Monday, April 14, 2014

Organizing the Kid Clothes

I've been trying to tackle a few organizing projects on my Master List and have happily completed two:  our mudroom, and, over the weekend, my son's clothes.  As our weather is getting warmer and warmer, I needed to take stock of what shorts and t-shirts still fit, what needed to be pulled out as too small or too hot to wear.  

We don't keep his clothes in a dresser in his room; they are stored in the drawers in the bathroom.  Two of the cabinet drawers are large and deep, which contain shirts, pants, and shorts.  The two smaller adjacent drawers are for his school uniforms and socks/underwear.  

I actually still like doing my son's laundry because I think the small clothes are the cutest thing ever.  I always fold everything and put it away neatly, but when people start rummaging around in the drawers, they get pretty messy.  

I pulled everything out, examined the sizes, and put aside everything he had outgrown.  I made a second small pile of a few things I wasn't sure fit and needed him to try on.  Sweatshirts were going to be put in the overhead cabinet, but since he only has a few, I moved them back to the drawer since we had enough room.  

The clothes that still fit were folded and put back inside the drawers.  Now I can clearly see that he's still got enough shirts that fit to last through the summer.  The top row is long sleeve shirts (sweatshirts on the top right), the bottom row is short sleeve shirts (first two are collared and the last one is regular tee-shirts).  

As far as jeans, pants, and shorts go, looks like he has enough of those in his size too.

I separated out his uniform clothes to make weekday mornings easier.  (You can read about our morning routine HERE).

And socks and undies go in green bins in the bottom drawer.  

We keep his pajamas in his old changing table, but that needed a good cleaning out too.

Now, we have pj's in the top two drawers, and swimsuits in the bottom drawer.

Cleaning out those drawers left us with a giant bag of clothes to donate to a cutie pie who is just the right size for them now- and a bag of pull-ups/swim diapers.  :)  But, I had to hold onto James' jean jacket and cut-off shorts.  He wore those shorts for so long, I just couldn't let them go.  

My makeup and my son's art supplies are next on the organizing list!

On Honey We're Healthy:  I'm 12 weeks out from my bikini contest and sharing my new meal plan

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Organized Mudroom

Okay folks, only took me 4 days to finally have some time to clean out and organize our mudroom, but now that it's done, I'm loving it!  Hopefully, it can function smoothly and stay this way throughout the summer.

My son was at school when I snapped these photos, but his backpack goes on the empty hook. 

You may remember the before:

A few simple changes made all the difference.  

First, I removed the pillows (even though I sewed all of them myself) because I figured they were contributing to the cluttered look.  Then, I decided what really needed to be kept in this room, removed the rest, and bought two more hooks. Since we got our original hooks via our builder, I couldn't find the exact match at our local hardware store, so I went with a different style in the same finish (brushed silver). 

To make sure everything stays in its place, I made labels with my label maker and put them in bookplates from the Martha Stewart collection (had to run to the store to get more).  The categories in our mudroom are: Sports (I consolidated my son's swim lesson and T-ball stuff into one bag), School (his backpack), James' Jackets, Hats (my son's), Mom (my scarves/jackets), Hats (mine), Gym (workout bag), Swim (pool bag), and my favorite- Car/Returns (all the things I need to put in my car to either return or give to someone- that miscellaneous errand stuff). 

My son and I wear hats a lot in the summer, and keeping them on a hook ensures they don't get all squished.  When the weather is nice, I like to drive with the sunroof open, but don't want sun on my face, so a hat is a must (along with sunscreen)!

This colorblock fedora fits really well and comes in other colors too.

Part of keeping this space organized includes keeping the contents of the bags organized.  These blue and white stripe and Ikat Stella & Dot bags are perfect for my gym bag and pool bag.  I've used them for about a year and a half and they've held up great. 

The gym bag contains: gym fob, iPod, sports towel, water bottle, small bag with mascara, hair bands/clips/bobby pins, bag of glutamine powder (for drinking immediately after I workout).

The pool bag has sunscreen, a visor, swimsuit, cover-up, flip-flops (in case I go after the gym), and magazines.  

I wish I could remember the vendor who sold this orange and white vinyl bag.  I got it at our annual holiday market and you get to choose your bag/monogram style and color.  Since this one is so heavy duty, I use it to transport things to and from the car, like returns, etc. 

Putting my son's T-ball and swim stuff into one bag helped a lot.  I keep in his bag: (swim) towel, change of clothes, goggles, crocks and for (T-ball): baseballs, sports towel, hat, sunscreen (adult and kids), granola bar, water bottle, chapstick, gum, marker/pens/paper.

I keep my son's shoes and my tennis shoes in the woven baskets (from Target).  I've got two pair for running the park, two pair for the gym, and two Skechers Go Walk (so lightweight and comfy) for everyday.  Flip flops are also kept here- just bought this pair.

I have kept my keys on this simple hook strip since we moved in and recently switched out my purse for a cross body bag (thanks Sista!) It opens in the center with a place to put money, credit cards, etc.  Makes it super easy to grab and go.  

I love a good AFTER! :)  

Have a great weekend!

On Honey We're Healthy:  I'm hoping this cream can help tighten my tummy skin- it feels like it's working, but we'll see . . . 

Also sharing a perfect Spring meal: Healthy Pesto Salad with Chicken

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Time to Organize the Mudroom

Good morning friends!  My computer is giving me issues lately, so I've got an appointment at the Mac store today, and after going through tons of receipts and paperwork in preparation for taxes, I'm motivated to get a few areas in our home cleaned out.  We are pretty organized around here, but there are some areas that need to be revisited. Number one on my list is to clean out is our mudroom.  It's a useful space in our home that is getting overrun by everything that goes there and things that have been piling up as we run in and out of the house.  I also need to get inside those upper cabinets and make them more useful. 

I don't have the nice "after" photo yet, but this is one of the chores on my list today.  Hope you have a productive Monday! 

Did you see my fun kid lunches post?  My son is still reminding me of when I made those "silly food faces" but he wouldn't touch the broccoli or carrots! :( 

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