Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tackle It Tuesday: Old Dresser Top

I passed by this dresser every day. Each time I did, this voice inside me would nag: "Just put them away!" But I kept on walking and did nothing. The pile kept growing. Last Friday, while Robert and Christine were away at the basketball tournament, I decided it was time to deal with it, once and for all.

As I was putting things away, I questioned myself about how the pile got there? I couldn't come up with a good answer except just the plain old laziness in me. You see, somehow every surface in the house always seem to beckon for stuff to be put on it. No matter how tidy I have the house be, if there is an empty flat surface, it is a guarantee that I will see some thing get on it soon.
This time I made up a game. After I cleared off all the stuff on the dresser top, I quietly watched to see WHO was going to put SOMETHING there and how soon. That was the first part of the game. Well, it didn't take long. A few items including a basket with clean laundry in it get landed on the surface! However, the second part of the game was as soon I saw ONE item landed there, I immediately removed it and put it back to its rightful place. I did not tell my family about this little game I had with myself but it has been fun to see WHAT got on there.

Most of the stuff are not junks, they were just not being returned to their places after being used, or materials for a project that I am keeping it there so the little hands wouldn't get to it, etc...

First thing first, the pink box, curling iron and hair cutting tools got put back away...

New underpants in between little one's jammies and sock box...

Germ killer in the bathroom where it should be...

Paper towels next to the cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink...

the grocery plastic bag box next to the diapers where I use them for soiled diapers... I love using empty Kleenex boxes to hold my plastic bags

and the hammer got returned to the tool box,
water bottles got put in the emergency bag,
Tooth box in the misc. basket in the kitchen cabinet,
and last but not least, the fabrics were put next to the project I have going on in the garage.



A clean surface with a catch-all basket, except there won't be much to catch now due to my little game!

Painting this old dresser has been on my to do list for years. I am just too afraid to paint it as I have never painted any furniture. It will also be moved to the boys room once we figured out what to do in their room.

This post is linked to Amy's Anti-Procrastination party. Again, go check out what projects other moms are catching up with!


Amy Bowman said...

Your posts are so simple and refreshing! I love how you let us into your world and thought process and give so many great tips!! (like the kleenex box bag holder)
I also love your attitude. You are positive and just keep moving forward. Love that.

So glad you keep linking up to "AP Tuesdays" I look forward to your post every week, and learn much from you!!

Kristyn Knits said...

I can SO relate to this post! I've been challenging myself (and my family) to "just put it away"! today has my day...two baskets of laundry-away! kitchen dishes-away! thanks for the motivation to keep going!
*I love the Kleenex box tip! I'd never thought of that!*

Donna said...

I just stumbled across your blog and love your ideas! The Kleenex box tip is one that I will put to good use! Thank you for sharing!