff” baskets in my pantry. At one time they had specific purposes, but things just kept getting thrown in there. Another embarrassing photo alert!
I had to get rid of a lot here. Why did I need an empty tape dispenser, an empty light-bulb box, an empty bottle of glue and an old birthday party hat? There were also things in there that had places elsewhere (seed packets to go in the gardening supplies, a few decorating items, some school supplies – good grief!). I finally was able to find three categories that made sense, sorted, labeled and placed them back on the shelf. This job took about 25 minutes. Done and I feel much happier when I look at that corner of my pantry.
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We are enjoying our week off in a cozy little mountain cabin. . . with SNOW! The kids are thrilled since our winter in the valley has been unusually snow-free. We’ve been enjoying tromping through the snow, exploring the nearby town, swimming at the hot springs, and a crackling fire when the day is done. I brought along my mess of recipes to work on this week’s project: an organized recipe binder. No guarantees it will all get done before we get home — I’m on vacation after-all. Hope you are all enjoying your spring – break or not.
I’m having organizer’s block on my little girl’s closet project. So, as my goal is to finish one project a week, and now it is Tuesday (2 days past my deadline), I decided to take a little break from thinking about the closet today and hit something small and attainable — my junk drawer.
I don’t have a before picture, but it was bad. A box broke spilling pencils and pens everywhere so I could hardly open the drawer — a sign it needs to be organized. This was a spontaneous act so I used what I could find on hand to replace my broken box. This is what I came up with.
I cut off the bottom of a couple Cheerio boxes, covered them in contact paper and I had two new boxes for my pens and pencils. I also got rid of stuff. This is the key component to being organized. You just can’t have so much. I’m not quite at the minimalist stage — I know I still have more than I need — but I am down-sizing to bring order. You would not believe the number of pencils I had “before”. Here is my “after” shot.
Sigh. . . There’s nothing like a clean drawer. Maybe now my organizer’s block will be cleared and I can finally finish that closet.
I was a little stressed when my hubby called me from work today. When he got home he sent me out for some retail therapy, watched the kids, and cleaned the house! How lucky am I!?