I’m participating in the Organizing Life Challenge from Jordy Liz Blogs. I missed week one so I’m just jumping in with the second challenge to organize a single cabinet.
I was going to simply organize a kitchen cabinet. However, I decided that would be too easy (not that it doesn’t need to be done!) and shifted my focus to our art supply and cookbook cabinet.
It functions as a place to house crayons, papers, and other project materials with a single shelf dedicated to the few cookbooks I keep (I have repeatedly pared these down and seldom use them but cookbooks are hard for me to send on their way.). Somehow it morphed into looking like this:
So I pulled everything out and was a bit taken back to find it actually held all this:
I had no idea that pencils, glue sticks, and crayons were capable of reproduction! Time to get to work thinning the herd, I think! Where to start? Instead of starting by deciding what to keep in this cabinet, I decided it would be more practical to start with an empty trash can. Be gone dried out glue sticks! I filled the entire trash can with outdated artwork (No, I do not keep ALL my kids’ artworks, homework papers, and scribbles), pens and pencils that no longer functioned, and other odds and ends that must have been important enough to be kept at some point but no longer.
Amazingly enough, not much in this cabinet belonged elsewhere (a toy in one of the bags was quickly put into garage sale status with the boy’s blessing,I chucked a tennis ball into the back yard, and relocated some office supplies to our desk.). I think this cabinet was mainly about excess…excess amounts of pencils, crayons, and markers plus various other art supplies (think back to school supplies x 2 kids x 3 years for one kid and x 7 years for the other…and the unused supplies returning at year-end.) I spent a good chunk of my organizing time sorting…good crayons from the broken crayons which were reserved for a future craft, sharpened pencils from unsharpened pencils (I threw away quite a few pencils that worn way down and missing erasers. We will not be buying pencils at back to school time this year and may be donating additional supplies to the teachers.), and markers, pens, and Lego pieces (?!). I also fired up the label maker and labeled the bins.
Ready to see the after pictures? I can hardly believe it is the same cabinet!
I was very excited about our newly organized cabinet and then, I found this on the kitchen table:
Am I the only one who finds items AFTER the organizing and sorting is supposed to be finished? I’d write more but I have sorting to do. Crayon, pencil, marker, broken crayon…..