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Let’s Get Organized ~ Summer Chores


We have been on summer break for about 3 weeks now. I wanted to get the summer chores enforced and our new summer schedule going when we got back from Reno a couple weeks ago, but I had a hard time getting my act together and wanting to enforce chores. I’ve been working on finishing up all the “paperwork” to go along with our schedule and chores and I finally got it up on Friday. I’m still working out the kinks and I’m sure I’ll change things up as the summer goes along. It’s all about trial and error, right? 🙂

I am excited about this post, despite the fact that ! I am not that great about making my kids do chores. Those things that are so much easier for me to just do them and get them done quickly, you know them, right? I’m not one of those moms that has to have chores done PERFECTLY, but I am one of those moms that doesn’t want to stand around all day waiting for my kids to finish their chores.

SO, I went to the good old World Wide Web and did a Google search for Summer Chore Charts and Ideas. I found SO many good ideas and I wanted to do EVERY SINGLE one of them! BUT I had to choose just one, so my kids wouldn’t get too overwhelmed, and so that I wouldn’t either. There were two that really stood out to me and I kind of tweaked them to make them my own.

The first blog I went to was Organizing Made Fun. Becky is a GREAT blogger! She is one of the blogs that I LOVE to get daily emails from. I loved her idea of having the kids earn Media Minutes and I downloaded her 2 printables from her summer chore post. I know these will work great for my boys! they LOVE to just sit around and watch show after show after show. I’m not going to have ANY of that this summer!! I’m going to be on top of my job!!

The next blog I found was called Just Organize Yourself. I loved her summer chore post because it linked to a bunch of great ideas for chore charts. She goes into more detail on how she does her chores and lists in this post.

There were SO many more blogs that I found with great ideas! There were too many for me to read them all. A couple more I liked were Chicken Babies, Raising a Healthy Family and Homebody, she does a 3 part series called Summer Plan Mini Series:

*Rules and Consequences

*Kids Chores

*Fun Stuff

I also went on pinterest, of course!! I have already pinned a bunch of ideas and there was one that I’m definitely going to do, FINALLY! I’ve had it pinned ever since I opened my account I believe! LOL You can view my summer chore board HERE.

Chore Punch Cards ( I printed some off on my computer with cardstock and cut them out. Each kid starts the week out with one card and for every chore he does all the way AND the RIGHT way he’ll get a punch. Once the card is full he can cash it in for a prize. I have a prize box in my craft room that is overflowing. I’ve been saving up stuff for a while now.)

Chore Cards (I actually bought these cards a couple years ago. It was only $1.50 and she had them all written up and I didn’t have to do any work. I have never actually put them into use though so they are now going to come into play; although, I did tweak them to fit my needs. Each boy picks a chore card for the day and they also have to do one Kitchen job as well as all their morning and evening routine chores. The routine chores don’t count for the punch cards, though. Just the cleaning chores count. Depending on what Chore they are assigned on a certain day, they can earn more than 2 punches. I’m very optimistic that this will work!)

Are you ready to see all these things in ACTION??!! I have been hard at work in the last week getting everything organized and together and I am really proud of how it all turned out! It wasn’t anything fancy like some of the chore charts I admired on Just Organize Yourself, but it was easy and I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it. This week we will definitely be using all of these things I have talked about in this post, starting TODAY! I can’t wait! (Is it weird that I’m excited about getting my kids to do chores? I’m sure I will hate it after 10 seconds of instigating it! LOL)


This is what the chore area has looked like since school got out, pretty bare.


And this is what it looks like now!  What do you think? I laminated all the chore cards and then taped them onto the metal board with washi tape. I’ve been itching to use some of it and thought it was a pretty good idea to use it for this little project:) I got the idea for this on this blog and made it my own.

So, this is how I’ve thought it out, each kid has a pocket. They will always have an Evening and Morning checklist in their pocket so they can check everything off and get it initialed by Mom or Dad. At the beginning of each day I will have them randomly choose between 2 chores. I will assign who gets what kitchen chores. The Mom’s Choice chores will be done when needed. I’m not really sure if I’ll let those ones be a weekly thing or just when I feel like having them do it. That’s why they got a separate category.


These are all the chore cards I have printed up.


I have the media minute tickets in the blue holder that has the stickers and pencils, etc.


