Getting Organized in the New Year
I know its not just me, but maybe you too? I really like to get a fresh start in the New Year. I use to keep the Christmas decorations up for the first week of January, but the past two years I wanted it all gone pretty soon after Christmas was over.
I know the house looks bare, but I feel like putting everything away and giving the house a good look over can really set the tone for the New Year. I don’t really set resolutions for myself. I just like the thought of a fresh, clean, start. I like to purge and put away all the things in a neat and organized way. It can seem like an overwhelming task but the more STUFF out and around my home gives me anxiety that I just don’t need.
The kids playroom usually takes the first hit. Once the toys opened after Christmas they need a place to live that isn’t in my living room. This is a good opportunity for me to get with the kids, since they are home on break, and talk to them about what we can pass along, donate, or toss. They have actually grown to like helping me with this and I hope it is fostering a good habit for them in the future as well. We don’t keep too many toys and things in the kid’s bedrooms. I like those spaces to be a restful and relaxing area for them. If their rooms are stuffed full of toys and things, I fear they won’t be able to go in there and have that needed downtime. They don’t mind. They each have a cozy chair and reading area where they can go unwind or have quiet, alone time. I find that once the playroom is rearranged and organized. Out with the old and in with the new, I find the kids spending more time in the room. I want them to like that space and feel inspired and relaxed there. There is a couch, a TV, and a coffee table that I refinished for them to build puzzles, play games, or color on. I don’t mind it getting all banged up. They also have a small dresser that was once a changing table and bureau for my oldest in her first nursery that we repurposed into an art center/side table next to the couch. This bureau is a nice piece of furniture, but holds all their coloring and crafting and art supplies. This room that is our second family room/playroom also doubles as a guest room so it is nice that everything can be put away in its place and look nice. A toy room without the look of a toy room.
Over the break my husband was home too so he re-worked the girls shared closet in their bedroom to be more accommodating for their needs now. Our house has great closet built ins, but as the kids grown the organizers needed to be tweaked to work for them now. We added some middle shelving to the girls closet for their special items and books. Added a hanging bar at the top of the closet so now they each have two hanging bars. Now, we can keep all their t-shirts on the top bar (its cold now so we aren’t’ wearing those) and long sleeve shirts on the bottom bar. The girls have the task of putting away their clean laundry and now they can hang all their tops too without a step stool or calling for help. Taking everything out of their closet was easily a day project. And by day I mean all day, but the outcome is awesome and they love it! Now, I just need to get a few little baskets and fix the second door. Man, these bifold doors are nice, but kids are not easy on them!
We did not get to this organized place overnight. We’ve lived in this house for about five and a half years and I feel like I am always moving things around and tweaking how things are organized. As our needs change for our family our home changes too. I think that is important to remember.
Next up I’ll be tackling our pantry. I can not stand all the bags and boxes in a mess in each sliding drawer. This is the pantry in our kitchen. I have another pantry in my laundry room. Big family problems I guess with keeping so much food in the house! I’m hoping to find some good, clear, inexpensive storage solutions at my local T.J. Maxx or Target. I’d like to get all the snacks, dry goods, and small items like bars into organized clear bins. That way I can easily see what I need when writing my grocery list and the kids have easy access to their snacks. I like to keep all the kids lunchbox items on one shelf to make mornings easier around here.
I’ve heard good things about these OXO containers. So, that is my goal for the dry goods. I think it will be great to have all the bins line up nicely. I’ll post an after picture of the drawers once the bins come in! So, here are the before pictures. I do have a few bins, but because they aren’t alike in size they don’t fit well with my other storage solutions. I keep a basket for onions and potatoes. When we moved in to this house this huge pantry cabinet had fixed shelves which was useless. So, we ordered and installed the sliding drawers which are amazing! The top part of the pantry we kept the shelves fixed since we don’t want the drawers sliding out into our face!
I also took everything out of my refrigerator and tossed anything that was old or expired. I wiped down the inside of the fridge while it was empty with a simple solution of vinegar and water. Man, the inside of a fridge can get so nasty! I love how nice and neat it is now. Plus, it smells good! Hopefully I can keep it like this for a while too.
Do you like to get organized in the New Year?