Sunday, January 23, 2011

Let's Get Organized!

Sometimes I just get in these cleaning/organizing moods and I just can't take the clutter anymore. So my first plan of attack was to tackle my craft corner. It's in the office closet. I get half the closet and Russell gets the other half.

This is a before picture.
I even organized my ribbon.

See these bags filled with fabric. They are projects that I never got around to. I had cut out all the pieces for the pattern, put them in a bag to be sewn later. Later never came. And now Sophia has already grown out of that size. Grrr..... So I just added them to my fabric scraps.

I sorted all of my fabric scraps by color.

This is my yarn bin. This is the smallest amount of yarn I've ever had.

Then, I organized Sophia's painting and crafting supplies.

Here's the after picture.
One day I will have an art room where I can use the whole room to create and leave supplies out if I want. That's my dream!

Next, it was time to sort Sophia's clothes. My friend from work, Jill, recently told me about a thing called Just Between Friends where you can resale all of your baby clothes, equipment and maternity clothes and actually make a good profit. It's in March but Jill recommended I iron everything plus I have to tag it and put everything on hangers. So I decided to get cracking on it. I'm only putting the best things in the sale. The rest I'll sale at a garage sale in March or April.
It was funny, because I had saved everything and had it in bags according to size. I don't know what I was thinking. Why did I keep the stuff with spit up and food stains on it? I guess I didn't care if another Kaminski wore it but I hardly think anyone would want to buy it. You can tell when her reflux started to go away, at around 6 months, because her newborn -3 months clothes were a mess. Of course some of the newborn stuff she never wore because she outgrew it before she could wear it. So I ended up with about 3 trash bags of clothes that went in the garbage.

This is the pile I'm selling. 

This is the stuff that will go in a garage sale. Until then, I put them in bags that you can vacuum out the air so they take up less space.

Then I put the bags in bins to go up in the attic. Previously, I had just put them in bags and threw them in the attic which drove Russell crazy because it was such an avalanche of clothes to contend with when he'd go up there to look for something. This makes much better use of the attic space.

After the garage sale, I'll use them to store Christmas stuff in.
Next on our list to tackle, the village.... Russell is a little sad.

I'll let you know how that goes on a later post.


Lori said...

great job on organizing! We found out #2 is a boy, so I'm glad I did something similar so he can wear most of Matthew's things :-)

Allison said...

LOVE organizing! Especially LOVE to do it when I get the urge... not when I just HAVE to. Looks like you are going to make some GOOD money!! Hope you sell sell sell!!

Anonymous said...

ERIN! Please come organize my house!!! I feel defeated before I ever get started because of our lack of space. You rocked it, sister!

TLEB said...

I'm so impressed by your organizing! I also love an organized house, I think I need to go tackle some closets after seeing your post!!

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

Ahhh, it looks so good good- so I know it feels good. You are such a good wife to give R half the closet! My sister and I have wanted to do just between friends for awhile... maybe you make a few outfits and sell them there, too! Now I feel like I need to go organize something... or buy yarn.