Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Organizing Baby Steps

This is an idea I got of the Neat show. You hang magnetic organizers to metal sheets and put your office supplies in them. This would not have worked well if I'd done it sooner because my boys would have destroyed it. As it is, there are a few items that tend to disappear and cause problems but it's manageable. They've only scratched up one of my little containers so far. It's a lot easier to find these supplies than before and they aren't cluttering up my dresser.

I added these hanging files next to them. Too bad I haven't learned to use them right yet!Then next handy dandy thing I did was this. I always have a big ironing pile where things are only getting more and more wrinkly by the minute. I wished I had some kind of little hanging rod on the wall by my ironing board so I googled different descriptions and someone had invented it. Thank you, whoever you are! This is on solutions.com and it is a retractable hanging rod. I have one next to my ironing board and one next to my dryer. I'm still not the best at keeping hangers by the laundry one, but this system helps a lot more than nothing. Now my clothes don't get half as wrinkled and they look nicer hanging there too. Someday I may actually get everything ironed and be able to fold it into the wall for a day!Now here are some ugly before and after pictures of my office from 3 different angles. Please don't judge me!


Now here it is today.
It may be ugly and scratched, but it's a floor!The cabinets are all nice and organized on the inside too! The bad news is the before and after pictures of my family room. Before:After:sigh!

11 comments:

Jeri said...

you are doing GREAT!!! keep it up! The office transformation is amazing.

Jeanette said...

You know I won't judge! Your office looks great and I love the supply organizing tip.

The Sports Mama said...

I totally CAN'T judge... I have trouble finding several parts of my house. I know they're there, because there is still a door; but I'm very afraid that when I open the door it will be like a scene from Beetlejuice! :)

Great job on the organizing!

4boyzmdmom said...

Just keep it up, Shellie...you'll get there eventually! Good job! (I remember those rooms...I used to live there!)

RAQ said...

Yeah for you! I have a room that could compete with your's--I was going to do it this summer but thought it would be easier when people were gone! We'll see!

mommeeof9 said...

I'm trying to get a little more organized. It's hard with 10 kids, including a 4 mo old and a full time job with a 150 mile round trip 4 or 5 days a week. They can mess up a lot when I am at work. I feel like I barely get everything back to order when I have to start the work week again. Then it is trashed again when I get home at midnight. :(

The Cranes said...

Good job Shellie! Just keep at it, and eventually you will conquer! I might have to get one of those retractable hanger rods.

Karlene said...

Great work! Keep going. I'm doing the same sort of thing at my house--getting organized and cleaned up. I'll cheer for you if you cheer for me. :)

B1L said...

My office doesn't look much different than your before picture. Unfortunately, it is the receptacle for everything that we don't know what to do with. Your office looks fantastic now!

I love the magnetic wall-hanging deal you have. Where did you buy all the little magnetic containers?

Shellie said...

Ok B1L, I can't access you so I got the magnetic stuff at Roberts Crafts. If you don't live where there's one there are lots of organizing sites online, search for magnetic containers and you should come up with something, also I got the wire mesh pencil holders at Staples, they were locker organizers, so that's another search possibility.

Ashley said...

Wow, great job! Organizing is SUCH a daunting task!

Please stop by my blog and enter some fun giveaways. I've got a really great one that's ending today for a kid's outfit valued at $113! I really need to get some more entries for it, so I'd really appreciate your help! And you have a good chance of winning too!!! :)