Organization: Operation Closet

I don’t know about you, but there is not enough storage in my house!
Most specifically, our hall closet. We use it to store pretty much all of our cleaning and bathroom products – Windex, shampoo, towels, toothpaste, and so on.

This is what my closet looked like (it was actually worse, but I started “fixing” it before I took the photo.)

My closet before I figured out what to do with it. Everything was falling out. There was no “home” for anything so we just kind of threw everything in on top of everything else! What a mess!

I knew that Dollar Tree had baskets/buckets and I figured I could find some cheap plastic tubs to store stuff in. That way when I needed something I could just pull out the basket instead of knocking everything over in the closet and getting frustrated.

The first Dollar Tree store I went to did not have them. I was so disappointed, but I know they change their stock every so often and figured I’d just have to wait until they got nice buckets/bins in again. Last night I realized that there is a Dollar Tree store between my gym and the grocery store so I decided to check it out (after the gym, before the grocery store ;)) and lo and behold!

I found these awesome baskets!!!

We actually already have one of these (it’s a touch larger though) which we use for bath toys. I initially bought that first one to be used as a clothes hamper for my daughter’s bedroom, until I found a cheap hamper in the One Spot at Target for her, then it moved into the bathroom to be a hamper there and finally it has become a place to put bath toys. (The holes are great for draining out the water, too!)

Anyway, so when I saw these last night I knew they would work perfectly for my intended purpose!

I ended up buying five, plus a smaller hand basket one to be used for… something! Currently I have four put to use in the closet. I have them somewhat arranged by type. I have “harsh” cleaning products like CLR and Lysol and stuff. I have “hair” products – shampoo, conditioner, moouse, No More Tangles, etc. As it turns out, we had so many personal products hidden in that closet that I started a second one featuring six – yes, six! – tubes of toothpaste, a stick of deodorant and multiple un-used toothbrushes. It was like going shopping without actually buying anything!

Ta-da! SO much better!

It’s not perfect, but it’s a start!

Close up of one shelf with the baskets full of treasures.

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Spring Cleaning

Spent the last two days doing some Spring Cleaning activities.

I spent virtually all of Saturday working on putting prices on crap for our garage sale this summer. Two of those big ol’ bins you get from Target plus 4 diaper boxes. Holy cow, I think I may have been a little dizzy on Sharpie fumes after all of that!!!!!

I also finished watching the TV series “United States of Tara” on Netflix.  GREAT show! I totally recommend it, though don’t watch with kids around. That was my show to watch after the kids were in bed. Lots of swearing. Not usually my kind of thing, but the plot was so compelling I could overlook the colorful language.

Sunday’s task was to clean the bathroom! Yuck! We’re not big on cleaning in this house. As in, I’m the only one who will clean. I swear sometimes, it’s like we live in a time where the wife does all of the housework. Plus, trying to keep up with cleaning up after a 4 year old is not an easy task! So, essentially, the only time our house gets a good, thorough cleaning is before we host events. Usually that just means Allison’s birthday in April. I suppose it’s a good thing that Miranda has a September birthday! One more reason to clean! Plus, every 3 years we host Christmas with my dad’s extended family. My parents used to host, but once The Husband and I bought our house in 2009 and my parents saw how big our kitchen/dining room was, my mom enlisted us. Works for me! I’d like to be a Martha Stewart type (hence my striving to be a Domestic Goddess!) Anyway, last April I was about 4 months pregnant with Miranda and was suffering, even before the pregnancy, from horrible back pain. I asked The Husband to help me clean the bathroom and he really did not. I ended up cleaning the sink, mirror and toilet. He, after much nagging, the night before the party, swept and mopped the floor but he did a really half-assed job! I was not impressed but I had other things on my mind.

