SHOES!!

shoes

Our family of 8 decided it was time to go through our shoes and get rid of the too small ones and ruined ones.

Here are all but 8 shoes (foot coverings) that were in our house last week. How many do you think were here? NOT how many pairs, BUT how many “shoes” total.

We donated 3 kitchen trash bags of shoes and boxed up 5 pairs for kids to grow into.

Each child and parent kept a pair of:

    • muck boots
    • winter boots
    • cleats
    • ice skates
    • slippers
    • dress shoes (sometimes 2 of these)
    • sneakers
    • summer shoes (flip-flops)
    • I think that’s all

What’s your guess? I will post the correct answer at the end of the week 🙂

207, there were 207 shoes before we donated the 3 trash bags full.

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New Cleaning System: Wal-Mart Style

Our house is quite large which is good since there are still 6 kids at home. BUT keeping it clean has been a chore (like the pun?) Anyway, the other morning while still in bed I had this awesome idea, “What if we cleaned our house using cleaning check off sheets like the ones hanging on the door in the bathroom at Wal-Mart?” It works for them, most of the time, why not for us?

I planned out what the sheet would look like in my head and then ran the idea by my husband. He thought is was strange but might work. It was strange.

Here is the entire idea.

The sheet includes:

  • the rooms that needed to be cleaned down the left column
  • the days of the month across the top row
  • a separate area of boxes with the children’s names to be checked off
  • the current month listed at the top under…
  • the title of the chart: Supervisor Checklist

Each day the supervisor would be in charge of making sure each room was clean. Now the part that appeals to my children is that the supervisor can choose to work or just supervise on their day. Each child and myself get to take turns being the supervisor, even 5 year old Princess.

Seeing them walking around with the checklist on a clipboard and marker to check off that each room is clean is hilariously cute. The rooms are listed in the order of how you would walk through them. For example the girls bedroom closet is listed right after their bedroom on the checklist because you would be standing right there in the girls bedroom anyway and could take a look into the closet.

How they are using it… the supervisor for the day walks through the house and puts a circle around the check off box if a room needs something done to it. If the room is all set or finished then the supervisor puts and X in the box to show that it is complete.

Next the supervisor gives out jobs having to do with each room. For example yesterday I swept the dining room, Director neatened the book shelves, Tech washed the table, etc.

Two things that are a little different:

  • each child is still in charge of cleaning their own area in their bedrooms
  • each child is in charge of cleaning their own school desks downstairs

We have still kept a couple chores from our previous way of doing things. An example would be that the same child still empties the kitchen trash. The reason for this is that the kitchen trash might be full later in the day after we have finished our checklist for the day. Another example is clearing the table and the loading and unloading of the dishwasher since this is done 3 times during the day after each meal. The children who do those jobs do them when they are needed. Hope that makes sense.

We have used this checklist for almost 2 weeks now and it is working wonderfully and thought others might be interested in the idea. Here is a copy of ours with the names changed and below that are blank ones that you can print and use yourself. Enjoy.

Supervisor Checklist Picture

Blank Printable PDF just click on the picture below. This one is also downloadable and I believe you can also edit it. I created it in Word so not sure about the editable part 🙂

Supervisor Checklist blank printable

If that one doesn’t open for you try this one, it is a PDF: Printable Supervisor Checklist Blank

I like the way the second one opens better anyway 🙂

If you have questions, just ask.

Happy organizing!

Craft Room is Organized!

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Our craft supply wall!! Organized and wonderful!

I am so thankful for this blog. Many times this week I could have ignored the fact that I needed to finish organizing all those crafting supplies. But the thought of my next post made me just go and do it.

In fact the other day my mom called and asked what I was going to next. I said I didn’t know and started thinking about sewing something. Well I realize right then that if I wanted to get any projects done I needed to finish organizing the craft room first.

I went through the house and collected all the craft supplies that were everywhere. I wanted them together so I would have an idea of what else besides the stuff already in the craft room needed to be organized. Here is a picture of all the stuff that I found.

