Alrighty! Round 2 of voting is up at American Crafters. I would so appreciate it if you would go vote! Maybe I can make it to another round?
Honestly, I'm quite happy to be done with this project. I would have liked to do something a little more elaborate and super organized, but we rent and are in school, so I am kind of limited with resources and space. I'm not limited in ideas for organization, though. I found it a little frustrating coming up with something I was satisfied with.
Still, here's what I did.
First of all, my desk was in desperate need of some organization.
I know! You can scroll down quickly if you want so you don't have to look at that!
It sits right inside our front door and has become a drop point for the mail and whatever else we don't want to put away (like the girl's shoes). I have to clean it off on a daily basis because this is also where I work in the evenings.
So, first I took the opportunity to go to the discount store to see what kind of organization inspiration I could find. Here's what I came back with:
And here's what I did with it.
First, I cleaned everything off the desk, cleaned it, and took a picture before the cleaner dried.
Then, I took the fun contact paper and covered the desktop with it.
I didn't get it on super straight (because super straight and I are NOT friends), so I ran an Xacto knife along the edges that were hanging off and made them nice and clean.
Oooh pretty! (That paper chain, by the way, is from a date night with my husband; each chain has written on it a reason he loves me.)
Next, I pulled out some cork board tiles I had on hand and nailed them to the desk.
Yup, I just nailed them right on there (which bent a lot of my nails because that is one hard desktop!)
I also put a basket underneath to hold my new inbox/bills to be paid box.
This is where we put the mail now.
I traced the frame in the center of the cork and then cut that space out, like so:
I put some pretty paper in the frame and then glued the frame into it's customized space.
It's my new dry erase board.
I spray painted those green bowls so they are now a pretty chocolate brown and they are my clutter catchers and outgoing mail "box."
And, here are my "after" pictures:
It's a much happier space now!
For the rest of my project, I'm just going to include an abridged version of the post I submitted to explain my system.
You see, in theory, I am a very organized person. I have a book full of schedules, plans, and to do lists. It is beautiful and works fairly well for me. The problem is, I still have a hard time finding motivation to complete my chores.
In the center of the cork board, I glued a dry erase board for my Weekly To Do list and beside that is pinned my Daily To Do list and Bonus chores (these are chores that I typically have a harder time doing).
Now, my thinking is that if we motivate kids to do their chores by giving them rewards or special privileges, why shouldn't I reward myself for doing my chores? And, what is the best reward for myself (aside from a clean house)? Projects.
So, I now have a shelf in my craft room devoted to my weekly projects. Each container or basket holds the supplies needed to complete a project. Once my chores are all checked off for the day, I now have a project waiting for me. The red basket holds a special weekly reward (such as a good book or fuzzy socks,
maybe some occasional chocolate) if I finish my bonus chores. Now, I have something to look forward to and I may even enjoy the housework more!
There you go! Now, please go vote! Thank you so much for your support!