Well, I realize that it isn’t actually Wednesday. And I also realize that I haven’t posted a Wednesday feature in a few weeks, but I’ll tell you why: I was embarrassed to show you my boxes!
Actually, it wasn’t the boxes I didn’t like. It was the mess that surrounded them!
Today, though, I’m going to take a moment to share with you my latest adventure . . . I cleaned out our front closet.
I didn’t take before photos and I’m somewhat sad about that, but really, trust me on this, you didn’t want to see it. Picture a closet meant to be a coat closet. Fill it up with about 25 coats of varying sizes, with only one or two actually fitting anyone in the house. Then stack bags and bags of fabric, yarn, various crafting supplies, bits of projects half completed more than 7 years ago, boxes from when we moved in here over 7 years ago (!?), mail (hush now) from when we moved in . . . well, you get the idea.
So I had to keep our workboxes outside this closet. And a bin for shoes next to it. And all manner of other things that would get shoved out of the way for school time only to end up in front of or on top of our boxes by dinner time. Not ideal.
Well, here’s a picture of our front hall, such as it is. You’re looking from my dining room into a little alcove area. To the right (behind that out-of-place T-square I borrowed from my husband and never returned…. Sorry honey!) is our front door. To the left is a closet door, hiding behind our giant American flag which we pledge allegiance to every morning. Where that folding stool is currently residing was the home our workboxes before I fixed it.
And here’s what’s in the closet. No more coats that don’t fit. No more scrunched up bits of wrapping paper. I am thinking of finding a new home for the vacuum, if I can manage it. I’d love this to just be a school space. (Oh, and sewing. Did I mention that half the stuff in the top of the closet is my sewing stuff? Oh well.)
These are our actual boxes. I love these drawers. They are strong and sturdy, rugged and reliable. No matter how hard they are pulled, yanked, slammed and smashed, they come through looking like new. I’ve had these drawers for over a decade and they still look like I just bought them. Aside from a bit of dust, that is.
We do ten boxes and we do them together. Three kids, so three copies of everything. It’s really fun this way!
Some folks use these as their workboxes, but I find them to be far to flimsy to stand up to daily use. I use these to store materials. Much of it is there for the kids to use or for me to use when prepping for their lessons. Kids are in these drawers a few times a week and it’s much better that way!
This is what makes workboxes possible for us. In the front of this file crate I keep folders marked Monday through Friday and I copy everything I’m going to need for a few weeks and put it all in there. That way when evening comes and it’s time to load boxes for the next day, I just have to grab things from the files and move them to the box. Easy, fast and convenient. The rest of the file box holds things that I’ve found and printed out but I’m not ready to use them yet.
I didn’t get a great picture of these, but I made a few library bags. We use our library extensively and I felt bad about them always giving us bags that I’m sure they pay quite a bit for. Our library is tiny and facing possible closure, so to save them a few dollars, I made these bags. The kids adore them and treat them and the books we bring home in them with much more reverence than before. Each bag took me only a few scraps of fabric and one baby nap-time to make so I count that as an excellent return on my investment!
Now… You might be wondering what I’ve put in our workboxes. And if you’ve never used boxes for school work, you might be wondering what on earth I’m even talking about. Well, to be honest, It’s 1:00 in the morning as I’m writing this out and I’m quite tired. And, I’m sure you’ll agree, this post is already rediculously long, so I’m going to stop here and save our “What’s In The Box” for another day.
Until then, here’s a sweet baby picture of our newest daughter: