Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I promise this will be my last home project post for quite some time. Well, unless I do something really spectacular to another room in my house that I really want to share. Seeing as if there are only about four weeks left of summer, I doubt it. The only spectacular things I plan on doing from now until then involve loving on my girl, playing, sleeping, relaxing and playing some more. And, those are all things I plan to share about anyway. 

I'm not sure where this energy to clean and purge and organize has come from. Maybe from sleeping until 9 or 10 everyday. Regardless, I am enjoying it and my hubby is as well. I've already warned him, come August 11, it's all over with because I go back to work. I do hope to be better at housekeeping this coming school year. Last year this house was my last priority. Between going back to work, being a mom and just getting back in my groove, cleaning and organizing were the last thing I thought about. This summer I have been able to devote a lot of my energy and thinking to our house and I'm so thankful for that. I feel like it's our home again and I keep coming up with ways to make it even better. Our house was never nasty dirty, just not in the order in which I like things.

I affectionately call our house my little shoe box. I really do love it. It's the perfect size (okay, maybe not perfect), has the best porches (front and back) and it's where we started us and our little family. I would love a room over or another bedroom, but such is life. I call it my little shoe box because we have three bedrooms, a den and a kitchen. That's all folks. Oh, and a garage. No dining room, no formal living room, no FROG, no extra storage. Which means our third bedroom is multi-functional. It serves as a guest bedroom, a storage room, our computer room, Trav's workout storage room and anything else that doesn't have a home ends up in this room. It also happens to be the smallest room in our house. I'm still working on the actual room, but for the past three days I tackled the closet. At one time, actually several times, this closet was cleaned out and in some order. However, since going back to work, it's been quite neglected. Much like our master closet. Oops. I basically just throw everything, and I mean everything, in that closet so that no one sees it. Sunday afternoon I had the itch to fix it. Like I said, I have had this organizational/cleaning/purging itch all summer long. And I promise people, I am not nesting. No chance in heaven. Anywho, I began on Sunday and about an hour ago I finished. Take a look. And remember, no judging. I am being real.
Everything, every single little thing, now has a home. Ahhh. I love when everything has a place. I bought several Rubbermaid boxes from Wal-Mart, five to be exact. I think all five, one big and four medium size, cost me like $25. I had already cleaned the entire closet out and began to sort things into piles. I had a pile for pictures, cards, camera stuff, gift wrapping stuff, old bills, etc. I already had six Rubbermaid containers from the first time, years ago, that I organized the closet. I did a little rearranging of containers and all was well. I also purchased this shoe rack thingy from Wal-Mart for $6, therefore, I suppose my total closet transformation was $31. I have tons of ribbon from Christmas, showers, parties, etc. and they all fit perfectly in this shoe rack. I love it. This is probably my absolute favorite part.
These are some of the containers I already had. I store things like stationary and note pads in these. It's the perfect size and anytime I need any of those things I know just where they are. 
 A little close up view of my shoe rack. LOVE IT.
I also had room for my glue guns, markers, paint sticks, etc. I love to be crafty, but it's hard to get those creative juices flowing when you don't have a clue where anything is. Now, I do.
At one time I was really into scrapbooking, that's why you see like four scrapbooks standing and in the far left there are about five more on their sides. Yes, I'm a slight dork. That big green bag is our lake bag and we use it often, like every single weekend, therefore, I wanted it in a spot where it was easy to grab. Do you see that big basket under the green bag? That basket is FILLED with old bills and Explanation of Benefits from when MK was in the hospital. What do I do with those? Shred them? Throw them away? Keep them? I don't have a clue. What do you do with old bills or old insurance stuff?
I love how it turned out. I told Travis that I might start looking into a job as a professional organizer. Ha. Just joking around. That bag in the front on the floor is my school bag. Again, another bag that I need easy access to, but I definitely don't need it right now and I needed a place to store it. Those tubs on the floor still needs labels, but they house camera stuff, items from when I was pregnant with Morgan Kate and party paraphernalia. What I like about the party paraphernalia tub is that when I do give a party or help with one, I can just grab that entire tub and take it with me. Easy breezy.


Hollie Heming said...

WOW! You MUST come to my house and work on my closets. They're terrible! Love you :).

cmyoung said...

I'm your newest follower :) I wish I had your organizational skills! Good job!

Would love it if you would come check out my blog too:ilm


Kelly Lee said...

Please come to my house!! Looks great:)

Kathy Hardison said...

Love the way you used the shoe rack for storage....might do that in my kitchen pantry. Looking good.

jan kessler said...

don't stop I love the ideas.

Love you guys,

MaMa and I are still talking about our playdate.

aunt jan

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Those over-the-door shoe organizers are great for so many things!