Weekend Projects: Master Closet & Laundry Room

I love January!  I love the feeling of a fresh start – fewer weekend commitments & more hours to do the things I want to do around my house.  This past weekend I was able to devote several hours on my Master bedroom, closet & laundry room…before I show the after pictures of my Master closet I must warn you!  If you like custom made, perfectly organized with matching containers & hangers, you may want to skip this post!  I simply re-organized the space after several months of neglect and stashing of Christmas presents!

Here goes…

Bookshelves provide extra storage under the hanging clothes bar…bins on top hold miscellaneous craft & school supplies.

This area doesn’t look too pretty but the hanging storage is great for extra cereal, crackers, granola bars, etc.  Now that I’m couponing on a larger scale, I need more places to store my growing stash!

Now onto the Laundry Room where I basically cleaned out the clutter & items that were waiting to be put back in their proper homes…

Sorry that the font is in varied sizes on these photos…I’m still learning how to use Picnik!

I’ll be back later in the week with an update on my coupon savings…since I’ve been buying extra newspapers & shopping at several more stores, I’ve been able to find some amazing deals and save my hubby lots of money!  Or at least that’s what I keep telling him when I come in the door with all the bags of groceries!

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I’m linking up to the Thrifty Decor Chick’s “Show Us Your Closets” 

Organizing the Kitchen

After organizing my homeschool supplies I realized that I now needed to organize the area in the kitchen where the supplies would be kept…

so as I started moving things around, well….

Of course, one cupboard led to another….

And another….

I think you can see where this is going!

This one is still quite cramped but it’s the only space that will fit a lot of my larger items…

Moving on to the drawers…they weren’t too bad…

The junk drawer got spruced up too!

This was payment for a job well done :’)

Getting Organized for the New School Year

Here in So Cal we have a little over a week left of summer vacation…

once again summer has slipped away far too quickly!

So, in anticipation of homeschooling all three of my kiddos this year (12, 15 & 16),

I decided I’d better start getting everything organized…

The photo above shows how I organized the books into individual bins for my three kiddos…

That way, they can pick up their bin and take it wherever we decide to do school on any given day…

And the bins can be stored in their room and out of my kitchen at the end of each school day!

You might be interested in reading my earlier post about curriculum

Extra supplies I will store in my closet…you’ve got to stock up when the back to school sales are so great!

My “Desk Apprentice” from Staples…my new favorite organizer!

After seeing how other’s on Pinterest used their’s for homeschooling, I knew I just had to have one!

It’s amazing the amount of supplies this puppy holds!

No more rummaging through drawers and cabinets looking for supplies…

Once I’ve got it placed in it’s new home, I’ll share a photo…

I’m hoping to use a spot on my kitchen counter, close to the kitchen table where we do most of our schoolwork.

Now I’ve got to go organize the kitchen counter to make room for my new toy!

Back to School in Three Weeks!!!!!

Where did the summer go????  How did June disappear so quickly and now July has become a blur!

As I realized how near the beginning of the 2011 school year was, I started to panic!  Ahh, I need to nail down my curriculum choices and start making some purchases!  Thank goodness I had put in a few hours of research in the spring and had been keeping my eyes and ears open for more ideas…

So, today, I spent another five hours or so on my computer…making sure my order with Timberdoodle was finished by noon so that I could receive free shipping…checking ebay to see if some of the curriculum I wanted was listed at a better deal (now let’s hope I win the auction!)…checking Amazon, Rainbow Resource & Christian Book Distributors pricing as well…

Then I had a couple of subjects that I just wasn’t sure of yet…Math for my 7th grader who will be homeschooling for the first time – do I use Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra like I did with my girls?  He’s quite a gifted student so I want to make sure that he’s challenged but at the same time, that the transition from public school to home would be a smooth one – for both of us!  So, I used several sites for advice: Cathy Duffy Reviews, Home School Reviews.com & Math.com.  Life of Fred stuck out to me & my son – it’s very non-traditional in it’s approach but all of the reviews I read were very positive about how comprehensive the curriculum is – and it’s approximately one-third of the price of typical math curriculum.

I also needed to research a Spanish curriculum that was given to us (Berlitz Spanish Premier Software), to make sure that it would comprehensive enough to count for high school credits.  This turned out to be much more difficult than I expected!  I still don’t have a concrete answer…most sites recommend Rosetta Stone – but I really don’t want to shell out more money if I can use what I already have…

So, here’s what I have ordered/planned so far:

11th Grader:

Math ~ Teaching Company DVD Series – Algebra II

Easy Grammar Ultimate

Editor in Chief C2

Wordsmith Craftsman

The Fallacy Detective

Cracking the SAT 2011 Edition

History ~ World Empires, World Missions, World Wars by Diane Waring

Science ~ taking an Anatomy & Physiology class at our Christian School

Foreign Langage ~ Berlitz Spanish Premier Software

P.E. ~ Club Soccer


10th Grader:

Math ~ Finishing Teaching Textbooks Algebra & then starting Algebra II

Easy Grammar Ultimate

Editor in Chief C2

Wordsmith Craftsman

The Fallacy Detective

History ~ World Empires, World Missions, World Wars by Diane Waring

Science ~ Sonlight Science 5 ~ Health, Medicine & Human Anatomy + Precepts of Anatomy & Physiology (added to bring the curriculum up to high school level)

Foreign Langage ~ Berlitz Spanish Premier Software

P.E. ~ Club Soccer



7th Grader:

Math ~ Life of Fred, Beginning Algebra

Easy Grammar Plus

Editor in Chief B1

Wordsmith Student

The Fallacy Detective

History ~ Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries by Diane Waring

Science ~ Sonlight Science 5 ~ Health, Medicine & Human Anatomy

P.E. ~ Club Soccer



Storage ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan


Pottery Barn



I’m moving on to Week 14: Storage Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-13,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.





