Organizing Everything

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Have y’all heard of a Commonplace Book?  It’s a kind of like a journal, but it’s not a journal.  Instead of writing down your private thoughts or daily reflections, you record anything that resonates with you.  Words to a song, a quote, a bible verse, a line from a movie…anything.   If you saw the movie,  A Walk to Remember, it’s like the book that Landon gave to Jamie when she was in the hospital.

Such books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests.  Wikipedia

Anyway, I started one several months ago.  I’ve only written a few things in it, but over the last couple of days have come across a few Commonplace Book-worthy sentiments.  One is more of an idea than a line or a quote, an idea that strikes a chord.  And that is this: settling into your home.  That has been my goal since the day I was handed the shiny, silver key to our new home.

This is the year that I’m surrendering my inhibitions; letting go of what doesn’t belong and grabbing hold of what does.

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So, I’ve been purging everything that we don’t need or use.  If I haven’t used it or figured out a way to repurpose it in all these years, then I’m not going to.  It feels so good to bag it up and load it in the car.

“I like the way you work it.  ( no diggity) Gotta bag it up.  (bag it up)”  Dr. Dre

I’m making a second trip to GoodWill today.   In this process, I’m also thinking through how I want to use each closet in our home.  Will the linen closet go back to being a linen closet or will it continue storing cleaning supplies?  Should I convert the “spare” room closet into a homework station?  Tune in soon at the same bat time and the same bat channel to find out. 😉

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Then there’s the command center, the contents of which are strewn all over my kitchen island.  It needed to be reorganized so that it functions to suit my family’s needs.  Today, I’m sharing more about “Clearing the Clutter” and tackling the big projects as I continue the Organization 101 series at Inspiration Cafe.  I hope you’ll join me.  (That post will be live at 9:00 a.m. CST.)

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


  1. You know from conversations we have shared that I am right there with you each step of the way, except for one. I decided to take my things to a flea market and try to sell them so that I can earn money towards my goal of turning my house into my home!!!! How else am I supposed to do that if I am operating on a “broken shoe string budget” to begin with? That also includes paint – lol.
    Have a wonderful day, stay warm! Our high for the day is going to hopefully reach a wonderful 20 degrees – come on spring!

  2. Love that photo of you and your family. Too cute!

  3. Looking forward to some of your organizing ideas. We told our Mom we would help organize her pantry/holiday-decoration/gift-wrapping storage area (a lot in a small area) this winter. Hopefully, there will be stuff we can get rid of, too! Really, when things are organized, it’s such a time saver when you have to find something!

  4. Thank you. We had the dickens trying to take that photo. We jumped so many times, my quads were sore.

  5. My husband wanted me to sell everything, but I was too lazy to take pictures and list it all. I CAN.NOT imagine how cold it is where you live. I would turn into an icicle. Here’s to Spring!

  6. I love the way an organized space makes me feel. I’m making some progress and hope to have some photos to share soon. Looking forward to seeing what y’all do with your mom’s space. I have a multipurpose closet too.

  7. New here, but I plan to be back. I need to organize my craft room, but it is sooooo hard – I see every little piece of everything as a potential art element. HOW do I get past that?

  8. Welcome, Donna! Come back as often as you like. I had the same problem, but with frames and knick knacks etc. I was sure I’d find a way to incorporate it or repurpose it. My tip is to give yourself a time frame. If I haven’t created something with this in _________ months, it goes in the trash/giveaway pile. Oh, that might help you too…give it away instead of throw it away.

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