I found this cute calender on a blog while I was browsing summer chore charts. I edited it to fit our schedule.


These are the Chore Punch Cards I did up. I used a different color at the bottom for each boy, depending on what their favorite color is. I’m planning on throwing these out after they are filled up so I did not laminate them. If you want a free copy of these you can download them HERE.

We are hard at work keeping up with our new summer schedule and doing chores this morning. I will be back next week with a progress report 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great Monday!

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Guest Post by Susan from Organized 31 ~ Summer Outdoors Kit

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Hi, I’m Susan from Organized 31.  I’m excited to be here at Crafty Meggy to share my super easy Grab n’ Go Ready for the Summer Outdoors Kit.
I blogged last summer {here} about how happy I was when I found this cute puzzle box at the thrift shop. When I saw the puzzle box, I knew immediately what I wanted to repurpose it into.
With 3 children and lots of summer activities, I found that since we were always running 20 different  places every day I kept forgetting to bring sunscreen or bug spray.  I got tired of the “duh, I forgot it again”  moments.
To solve the problem and take good care of my family, I collected the items we need at a typical outdoor activity:

Baby Wipes                          Bug-off spray                    Sunscreen            Hand sanitizer

These items easily fit into my cute little puzzle tin.
In case you don’t have a cute little tin laying around, you could repurpose a pencil box (especially now with kids bringing used school supplies home at the end of the school year).
Or if your children are younger, you could repurpose a baby wipes box (do they even make this style any more?)
My handy Grab n’ Go Summer Outdoors Kit has found its happy home in the trunk of the car and now I never forget to bring these items with me in the craziness of herding a family of 5 out the door to the next activity.
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Let’s Get Organized ~ Summer Schedule & Plans

Well, we made it through another year of school and my 2 school age boys are now home FULL TIME! It’s officially SUMMER in our house! YAY!! Oh, wait, that means I have to be around them all day. And break up fights and tantrums and here the endless whining…. *SIGH*

I will say this: I LOVE my kids. Very. Much. BUT, that being said, my two older ones are getting to the age where they LOVE to bother each other or their little brother. They LOVE to fight, or so it seems. They LOVE to whine and complain and make messes… so, when people have been asking me if I’m excited for summer I say “NO!!!”

Am I a horrible mom for feeling that way? I feel bad that I don’t enjoy summer as much as I could, but when you spend most of your days yelling at your kids to STOP yelling (LOL I wonder why they yell haha) and fighting and bothering each other, it’s just not that enjoyable. Last year we went on a LOOONNNGGG vacation to CA and Vegas. It was AWESOME and I think it helped the summer pass fast! This year we have a few plans; my sis is getting married June 1st in Reno and we’re going! Wooo!, I’ve signed the boys up for a couple of different sports and camps, but for the most part we will be stuck at home. I am wracking my brain thinking of ways not to go crazy with all 3 wild and crazy boys of mine in the same house 24 hours a day for 3 months straight!! Here is what I came up with:

I have mapped out a daily schedule. I’m not really a stickler when it comes to schedules. I usually plan out my days, BUT they never seem to go how I plan. With the new summer schedule I wanted to basically give myself an idea of what I want to have accomplished in a certain time frame. I will more than likely be flexible, but we WILL get all chores done before they can play or do anything exciting.

Our daily schedule during the summer will go something like this:

6-9am ~ wake up, eat breakfast, get ready for the day, TV time (WHY on earth would I list 6am as a possible wake up hour?!! Well, I only have ONE out of THREE children that actually sleeps in!! *SIGH* SO there is a big possibility that I will still have the same hours of sleep as I do during the school year. BIG possibility!)

(I say TV time because I often will get up at 6 with the 2 boys that are early birds and let them watch TV until Jonas wakes up. I also let them watch TV on the iPad we have in the kitchen during breakfast.)

9-10am ~ Choretime. I am working on chore charts for all 3 boys and hopefully will come back soon with a post just about that!

10am-12pm ~ Activity/Outside Playtime!! This will be the time that we do all those fun activities I have planned for us this summer (I guess I better start thinking!!). The cheap theater in town does a movie pass during the summer so I always buy one. They play the movies on Thursday – Saturday at 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. I will mostly likely find a babysitter for Tinian when we do this activity. We will go play at the park and do picnics, ride bikes, play in the backyard. Oh, and swimming is high on the agenda! 🙂 Brynnan keeps asking me when they can start doing lessons!

