I'm trying to take baby steps in claiming my house back from the mess of dis-organization! I have definitely let some things go and it's really starting to get to me! So, in honor of Tackle it Tuesday, I'm choosing to get things back in order...little by little. (In true Heidi fashion, I chose to start tackling the unseen things first, so it still looks like the house is a total wreck, but you have to start somewhere!)
First up: Organize the hallway closet. I chose the ugliest looking mess of a cupboard (out of 3) and started there. It once had the potential of being organized, but then I got lazy and just started throwing things on top of things and it turned into this...
(check out that middle shelf!)
It may not look much different (or maybe it does?), but now there's a place for everything and it's more easily accessible. Originally, I had the first aid supplies in a container where I had to lift the lid all the time and that just kept getting old (hence, the reason for just throwing things in there). So, I found a 3-drawer organizer in Mikayla's room that wasn't being used to its full potential, and used it here instead. I love going shopping in my own house! Saves time and money.
Next up: Time to restock the car! In the last 2 weeks, we have taken two mini road trips (2+ hours) and so it was time to get the car back into working shape again and replenish a few things. I thought I might as well show you some of the things I keep in my car so that I'm always prepared!
My first aid kit: I used an old wipes container, dolled it up a bit with some stickers, and added the necessities for any sort of minor accident. I keep this in the car for all of those "just in case" moments. (click on the picture if you want to see up close what I keep in there)
This next one is for those "I forgot diapers and wipes" moments. Although, it's kind of funny because I forgot that I actually had this in the car until I was cleaning it out.
little bag and I keep it in the side door.
I posted about my snack container awhile back when I went on a road trip in February, and ever since then I have kept it in my car and I can not begin to tell you how much this is a lifesaver! I don't ever have to worry about throwing something in my purse for the kids. As long as I remember to re-stock it every now and then, I know I'll always have a snack for the kids when they need it! Thankfully it fits quite nicely underneath the middle console of the two front seats.
Last little car tip, is that I keep snack cups, sippy cups, and bibs (which we really don't use much anymore, but just in case!) in the drawer underneath the passenger front seat. (I love my mini van because it has all of these hidden places to store stuff!) This is another great thing if we are in need of a container or cup for anything. It's nice to know that they're there.
Along with these things, I cleaned out the TWO glove boxes that hold pens/pencils, notepads, an envelope with car registration, insurance, etc., cell phone chargers, car manual, Kleenex, extra napkins, a whole bunch of electronic mumbo jumbo that plugs into the cigarette lighter that I have know idea what it's used for (ask the hubby!), and a few other odds and ends.
It feels good to have these things cleaned out and organized. However, I'll be sure to have Ryan look at the ONE cupboard and inside of the car when he gets home before he begins wondering what I did all day!
My next tackle? This little hiding spot behind our door to the play room. Yes, this is my worst nightmare!! I must figure out a new system because I think I have tackled this once before, maybe twice, oh I'm sure at least THREE TIMES! Maybe I'll update later with the "after" picture!