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Sorting & Organizing Ideas

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Salvation Army donations

As I’ve been unpacking and sorting boxes, I have come to realize that I hold onto things far beyond their usefulness.  My mother grew up in the years following the Great Depression and was certainly trained to reuse things and not to waste anything.  This translated in saving YEARS worth of magazines that ‘One Day’ she would reread.  That day never came.  And now, I wonder if I don’t have some of the same ‘Great Depression’ tendencies, on a much smaller scale albeit.  So, I question the usefulness of each item as I unpack and try to find new homes for things as we settle into our new house.  I, too, detest wasting anything that still has life remaining.  We are consistent contributors to Salvation Army and Goodwill, for sure.  I always have a current box of donation items waiting in the wings until it is full enough to drop off.

These are the questions I must continually ask myself –

“Is this currently serving a purpose in my home?”

“Will I likely use it in the next year?”

“Could someone else use this more often than I do?”

“Would I miss it if it were gone?”

Last December we moved 1,000 miles so I am very familiar with having to make these tough choices.  And sometimes they are difficult because we cling to our possessions so tightly, it seems.  I’ve grilled myself as to why this is lately and have only come up with the notion that I love deeply, but perhaps that love and affection is often misplaced on things or memories.

Take, for instance, a recent sorting of cards, letters and kids’ artwork … Some of the cards and letters are so special to me, especially since some of the senders have passed on.  Those will be placed in the scrapbook, however, some of the senders I had to pause even to recall WHO they were!  But, I saved every card from select years apparently.  Fortunately, most I tossed.

I have a solution to coral all these fond memories.  I am making a scrapbook for each child that will contain all of their precious artwork.  This way, we can look back on their treasures easily, instead of them getting buried in an old file, where no one will see them.  (Eventually, these albums will be theirs to keep.)

I’m making scrapbooks for old letters and cards as well.  For years I have struggled with what to do with these sentimental artifacts, so I am very excited about getting these organized in a format we all can enjoy!  As I sat on the floor rereading old letters I sent to my husband over a decade ago, I realized what treasures these will be to look back on.  They were personal, of course, but yield a glimpse of the stage our relationship was in at the time and document our deep and enduring love for one another.  Those are the treasures to keep!  I think our children will even enjoy reading them after we’re gone.

Some decisions as we sift and sort are easy ones to make!  (such as the iridescent marbles I saved in a gallon size ziploc!)  That’s an easy one!  I don’t need them.  In fact, those may be the very marbles I am losing on a daily basis!  Maybe it’s time to donate those to charity!  Haha!  As much as we have parted with over the last year in preparation for our move and then facing the harsh reality that not nearly everything we thought would fit in our 26 foot Uhaul with a trailer attached!  We left a lot behind with our neighbor!  (Bow Flex, antique table, and the list is nearly endless)  In the end, there is not a single item that I can say we miss!  As painful as the process of organizing may be, the end result will be far more rewarding!

The above picture is not even all of what we’ve donated post-move!  I counted 25 boxes for the first home pick up and this was the second pick up, which also included an artificial tree and two toy Christmas trains.  (My younger two are 16 and 17.)  The Salvation Army worker asked if the trains were operational.  To which I acknowledged they were.  He smiled and said, “Oh, wow, these are going to make some children very happy!”  🙂  The satisfaction in knowing that something that would have been collecting dust in our storage room would provide enjoyment to others is very rewarding.

I can think more clearly without clutter.  As a full time homemaker, fewer items in our house means less work for me to keep up with those things!  Please do not think we are minimalists because we are far from that.  My ‘Girl Scout mentality’ (Be prepared!) does not allow for sparse living.  However, I am quick to toss items in the donation box if I have no use for them.

The flip side to organizing is being extremely selective about what we bring into our home!  I have been asking myself ‘Do I really need this?  Where will I use it?’ more and more.  And then most times I find myself placing it back on the store shelf.  Just because it’s cute or may be useful does not mean it needs to come home with you.  That is a lesson for us all.  Americans are great consumers, but maybe we should consume a little less.

For some reason, my husband and son love bringing home fliers, business cards, little newspapers.  This is needless clutter!  Unless you’re actually going to use this information, don’t let it stay.  And certainly, don’t allow it to accumulate in piles around the house.  This is why I open the mail over top of the trash can.  I toss or shred it and only keep what I must.  Paper clutter multiplies while we’re sleeping.  We must be watchful and vigilant!  🙂

Happy Organizing and may your home be a place of rest and peace always!

