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Friday, October 28, 2011

Organizing Spree!

I have been following 31 Days to an Organized Home and picking up some great tips!

It sent me on a super-ambitious homemaking streak which was then hindered by a little virus infecting our home. So, many things are started here and there, but these are a few sneak peeks:

This year, instead of lugging a big tote in with all of the mittens, scarves, and hats we own, whether they currently fit someone or not, and having them dug out and scattered all over in front of the door, we have a box for each child who is able to suit up on their own. Appropriately numbered...The brown paper packages and warm woolen mittens have me humming "My Favorite Things" (that song stuck in your head now, too? you're welcome.) This project cost next to nothing since I just wrapped diaper boxes in brown shipping paper.

I used a Sharpie to freehand the numbers-that technique is both daring and dumb sometimes, but I like a good challenge and a little pressure! AND I followed her rule of 3's: Each kid got to pick out (up to) 3 hats, 3 scarves, 3 pairs of gloves/mittens. A few extras snuck in there, but it is limited and when they lose them, I will grab the tote from the storage shed and replace.

UPDATE: To see my new and improved (and expanded for more kids) system click HERE!

Some other places I organized...

I limited my 3yo's PJs and folded the sets together. I love the bin for undies idea- I grabbed some empty wipes tubs that were laying on the floor, ripped the lids off, and used one for tights and one for socks, too.

I also cleared off my dryer and set up a changing area since baby Grace outgrew the one on the Pack-n-Play.I rearranged in some other areas, too, to neaten things up. Then I rolled up the rug in my older daughters' room (where it still remains-in a roll, blocking one closet door), ripped seashell wallpaper out of my kitchen (I thought it couldn't get uglier, but I was wrong), and generally bit off more than I could chew. Plus, I am cleaning and preparing for 50 people coming here tomorrow... if it doesn't snow. That meant I had to put all of my craft stuff away. :( BUT, it is nice to have a fresh, clean place to work again before I start going ornament crazy. :)

I am linking up at the following:

(can't get the button to work- Sorry!)


scrapwordsmom said...

I have been doing this as well!! Wow, great minds think alike, right? LOL!!:)

I am currently in my art space...oh, boy what a mess but it is gonna look amazing!!


Renee said...

Wow! You've been really busy organizing! Those hats, scarfs and mittens can really get out of control. I have teenagers now and I can hardly get them to wear a coat!

I'll be waiting to see what you decide to do now that the wallpaper is gone. I ripped all the wallpaper out when we moved in here but we had to clean the walls and paint afterwards.

Have a great day and have fun with your company!

sweetybird09 said...

Lindsay great job with everything,I have to say the changing table on the dryer gets a 2 thumbs up from me, what about if the dryer is on...lol...I guess it would be nice and warm for her to lay on.

The rest of the ideas are great as well, the baby wipes tub for tights and undies, plus the fact that you are having 50 people over, I do not even think I know 50 people to invite over to my house...lol...must be a big family!
My husbands family is huge and mine is small!

debbiesaenz said...

Great ideas! Now I'm inspired...I have some work to do.

Blessings xo,

Jen said...

That must feel so good to have things organized! I love the box idea.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Great job Lindsay! What a fun 31 days to follow. I love organizing tips. Your numbers look great on the boxes! I hope everyone is over the darn virus!

Dorothy said...

Thanks to you, I just rescued a wipes container from the recycling bin. I tossed it b/c it has a broken lid, but I'm going to use the PERFECTLY FINE bottom half in one of my boys' dressers. =)

hellopalz said...

Helpful ideas... 31 days of organizing is a great way to de-clutter the house!

Ricardo MiƱana said...

Nice entry, you have a intersante space
if you like the lyrics full of tenderness, poetry,
I invite you to my spaces,
happy weekend.
a hug.

sonyamacdesigns said...

Wow ... I did not read this post ... the photos ... spoke to me ... loud and clear ...thanks for shareN from the inside ...

Anita said...

Looking good! Nice and organized! Way to go Mommy!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Looks great! Impressive freehand #s!

Sis-O said...

Thank you for the organization tips. I came to your blog thru the SMS giveaway but didn't comment there because I don't need more of the fabric. I would rather someone who does need it get picked. I did want to say that the pic on that blog page of bread pudding looks yum. I can just smell it. I love the pic with your girls and the green field behind them. thank you for sharing all of these things.

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