We’re moving and my life is a mess.

by Kelsey Norwood

in Mom Central Tour

I enjoy a good organizational challenge, and boy do I have my work cut out for me since we’re moving and our office/craft room clutter has grown and gotten way out of control. We’re lucky enough to get a new start in a new space that will hopefully work better for us.

And I’m a Brother P-Touch Ambassador! I’m going to walk you through my organizational nightmare and, in a few weeks, show you how the Brother P-Touch Labeler and I conquered all.

The P-Touch label makers come in a variety of sizes and prices, but they’re all easy to learn and use and put out high quality, durable labels to help you conquer your mess.

This move has really been my tipping point and made me realize how badly I need to pare  down my stash and really organize what I keep. Packing everything up has shown me what a disaster everything was, and I’ve got some great ideas for our new space.

One of my biggest organizational challenges if finding the space to assign every item a permanent home. With a little more space, I hope to make sure everything has a place and there are no odds and ends floating around, cluttering up every surface.

Another challenge is keeping everything organized after the big initial overhaul. I have two other drawers of fabric full of neatly folded and color coded, but keeping up with new/recently used fabric is tough!

My current system isn’t going to work in our new house, so I’m going to be thinking up a new solution over the next few weeks. Any suggestions? Fabric organization is tough…

I already know I’m going to need lots more containers and hopefully less fabric.

I plan to use the labeler as I’m packing to organized everything how I want it in our new house. Sticking to only a few different kinds of containers is essential for me, so I’m going to figure out what sizes are most multi-purpose and stock up. Uniform containers look so much more organized than a random assortment.

This move and the Brother P-Touch label maker is is motivating me to really conquer the clutter and get off to a fresh and organized start in our brand new house.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Choose a space to tackle in your house and check out the Brother P-Touch Facebook Tab for lots of great organizational tips and help.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle March 9, 2013 at 2:07 am

I have a lot of fabric, and a lot of sheets, as I use them for quilt backs. I have two double dressers, in which I folded the fabric all the same size, and I stood them up in the drawers so I can see each one just at a glance. You can get a lot of fabric in the drawers that way.

2 Kelsey Norwood March 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

That’s a great idea Michelle. And I think we’ll be having some unused dressers too!

3 Becky T March 10, 2013 at 4:40 am

When doing a move, it’s the perfect time to bless others with the stuff you no longer need. And I know quilters/crafters are the worst about keeping things because “you never know” so letting go of things is extremely hard. Just ask yourself, “Would it really be that much of a burden to just buy another if I let this go now?” If you have boxes of scraps that you just might use, limit yourself to just one box and only keep the best. Donate the rest to a 4H Sewing club so other girls can share your love of sewing.

Create 3 categories in your mind of: Keep, Give, Toss. Keep – you love it, you’ll use it, it has a purpose; Give – you didn’t even remember you had it, it’s still in good condition to bless someone else’s life; Toss – it doesn’t work, its outlived its purpose, nobody would want it. Then create a staging area for the Give items and make a weekly trip to the Goodwill donation station and get a receipt for your taxes.

Ever heard of Flylady? She saved my life! She’s an organizational/decluttering guru and she’s got a great bit on her site about moving.
http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/flying-lessons/moving/

4 Connie March 11, 2013 at 4:25 am

When we moved, I added colored dots to every box to indicate where the box should end up, assuming that the movers wouldn’t take the time to read the labels which clearly said the same thing. I also kept a spreadsheet showing box number, contents, and destination room. This worked fine until my thread collection ended up in a box labeled “family history” and didn’t surface for months after we arrive.

The moral of the story is obviously “you cannot have too many labels on boxes.”

Good luck on the move.

5 Toni Randal March 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

I use stacked copy paper boxes for my craft stuffs… and then just label the boxes for whatever is inside the box… :) but most of the times I wrap the boxes so that I can easily determine them from each other…it works well for me…it might for you… ^_^

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