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Getting Organized: Baby Steps


Every year, I say I am going to get organized.  I’m not one of those who has to have the Spring Cleaning bug to get me going.

It could be anything.  Something I saw online that inspired me or the simple fact that I have too much clutter in my house and I have procrastinated too long about taking care of it.

This was a combination of things this time.

I finally got the entertainment center of my dreams after looking and looking for one.  I have this very awkward space in my family room where it needed to go. Everything I liked was either too large or severely too small to fit the space.  The one I had there previously was really small and I have always wanted a wall unit, but never had a home with a space for one.



Is it not Glorious?????

The coolest part about it is it expands.  I mean, WHAT!

That is the only way I was able to find something to fit the space.  If you look closely at the middle console, you can tell.

Now that I had my wall unit, I had to figure out what to do with the previous entertainment center.  I didn’t in anyway want to sell it or get rid of it.  I wanted to reuse it somewhere else in my house.


I decided to put it in the foyer and use it for a “kid center”.  Before, my little ones would go upstairs to the bonus room and “do crafts”.  By “doing crafts”, I mean tearing up the whole entire upstairs and leaving all the mess for me.  This usually goes unseen for a week because I do not frequently visit the upstairs.  Have you ever seen a mess from kids that has accumulated over a week?  Let me just tell you………. It ain’t pretty!

So, I decided that the “kid center” would house their art supplies or should I say, “doing crafts” supplies.  ………. AND it would be DOWNSTAIRS…….. where I could keep an eye on it.

I haven’t finished yet, but

here is what I have done so far:


I took a simple wash basin bucket, which was just a plain white……. which I didn’t really like.


Took some spray paint.  I had bought this spray paint a while ago and forgot I had it in my storage closet.  It is a gray spray paint that goes well on plastic.


I made sure to keep it back about a foot and spray in a back and forward motion so that it wouldn’t puddle and run. (*according to the painter’s directions.  the painter also known as the “hubster” or “the Zman”.)


Then, I made some labels on my laptop, printed them off, and laminated them.  (*I always knew that thing would come in handy at some point!)

I made one for Paper………


One for scissors, glue, and tape……….


And one for crayons, markers, and colored pencils.  Then, I remembered that I had this really handy little cutting tool from my scrapbooking days that rounds the corners of pointed edges, so I used that for the labels.


Then, I just stuck them on the front with tape.

I’m still not done with the “kid center”.  I know it is a process.

I have a space for their reading books and all the buckets for their crafts.

Hopefully, I will come up with some really cool ideas that I can share with you and update soon!  🙂

Baby Steps…….  Baby Steps………  I’ll get there!


Do you have something like this in your home?  What kinds of things do you keep there?




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