"For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned" Benjamin Franklin
January always seems like the best time to organize our homes as it is a brand new year full of possibilities. I try to keep up with it throughout the year so it doesn't get so overwhelming and I've always been one to keep things neat and tidy. Through the years of having pets and then our girls I've quickly learned about being more flexible, though still determined to teach them how important good organization is. :-)
Moving from our larger home to this one has created challenges adjusting to space we just don't have anymore. So although I don't miss cleaning the size of our old home, I miss the storage and extra space! I have 2 small pantries in this home but it never seems to be enough because I have a few appliances like my blender, juicer, etc. I keep there on my shelves. We brought up one of our shelves we had for books at our other house from the basement to place it in our laundry room. The dogs things are also in the laundry room, it's a decent size so I wanted to cover what I was storing there to keep down on the dust and make it more visually appealing. I went to the local dollar store and bought a tension rod to place inside the shelf at the top and added a neutral long curtain and it worked perfectly. :-)
It's easy to pull back or slide to the side to get the things I need. I like to stock up on some products and this is a perfect "overflow" shelf for those items. Like teas, coffees, storage bags, my mason jars, etc. Kathleen is my little Vanna White :-)
It's also that time to pack up our Christmas decorations. I like to sort them into labelled bins so that when we get them out each year we know easily which ones are ours to place on the tree. Plus they are less likely to get broken carefully placed in smaller containers.
Elvis is in denial that the tree will be taken down soon!
Mirabelle is intently watching us, lol. Notice the lovely snowy weather out the window? Ugh!
Then I take the smaller bins and place them in a large see through container and we store them on shelves in our basement. I really like using see through containers and knowing what's inside. For the ones that are solid colored I will use marker or label tape to sort them. Sometimes the labels fall off so not always my favorite option.
When we lived in NC he was badly injured at work when a 150 pound truss pole (they hold the trusses up after they are built) came down and struck him in the shoulder and temple and knocked him out. They said it was luckily it hit some of his shoulder as well. He had skull fractures and a concussion and was laid up for awhile. The doctors were amazed it didn't kill him. Again we were there in NC just the two of us and it was hard without anyone there. Just one of many reasons I am thankful for every single day because you just don't know what each day brings.
He has stitches, still sore and now his eye is black, but he is recovering well and stubborn as ever. :-)