At the beginning of last year, I took Becky Higgins’ Project Real Life through BigPicture Scrapbooking. I came away from that series with so much more than just memory keeping. Becky shared so many good ideas from her everyday life, that I found myself changing the way I did things around my own home. For example, we live in a three story home with Elliot’s bedroom being on the third floor. Instead of climbing flights of stairs every time he needed a diaper/clothing change, my Mom bought a 3 drawer “dresser” for us to use in containing E’s shoes, extra changes of clothes, blankets, etc. This sits in the living room between the television and the mantel (in what would be wasted space). Time saved! There is also a basket of his toys in that room, too.
Also on the first floor is the dining room, a bathroom and a nonworking kitchen (more about that later). The bathroom is tiny and has no cupboards. We put a shelf in the kitchen and bought baskets to hold large towels, washcloths, hairdryer and flatiron, diapers, little swimmers, extra skin lotion, shampoo and conditioner. No more up and down to the second floor bathroom. This nonworking kitchen also has a dorm size freezer/fridge where we keep bottles of water, cans of soda, ice cream and ice pops.
This multi-purpose way of storing often used items in uncommon places, has saved us a lot of time and energy. Thanks, Becky!!