Since summer is upon us and we are spending more time outdoors than in, this is a great time to go through your old VHS tapes (we know you still have some laying around!!!) and get rid of the ones you haven’t popped in the player this last winter. Clear out some space and ditch those puppies!
FYSF June 12, 2009
So for this free your space friday lets tackle the crayons and markers!!! I am coming off a long year of homeschooling and have been challenged to clear out the art supplies starting with the crayons and markers and colored pencils. Take 5 to throw out markers with no caps, caps with no markers and broken crayons.
FYSS May 16, 2009
Sorry about the late post!! For this free your space I want to encourage everyone to clean out their pantries!!! I usually go through and try to throw out old cornstarch or baking soda that might need replacing. These unpredictable spring days (for those of us in the North :) that bring cold winds and rain storms are great for using up cans of soup. This is to make room for all the summer stuff. I usually stock up on canned beans for salads, tuna, and bbq fixings for the summer.
FYMF May 8, 2009
Mixing it up a little today… and the theme is: Find Your Mind Friday :)
I want to encourage all you whams out there to take a little longer than our normal 15 minute block and TAKE YOUR TIME doing something you usually speed through. For me, it was a shower. I think I spent maybe 45 minutes in the bathroom this morning. I took a longer shower, and then took my time brushing my teeth (and flossing! bonus points!!), and getting ready. It was so nice. Usually, I’m in and out of the bathroom in a flash (20 minutes, tops) and this can be a very stressful way to take a shower. The speed has to do with several factors– the need to keep my children from killing each other while they watch George and the fact that I am often running late….
Today’s long shower was a result of Andrew’s 4 ten-hour day work schedule. This schedule is such a blessing to me at this stage of life. Andrew is around on Fridays to help discipline, give structure and spend extended time with our kids.
FYSF May 1, 2009
We’ve missed a few FYSFs lately. Sorry about that. Sometimes, I get to the end of the day and think, “oops. I forgot it’s Friday…. oh well!”
Today, is another switch out-clean out toys day. By accident, I brought some toys up from the basement the other day (thinking the box was completely full of clothes) and the kids dug in immediately. Apparently, it’s been too long since cycling the toys. Now we have new toys, but all the old ones are still in the playroom, too. Yikes. As usual, it’s my own home situation that has inspired our post today :)
Spring Cleaning Tuesday: The Garage April 14, 2009
(As I’m sure you know by now:)) We have a small house! Therefore, what doesn’t fit in the house, goes in the garage. When we can no longer walk through the garage we have to clean it. Here are some pics of the pit, before & after.
The workbench: (before & after)
We had just a few “do the project but never put away the tools” situations as well as the pile of broken/need new battery toys on the workbench…can’t do much “work” when it’s surface is covered in randomness. Solution? Replace those batteries and PUT STUFF AWAY.
The shelving: (before & after)
We were experiencing just a wee-bit-o-clutter on the floor of the garage. We remedied the situation by using the space more effectively on the shelving. By just moving a couple of items around I was able to get my canning things as well as my kitchen aide things off the floor and onto the shelf. Ahhh, feels good.
The big picture: (before & after)
The garage had become a landing pad for many things…as you can see. Cardboard for the kids to make a fort with, legal papers, recycling we weren’t too sure how to dispose of, luggage that could totally have gone into the attic, tools that needed hooks so they could hang on a wall- rather than lean on a wall, and bikes that still need to be mounted on wall hooks to provide more floor space. Overall, we gained a lot of space in the garage by the end of our clean-up effort, a bunch of gunk and leaves and whatnot was swept out, and the treadmill is once again accessable and ready for use. (I actually just got off it….yea me!)
SO, be encouraged- get out there and spruce it up! It’s not as bad as it may seem. :-)
Spring Cleaning Monday: The office/playroom April 13, 2009
Anyway, Here is the room before: As you can see, the many purposes of the room had collided and things had gotten quite SCARY! While I had some organizational pieces in the closet, there were still many areas that needed help- like inside the drawers and the scary stack of games, sewing kit and cardboard box up to the right. And, something that drove me crazy is the printer, sitting on the file cabinet, which I had to haul out and and plug in every time I wanted to print something (at the computer, which is to the left of the closet with no room for a printer).
Here is the room after: Doesn’t it look like a much happier place? For the closet, I made use of some of the vertical space in by adding two stacking wire shelves ($5 each). Then, I didn’t have to stack all of that stuff on top of each other. I have games, a sewing kit, my painting supplies on those shelves. I moved some of the random big books downstairs to basement storage since we didn’t use them regularly. I reorganized and thinned out the stuff in the drawers using the 3 bag method: One for give-away, One for put-away, One for trash. I was able to throw away, give away or relocate about 1/2 of the contents! My favorite part of the closet makeover is that I moved the printer up to a shelf where it can live permanently. I was SO EXCITED to realize that the cords will reach the outlet and computer from the closet.
For toy organization, I combined the cubes (which had been broken up inefficiently throughout the house) and made a large organizational structure. Many of the baskets I already had, but I did purchase the aqua ones ($3.50 ea). The striped one is a LUVS diaper box covered in scrapbooking paper.
PS. If you need to majorly declutter, check out these 3 questions to cut clutter. (If you want to keep up this page while checking out a link, you can apple key + click to bring up a new tab. PC users, try ctrl + click and see if it works)