~Amber

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Projects of late

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Painted front steps last July

 

Just thought I’d make a quick post of what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks.  Of course, physical therapy remains part of our regular routine, so we work our lives around it.  The kids and I continue to go three days a week.  We definitely can see progress as it’s been five weeks now since our auto accident.  But, we’re looking forward with great anticipation to the day when we can say we are without pain!  And, so, we press on …

And now to the projects …

Our house was built in 1977, thus projects abound!  So much of our house has received cosmetic updates, however I think with an older house, projects will continue until kingdom come!

We renovated the kitchen last month and are still waiting for one last cabinet to be installed above the refrigerator.  They ordered the wrong size initially, so once that’s done, the installation will be complete.  We plan on painting at some point down the road when our shoulders and backs no longer hurt.  We want to paint a taupe color.  The sickly salmon color that adorns the walls now is awful.

In the spring, we replaced 3 of the 4 – 1977 colored toilets.  Who knew such a menial update could mean so much?!

Last week our A/C decided to flare up and had to have some maintenance and repairs done.  Thankfully, it wasn’t huge.

Over the weekend, my dear husband scraped up all the old caulk in the upstairs master bath and applied fresh caulk.  What a transformation!  Why is it that we delay such routine tasks?  I don’t know, but I like the finished product!  He also fixed my daughter’s closet door knob, which has been broken for nearly four years!  He fixed my son’s closet door knobs last month.  It’s the little things in life that mean so much!  I cannot stand things that don’t function properly, so these little things are significant!!

Dear husband and I made a “Projects To Do List” over the weekend and we plan to divide and conquer.  Some of the smaller tasks, the kids and I can handle; whereas some things only my husband can do … Such as: re-grout our bathroom tile, caulk the crown molding and repair the porch door screen.

The kids and I cleaned up the back porch and replaced the pillows (we’d stored away until post-pollen season) on the wicker furniture.  We’ve enjoyed eating dinner out there the last two nights under the ceiling fans.  Very peaceful.

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Back porch – I’ve updated pillows since this pic but you get the idea.

 

Yesterday the kids and I organized the garage!  Whew, what a lot of work!  How I thank God for the kids’ help and, in particular, my son’s strong muscles and height to lift things and reach the high shelves! (My right elbow is still hurting so that limits my movement, which is challenging because I want to do so much!)  We loaded up donations for the Salvation Army, donations for a family of eight and filled a large trash can!  After playing Tetris with boxes and the garage shelves, my son used the blower to clean out the garage floor.  I watched this YouTube video on applying an epoxy coating to the garage floor and was so tempted to do that here!  Dear husband and I have talked about it in years’ past, but one day we might just do it …  It would be so much easier to keep clean, thus minimizing dirt and dust getting tracked in the house.  There are definite benefits.  That’s one idea for the back burner…

We have this huge outdoor Rubbermaid bin that was completely filled with balls of every sport, most of which the kids no longer play with.  So, we filled a large black trash bag last Friday with an assortment of balls and outdoor toys and donated to another large family we’re good friends with.  Their kids were overjoyed!  That makes cleaning up so worth it right there!  My son even gave them a couple Nerf dart guns he doesn’t need.  Happiness all around!

While Operation Organize Garage is complete for now, there is further room for improvement.  Phase II will be in progress soon…

Today’s mission is to spray weed killer and power wash the front porch and brick paver sidewalk.  The back patio will be for another day.  I painted the front steps last July so I think power washing them will brighten them up a bit.  They were a drab color before we moved in and I painted them a taupe color, which looks really nice.  The two pots of red geraniums on either side of the front steps are thriving nicely.  They must be hearty!  I haven’t killed them yet!  😉

Does anyone else have four, large artificial trees in their home?  We have three Ficus and one banana tree!  That’s a lot to contend with!  They’re spread out in different rooms but dusting them seems to be a task I’d rather postpone.  That’s one of our next projects…to take them outside and dust thoroughly!  Dusting the blinds in each room is also on our list… Oh, how I do not like to dust!  Haha!  Divide and conquer …

Speaking of which, I better get to conquering!

