A little organization goes a long way…

While we are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to live with my family while we complete our house hunt, the lack of storage space has been killing me lately. The bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas in our part of the house (upstairs) are very roomy, but our closet is sorely lacking in the space department. The kids each got a walk-in closet, but we chose to fore-go a room swap in favor of the attached bathroom our room has. Lets face it, as a Mom, a private bathroom holds way more value than a big closet most days.

So, that being said, my tiny closet is packed to the gills with my clothing and a few key pieces of Patrick’s wardrobe. The rest of his stuff is folded either in his dresser or in a footlocker in the game-room. his shoes go under the bed while mine were collecting in a less-and-less organized pile in the bottom of my closet.

While the closet IS quite small, we admittedly haven’t been maximizing the potential of the space, which has made it feel significantly smaller, and even more cramped. For example, The top of my closet became a catch-all. The cast off sizes of jeans that were a tad too snug to comfortably wear (but I might still reasonably fit into again soon, thus am unwilling to pack up), and random items that were out of season would get folded and make their way up to that top shelf until they were forgotten about.

Last week, though, Patrick had heard me complain about my boots getting “crushed” and not being able to find the shoes I wanted, so he sorted through the bottom of my closet without prompting (Husband of the month award!) and organized everything for me. I was finally able to see all of my shoes and find what I needed.

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That, of course, inspired me to take it a step further and tackle that top shelf. If we move before Jan 1, after all, those too small jeans probably won’t be making their way into my rotation before they get packed up. And the out-of-season tops won’t be needed until after the move also.
So off I went to Home Depot and the Dollar Tree.
At Home Depot I bought a large tote for $11.00 and at DT I bought 6 small plastic shoebox-sized plastic containers for my high heels. Home Depot had similar shoe boxes for 99c each, but all of the lids were warped and wouldn’t latch.

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It turns out, I grossly underestimated how many shoes I had, and ended up having to go back to the Dollar store for more later, but at $1.00 each it was still a steal.

After a few hours of sorting and packing, and finally getting my shoes into the plastic boxes I’d long dreamt of using for shoe storage, my closet started looking a whole lot more spacious!

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Of course, I still can’t wait to have a larger closet that allows me to access all of my clothes at once, but this is a good start in the meantime! Plus, it will be nice to go into our next home with these organization methods already in place and ready to utilize from Day 1.

Next task, organizing all of those belts…

Total cost: $29.00 + tax
Total time spent: 2 hours

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Here we go…

A long time ago, I used to blog.

About crafts, home renovations, my kids… all of it.

Then my life changed. I got divorced, had to go back to work, and move out on my own. And blogging wasn’t as urgent as it had once seemed.
Since then, life has changed again. I’ve met a wonderful man to share my life with, and I’ve expanded my little family by two; my new husband and the daughter that he brought into ours lives.
Now we are beginning our life together, and beginning to build our families homestead. And suddenly I am crafting, and planning for renovations, and finding the energy and drive to post about my kids lives again.

I tried to start blogging again a few months ago, but couldn’t seem to find the right platform for it… and who knows… maybe even this one won’t stick, but lets hope for the best.

Right now, our family is in a moment of transition. My husband is recently discharged from the military due to injuries/disabilities he sustained on his last deployment – the one during which we were simply pen pals. While going through the process of determining his retirement and disability details, we’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to live with my family. But the time has come, he’s moved onto the next chapter of his life with a new job, and now our wedding is behind us… So we start our house-hunt. We have spent the last 2 months laying the ground work for finding a home at the end of 2013, so we hope to have updates about moving and decorating, and finding our footing as a new family of 5 to share before too long.

In the meantime, I’ll try to keep you occupied with the general musings of life with our crazy little family… and lots of pictures, because I simply can’t help myself when it comes to pictures.
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