Operation Closet Clean Out – Part 2 {and other random stuff}

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Yes we are watching the game, but I don’t really care about the teams. It’s really all about the commercials and Beyonce for me. This weekend was once again relatively productive. This time I worked on B’s closet.

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His closet was less intense because all of his clothes are stored in his dresser. I might start hanging up some of his nicer polos/dress shirts, but boys are sooooo much easier when it comes to clothes (and shoes).

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However, the kid has a gazillion toys with 100000 parts. I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of rule that as the boy gets older the toys have to have more parts.

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Most of my work was spent sorting through old baby clothes that I hadn’t put in bins and throwing about random boxes of old stuff animals, toys, and ruined blankets. I still have no idea why I kept any of this stuff!

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I’m hoping this changes next weekend. The goal is to switch out the furniture! If anything it can’t get worse. In the past week we’ve picked up a few more important baby items – including the infant car seat and a baby monitor.

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The infant car seat was a HUGE score – my friend Jamie came across the Britax B-Safe’s at Target marked down to an incredible $47. I’ve been thinking about getting the Chicco Key Fit, but the two seats are very similar and at a more than $100 off I couldn’t pass it up.  She bought two for me (since the price of a 2nd one was LESS than the price of the 2nd base) and as a bonus I got to hang out with her for dinner! Also a decent deal – Target had the Motorola video monitor I’ve been eyeing available for it’s regular price — with a $40 Target Gift Card. Since I can always spend money at Target, it was basically like $40 back. I love a good deal. Thanks Tar-jay!

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I think it’s safe to say that I just need a few more baby items and a coming home outfit and we are going to be as ready as we can be! I’m still trying to decide if I need/want a new stroller. We have two (one regular and one sit& stand) and they are still in working condition. The shopping part of me says “YES! BUY A JOGGING STROLLER!” but the practical side of me says “YOU DON’T NEED IT AND YOU WILL NEVER TAKE IT OUT JOGGING!”

Decisions, decisions… (really it’s  more like “money, money”).

We are finishing up the weekend watching the Super Bowl Commericials (well, that’s what the majority of us are doing some are actually watching the game).

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And eating Jambalaya.

Shrimp and Kielbasa Super Bowl Jambalaya. Dinner is served!

If only I could drink some beer…guess I’ll have to stick to grapefruit juice.

Operation Closet Clean Out – Part 1

While I can’t say this has been the most relaxing weekend ever – it was pretty productive and fun.

A few weeks ago I started my Great Organization Project and I am happy to report that it is officially in full swing! I kicked things off and headed to Target and bought a few important items (some shoe racks, curtains, shower rods, and a lifetime supply of storage bins). Almost $300 later (yes, you read that number correctly) I was ready to get crack-a-lackin’. If only someone wanted to do it for me? So yeah, I bought it and then it just kind of sat there. For a week. Or two.

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Last weekend, however, I recruited the hubby and we started cleaning out the guest room (soon to be baby’s room). We emptied out the armoir (which will soon be moving to L’s room) and the closet and then felt depressed because despite throwing away 5 bags of who knows what and at least 3-4 more boxes of crap — it looks like we did nothing to the room. In fact, it looks worse. I swear we did a lot of work.

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Close your eyes, mom.

I’m happy to say that this weekend we finally got somewhere. This time we raided L’s closet.

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Who knew you could hid that much crap in a 3-year’s old closet?? 

We hung up the curtains in lieu of the doors (L picked out the color) and I got to work organizing.

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Iron you say? Who needs to iron?

It was actually wayyyy easier than I imagined and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

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The finished product?

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In the next week or so we will be moving the guest room furniture into her room and the transformation will be complete! She’ll actually have more storage space once we move the furniture – but as it stands now we don’t really need it. If anything we just need to find out if we are having a boy or a girl and we could get rid of gazillion storage bins of clothes (don’t get too excited, that’s still not happening until May).

Up next is B’s closet. He has less shoes and clothes to store (let’s face it – boys are much lower maintenance), but has way more toys with tiny parts. Legos, Beyblades, and Action Figures with small tiny accessories are his life! I’m going to try to take advantage of the storage bins as much as possible. Tiny pieces + baby = dangerous.

Not related to closet organization – but just house stuff in general, we finally bought a new kitchen table a few weeks ago!

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Tables are so exciting!

We’ve lived in our house for 7 years and we haven’t had one (we DO have a dining room table that use during the holidays) – isn’t that sad? The best part is that instead of eating in front of the TV (which is what we were doing) we now sit down and enjoy dinner as a family. What a novel idea!

Oh and that fun part of the weekend? Well, the rest of the weekend was spent working out (I guess that’s fun – if you considering not being able to feel your legs, ass, shoulders, and chest fun!), hanging out with friends playing Just Dance on the Wii, and just spending time together as a family.

They've got moves like Jagger.

Ok, so there might have been a little frozen yogurt involved.
Fulfilling today's craving.

Suffice to say – we are all pretty exhausted.

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I could use that relaxing weekend right about now…