Tuesday, February 17, 2009

one thing lead to another

4/1/09 - Updated to add: This post is part of Masked Mommy's Cupboard Pow Wow! Check out all the cupboard transformations by clicking on the Pow Wow button to the left.


I could start out by sharing how I had quite the day with some sick (and rather crabby) kiddos, but we'll avoid that subject and pretend it didn't happen...

The kids and I are heading out Tuesday morning to visit my sister and her family in Washington. It's about a 3 hour trip, and since my husband can't come with us due to work, I'm very thankful that my mom is joining us!

There were a few things I needed to tackle before heading out of town...

*LAUNDRY! 3 loads of it...
*Packing (2 suitcases - one for both the kids, and one for me!)
*Vacuuming /cleaning the rooms - I just feel like I have to leave the house clean for my hubby! So, he can relax and enjoy cleanliness for the next couple of days.

There were a couple of other tackles that I guess I didn't have to do, but one thing led to another...and that's how my personality works!!

I wanted to make a little travel activity bag for Mikayla to take on the 3-hour drive. I headed to the craft cupboard to gather some goodies and was mortified by the shape I found it in!! I decided that enough was enough and before I could create the activity bag, I made myself clean the top part of the craft cupboard in the play room...but I couldn't just clean the top part, I had to organize it inside as well (which wasn't that bad because I had already organized that thoroughly once before).

I have a habit of just putting things on top of the cupboard because we have a childproof lock on the outside and it's always such a pain to deal with when I want to put something away. Luckily, this cupboard is behind the door in the play room, so it's not something I see all the time (or that others see).

BEFORE
top of cupboard...what a mess!

AFTER
ahhhhh...much better!

BEFORE
inside the cupboard...
just needs a little shaping up

AFTER
that works!

Here's the activity bag that I created for Mikayla to take along on the drive.
Contents include: crayons, sunglasses, Super Silly Songs CD, paper, coloring book, stickers, My Little Ponies, dolls, and brushes, Dora lift-the-flap book, mini MagnaDoodle, Hermie DVDs (Max Lucado)


Onto the next tackle...


I also wanted to create a little snack box to take with us on the road, but just like the craft cupboard, I headed to the pantry and I was in shock! How does it get this bad so quickly?? I only had enough time to do a couple of shelves, but they were the ones we use the most. Which means more mess!

BEFORE

AFTER
Here's the snack box I created to take on the road with us.
Contents include: Teddy Grahams, bottled waters, granola bars, Yogos, Nutrigrain bars, graham crackers, fruit snacks

Of course we probably won't eat all of this on the drive, but you can never be too prepared!! I'll probably throw in some fruit, carrots, string cheese, and other refrigerated snacks before we hit the road.


I really do have good "systems of organization" for these chaotic places, but sometimes I go through organizing rebellious phases! Can anyone else relate??


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11 comments:

Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

You are a great organizer. I always have good ideas but they don't actually get around to happening very often.
I have not received your emails yet. Maybe I typed my email address in wrong before so I will give it to you again. Have fun on your trip!
tayterjaq4@aol.com

FromThe Creek said...

I just started carrying around a snack bag for when we leave the house...it is a lifesaver! Great tackle!

Tanya said...

What a great job. I'm the type that says, "I'll tackle this as soon as I get back..." and then never do. I'm impressed!

Susie said...

Great tackles!!

Lee said...

This is a great tackle. We too have a 3 hr drive to Grandma's and I'm always trying to put together activities and snacks. It's nice to know I'm not the only one. And since our kids are similiar ages, I'm gathering some great ideas. :-)

Kim Caldwell said...

Well done. I hope your drive goes well and look forward to seeing you when you return.

Marni's Organized Mess said...

WOW! Great job! I am so impressed!

Kelli said...

That sounds like something I would do, and have done in the past.
I gave you an award. Stop by to check it out.

Tammy Williams said...

Yep, I am determined to get organized this weekend. I am planning to start with the 3 junk drawers in our kitchen. I might have to call you to come help...haha. Have a great time in Washington.

Jeanette "Frogster" said...

wow, someone's been busy!

The Masked Mommy said...

I feel the same way when I travel! I just can't leave the place a mess! We're going out of town the first week of next month, and I'll be referring back to this post. What a great travel bag! My little girl just turned 3... and this looked perfect!

Of course, something extra on my list for traveling is the cape. Flying is such a great way to save on gas!

 
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