40 bags in 40 days: Week 2

Oh man what a hectic week! Lots going on at work and both kiddos had the flu, then I got the flu. Needless to say I did not get as much done as I had hoped but still made some good progress.

If you missed my original project post or my Week 1 post from last week, check out what 40 bags in 40 days is all about and visit the other blogs of the lovely ladies participating in this challenge. You can also find us on our 40 bags in 40 days board on Pinterest.

Here’s my progress for week 2:

Bag 8: Kids kitchen cupboard This cupboard serves as a catch all for the kids cups, plates, water bottles and other various foot storage items. Unbeknownst to me, shoved way in he back were also several old bottles, dishwasher bottle racks and a ton of bibs (my youngest has been off the bottle for a year). It was nice to be able to get rid of these since it freed up a lot of space so things aren’t haphazardly shoved into this cupboard.

Bag 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Pantry Ok I know it seems lame to lump 5 bags into one area but take one look at my pantry and you’ll totally understand. It’s a disaster. And it’s been that way for a while but it has seemed like too overwhelming of a job to tackle all at once. This might be the most embarrassing area of my house. And I know you’re saying to yourself ‘I mean who stores DVDs in their pantry?!?’. Well I have a toddler who insists on getting into everything, so me, I store DVDs in the pantry (but I hope to find a better place for them as I tackle my problem areas next week).

In order to make cleaning out this space manageable, I broke it up by shelf so I could do one each day. Besides just cleaning it out, another goal for this space was to make it easier to see how much I had left of everything in hopes of not making a trip to the store every other day because we ran out of something. Once I got rid of all the expired food, empty boxes and stuffed animals (yeah you read that right), I made a trip to the dollar store for some cheap containers to help keep things organized (without spending a fortune). I spent $9 and got all of these containers (and yes they’re all the same color because I’m OCD).

Here is the finished product (so far). I think I may still need a few extra containers here and there. And I would like to get a larger storage container to hold the party supplies on the top shelf. Overall I’m pretty proud of how good it looks and how much more space we have now (YAY! room for more food). Let’s just hope it stays this way.

Bag 14: Portable artwork storage A few months ago, I had the great idea of using a purple plastic storage box to store art supplies (crayons, construction paper, safety scissors, glue sticks, coloring books, stickers, etc) for my girls since they use them just about every day. I envisioned it being easy to move from upstairs to downstairs and neatly contain all their craftiness. Yeah right! Lately, it’s become a staple on our dining table and it often looks more like a craft store threw up at the end of my table than the little organized box I had imagined.

While the after picture doesn’t look that drastically different, the box is now about half full (after I removed all the scraps of paper, old drawings (which I’ll be archiving with Artkive before recycling) and completely colored coloring books. I also replaced some of the coloring books with new ones from the craft bin I keep in the pantry. Also, since cleaning the pantry, this box can now live on the floor in the pantry, easily within kid reach, when not in use. No more crafty mish mash on my dining room table. Hooray!

Hoping to make more progress next week on book and dvd storage, our spice/junk cabinet and our junk drawer.

Be sure to check out the progress of the other lovely bloggers tackling this crazy challenge right along with me in my original 40 bags in 40 days post!


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