Kelly's Korner is hosting "Show us your life" with organization ideas today!
He was a big help! Ha! He found some of his old things and wanted to put them on, silly boy! He is holding one of his preemie diapers I saved- it is so tiny it could probably fit on a small baby doll!
It was funny he could still wear his baby hats! They just had to stretch out a little more, but not much! We had fun reminiscing.
I came across his old pair of monkey shoes. These were my favorite baby shoes he had. He wore them all the time. So sweet!
In our basement I have tub after tub of his clothes, so I organized them into gender (for future reference!) and specific sizes so I'd know where everything is.
I also made a tub with his crib bedding, sheets, etc and old Halloween costumes. The funny thing is, Andrew can still wear some of his seasonal clothing an extra year (he's a shrimp! Ha!) so it is nice having them labeled like this so I can go back to them next year and dig out his old summer shorts, etc that I know will still fit him. That way I don't have to go out and buy new clothes for him every season (although I still buy him a few things! Ha!)
I love Andrew's closet. Craig put in these shelves and I like it because they are removable. As he grows (and his clothes get longer) I can just take out a shelf when I need to!
I love these bins (I got them at Walmart for cheap in packs of 2, and different sizes). I just change out the labels when I need to. For example, when he was a baby I had a bin for burp cloths, his baby shoes and hats, but now I moved those things to the closet downstairs so I have room for other things in his room.
I love this new addition to his big boy room. Just an example of something old that you can fix up and personalize for storage. This was an old trunk we had at the lake that was full of our bedding and blankets. I took it for Andrew's pirate room, painted it white and painted his name on it. Right now there are toys inside, but I figure eventually there could be other stuff, like clothes or school sports equipment, etc! Ha!
I love unique storage items, like this boat shelf. I just use it for his books, special toys, etc. I love to use buckets and baskets for extra storage, too.
These storage shelves are great (the shelves and bins are from Target). The front is chalkboard so you can write and change out what is in them.
Just some other fun ideas I had trouble coming up with (I'm not sure why!) but thought I'd share for anyone else who doesn't know what to do with the little pieces that go with certain toys. For example, his play kitchen that I repainted (remember, it was mine when I was a little girl?) I couldn't figure out what to do with the millions of play food items and pots & pans, etc we had to go with it.
Problem solved! These are laundry tubs from Walmart (cheap!) and I just store all the food and accessories right inside the kitchen itself! I spent a lot of time thinking about what I could buy to store the food, etc in, like shelves to sit beside it, etc. But this is one less piece of furniture I need to buy and takes up less space!
Another idea I love is how I solved problems with my recipe books/boxes. If you are like me, I had a million different recipe books and boxes. They were written on all different notecards, random things I had torn out of magazines, etc. It was a mess! And I never knew what to make for dinner and I was not motivated to dig through and find things. I fixed the same things over and over, mainly things I could remember the recipe and wouldn't have to look it up! Ha! Often times we would get take out or go out to eat because the last thing I wanted to do when I got home from work was try to figure out what we were having for dinner. And I never had meat thawed out when I needed it!
This is my solution! I just went out and bought a pretty binder, some folders I liked and tab dividers (this all cost under $15).
Then I made a "quick menu" right in the front. These are all the recipes I like to make, many I had forgotten about! I just went through all my books and notecards and sorted out things I knew I'd make often and were easy to fix.
The best part of the quick menu is, you write the dish on one side, and next to it you list the ingredients you need to make it. Not specifics (like 1 C. sugar, you just put "sugar"). This makes grocery lists a cinch! You just get out the quick menu, pick out what you want to make and check to see what ingredients you have and what you need to buy. I usually make a 2 week menu for us, so when I shop I get everything I need for 2 weeks of meals without having to run back to the store because I forgot something! My 2 week menu also helps with knowing what I am making in advance so I know if I need to thaw something out.
Then behind the tab for "main dishes" I typed up all the recipes, in alphabetical order and listed the actual recipe here. All in the same book.
I also made a quick menu for desserts, and am working on one for side dishes also. Then you just use the tab dividers to separate main dishes, desserts, sides, breakfasts, etc.
After each divider, I have a pocket folder that I can stick new recipes in that I eventually want to add to my quick menu and recipe list. I just saved everything on my computer so when I get several new ones to add, I'll just add them and print out a new list!I just love this new method. I find that I cook more often, and it is so easy to figure out what we are having and make a variety of things. I also only have to go to one place for all the information I need to write out a grocery list, shop, and make the meal!
I hope you got some ideas that will work for you! I am excited to read other blogs and get other ideas today, too! Happy organizing!