Purging the Office Stuff

I love office supplies. My favorite part of going back to school each year was the new school supplies. Even now I am giddy when I get a new pack of colored pens. :-) I would rather have my husband take me to Staples than go to a jewelry store. I realize that’s probably strange…

I have a hard time figuring out what I will work for me until I get the chance to actually try things out. Then when those treasures are finally home if/ when I don’t use them, then I can’t just throw them away. So the stash has built up year after year. I had successfully contained things in drawers and other places, but enough is enough. Thankfully our pickup charity gladly takes them!! :-) It was nice to send them to a better home and get them out of mine!!

I also like to travel. We don’t go far or go for very long, but sometimes we go during weird times… like during the week when I will need some of my normal stuff. We have recently downsized our computers and gadgets (more on that later) so that now absolutely everything is portable. As awesome as that is, there are still some things that I like to keep with me. I’m glad to say I have finally found a solution that works for us. :-) I got this idea from this post on My Organized Home & Life via A Bowl Full of Lemons. She used a toolbox to contain her “portable office”. Brilliant! So, I bought one too. :-D (I’m not a fan of pink… so I was excited to find a green one… ;-)

Portable Office 1

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Simplify Week 6 (Multiples)

(*Note: I realize Project Simplify is officially over, but we have so much more work to do! We decided to keep moving forward. :-)

This week I decided to venture into the crazy room again…

I did finally realize that while we live in this rental house, that room will just have to be a little crazy… Our experiences with the rental property manager have not been pleasant. It was made very clear that we were to put no holes in the walls. The items that I would normally hang on the walls are now stored on the crazy room floor… There they will stay until we find a place of our own.

Sad Wall Items

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Simplify Week 5 (Big Items)

Project Simplify hosted by Simple Mom is officially over, but I have so much more to do that I have decided to continue the process until I feel comfortable with where we are in the great purge. I’m hoping this won’t be a year long project. ;-)

Today we are tackling our first Big Item. This is something that I have not normally thought of as clutter… Meet Hank our elliptical. Just kidding I didn’t name it, but Hank does have a nice ring…

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Simplify Week 4 (That Put Off Project)

Doing project simplify has been a blast. I’m so glad I joined… but I’m also glad this is the last week. I am exhausted and limping to the finish line.

I started this project early because I knew how time consuming it would be… I also didn’t get to finish because we have had some serious rain come through here and I really need sunny days to build… Even though it’s not finished, I’m pretty excited with what we’ve done so far. :-)

My daughter has mentioned several times that there isn’t a bed in her “bed-room”. She has asked when she will have her own bed (She had a toddler bed in our room, but I’m guessing she wanted a bigger one. ;-) I love the look of Potery Barn, but I’m way too cheap to pay Pottery Barn prices… thanks to Anna White I don’t have to. If you’ve never heard of her, you should check out her site. She creates tons of free build plans for Pottery Barn(ish) furniture. All the plans are easy to follow and take relatively low skill to build.

I wanted something very low to the ground that the Littles wouldn’t be scared of falling off of. I also didn’t want mystery toys to be stuffed underneath. As far as that goes this bed is a win win.

My inspiration came from Shanty 2 Chic’s build of the Pottery Barn Fillman Platform Bed.

Fillman Bed Inspiration

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Simplify Week 3 (Piles)

This cleanup project has been kicking my tail. I’m a little bit of an overachiever. I always have big plans, but the amount of things I can actually accomplish pales in comparison to my list of things to do. Also, I’ve had a really big project on my to do list for a month now and my 3 year old daughter has asked constantly if I’m done… So I’ve been working ahead on next week’s project some. :-) See… overachiever…

I was not excited about this week’s assignment. In truth piles are my Nemesis. I clean with piles. I put like items in a pile… then try to find a place for that stuff. There is absolutely no way I could tackle all of my piles for this week’s project… I decided to tackle my two biggest categories: Donate items and Littles’ artwork.

I use big clear trash bags for donate items. I keep one in my closet so that when I decide an item of clothing needs to be donated, then I can put the item in the bag right away. It keeps me from re-evaluating my decision and wasting time. Most of our donate items this time came from the garage and the kids’ closet.

Closet contents emptied into room 2Before: Contents of kids’ closet poured out into empty room…

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Simplify Week 2 (That Pesky Closet)

First and foremost I want to say my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Hug your loved ones extra tightly today. I know I am.

I hesitated even continuing this series of simplifying during this time of great sadness.  I realized that the best that any of us can do in this life is to honor Christ, honor our families, and do our best to live well. For me that means continuing headlong into this intense phase of purging and living simply. If I want to provide a warm, welcoming and loving home for my kids, then this must remain a priority for us as a family. Years and years of living, collecting, moving (6 times in 7 years of marriage…) and not having the time to purge have crippled us in ways we never realized until we began this journey of living with less. We will never ever be minimalists, but the goal is to not be hoarders ;-) and to appreciate what we have.

With that in mind… Our horrible closet:

Closet Before 1This is the closet in the kids’ room :-/

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Wardrobe Tips {Littles}- Part 2

Last time I showed you why and how to buy Children’s clothes ahead for a very good price.

Now I want to help those of you that might not remember what you’ve bought ahead… which was totally me. I got so excited about buying things ahead and getting great deals that I had forgotten what I had already purchased. My kids’ current wardrobes are the biggest they’ve had yet for that very reason. I would go shopping and see something completely adorable and on sale and I’d get it. The problem is many times I already had a comparable piece.

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