Don’t you just love it when your children come home with a backpack full of artwork they did at school? They are bursting with pride and can’t wait to show you all of their special creations. The difficult part is that all of them are precious and can’t be thrown out. And must be pulled out at a moments notice so you can prove that you didn’t throw them away.
If I didn’t create a system for corralling all of this artwork it would be taking over my house. So I created Art Files. They stay in a hall closet (more on that closet soon) that is easily accessible, they stack on top of one another and they hold all of the important artwork and school work.
I bought 2 stackable cubes from Target for about $3 each. I bought hanging file folders from Staples.
I put their names in stickers on the front of each bin. And labeled each folder with the month of the school year.
Viola! They easily stack into a corner of the hall closet. I pop stuff in there that needs to be kept and can retrieve at a moments notice, like a good mom!
I have decided to tackle the kitchen first. It seems to have the most storage issues and it gets cluttered quickly. The pantry is the worst! I have baskets in there but they are overflowing with chips and crackers and who knows what. Our boxes of canned goods from Costco stay boxed and haphazardly strewn on shelves. I do believe there are 3 jars of peanut butter in there somewhere but I can only find one. AAAAHHHHH!
So, I scour blogland in search of some inspiration.
OK, I am inspired! I can do this! I begin by pulling everything out from the pantry. I throw away stale and expired items or stuff we just don’t eat.
I already had the baskets. I got them at Lowes and bought every single one they had about a year ago. They don’t make them anymore so I’ve had to find similar ones. That’s hard for me because I like everything matchy-matchy.
I bought these can organizers from Target.
The glass jars are from Ikea.
I put all of the items we don’t use that often on top. Trays, a plate rack, cookbook holder, etc.
That felt good! I can’t wait for the next purge! The refrigerator!
This is where I confess how absolutely necessary it is for me to get it together. I will do so with photos. Don’t judge me. It’s awful. I write things down on bits of paper and then lose the paper. I have notepads scattered throughout the house. I still have boxes to unpack. I have unpacked boxes and don’t know where to put their contents. My closets are a hot mess. My desk is overflowing with fabric samples and paint samples and papers. I can’t even discuss my kitchen counter. I will not photograph the playroom because you would run screaming from your computer. I need this 31 days. My family and my home need me to do this. It’s for our sanity.
I told you! It’s going to be a lot of work. Are you with me?
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.
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.
I love this clipboard organization. It’s great for design projects and keeping track of all the paint chips and fabric swatches. LOVE!
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!!
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!