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Fall Reorganization: The never ending projects

October 13, 2010

If you ask my neighbor–she would tell you that we are constantly undergoing a house related project at least every other weekend.  Our latest kick has been trying to bring some order to our crazy house.  I think I have tried just about everything wthen it comes to keeping a tidy, organized house.  The fact is with 3 kids all under the age of 7 it’s tough.  My husband and I have been on a recent organizational frenzy starting back at the end of August.

First we made multiple trips to IKEA in Cincinatti.  The first trip was to get some unit to organize the kids art stuff.  I want the kids to have easy access to their crayons, markers, playdoh, etc. but it just gets out of control so quickly.  I’ve had shelves with baskets for a while but even those got to be chaotic within a week or so.  So we picked up these two units about 6 feet tall with slide out plastic buckets in a variety of colors and I printed out descriptions for each bucket and taped them on with clear packing tape.  Well it’s been about 6 weeks now and I have to say that it seems to be doing the trick.

Our second (and ultimately 3rd) trips to IKEA were to organize our kitchen area.  Because of our growing food needs our kitchen cabinets were overloaded and the countertops were unaccessable.  New canisters and a brand new freestanding pantry turned our clutter into a beautifully organized and functional kitchen.  No more stacks of Propel cartons and juice boxes on the floor.  Everything has a place and it has made preparing dinner an enjoyable experience again (okay almost enjoyable).

Then, in September we decided to tackle the kids bathroom upstairs.  Well, this project was less about organizing and more about changing the scenery.  In one evening we repainted the entire bathroom and took it from a disgusting dirty white to a very nice medium green to match our shower curtain.  It is amazing what a little paint can do.

Our most recent project was the laundry room.  We do a really good job of keeping up with washing and drying clothes (usually 1-2 loads per day) but the challenge is in folding, hanging and putting away the clean laundry.  I hate to admit, but I am the queen of having several baskets full of clean, wrinkled clothes that I can fluff and grab what I need for that day.  When I do manage to get things folded they often sit in baskets for a week or more until we get sick of looking at it and spend an entire Saturday morning getting caught up again.  So, my idea was to have a place to hang and fold right there in the laundry room so at least the clothes will come out of the baskets and I don’t end up fluffing the same load of clean clothes 4 times before it’s put away.  So off to Lowe’s I went to buy a Rubbermaid “Home Enhanced” adjustable closet system.  I gotta tell you, it doesn’t make hanging and folding any more appealing but at least the process seems to be a bit simpler.  Oh, and we painted the room and beautiful grey color before we put up the system.

I wish I had taken some before and after pictures of all of our projects because I really feel like it has made a big difference in my overall level of peace.  And that is always good for a working mom of 3.  Who knows what the next project will be–there are enough to keep us busy for the next few years I’m sure but I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

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