It's been an insane week. Nothing like trying to organize the whole house in one week. After going to Colorado and visiting my family, I came home very motivated to get things in order here. I have too much stuff, and nothing was where I could find it. I've been wanting to organize for awhile now, and one little project just lead to another and another and another, so before I knew it, I was completely re-doing three rooms.
We'll start with the homeschool supplies. I had stuff everywhere, and could never find what I needed because it wasn't organized. I have a nice big walk-in closet connected to the homeschool room, but before I started cleaning it, there wasn't much space to walk into it.
These are the before pictures. The top shelf of the closet was filled with games and books. I moved a cabinet up to the dining room to hold those, and sorted to make sure all the pieces were there. I posted about that last week, but here's a picture if you missed it...
I put the games in the top section and the puzzles below.
Here is what the closet looks like now. I moved everything out except for the long dresser. I brought in the shelf for the ABC folders and filled them with as many goodies as I had handy at that time. It was eating up all my time to fill the boxes as I cleaned, so I started just putting supplies for the boxes into a pile on the first shelf to be added later.
I used the dresser to store all of our preschool supplies. I was just labeling them with post-it notes so I could switch things around if needed, but I might leave it that way. I have a fancy labeler, but I like how big these labels are and how well they show up. The big drawers are for ABC's and Numbers, Patterns, Lacing, and Board Puzzles. The small drawers across the top hold Puzzles, Stickers, Sorting, Colors and Shapes, Emotions, and Same and Different.
I sorted through all the kids' puzzles and counted to make sure all the pieces were there.
I put the pieces in a quart sized ziplock bag, and cut the top of the box off and put the picture in the bag as well. They take much less space this way. I put 24 and 48 piece puzzles in one drawer and 100 piece puzzles in the other drawer.
This is the numbers drawer.
Things like Moon Sand and chalk and all the different cutting tools are stored up there, as well as extra supplies I've purchased at back to school sales - crayons, pencils, etc.
And there are boxes for science supplies, craft supplies, notebooks and notebook paper, and all the assorted things like laminating sheets, transparency paper, extra folders, manilla envelopes and sheet protectors. Now I know what I have and can quit buying extras of things I know I have "somewhere."
The white cabinets hold quite a bit of my fabric. I have a lot more, but this is what I will probably use first. The other dresser has project packs - fabric planned for certain projects, and works in progress.
This is the view when you first come down the stairs. The larger doorway goes to the boys' room and the one next to that, on the right (where you can see a window) is the school room. The bathroom door is right in front of the treadmill, and right behind the treadmill is the laundry room.