Getting Organized

by Alaina on November 11, 2011

This is the time of year that I get in the “spring fever” mindset. I’m too busy in the spring getting excited about the warmer weather to stay inside and clean or organize. Once the cold weather starts setting in and I am forced indoors then I begin my annual organizing except based on the amount of stuff I have gone through this year I am trying to recall if I even got around to it last year. If I did, I didn’t do a very good job at it. Cleaning out the girls room alone yielded four trash bags of stuff to go to Goodwill.
One area that really needed some attention was the organization of our homeschool materials. We have a 1400 square foot house and with four kids you have to be imaginative with storage and organization ideas at times. Up until this year our kitchen buffet which held our nice dishes and glasses up top in the display area also held all of our homeschool books in the storage below. As the kids get older though, the number of books needed grows and this year we “outgrew” our storage in the buffet. So I tried to come up with another option to store books out of sight. I was also trying to think of a way to keep the kids from getting up and down a million times while doing school. Even though the kitchen buffet was only a few steps from our kitchen table where we do school, it seemed like a lot of wasted time spent every day getting up and down to get the next book they needed. My solution was to add a few extra shelves in our pantry and I bought each of the kids a dish drainer. The books stand up between the slots where the dishes would normally go so that the spines are facing up and they can see where everything is. They get theirs down from the shelves in the pantry each morning and set it next to their chair so they don’t have to get up and down. The little storage on the dish drainer usually used for silverware is a great place to store lots of pencils, scissors, glue, index cards, etc. Now the kids have all their school stuff where they need it and we probably gained a lot of wasted time getting up and down or looking for pencils or supplies. This also prevents the “I can’t find my math book in here Mom” problem that seemed to to arise everyday from one of them when all the books were mixed together.

Since doing this I have noticed on Pinterest how many other items around the home can be used for something other than what they were made for. A wine rack used to store towels in the bathroom. A hamper used to store wrapping supplies. What items do you use around your home that you have found has a great use as something other than what it was meant for?

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