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Well, I have been spending the past few days trying to get things organized better around here. I had tons of clipped recipes and craft ideas that needed to be purged/filed. I am such a closet, magazine article and recipe hoarder! lol So, my big thing lately is to purge, purge, purge. Our recent move helped get this need going and I have tried to keep it up even though we are all moved in and settled. It has been a very freeing experience to get rid of so many things that we just don’t need and were bogging us down.

My table has been a mess for several days now as I try to get a system down that will fit me and my needs the most. The hardest part is fitting things to me! I tried to put together a control journal/master plan book/homemaking book. There are so many great ones that you can look at on-line. But, that just didn’t work for me. I am such a HUGE visual person. I need things right there and I hate to admit this, pretty. lol So, I found this really cute, wire desk-top file holder at Target and some fun, pink file folders at Wal-Mart. After I get things put together, I’ll post and let you know how I have things set up and how it’s working for me. I think it’s important to share, because I am getting a lot of my ideas from other people and putting them together in a way to suit me. Hopefully something I share can help someone get their home life a little more organized, too. I am embarrassed to admit that I have missed school activities and my children have missed birthday parties because I have lost important information. I can’t let this happen again because of my lack of organization! So more later and hopefully my table won’t be so messy the next time I check in. lol

God Bless!
~d

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Well, I must admit that one of the biggest selling points to the house we just moved into (for me!) was that it had a HUGE mud room. I can’t explain how excited I was when we first walked in it and saw how big it was! I went from pretty much standing in a closet to do laundry to being in a room as big as a kitchen. So, one day I asked my husband if I could “Girlie-Up” the mud room and he said that was fine. I think he was a little nervous when he saw the color I wanted, but he was a good sport and the painting began! I picked out “Purple Dragon” from Pittsburg Paints. These photos don’t do it justice. lol It is a pretty, lilac color. What was going to be just painting the walls turned into a full-fledged (well, almost) room makeover. He ended up changing out all of the window casings and floor boards to white boards with grooves in them and the square flourishes in each corner. Talk about fancy! I stitched together some curtains out of black and white toile fabric and the re-do was complete! I LOVE my mud room and I even love doing laundry in it. The best thing, of course, is that I have a lot of cabinets and a counter to work on. I like to stand while I work (a habit from working in a school workroom for 6 years standing to work on projects!) so having a counter top like this works great for me as a workspace. I do have a tall chair that I can use to sit on, if I feel like it. I am still working on how I have things in my cabinets, but here is a look as to how things are, so far…….lol

Yucky before photo of my mud room during unpacking & just plain being messy.

Yucky before photo of my mud room during unpacking & just plain being messy.

Washer side of mudroom.  There is a shelf behind the washer/dryer full of junk.  What a mess!

Washer side of mudroom. There is a shelf behind the washer/dryer full of junk. What a mess! Yucky green curtains, old mini blinds and very old casing on windows & floor.

entrance to mud room

The entrance to my mud room from the kitchen. I *LOVE* the split door! Talk about a little country in the city!

Big window, Coke crate holds magazines (being sorted by Doodle) and side of pantry.

Big window, Coke crate holds magazines (being sorted by Doodle) and side of pantry.

Cabinet area (left side of room) a.k.a. my scrap heaven!

Cabinet area (left side of room) a.k.a. my scrap heaven!

washer/dryer & big sink.  I keep my laptop here and printer/scanner- I don't want to put it in the basement, so it's here for now!

Right side of room: washer/dryer & big sink. I keep my laptop here and printer/scanner- I don't want to put it in the basement, so it's here for now!

My BigShot, ribbons on a flea market find shelf, and all sorts of embellies and goodies in the drawer unit.

My BigShot, ribbons on a flea market find shelf, and all sorts of embellies and goodies in the drawer unit.

Another drawer unit of goodies, green drawers have 2" square photos (Photo Freedom idea), white drawers are my Category Drawers (Photo Freedom Idea), Pampered Chef carosel for often used tools. Basket has some fun stamps in it that I use a lot.

Another drawer unit of goodies, green drawers have 2" square photos (Photo Freedom idea), white drawers are my Category Drawers (Photo Freedom Idea), Pampered Chef carosel for often used tools. Basket has some fun stamps in it that I use a lot.

Upper cabinet holds sewing projects (top shelf), scrapping idea books & 8.5x11 card stock

Upper cabinet holds sewing projects (top shelf), scrapping idea books & 8.5x11 card stock

Upper cabinet holds binders w/ templates & clipped ideas from magazines, 3 old cassette holders full of ink pads. Lower shelf has foam letters, basket of photos, pail of deco scissors, glitters in tubs, adhesives, marker set & colored pencils in jars.

Upper cabinet holds binders w/ templates & clipped ideas from magazines, 3 old cassette holders full of ink pads. Lower shelf has foam letters, basket of photos, pail of deco scissors, glitters in tubs, adhesives, marker set & colored pencils in jars.

Pantry holds all 12x12 patterned paper. Disc case altered to hold sketches, drawer unit holds all stickers/die-cuts organized by type.

Pantry holds all 12x12 patterned paper. Disc case altered to hold sketches, drawer unit holds all stickers/die-cuts organized by type.

Two drawer units hold all paper scraps organized by color and speciality papers.

Two drawer units hold all paper scraps organized by color and speciality papers.

Upper part of pantry is full of stamp sets.  Way too full!  This cabinet is 24" deep. lol More stamps in tubs on top.

Upper part of pantry is full of stamp sets. Way too full! This cabinet is 24" deep. lol More stamps in tubs on top. Stamp collecting. It's a sickness. It truly is!

Drawer holds cutters, rulers, embossing gun, & crimper.

Drawer holds cutters, rulers, embossing gun, & crimper.

This drawer has eyelets (in plastic pill holders), hand punches, & adhesives.

This drawer has eyelets (in plastic pill holders), hand punches, & adhesives.

This drawer has ink pads, acrylic paints, Radient Pearls, Pearl Ex, & some stamping tools.

This drawer has ink pads, acrylic paints, Radient Pearls, Pearl Ex, & some stamping tools.

chalk pastels, oil pastels, water colors, water color pencils, regular colored pencils & a calligraphy pen set.

The last drawer has more painting supplies: chalk pastels, oil pastels, water colors, water color pencils, regular colored pencils & a calligraphy pen set.

Now, I have bottom cabinets that are full, but totally unorganized and not too pretty to look at right now. One side has boxes full of printed photos that I’m trying to organize and go through. More Photo Freedom business. lol There are also 2, 8.5×11 drawer units under there that hold all of my punches, die-cut attachments and dies, and some odds & ends things. The other side of this cabinet has all of my sewing supplies in it, including cross-stitch supplies and patterns.

On top of the upper cabinets I have baskets of various things: letter templates, tins and other things that can be altered, ribbons, and foam stamps.

So that’s it for now! I am so proud of my new room and I will be tweeking things often!

God Bless!
~d

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