Lent

Lent

Well the season of Lent is upon us. Now, I am about one of the least religious people around but it sees that everyone either participates in Shrove Tuesday (aka pancake day) and Lent (what random thing can I try and give up for 40 days?!).

Unfortunately, I had the flu on Tuesday so no pancakes for me, but I decided to do a little something different for Lent. February was a rough month in terms of organizing and decluttering. My parents were here which meant that the only major decluttering I did was go through the front hall bins where there was an over abundance of gloves, hats, and scarfs. So for Lent I am incorporating my deluttering goal. Everyday I have to put one item (or group of items) in my local buy and sell and I have to put something in the recycling or garbage that isn’t something that I would put there anyways! I’m really lucky that I have some great, local auction sites on Facebook that not only allow me to make money but also gets lots of useless junk out of my house. I am also happy to say that the recycling bin will be getting its fair share of art projects (sorry, not sorry)!

Do you partake in Lent? Or are there any special ways to keep decluttering and organizing when you’ve hit a slump?

Clothing Inventory

Clothing Inventory

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long, long time. I love buying cute clothes for my kids, there’s so many awesome things and I usually can get fantastic deals. However, I noticed with DD that she has tons of clothes that she doesn’t even wear! I think I’ve finally realized that even through they’re cute and on sale she can’t possibly wear 30+ long sleeve shirts!

I started in DSs room today as he had less clothes to go through so I figured it be the best place to start! I keep most of his clothes that he needs to grow into in the bottom drawer of his dresser. So basically, I dumped everything out and then categorized into size and type of clothing – super easy!

I added the list on my iPad so I would be able to save it easily on my phone too. Now if I’m shopping all I have to do is look at my phone and see that no, my DD doesn’t need another shirt, she already has 20!!

I think this will be great way to not only save space (less stuff) but also it will be a great way to save money!

 

Progress Shot

Progress Shot

Well I’m happy to share the progress shot of my room of horrors. Sadly, I only threw out a handful of things but I owe that to the fact that most things get thrown out before they end up here! I did fill a large, Costco sized diaper box full of paper to go to the recycle though!

I still have two filing cabinets and a huge closet to go through. So although it looks almost done I still have lots of work ahead of me. My goal? To get rid of another huge box of paper, maybe two.

This Room

This Room

One of my main goals for the year is to organize and declutter. This room instantly tells you why this needs to be a priority! Everything without a place gets thrown in and then I close the door and don’t have to worry about it.

I’ve decided enough is enough! My parents are coming at the end of the month and I am too embarrassed to let them see this… the room may have looked similar last year when they were here.

This definitely won’t be a one day job, especially with two little ones at home, but I will get this done!

Steps to organizing and decluttering this ridiculous room

  1. Everything put in its place
  2. Large bins ready for anything to be sold or donated
  3. Recycling area set up, I used a large diaper box
  4. Shredding area set up, instantly shred and then put paper in box for recycling
  5. Garbage bag ready to be filled (hopefully of junk)

Update to follow!

 

 

Cardinals

Cardinals

My DD loves doing crafts but sometimes it’s difficult to come up with ideas, even with the numerous pins on Pinterest! Plus who wants to deal with the massive clean up afterwards?! Why is it that planning and clean up take hours, yet doing the actual craft takes 10 minutes?

Luckily, the local museum rescues us every week! They offer a craft which means no planning, no clean up, and as an added bonus, an excuse to leave the house!

This weeks craft was super cute and easy, cardinals!

Materials

  • red paint
  • paint brush
  • blue cardstock
  • orange cardstock
  • branches
  • googly eyes
  • snowflakes
  • cotton balls
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hot glue gun
  1. Paint hand using red paint
  2. Stamp birds with thumb side facing the top of blue cardstock
  3. While paint is drying, cut orange cardstock into beaks and feet
  4. Glue beaks, feet, and eyes onto cardinals
  5. Hot glue branches under cardinals
  6. Glue cottonĀ balls and snowflakes on scene

 

I just wanted to move one thing!

I just wanted to move one thing!

This morning I woke up with one small job – to move my daughters trampoline out of the hall into the playroom. We’d bought her a small trampoline for her birthday, which was in August… I mean it only stayed in the hall for close to 6 months!

This ended up being a whole day debacle as everything else had to be moved in order to make room for the trampoline and then since everything was moved I had to vacuum and wash the floors!

Now I’m left with my bar counter filled with a bunch of random junk that either needs to be tossed, sold, or put away…

2017 and a Year of Change

2017 and a Year of Change

The start of a new year seems to mark endless posts and ideas of New Years resolutions. I don’t know why people need to wait until a new year begins before they decide it’s time for a change. I use to question this every year and now I’ve fallen into the same group that I used to think were absolutely nuts!

Well here it is, January 1, 2017, and I am officially ready for a new year and a new change. Although, my kids drove me absolutely crazy today so if that’s an indication of what’s ahead I’m in an extremely large amount of trouble….

But, regardless of how today progressed, and how often I wished for grandparents to live close so I could drop off my kids for just a little break, I am ready get my life on track!