Thankful for my Small Space

 

 Thought I would combine my organization of small spaces with Thankful Thursdays. First off, I ‘ll start with what I am thankful for….

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I’m thankful for a son who loves to help me cook and clean,  he just loves to spend time with his mommy.

I am thankful for a son who always says please and thank you and means it.

I’m thankful I am blessed with such a determined and sweet boy.

I’m thankful I have a job to go to every morning and have a way to pay for our bills, groceries and daycare.

I’m thankful for a roof over our heads, I know in today’s economy that is just a dream for some families.

I’m thankful for a small space that forces me to get organized and focus on what’s really important.

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I LOVE FlyLady and how she has helped me. Since this week is a combination of the living room and dining room/entrance/ porch I would show some pictures of those areas. I still have more to do to get organized, but I think it looks pretty darn good. My mother was up and she of course pointed out the pile of shoes (some no longer fitting Dino) still on the shoe flat. Why do mothers only see the things you need to work on and not what you accomplished?

Even with a small living room, let me show you how I organized it and sectioned it. Even with a small space, it’s important to have areas within, so it feels bigger and you don’t feel trapped.

We I limited what was allowed in the lving room. We got rid of DVD cases and keep them in a special accordion case, except for a few special ones. Hubby complains that he can’t find his DVD when he needs them in a hurry. I don’t think looking through a big binder makes it any harder than searching through 200 cases. He just wants to complain.

Many of my son’s art supplies are kept behind his door in a hanging organizer, but some are kept on the entertainment shelf. As long as it is kind of hidden in baskets, it’s all good.

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With a small space, you can’t have a table taking up room. Instead we use ottomans for eating if we really must eat in the living room or just sit at the dining table. My place is not perfect, it’s still a work in progress as I continue to fly with the FlyLady. I am hoping to instill good cleaning and organizing skills in my son now, so when he is older he will automatically  know what to do.

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living room

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Now that the sun is shining and we can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, I am loving the porch. It was such a beautiful weekend, that I enjoyed sitting out there for quite a bit and loved how the picture turned out. Hubby has more junk and dust-collecting nonsense in the garage, more than he knows what to do with. He says it’s organized, but it just looks like contained clutter to me. It truly frustrates me. I know I can only do what I can and so I am going to clean and organize what I can control.

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Any suggestions or ideas?

 

About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.

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Thankful for my Small Space — 14 Comments

  1. Hi!

    I’m visiting from A Sorta Fairytale, Thankful Thursday blog hop.

    It sounds like you have a very sweet son. What a blessing! I’m envious of your organization. I need to work on that. I’ve heard of the FlyLady before, but definitely need to check it out.

    • Yeah, he’s a sweet little dino, when he behaves.

      I was hesitant with the FlyLady, but once I organized all the lists in my Cozi Calendar, it made sense. My place has never been cleaner.

  2. Your house looks so organized! I am working on that here… We all need to make some changes!
    The linky is back up and running now – sorry it was down when you came!

  3. Hailing from Thankful Thursday & I’m thankful for many of the same as you are. As far as ideas for you I was a single Mom of four children 2 & 2 and we had a small place so what I did was I stored summer clothes & toys in the winter & then visa verse winter in the summer. We had much more room then. Have a great weekend & I’m your latest follower on everything I could find. Hope you can stop by too!

    • Wow, so you have lots of experience. Thankfully with only one kid who grows so fast, we don’t have too many out of season clothes for him. I don’t have much eitehr, it’s my hubby that is a pain in the but with all his clothes…men…hmph

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