 

Past projects:

 

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Painted 2 sets of back steps last July

 

And, to see the before and after pictures of our recent kitchen renovation, check them out here:

 

https://englishrose2014.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/our-kitchen-remodeling/

 

 

 

 

 

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Buried Treasure

We’ve been looking for a few things since we returned from our big trip visiting our older son almost three weeks ago (and recovering from our accident).  I knew we’d eventually find them, but today was a true red letter day as I found all three!  Yay!

Because I’m so ridiculously Type A, I write out a “To do” list every day generally.  Well, post-accident I get tired really easily and am combating pain, so I have to take it easy (which is so hard!); and most days I feel like I’m merely chasing my tail as my to-do list spills over to the following day.  But, today I accomplished one task anyway!  I organized our master closet.  It wasn’t horrible; it just felt that way.  Out of control.  In the process of corraling the dirty laundry, winter clothes, shoes, etc., I found the three items we’d been searching for!  A postcard from our trip that we bought for our neighbor; my husband’s dearly loved flip flops; and my elbow brace.

When you find something that’s been missing for a while, somehow it validates one’s mental capabilities.  It does for me anyway.  It reaffirms the truth I cling to:  I am not going bonkers!  Trying to keep up with everyone’s “stuff” can be a mother’s greatest challenge and particularly when you’re busy!  You know, the unspoken assumption is that mothers know where everything is in a household at any given point in time.  I’m not sure how we got burdened with such a thing, but it’s true.  Whenever anyone is missing something, they turn to me for answers. (Whhhyyy?)  🙂

After sifting and sorting through our closet, I began to fill a bag of donations for the Salvation Army once more.  We’re always purging it seems, so it’s pretty amazing that we still have more to part with.  It really should be the standing rule that if I buy three new shirts, I part with three.  Things have a way of sneaking into our house and somehow it’s easier to bring things in than carry them out!  Why is that?  We like to amass stuff, but we’re far more hesitant to part with it.  The thing is holding onto things that are unnecessary only leads to more clutter and disorganization.

Another area I will be conquering soon is boxing up last school year’s books and papers.  As a longtime homeschooler, we can quickly clutter up a space with all of our textbooks, teaching aids, educational DVD’s, notebooks, pencils, highlighters, etc.  I have to remind my Type A self that educational clutter (within reason) is OKAY and is a sign of good things happening around here!!  Haha!  As my kids are getting older, I bear in mind that it won’t be this way too much longer, so enjoy the ride!  😉  That said, we do have a designated area for school stuff, even though they may not always land there.

The kids have unpacked their suitcases and their rooms are actually tidy (as of this writing anyway!).  Haha.  They are teenagers, afterall.  My daughter showed me how she’d organized her dresser drawers so nicely the other day and I thought someone else’s daughter was speaking to me, for sure!  My daughter?  Wow.  She must be growing up!  😉  She did a super fantastic job and is learning how nice proper organization is.  She can actually find things now instead of digging through piles of clothes on the floor!  And, as for my son… Well, a little parental bribery works like a charm!  If he wants time on his tablet, he has to take care of his chores and clean his room.  Once it’s been inspected, he can have the tablet.  It’s a wonderful motivator!  And he even takes care of most of his laundry himself.  My daughter has been doing her own laundry for several years now, which is very helpful.  I think I’m working myself right out of a job … But, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?  😉

And, so, here’s to optimal organization on an ongoing basis!  Have a blessed day!  🙂

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Living Water

As I was out and about today, I selected David Phelps’ album on my iPod in the car.  The song, There is a River came on and it never fails to stop me in my tracks.  That song just speaks to me like few others.  Perhaps because it takes me back to a time of worship in the early 90’s, a time right after my mother’s sudden homegoing and a season of just pressing into God and His presence as never before.  Such a raw time, but also a period where God’s presence was so real to me.

As I sang along with David Phelps, I reflected on the lyrics found in John chapter 4.

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life’.”  ~ John 4:13

The invitation is for all.  No prerequisites.  No club rules.  No cliques.  No limit on baggage.  Just come.  The Master is waiting.

I love how Isaiah says it:

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
 Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
 Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.” ~ Isaiah 55

Is your spirit dry and thirsty?  Does it long for more than this world can satisfy?

