I CANNOT believe I’m puting this pix on my blog!!!
YES…”THIS” was my laundry room/family closet.
I keep all of my boys’ clothes upstairs…in one location….
To take their clothes and put them in their closets, to go downstairs and help get their outfits arranged each day, to keep their closets tidy…WWWWWAAAYYYY to much for me!
I have all the boys’ stuff in one location….Aven’s room is upstairs so it isn’t as hard to keep track of her stuff in her own closet (plus….um..she has WAY more clothes than any of us combined so she NEEDS her own huge closet! luv it!!!! PINK!)
And my sweet hubby and I’s clothes do go in our own closet (which is also upstairs)…
Aren’t you glad to know that we aren’t ALL changing clothes in the same room??!! teehee.
I do have limits. Snort.
Mr. Tye Andrew has now ‘moved’ downstairs to bunk up with some of his brothers…
leaving me with an ’empty’ room RIGHT across from my laundry room…
We thought about moving my art studio home to this room (SOOOOOO glad we didn’t!! THANK YOU ALL for your sweet and wise advice on this matter! It REALLY helped!)
We considered putting exercise equipment in there….
We thought about making it a “Den” of sorts…
but…then…a few days ago…IT HIT ME!!!
THIS ROOM SHOULD BE OUR NEW “FAMILY” CLOSET!!!!
(Yes, we have a rather large home, about 5500 sq ft…, but the laundry room was REALLY small!!! As you can see above!!! )
Once an idea nestles it’s way into my head…I have a hard time sleeping until it’s done!!!
I found these PERFECT “wardrobe” units 50% on SALE this weekend….Woot! Woot!
So…yesterday…though I’m a bit under the weather (think: Andrea got a cold from smooching on her cold-affected husband…nice.) I was VERY motivated to get this project DONE!
Isn’t it beautiful??!!!! SO MUCH MORE ROOM!!!
Every boy has a “wardrobe” with an extra “wardrobe” for Jim, Aven, and myself’s hanging clothes which are put away quickly…
Otherwise…the boys’ clothes stay HERE and they dress IN THIS ROOM (or the adjoining bathroom for the modest ones….!) ….. SO EASY!!!
In this sorting, organizing, purging, and cleaning process last night….
I SWEAR I threw away 600 hangars!!!
We gave our “too small” clothes to our church’s bus ministry…
I’m pretty good about staying on top the clothes…but going through it ALL leads to some purging!!! LET.ME.TELL.YOU!!!
Jim is going to have a piece of lament (counter top) cut to sit on top of the boyz’ “boxes” so I have a working area to hang clothes, sort clothes, etc from…
I have the little desk in there because….I spend ALOT of time doing laundry….
So, when I am organizing, sorting, etc, clothes, the kids can access the books that are stored on the desk….
I “tried” this idea out today and it REALLY worked!!!
Aven and Tye looked at books while I sorted clothes today! YYYIIIIPPPEEE!!!
The ‘drawers’ in the middle of the room ….. there’s one for each BOY and EACH contains that child’s undies, socks, pj’s, and pants/jeans….
EASY-PEASY!!!! LUV IT!!!
GIVE ME 6 MORE KIDS PLEASE CUZ I GOT THE HARD – PART (laundry!) FIGURED OUT!!!!! hehe
Yep, even their SHOES are in the “Family Closet” (note: these are not “all” of their shoes..I was still gathering shoes from around the house at this point!)
Our ‘old’ “Family Closet” was scrunched and cramped true….but even then it saved me HOURS in seaching, finding, organizing 5 kids’ clothes…
Now?!!! With a whole ROOM for the Family Closet???
Sheeesh…I just added 12 more hours to my week!!! ROCK ON!!!!
(Yes, I am quite excited about my new “Family Closet” room…but…I have been a bit “Under The Weather” lately with a severe cold/sore throat/general exhaustion (!) and would appreciate your prayers for a renewal of my energy….)
I have a new book.
“How Strong Women PRAY” by Bonnie St. John.
Essentially, it’s a series of interviews of highly prominent/successful women interspersed with St. John’s personal journey to Christ.
The “theology” of some of the interviews….well…I’m not so sure….
But…IN GENERAL…it’s a very good book to awaken a Momma’s NEED to PRAY ALOT!
I do PRAY ALOT….usually.
Although, lately, I have felt a desire to be more of a PRAYER WARRIOR for my family.
I don’t know if this is because “something” is headed our way….or because I don’t already pray enough…kwim?
Regardless, how can it HURT to PRAY MORE???
As this book says, “Praying” isn’t required to be a “bend the knees, fingers interlaced, silence all around” kind of experience….
For REAL Mommas…It’s often more of a “Okay..Here Comes the Day Lord..THANK YOU for this Day and Help Me to Be What You Want Me To Be Today”
and then, quickly, comes breakfast, bus-stops, preschool, grocery errands, work phone calls, day care arrangements, corporate meetings, picking up children, run home, reacquiant with one’s family, dinner on the table or at a restaurant, a few moments of family time after dinner, homework/email, bedtime, exhaustion….sleep.
I get it.
I live it.
We are home more than most (though busier than other??!!) …but…a the same time….our “minds” are busy and focused on things…..and sometimes these “things” get in the way of God.
However, this book has opened my eyes to realizing that GOD KNOWS THIS.
God KNOWS our hearts. HE knows we are upset about where our priorities lay…He is happy we are trying to, at least, fix them!….
HE UNDERSTANDS our daily pressures…….!!!
This is NOT an excuse…but a RELIEF!
God loves us even when we aren’t “there”….
GOD IS ALWAYS CLOSE….IT’S US THAT PUSHES HIM AWAY!
And…goodness…We try hard don’t we???
We, ASSUME, that because of “what I did last Sunday night”, or that “horrible thing that happened last year”, or that “unforgiveable (no such a thing btw) thing I did when I was 17″… that GOD is GONE…..
HE is NEVER GONE……He is ALWAYS waiting for us.
A revelation for me.
How can one be so disgusting and yet, still, GOD (read: G-O-D!!!!) still love me??!!
What a relief to know that God Loves Me Regardless…
Regardless of my Ugliness…of my Vanity….of my Pride…of my Self-ish.
Do I NEED to work on these things??? YES!
Does God allow me the freedom to work on these things without imposing judgement?
Read the Book.
It’s a Good, Quick, read that makes you think.