Category Archives: Organizing

New Room

Just before Elanor was born we decided to switch Sarah’s room and Stephen’s office. 2 cribs and 2 kids, it made sense to move them into the bigger room. My sister helped me paint a simple tree on the wall, changing up the plain walls just a bit for a more kid room feel.

Well, it turns out kids don’t spend much time in their room in the first few years. It’s just more space to make a mess and throw all  the clothes out of the dresser drawers.

When Stephen changed jobs last month, oh ya by the way, Stephen changed jobs last month, we decided to do yet another switch-a-roo. It was a great decision because he will be working from the home office when he needs to do computer work and phone calls. One recent a Thursday I dropped the girls off at a friends and spent the afternoon making the swap.

Well, I guess before I show you a photo or two of the girls new room setup, I could share some pictures of the room they’ve shared the past year and a half.

This was their room before all the crazy (read: messy) switching around.

From the hall you walk in and see Elanors bed straight ahead

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This is a panoramic view from the door

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Sarah’s bed and a pile of unorganized clean laundry

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Closet and coat/dress-up hooks

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Now there’s plenty of storage for Stephens work equipment and a lot less children-having-fun noise from the other side of the house.

This project made me realize that
1) We have too much stuff, and
2) I need to dust more often

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Here they are the first night in the new-old room

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Then Sarah pushed Elanor’s mattress over so they could sleep together, which is super sweet, so I obliged.
this is actually how they sleep most nights

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That photo is actually very similar to what they look like right now. Sleeping soundly…zzz… until I crawl into my bed, then Sarah will almost instantly wake up and tell Elanor to wake up so they can both come into my bed and sleep OPPOSITE of that photo above and somehow take up my entire queen size bed between the two of them. #parenthood

The rest of the room is empty except for a stack of books I need to get rid of and their white dresser in a corner. It’s nice how much I was able to get rid of while making this transition. Bye bye massive pile of girl clothes 12 months and below. I have more than 1 car load worth of stuff to donate, and it sure feels good to clean out unneeded clutter. I sure enjoy a good cleanup.

Currently: Coupon-Searching

At this moment I am sitting on the couch searching the [endless] internet for some coupons. It’s past time for a shopping trip and while I search for money-saving deals online I am beginning to fear that my head is going to explode!

I have a few websites I visit that have been recommended to me:

http://www.coupon-chix.com/

http://moneysavingmom.com/

http://www.southernsavers.com/

http://www.coupons.com/

http://www.redplum.com/

 

So far I’ve printed 1 coupon that I actually got from a google search. How do people do this each week?! My only chance to search and print these things is during Sarah’s morning nap (which varies from 45 minutes – 2 1/2 hours, I never know how long I’ll get).

Unless she sleeps ALL day AND time comes to a complete pause for me, I won’t get any of this junk figured out. It seems like every time I try I give up from feeling overwhelmed and confused… even the “how to coupon” explanations these sites provide make my eyes burn and my brain hurt.

This is how I feel right now

Looks like I’ll stick with my 1 coupon I already have, unless the coupon fairy pays me a visit and deposits them in my lap in the next half hour. Is there a coupon fairy, because there really should be!?!

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A T-Shirt & Mirror

Okay, this is gonna be one random post for ya.

Stephen is wearing this shirt tonight, which reminded me that I never showed you guys one of his birthday presents he got.

(a closer view of the shirt)

This shirt describes my hubby to the T. Only he doesn’t just say something awkward, he also leans in for a kiss. Two wonderful and fun things I love about him!

 

Also in new news. My mom came over recently and helped me clean out the “guest room” (aka: junk room). It is currently being used as a craft/play room. Here is Sarah using it just as I intended…

 

This is a picture that I took of her in the mirrored closet doors. Sarah LOVES those doors. Actually she just loves mirrors. She also is a HUGE fan of the toy she is standing at (she is a great stander when she holds onto something). I now have the piano/music toy up against the mirrors and she just stands there and laughs at herself and hits all the different knobs that make noise and music.

I may have put ‘Elf’ on and that is what she’s looking at. Yes I know it’s only September. Yes it is still hot outside. What can I say, I’m very excited about the holidays this year :)

Hope everyone had a happy Monday!

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Guest Room: Part 1

As I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I did some major house cleaning this week. The office was the room I feared most. When walking in to organize and start the transformation of the new Guest Room I would get instantly overwhelmed and quit. The room housed a crazy combination of Stephen’s things: from a desk, 3 computer monitors, 2 computer towers, multiple Nintendo systems, all the games that he’s collected since childhood, stacks of books, 4 guitars and their cases, and enough cords that if I tied them all together they could have reached Texas. That’s just what was seen when you first walked in, we won’t talk about the inside of the closet. Of course I had my fair share of items in there too. Mostly things hanging on the walls, and boxes in the top of the closet, but it was a team effort to let that room fall so far to the wayside. To be honest, I don’t think Stephen minded the rooms insanity. I, however, couldn’t stand it. The organizer in me was going crazy.

It was with my mom’s don’t-quit-til-your-done attitude that made this space 1 step closer to becoming our future guest room. Thankfully I am an anti pack-rat and I toss anything that isn’t being used. That attitude makes cleaning 1000% easier! I went through my box of old school things and tossed stuff like crazy. Keep a napkin from my senior Prom?! Please, I don’t think so.  If pictures aren’t in albums they didn’t make the cut. This week I have been a cleaning Nazi, and it’s felt amazing!  To see a box full of notes, papers, pictures, and things be emptied down to a few personal keepsakes was a real accomplishment. My mom watched out for me and posed the “are you sure you wanna throw that out” question several times, but I didn’t have a second guess in my body about any of it. I hate thinking what it would be like if I kept every single little note, card, or picture and one day my kids had to go through all that junk. I kept the things that were important to me. Things I would like to show my children one day. If it won’t be used, why keep it.

Okay, back on subject, sorry I got sidetracked on my de-cluttering high horse there.

Here are the pictures of how the room started out…

The Horrific Before:

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The goal was to get rid of  anything we didn’t need or weren’t using. We don’t have an attic, so our storage space is very limited and our 2 spare bedrooms are now going to have important uses. Here is how it looked several house later…

the  ”De-Cluttered” After:

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We are getting rid of a few things in the room. The desk is getting listed on Craigslist. The tv stand right above there is getting the boot, and hopefully we’ll have a friend that would like to house a TV (Stephen wants to keep it as a “backup” television in case something were to happen to the other one). We’ll probably remove everything from the walls, once I decide on how we are going to decorate & what type of bed we’ll get. We are going to get wall-mounts for the guitars, which is something we’ve wanted to do for a while.  The floor space will be an empty & fresh slate, minus the one small bookcase.

There you have it. It took a lot of work and help, but the Guest Room is on it’s way to a wonderful & functional ”After”. Just don’t ask me about paint colors, I don’t have a clue where to start…