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I know it seems like I’m totally perfect, but the truth is, I’m really far from it. Wait, wrong blog. Y’all know I’m nowhere near perfect, and I’m not afraid to admit it. Everything is not coming up daisies around here, at least not all the time. Life has struggles, people have struggles, things can be downright difficult. One of my greatest struggles is in the organization department. When I start a new job that has an organizational system in place, I can follow it. It’s not my favorite part of the job, but I can do it. When I start a new job that has no organizational systems in place, watch out, World, Summer’s about to implode.
Coming up with organizational systems totally stresses me out. I always wind up with way too many folders with like one piece of paper per folder and it just becomes an even bigger disaster than it was before. Things are no different at home. If I have the tools to keep my house organized, I can keep it organized. But when I don’t have those tools, I don’t know what to do with my stuff so it just lays all over the bar top, all over my desk, all over my dresser, all over the place. All the clutter and mess stresses me out!
When we moved into a smaller house a couple of months ago, I knew that I would have to be a million times more organized than I was in Raleigh. I insisted that we purchase bins for the cabinets so I could keep things organized in the kitchen and bathrooms. I bought a new jewelry stand so I could keep my necklaces, earrings, and rings better organized. We got extra cabinets for storage in the bathrooms. I’ve organized and folded my underwear and bra drawers – you guys, it looks like Victoria’s Secret up in there. We’ve been here for 7 weeks and it still looks pristine. This house has been easier to keep clean and tidy. I don’t know if it’s my new mindset or if it’s because it’s a little smaller, but it feels good not to have to rush around cleaning and picking up when you know someone is on their way over.
I’m crazy proud of myself.
Where I’m still struggling? Paperwork. Up until this weekend, we had papers all over the bar. Bills, school papers, paid bills, lease agreement, stuff. Just all kinds of randomness. It was driving me bonkers, while my generally Type-A husband didn’t seem to notice. So I did what any underachiever would do. I gathered the papers and moved them to my desk. Because that helped so much, right?
I was hanging out, sipping on my favorite flavored sparkling water, staring at this mess when I realized I just didn’t have the tools necessary to organize my paperwork. The paperwork had no home, and without a home, it is homeless, otherwise known as living on my desk in a cluttered mess. I loaded the kids up and headed in to Destin to pay a little visit to Walmart. I found an ugly, clear file box and some gorgeous retro and sparkly Duck Tape.
Ugly box + Cute Duck Tape = A fantastical way to keep paperwork organized
Grady started preschool this week but Madilyn has to wait until January before her program starts, so I waited until the boys were all situated in school so I could spend some fun, crafty time with my best gal. I’m one of those boring moms who makes her kids drink water all the time. I know, lame, right? I’m also one of those moms who buys herself delicious things like Canada Dry Sparkling Water and doesn’t share it with aforementioned children. My kids love my sparkling water and if they had any say in it, I would never, ever get any. Sorry, y’all. That’s not gonna fly. I realize it’s like water, only better, but that doesn’t mean you get to drink it all.
I am super appreciative of this $0.75 coupon towards Walmart’s Canada Dry Sparkling Water. When you share it with a friend, you get $1.75 off, so it really does pay to be generous. Which is the only reason I let Madilyn have a sparkling water of her own. You can print the coupon out and share too!
What I will do, is have a fun little date with my gal and sip on some flavored sparkling water with her while we get our craft on. Madilyn wanted to add lots of sparkle to our new paperwork box so I let her choose where the glitter tape went. This box took us about 30 minutes to put together and about 10 minutes to seal up. Now I have a cute way to keep my paperwork organized and I’ve added some sparkle back to my desk.
This organizing thing really isn’t so bad. I might be getting a little obsessed.
Sparkle on, y’all! And follow this simple tutorial for your own sparkly file box!
1. Gather your materials. Make sure you have a pair of sharp scissors in the mix. Begin covering your box with Duck Tape of your choice.
2. If your box has handles, you will need to make snips along the handles and fold in.