Well! The holiday break has definitely come to an end. My kids went back to school today and like always I had mixed emotions. Bummed that the party is over and the regular routine will ensue - and also ready for the party to be over and for the regular routine to ensue. I love having my kids and Kenny home with me all day but for the love! I couldn't get anything done! Our house is such a mess. Unpacked bags from traveling, boxes of Christmas decor still out, piles of laundry, new toys all over the place with nowhere to call home. I made a tiny dent today but it's going to take me a week to get back on top of things. So while I've made my new 2013 "to organize" list (which I'll share soon!) I have yet to actually organize anything. Please tell me I'm not alone. It will make me feel so much better. :)
Before I embark on a complete organizing frenzy this week I decided to write a quick round up post that includes most of my organized spaces from 2012. I know most of you have seen these posts before, but I need to do this for myself to remind me that #1 - Most of my 2012 list was checked off and completed and #2 - it took me a whole year to do it. Pace yourself Erin. Rome wasn't built in a day...
Hopefully by sharing some of my organized spaces from 2012 it will inspire us all to kick it in gear this year and see what we can accomplish! (Que the Rocky music in the background...)
the pantry. Technically this makeover happened in 2011 but it was towards the end of that year so I'm including it in the round up anyway because it makes me happy. This set up has worked so well for us. Our pantry doesn't always look this picture perfect, but it really is easy to keep organized because the baskets conceal so much and everything has a defined place. That happens because I don't mix things up in the kitchen that often. Maybe that's the secret to an organized pantry? You have to be a boring cook.
a solution for our crazy amount of stuffed animals (that my girls refuse to part with) and I shared my time management binder (recently updated to a time management notepad). I also got the kids' bath toys, hair accessories and cupboards under control.
In February we talked about jewelry solutions and I shared how I organize mine. I also shared how I store cords and cards. Then I ended the month by finally tackling our laundry room cabinets.
(**sidenote - the bookshelf is currently a mess thanks to my 2 year old sidekick, but I'm happy to report that the bathroom drawers are nice and in tact! One out of two for the month of March - I'll take it!)
under the bathroom sink. I also finally organized our master closet. That was a time consuming project and one I was so happy to have checked off of my list!
Over the summer I posted about some of my favorite organizers. I also created a craft cupboard in our kitchen to organize our craft supplies/school work. I have to say that this is one of my favorite spaces ever. My girls use this cupboard every single day. I've hardly touched it myself and it still looks like this! That is the sign of a true well organized space. One that the kids can easily use and keep clean themselves. So many of my spaces look great for a week or two but without my constant straightening go back to being a mess. That's when it's time to re-evaluate what is and isn't working and come up with something better. This craft cupboard is better. :)
Addison's closet and sorted/organized the girls clothes. (I do this 3-4 times a year so that it never takes too long.)
In October I went a little crazy with Martha Stewart office supplies and re-organized my home decor inspiration pics, my built-in binder, and all of our recipes.
Things heated up with our new house in Nov/Dec so there wasn't much time for organizing, but here are two more of my 2012 solutions that have really helped me stay organized...
My magazine rack that is always stuffed full of good reads. Love this.
my kids school work until that magical day when I have time to scrapbook again.
Even though I'm sharing a lot of spaces today, this really is SO doable when you break things up and just do a little here and there. Tackle one or two spots a month. That is my goal for 2013. I don't have an hour or two at a time in my schedule right now so 15 minutes a day will have to do. Eventually progress will be made and your home/life (because the two are very much correlated) will run more smoothly. I'm ready to start now.
Que Rocky music in the background...
or any other music you like.
But Rocky is playing in my head.
Bring it on. :)