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Then I started to sort through it. I had collected containers ahead of time and I found nice white labels while I was sorting. I started labeling and finding places on the shelves to put each bin. I have bins for:

  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Chalk
  • Tape
  • Glue sticks
  • White glue
  • Special markers
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Tempura paints
  • Scissors
  • Elastics

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Then I had dh hang these drawered containers which I don’t have filled all the way yet. I have had these drawered units for years but never hung them till this week. They have been knocked over so many times that I should have hung them years ago. Here they are hung:

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I gave up for that evening and had this much done. I didn’t want to stop but I also wanted to spend time with my family before bed. Here it is before I left the room that night.

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The next day I was able to start again in the afternoon and began sorting what was left.

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I got a lot done but not finished yet. Pilot joined me in the craft room while he worked on his latest human hand project. I sorted and sorted and sorted. It felt really long and it was. But I was almost done.

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The hardest part was at the end. I had these miscellaneous craft supplies I really did not know what to do with. Do I combine them or put them in separate containers?

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Finally I just sorted them into two containers. One container of homeschool co-op type craft supplies and one container of misc. supplies.

Finally I was done! We have a really wonderful Craft Room now.

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Craft Books Organized
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Inside of right-hand cabinet.
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Inside left-hand cabinet.
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Our craft supply wall!! Organized and wonderful!

Next is to organize the Hallway, ugh…

Happy Organizing!

Sewing Area of Craft Room Organized

Sewing area looks great! Here is my repost from my Sewing blog.

Sewing Machine Convenience ~ An Organized Craft Room

Our sewing machine has been hidden in the messy room for so long that I forgot how nice it is to have it out and easily accessible. Here is the sewing area in the craft room: before organizing, after sorting the room, and as our sewing area.

Craft room before, really just a junk room
Craft room before, really just a junk room
Craft room starting to get organized by sorting into categories what was in there.
Craft room starting to get organized by sorting into categories what was in there.
Sewing area now.
Sewing supplies under craft table.

There is so much more to organize in the craft room but at least the sewing area is ready.

It is so nice to have three machines available to use. The Singer on the left is a loaner from my mom to see if we can get the fancy stitches to work. Hoping it is a permanent loan 🙂 The middle one was my grandmothers original Singer. The one on the right is a Janome I bought from a friend for $70 last year. My favorite is the Janome it is a workhorse.

Having the machines out is so wonderful. Artist had a skirt she has been wanting to hem up. It was her older sister Gallop’s skirt but was a bit too long. My mom showed her how to measure and cut it when we visited her last time. The day after the room was organized Artist ironed and hemmed that skirt. Now she has another skirt to wear and one less I have to buy.

My next plan is to sew up some sewing machine covers so the machines don’t collect dust.

The bins under the craft table have all the different kinds of fabric organized by type: cotton, fleece, fancy fabric, and projects that are cut out. The top middle bin is the box of patterns (even though the sticker says fabric on it).

Under the sewing machine on the left is the thread containers.

In the drawer of the sewing machine on the right are:

  • scissors
  • bobbins
  • tape measures
  • seam ripper outer
  • pin box
  • marking pencils
  • pinking shears
  • thimbles
  • pattern wheel

Under the sewing machine on the right:

  • 1 box of sewing machine attachments
  • 1 box of lace, ribbons and bindings
  • 1 box of notions
  • 1 container of zippers
  • 1 container of buttons

This room is just screaming to have me come sew in it. That will have to wait a couple days. Our days are full of fall activities for now. (end of repost)

Here is another picture from the rest of the room. It is looking so great!

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I can’t wait to work on organizing the craft supplies section. Well that’s not totally honest, I can’t wait till the craft supply section is done 🙂 Oragizing it is going to be a huge chore. I am still trying to figure out storage for all of it. Here is how the craft supplies look now:

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Happy Organizing!

Step #1 Organizing: The Craft Room

So this week I embarked on the plan to Organized the Craft Room.

