So this past week has been NON-STOP organizing at my house. Ok.. that’s not totally true. There has been a lot of running kids around and enjoying summer in-between the organizing, but whenever a free minute pops up, I’ve been working! We have three weeks until school starts and I am on a mission to get my house in order and projects wrapped up that have been lingering on my to-do list for way too long. First up was organizing the file drawers in my office.
I absolutely loved hearing from so many of you that my post on organizing my file drawers motivated you to get some of your paper under control too! One sweet reader sent the picture above along with garbage bags of recycled paper she finally sorted through. E-mails like that make my day! So thank you to all of you who send me kind comments and thank you notes. They are appreciated more than you know!
Finally getting my file drawers organized gave me the motivation I needed to clean out other areas in my house so today I’m sharing some progress we’ve made. Emphasis on the word PROGRESS. These are quickly snapped cell phone pics with lousy lighting and real life messes. Be warned. :)
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My office. What can I say.. I’ve cleaned it out so many times but to be honest, I’ve been mostly just shuffling things around. Not this time! This past week I have been tossing EVERYTHING we aren’t using and I can’t tell you how good it feels to get this spaced cleaned out and organized for good!
Two bags of garbage and one to Goodwill after this major clean out. “After” office pics of how I’m organizing this space are coming! Most likely when the kids are back in school and I have time to take some pics. :)
Mudroom was next on my list! I shared this little clean out on Instagram Stories but thought I’d share the pics here on the blog too for those of you who missed it!
My kids are always so happy when I start tearing cupboards and drawers apart.. ha. Sorry but not sorry. :) We took everything out of the cupboards and drawers, vacuumed and wiped them all out, then put back the shoes and things we are actually wearing right now and put the rest in bags for Goodwill. Crazy how quickly kids grow out of their shoes! A few pics of the progress..
I love having all of our flip flops in one drawer by the door! Before we moved into this house I always kept a basket in our garage full of flip flops during the summer then put it away in the winter.
I use these cupboards to hold shoes that aren’t worn as often and old backpacks. (My kids always keep one old backpack each for camping, travel, hikes, etc.)
Time to organize each of our lockers on the left side..
We each have a drawer for our most worn shoes. This is my 14 year old’s drawer and I got so many questions about her rose gold sandals! You can find them here. They are darling, come in lots of colors and I love them for me too! So fun that we are the same shoe/clothes size now. :)
My husband’s shoes are in our closet and so are most of mine (I just keep my exercise shoes in my mudroom drawer) but ALL of the kids’ shoes are in this room.
Wiped clean and ready for new backpacks!
I shared this little tip and heard from so many moms! YES! Keep socks downstairs by the door with the shoes! Saves so much time with younger kids.
Thrilled to have this room so clean and ready for a new school year!
This evening Ellie and I tackled her closet and room and OH MAN. I’ve been putting this one off! It was getting so full of clutter! Here is my BEST TIP for cleaning out kids’ rooms when they have hit disaster mode. Pull everything out of the room! I had El get everything in her closet, under her bed, on her floor, on her desk, etc. and pull it all into the hallway. The nice thing about this is that you are starting with a CLEAN room and it feels like a blank slate that you don’t want to mess up again! I vacuumed her floor really good while El got to work organizing..
Well. More like taking a little trip down memory lane reading old journals. Ha. Moms.. you have to oversee large projects like this for this very reason. Kids should do most of the work, but they usually need some prodding along the way so that a 2-3 hour project doesn’t take a week. ;) I gave El one black sack for garbage, one for Goodwill and everything else she wanted to keep she needed to put back nice and neat. She did a great job and we got rid of most of that stuff in the hallway only keeping special keepsakes and a few things she still uses.
We even hit the jackpot finding money and gift cards in all sorts of places. I think I should take that for my services and assistance..
We also pulled all of her clothes out of her drawers and vacuumed them, then wiped them clean!
Then we put back only the clothes she is wearing now. Addison took a few things and then we had another full black bag of clothes for Goodwill!
Half way through I asked her how she was holding up and this was the response I got.. ha! It wore us both out but oh my word.. her room is so nice and clean! Ready to start High School clutter free! I think she’s motivated to keep it clean too because she doesn’t want to have to do a clean out like that again for a long time!
Switching gears with daughter number 2! She and her friend got some cute new back to school clothes and I wanted to share them with you now because most of them are from the Nordstrom sale that ends Sunday night! I have a few more of my favorites that I’ll be sharing tomorrow but here are some cute things if you have girls heading back to school this fall!
Ad is the shortest of all of her friends. Both of my girls are! They are taking after their mom in lots of ways. :) So in love with this cardigan I got Ad for Fall! She loves how cozy it is and can’t wait to wear it when it cools off. Her friends is wearing Zella wear that is also so comfy for back to school!
These two have been doing a fun summer theatre camp together so in-between these pictures there was lots of practicing for their upcoming performance. Cutest girls. Love them!
This floral blouse is one of Ad’s favorites!
And how cute is this sweatshirt and pj shorts!? My girls have this brand of sleep shorts too and live in them at home! So comfy.
This cute tie sleeve sweatshirt is one of my favorites! So cute and soft.
This lace up hooded dress is also so cute! I bought this one for Ad and it was too long on her but looks daring on her friend! So she kept it and we ordered Ad another one a size smaller. They will be cute twins in this darling dress this Fall!
Never a dull moment with my girls and their cute friends. :)
Another dress both girls will be wearing this Fall! There were so many cute dresses on sale this year for girls! And Ad is obsessed with tops that tie so I knew this striped top would be a hit. I love it so much too and wish it came in my size!
So happy it’s still summer around here but when school hits we will be ready! I have a few more spaces to organize and need to do some clothes shopping for my other two, but progress! One day at a time. :)