Monday, December 29, 2014

The Organization Bug

{Before pictures would help these shots make sense, but there is zero time for photography
when the organization bug bites. Trust that this is a big improvement, please.}

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

No, I'm not living in the past, I'm talking about the week after Santa. My gold 2015 planner is full of white space waiting to be filled. Thursday brings a new year and I'm ready. I'm still mulling over words and goals and resolutions to line out exactly who I'd like to be next year, but I've gotten a start when it comes to making my home feel as clear as my mind. You read my wrapping paper woes yesterday, but I'll have you know those twelve bags of trash {not an exaggeration} have been removed and every new toy has been put away. I have taken a step toward a clutter-free January.

Inspiration to organize the kids' rooms struck yesterday, so I grabbed my husband and jumped in. When it comes to projects like these, if I don't leap when the spark is lit, it fizzles fast. We emptied the boys' toy box and tubs in the closet. I made a trash pile, a goes-back-in pile, and a lives-somewhere-else pile. Plenty of room was made available for new toys, and we sent large items they hadn't touched in a while into storage. We hung their bulletin boards in a neat little corner, and relocated their table beneath. Their beds aren't made and their clothes aren't sorted, but this is a good start.


In Nora's room, the biggest clutter issue was the fact that she owns every baby toy made since 2007. That's a lot of rattles. I dug through them all, and gave the boot to the oldest. Then I loaded a large bin with toys that are too basic for this big girl, and only kept the age-appropriate ones she likes. The biggest space-maker in the nursery, however, was the removal of the big-ticket items. I might have gotten emotional as I watched Jonathan tote out the baby swing and the bouncer, not knowing if they'll ever return. But I composed myself when I saw the carpet. New toys easily fit, I can open the closet, and Nora can get to anything her heart desires. Success!

The year is quickly drawing to a close, and my mind is racing with ideas on how to make 2015 better. While I haven't decided on my One Little Word yet, organize is in the running. A clear, orderly home makes such a difference in my mind, my attitude, and my ability to breathe. I can't be alone in this, right? I share this not to brag on my skills, but to inspire {and also remember how things are supposed to go}. If these neat rooms started any kind of spark in you, put down the computer and hop to it. You'll be glad you did!

Now I just hope I can hang on to this feeling. There are several more spaces in my house that would appreciate it.
Happy Monday, friends!


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