But I Just Don’t Have TIME to Organize!?!?!?! Me Neither!
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Does your house ever look like this? Does it look like this now? Obviously mine does too!! With 3 little kids during the day, blogging, school, therapies, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, taking care of animals, and about a zillion other things to do organizing is a very LOW priority for many of us. But it doesn’t need to be complicated. You don’t have to spend hours and hours of cleaning and organizing just to get your life back together.
I thought I would bring you into my house (virtually of course) and show you how we organize. Now if your house is always impeccably neat with nothing on the floor or countertops and beautifully designed – you have no need to read these posts! I would love to have all the money in the world to buy beautiful storage containers and cute designer baskets – but it’s just not that way for us. So I’m going to show you how we do it, surviving on a teachers salary.
Now these posts every day are just suggestions. Maybe you’ll find one or two new ideas – use them! You may not like my style or think it’s not “neat enough”. To be honest, none of it’s neat enough, but if you don’t start somewhere and try – no matter how it looks – it’s just never going to be neat. I’d rather have it semi-organized than a totally complete mess like you see in the picture above! I saved my money for several years and finally purchased a beautiful cubed bookshelf from IKEA and it STILL gets completely wrecked just about every day!
Now if you have TONS of kids books like I do, and you either don’t have a bookshelf, or you just simply have way too many kids books – try a storage tub.
No, it’s not very organized – it’s just dumped in a bucket. But it’s OK. I had no bookshelf in my boy’s bedroom, but I wanted them to have books accessible. I quickly found books ALL over the place, in the beds, behind the beds, on the floors, on the dresser – it was wild. SO we placed a storage tub in the corner. Voila! No more books strewn around the room. No, it’s not the prettiest option, but when you have several toddlers/preschoolers running around – you make do! We rotate the books in the bucket, and shift them back out into the bookshelf in the living room, and somehow the bucket is always full!! BUT my kids know exactly where the books in their room go. I don’t expect a 2 year old to be able to perfectly place a book on a shelf in a perfectly arranged order, but I do expect him to put his books away – and a bucket is a good start! You can find these buckets for about $5 at Walmart. If you buy them around the holidays you can find them as cheap as $3-4 each.
So this post is just to encourage you that organization – in whatever form works for you – is possible! It IS attainable – even if it’s only a big storage bucket. I don’t want these posts to look like beautiful picture perfect magazine articles that discourage me from even trying to organize because I KNOW I can’t afford beautiful styles like that and I certainly don’t have hours every day to methodically make sure each book is perfectly aligned on the shelf! I have kids….enough said! 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I WISH my house could look like that, and maybe when my boys are older, but right now just getting through each day sometimes is all I have time for.
So today was an easy step – get it all together! If you have to, get it off your floors and dump it in a bucket for right now. Really! We’ll dig deeper and and organize better as we go. It takes one baby step at a time to get your house back together!!