Happy New Year!!!

I decided what my New Years Resolution will be. This year, aside from having a closer walk with The Lord, I am aspiring to finally have a completely organized and decluttered house. (Shooting for the stars I know, but hey, maybe I’ll reach the clouds right?)
With baby number 4 due in June, we begin the project of fitting 6 people in our 2 bedroom house. (Hey at least 4 of us are less than half the size of the average adult, right?) So with that project in mind, I have been feeling the need for much less stuff than we have. I’m desperate to make life a little more manageable.
We recently combined all three of our current children into one room. (They all already shared all the storage space in that room as far as where all toys and clothes were kept.) we have a nice set up that includes 2 dressers, a small plastic Tupperware drawer tower(where I now store all the cloth diapers), one large toy box, a toddler bed, a standard size crib and a mini size crib. (Who knows, maybe by next year we will try fitting a 4th bed in there, or promote to bunk beds…)
I will try to update this blog with current pictures of how it is all set up.
Here is a list of areas in their room that still need work.
1. Charity’s dresser still needs downsized a bit. Since she’s has never had to share, she has collected quite a bit over the years. Last night I successfully cleared out one full drawer for baby, which probably is enough to start out with, but my goal is to par down a little more because her remaining two drawers are packed full! (My overall goal is one drawer per young child and two per older child, but the need hasn’t arrived yet, so for now it will be 1.5 drawers per kiddo 🙂 since we have 6 total drawers between the two dressers.)
2. The toys!!!! Our current setup is that no toys are stored outside the closet, except a small basket of baby toys that I keep in my room for when we have a co sleeping baby I there. Sadly, the toys have taken over the closet tho… We have smaller toys stored in small bins in the top of the closet and larger toys stored in the bottom. This is a nice set up, but is hard to keep up with sometimes, plus I am trying to warp my laundry system, and would like to use the top shelf to store each child’s laundry basket. So some major downsizing needs to be done with the toy situation…
Other than those 2 things, the kids room really isn’t all that bad. The closet has plenty of room to store a 4th child’s hanging clothes (and maybe even a 5th). Since we were blessed with larger closets.
I also have a little book nook in my dining room that I store all of our children’s books and school supplies. It also desperately needs attention, as it’s very out in the open and awfully cluttered!
Our closet could also use some attention, bc I’m certain that we probably own too much since it is completely full… Plus I would like to organize the items we store in it, which currently are our musical instruments and my sewing and craft stuff.
I would like to downsize some of my clothing bc I’ve collected a little more since the last time, and my drawers are packed again.
I would like to re-clear out our coat closet, and maybe downsize some of our board games. (We are somewhat of a board game junkie… We have collected way more that we actually have time to play!!!)
Our linen closet could use a little more attention.
My appliance cabinet needs attention.
To list the largest and most daunting project last… The garage… It needs serious attention…
So that is my 2015 project!!! There still are boxes in my garage that I know I’ve barely touched since we got married… My goal is to become purposeful in my living. I’d like to know exactly what we own and exactly where everything is stored and easily able to access it when I need it.
Another project is that I’d like to redo my storage setup for unused children’s clothing. I currently have them stored in very large tubs… This has gotten to hard to keep up with as they are to large for me to be handling on a regular basis. I would like to change that to smaller size tubs and store each size individually, and have some sort of shelf system in place so they are easier to get out and put away.
I hope this post has been somewhat inspiring and encouraging to readers. Thanks!

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