Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"It's a Good Thing"

I'm a big Martha Stewart fan and have been forever. Anyways, I'm quickly running out of blogging ideas, so today I'm just walking around my home and taking pictures of things a lot of people comment on being a "good thing" while they're here.

My Sour Cream:


We eat a lot of Mexican food. Everyone in our family loves it - Tom could eat it every day, it's easy to make it gluten free for M., it's quick and we always have the ingredients. So, I copied this from someone and can't rememer. We keep our sour cream in a squeeze bottle. The kids can squeeze out how much they want. Honestly, it is kind of hard to get it in the bottle, but SOOO worth it. Also, don't forget a good shake before you use it. I've heard a ton of ideas for using these squeeze bottles, i.e. pancake batter, and they are super cheap!

My puzzles:







I'm not a huge puzzle fan due to an older brother and mother who decided to make it a competitive sport in my home. Elbows thrown and smack talking - not my thing. My kids love them, however, and it's a fun sitting down activity. I do hate how flimsy they make the boxes, so I copied Meck Mom and life has been good. I tossed the boxes, put the pieces in these plastic containers and taped a picture from the box on the top. We also can fit way more puzzles in the closet - they all stack ontop of each other and are uniform in size. Now if I could figure out what to do with the life size puzzles, their boxes are trashed!




Last thing (for today), our winter gear organizer:




Also copied from Meck Mom. I actually have a large coat closet. I wheel this in during snow season. The top drawer is from gloves, the second is for hats, and the bottom is for everything else - it has snow pants in it right now. We just toss everything in, I never match up the glove, nor do I move things out when they don't fit anyone. G. can go grab what he needs. When it's warmer, this goes to the basement and our sumertime one comes out, filled with sun screens, glasses, etc.


As I look at all these, I notice a few things:

they were super easy to do

didn't cost much money

they've stood the test of time - important in any organizing gimmick you try

they make my life easier - really they are tools that enable my children to be self sufficient. That's huge for me and for them. I do believe that children have an innate desire to please. I saw it when I taught 1st grade and I see it with my children. As an adult, if I tell them what needs to be done and provide a way for it to be done, they feel more successful. Now, I won't do it for them, but I will do all I can to help them feel that sense of pride in succeeding. So, I organize in a way that my children know exactly where to find things, where to put things away, and as a result, we are both happy.

20 comments:

Kelli said...

I love the puzzle idea! We are always losing pieces because the box has gotten broken for one reason or another. I may have to use that one.

Taryn said...

I love the puzzles. They will never accidentally fall out when tipped over. Also- the rolling seasonal drawer thing is great. I might have to look into that when I have a home.

Shannon said...

I would say that those are all good things too! The squeeze bottle is genius though. :)

A and C said...

I like the squeeze bottle but have to say I am deeply disappointed that there is no label! Great job Laurel and some really good ideas.

Holly said...

These are great ideas! I always start out with good and grand organizational intentions, but don't do so well on the follow-through.
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Reese & Marie said...

I love all your ideas! I especially need to implement the puzzle one and the winter gear one... we have hats and mittens and scarves scattered everywhere and it is so annoying. I would love one central station for storing them and this makes so much sense. Thanks for the great ideas!

Jane and Spencer said...

Another idea for puzzles (and it works for most of the floor puzzles) is to put the pieces and a picture into a 2 gallon ziploc type bag.

Jenni said...

Laurel, what great tips!! Thanks!! I'm totally going to buy some squeeze bottles!:) I love your blog! (This is Jenni the sunbeam teacher:))I hope you don't mind if I add you to my blog roll. My blog is ourthreebears(dot)blogspot.

Freckles Chick said...

OK, you had me at sour cream =)

I'm a sucker for organization so I reread this post 3 times, soaking it all in. Then I bookmarked it =) Thanks for sharing, L!!

Betsy said...

That is a fantastic puzzle idea.

Allyson@House of Stephens said...

Thanks for the comment! And the organization is "a good thing"!!!

Wow, great ideas - especially the puzzles. Those torn boxes drive me nuts.

Allyson@House of Stephens said...

P.S. The photo of your family at the bottom of the blog is absolutely beautiful!!! I love it.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Great idea with the sour cream...I will have to copy that one for sure!
Carrie

Ms. Tee said...

Those are all GREAT ideas! I love the puzzle one - thank you for sharing them. I can never get enough organization, it seems! :)

Sarah M. said...

Love it, Laurel. Keep it coming...I need help

Jennie said...

I am all over that puzzle idea. Going to buy some little tupperware boxes just for that.

Hadley Coble said...

great ideas! I might need to use that puzzle idea!

Kasey said...

I too put my puzzles in plastic boxes! and I love the idea for organizing the winter stuff. and you can just roll in out and roll the summer stuff in when its time!

Hey if your looking for things to blog about I'm going to be doing "A get to know your fellow bloggers" on mondays I think. It'll be random things that I will post every monday for myself and everyone else to do that lets us get to know each other better (make new friends). I think I'm going to set it up with a Mister Linky. Have a great day!

Aaron said...

Puzzling should be added to the summer olympics! I think you are a little bit on the harsh side when you claim that we made it a competitive sport.

Working Woman said...

I love all of these ideas!

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