Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The New Bag

I haven't been happy with my purse/diaper bag situation lately.  My purse isn't quite holding everything that I need, but I really dislike lugging around the diaper bag.  I mention my favorite blog often - iheartorganizing.blogspot.com - because she always has really great ideas for organizing just about everything and wouldn't you know it, just as I am thinking that I need a new bag system, I read a post on that blog about her travel tote, so I decided to create my own.  Here is what I did:

I got this bag on sale at Target:

The outside is vinyl so it can get wet without soaking everything inside.  It's big enough to hold a bunch of stuff, but not too big.  And its pretty!

Here is what I keep in it...

My portable purse that holds the wallet, keys, chapstick, and cell phone that I blogged about here:

For the baby and toddler stuff, I got this fold over frame clutch from Target:

I put wipes, a few diapers, an extra change of underwear and pants for the big girl that is being potty trained, a onsie for the baby, a bib, some poop bags that I put the dirty diapers in, and a plastic freezer bag for possible dirty clothes.

I got a notebook similar to this one from Target as well to keep in the bag:

I tabbed it with a section for to-dos (since I always think of things to do while I'm not near my computer to do list), a section for work, and a section for 2 year old B's preschool class next year because I have somehow agreed to be the parent coordinator which is going to make for a lot more work and many more things that I'm going to need to remember to write down.  I also left an extra tabbed section for a possible errand or grocery list?

I bought these decorative files from Amazon that fit perfectly in the bag:

I use 3... 1 file for papers for B and baby M (side note... I'm just realizing that baby M is almost not a baby anymore!!), 1 file for work, and 1 file for B's preschool class (since I'm the parent coordinator I'm going to be hauling around a lot of paperwork for that class too - what did I get myself into here???)

So far my bag is working out great.  There is a zipper pouch inside where I keep pens and mints and other small loose items.  The tote isn't too big, yet fits all that stuff and there is still room to throw in sweatshirts or food/snacks or toys, etc.  If I am going out without the kids, I just throw that portable purse that holds my wallet and stuff into a bigger purse and I'm good to go.  The diaper bag is still around, but I keep it downstairs as a storage place for when I need to do changings, etc. downstairs.

Oh, and I got almost everything on sale so it wasn't too expensive to put together - yay!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Laundry Room Ideas

If you have at all followed some of my last posts, you will know that the downstairs of my house threw up - twice!  The first time was the toilet and we had to tear out all the laminate floors and will soon be tearing up the carpet in the playroom to replace since it seems as if the water damage got under the carpet as well.  The second time the downstairs had a case of the flu was with the sink.  Luckily the laminate was still torn up so no damage to the new floors, but this time the water got under the tiles that are under the washer and dryer, so.... out went the washer and dryer and tiles.

The new laminate is down (although I know we're playing with fire here, thinking we should have gone with vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood for possible future floods).  The new baseboards are up too, the door that has never closed is fixed, and since we had to remove the washer and dryer we decided that this was a good time to get them on pedestals, so those are in place with the washer and dryer on them.  Now it is time to make that space usable.  I've been spending some time researching ideas for how to make the laundry area look nice and function well.  Here are some ideas I've come across that I like...

I'm always finding random things in my pockets - yes MY pockets, not Nick's - so I thought this idea for a way to collect those things was neat:

I definitely need to find space to hang clothes after they've been ironed or for those clothes that have just come out of the dryer, but need a little extra drying time.  I like this idea for putting up hooks to hang the clothes:

I always have the ironing board open, but lets be honest, I don't iron that much!  I'm hanging it on the wall from now on:

I need tubs... for clothes that are waiting to be handwashed, for handwashing clothes, for dirty towels, for clothes that have been stained and need soaking, and for Nick's dirty/smelly workout clothes.  I thought these were nice and will bring some pretty color to the drab job of laundry:
Gardener’s Supply Tubtrugs

We need something to cover up the holes in the wall behind the utility sink from when we had to pull the sink out to put down new floors.  I'm thinking I like a slatted wall that will hide the holes and be functional:
laundry room in garage with slatted wall

I've already decided I'm buying this shelving unit to hold some of the laundry containers that won't fit on top of the washer and dryer now that they are on pedestals.  Also, Nick plays basketball in the evenings after the girls are asleep and he likes to go for runs while they are napping.  He needs a place to keep his workout/basketball clothes and towels for cleaning up when he gets home.  I thought the drawers would be a perfect place to keep those things:

The last thing I want is a pretty rug to put in front of the washer and dryer.  I got caught up messing around with Polyvore and created this "lookbook" of potential patterns:

blue rugs

I need to do all of this on a budget so I might have to scale my ideas down a bit, but its always good to start with a plan!!