“There is a river that flows from deep within,

There is a fountain that frees the soul from sin.
Come to this water, there is a vast supply.”     
There is a river that never shall run dry. ( words by David & Max Sapp)

 

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” ~ John 7:38

How do we access this living water?  “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)  Come to God just as you are.  Eternal life and peace are free gifts from our loving God.  It’s not about works that any man should boast.  It’s all Him.  Won’t you accept the extravagant gift of grace He extends to you today?  Did you know there’s nothing you or I could ever do to make God love us any more or any less?  His love is from everlasting to everlasting and it is for you today, friend.  He loves you so.

Spend some time in His presence today, won’t you?  He is waiting for you.

 

 

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Spring Cleaning – Garage Style

It’s been a long, brutal winter!  A winter where we practically ran from the car through the garage and into the house and vice versa.  After Christmas, the artificial trees, bins of ornaments, wreaths and whatever else was put wherever we could find a vacant spot.  So, things have been accumulating for a number of months now.

I loaded up a couple more bags in the SUV for the Salvation Army as we uncovered each layer of “stuff” in the garage today.  (And I just made a run to drop off a bunch of things yesterday!  Oh well!)  I keep threatening the kids that I’m going to donate the two scooters we still have for some strange reason.  I think their days are numbered.  The kids are older now and have really outgrown them.  I think they want to hold onto them for nostalgia’s sake, I guess.  One day, they may “mysteriously” vanish to a better home, though.  We have a whole Rubbermaid oversized bin full of outdoor sports equipment and they rarely, if ever, use any of it!  That may disappear too soon.  It’s a year of purging and simplifying!  For goodness sake, before long, my daughter will be driving and my younger son not far behind her!  Bigger wheels that rotate much faster will hold their interest then.

The truth of the matter is, we just have too much stuff!!  If it were up to me, we’d part with more than we already have.  It’s a two car garage, but please tell me how one really fits two cars?!  Maybe two Yugos or Smart Cars?  Our convertible shares the space with a riding lawn mower and a Bow Flex contraption (poor dusty thing!), along with a snow blower that we’ve never used, lots of boxes and paraphernalia.   Over the course of nearly two decades of marriage, it is amazing how much accumulates!

My husband had more pressing matters to attend to today, but, thankfully, he came out and helped me clear a bunch of things.  I think he was worried I’d hurt myself as I’m recovering from a sprained elbow.  He knows what happens when mom’s out of commission.  Copious amounts of carry-out dinners… He even got the blower out and cleaned up a bit.  We’ll have to finish up another day, but today was a great start!  

We put the Christmas wreaths away and hung the spring wreath on our front door.  We tossed some things and have a few of my dad’s things to take to him.  One snow shovel bit the dust this season.  Why they make plastic parts, I’ll never know.  We have a myriad of garden tools, extension cords, etc. that need to be put in their proper places.  So, lots of sifting and sorting!  And, there is a work bench underneath all the stuff.  I know it’s in there.  I’ve seen it.  It’s just been a while…

My main objective today was fueled by the fact that our HVAC guy will need to access the heating and A/C unit this week to perform the spring maintenance.  Beyond that, it has been on my “mental to do list” for months, so I felt very accomplished chipping away at this chore.    

I’m delighted that spring has finally sprung!  If, for no other reason, the garage walls were beginning to close in!  🙂  Of course, it’s a lovely thing when a gentle breeze sends the sweet perfume of the colorful hyacinths my way!  Ah, spring, how I adore thee!

Here’s to Super Spring Cleaning!  What’s on your cleaning/organizing list for the spring?

 

 

 

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Moving 101: 30 of my Best Tips

We have moved 8 times in 11 years and I’m fairly confident I could write a book on moving do’s and don’ts!  Most of our moves were local, however, we have pulled off a major move spanning 1,000 miles, two 26 ft. Uhauls and two personal vehicles on our own.  Quite a caravan!  We also hired professional movers for another long distance move.  (definitely the better choice!)

If you think you may be moving in the near future or even mid-distant future, begin planning now.  You will be glad you did.  The statistics are that the average family moves every five years.  Clearly, we are above average, folks!  Haha.

