This lengthy airing of my dirty laundry - ha, pun intended - and my major SAHM suckiness is build-up to today's big project. My resolution for 2013 is to de-clutter and organize our home. Part of this may or may not have to do with the fact that in less than a year strangers will come into my house and tenderly (not) pack all our belongings and crate them to a yet to be determined destination. Last PCS, 2 years ago, we had less crap. Lily was only 9 months old and had significantly less junk. I don't know how she keeps getting stuff. She must have a job that I'm unaware of and routinely shops 'til she drops. So now we have all this stuff. Oh and did I forget to mention that while the Navy will kindly (not) move us free of charge, they will however weigh our junk and if we're over our weight allowance we then get to pay Uncle Sam for all our extra lbs? That's definitely some motivation to get rid of stuff. I have actually been doing a pretty good job since January routinely going through totes, boxes, and piles donating and trashing things. Lily's closet became a nightmare over the past month because someone (I dare you to guess who) discovered what a fun place a closet can be and slowly, daily, destroyed the organization I DID have in there. I really did have it organized. I promise. So this week I went to Kmart (yah, Kmart) and bought a shelving unit, put it together during naptime, and then re-ogranized the closet. Then to top it all off. I put a hook-and-eye latch on the door so someone (did you figure it out who yet?) can no longer pilfer when she's supposed to be napping. I wish I had taken a before picture because it literally looked like a 38inch tornado had landed squarely in its midst. But now it's bea-u-ti-ful. So today I tackled our closet.
The master bedroom of our house is the converted attic. It's spacious, but has some awkward angles. One end of the attic is the bathroom and the other end is our closet. It's nice sized. It does triple duty as closet, reading nook, and sewing room. Without further ado - my biggest secret.
For the closet I needed an actual workspace for my sewing and crafts as well as a spot for our shoes. Our lab enjoys carrying shoes around the house. She doesn't chew on them, just transports them from one place to another. Since there isn't a door on the closet we can't shut up the shoes to keep her away from them. Today at Bed Bath and Beyond I found a large shoe rack. At Lowe's we purchased a solid piece of 2ft X 4ft birch for a table top, and found a couple cheap steralite drawers at Walmart.
|$24.00 total for the drawers.|
|$35.00 (holds 30 pairs of my shoes)|
|$35.00 (holds 30 pairs of Cayce's shoes)|
The shoe racks are actually one tall shoe rack that I kept separated. This way Cayce and I would each have our own rack and I could place them to take up the least amount of room. Plus, if I had actually put it together I would have had to put the shoes in the bathroom because there wouldn't have been enough room height-wise to keep it in the closet.
|$110.00 grand total plus a few hours of work for some much needed organization.|
I know what you're asking yourself. How in the world did she live like that? I didn't. I ignored it. I haven't spent more than 2 minutes in that closet since December when I was finishing up my Christmas crafts. The sight of it made me anxious, and I knew it had to be tackled. But it was going to be such a time and energy consuming task that it really became a mind over matter kind of thing. It's soooooo much better in there. We still need to go through in weed out some more clothes, and yes the sweater stack is still there. I can live with that. I still have my sweatshop footstool seat, and at some point I'll bring up a folding chair. It's not a deal breaker though. I'm kind of used to the ease of my little swivel stool. :)
So one massive undertaking complete. My next chore is the office. What? I have an office, yet I'm using my closet as a craft room? Yeah. That's a whole 'nother story.