Thursday, March 24, 2011

Organizing Idea: Recover boxes for Storage

Today I thought I'd share with you an organizing idea....on the cheap. (I love those words.) I've been working on organizing the bedroom closet, yes, it is taking quite a bit longer than I thought. Audrey has had some rough nights leaving me with little energy to do anything else besides brush teeth, have coffee and care for Audrey (not necessarily in that first?) So, as I've been working on getting back on track with that I realized I needed some pretty storage boxes to keep in the closet for random small things. I looked around at what I have as I always do anytime I need something new. I realized we had many boxes lying around and I had some old hatboxes that have seen better days. Rather than buy new storage boxes, I thought I would try recovering some of what I have with wrapping paper and see how it goes. I have to say I am happy with the result. Although I am rethinking my choice in paper. But I figured this is a pretty good start and I can always change the paper later...if I get the time.

I thought I'd give you a step by step on covering the hatbox, as that was a challenge at first to make it look nice.

Here are the hatboxes before:

The first thing I did was cover the bottom of the box. I traced it on the back of the paper and cut about an inch outside the line.

I glued the bottom using a strong glue stick and cut the overhang into strips.
Then I glued each strip separately in order to ensure it fit nicely around the bottom.

The next step was to cut a long strip along the side, again leaving some overhang that will be glued just inside the box.

After gluing the long strip around the box I cut the top overhang into strips again and glued each down into the box.

You can use the same method to cover the top of the box. And here they are:
I also covered a regular box we had from some shipment we received.
And I used the flaps that I cut off to make a divider in the middle.

So, that's how you do it. It's really not hard once you get started. I didn't even use a tutorial. I just started covering. This is a great way to reuse any boxes you may have from ordering things online, or if you've moved recently.

Have fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Simple Thought

Today I need simplicity. I need clean rooms that aren't filled with things that belong in other rooms. I need a bathroom filled with only what I use rather than what I might use. I need less stuff. Is it possible I actually said that last sentence? Ovi would be thrilled. (He gets hives when he sees clutter.)

I have always been attracted to the idea of a simpler life. I remember going to Romania a few years back and visiting my great aunt in the country. For some reason, I will always remember her bathroom. There was very little in there and it was small. It wasn't sparkling and white but it was clean. Around her little sink sat a bar of soap and a small towel hung nearby. That's all. I'm sure toothbrushes and other necessities were tucked away somewhere but out were only the essentials. I had visited many relatives that summer with my family and no other bathroom stood out like this one. So many were cluttered with different soaps and lotions and decorative items. Many times I couldn't even find the towel in the midst of it all.

Though I long for simplicity, I get trapped in the allure of gathering and saving and collecting. Part of the problem is the crafter in me. Everything can be made into something else. What if I find a great craft where this paper towel carton would be useful? I've been working on letting go of things I don't use in a certain time allotment. Though sometimes I think that time may need to be adjusted. But today is one of those days when the need runs deeper and I think of all the things I can get rid of.

I have been reading about Project Simplify over at Simple Mom and have decided to take on the challenge. In order to make this work, I've also decided to give myself more time for each project. If I don't, I will get overwhelmed and stop trying. The first challenge is to organize the bedroom closet. I have been working on this since last week and still don't feel like it's finished. Ovi was very proud of me when I told him I was able to fill three more garbage bags of clothes and shoes to give away. (I say more because just last month I gave away four garbage bags of clothes.) Sometimes I'm amazed at how much space is wasted with things I don't use, or even like. But it takes me a long time to get rid of anything because of the haunting "What if I will want it later" thoughts. To try and combat this, I have developed a system. I put items in a "transition" box where they sit for a couple months before I give them away. This way I can get rid of more things knowing they aren't completely gone and if I don't think about them for the time they are there, I don't feel bad giving them away. It has definitely helped.

I encourage anyone else looking for more simplicity to try this project out. Sometimes we just need that extra push to get here it is.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Look!

I'm trying out a new look. I was getting bored with the old one and wanted something that fit better with the creative theme of the blog. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Happy 6 Months Audrey!

It seems surreal to be writing this post. Six months has passed so quickly. I think she is beginning to look more like her daddy as she grows. It's exciting to see how she looks around her little world with such interest now.

She's also been getting pickier with her toys. She won't take just any toy. There are a few that she prefers and some that she could care less about. She just ignores me if I try to give her a less than ideal plaything.

She also seems to have so much energy. She wiggles and sq uirms making diaper changes more of a challenge. She continues to roll over a lot and can stay on her stomach longer as she plays. She figured out that if she's on her back she can kick her feet on the floor and move herself up. I guess crawling is not far behind.

The next step is to start solids. She stares when I eat and I want to put some on her tongue and see what she thinks but I've been nervous and I keep waiting until I can buy some organic veggies for her. Ovi thinks I'm a bit obsessive about that but I'm determined to have her first foods be as clean and healthy as I can control. Later in life it will be more difficult to control what she eats so I'd like to take advantage of the opportunity while I can. I'll probably start with just veggies as her pediatrician suggested so she gets used to that taste before I introduce the sweeter fruits.

She's pretty much been sleeping through the night though she has been getting up earlier the past couple days around 5 am, but I'm so thankful that she goes down easily at night. We have a short bath, change into pjs and then I feed her. She gets pretty sleepy as she eats and I can just put her down awake and she'll fall asleep around 7:30-7:45. The rest of the night is mine. Thank you God for this blessing.

I pray God continues to help me in this new role and gives me peace not to freak out over every snag in the schedule. Because there will be many more snags to come.