I can not believe I have less than one week left of my maternity leave. Excuse me while I go sulk….
I absolutely loved this time with my little angels. Even with the late nights, constant feedings and laundry, I had the best time with my girls. Being a full-time mom, it’s tough to have enough time to do it all, and the house stuff usually suffers. I spent a lot of my maternity leave cleaning and organizing. I had a to-do list that I was very excited to work through, all the stuff that I just don’t have time to do while i’m working. I’m most proud for tackling the biggest project, cleaning out the home office (aka the place we put everything we didn’t have a spot for). Once the office was cleared out I was able to do some organizing and used the space for two spots: our “gift wrap center” and “art center.” I also conquered the puzzle pieces that have taken over ever crevice of our home. Nothing fancy, but it really helps to have a spot for everything.
Gift Wrap Center:
I don’t have a “before” picture of how I previously kept my gift wrap and card supplies, but just imagine everything piled up in the corner overflowing out of a big plastic bin. That’s it. I decided to see if I could get a shelving unit in a spot in the office and I found one from Target that fit perfectly. The rest was easy…
This one was pretty easy since I’ve had this storage cart forever. It was in our garage for a bit, but I realized it would be perfect for storing loose art supplies for my daughters. Just a little organization and labels from my nifty label-maker and now we have a go-to spot for anything.
One little headache that I tackled was puzzle organization. Every time I cleaned, I found puzzle pieces everywhere. My daughter loved to take the pieces and other small items and put them in bags and they inevitably were placed all around the home. I needed a system, a place to corral them, now that she’s old enough to clean up after herself. I also wanted to get the younger-aged puzzles back together for my little one.
I took the little independent puzzle pieces and put them in little storage bags, with the image cut and placed inside the bag. I then stored it all in a plastic bin. For the board puzzles, I put them in an accordion folder from the $1 Target bin – 3 Melissa & Doug puzzles fit in the slots. Works for now – I ultimately want to get a clear one for each puzzle.
I’m so happy with how these turned out and i’m looking forward to less clutter in the home!
Which organization projects are on your to-do list?
So fast :(
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
My gift wrap is just in one of those 18 gallon totes. I really need to reorganize it.
With so many kids parties, it was necessary to organize. Now I feel so much better!
Oh my gosh – that went fast :(
I did something similar with my gift wrap. Love the puzzle ideas, too.