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Friday, April 29, 2011

52 Weeks of Organizing Master List

I have been participating in Organizing Junkies 52 weeks of organization Check out 52 Weeks of Organizing Here where every week you complete certain de-cluttering / Organizing tasks. I got started way late, but I plan on catching up soon. So here is my 52 weeks project list
Weston's Room
1. Desk Area
2. Under bed Storage
3. Bottom Closet
4. Upper Closet
5. Book Shelves
6. Toys
7. Media
Kelsey's Room
8. Bottom Closet
9. Upper Closet
10. Toys
11. Storage
12. Books
13. Under bed Storage
14. Media
Kids Bathroom
15. Storage
16. Decorate
17. Under Sink
18. Drawers
Hall Closets
19. Linens
20. Games
21. Wrapping Paper / Bag Storage
22. DVD Storage
23. Photo Storage
24. Coats and misc.
Laundry Area
25. Paint Shelves
26. Organize pantry area
27. storage for brooms, vacuums, etc
28. Over washer/dryer units organize
29. Crafts
30. outdoor toys
Living Room
31. Writing Desk
32. Media Cabinet
33. Misc.
Dining Room
34. Buffet Cabinet
     a) Drawers
     b) cabinets
35. Little Buffet Cabinet (AKA School/Misc. Cabinet)
      a) Drawer
      b) Organize baskets
      c) Cabinet
36. Kitchen (note to self do not tackle all at once)
      a) Drawers
      b) cabinets (Lower)
      c) cabinets (Upper)
37. Pantry
38. Freezer
39. Fridge
40. Master Closet Upper
41. Master Closet Lower
42. Master Bathroom
      a) Sink Area
      b) over toilet area
43. Master Bedroom
      a) Dresser
      b) Night Stand
      c) TV Cabinet
      d) Under bed Storage
44. Home Office (AKA next to my bed)
      a) Cabinets
      b) Shelves
      c) Storage
      d) Office Supplies
      e) Filing Cabinets (2)
      f) Books
      g) Media storage
      h) anything i forgot to mention
45. Photos / Memory Storage
46. Turn VHS into DVD
47. Garage ( afraid to look will make that list later)
48. Saturn Outlook
49. Both Work Trucks
50. Anything to do with Business
51. Recipes
52. Yard Area

52 Weeks of organizing week 17 Westons Room

Today has definately been a busy day. I was not planning on organizing today because I have so much studying to do for finals week, but I got bored around noon and decided I should go through my sons room. OH MY!!!!! I did not realize how much stuff that boy had. I had to pull out the PROCESS steps for this one BIG TIME...

 Ok so here are my before Pictures. Plan of Attack (EVERYTHING)
I use to have a pretty good system in here, but as you see we have outgrown that system. Now its time for a revision without spending much $$$$$.

Remove everything out of my sons room except bed and TV Stand

 Here is his closet before. Well some of it. My plan is to utilize this closet as much a possible, so that my son has room to play. All the bedrooms in this house are fairly small, but we have huge closets which is a major +++++

After removing all items I sorted into piles.
1) like toys in same pile
2) coloring books
3) books
4) paper
5) crafts

And here comes the big REVEAL........

I moved the desk and bookshelf to the corner of the room.(Process Containerize) The containers I got from the dollar tree you will see them up close in a few. I took the wire thing out of the garage it wasn't getting any use out there and the red bin holds all his build and grow activities from Lowes (untill i can build a better shelf)
This is where the book shelf and dry erase board  use to be. Now its empty with a chair for reading. I am using the dry erase board somewhere alse now, but that will be a later post.
Right here is where the desk use to be. I put a blue container $5.00 at Target over there for stuffed annimals

