Thursday, July 17, 2008

What I did today (so far)

We've moved twice this past year and each time I realize that we have lots of stuff. Stuff that I'm not sure why we keep and stuff I just haven't had the time or energy to go through. Well, a couple weeks ago I decided to go through the boxes in our spare room. I got pretty far, weeded out a bunch, made piles of yard sale items, give away items, and trash. Unfortunately something came up (like "mom are you ever going to feed us?") and the project was left like this:



A HORRIBLE ugly shameful mess!!

Today I made up my mind that I better get it cleaned up. (We have company coming Saturday, always a good motivator!)

In about a 1/2 hour it looked like this...


A couple more minutes and...aaah, that's better!

With all these little kiddos around, something else we have a lot of are shoes. I hadn't come up with a clever way to keep them organized so they all ended up in a bin

then when anyone wanted to find their's it required searching and mostly, dumping out the bin.
A new plan was desperately needed.
I came across another blog that led me to the IKEA store online. I browsed a bit and then just for fun searched to see if there was one near us. I was excited to find there was!! So we checked it out. Now, if you've never been there (like I hadn't) I must warn you the place is massive. Very cool, but you must allot yourself more than the 30 minutes that I had.
Okay back to my shoe problem...at IKEA I found:

for $6.99!!

After I came home I transformed this messy closet


Into a better organized space for the shoes!

I labeled each cubbie with the kids names. Now they know where to put their shoes and they aren't digging through everyone else's to find them. :)

I feel pretty productive today. Although, now everyone knows I'm messy and disorganized, hmmm, well at least I'm working on it right??

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Rachel said...

The closet looks great!
I admire all that you can get done with 7 precious little ones!!!

Monica said...

My hats off to you!! I can't image moving with all the kids and their stuff. That blows my mind to think about it. Great work today.

Monica said...

My hats off to you!! I can't image moving with all the kids and their stuff. That blows my mind to think about it. Great work today.

Leanne said...

Wow!!!

If only we had a camera!!!

I'm so proud of you for being diligent with your cleaning and organizing!

I've heard about IKEA, but have never been there.

And what did I do today??

Made bread this morning....

Almost cleaned the kitchen. That's it!

Waaah!

Leanne

Emily said...

What an awesome productive morning! I like that hanging thing...now everyone will know where to find them, but more importantly (at my house) where to put them BACK.

Renata said...

You sure were busy! I love ikea & could spend a lot of money there (thankfully I now live hours from the closest one)! I love what you did with the cupboard - it looks so neat & organised - well done!

mylittleducks5 said...

Great Idea!! Of course doing that would require that I find and clean out a place to hang it.Oh Man! hahhaa
We also have tons of shoes that are in wooden boxes (we bought at Ikea;p) by the doors. And if you really listed all that you did, you would see you had a very productive day.
Think of all the meals, hugs, encouragement, everyday clean-ups, and who could forget the diapers etc... us Mom's do everyday.
Thanks for sharing your idea,
:>Michelle

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I adore days when my organizational juices are flowing.

What a productive day you had! Everything looks great, girlie! Be proud.