Back to School Organization





There are five million papers that come through this house about 3:30 everyday.  I used to keep EVERYTHING and put them in tubs.  Each of my kids had their very own at the end of the year.  It was ridiculous.  It’s not practical, and it’s too much clutter.  What works is to get a 2″ binder (as they get older, the binder can get smaller) and hole punch.  As soon as we get home from school, I grab their stuff out of their back packs, ohhh and ahhh over them, and then put the important and great stuff in their binders.  When they look away, I trash the other stuff.  At the end of the school year, I place each of their binders in the storage room, and start again.  I let them decorate the page that will go in front, or put a paper describing their year.  I  like for them to fill it out, so one day I will be able to remember their sweet little handwriting.  Each year, I write a letter to them on a piece of notebook paper and place it at the front of their notebooks.  I encourage them, tell them how much I love them, tell them why they are so special to us, and  tell them specifically how I’ll be praying for them that year.  They love to go back and revisit their previous years with this notebook.

P.S.  If you read about Lucy, she has kept her room clean now for 263 days.  How do you ask?  I take her to lunch for every 10 consecutive clean room days.  Works amazingly!!

Filing Fun

This is what I was dealing with.  (You know, I don’t tell many people that I know about my blog because I really don’t care for the people I know to see the messier side of me.)  But, this file cabinet dates back to the 90’s from Target.  I kept having to put the front cover of it back on.  Sometimes I had to kick it to get it back on.  The papers were old and ridiculous and meaningless.  This piece of junk really just held our printer.  My husband was dealing with this cabinet with old files and papers.

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So, I found this beauty at a garage sale for $5.  I just bought the file hanger set at Office Depot and BAM!

IMG_4158      I used my chalk paint to paint it.  It took about 30 minutes to paint and wait to dry so then I could distress with the sander.

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We then began the process of weeding out the important documents.  We have a long way to go, but we have started where we are!  Forget the shredder.  We had to have a fire to get rid of a BUNCH of old papers.  And, now a little peace a lot less chaos.




Instruction Manuals

I was feeling a bit OVERWHELMED today!  Take a deep breath and look what you gotten done instead of what has to be done.  I saw this somewhere on Pinterest.  This person was a little genius!   I had all of these manuals in a messy stack in a drawer.  Not anymore!  I started where I was, and completed this little project FAST!

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How many pajama pants does a girl need?

IMG_3961 How many pajama pants does a girl need?  I’m going with 5.  2 flannel for the winter and 3 lighter pairs because as I get older, I get hotter (not in a good way).  I began the horrible job of cleaning out my closet.  I found Christmas presents I forgot to give one of my children (She was happy).  I found earrings that I bought 6 months ago (could have used those in December).

IMG_3966   My best piece of advice to myself has been, “GET RID OF IT!”  I started throwing piles of clothes onto the floor.  It was so freeing!  I have taken four trash bags of clothes to Goodwill.  Now, I could sell them off the Facebook sites (which is great!), but I need to get rid of a bunch – fast.  I’ve had it.  I’m resolved to not live like that anymore!

IMG_3969 IMG_3974   This is just the tip of the iceberg, Baby!  I folded them nicely because you might have to have a photo now for tax purposes for things you goodwill.  My husband is sure that we do better with goodwill than garage sales.  He says we get a better return.

This is not the picture that is posted on Pinterest.

IMG_3988  And , anyway, does someone want to weigh in on why this impeccable woman only  has one pair of shoes?

But, I can see my floor.  Now, I just need a paint job and a chandelier.  And, I do need to get rid of some more.  But, I’m a lot further now than I was yesterday!





A Place to Call Home

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I have a bazillion scarves and necklaces.  The long necklaces don’t fit in my jewelry box.  I want to be able to see my stuff.  Repeatedly I find things I didn’t know I had.  So, I came up with this little number.  After I untangled all of my bubble necklaces, I put gold necklaces together, colors together, silver together…. Well, you get the idea.  I can put necklaces on the top part of the hook and scarves and the bottom so, they don’t bother each other.


The Questions to Ask When Getting Rid of Clutter

“Do I love it?” or, “Have we used it in the past year?”  Well yes, I love lots of things, and I always go back to the thought that I might use it.  But, the morbid questions I’ve been pondering lately are, “Would anyone else love this or want it after I’m gone?”  I know- kinda creepy.  I repurpose furniture and go to estate sales to find good deals.  There it is-  all the items these people were attached to or thought they loved strewn out on card tables at cheap prices.  I want to leave my kids with things they will cherish, and not with things they have to figure out what to do with.  The items I can’t bless a friend with, I sale.  There are several sites on Facebook where you can sell your items for much better prices than you would get from a garage sale.


Chalkboard Labels

IMG_3978 These are AWESOME free labels from

I just used card stock and slapped some double tape on the label.  Much better than a boring old label maker (Don’t be offended.  I have one of those, too.)

Where oh where, did my little sock go?

I hate socks.  They are stupid and like rabbits.  Why can’t just one silly pair stay together?  I finally threw away a ton of them.  I’m not waiting for their partners anymore.  What I did with the rest of them (like that little turquoise reindeer one that my little girl just had to have)  was tack them to a sock board by my washer.  Just put some fabric around a cork board (that you probably already have) and pull out some of those tacks that the kids like to put in their walls and BABAM!  Happy Hunting!



A Little Inspiration

Sometimes to get going it requires a little push – some inspiration.  My sister-in-law sent these tonight.  It was enough to make me quit watching Proposal, and go work on the lurking basement.  This is quite simple to install if you are a rocket scientist (just kidding).  You can buy the closet sets at Lowe’s.  You can buy either the individual pieces (they will even cut to fit) or you can buy a set.  Doesn’t that look nice?

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Laundry sorter you probably already have. And, you don’t have to find the lid.

How many times has this girl resolved to reign in the laundry – a lot!  I would take a picture for you, but I can’t do that to myself.  I’ll just let you imagine.  Anyway, because I have resolved to keep up with laundry and organize, I have a lot of tubs from the organizing part.  I found this tub to be excellent for lugging my clean laundry around.  It’s long enough to keep our stacks separate, so I can hand off easily to the children that I’m sure are going to put their clothes where they are supposed to go.  If I had smaller little rascals again, it would be easy to distribute to each drawer.




Until next time, chevron pants.



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