Here are my best tips when preparing to move:

  1. Purge.  Begin setting aside items you no longer need, want or love to donate or sell.  Seriously consider whether it’s worth it or not to pack and haul whatever the item is.
  2. The Salvation Army makes house calls!  We had quite a bit to donate during one of our recent moves and they sent a truck out, loaded it up and away our large pile of donations went…just that easy!  (Tax deductible too!)
  3. If you own your home, decide whether to sell or rent it out.  Contact realtor.
  4. Begin making necessary repairs or upgrades.
  5. If you rent, notify your landlord of move out date.
  6. Start deep cleaning.  Ask a friend or pay a professional for assistance if needed.
  7. Research housing, schools, churches, necessary businesses, etc. in your new location.  Write notes.
  8. Collect Cardboard Boxes.  Inquire with friends, stores, Craigslist, etc.  We actually got a ton of free moving boxes from someone who’d recently moved on Craigslist.  That was awesome!  (Consider offering yours after your next move.)  As a last resort, buy moving boxes.  Save your pennies; they’ll be needed elsewhere during your move!
  9. Purchase copious amounts of packing tape (you always need more than you think!), bubble wrap and black permanent markers.
  10. Designate a spiral notebook/binder as your “Moving Resource Manual”.  Write down all pertinent info. related to the move and always keep it close by.  During the busyness of the move, you’ll be organized with necessary phone numbers, dates, etc.  It’s also a great place to write “To do” lists.
  11. Techies can store a lot of info on smart phones, but you will likely still benefit from having a manual.
  12. Make a list of names/addresses of those you do business with & will need to mail a change of address notice.  For many, this can be done online.
  13. Type up a generic letter with spaces to fill in the name/address/account # for change of address notice.  This will save you time and effort.  Be sure to include the effective date and your new information and a phone # should they need to contact you.
  14. Complete a change of address form with the USPS online when you have a concrete moving date.  This can be adjusted if dates change.
  15. Transfer/cancel utility services, security company, lawn care, newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
  16. If you’re using a moving company, begin getting quotes as early on as possible so you have plenty of time to compare.
  17. If you’re moving yourself, begin asking family, friends and church family early so they can set aside your moving date on their calendar.  Remind via text, email, phone calls a week or so out.  People get busy …
  18. If you have small children, consider a friend or family member who could watch them while you assist with the move.
  19. Uhaul has this nifty service offered on their website for moving assistance.  We had plenty of help loading our Uhauls on the front end of our move, but knew we would need help on the back end.  We reserved local moving helpers for a set amount of time via their website!  We thought it was very reasonable and well worth every penny!  We had the moving helpers assist with the heavy furniture and large items and we unloaded the miscellaneous boxes ourselves.  One of the best choices we ever made.
  20. Begin using up food in the fridge and freezer in the weeks prior to moving.  Discard or donate to friends any you don’t use.  (We blessed a good friend with spices before a recent move & she was very grateful.)
  21. Start packing up items that won’t be needed in the weeks prior to the move first.  Clearly mark outside of box with black marker for easy identification.  I like to mark every side of the box, as well as the top.  That way, no matter which side is visible in the moving truck, you know right away what it is without shifting it.  Mark “Blankets” and underneath write the room it belongs in – perhaps “Linen Closet”.
  22. Some may like to color code rooms with colorful stickers. (i.e. Master Bedroom gets a blue sticker, etc.)  The problem with this is unless everyone knows the “Code”, it can prove useless.  Of course, the master code would be kept in your “Moving Resource Manual”, so you can remember too.  I, personally, never found this useful, but some might.
  23. Try, try, try hard to only put what belongs in, say a box marked “Living Room”, items that actually belong in the living room.  That said, when you’re trying to top off a box and it’s the day before the move, your standards may be sorely tested.  It just makes it easier on the other end to locate things if they are grouped in the correct room.  😉
  24. Jewelry and anything of immense value should be kept with you during the move, if possible.  Don’t risk it.  Obviously, large paintings may not be feasible, but designate a box with your name on it and label it whatever “nickname” you like, so you’ll know to take extra precaution.  Yes, you may have insurance if you’re paying movers, but heirlooms or special pieces cannot be replaced.
  25. Medications and vitamins should also be set aside and kept with you during the move.
  26. It’s a good idea to designate a box “Shower Essentials” & place towels, washclothes, soap & shampoo inside.  This will eliminate much scuffle upon arriving at your new place!
  27. Pack an overnight bag for each family member (kids can have a backpack) that includes a change of clothes and toiletries, as locating the box marked clothes for each person may take a while, depending on the size of your family/move.
  28. Be sure to keep cell phone chargers with you.
  29. Upon locating a new physician and dentist, request your medical and dental records to be transferred.
  30. Order sandwiches, pizza, Gatorade, water or sodas for moving help.  If hiring professional movers, set aside cash for tip.

