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ABFoL Organizational Challenge, Day 21 (last!)

Today, the last day of the Challenge, we were challenged to do a space of our own choosing.  Now I don’t know about y’all, but organizing my house has three main steps: 1) Identify the area to be organized. 2) Make surrounding areas messy while organizing target area. 3) Blissfully stare at newly organized area.  Did you notice something missing?  Something important?  CLEANING UP THE SURROUNDING MESS! Yeah, that’s the part I never get to.  So today I headed into that room that contains all the mess.  You know, that place you stash everything when your mom/neighbor/friend says they’re on the way over. In our house we call it the Room of Requirement.

Here’s an incomplete before (I totally should have photographed the closet, but I went in not intending to deal with that today; just imagine stereotypical boy mess):

Did that scare you?  AIE.  It scared me.

Here’s the after for the closet:

left side of the newly organized closet
right side of the newly organized closet

Here are many afters for the rest of the room:

This one gives the best all over affect of the room.  See how it’s more like a second living area now?

Starting over on the left next to the closet, the kids art & playdoh supplies
The Lego chest with Art Gallery above
The window corner with MegaBlocks & Art/Memory Bookshelf
My craft overflow shelves, scout supplies, science stuff, TV, & solitary games cupboard
Next corner: spare craft/computer/sewing table with light above
The crib-turned-daybed (the fourth side can also be a stand alone full size headboard). The blanket color is really not that lurid in real life, I assure you. It's pretty & subdued & nothing I do in the image editor fixes it.

So that’s it.  A minor miracle, if I do say so myself.  The kids are, naturally, scared to go in there now.  Whee!

I’m very glad to have joined all of you on this 21 day adventure.  My house is cleaner and tidier, my husband is, I think, happier with the house, and the kids are just happy that I’ve mostly ignored their room for the last couple weeks. I may do their room tomorrow. This got to be addictive. I can’t wait for another challenge!  🙂

My craft overflow shelves, scout supplies, science stuff, TV, & solitary games cupboard
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ABFoL Organizing Challenge, Day 20

Day 20 was to organize our photos.  Mine were mostly organized already, since I’m a scrapbooker.  The other day I tackled the Drawer of Doom, which was the place that I put photos from events already scrapped.  I re-integrated those back into the main storage units, but didn’t take photos of any of it.


Here’s where my digital photos live:

(I have my parents photos scanned in, so it goes back to the year they got married)


…and in each folder, it looks like this:



Here’s where my non-digital files live:


This is my Creative Memories storage box.  I got it way back when I worked as a consultant.  They don’t give you enough little white tabs per bin (only two and I need about 4).  So I use my own labels.  Could use some tidying up, I guess, but it’s fully functional the way it is and I”m the only one that uses it, so it’ll stay this way for now.

The other boxes look something like this inside.  These are all mismatched boxes that I’ve painted purple so they match.  I made tabs for all the months inside (this one is relatively empty because it was the year my first son was born and that year has been scrapped to death.  In the back are all the negatives in their sleeves, all labeled according to event.  The photo place I used back then labeled the back of each picture with it’s photo ID, so all I really have to do is look at that to find the right negative. A very nice system.


The big white box holds all my big wedding photos, the ones that aren’t in the wedding scrapbook.  The little clear blue box holds the weird little negative boxes that some of my older film came trapped in.  The negatives are still in there.  I hope to one day soon have them all converted to digital so I can stop worrying about not being able to get those negatives out again.  (That top purple striped box is empty currently.  My middle son would like to use it for his scrapbooking box – he just learned to scrapbook last night at cub scouts and he’s all excited about it.  I am, too!)


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ABFoL Organizing Challenge, Day 19

Day 19 was to clean out your master bedroom closet.  Mine wasn’t too bad off, just some stuff that could be better grouped and labeled.  My clothes are already coordinated, first by sleeve size, then color order.  I did my husband’s the same way.  Moved the two storage drawer sets together, took out some extraneous stuff, and put the shoes back on the racks.  It didn’t take that long, but between a sick kid and my parents visiting, it made for a long process.