Archive | March 2012

Pantry Update

It’s been two months since I reorganized my pantry so I thought I’d share a “real world” report of how it worked out.  I’m pleased to say that it has been more successful than even I thought it would!  It’s just that I usually get very excited about a project but maintaining it is a whole different matter.

For this one, the whole family bought in immediately.  I think that was key.  I also put the things the children were allowed to access at their level.  Another key point.  The big bins for cereal and open snacks have been great for those occasions when they don’t reseal the bag as well as I’d like.  And they keep everything together where they should be.  Win!

Here is a picture of what it looks like these days. Image

As you can tell, my bin for the lunchboxes hasn’t worked out well.  They still end up on the floor of the pantry.  I think it’s because the bin isn’t big enough to hold them all well.  Either I need to purge, store extras elsewhere or get a bigger bin for that.  We also started buying disposable to-go coffee cups recently because I’m notorious for losing the $10 per mug kind.  Now I have to figure out where to store them.  However, everything else about the system has been very successful.

I hope it helps you reorganize your pantry!


Homeschool Funk

Not only do I think that February is the hardest time to be a stay-at-home mom to little kids, but I can now add hardest time to be a homeschool mom. I have been in the WORST funk for the last month or so! It actually started in January for me. Exactly two years into our homeschool journey. It seems to be a trend among my homeschool mama friends. The two year mark seems to be a hurdle for lots of us. I gave serious consideration to marching right up to the local school and enrolling them virtually every other day.

To be honest, I’m not sure what our homeschool journey holds for us right now. I have been in a lot of prayer on the matter but waffle on the subject from day to day. To make things worse, the funk coincided with the hardest time of year for me to be at home. So, I decided not to make any final decisions until spring has arrived and settled in.

Eventually, I realized that part of what made my funk so particularly ugly is that I haven’t really been doing anything for myself. I’ve been all about the homeschool, our co-ops, or the kids’ activities. I had failed to schedule things that rejuvenate me. One of the things that I enjoy is crafting. Scrapbooking, card making, rubber stamping, paper crafting, anything that I can come up with. Recently, I found myself in my craft room to prepare for a day of much needed crafting with a friend. I really didn’t want to go, but she really did and I knew she wouldn’t go without me. Plus I hadn’t seen enough of her lately. So, I went. No creative juice was flowing – at all.

Just the act of packing things up to go to the crop helped me some. Being among other crafters helped some. Looking at the new Stampin Up and CTMH catalogs helped. After the crop, I found myself making excuses to go spend a little time here or there in my craft space. (I’ve had to set up in the unfinished basement.) Just organizing some of my stash made me feel better. And then I did something crazy. I decided to become a Stampin Up demonstrator! It will only be a hobby for me but it’s an excuse to get together with some of my crafty buddies and make things. Something in my life that is just for ME. I have no idea how long I’ll be able to remain a demonstrator but I have every intention of scheduling craft time for myself from now on!

Just for fun, I made a video of what it was like to open my Stampin Up box when it arrived. Here it is if you think it’d be fun to see.

Stampin Up Demonstrator unboxing