This year we’re running with the mantra One Step at a Time. We’re tackling tons of little tasks and making small changes that will hopefully add up to help us reach our big goals for the year. Taking it one step at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed, and we’ve been getting a ton done as a result. We’re working on a bunch of steps simultaneously all the time, but we wait until we’re done until we share it with you.
Step 4 is all about organization. Our house isn’t all the way organized (that’s a big by-the-end-of-the-year kind of goal, and this is about small steps), but we made a dent yesterday. We honed in on a specific problem area and did what needed to be done to fix it.
Since we’ve created an office in a visible space in our house, it’s pretty important that we’re able to keep our workspace looking presentable. In reality, our drafting table hasn’t been cleared off since we moved it into the office. That’s mostly because our craft/shop storage is on the third floor and our office is on the first. That’s no problem for projects that have a short start to finish time, but the result has been that supplies for ongoing projects (like Project Life) are everywhere. We obviously needed to clear out some space in our pantry (the only closet on the first floor).
First we took the little bit of food that was in the pantry (we keep most of it in the cabinets) and rearranged things so it all fit in the kitchen cabinets. The pantry has three shelves, each of which wrap over two walls. The second shelf was taken up entirely by board games and kid art supplies. We moved the board games to the third shelf, where they could be stacked to the ceiling. That way they took up less shelf space. We also took out all of the Lego boxes, to be moved to a new location.
Then we took the curtain rod turned sticker organizer out of the craft room on the third floor and attached it above the second shelf in the pantry closet.
We moved all the sticker packs that were left on the third floor down, and captured all the packs that were piled around the office. Now they’re all hanging nice and neat with jump rings in the pantry. I love having them on jump rings, because I can take off one sticker pack or a whole ring of stickers easily. This part’s not done: I’m going to organize scrapbooking papers in there next.
Lastly, we went up to the third floor and took apart the high breakfast style table that used to be our work desk. We reassembled it in our bedroom to become the official Lego table. Our bedroom is massive (see the layout here), and used to be two rooms. The previous owners knocked down a wall, but we were left with a space we don’t know quite what to do do with. When Jonas was first born, half of our room was his room. When he started sleeping through the night, he got his own room and we put half of our office stuff over there. Now that the office is downstairs, we thought it would be a great place to set up another family space.
Jake and Eliza are obsessed with putting Legos together lately (especially the Harry Potter ones), and it’s been hard to keep their works in progress together without taking up space that we use for eating and food prep. Also, the cats kept knocking them over. So the Legos get a table all to themselves, far out of reach of Mr. Jonas (who can now climb on kitchen chairs easily, so no table is safe.)
We’re planning on buying a bunch of Lego baseplates to help keep works-in-progress from getting knocked over by naughty kitties. We’re also going to move things around further to store Lego boxes and booklets in an organized fashion.
We’ve got a ways to go (and we even have to get a whole room cleared out for my sister, who’s moving in in May!), but we’re getting there one step at a time.
What would your one step be right now?