One Step at a Time

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 7|  Lockers

Obviously the big step we’ve been focusing on around here is getting the house clean and organized. Our house is always a disaster, but our little steps so far have helped us get a few areas of our house organized, at least. We need to branch out more with our “one steps” (especially in the area of health), but there’s just something about Spring that makes Megan us want to clean!

I’d be a minimalist if I didn’t live with the other three yahoos in the nest, so when Megan said she wanted to purge in our entryway, I jumped.


Our 100+ year old house doesn’t have much in the way of closets, so there’s no natural place for coats and umbrellas and such on our first floor. Enter our lockers. (Craigslist, $50, oh yeah!) The trouble is, they’ve been overflowing lately. The above picture is the front of the lockers on a good day.

Luckily, Miss Eliza just had a growth spurt (she grew a whole shoe and dress size in literally a week!), so we could go through and get rid of a lot of the stuff that somehow kept jumping out of the lockers onto the floor.

Hello, Diaster

That was what we were working with in there. We took out everything that was too small for Eliza, put winter stuff and rarely worn things (I’m talking to you, Megan’s high heels and boots) in our closets in our bedrooms, and put back the surprisingly few things that were left. There’s even room for our camera bag, reflector, diaper bag, and laptop bag now!


This is the amount of stuff that came out of those lockers. In case you can’t tell, that’s one of those giant 20 gallon trash bags. Full of stuff.

We’re going to donate it to a thrift store, along with a lot of other outgrown Eliza clothes and stuff we don’t need.

We’re to the point where we realize that a) Garage sales are more work than they’re worth (we could make more money by making products all day) and b) there’s no point in saving all of our kids’ clothes for hand-me-downs because who knows how long it’s going to be before we have another five year old girl in the house? Not worth the space. (We’re still planning on keeping the special stuff).

If anyone in Kansas City could use a lot of 24 months-4T girl clothes, let us know asap before we give it up to appease the thrifting gods. We’ll give it to you for the price of one big hug.

That's Better!

It’s feeling good to have it organized in there. It’s been a long while since Eliza’s been able to close her locker all of the way. Of course, now she thinks that she needs more shoes. Not enough options now. I don’t know where she got that, because it certainly isn’t from Megan.

What would your one step be right now?