After celebrating Christmas
and a Birthday
all in a weeks time, the clutter and mess was really starting to get to me. I try to tell my husband and children that if the house is clean I am a much more pleasant person to be around. But the toys and mess left from December was too much for any of us.
After some time in the wood shop and sewing room, we have managed to put things back in order - for now.
Let me explain the method to our madness.
It started by sewing a whole slew of these pick-a-boo bags. Genius idea found at make it perfect.
I knew I wasn't going to have much time before we all went crazy, so I made mine using a slightly quicker method. Rather than sewing a contrasting strip for the casing on the top I used a basic drawstring method. Also, I used ribbon for the drawstring rather than cutting and sewing my own.
I was spitting one of these babies out every 20 minutes - when my serger cooperated any way. I was also a good girl because I used fabric from my stash and resisted the huge urge to spend more money and go buy all coordinating fabric. Christmas has a way of making me want to be a little more frugal.
These bags are great for helping tame the little toy mess. And for now, the kids are pretty good at keeping them cleaned up too.
I'm trying to drill into their little heads that they can only get one out at a time.
After they were sewn, the bags needed a home.
So I sent hubs out to build me some crates. 4 to be exact. They cost only 6 dollars in wood which I thought was great.
There is one for the living room, and one by each girlies bed. Some day I will paint or stain them, but I am being indecisive for now. We are trying to sell our house so I don't want to decide on anything drastic yet.
I made the girls go through all their toys with me and what didn't fit in bags or these boxes went to the donate pile. We had 4 garbage size bags to donate. It feels almost as good as loosing weight.
The crates serve their entertainment purposes also.
Feels great to be organized.