Getting Organized

Happy New Year!

Getting Organized, One Room at a Time…

I don’t know about you, but at the beginning of every new year I feel the need to get organized. The holidays are always so hectic and the house gets to be a mess, and then Christmas brings even MORE stuff into the house. Not to mention both my son’s have birthdays near the Holidays. One is in November, and the other is one week before Christmas. The playroom and their bedrooms are messes and overflowing with stuff, and it is time to start getting organized and CLEAN IT ALL UP!  We will be doing that soon.  Hopefully they will be willing to donate a lot of old toys.  Other places that I need to tackle include my closet, our kitchen junk drawer, the guest bedroom closet, and the laundry room to name a few.  I’m going to try to tackle one thing every 2 weeks.  Who’s with me?

First Up, My Desk…

In the meantime I got to organizing my desk over Christmas break. It truly was a site to see with papers and crap piled up everywhere.  Pretty embarrassing, actually.  I’d been meaning to clean it up for months and just never got around to it and now that it’s done, it feels awesome. Bonus, I found 2 gift cards I’d been missing (and promptly spent one of them).  How or why did I ever let it get that bad?  Lazy?  Busy?  Probably a little of both.

Anyway, I can’t believe I didn’t take a before picture!  I meant too, but I just started cleaning and forgot. Try to picture papers all over the place, a huge old monitor on top that I never used, and just stuff everywhere, mostly papers.  My laptop was really the only thing visible.  Below are the After pics!  Still needs some tweaking but looks a helluva lot better.  It felt so good to let go of so much stuff and now my desk feels so much bigger!  It is a pretty big desk but you wouldn’t have known it with all the stuff piled up on it.  Now that it is all cleaned up, maybe I’ll write more blog posts? 🙂 We’ll see!  One of my many New Years Resolutions is to keep this clean and try to be more organized.

PS – we’ve had these big ole desks for years. My husband has a matching one and it is located on the other side of the window.  His is much neater than mine.  We bought them when everything dark brown was in.  I’ve thought about painting them, like I did this table, and these barstools, and lots of my other stuff but its gonna stay brown, for now.

Next Up???

I’ll be tackling another organizing project soon and will keep you posted.  Not sure which one yet but I’m thinking the kitchen junk drawer needs some serious attention.  Do you have a junk drawer?  In our house it is where everything ends up that we don’t know what to do with (take out menus, pencils, pens, papers, etc), or when you’re trying to clean the kitchen quick and just shove everything in that one drawer thinking you’ll figure it out later.  Tell me I’m not the only one who has a drawer like this.

Do you LOVE or HATE the getting organized process?  I love it.  It just sometimes takes me awhile to get started and I have to be in the right mood, but there is such a sense of relief and accomplishment when you’re done.  Am I right? I think setting a time line will really help me.

If you have any tips or tricks to getting organized, please leave me a comment.

Desk Storage…

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Wife and mother of two wild boys, new home remodeler and blogger, beach lover.


  1. Looks fabulous!! I’m in same mode! I did living room last weekend.. but it made a mess of one spare room. HOWEVA… that is my motivation to clean and organize that room! My goal is the entire house once again. And… purchase new decor and furniture. I love organizing when I have time. Love your blog.. and you! Thanks for motivating and your fabulous ideas!! Xo

    1. Thanks! My desk was probably a disaster as far back as last year when you girls came to visit! It was time to clean it up!!! There is ALWAYS something to organize, am I right? Hope you get your projects done that you want. Winter is a good time to stay in and do that sort of stuff. Love you girl!

  2. I am doing the same here. What is it about the new year that gets this energy working again. Went through my closets and got rid of 2 bags of stuff. I have so much to get rid of, old decor, old clothes, and breakable stuff. Time for new stuff for 2018. Oh ya I want to paint too if I can convince myself to get that far. Anyway I’m moving and that’s the important thing! Happy 2018 Jodi😁

    1. Awesome! I am not sure why people feel the need to organize after the new year. Maybe its the feeling of getting a fresh start? I dunno, but it can get overwhelming, can’t it? We haven’t even lived in this house for that long and I feel the need to purge. Good luck to you. I hope you get back to painting. Your stuff is always so amazing.

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