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Today is Sort and Purge Day

I am not someone who often follows my own advice.  It’s not that I don’t think it’s a good idea, it’s just that somehow I don’t find the time.  Especially when it comes to organization.

I ADORE organization.  I love reading books on it, buying new office supplies, and observing how other people organize their lives.  But somehow, I feel (and often look) like the most disorganized person I know.

Waiting for later in Winter

But today, my friends, I followed my own advice.  Since Half-Pint is less than two weeks away, today was the day that I went into the basement and found the boxes that hold the clothing I’ve got stored for the kids.  Each kid has a box filled with the next size up – even the oldest, as I often buy things at thrift stores, on clearance, and at Half-Pint that are such good deals that they are worth storing for a year (or more).  Plus, this helps me not have to buy Quite so much all at once when I realize that my child has grown into a whole new size in a matter of weeks.

Piles, Piles and more Piles

I dug through all of the clothes, brought clothes that will be good for fall and winter  (and even stuff just a little big but that will probably fit in a few months) all upstairs to their bedroom.  I then storted through all of the stuff that is already up there and is too small or is for super hot days (since they are long gone, and surely they won’t fit next year).    Everything went into piles, bins, etc.  Clothes for this season were sorted and hung up in the kids closet and folded in their bins.

An organized Closet. Look closely, it only happens twice a year.

I then printed out our printable vital stats sheets and filled them out.

Filled out and waiting for September 17

Splendid!  Next step will be for later this week, when I sort through all of the bins and figure out what I can sell this sale, what has to wait till spring, what should be saved for my youngest, and what needs to find a place in the circular file.    Then Friday,  I’m attending a Half-Pint Tagging party where I’ll bring my bins, ready to hang and pin.

Easy peasy.

Does anyone else find this time of year stressful?  Kids growing out of clothing, change of seasons, switching everything over.  I feel like I just did it yesterday.  Anyone have any advice on how to manage it all?

-Ellen

Your 2010 Olympics Buttoned-Up!

Oh, YES!  It’s a pretty printable one-page summary of the 2010 Olympics schedule thanks to Buttoned-Up.  Now you won’t get into a pickle like I did yesterday.  Told my kiddo we could watch ski jumpin, but uh, it wasn’t on.  It’s very important – he’s going to be a ski-jumper, you know.

Seriously, I should know better by now than to promise a four year old something I know nothing about.  And yes, I could have gone online and looked it up, but now I’ll just consult the fridge.

-Ellen

Free School Fun

My inbox has been bombarded the last few days with “free printables” and craft ideas for back to school fun.  So I thought I’d pass a few along!

Printable Lunch Notes and ID Tags from Olibollen.com

Printable Lunch Notes and ID Tags from Olibollen.com

More printable lunch box Notes!

More printable lunch box Notes!

How to make a Magnet Lunch Chart

How to make a Magnet Lunch Chart

Printable Notebook Labels

Printable Notebook Labels

And there is more here, here and here.  Us?  We’re going to work on decorating a backpack this week.  I’m thinking paints and a little iron-on-fabric.  Hiding the stains to make a new backpack for preschool…

Ellen

Printable Bargain Cheat Sheets

It’s the time of year for thrift (or garage, for you fellow midwesterners) sales.  If you’ve got the time to poke around, there are great finds in those endless stacks of odds and ends.    As two busy moms, to be fully prepared for the dig, we’ve come up with a plan that is sure to help you in your thrift shopping year round.
 
First, take inventory and survey your needs.  Take out all of those bins or empty our last year’s dresser drawer and see what you already have and where the “holes” are.  For example, just this past week I pulled out a fabulous new pair of Paulina Quintana pants that I purchased a year ago on super clearance.  With their bright blue, red and black design, I realized that I don’t have hardly ANY plain colored t-shirts (especially in dark neutral tones to play down the craziness of the pants). 

To assist you with this inventory, we’ve developed a great checklist (boy and girl)  that you can download from our website  or from our blog’s printable’s page to highlight what you are missing.  
 

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Second, using this list, create a shopping list of your needs.  Of course you aren’t going to pass up the deal of a lifetime on another pair of crazy pants, but it might help you focus your gaze a bit more tightly.  Think beyond your current season needs and sizes.  To be truly thrifty, you’ll want to use this opportunity to broaden your scope to the following areas:  next season’s clothing and outdoor gear, sports clothing and gear, extras or seconds needed for camp, daycare, preschool, the cabin, and Grandma’s house (Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to drag your pack and play each time Grandma took the kids for a night?) and special occassion clothing.
 
On the back of your list trace one of your child’s feet in pen and then trace one of their basic shoes around it in pencil.  THis will come in handy when you find yourself evlauting shoes for purchase that no longer or never were labeled by size or are labeled in a foreign sizing.
 
Finally, stick your list(s) in your purse or in the car for surprise thrift stops!

Watch for our next posting for what Lisa calls “Garage Sale tips for the OCD Mom”.

Ellen