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I don’t do this often but today was just one of those days. My 4 year old daughter was sick so I kept her home from school. My 10 month old daughter was home with me, too. Anytime you have children home with you, you can expect a little bit of chaos. I had every intention of going to the grocery store today to catch up on grocery shopping but that didn’t happen. I was anxious about the thought of bringing both of the girls with me and trying to get everything I needed to buy. We stayed home instead, creating as many
messes memories as we possible could.
I took a step back this afternoon and looked at my living room. What a mess! I am amazed at how quickly things get torn up when the kids are at home so I decided to take some pictures.
So, I invite you to take a look at my mess. It happens. But, the good news is that we picked it up in about 5 minutes by throwing all of the toys in their intended baskets and calling it done!
I went to the thrift store this week. I usually make a thrift store run about once a week if I can get there.
I do have a list in mind of things I want or need and try to stick to the list so that I don’t bring home a lot of junk. I found a few great items recently including some gently used jeans for my daughter for $2.59 that would have been around $14-$16 in store. I’m also on the lookout for Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer and things like Barbies in great shape (clothes still on). I’ve been on the lookout for a piece of furniture for our living room but haven’t had any luck with that.
However, I did find something recently that has changed the way I do laundry! I call it my “Sanity Saver” thrift store find of the week! I’ve already kept my laundry up for 3 days since I put it together!
I am not sure about you, but I never liked taking clothes out of the dryer and throwing them on the couch to fold them. I never had any space in my laundry room to fold or hang any clothes so laundry to me was always a dreaded chore…until now.
My brand new in-the-box double rod closet that I found at the thrift store for $15 has given me a reason to want to do laundry. I can take clothes straight out of the dryer and hang them and fold them into categories. Putting them away is easy now too because they are all organized and ready to go. I keep my husbands clothes hanging up on the top rod to the left, my clothes on the top rod to the right, and my daughter’s clothes on the bottom rod. My daughters have a basket for their clean clothes, and we have smaller baskets for socks, dish towels, etc. Towels will be placed on top.
Here are a few pictures below. When I came home, I searched online to see how much this would be full price. I saw one of these double rod closets at Target for $79.99 so I got a great deal!
Then I put it together, no tools required. It took me about 30 minutes to put it up and I am already in love with it.
I find myself actually doing laundry now just so I can use it! Hey, whatever works right?
New in Box for $15 (Reg. $79.99 at Target)
Here it is set up in my laundry room. It sits directly in front of the dryer so all I have to do is fold or hang the clothes up by category and then put them away! Note: This may or may not work for you depending on how your laundry room is set up. In our previous home, this would not work for me because our washer and dryer was located in a small closet!
We just arrived back from a very long trip out of state. It was actually a two month trip for hubby’s training. We arrived back home on Saturday and of course all of our suitcases were piled up in the bedroom. It was quite the task to get everything unpacked and back to it’s “uncluttered” state. I thought it would be fun to show you pictures from before and after. Hopefully I can attack the closet next! What’s with the Vitacost.com box? That’s a box ready for Goodwill. Be sure to read about my 2012 goal to give vs. consign this year. I haven’t consigned one item this year! It feels so great to give.
…you empty the contents of your purse/diaper bag and find this…
Yep. That’s all out of ONE bag. I like to call it the bottomless pit.
What does this mean? It means I am a mom and from the looks of it, I’m a pretty good mom I guess. I may be a little disorganized but at least I have toys to keep my girls entertained, food and drink if they are hungry, tissues for runny noses, germ X wipes to keep germs away, and even a change of clothes in case my 4 month old has an accident when we are out and about. Oh, and some of that stuff is mine! Half of the time I can’t even find it though because I’m digging around all of the kid stuff to find mine.
Did you know that I have a cute little “non-mom purse?” It’s the small purse I own when I go to the store without the girls. It has just enough room for my wallet, phone, keys–and my chapstick The bag pictured above is the purse/diaper bag combo. I wanted something stylish to keep everything in without it looking “too” mommy-ish.
If your purse looks like this, you are normal. Don’t be embarrassed. It happens to the best of us. At least I know that when I go out and about I will be prepared!
Happy soon to be Mother’s Day to all of the awesome moms out there!
Does your purse/diaper bag look like this?