Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Completely Organized Building!!!!

My building was a Christmas gift to me from Gabe. He spent evenings working on it for a week or two. He finished all of the painting on the day I went into labor. He had gone to Walmart and purchased me the drawer unit that you see in the picture. When the neighbor's daughter came over, I got her to help me pack my things and move them into the building. Gabe cooked dinner and we went in to eat around 6. At 6:19 I realized that I might possibly be in labor. Sure enough, I had Levi that night at 11:54.

In my building there is a small table that I move around for Elijah. It is hidden in one of the pictures. It allows him a place to sit, turn into a tent or whatever. All of my paints, embellishments, paper kits, etc are neatly stored so that I can easily find them. At this time I know where everything is EXCEPT my stamp cleaning pad and spray. I even located my long lost Coluzzle set tonight but still can't find the cleaning pad. I seriously don't know where I put it.

The wire rack hanging with my trimmers in it came in a set of 6 wire storage things. It was only about $12 and had 3 shelves of different sizes, 2 hanging under shelf baskets and this wine goblet rack. The paper kits are standing in wire racks intended to hold sheet pans in your kitchen cabinet. I used three of them for my paper kits. They were only about $5 each. There is a tall drawer unit that Gabe bought for me the day that the building was ready. He came in from Walmart with it and told me that I could start moving. I guess that drawer unit is responsible for me going into labor.

When I was cleaning out a few weeks ago, I went through all of my papers. I pulled out any that I didn't want anymore. I never went through this pile again. My keep pile sat out for a few days so when my neighbor's daughter came over to visit, I sent her home with about 30 sheets or more from my keep pile. I figured if I could part with them to give to her then I must not need to keep them. I then purchased several boxes of 2 1/2 gallon zippy bags to hold page kits. I went through my papers and sorted them into themes. I added about 40 more sheets into the garage sale pile. I then went through all of my diecuts, stickers, rubons and things like that. I divided them into the kits with my papers. I now have many kits that contain everything except cardstock. They are very easy to thumb through when I am looking for something. They stay standing when I remove one kit. They are easy to add to when I purchase something else that goes with that theme. Only the CTMH kits are packaged by manufacturer and product line.

My building has been a great blessing to me. I enjoy the quiet time that I get out here, although I often have to bring the boys. I get a good bit done out here and I can stop in the middle of something and leave it all out without having to worry about someone moving it. I keep the door locked so that no one messes with my things. I have a window air unit that keeps the building plenty cool enough and during the winter I use two small portable space heaters, which keeps it plenty warm enough. I have measured the windows for shades and curtains but still haven't purchased those yet. Now I just need Gabe to add on a bathroom and a large crop room. Maybe when we purchase our new house and move the building he will add that for me. Hmmmmmm..............

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