Wednesday, August 29, 2012

School starts in T-5 days!

What?!! Summer just started! It feels like summer always flies by! But I'm actually looking forward to fall! As much as I love lounging around staying in our pj's for half the day and fun days at the pool and beach, I'm ready to have a routine going for both me and the kids.

This year I have a 3rd grader and a preschooler and I can already tell I'm gonna need some Kleenex for the first day! Kayla is going to be in preschool two days a week, and although it's going to be a great break for me, and a great way for her to get out and learn / play with other kids her age; I can't help but feel sad to let her go and be a little more independent!

So for the past week I have been getting Our house ready for a hopefully simple and stress free school year ( I did say hopefully :). Well of course Pinterest and blogs have gotten the best of me and have pushed me to become a little bit more organized! Gotta love the internet right?! Ok so, I went through everyone's closet and ripped them apart, Believe it or not I had tons of big trash bags full of baby/ toddler clothes and things that no longer fit Austin! Boy did I feel horrible when I found 12 month old clothes in Kayla's closet!Then I figured out ways to not only make it simple for me but for them to keep the closets organized, then I created some folders/ board and charts to help us out. Hopefully this system works!if not we gotta figure something out!

This is what I came up with in Austin's closet, I wished I took a before picture because he had so much clothes and it was everywhere!

these were two small bookcases that I stacked up for storage, I saw this save, money, spend, donate idea from this blog, we are starting to do allowance this year with Austin, so this was a neat idea to have him decide what to do with money.

I  bought these boards from target to help him see what is coming up on his schedule like soccer practice, and games and any important dates just for him

I also found this checklist erase board from the dollar section at target to write a chore list for him, which will depend on his weekly allowance
I think I'm most proud of Kayla's transformation in her closet because its so colorful, and pink :)

I also added this bookcase to her closet to store some books and extra toys she has, I labeled the bins with her play "dress up clothes" but didn't label the bottom one because thats where her clothes for the school week will go, that way we can just get ready quickly instead of hang her stare at her closet and already at this age trying to decide what to wear on her own!

I created this small filling area in my kitchen where I made a folder for each family member, to put important paper that needs to be done or filled out. (permission slips,school information, etc) before we file it away on our actual filling cabinets.its also a place were the mail goes before sorting it out

 As much as I love new technology and my iPhone, Im still an old school  kind of girl and need an actual calendar and daybook, Im also a big list type of person, so this works for me
here I write my daily/ weekly agenda, my finances for the month, my projects (because my hubby thinks I overload him with all these ideas for the house) some ideas for this god ole blog, which hopefully help me keep up with it!

So that is what Ive been doing to try and get organized for the new school year, Hope it works!! 

what tips and tricks do you have to stay organized on a day to day basis? 


  1. Their closets look amazing! Love how organized you are. I am very organized too, but closets are my weakness, mainly becuase my kids have too many clothes!