The first step was to, and I quote, “We are going to start with sorting what is in that room into categories. We will separate the items into categories by placing them in different parts of the room. For example the sewing supplies in the back right corner, the homeschool co-op supplies in the middle front wall, the general crafting in the back right corner, the unused homeschool books in the left wall, etc.”

Not sure why I used the word “we”. Tech did help me and Collector did a tiny bit also. So, I guess it was “we”. That first step took most of the afternoon on Wednesday. There was a lot more stuff in there than I thought. We did organize it into categories though. We also did Step #2 while we worked which was, “Next we will remove all items that don’t belong in that room. Things like trash, winter coats, kids books, and ebay stuff.”

It came out fairly awesome. Here are the picks.

Craft Room Step #1
Craft Room Step #1
Sewing Supplies Category
Sewing Supplies Category
Craft Supplies Category
Craft Supplies Category
Office Supplies & Scrapbooking Supplies Category
Office Supplies & Scrapbooking Supplies Category
South side of the room
South side of the room
Yarn and Card Making Supplies
Yarn and Card Making Supplies

You can see embarrassing BEFORE pictures here.

Here are the steps we have left:

3. Figuring out what storage containers we need will depend on where we will put the items so gonna have to figure out where in the room the different craft areas will go.

4. Take a look at the categories for what is left and decide on storage containers for these items. This will be easier if I take one category at a time.

5. Purchase or re-use storage containers for these items.

6. Put items into the storage containers and in their spot in the room.

7. Sew the skirt I have been waiting to work on.

Very excited about this room. I will keep you posted on progress.

Organizing: The Craft Room

This week the plan is….

To Start Organizing the Craft Supply Room

This room started out as a bedroom then became the computer room and now it is just called the “stupid room” because it has no purpose. I know it is a terrible name but you haven’t seen the room (embarrassing pictures below). People have gotten used to just throwing stuff into this room. There are craft supplies, crafting books, sewing supplies, 2 sewing machines, some ebay selling supplies, a random desk, boxes of school books we are not using this year, winter clothes, and just junk. This room needs a major overhaul!

  1. We are going to start with sorting what is in that room into categories. We will separate the items into categories by placing them in different parts of the room. For example the sewing supplies in the back right corner, the homeschool co-op supplies in the middle front wall, the general crafting in the back right corner, the unused homeschool books in the left wall, etc.
  2. Next we will remove all items that don’t belong in that room. Things like trash, winter coats, kids books, and ebay stuff.
  3. Figuring out what storage containers we need will depend on where we will put the items so gonna have to figure out where in the room the different craft areas will go.
  4. Take a look at the categories for what is left and decide on storage containers for these items. This will be easier if I take one category at a time.
  5. Purchase or re-use storage containers for these items.
  6. Put items into the storage containers and in their spot in the room.
  7. Sew the skirt I have been waiting to work on.

I believe the room will be for crafting  but also may have to have another purpose based on what we discover actually is in that room.

I would love to have an area for:

  1. Sewing with those supplies all organized: cloth, thread, zippers, buttons, patterns, notions, machine parts, sewing books, started projects, etc.
  2. Homeschool Co-op crafting supplies all organized: scissors, glue, clay, glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, markers, paints, paint brushes, paper, etc.
  3. Scrapbooking with those supplies all organized: pictures, sticky tape, markers, paper, stickers, pens, etc.
  4. General Crafting with those supplies organized: wood burning, quilling, wood working, painting, clay work, pottery, cross stitching, weaving, etc.
  5. Kids crafting area with supplies for them to just sit for a long bit and be creative. Also an area where they can display their creations and store projects that are in progress.

I know there will most likely need to be an area for:

  1. Unused homeschool books and homeschool books for sale.
  2. Misc. storage of winter clothing in that closet.

Tomorrow is the first day of organizing my amazing craft room.  Wow, these pictures are embarrassing. Thinking it can’t be any worse than it is now. Love the solar system wall border, thinking that may have to leave…

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