If I don’t have anything planned they will have mandatory playtime outside. Maybe we’ll even do a mandatory picnic in the backyard every week 🙂 I am considering buying a trampoline again. I am also thinking of putting out a wading pool for them to easily have access to. Brynnan keeps asking if we have a pool. He remembers the one I bought for his birthday 2 years ago that we haven’t used since. It’s one of those blow up ones that I used to have to do by myself because we didn’t have anything to blow it up but a little air pump. Now we have a shop vac so it will hopefully be NICE and EASY to blow that sucker up!

12pm ~ Lunchtime! (12:30-ish) After lunch, before Tini goes down for his nap, I will read to the boys. Once I’ve put Tinian down for a nap the boys will read by themselves for 20 minutes. Then, they can have their Free time, see below.

1-3pm ~ Tinian ~ naptime, Jonas and Brynnan ~ Freetime. Free time could mean anything! They can play outside, go to a friends house, have a friend come over and play, art time at the table, or video game/computer game time (which they WILL have to earn each day by doing daily chores.)

3-5pm ~ MORE Outside Play!! 🙂 (During this time I will have them play in the backyard so I can get work done or have some alone time.)

5-6pm ~ TV time. (While Mark and I, wait, who am I kidding?, while Mark prepares dinner they can watch a little TV, if they want to. Tinian and Brynnan would probably play outside all day! 🙂 I haven’t decided if this is free or if they have to earn this TV time.)

6-7pm ~ Dinner and clean up. Jonas and Brynnan will take turns helping me clean up after dinner. I haven’t fully decided on how this will work yet. I’m thinking that they will switch off days, like, Jonas helps me wash the dishes M,W,F and Brynnan clears the table and washes it off on those days. Jonas will clear of the table and wash it on T, T, Sat and Brynnan do the dishes.

If there is time left before 7 we can do something as a family, play a board game or video game or whatever. Maybe just sit and watch TV together. I just want us to be together as a family.

7-8pm ~ Bedtime Prep. Our boys ALWAYS go to bed at 8! Even during the summer! Why? We have found that with a consistent sleeping schedule they are happier. Sometimes we stretch it past 8:00 and it’s not too bad, but if the boys go to bed any later than 9:00 they are usually REALLY crabby the next day! ALSO, this allows for Mark and I to have 2 hours of time alone before we go to bed.

I think that I want to start reading the scriptures with them before they go to bed, which is another reason why we would start getting them ready at 7:00. It allows us time to get everything done and not feel rushed.

So there you have it. Our tentative Summer Schedule. Today is the first day I will be implementing it so I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m kind of excited! I can’t wait to share with you what I came up with to make chores FUN!! 🙂

Come back on Wednesday to see what my amazing guest blogger, One Artsy Mama, has to show you!


Let’s Get Organized ~ Decluttering the House

I know we’re still in the month of April and I wanted to keep to one room a month, but some stuff has changed. We have decided that we want to sell our house and it is in MAJOR need of decluttering, dejunking and organizing!! SO, this week I’m going to be changing things up a bit.

Here’s the list of everything we need to do to get our house show worthy:

*Clean up desks

~ tools

~CD’s & DVD’s

~ Harddrives

~Boxes under Mark’s desk

*Clean up movie shelves in basement

*Clean craft room shelves

*Clean fabric on bookcase in craft room

*Paint Touch ups

~ old craft area wall

~ wall around dogs old bed

~ Kitchen wall and baseboards

~Bedroom walls and baseboards

~ Hallway walls and baseboards

~ Window wells in basement (3)

Things we need to put in storage or throw/giveaway:

Laundry room




Craft room/Toy room




~frames not in use

~containers & baskets not in use

Living room

~ Green chair

~ Target shelf

~Rocking chair

Boys Room

~ Diaper changing table

~ Old clothes that don’t fit

~ Bookshelf

~ Diaper trash can

Master Bedroom

~Everything in the corner that doesn’t have a home

~ bookcase


~ table (make smaller and keep clean!! )

~ Lazy susan in storage

~Clutter on table, wall by stairs and counters

WHEW!! That was a LONG list!! *SIGH* I’m sure it will only get longer as we clean up and realize how much more we need to do. I’m going to have to go through all the toys and only keep the ones the boys ACTUALLY play with. I have a HARD time giving up their toys. I always feel like, if I sell them or give them away, they’ll ask for them and want to actually play with them. No matter how little they play with them now! lol so, yeah, I have a problem keeping toys. I finally let go of all our baby toys last year, but I’m still kind of sad about that! I have a basket full of toys that I want to sell in the laundry room, I just need to take pictures and put up an ad on Craigslist.

