In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Organizing like a Crazy Woman

I tell you what I think is awesome - a weekend that I don't have to do hair (because I did it on snow days), so I could actually accomplish some much needed organizing around the house. Saturday morning I finished the basement book shelves - yes, we have even more books in the basement! I also filled another Rubbermaid for Alyssa to sell in her Amazon store; I'm fairly sure my books breed at night. This only leaves the school room shelves to touch up and I can declare the bookshelves super organized!
After lunch, I announced to Tori that the next project was a good deep clean of her and Julia's room. Bless their heart, they had "cleaned" it themselves just the day before. Honestly, this is the first time is about six months that I had helped clean, but every now and then it just needs a Momma's touch to get it really clean.

Tori ready for action

Tori's quote was, "what's wrong with it?" Well, Victoria, this was your dresser -

and this was Julia's -

We moved a second shelf out of storage and I did what has worked pretty well in the boy's room - a shelf for each of them. The idea is that you keep your junk, I mean stuff on your shelf and keep it neat. When it overflows to other surfaces, we purge. (For the record, it's worked great for Ben, but James needs the Momma's touch on his shelves and his dresser!)

 After we were done, Tori's dresser was much improved and you can see Julia's super cleared dresser in the mirror.

 Today I moved on to the three little guys' room. It's hopefully not going to be much longer that Elijah is sharing a room with Selah and Bella, but it is working for now. I moved the organizing rack out of storage for Selah and Bella's stuff and Elijah has two rolling drawers under the bunk bed.We also relocated a boat load of Rescue Heroes to the play room; I think they will be very happy residing next to Barbie and her dream house.

Bed sheets were in the wash
My next room is the play room, which is going to require rearranging some storage options, while JD continues making progress in the basement finishing.


  1. The rooms looked great! On occasion, we actually help our kiddos clean up theirs and then I quickly take a picture as the tidiness won't last long! I have a difficult time getting rid of stuff and generally do only when the toys get broken/lost pieces etc. As they get older, I think it'll be easier though. Kudos on doing such a great job! And, the bookshelves looked great!

  2. Boy, you are generous...a whole bookshelf per girl! Our girls each have one of those fabric cube bins, that slides into a shelf. Our boys have 1 drawer each in a dresser. We have a playroom for legos, lincoln logs, etc. Their bins and drawers are for their own special treasures. The biggest thing mine "hoard" is their artwork.