It’s a bit difficult for me, but I’m going to just put myself out there in a series of posts on getting our household organized. As uncomfortable as it might be, I’m hoping that it will be a bit freeing as well. So here goes…
We have a lot of people in a small space. Seriously, 6 people in a small space. Add to that all of the baseball/softball equipment and supplies for my crafting business and it is just a recipe for impossible organization.
It took me too many years to listen to my mother. “Less clothes, less stuff will free your mind”. “Your Lord is a God of order and he made you in the likeness of Himself”. And she is so right. At 44, I’m just now figuring out that if I get rid of most of it, I won’t have to wash, clean, store, or worry about it. Truly, how many pairs of athletic shorts and t shirts do these boys really need?
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago and a visit from my parents. 7 trips to St. Vincents in my dads truck. Untold bags of clothing, books and STUFF. And we haven’t missed one single thing. In fact, I would wager to say that we are enjoying the things that we retained because we can actually find and use these items!
Although I vowed not to bring in any new items, I did rationalize a purchase of a credenza for our eating area. It’s the hub of all of our activity. Homework is done, family dinner is consumed (almost every night), laundry is folded and of course, the all important and dreaded, family meetings are held (more often than my children would prefer).
See what I mean about putting myself out there? NOT PRETTY!
I purchased a dresser from a resale shop (hereafter called a “credenza”) and this is what the space now looks like.
Before we go any further, I must admit that I LOVE mid-century modern. My dream would be to kick the Brady’s out of their house and move my crew in…
Back to the subject at hand – one drawer for note pads and pens, one for socks that are anxiously awaiting their mate, one for our cloth napkins, one for movies, one for camera equipment and one for the ever needed school supplies. Which means we have one whole empty drawer! I’d wager not for long.
I would love to hear about some of your favorite organizing projects!