Day 31: I Really Feel More “Together”

First of all:

 

Second of all: I DID IT!  I made it through my first 31 days series!  Thank you so much to The Nester for encouraging all of us who participated and for giving us all this wonderful opportunity!

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I have to say, I truly do feel more together.  I feel organized and tidy.  I know that it won’t always be like that.  Things may fall out of line (or out of a closet) on occasion.  But I have the right tools in place.  My pantry really is more organized.  I can actually find stuff in my closets.  I haven’t forgotten an appointment all month!

So, in honor of the 31 Day to Getting it Together, I would like to recap my Keys to Getting it Together or what I have learned.

1. Do Not Procrastinate! Don’t leave the dirty dishes in the sink overnight, just get it done before bed.  Don’t say you’ll get to the laundry tomorrow, it WILL multiply in 24 hours!  Muster the energy and just get it done.  It really helps!

2.  Just Do It!  Don’t think about it, just do it.  Plan and execute.  If your plan doesn’t go perfectly the first time, you can try again but at least you have a starting point.  And you can do it.  All of my tasks are quite manageable.  They seem large at first but they really are doable.

3.  The Law of Physics Applies!  You know the one, “an object in motion shall remain in motion….”  Once you get started, it’s much easier to keep going.  You pick up momentum and it becomes enjoyable because you are accomplishing something.  Yes, I just went all Big Bang Theory on you.  Sorry.

4.  Look The Part – get up, get dressed, look your best!  It helps you to feel motivated and confident and ready to tackle any challenge.

5.  Have A Plan (but know that plans get broken) – It is always easier to tackle a challenge when you have a plan.  But sometimes the best laid plans need to be changed.  We learn from our mistakes and set-backs (hopefully).  And they help us make better plans in the future.

6.  Embrace the Chaos – the house doesn’t stay messy forever.  Your children are only young once.  You only have one life, and if it is crazy then it is full.  Enjoy it all.

7.  Get Plenty of Sleep – When you are tired,  you can’t get anything done.  When the whole family is tired, it’s a disaster!  Things are left undone, everyone is cranky, important events are forgotten.  Seriously, sleep is sooooo important!

8.  Enlist the Entire Family – Chore charts are back!  The kids have to chip in.  When the spouse looks at you and asks why the house is a disaster, hand him a list of stuff to do that will help.  If even one person isn’t on board with keeping it together, the whole thing will fall apart.

9. There will always be more – There will always be more to clean, purge, organize.  And if you are like me, you will look forward to it. 

10.  Be Proud! – You have accomplished a lot!  Take a look around and give yourself a pat on the back once in a while.  It all got done!

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Day 30: The Guest Room

Considering this is the end of October, the holidays are just around the corner.  And knowing that we will have guests, I figured I needed to give them a place to stay.  But the closet was overflowing and the little dresser in there was full of my junk. 

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I went into that closet, guns blazing.  There was going to be room in there for our guests if it was the last thing I did!  I took so much out that I couldn’t believe it had all fit in there!

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I have a love of fabric.  I buy remnants that I think are beautiful.  I’m sure I’ll come up with a use for them someday, but they were just stacked in the closet.  I decided to use the amazing storage in the Stratton Bed from Pottery Barn.  Now all of the fabrics and trims are tucked away in a basket that fits neatly under the bed.

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I stacked all of the throw pillows on the top shelf.  I like to switch out my pillows for the seasons so I have a lot.  And those aren’t the type of things you like to put in the attic (read: dust and bugs).

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Now there is actually space for guests to hang clothes and put folded clothes!

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The dresser was mostly full of wrapping paper and ribbon.  And I found new places for all of that so that guests can put items away.

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The guest room is almost ready.  Stay tuned after 31 Days is over for a post on making a guest suite inviting.

Day 23: Master Closet Part 1

Like most women, I love shoes. (I’m giddy that it’s boot season!)  But my shoes were kind of taking over the floor of my closet.  Or they were thrown into large Rubbermaid bins.

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It was bad.  So while over at a neighbors house, I saw ingenious shoe storage! (Thank you Melora and Florence!)  Small Rubbermaid bins.  I immediately ran out and bought around 50.  I got them all at Target for 87 cents a piece!  And I grabbed my trusty label maker.

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I got to work pairing my shoes and putting them in bins.  Then I labeled each box with the type of shoe it held.

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Then I started stacking them up.  Out of season shoes went on the highest shelf.

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Boots were lined up on the floor and flats were lined up on a low shelf.

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I also saw some amazing purse storage on Pinterest.  Are you ready for this?  Shower curtain rings!  Then your purses just hang right up. 

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I can actually see the floor of my closet!!! 

Now I just need to get all of the clothing in order.  That’s part 2.

Amazing Organization

Do you ever walk into the Container Store and just want to go nuts?  I mean, there are so many organizational options and I dream of an organized and efficient home.  Well, there are some amazing ideas out there that don’t cost as much as the Container Store (even though I still love it).  I thought I’d give a few a try, but first I’ll share them with you.

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I can’t seem to find a good way to store all of my kids school art projects and keepsakes….. until now.  A Bowl Full Of Lemons has this great idea for Keepsake Boxes.  I am definitely going to do this!!

I really think this linen closet is fabulous!  Storing sheets in baskets is a great idea, especially since I am still working on my fitted sheet folding!  This is from Turnstyle Vogue.

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I love this clipboard organization.  It’s great for design projects and keeping track of all the paint chips and fabric swatches.  LOVE!

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Then there’s the family command center.  I’m working on mine right now so it’s ready before school starts again!

This is an awesome homework station.  I really have to think about doing this.  What a fantastic way to use our current playroom.  My kiddos are growing up too fast!!

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And, of course, the “piece de resistance” – the master bedroom closet.  I’m hoping that I can get rid of the wire racks that are in there right now.  Luckily, my closet is huge, but the storage solutions are non existent.

I’ll keep you posted on how my quest to become organized and efficient is going.  I’m sure it’s going to take a while!

I Dreamed an Organized Dream

Today is moving day!  I am surrounded by boxes and paper and chaos, but I am so happy!  I have been daydreaming about how the Chateau will come together.  I have some inspiration photos to share.  Perhaps by putting my dreams out there it will force me to follow through!

Let’s start with the kitchen…..

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My pantry is about the same size as this one and the same shape.  Right now it has the ugly wire racks in it.  Those will be changed very soon!

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Oh how I hope that I can keep my refrigerator organized enough so that I don’t find penicillin growing in the back!

 

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I seriously love this kids bookcase.  Great organization for all the toys and gadgets. Plus, it can grow up with them.  Now what are the odds that they will actually put their toys away?

 

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I love this book shelf, too!  Books become art, even more so than they already are!

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The garage….. or the dumping ground of every house.  I am determined not to let it get that way!  It will be organized, even if it kills me.

Here are my organizational dreams, among other things.  It’s a place to start.  I will be unpacking slowly so that everything goes into its own space.  Wish me luck!