So there you have it, bathroom is now clean! I also cleaned my car! This is a once a year project for me, spring time (yay!) but again, last year due to the pregnancy, there was no way for me to clean the car. It was a total mess – papers on the floor, crumbs in the backseat, used tissues shoved in the cup holders. Just gross. So it’s now cleaned and vacuumed. The best part? I found my sunglasses!!! I wear glasses and it makes me dizzy to switch between regular lenses and prescription sunglasses, so I have some trendy glasses that I can wear over my glasses. No worries, I’m only nerdy enough to do that while I’m driving!!! If I wear them at the pool I take off my regular glasses 🙂

In addition to the clean car and bathroom, we also went on a family walk! It was great! We walked down to the park which is a few blocks away, it was kind of annoying though because there was some sort of party going on and all 4 swings were in use. It really irritates me as well when older kids use the baby swings, too! It’s not like I can put the baby on a regular swing! And here are these kids who are so big they can’t even put their legs in the holes!!! They finally left the swings so Miranda could have a turn. This baby loves the swing. 🙂  In addition to the annoying kids with the swing, while Allison was playing in the sand near the base of a jungle gym, one of those kids decided to start kicking sand at her. The Husband shrugged it off and said “Kids will be kids” to which I replied “If you caught Allison doing that she’d be getting told off right now!” I let it go until this kid took this sand bucket and started dumping it on her head! I don’t care what The Husband or this group of kids though, I called out “Hey! Please don’t dump that on her head!!!” and the kid stopped. Thank goodness. That was the time that the girl who was “supervising” them came over to actually watch them, she looked to be about 13 and there were maybe 6 small kids. *sighs* I hate when parents don’t watch their children!!!

So after that we enjoyed a dinner of burgers on the George Foreman Grill, gave the girls baths, got them to bed and enjoyed a “Supernatural” marathon!

Oh, and on another note – Won another contest today! I won a hair bow from Krazy Busy Mama Crafts! I got to choose one so I’ve requested a cupcake one I saw in her shop. I haven’t heard back on it yet, but yay! So exciting!

Until next time 🙂

Cleaning Spree!

Today I went on a cleaning spree!

I got a late start to the day, got up a little after 9. The Husband took Allison to school today (he usually takes her) and I got up soon after, with the intention of running a few errands (grocery store – we were painfully low on milk! – as well as the library and party store.) Well… I was so sleepy that I ended up going back to bed to nurse the baby and we both fell asleep. I ended up getting up around 1:30 in the afternoon…or was it 2:30? I really should start going to bed earlier to avoid days like these, but I’m such a night owl! I get kicks of inspiration at night and it’s hard for me to stop what I’m doing because I know the spark will have gone out by morning!

Anyway, when I finally got up I did run to the grocery store. Got the basics – milk, cereal, peanut butter, bananas…. as well as tomato sauce and paste (among other things) so that we can make personal pizzas in a few days! Woohoo!

Once I was home I was determined to do something useful since I’d slept most of the day away (in addition to most of yesterday….) so I went crazy cleaning the kitchen. Dishwasher is unloaded and re-loaded. The pots and pans that have been piling up on the stove and in the sink are clean (woohoo!) as well as my Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer (I made cookies about 2 weeks ago and apparently never cleaned it out! Oops?) I even cleaned off the stove top and the inside of the microwave! I mean, I never remember to clean the stove top until I’ve got something cooking on it and then I’m not even going to attempt to clean it because I will burn myself!!!!

Now, the main thing in the kitchen that has been driving me bananas for months is The Husband’s wine fridge. His parents gave this thing to him for Christmas two years ago. He had the genius idea to put it on our breakfast counter. Um…. No. I’ve been asking him to move it pretty much since he put it there! He loves wine (the cheap stuff) but A.) He rarely has any wine in the house and B.) that stupid thing prevented the use of about a 2×3 foot area of the counter!!!!

So tonight I decided to attempt to remove it myself. I braced myself. I lifted. I discovered that the thing is practically as light as my InStyler! Sweet! I have counter space now!

Isn't it beautiful? (Well, aside from the hideous stove! We really need to replace it! Not only is it an eyesore, but it also does not heat properly!)

This is an example of how our counter usually looks! This particular image was taken when half our house was in the kitchen because we were having carpet installed in most of our upstairs. But the fact remains - our counter usually looks something like this! (And there's that stupid wine fridge!)

To reward all of my awesome work, I treated myself to this!

Chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup and chocolate chips!

Ah, who am I kidding? Even if I had done nothing all day I still would have eaten that!!! I love me some ice cream! Besides, I’m nursing a baby, I need the calories, right? Right!

Until next time! 😀