Day 25–Art Files

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.

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I put their names in stickers on the front of each bin.  And labeled each folder with the month of the school year.

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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!

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Day 21: Use What You’ve Got

This 31 day series on Getting It Together has really opened my eyes.  I can finally see what systems are working in my house (pantry organization, for example) and what isn’t working (keeping my desk clean).  What I have found is that I’m not using what I’ve got. 

For example, the family drop zone was not getting used.  I created it specifically to contain school and household related clutter.  No so much.  We weren’t using it like we should.  The mail was piling up in the baskets and the dry erase calendar was erased.

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So I finally put it to use.

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The family menu, on the side of the fridge was also erased.

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Not any more.

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I have been wondering why, oh why, can’t I get everything done that I need to while the kids are at school.  And if I do, why is it undone by 3:45 pm.  Of course!  The little critters aren’t cleaning up after themselves!    I wasn’t using their chore charts.

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Now I am.  They will need to be retrained on the whole chore thing, but eventually it will work! (fingers crossed!)

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I still have lots of baskets lying around that could be used for other purposes.  I have bags that can go to Goodwill.  And I have closets that need organizing.  In 10 more days.  Do you think I can do it?