Does anyone else use craigslist? We do all the time! I even have an app for it on my phone, which makes life so much easier! Just snap all the pictures with your phone and load them into the app. Easy!!

Anyway, so, this week I am going to be decluttering rooms and going through toys. Monday I’m going to start with the laundry room. We have tons of boxes we’ve been saving for moving, so most of those I will put into storage to save for when it actually happens. I have some boxes of papers and other things I need to go through that I’ll put in storage too. I’ll go through the toys and take pictures and post on Craigslist.

We already have a storage unit, but it’s REALLY small so I’ll have to go to the office tomorrow and pay for a bigger one. We’re going to be putting some chairs from the living room in it so we’ll need a semi big one. I’ll want to buy some plastic covers to put on the chairs, too. It gets pretty dirty inside the storage unit!

Tuesday I’ll work in the Master bedroom. There’s not much to do/get rid of in there so I’ll probably work in the kitchen that day too.

Wednesday ~ Boys room

Thursday ~ Living room

Friday ~ Craft room

We have a meeting with a Realtor on Saturday so hopefully we can get everything cleaned up and looking nice. We already have pictures to give him, but I’ll feel so much better if the house is ready to show!! 🙂

I’m also have to start keeping up with my cleaning schedule better!! I can’t slack off! I’ve been bad about doing that lately, especially since I’ve been sick. I’ll be deep cleaning the upstairs bathroom and cleaning up the garage. There’s stuff everywhere in there!! *SIGH*

I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I just need to not think about how much I have to do and JUST DO IT!!

It’s also Kids Clothing Week so I’m participating in this fun sewing challenge. You can read more about it on their blog or facebook page. I’ll be working on pillowcase dresses and shorts for the kids in Uganda. I have a special post scheduled for Wednesday all about Project Yesu and this wonderful cause, so I hope you’ll come back! Mallory, the girl who founded Project Yesu, is stopping by to say hi! She’s such a great girl and it’s been fun getting to know her through this project!

Do you have any tips for me while I prepare to sell my house? I would love you to email me or link up posts you’ve done on moving or selling your house! I appreciate any help or advice you have!! 🙂

Here are a couple links that I will be referring to as I declutter and clean our house this week; the best cleaning tips board on pinterest & 10 foolproof ways to reduse clutter by i Dream of Clean. Jenn, over at Clean & Scentsible, also has a great post on organizing a kitchen command center. I don’t really have room for that in my small kitchen, so I will be doing some different things for that. Delightful Order is also a VERY helpful blog in organizing tasks! She does a monthly room, just like Jenn and her lists and posts are very helpful.

Well, thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week! Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday! 🙂

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Let’s Get Organized! ~ Master Bedroom

Well, hello there!! Fancy seeing you! 🙂 How was your weekend? I hope better than mine! I spent most of mine sleeping, which would’ve been nice if I wasn’t sick!! 😛 BUT I am glad to report I’m feeling MUCH better now, all I have left is a soar throat and a stuffy nose. I HATE soar throats. I get them ALL the time!! I’m  serious too! Throughout the course of a year I will have about 20 soar throats, possibly more. It’s annoying, but I guess it’s better than being bedridden sick.

ANYWAY, this week we are continuing our organizing in the master bedroom. Last week I deep cleaned my mattress, cleaned the window and blinds and the fan. I also accomplished some of my monthly organizing chores; I cleaned under the kitchen sink, the medicine cabinet and the fridge.

This week my goals are …

*Clean out shoes in master closet

*Clean off shelves in master closet and reorganize

*Organize scarves & clothes in master closet

*Deep clean ALL bedding & pillows

My monthly cleaning goals for the week are …

*Organize pantry

*Clean & organize Garage

*Wipe down washer & dryer

*Deep clean bathrooms

I’m actually looking forward to cleaning out my closet!! It needs to be done so badly! I want to come up with a better way to organize my shoes, especially. I just kind of throw them on the floor in the closet. It’s getting old. I also should put away my winter clothes and pull out the warmer weather stuff. I know it’s not getting really hot around here, but it’s warm enough that I don’t want to wear long sleeves every day!

