I have become mesmerized with watching productive day the life vlog on YouTube lately and honestly, we all could benefit from an admin day, a get your shit together day, a day where we just check off to-do lists.
I contemplated making a YouTube video and uploading content but I think it’s just better to do it like this. So, I’m going to be doing AT LEAST monthly blog posts where I take you with me to tackle my “extra” to-do list.
Raising My Three and Me presents… trying something new on my blog.
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Okay, time to go back to the content!
So grab your to-do list and get ready to be motivated because this mess is NOT for the faint of heart.
Task One: Clean off the kid’s dresser
One of the things that I knew I had to tackle is cleaning off my blue dresser that is currently being used for my three kids. The top drawer is Mia’s clothes, the second is for Everly, and the bottom two are for Aubri.
Most of the stuff on here was random papers (which honestly is going to be for my husband to go through), decorations, clothes, and craft kits. I threw the clothes aside to tackle later (I do that a lot to prevent quicker burnout), put the papers up in the closet, and brought the crafts out to the “living room/kitchen” area to get to next.
As you can see, I left my jewelry box untouched and Aubri’s little coin bank that has a cute little cat that comes out to pull the coin in. Since I took this picture, I also have my daily to-do lists, a magazine, the books I borrowed from the library, and some baby clothes that I need to purge when I get to all of the clothes.
It honestly took a lot less time than I anticipated.
Task Two: Declutter Mia’s clothes
Recently, I’ve noticed how big our baby is getting. In fact, this morning I saw that the shirt she was wearing was super snug on her. So, I decided that it was more important to add decluttering the 12 month shirts from this drawer, as well as fold the clothes because we get impatient and shove clothes in the dresser.
I wasn’t too surprised that she still had a lot of clothes after getting rid of the shirts that were too small for her. I did, however, choose to keep the onesies and twelve-month bottoms as these typically fit her still.
I don’t know, baby clothes are weird!
The next step to this is going to be having to go through all of the clothes that are NOT in this dresser; eventually, I would like to hang all of their clothes up in their closet.
Task Three: Declutter my sock drawer
This was another task that was irritating me because I’m someone who hardly wears socks or even bras and would find putting away the laundry to be daunting because I buy SO much underwear and socks.
So, I knew that I had to include it and honestly, I dreaded it.
I emptied the entire drawer into different categories and got to work.
At the end of this task, I kept both pairs of slipper socks, kept my favorite socks, all my bras, some lingerie pieces, and my period underwear to help with products. Unfortunately, I have to buy a new bathing suit because I don’t fit in them anymore! Please ignore the messy floor. I notice it. It’s glaring at me, just deal with it!
The next step is to put my underwear in the gap and call it a day. Oh, and buy a swimsuit and probably purge more socks.
Task Four: Clear off the sewing cart
Okay, so the next thing that is the most daunting is the section of placing everything high up to sort out later. I brought almost everything out here. To the left of this picture is my heavily cluttered desk (which was a disaster BEFORE placing the contents of the blue dresser on top of it) then I have a kitchen cart I currently use for my fabric (the lamp is now on the blue dresser) and the white cube organizer is where I was putting the kid’s art supplies. Next to that is a bookshelf filled with my crafting stuff and homeschool stuff (to be sorted later) and a shelf that we are currently using for cans, which I want to move somewhere else.
This was the last thing I did was the finishing touches but I wanted to save the hardest thing for last! The paper bag is stuff from the Dollar Tree (I got a lot of stickers and new pens) that I have to sort through later. The bag on top is the day bag that I bring everywhere and I have a smaller purse that I made inside.
The flower pot was a craft my husband and kids made me for Mother’s Day and the adorable little cat sign is a nice touch.
It looks so much better!
Task Five: Clean desk
I do my blog work and spend most of my day sitting at my desk (when I’m not hanging out in my bedroom) and I realized just how much I needed to clear off this whole space. Honestly, it was driving me insane but, I just have had no energy. This was something that I just planned to tidy up a little bit because you really do need a nice space to get some work done or just hang out.
All that is left are my favorite knick-knacks, my Tarot cards, my supplies are in the green tub on the windowsill, I have a cute frog made of Legos my oldest made me, and I have my laptop, phone, and Nintendo Switch Lite that are left on my desk. I also have a fun new USB typewriter keyboard that I LOVE.
The next steps have to be the desk drawer, the cubby, and underneath the desk. Believe me, friends, you do not want to see those.
Task Six: Organize art bins
This was the task that I went back and forth with because it was surprisingly a lot of work. The top is mostly just stuff we shoved up there away from the kids and things we wanted to toss. I did end up purging the books and a lot of the trash that was around.
I was so intimidated by this that I took a bit of an inventory and physically sat in front with a notebook and was doodling up a plan; even my husband was laughing at me. I envisioned the kids using a rainbow cart for their crafts (it’s in our bedroom) and, spoiler alert, it will not work out.
I love art in my family and hope to upgrade this to a better system someday.
Just wait until you see the after!
I kept the construction paper at the top after having to move them due to the little two throwing them all over the floor. Normally I wouldn’t care, but I would not only like them to be able to use them, but I don’t want them to slip on it. I also have beads, a bath bomb kit, kinetic sand tools, paint brushes, paint pens, glue, math cubes, and Legos.
The first row has the paints, paint palettes, pastel crayon things, face markers, and fabric markers. This bin is the DO NOT TOUCH space… Well, the whole row is like this! The next space is where I keep their Kinetic sand. The last bin holds Play-Doh and modeling clay.
The next row has random tools like googly eyes, cardboard pieces, and these little packages that I figured they could use. I don’t know, kids like to use weird things to make stuff out of. The next bin is empty and the last bin has their coloring stuff in it (besides markers) so that they can easily use this.
The third row is where I decided to put their coloring books, activity books, learning books, and pretty much all of the books they can scribble on.
The final row is where I removed the runaway rain boot, bird seeds, and cat food and found a new space for them. Instead, I am putting craft kits in it! Honestly, I might consider bringing the cat food out so I have an easier time feeding Arlo in the morning.
The final step will obviously be to find more ways to utilize this! I LOVE my kids being creative and they have so much fun doing so.
With a crazy day behind me, it’s currently past 10 PM when I finished writing this post, I’m ready to snuggle up in bed as my husband watches TV while I fall asleep. I hope you enjoyed this blog post because I would really love to do more of these in the future.
What’s something on your to-do list that you’re putting off? I challenge you to do it. TODAY.
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