Let’s Paint!

I feel like I’ve been ignoring my poor little blog lately, because I’ve had a few other projects on the go. First of all, I’ve been developing a brand new website for our PTA from scratch. It’s been a lot of work but I am very happy with the results. It looks great and the coding underneath that dynamically generates much of the content is GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself.

You know what that means? MAMA STILL GOT IT.

I really wish I could show it to everyone but privacy considerations mean I probably shouldn’t share the name of my kids’ school with the entire internet. So you’ll just have to take my word for it that it is rockin’ awesome.

In other news, I have a bit of spring cleaning fever, and I’ve been spending my weekends and other free time cleaning stuff out. It feels so amazing to pare down, doesn’t it? Even in these times of recession, I find we just have way too much stuff to hang on to. Every time a bag or box leaves the house, I feel a wee bit of joy.

Here’s what I did last weekend to our art cabinet (click to see the enlarged photo):

Art Cabinet

It used to be three shelves full of stuff just jammed in there. Every time we wanted to paint or do PlayDoh, I’d have to try to get one or two things from the bottom of the pile, and inevitably everything would fall out, leading to yet another conversation between me and the kids about words we shouldn’t say. So last weekend I snapped, took everything out, tossed a bunch of stuff, and then put everything back in in a lovely, organized fashion. I think Sir Monkeypants had a small heart attack when he saw how much I spent on storage-type containers, but man, it was so worth it.

And the labelling, do you see the labelling? I LOVE MY LABELLER.

Oh, and not shown in the photo is two large, flat bins that were created to hold all the PlayDoh stuff, and finished artwork that we don’t have room to hang up that might get sent to a grandmother someday. Those are under the couch in the office.

I’ve also had a go at the kids’ dresser tops (total sinkhole for questionable treasures of all kinds), our side table drawers (ditto) and the junk drawer in the kitchen. I’m itching to get at the pantry and the CD cabinet and the playroom (oh, the playroom — McDonalds toys, YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED).

Whee! It’s good to be free.

12 thoughts on “Let’s Paint!

  1. KristaR

    Good work!!!!! I just created a list yesterday of all the things I need to do that have been neglected for a long time and cleaning out drawers and closets is right at the top. When we designed our kitchen I insisted that we didn’t need a “junk drawer”…..and technically we don’t, but it’s handy to have a place to throw things in that I don’t know what to do with. But now……dear God….I get hives just walking past it. I think that’ll be my first clean sweep.

  2. That art cabinet is A THING OF BEAUTY! I had to click back to see the labels. Niiiiiice.

    Wanna see my art cabinet? I’ll take a picture if you dare me…

    (But only if I’m prepared to actually clean it out and organize it, cause I couldn’t post a pic like that without a before and after. My mom would faint. And call me that night to yell at me from Saskatchewan.)

  3. Oooooh! Very nice! I’m hoping to have a designated art cabinet when we finish our basement, which hopefully will be sometime in the next year or two. I love how organized everything looks. Very well done.

  4. fame_throwa

    You and Mr. Chatty are two of a kind. Every time we’re out, I swear he buys another container. He must have *everything* in a container, whether it be a few necklaces I keep on my dresser or my toiletries on the bathroom counter or clips in the kitchen drawer. It’s actually pretty cute. I think it’s a no-brainer that the boy needs a label maker. I’m totally getting him one for his birthday.

  5. Wow that is impressive. I have so much work still to do. I have been neglecting the clutter project for a few weeks. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Wow! Now that is a thing to be admired. I would love to be that organized, but I just can’t seem to find the time. I think I need to call in sick a couple of days just to get things organized in the house! And to have a closet dedicated to arts and crafts stuff. Ah, what a dream. Considering we only have three closets in the whole house, they are all taken with other crap. I need a new house to get a craft closet. I’ll work on hubby.

  7. Blogging seems to slow down for everyone in the spring and summer, so don’t worry. I’ve been kind of slack lately too. BUT, I ddi get all my cupboards and closets cleared out last weekend and the fridge and freezer. I love opening those doors now and beholding the organized beauty of it all.

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