**UPDATED as of 23 October 2016
Yet another mini project – the boys’ clothing inventory for yaya
I feel like I’ve been all over the place when it comes to tackling projects around the house. I’ve read about how home decor and organization can take forever because people lack focus. I swear, I’m more focused than it seems. Oh, I do get sidetracked here and there, but tackling the house on top of being pregnant, parenting 2 little boys, juggling 3 jobs, plus the emotional storms that still hit me every week has been a pretty tall order. In other words, life gets in the way.
Even creative journaling was put on hold (I so enjoyed it, but I only got to do 1 week last July, and nothing so far for August. Boo).
I also find myself doing mini projects when: 1) I’m too swamped with work; or 2) I’m saving up for major purchases or prepping to tackle bigger expenses. I also like to scribble down my to-do lists in this blog – actual ones that need immediate action before I give birth and my “red notebook” lists, or castles in the air as they’d say in Little Women. I guess the way I’ve been handling things right now is that I have ONE major project going on (as documented in One Corner at a Time), but simultaneously I find myself tackling little organization projects here and there too (organization projects usually because these don’t cost anything, or expenses are minimal as opposed to, say, saving up for dining chairs or a couch!).
But I will admit that daydreaming about so many different projects, big and small, has been confusing me recently. For instance, in my last Project Priorities list, my rundown of projects to handle was as follows: 1) Laz’s Room; 2) Living Room; and 3) Kids’ Ground Floor Bedroom. Oh how that changed so drastically! As for my mini projects – I still haven’t finished organizing my keys, our main family menu board, and my filing system at home! (Substantially finished, I swear! Mahal magpa-duplicate noh! And as for the filing system, the study room is still a mess, so I was hoping to clear it up first). Haaay. Kalat na kung sa kalat! Kainis!
So ‘eto na! DIZZIZIT. I am drawing up my Project Priorities – including my Mini-Projects – AND STICKING TO THIS LIST. So help me, Lord. Promise, ‘eto na, no more detours or distractions. (P.S. I’ve completed almost everything in my previous Mini Projects list though – I’ll still update that post for links, but I’ll incorporate that Mini Projects list to my new one below).
FIRST AND FOREMOST: LAUNDRY ORGANIZATION
Buy laundry hampers! Okay, this is really important because while we have a schedule for the help for laundry, the dirty clothes are freakin’ all over the place. To do this, I have to also clear the upstairs landing. Augh.
For the upstairs:
- For the landing –
3 big hampers (Darks, Lights, Whites) Got 3 dark grey plastic Rubbermaid bins from Wilcon (originally for trash). I originally wanted just plastic hampers, but now I’m not sure I like them – they make my landing look like a recycling center, haha. I am eyeing these and these baskets now.
- For the landing – 3 mesh bags inside bigger bins for socks
- For the bathroom –
1 small “transition” bin (for all clothes before sorting into other hampers) My favorite Skinny Can by Umbra. Yes, I seem to use trash cans for laundry hampers. (I generally don’t like how some baskets shed? And I worry about snagging delicate clothes on baskets. Plus, they stink more and are harder to wipe down that plastic hampers. Aaaah! Aesthetics over function?!).
- For the walk-in closet – 1 medium-sized bin for everything, 1 small hamper for items for handwashing and dry-cleaning, 1 basket for clothes for repair or alterations
For the downstairs:
- For the boys’ bedroom – 1 hamper for school uniforms, 1 big hamper for pambahay and panglakad clothes
- For the boys’ bedroom – 2 mesh bags for socks (one for each hamper)
- For the boys’ bathroom – 1 small “transition” hamper
I have to figure out if we need separate bins downstairs for:
- towels and face towels; and
- kitchen towels, cloths, and pamunas.
I’m going to use my trash cans-turned-hampers for the bedsheets, etc. to keep in the laundry room once I buy the baskets for the landing. (Para naman hindi masayang!). Then I need to figure out where the clean and folded laundry (in the laundry room) should be stored before ironing day (2x a week) rolls along.
Then where to put the ironed laundry before they get sorted into our closets??? – Got a white coat rack for the landing, with white metal hangers, where Mafe now hangs ironed shirts and dresses (instead of hanging them on closet door handles before – drove me crazy). Got 2 deep Sterilite white plastic baskets for folded clothes. All for the landing.
Gosh, that’s a lot of bins. But I noticed that one big source of kalat in our home are all the dirty laundry, even the clean laundry, and where they should go!
In short, as I have been observing our daily routines and day-to-day messes, it seems I need to tackle our Laundry Room pronto! (This includes hooks for the baby strollers!!! – My dad got me the hooks! I just need to get it from him and install them)
Get some chairs! – The H got 4 white Charles chairs with steel legs from MOD Living – salamat! (09.15.16)
- Get a booster seat (or even a high chair still?) for Alo.
Complete my initial set of tableware (just need glasses now and them woven coasters. All the stalls in Greenhills were out of the round ones, arrrrgh. – Got Adeline origami-esque glasses from Habitat Manila, yay, and round woven coasters which were gifts from my mother. Have temporary mother-of-pearl coasters for now care of the H. Oh and my lighter grey table napkins (spotted in Rustan’s! Though I ordered a white monogram set from The Olive Tree), and a silicone cookie sheet to line my bamboo woven serving tray). – I am FINALLY set for now, even down to the trivets. I can live without light grey table napkins; my beige ones worked better with my Crate and Barrel printed plates because I got rattan oval placemats! Even got trivets. I just need to set up everything up and take photos for Mafe’s reference.
- Get a new white electric fan for this space
After I finish the above, I’m putting the dining room on hold and tackling the ground floor bedroom first because helllooo, the baby is coming in 2 months! #slightpanicmode