Monday, March 21, 2011

organize shmorganize

Organizing and I have a LOVE/HATE relationship
when I get overwhelmed with all that needs to be done,
I take a look at the room that needs a major re-haul
and I focus on moving from one side of the room to the other
for instance, my kitchen was organized from the cupboards on the left
all the way around the room
until I got to the panty to the far right
all I have left is the fridge
that one is a doozy
There's just something about little boys closets....
they can turn into chaos overnight.
Sadly, though, that was not the case here.
My boys' closets have been chaotic pretty much all winter.
But when the Mom of the house decides enough is enough......
watch out
the great spring clean-out has begun
The first step of organization has got to be
(there is absolutely NO way around this in my opinion.....)
complete and total emptying of space.
Start with a clean slate, people
***it's got to get worse before it gets better
(sidenote:  many times when I clean out a drawer,
I will dump all contents on my bed.
if that contents are all over my bed,
you had better believe
there is some motivation there to get the stuff
trashed, organized, and put away nicely!)
then, organize all items by category
in Jon's closet we found:
DS and accessories
mighty beanz
shells and rocks
silly bands
tech decks

containers are key in keeping things looking good
but don't think you need to wipe out your budget with Rubbermaid
it's about re-using containers you already have:
small tins
lunch meat containers
boxes from shoes
anything that holds anything will work!

now doesn't Jon's closet look so much better?!
he's 8.
I'm not holding my breath this is going to last long
but it was 45 minutes of together time with my oldest son
teaching him the value of keeping his stuff nice.
His excitement over his newly organized closet was priceless--
it was the first thing he just had to show his dad when Justin walked in the door from work
and now he's enjoying the stuff he can (magically!) find!

speaking of Jon...
he has lost yet another tooth
and this time the tooth fairy even remembered to come and leave a buck
he tells me this is his last tooth to lose and all he's got left are "incisors"
I have no idea exactly what that means and if it's accurate
but it cr-acks me up everytime he says it
~I love that kid~

have a SUPER(organizing?!) monday to all who read this blog!

love, Laurie for the fam


  1. Yes, I'm organizing today. How'd you know?? Just finished with the nursery closet. The kids are playing very happily with their 'magically' found toys!
    P.S. His closet looks great! Good job to the tooth fairy as well... :)

  2. Argh...I've got to get on it! Love the title of this post!

  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog today! Great job organizing... and posting pics of the disorganization is GREAT... makes me realize I'm not alone in the "chaos!" LOL!!
    Love the end cool!

  4. and when it's done it is a huge sense of accomplishment. I just wish all the fun toys didn't have soooooo many pieces.