Fresh Start for Spring โ€“ Controlling Clothing Chaos {Part 2}


So, after sorting everything into piles of size and season (ie: 6-9 months winter clothing), it was time to pack everything up to store in the attic. If you don’t have an attic or basement with ample storage space, my system may not work for you, but I’m sure it can be adapted to work on a smaller scale.

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I started with a large plastic tub, and some space bags. I’m not sure if the space bags really conserve space, but I had them, so I used them. Each bag was packed with clothing from a specific size range/season and labeled accordingly.

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The ziploc bags were perfect for storing and labeling smaller items, like shoes and socks.

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The tub is about half full of 6-12 month items. Since we’re still in some 12-18 month clothing, I put the latest outgrown items in the smaller plastic containers for closet storage until later. I think at this rate, I can use the same tub to store all of his 6-18 month stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now the closet is all cleaned out, and I’ve started making a list of items that we need for this summer. Mostly shorts and sandals. I think we’re good on t-shirts. Maybe another pair or two of PJs.

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Ahhh…look at all of that empty space. So refreshing!!

Happy organizing!!

Fresh Start for Spring – Controlling Clothing Chaos {Part 1}

If you’re a Facebook Fan, you know that yesterday was devoted to cleaning out my son’s dresser and closet, and packing away or donating his outgrown clothes.

Part one of Controlling Clothing Chaos will explain my decluttering process, and part two will be about the storage aspect.

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First, before you tackle any decluttering – make sure all laundry is put away. (This will make part two easier, trust me!)

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I started with the dresser, because it has less stuff to weed through. Now that it’s March and the weather is warming up, the bottom drawer of blankets seemed unecessary…so they are packed into an underbed storage box. Still easy to access, but not taking up unneeded space. Unfortunately, the box is too tall to fit under the crib, so it is being stored under my bed for now.

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Next, I pulled all of the winter pajamas out of the second drawer. Once I realized that doing that only left a few sets of spring/summer PJs, I decided to use that space for something else, and set them aside for relocation.

The top drawer of the large dresser (socks, thermometer, diaper creams, etc.) remained unchanged. The now empty second and bottom drawer of the large dresser became home to my cloth diapers, and the small dresser now has a few PJs (and two empty drawers!)

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Now…to the closet. As {Hunter} outgrows things, I usually sort them into plastic containers like these and store them on the top shelf of the closet. That way, things that are the same size and season tend to already be together, which makes part two of the process easier.

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However, I only have 4 containers, and once they were full…this happened…

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So, it was a little bit of a process to get everything grouped together for storage, but it gave me a chance to go through all of his clothes and decide what I really wanted to keep for our next child.

Stay tuned for PART TWO to see how I store everything!

2013…the year of ME!

As you can see from my review of my 2012 goals, I haven’t been putting myself first much. I think that needs to change in 2013. I don’t have any specific things in mind (aside from the usual “eat healthier, exercise more, lose some weight”) but it’s really much more than that. The year of ME needs to be about more than just physical goals…my focus needs to be on all aspects of my life.

In short, I need to do this:

In addition to self-improvement, a lot of 2013 is going to be focused on this blog. More relevant posts, more content, streamlining categories, connecting with fellow bloggers, attracting more readers. As always, your input is welcome! What keeps you coming back to The Practically Green Mom? What would you like to see more of?

Here’s to 2013! May you all have a blessed new year!

The 2012 Year in Review

You may remember at the end of 2011, I set some goals that I wanted to accomplish this year. Let’s see how far I’ve come, shall we?? (Also, please note that the title of that post was “My ultimate goal for 2012 (and 11 other relatively important ones)” – yet there are only TEN other goals…sleep deprived, much? lol)

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30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Four / Wrap-up

It’s July 1st, and the end of my 30 Day Vegan Challenge!

I didn’t do as well as I hoped. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I tried some new foods and recipes, and learned a lot about my eating habits. (And I lost 6 pounds!)

I think with my current lifestyle (working full-time, chasing around a soon-to-be toddler), being 100% vegan is unrealistic. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to cook all of my meals at home, and eating vegan at restaurants is challenging.

So, for the time being, I’ve decided to go back to eating mostly vegetarian, with a lot of vegan inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚ I plan to stick with using almond milk in my cereal, coconut milk coffee creamer, etc. I’ll still be on the hunt for great vegan recipes to make as I have time.

Baby steps…

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Three

Lately, I’ve been losing my motivation in this challenge. Maybe it’s because I’ve already “fallen off the wagon”, and it’s easy to just go back to old habits. I’m still doing my best to eat Vegan as much as possible, though.

I actually had a chance to try a new recipe this week, and in turn, use a product that I had been meaning to try for a while that a lot of Vegan recipes call for.

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review on this product. These are my honest opinions.)

Red Star Nutritional Yeast – Nutritional yeast is great source of B vitamins. It also gives a “cheesy” flavor to foods. I was skeptical about the claims of cheesy flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste! It’s not meant to be a substitute for cheese in a dish like lasagna, but it gives a little flavor to dishes like the Chili Mac I made earlier this week.

I also went to the new Trader Joe’s that opened here last week. I was surprised at how small the store was! Unfortunately, it was our last errand of the day, and the baby was headed for a meltdown. It was very crowded, and I didn’t get a chance to do a lot of browsing.

I’m hoping to try at least one new recipe again this coming week. I can’t believe how fast this 30 days has gone! Look for my vegan challenge week 4/wrap up next Sunday!

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week Two

End of week two, and I have confession to make. I’m not going to lie to myself or my readers…

I ate something that was not vegan.

I have learned that traveling and going out to eat are incredibly challenging. Plenty of places offer vegetarian options, but vegan meals are difficult to come by. And sometimes you get into a situation where you are stuck. Rather than eating a plate of lettuce, I made a judgement call, and chose vegetarian items instead.

I guess if you want to get technical, I failed the challenge. But I still have every intention of completing the whole 30 days to the best of my ability.

Baby steps… ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week One

I’ve completed my first week of the vegan challenge! Yay!

Week one mostly consisted of upping my veggie intake, and drinking more water. I didn’t try any new recipes this week, just adapted some vegetarian recipes that I already use to make them vegan, as needed.

I did try some new products, though…

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated by any of the following companies for reviews on their products. These are my honest opinions.)

– Whole Soy & Co. Soy Yogurt- For the most part: Amazing! Blueberry is my favorite. Not crazy about the Strawberry, though. It had a distinct soy milk taste to it. When I mentioned it on Twitter (follow them @WholeSoy!), they responded immediately. Wonderful customer service!

– So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer – Are we sure this isn’t dairy?! It tastes exactly the same in my coffee as the non-vegan creamer I used before! And y’all know how much coffee I drink!

Overall, I feel great! Husband says I look like I’ve lost a few in the waistline, and the scale agrees (down 2.5 lbs!)

I have some new recipes from Fat Free Vegan to try for Week 2. I’ll keep you posted! ๐Ÿ™‚

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