31 Days, Day 13: Master Bathroom

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Another dreaded day of organizing.  It’s only dreaded because of the space that is being organized.  The ones that should’ve been tackled a LONG time ago, but I just pushed it aside letting more and more stuff pile up.  Today (Sunday) this happened to be the space underneath our bathroom sink.

It has been said that I could open a Walgreen’s under that sink.  Besides food hoarding, I may also love to hoard cosmetics, hair supplies, vitamins, face wash and nail polish.  Giuliana Rancic and I should put our hoarding abilities to good use!!  All of this hoarding I blame on Walgreen’s itself.  That place sucks  you in.  It’s like Target.  You can spend hours there before you’ve realized how much time has truly passed.  This all might go bak to my shopping problem, but again that’s not something we need to address at the moment.

Before starting the project, this is what our sink looked like.  I couldn’t use the flash, it made things TOO real.  After all this organization I feel some people will have to rethink their friendships with me knowing how I “used to live.”  Quite honestly it’s very embarrassing, but I’ve accepted it and we’re moving on.

 

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See all that nail polish…YIKES!!  Though I will add I’ve proudly used every color in there.

After two huge bags of garbage, some fancy new organization bins from Bed Bath & Beyond, I can proudly say this is what my bathroom now looks like.

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Between the expired food in the pantry and expired medicine under the sink I’m lucky Ben didn’t kick the bucket!!

31 Days, Day 12: Kitchen Pantry

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One of the many tasks I’ve been dreading, the kitchen pantry.  I’m a food hoarder.  It’s true.  Until recently, when I started meal planning, I just bought whatever I “thought” we “needed.”  With that we have a million cake mixes, cans of diced tomatoes and chocolate chips in our pantry amongst other things.  There is no real need for these things, but if I were going to make something on a whim, I’d hate to be without the proper ingredients.

Our pantry is small with deep shelves.  This is where problem number two comes in.  I buy all this stuff and then the ‘old’ stuff gets shoved to the back.  In essence I should rotate the contents like I do my white camis, but that’s just silly.  It’s food, it’ll get eaten.

Problem number three, it doesn’t get eaten.  Well, I didn’t realize the extent of my food hoarding until I took everything out of the pantry.  Mind you I did this when I was about four months pregnant, so it shouldn’t have been that big of a task.  Well, I must not have done a good job because we had so much expired food in there it was embarrassing.

After a few hours, a beer and some much needed help from the hubby, I turned our mess of a pantry into an organized space.  I underestimated the amount of bins so there’s still a little bit of work that needs to be done, but it looks MUCH better than it did.  We can actually find what we’re looking for.  The area on the bottom right where my cookbooks and overload baking supplies reside needs a HUGE improvement.  That might involve tackling the top space of the pantry, but that’s for another day!!

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31 Days, Days 7-11: Budgets and Books

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Well, I had to turn the gears on home organization as my school life became extremely busy, in turn needing a little organization itself.  Back in August when I accepted this Librarian (at two schools) position, I was given a number of tasks for the near future.  Well the near future has come and I’m FREAKING out.  It was just two weeks ago when I said I had far too much time on my hands during the day.  Now I’m eating those words.  Just this morning I wished for more time in a work day.  Seriously, who says that?!?!  Rewind to last week.  Most of my organization was spent on budgets and ordering books, two things I know nothing about.  Hence needing more time.

When it comes to the ‘b’ word (budgets) I can teach them and help someone set them up, but I cannot follow one for the life of me.  This is fine and dandy in my personal life (actually not, but that’s another story), but with work you have to stick to the number.  Also, you have to spend every last penny.  If you don’t it goes into some imaginary fund and you never see it again.  The worst part is, I have TWO budgets at each school; a book budget and a technology budget.  It’s only October, I don’t know the needs of the schools yet.  Can’t these people give a girl some time??  They did, it’s called a deadline and all money  must be spent by said date.

Luckily, I was able to have some much needed assistance in laying out the numbers early last week.  Then on Thursday, I attended a book buying fair (librarians do all sorts of fun things) which allowed me to learn the process a little better.  In the end, I’ve never looked at more numbers and had more nightmares about books.  Though, all the time I’ve spent organizing is really making a difference in getting the whole process done faster.

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