What are you planning on organizing this week? I would love to hear all about it!! Leave a comment telling us or a link to your blog post if you have one!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!! 🙂


Let’s Get Organized! ~ The Craft Room Review & the Master Bedroom

Good Morning!! How are you this wonderful new day? I’m excited to share with you all the organizing I was able to do in my craft room and also move onto this months new room!

First, I’ll start off by showing you my craft room. It’s still a work in progress. I think it always will be, but that’s the life of a crafter! Nothing is EVER finished/clean enough! There’s always a mess to clean or move out of the way.

My goal from now on is to clean up every project before starting a new one. I often have 5 projects going at the same time. I can still do this, BUT I want to only have my desk a mess with ONE of those projects, the one I am currently working on. This past week I’ve been trying to keep up with this new goal and I’m actually doing pretty well. Over the weekend I got kind of overwhelmed, I was working on 2 sewing projects and one craft project, so both my scrapbooking and sewing desks were messy. Sunday, I couldn’t take it anymore and I cleaned all the projects up. I picked ONE of the projects and stayed the course with that one. I still haven’t even touched the other two projects that my heart keeps trying to pull me toward. I’m fighting the good fight here:)

Anyway, on to the before pictures:


This was my scrapbooking desk at the beginning of March. I HATE looking at these pictures!!


I started out the month of March with an incredibly MESSY craft room! It doesn’t help that I share the room with my kids’ toys, which are constantly strewn EVERYWHERE! Throughout the process of cleaning off and organizing desks I found many things I have been looking for. It was NICE!! 🙂


The ironing board was a flat surface that I would put stuff on if I left it hanging out too long. This was actually pretty clean the day I took the pics!!




Remember my wonderful pile of old ripped pants? Yeah, that was a sight for sore eyes!


And another lovely pile of junk hanging out on the floor.

Today, it looks MUCH better!! Drum rolllllll please!!! 🙂


So CLEAN!!!! Isn’t it just beautiful?!! 🙂


I changed everything on my sewing/computer desk around to have an easier layout. I originally wanted my Silhouette to be on the organizing cubes on the far left, but I put a bunch of other scrapbooking stuff on it and didn’t have room so it ended up on the desk. Well, I got the white shelf at the DI a few months ago and Mark suggested I put my Silhouette on it to give me more room on the desk. I FINALLY moved everything around and I’m LOVING it!! _MG_9578

The corner with the ironing board looks the same. 🙂


And my pretty scrapbooking desk. I just LOVE this thing!! SO glad I bought it!! I still haven’t filled it all up, but I’m working on it! 🙂

I bought some new little organizing containers and a shelf at a couple thrift stores. I will be working on this room every month, a little at a time. Like I said, I don’t know if I’ll ever be done organizing it!


Ok, now, onto the month of April! Can you believe it’s already April 8th??!! Come ON! It feels like the year just started! How does it go by so fast??!!

Well, this month I will be working on Organizing and Cleaning the Master Bedroom. My room is in DIRE need of organizing so I’m excited to get started and cleaning! My closet is a MESS!! I also have a tendency to put things in my room that don’t really belong there because I don’t know where else to put them. I have a special corner by my laundry basket with tons of stuff…. I’ll be facing that section of the room head on and finding places for everything there.

This week I will be doing some deep cleaning. Jenn, over at Clean & Scentsible has a new list up for the month of April if you want to go print it off or you can fill out a blank one to fit your needs. I decided to use the one Jenn provided.

April To Do List-001

My goals for this week:

*Clean master bedroom windows and blinds

*Clean master bedroom fan and lighting

*Deep Clean mattress (Jenn has a great post on her blog to help you in the process of cleaning your mattress)

*Clean master bedroom baseboards

*Organize bookshelves in master bedroom

My goals for my monthly cleaning checklist this week:

*Clean medicine cabinet

*Deep clean bathrooms

*Clean under the kitchen sink

*Clean Fridge & Freezer

I know, I probably have way too much here to actually get finished in a week. I’m really optimistic about it though, at least today I am! Who knows where I’ll be tomorrow 🙂 But, I have the rest of April to get everything done and I AM going to get organized perfectly this month! It’s my birthday on the 29th so that’s gotta count for some good luck, right?

