Welcome to Project Real Life REDO, a project to re-start the (closed and finished) Project Real Life Workshop with some friends. Project Real Life was a 4Expert course by by Becky Higgins I took care of Big Picture Classes. I’m documenting the class prompts and then I’ll include them in my Project Life.
Week 4 was about Organizing to Simplify. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, then you know I have a never ending battle with organization. I still feel like I live in a tornado struck pigsty most of the time, but it really has gotten better over time. And I have to just keep working at it to make sure things keep going in that direction. I’ve been trying to focus on one area at a time, changing habits slowly to get more organized. A big part of our organization plan, a giant full wall pipe bookshelf, was installed last week, so I feel like the first floor of the house is well on it’s way to being organized! Can’t wait to share that project with you in a few days.
Also, we’re planning on having a garage sale in a few weeks, so hopefully it will be even better around here after a ruthless purge. So there’s that.
Here’s what I documented for week 4:
Super organized. This month, one area that I’ve gotten super organized is my workspace. The office side of the room isn’t done yet (we’re planning BIG ART), but my srcrapbooking space / worktable is perfect for my workflow right now. I’m pretty darn proud of it. (And thanks, Jake, for finally hanging those Ikea shelves.)
If you’re taking Organizing FUNdamentals at Big Picture Classes, you’ll get an in-depth view of my scrapbooking organization SOON!!!
Not so organized. In the pipe bookshelf setting up aftermath, the front room is a disaster. There are toys and tools and stuff everywhere, and the furniture is pushed around strangely. Hoping to tackle this today. But it will look like this again a few hours later. Ah, life with a toddler.
Media storage. My favorite media storage space is our little record area in front of the bay windows in our living room. It’s really just a bunch of crates stacked together with music books, records, a receiver, and our record player. We also plug in our iPad or phones in this area to play music. There are a lot of dance parties in our house. (Also, the records are organized alphabetically by artist and chronologically within each artist, which makes me super happy.)
Laundry system / Pick a closet. Our laundry room and master closet are one in the same, so it makes sense to talk about them together. We also don’t have a linen closet, so it serves as that as well. Good thing Jake and I aren’t into clothes.
Right now our laundry system works like a dream. I’ve talked about it before, but I’ll repeat it anyway. We have baskets in the closet for different types of laundry: whites, delicates, colors, and towels. Everyone in the family sorts their own clothes (even Jonas, sort of) into these baskets. That way I just pop in a load when there’s enough laundry for any one of those areas. Laundry is one of the few chores in the house that’s all me: I like it, and it’s easy to do sporadically throughout the day when I’m in between things.
Laundry is folded as soon as it is done from the dryer. I hang up Jake’s and my shirts, which go onto the outermost sides of our closets so we know that we haven’t worn the stuff in the middle when it comes time to donate. Pants, linin, tank tops, and the like get folded and put in those cubby things. Eliza’s clothes are hung above the dryer. Every few weeks she takes those to her room, but mostly she gets dressed in our closet, so they stay there. Socks, underwear, and Eliza’s pajamas are folded as I go on top of the washer and dryer and get put into their proper drawers every few days. Jonas’s laundry is folded into a basket that lives by the dryer and is put away in his room every few days. The little green cart is for folded towels on the top and bottom and pajama bottoms in the middle. We put a shower curtain rod across the ceiling for things that need to hang dry. I keep a bucket in there for bits of string, hair, and dryer fluff to take down to the compost. These things work for us.
This system ensures that our laundry is pretty much always almost done and that there’s never an overwhelming amount to do. This system also results in us needing much fewer clothes. I only have a few pairs of jeans that I wear over and over, but it doesn’t matter because they’re always clean. The drawback is my “laundry gets folded immediately” rule sometimes results in me having to wash things in the washer twice because I don’t get things swapped over fast enough.
That’s my organization documentation! Looking forward to documenting gratitude this week.
Check out the rest of my Project Real Life posts.
If you’re doing a Project Real Life REDO too, head over to Document Life Workshop to link-up and to see what Allie and Alissa are doing!