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February 13, 2013

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No thoughts on the half-filled notebooks since I'm just as guilty as anyone else but growing up, we had a plastic tub of crayons and all of the crayons and crayon pieces went in there. I suppose my mom weeded out pieces every year or so that were less than 1/4 size since those get hard to use effectively. She still has that bin and now my kids love rooting through it when they are at her house for just the right color.
I purge markers monthly and am not picky about matching cap color when I put them away myself as long as they are sealed.
WWYP is a great idea! Even if I don't have time to write a post about it, I'm inspired to look around me and find those small ways to make things work better for me.

I like the idea of weeding. I tend to get overwhelmed thinking that I have to do a whole landscaping job. And of course, for a big landscaping job, I have neither the time nor the energy nor the faintest idea where to start...so it never gets done. Analysis paralysis strikes again!

Maybe I just need to keep after the weeds as well as I can.

Arts and crafts storage is my nemesis. I just don't even know where to begin. My children don't want me to throw any of their artwork away and yet they produce numerous works of art every day. My toddler gets upset if she sees me sweep up paper scraps from the floor and throw them in the garbage. It all must be done in stealth. I think I could get a good system going for the crayons, markers, glitter, etc., but the paper of all different sizes and colours just will not be organized. I will be following this in case any master organizers have good ideas.

Caveat: I only have one child, so I have less craft supplies.

I bought one of those plastic chests; mine has 3 deep drawers. I put all paper in the top one, stickers, glitter, foam cut outs, scissors, tape and glue in the middle one, and paints, brushes, markers, pencils in the bottom.

We've gotten into card making/scrapbooking, and the supplies and tools for that need their own separate storage. I am currently sourcing a wooden unit of some kind as the paper cutter and embosser are too heavy for plastic. I am highly tempted though to empty out my sideboard and use it for the nice supplies and equipment; it has 3 pullout drawers for table linens. Problem is, finding homes for the seldom used stuff I'd be evicting. I really love how the sideboard is right by the dining table where we'd be working, too. I think this will wait until summer because winter just makes everything feel so much harder to accomplish...but I would really rather repurpose furniture than buy more if I can possibly help it. It's not that I will never get back to nicer dining but gosh...this is our life now, and I want to make our stuff work for the life we have and not the other way around, if that makes sense.

Sometimes I really wish I had a bigger house, but any time I can find a way to live better in the house I have it really gives me a lift.

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