Well, thanks for stopping by! I better get started with my organizing! I have a busy day ahead! Hope yours isn’t as crazy as mine will be!



Craft Room Organizing Review

Well, here I am to show you some more progress pictures on my craft room. Last week and this week I have been working on my sewing/computer desk. It was a HUGE mess last week and has been for about a month now. I REALLY HATE having a messy desk, but I have the bad habit of getting the organizing bug, and then quickly getting bored/overwhelmed with it all and I give up. I leave everything where it is for months at a time, even though it makes my life so much HARDER!! UGH!! Does anyone else do this? Even if you don’t, can you please humor me and tell me that you do 🙂

Anyway, here are some before pictures from last weeks post if you don’t remember, or if you’re just too lazy or not in the mood to click the link and read another post about organizing my craft room. Hehe, I won’t blame you so don’t feel obligated….


YIKES!! I seriously CRINGE everytime I look at the before pictures of this room!!




Can I get a druuuuummmmm rooooollll PLEASE?!!


These are the after pictures from last night! After doing my Zumba workout I had some energy to tackle the huge pile of clothing to fix and the stray paper scraps, etc. Doesn’t it look soooo much better?!!



There is a problem area around my computer and behind my Silhouette. I tend to stick papers and craft store receipts around them and never clean up. I’ve got to remedy that…


I actually cleaned off the ironing board last week!! One of the things I actually cleaned before giving up! LOL I have it currently residing next to the scrapbooking desk in front of a rarely used closet.


And I know this picture is probably boring and still looks messy, right? Well, I am proud of myself because I actually pulled EVERYTHING out from under the desk to vacuum. I actually vacuumed the whole room, which hardly EVER gets done!! You would think this is one of the rooms that gets vacuumed all the time, but NO!! It’s usually the messiest with tons of toys and crafty stuff all over the floor so I just don’t bother. I’m glad I did it today! It feels GOOD to know it’s CLEAN now.

So, there you have it. My somewhat clean sewing/computer desk and floor and surrounding areas. Oh, I almost forgot! I posted a picture on facebook last week after cleaning up all the old, torn up pants from the boys. This is now what it looks like over to the right of the sewing desk:


I’m so excited that I finally sat down and cut them all up!! The only sad thing is that, apparently I had some clothes in the pile that were just too small for the older boys, but I wanted to save them for my toddler when he got old enough. I ended up cutting off the hems on one of the pants before realizing they were just fine. They just needed to be put in storage for a couple of years! UGH!! So, now they’re in the mending pile to figure out what to do about the cut off hems! 😛

The first two drawers in the plastic organizer are being used for the pants scraps and also projects that need to be done, like patching up pants and other pieces of clothing. I’m starting to think that one day a week I should dedicate to patching up clothes!! Tuesday is crafty day, Wednesday is patchy day.

Well, thanks for stopping by!! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see what I’ve been crafting up lately! 🙂



Let’s Get Organized ~ Craft Room

Ok, yes, I know it’s a new month. I should be starting a new room, BUT since last week was spring break and all 3 boys were home and driving me crazy most of the day I didn’t get much accomplished that I wanted to. I actually don’t think I got ANYTHING accomplished! 😛 SO, I’m going to take this week to redo last weeks goals. I AM going to finish cleaning off my sewing desk this week and reorganize everything on it like I wanted too. I am also going to clean under the desk and quite possibly the fabric bookshelf that looks like a MESS!!

So, that is my plan for the week. I know you were probably looking forward to a longer more in depth post on this wonderful topic of cleaning and organizing my craft room, but seeing as it is already 1:00 pm and I still have yet to do my organizing of the said craft room for the day, I need to move on with life at the moment. Tomorrow I might come back and give you some before and after pictures. My scrapbook desk still is pretty clean.

OH, another big thing going on at my house right now….. I’m potty training my 2 and a half year old. So that’s also another reason why I need to go. We’re doing the whole sit-on-the-potty-every-30-minutes routine. It’s SPECIAL! Has he actually gone pee on the potty yet today?!! NO!!! BUT he did pee in the laundry room, luckily we have an old house and the floor is cementish with it leading downward into a drain. He peed conventiently close to the drain so it was all good! 🙂 I can’t wait for this to all be over!! If anyone wants to share potty training advice feel free!! I’m ALL EARS!!