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The above is, in no way, an exhaustive list, however, it will get you started in the right direction.  If I think of any others, I may update the list.  The main thing to bear in mind is to plan!  Plan, plan and then plan some more.  Anticipate your family’s needs and prepare accordingly.  Think of every scenario that could happen and provide a contingency plan, if possible.

They say that moving is one of life’s top stressors and I tend to agree.  However, with proper planning, the stress can be vastly reduced.  Here’s to a positive, productive and smooth moving process, my friend!

What moving advice has helped you the most?

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Sewing/Craft Room Thrifty Organization

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Today I decided to sort through some books in my sewing/craft room and tidy up the bookshelves some.  My fabric and craft supplies were already in bins, baskets and boxes, but I fine tuned it a bit.  I wanted to post a picture to illustrate how I used three cardboard boxes on the bookshelves as a thrifty container for my fabric.  Can you pick them out?

Each one is covered with a different material ironically.  (Hadn’t thought of that until just now.)  The red box is covered in fabric with a polka dot ribbon around the top.  The black and white print is contact paper I purchased at the Dollar Tree a while back, and the box directly under that is actually covered with scrapbook paper.  Most of the smaller baskets were purchased at a thrift store last year.  And the three clear Sterilite bins were purchased from Walmart a while back.  All in all, the cost for organizing my fabric and crafts was fairly minimal.  I’m 100% for re-purposing boxes or other containers.  Why pay so much for plastic bins if you don’t have to?

I purchased ten pint size Mason jars (that I just love!) at the thrift store last year as well for $3.43.  Not too shabby.  If you’ll notice in the above picture, I use them to hold a variety of supplies: Sharpies, pencils, scissors, stick glue, twine, etc.  And, I just love the novelty of Mason jars, so they make me happy just seeing them on the shelves.  🙂

My younger two children are 14 (soon to be 15) and 16 years old.  As I was sorting books today, it was amazing there were so many they’ve outgrown.  Many were already packed away, but a few stragglers remained, like: a paper airplane how-to book and a couple Klutz travel book/craft kits.  It reminded me that you blink and the kids have graduated to another phase!  I filled a bag to give to a new friend of ours with younger children.  She’ll appreciate that.

I can probably thank all that iced tea I drank, (and it’s only half caff) but I also cut out a baby quilt and batting while I was upstairs this afternoon.  🙂  So, it’s all pinned and ready to be sewn.  Productive day indeed.

It is my hope that this post may spark some ideas if you have a craft or hobby.  Rethink that cardboard box or Folgers coffee container the next time you’re ready to toss it.  It just may be what you need to corral your supplies.  Incidentally, coffee containers can be very useful to hold nails, bolts, etc.  My daughter just purchased 250 plastic snaps and my first thought after admiring the pastel colors was…Where are we going to store all these little bits?  Fortunately, I had a Tupperware craft container on hand and gave that to her.  Anyone remember those little blue oblong plastic boxes with the tray insert?  They’re perfect for tiny things.  I got that at the thrift store too several years ago for $1.50.

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Clothing and shoe closet hangers can be especially useful for storing fabric, yarn and just about anything.  I can see the fabric and batting I have at a glance, so it’s pretty handy.  We’ve had these hangers for almost a decade and they weren’t being used, so I snagged them for my craft closet.  Zero extra cost to me.  Take a look around your home.  Chances are you have a box, basket or bin on hand that you could use in another area.  If not, check out the thrift or dollar stores nearby.  A dollar here and a dollar there add up over time!  Here’s to thrifty household organization!

*Bonus:  One of the awesome perks of cleaning out closets is that you may just find something you’ve been searching for!  Today I solved a mystery that has perplexed me since before last Thanksgiving!  I found the lighted garland and garland ties nestled so very nicely inside a Target bag at the back of a shelf in the closet.  I searched high and low for them last year and gave up for the moment.  So, friends, a four month old mystery has been solved!  Whew, now I can sleep at night!  Maybe you’ll find something that’s been missing too!  🙂

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