The time has come. During the month of February I (along with my trusty side-kicks, assistants and various deputies) cleaned out and re-organized the PlayRoom downstairs.
|we moved the computer up to the school room, leaving this beautifully spacious counter ready for whatever!|
|you'll see new home for all sewing supplies down below|
|perfect spot for card games|
The children have 2 drawers designated as
|racks hold baskets for ribbon, trim, scraps|
|baskets hold spools of ribbon and various notions|
And There You Have It!
My favorite thing about it all is that everything has a place and is within easy reach. We spent around $50 total. Most bins and baskets we found while emptying our many piles or searching around the house. Labeling is an Absolute Must. I used my handy-dandy labeler on as many baskets and bins as I possibly could. That way we all know what goes where.
1. What space did you decide to organize and why? This area is supposed to be a place to enjoy hobbies and games and fun as a family. Instead, it has become a dumping ground for STUFF so it was a chore to clean up and make room before we could play or create. There needed to be designated areas for storing items we use and some 'weeding out' was needed for things we had outgrown or no longer used.
2. What steps did you take to ensure you completed the space within the 29 day timeline? The planning for a project like this is tough for me. I can envision the end result I want, but I have difficulting seeing how to break it down into smaller, workable sections. Because this is a 'multi-purpose' room, I broke it down into 'zones' and prioritized. First, it was important to make things easy for the kids to use and clean up their toys and games. Then, I wanted easy access to crafts and hobby supplies, along with easier clean up.
3. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
I have this wonderful/terrible talent for having a 'Creative Eye'. I can see potential and value in almost everything. Talking myself out of the 'what if . . .' and 'maybe I could' scenarios was hard. But, I feel free now to actually create something and not just dream about it!
4. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?We filled several large kitchen trash bags, all sent to the dumpster. Truthfully, getting trashed/broken/no longer useful items into that trash bag before you have time to think about other possiblities/uses was very important. We also took 3 boxes full to GoodWill and found homes in containers in the back storage room for a few keepsakes and playsets that come out on a rotating basis. Many things had 'homes' elsewhere in the house. That's the beauty of combining 'like with like' and doing it right away, as you remove/purge/sort. There's not so much left to squeeze back into your spaces.
5. Tell me one of your proudest moments during this challenge? I was quite surprised when I sat down to sift through the Before and After pictures. I was already giddy over the extra space (imagine - EMPTY cabinets and drawers!) And I was beside myself when I saw the peg board Luke installed over my sewing table. I found myself dancing with my 5 year old in the wide open floor space after we vacuumed. But seeing the pictures brought it all full circle.
6. Explain any organizing “tools” you used to help you create additional space and to establish some limits and boundaries? In order to create additional space, we used stackable containers, plastic coated wire racks for additional shelving, and the pegboard on the wall. All these things added vertical space. This made a huge difference.
7. What is ONE piece of advice you’d give to someone else to encourage them on their organizational journey? Determining how the space was to be used creates automatic boundaries. Emptying the space and choosing containers to fill the space helps set limits.