I already had these containers, but thought they would be perfect for smaller toys. I used my trusty printer, scissors, princess glue, and storage tape to make the tags. I love it
These are the containers from Dollar Tree. I have two this size. 2 a smaller size for the dvds and 2 slightly taller for one for paper and one for TAG books
I moved the bin that was next to the desk inside the closet and it holds socks/ undies/ jammies. The tall looking shelf thing was here when we bought the house there are 4 bins 1 for blankets, 1 for out grown clothes, 1 for shorts, and the bottom one holds trains. The red bin in the corner will go up with the christmas stuff its a Polar Express Train Set. My boy LOVES!!!! TRAINS!!!!!!
I purchased some command hooks and now he can reach his backpack and jacket without help :) I move the toy bin in the closet also it holds legos and misc toys.
The desk yeah!!!! I can see the top. the little blue bin is collapsable (office depot 99cents can you believe that I bought some for the car also.) The brown and black thing is a battery holder my son made. He is a great little handy man.
Here are the other bins on the book shelf wow that looks soooo much better.

Here are the labels I made. It was time consuming, but worth it my son was soooo happy with the results
These are under bed containers I love these. I use them for storing the hot wheels race tracks AND_____
TRAIN Tracks we had a ton, but I'm sneaking some out little by little
Top of bookshelf black basket holds mp3 player and its accessories

Total $ spent
$6.00 for (DT bins)
$2.00 for (OD crates)
$5.00 for (TG blue bin)
$5.00 for (TG over door shore rack)
For a grand total of $18.00 now that makes me smile when i see his nice clean room and it did not cost alot of money.
Well thats all I have for today. Don't forget to check out The Organizing Junkie (52 Weeks)

Friday, April 22, 2011

52 weeks of organizing week 16 clean out a drawer

OK this weeks post is about cleaning out Drawers. I have a ton of drawers that need organization, so i picked out 3 that really needed worked on. The first drawer is our school stuff command center area. I used the process steps and bought some containers at the dollar store as you will see in my after pic. Great price 3 for a dollar and still have one left over for a later project.

After :)
The only items i kept in this drawer are the items we use for school daily. 1 container for pens. 1 container for pencils and erasers. My trusty 3 hole punch. The stapler and calculator with its instruction manual.

Next I have this silverware drawer that has always been a mess. I already had containers in there so I mainly took everything out and started from scratch. Threw away or donated anything that we did not use and moved some items to a better place.
Before what a mess!!!

Now this is SO much better I can actually see what I have. I got rid of duplicates and kept the best ones out of the bunch. I don't ever really buy from pampered chef, but a friend of mine started selling it and I just love their measuring devices SO convenient and great for organization. I just had to have them

Before Misc. utensil drawer.

After. Look I can see what I have :)
I got the plastic bins at target about a year ago and never got around to using them thank you Organizing Junkie and all the ladies who share their blogs to bring this momma on a mission lots and lots of motivation.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This momma's mission

I have been thinking about what God has called me to be. I am still discovering things everyday about myself and what I believe God is showing me that He has called me to do. I have not pin pointed the exact area yet, but I know I'm getting close. I am a wife to my wonderful husband of 8 years and we have been blessed with two fantastic children Weston (5) and Kelsey (4). I recently left my job to become a stay at home mom and I am taking some college classes, so that I can help my husband with our Pest Control company. These past few months have been an adventure and I realize how much I missed my family while I worked. God has provided for us in so many ways and I will forever be thankful.

I have been extremely busy, yet I haven't really gotten anything accomplishes. I have been playing catch-up on our home. I always thought I was a pretty organized person, but my systems are all wrong now that I am home more often. It seems that there is not enough time in the day to get everything accomplished that I thought I could. I realize I am putting too much pressure on myself to be the best housewife and mommy I can be, so I am now a momma on a mission to find the best plan for our family. My mission is to become the woman God has called me to be as a wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, friend, and of course a child of our most high God. I want to be a great example to my children and teach them in the way they should go, so they will not depart from it. Please pray for me as I continue this journey that I let Jesus take the lead and I will follow Him and His ways always. In Jesus name amen.