You can check out progress on the other Simplify Posts here and here. (Part 1 is completed!!)
On to the next few items.
This is still a work in progress. This project is going faster than I anticipated which is nice. About 1/3 of the cabinets are painted and the handles are going up thanks to my hubby. I've picked out the wall colors and even have picked out some tile for a back splash; but one thing at a time so first, the cabinets will get done! For progress on this return to Simplify post #2
The Closets and Dressers
It is that time of year again! Time to clean out the closets, rotate clothes, and figure out what we need to get us through the summer
My goals for these areas are pretty simple
Nate's Room - clean out his closet and pack away any winter clothes that don't fit; hang up the summer clothes he has; make a list of any items that are needed; clean out his dresser to make room for the clothes Josh will pass down from this winter; make sure the dresser and the closet are clean, neat and organized
Josh's Room - clean out his closet and pack away any winter clothes that don't fit; hang up the summer clothes (which = about zero so the boy will be naked for a bit LOL) and make a list of what to buy; clean out his dresser; make sure the dresser and the closet are clean, neat and organized.
This is coming into play now because we have a little vacation planned at the end of May that I need to get moving on so I'm going to incorporate the few things that we will use for future vacations into this plan
1. Write up a master packing list
2. Create a binder of vacation ideas, fliers, packing lists etc.
Plan this vacation - menu, things to do, things to pack etc.
Gift Wrapping Center
This was one of the weekly organizational challenges that I did not complete on the given week. It needed more time than what I had to give it. I figured this was a good block to throw it in since the above items don't require a lot of extra work.
Clean out gift bags - get rid of the bad, broken and ugly
6. Purchase needed supplies like scissors, tape, pens pencils, etc to use only at that station
Tot Time Storage
As I teach my kids more and more and have more supplies I see the need to create an easy, self-updating system to store our activities for each month. This is something I want to be able to morph into more teaching things as the boys get older. This is not something that was on my original 12 idea list but as I was
4. Have a low basket for the weeks/months current storybooks that fit the theme.
5. Hang display "shelves" on the wall to display each boys artwork (this is an idea I posted about a LONG time ago so it is the perfect time to incorporate the idea)
6. Do touch up paint in the dining room (from removing pictures to do this project) and rehang only the most important things - to reduce eye clutter.
9. Create an Artwork binder for each of the kids (another idea that I saw that I love!!)
10. Make sure I have the basic supplies to have tot time with my kids - scissors, crayons, markers, glue, etc.
11. Make a wish list of various toys/'games to use for teaching.
As you can see I have a ton of "little" (haha) projects I would like to get done. I'm pushing hard to get some of these out of the way by the end of March as we have a HUGE project that we want to get done in April and May (well, huge to us . . .). Than this summer I have some crafts I want to do for Christmas (seriously??YEP!) that I need the outside and sunshine to help with (like painting in the garage without freezing) I just told Darryl recently that I feel like our home is slowly beginning to run like a well oiled machine. We had so many changes in just a short span of time that we just keep moving forward, pushing things out of our way. Now that I've been home a year, I feel like we can slip into a pattern and, once that is established, make it work no matter what comes our way!