Martha Stewart.com





Here’s some inspiration to get you started!


Organizing the Holiday Decorations: Not Just for Christmas Anymore

Christmas Gift Wrap Storage

Cleaning Up & Clearing Out









This Week’s Houseworks Checklist

  • Organize storage areas. Ransacking a crowded attic is nobody’s idea of a good holiday time. This week, organize household storage areas as you bring forth holiday decorations. Whether it’s attic, garage, closet or shed, take time to tidy up household storage. Inexpensive storage organizers can help keep clutter from creeping into corners–and a neat storage area will make it easier to return decorations to their year-round home at season’s end.

This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist

  • Begin family Advent observances. Advent begins on Sunday; consider your family’s traditions carefully. New! Will a magic elfvisit your home this year?
  • Complete holiday decorating.
  • Order Christmas ham, roast or poultry.
  • Finish gift shopping. Where you can, wrap as you go to prevent a long night with the tape and ribbons on Christmas Eve.
  • Mail domestic gifts. Just say “no!” to lines at the post office; use USPS.Com to purchase postage, print shipping labels and arrange for carrier pick-up.
  • Check cameras and camcorders Be ready to capture the moment.  Will you need to buy film, batteries, cassettes or storage media?  Add any needed items to the shopping list.
  • Make an under-tree “emergency box”. Use a gift-wrapped box with removable lid.  Placed under the tree, it holds extra bulbs, fuses, ornament hooks and batteries.

This Week’s Christmas Planner Pages to Print

Magic Elf LetterMagic Elf LetterMagic Elf PassportMagic Elf PassportMagic Elf ReportMagic Elf Report

Holiday TraditionsHoliday Traditions

Food Storage Week ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan

Food Storage Week

A peek into my pantry…

I’m moving on to Week 11: Food Storage Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-10,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.



I’m fortunate to have slide-out shelves – love them!




With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to get our kitchen’s in order!

This week I will be working on decluttering my refrigerator, freezer(s) and pantry.

Lord knows they all need a good cleaning!





Ugh! One of my least favorite places to clean!


And, with the holiday stock up sales going on at the grocery store,

I need to make sure that my food storage areas are ready to be called into service!



First, I thought you might like some visual inspiration and tips to get you motivated…

Check out what Sarah at  Thrifty Decor Chick has done with her pantry



*Sarah’s Pantry Decrapification here





*Sarah’s New Pantry Doors here



This Week’s Houseworks Checklist – BY CYNTHIA EWER, AUTHOR

  • Declutter, clean and organize food storage areas this week.From refrigerator to freezer, cupboards to pantry, this is the week to cut clutter, clean and organize food storage areas.FIrst priority: a refrigerator clean-out. Make space for holiday cooking by tossing expired bottles and jar, and bring holiday sparkle to the Great White Whale with a top-to-toe cleaning session.In the freezer? We’ll cull the clutter, organize the contents, and make room for holiday baking and the fruits of a freezer cooking session.Finally, dry storage areas deserve a shake-down, too. Toss stale or expired food items, clean shelves and organize the survivors for efficient holiday cooking.Ready? Set … bake!

Inspiration from the Web:

This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist

  • Clean out the refrigerator. Seasonal cooking requires storage space, so clean out the refrigerator now. .
  • Clean out the freezer. Make-ahead baked goods and holiday freezer meals need room, too. Clean out the freezer to create a home for holiday goodies to come.
  • Set up a freezer inventory. Keep track of your frozen assets with a freezer inventory form.
  • Organize and inventory the pantry. The year’s best sales on staple foods lie just ahead. Know what you need–and make space to store it–with a pantry inventory form. Set aside foods you won’t use to donate to holiday food drives. A
  • Stock up on seasonal staples. It’s loss leader time at the supermarket, as merchants compete for your holiday food dollar. Take advantage of low prices and stock the pantry.
  • Plan potluck meals. If you’re part of family, church or social groups that hold Advent potluck dinners, be ready. Our potluck meal planner will help organize and delegate community dinners.
  • Add freezer meals to the freezer. Whether you do an at-home freezer cooking session, try the new meal assembly franchises or simply cook some extra pots of chili or spaghetti sauce, stow away a few pre-cooked freezer meals. In December, you’ll appreciate having dinner ready to go on busy nights.

This Week’s Christmas Planner Pages to Print:

Freezer InventoryFreezer InventoryPantry InventoryPantry Inventory