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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Organizing kids shoes and outdoor necessities

One of my new years resolutions is to get organized. I am a very organized person but since becoming a mom, moving to Australia and living with my unorganized, messy, must-of-grown-up-in-a-barn-boyfriend (kidding!) all of that has changed. I feel like I'm constantly tidying up after the boys in my house. It's not surprising that S thinks I've turned into a "Crazy Dictator Bitch" considering all I seem to do is bark orders at him. K loves to unpack and hide everything and although I am pretty sure he understands from the cheeky look on his face, he chooses not to do what I ask him anyway. So lets face it. It is just easier to do it myself rather then to nag until I give up and do it anyway, or they eventually give in, do the task not up to par and I end up doing it over.

One of the downfalls of living in a rental property and a small townhouse is that there isn't a lot of storage and you can't use permanent storage solutions. Because we are on a tight budget storage is one of the last things we spend money on. We actually haven't purchased anything storage related in almost a year!

One of my current pet peeves has been storage of Ks little shoes and all of the basic necessities for going outside. Most of these things are scattered around my living room, in different diaper bags, purses and strollers, sitting on the stairs until K climbs up and tosses them down AND almost always never handy when needed. If you are like me here is a quick and easy fix.

Today at Target we purchased a Infant Back Seat Organizer on sale for $7.00 like this one.

This is what my stairwell looked like before:

And this is what it looks like now:

An organized place for everything that doesn't take up a lot of room. Not bad for $7.00! Obviously it is a bit of an eye sore hanging on the stairwell but I plan to put a hook on the back of the laundry room door and hang it there once I get that room cleaned and sorted out. And once his shoes are too big to fit and he is out of diapers we can start using it in the car instead.

One thing organized, 999 more to go (but really whose counting?!)

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