During October, I’ll be showing you ways I’ve used what I had to organize what I use. “Organized” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all matchy-matchy and cute, complete with chalkboard labels. It means that what you use is where you can find it when you need it. So here is how I’m doing that at my house. I hope it will give you ideas for being resourceful at yours.
So, as I was busy living life last week, receiving my own posts by email each morning, there was more than once that I just had to laugh. And, yes, there might have been a time or two where I even felt like crying. Talk about “real life organized” not being pretty. That much, at least, is accurate around here.
In the interests of full disclosure, then, I thought I’d share some pictures of what “organized” looks like in the day to day. If anything is not Pinterest-worthy, it’s our day-to-day.
Plastic bins help keep things together and portable, but they don’t last forever. Because I am the only one that typically accesses this bin, I still use it even though it’s cracked with sharp edges. Sometimes I cover sharp edges with packing tape. Eventually, I’ll just have to replace it.
Such is life. Real life is not a Pinterest graphic.
Alright. I took this picture to show what my kitchen looks like on a pretty good day all through the day. I did not even see the crockpot sitting on the display shelf of the island. But I needed it out of the way! And I was going to use it again tomorrow! So I just stuck it there to wait.
Our goal is loved, educated children, not a showcase home, right?
I’ve got the “not a showcase home” part, anyway, if that part counts. We’re trying for that loved, educated, bit, too, of course, but one never feels successful [enough] there, does one?
Shall we rub in the state of my floors? I think sweeping once a day is quite enough. At least here the baby is eating a magnet and not leftover chips off the floor. That’s better, right?
And that whole pencil & crayon thing: I now make sure they all get put away. While they are out, they are all out.
The kids do help put them away, I just take it as my responsibility to make sure they are all put away.
Also, I think I should have instituted a rule that only I sharpen the colored pencils. I’m not sure this set of 50 will last us the year at this rate.
So often we project our own hopes and ideals onto the partial glimpses we get of others. Please do not project onto me that I have it all together.
I do try, and sometimes I even try hard, but that doesn’t mean my house looks good more than once in a blue moon. And, I’m hoping that’s ok.
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