I think I have said before that I am not an organized person by nature. It takes a lot for me to get and stay organized. Although the more organized I become, the easier it gets. I have been working on getting my closets organized for the last week or so. I finally have that done! I organized my children’s closets, my storage/sewing closet, my own closet and our new baby’s (who has yet to arrive) closet.
Just so you know when I was pregnant with my first son, 3 days before he was born I was cleaning all the windows in the house and scrubbing the top of the refrigerator. Ah, pregnancy, the thing I love about it is that it gives us a definite deadline. Maybe that is why I get so much done when I am pregnant. I need deadlines.
I also organized our computer armoire. Now I am going to do some spring cleaning. The main things that I need to do are:
Kitchen – refrigerator and oven
Once these jobs are done I think I will be better able to maintain. If anyone has suggestions for cleaning windows, I would love to hear them.
I am usually always decluttering in some way or another. I think I am almost to the point that everything we have we use pretty regularly. I have paired down all of our wardrobes considerably. I am trying to simplify that even more. I am still working on it, but I think I am almost there. I am trying to avoid garage sales at this point because I know I have plenty of clothes for all of us.
My cleaning schedule is still working out wonderfully. I really like the structure of it. I do at least one to two loads of laundry a day so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
Here is what I did to organize our closets:
I took everything out. I put them in piles:
2. Give away
I bought those banker boxes whenever they went on sale. I did use tubs, but I like this better. I still use some of the plastic tubs for in the garage or shed.
With each box, I numbered them, drew a colored circle on them and labeled them. I then made a corresponding 3 x 5 card and put the same color on it. I wrote the number, the name of the room where it is stored and the contents of the box. This system came from reading the Duggar book.
Now if I am looking for something and know that it is in a certain room, I can look up the card and see which box it is in. I have stored all of the kids clothes by size to be used by future children (child).
I also put a box in the kids’ closet that I labeled “Outgrown” and I throw shoes or clothes into there to be sorted and boxed up later. Before this I just kind of threw them in a pile.
So sorry I did not take any before pictures – just imagine the disorganization and mess.
Well, at the very least, it will make moving easier – right?
I did not get to take any pictures of the baby’s room, but I do have his closet organized as well. I also have his clothes washed and hung up by size.
Oh, one other thing that I need to do badly is go through our mini DVD home movies and record them onto regular DVDs and label them, but we will save that for another week!