I bent over today and felt my growing belly filling up a bit more space than I remember feeling a couple of days ago. A little catch in my back and that old familiar round ligament pain…Tiring easier and not keeping up with 4 very over charged boys and 3 busy girls. Reality has been setting in since we heard the baby’s heartbeat last week.
I pull out my Managers of Their Homes book often and read certain chapters hoping to gain some new piece of wisdom I can implement. Several weeks ago, I pulled out my book and re-organized a schedule that we have been working on over the past 3 weeks. Forseeing that my limited ability would be coming on quickly, I tweeked a few areas and came up with some ideas in the area of children’s chores that have been working for our family.
We are not a overly scheduled family. Having a farm and animals provides some mandatory regularity to our schedule, however, I am not one of those moms who wakes at 5 am and has every 30 minute slot in the day filled out. I get stressed just reading those types of schedules!
My schedule will clear space for taking advantage of those nesting spurts when they hit. Trying to organize a large family house hasn’t been easy and with our growing farm (more on that later), I am anxious to get some things organized.
I don’t know how I stumbled upon this site, but I have been inspired by the Organizing Junkie blog. I did my own organizing recently and turned my linen closet (which had been ransacked once too many times by tent building kids) into a functioning linen closet.
Here is the before picture:
I knew it was time to organize the linen closet when the door refused to close. The top shelf also was the resident shelf for all the non-refrigerated animal medicines and supplies. Things like castrating bands, emergency colostrum like substance for newborn animals, cut and wound medicine, animal medicine syringes and needles. I reorganized in a bigger box and labeled the contents on the outside of the box to be stored NOT in the linen closet ever again.
Here is the after shot.
Amazing how a freshly organized closet makes you feel! I gave an old sheet to the kids for future tent building activities. I saved all those plastic zip bags that blankets and curtains come in and used those to pack items for longer storage and easier identification.
I used baskets to organize smaller linens like baby sheets and pillow cases.
I have several other projects like this that I would like to get done soon….hopefully, that nesting energy will be as abundant as the nausea was.