Hope you’re having a not so Manic Monday:) Thanks for stopping by!

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Let’s Get Organized! ~ The Craft Room Progress


It’s Spring Break at our house this week so things are going to be a little different around here. I’m trying to get a bunch of posts scheduled for the rest of the week so I don’t run into problems like I did today trying to get this post done. I don’t know about you, but having all 3 kids home just throws everything off track for me!

This week I’m going to be doing things a little different with my cleaning and organizing since I have the boys home. Today we kind of just played and had fun. Not much cleaning going on, but tomorrow I’m going to make the boys help me clean and do chores. I’m sure it’ll be a battle, but it needs to get done and they need to learn to do it too.

Last week was semi successful at cleaning up my scrapbooking desk. I bought some new organizing bins and made a little organizing thing for my markers. I also bought a new sticker maker at the DI a couple weeks ago. They normally run around $30, but I got it for only $1!! It was missing the sticker part, but I bought one at Jo-Ann’s for $13 this weekend. I’m so in love with my DI find!!

Here’s the before picture:


And here are some after pictures:


The desk has stayed pretty clean the last week. I have my latest craft project on there right now trying to finish it up for a post tomorrow:)


Here’s the $1 sticker maker I was talking about:) And the blue tin cups I bought at the Target Dollar Spot. I’m gonna go back and buy more because they’re so handy to have!


I’m going to store more things on the pegboard, I just need to buy more pegs.

This week I’m going to work on cleaning off and reorganizing my sewing/computer desk:


It’s pretty scary right now! I have my pile of need to sew things on the far right. I’ve been using my Cameo a lot this past week so I’ve had that out where it’s more accessible and I have tons of odds and ends all over that need to find homes.


The pile of old jeans and pants with holes is still on the floor. This week I’m going to take the time to cut them up and put them in one of these plastic drawers for scraps.


This is all the crap I had on the scrapbooking desk and under it that I didn’t feel like it or have the time to put away. *SIGH* Another thing I need to tackle this week…..


AND the ironing board… again, it’s messy. I cleaned it off last week and immediately started piling stuff on it again. It’s not that bad, YET! But it will get there if I don’t do something about it. Another BIG *SIGH*

SO, this week will be major organizing. I have a lot of things to go through and put away. That’s my goal. Put things away in places they go. Not just finding a temporary place for them on the ground or somewhere else, a REAL home!

Well, I better go now since I’ve been playing all day. I haven’t put away dishes yet and I hear my husband doing it. I don’t want to receive his wrath so this is the end until tomorrow:) Hehe

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LGO ~ the Craft Room


Well, last week was a disaster! I was so busy cleaning my house and going to appointments that I didn’t get around to cleaning my craft room until Friday. Even then, I didn’t get even a quarter of what I wanted to accomplish done! BUT I did make the boys clean up their half of the room! (If you don’t know, I share my craft room with the kids toys. It’s not ideal, but it’s what we have to work with so I live with it. When we buy our next house we are planning on having a play room AND a craft room!! I CANNOT wait!!)

Anyway, this week I think I’m going to only concentrate on one task instead of 5. I had a new task each day and I think that just makes me feel like I have too much to do, even though I really don’t! LOL

SO, this week my goal is to CLEAN off and ORGANIZE my scrapbooking desk! I have tons of paper, ribbons, fabric, and other odds and ends on my desk right now and I can’t use it to craft anything!! It’s a HUGE mess! Here’s a before picture. This actually looks REALLY good compared to what it looked like on Friday before I started cleaning it up! I wish I would’ve remembered to take a picture before I started!


I’m in the middle of a sewing project so it’s kind of strewn everywhere since I don’t have much room on my sewing desk. I have the ironing board out for more surface area. Normally it’s not there.


The whole mess on my scrapbooking table.


The mess on the floor by all my scrapbooking papers, etc.


The mess on the shelves holding all my scrapbooking supplies and things. I really need to get this all organized!! It’s driving me crazy!!

So, that’s my plan for the week. Clean it off, find a home for EVERYTHING, organize the bins and put away all papers, pictures, crafting supplies on desk.

What are your organizing plans for the week? Let us know! I’m very curious what others are organizing at this time of year. It is Spring Cleaning time, right? 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a GREAT week!