Sometimes – You Just Gotta Do It


We cleaned the craft cupboard on Saturday.

It needed to be done – I mean seriously needed to be done. It was so bad that when you needed something you had to open the door slowly, brace your arm to catch whatever fell out while grabbing what you needed quickly – if you could find it. Then you just prayed the door would close again.

But I hadn’t planned to clean that cupboard – at least not on Saturday. I had planned to do it some other day – in the future when I had nothing else to do.

Maybe after I had cleaned all the grout in my bathroom with a toothbrush and organized my spices alphabetically. 🙂

But have you ever noticed that one thing always leads to another – especially with cleaning.

It all started when the kids decided – on their own – to organize the movies.  I sat back and smiled while they unloaded everything on the floor and even when they had a heated discussion on the merits of different movies.

I was thrilled when they found the 2 missing movies from our art curriculum and the exercise video that I hadn’t seen in months. (and no – I did NOT hide it on purpose!)

I bit my tongue and let them organize things how ever they wished – figuring that if I ever needed a movie they should be able to find it for me.

But when the dust cleared and the cupboard was filled – there on the floor was a pile of movies – children’s classics like Pooh Bear, Thomas and Busytown that my kids have outgrown.

It was that pile of movies that caused the problem.

They needed to go the attic.

But in order to go to the attic they needed a plastic container to put them in – and the only plastic container to put them in was currently full of stuff that I didn’t want to deal with that was left over from Vacation Bible School back in July – and that container was stuffed in – you guessed it – the craft closet!

So – I took a deep breath – yanked those doors open and watched as the contents exploded on the floor.

Then Angel Girl and I spent the afternoon organizing colored pencils, crayons (seriously people – do crayons ever get used up?)  and markers.

We sorted paper, yarn, scissors and millions of beads (I am not exaggerating – well , not much!)

At the end of the day we had one clean cupboard, one full garbage bag, one box of fun stuff to give away (it’s coming your way Cinnamon!), one plastic tote of movies ready for the attic, and one cabinet of movies sorted and organized.


At least I can cross that one of my list – now I should get right on that grout in the bathroom…. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Sometimes – You Just Gotta Do It

  1. Doesn’t it feel good to have it cleaned? Some projects overwhelm me but it feels so good when it’s done!

    I made the hot chocolate cookies yesterday – delicious!


  2. OH goodie! I was just thinking I need to get a fun bin together for the kids for when the baby arrives. Thank you 🙂

    p..s your hot cocoa cookies look scrumptous!


  3. I need to get my kids to organize the movies … seems they are neat, then all of a sudden things are stacked and piled and it’s the leaning tower of Pisa! I need to get organized, too. Since there’s nowhere to go in all of this snow, I guess I have no more excuses!

    P.S. The chickens are laying because we fooled them with lights on a timer. They’re getting 15+ hours of white light a day. Seems to make all the difference in the world! 🙂


  4. Our craft closet really needs to be organized.
    I did organize my books last week.
    It was no fun trying to find part 3 or 4 in a series while they were scattered around.
    So I organized by author name, putting series back together.


  5. Hmmm don’t suppose you could loan your kids to me could you? Just for a weekend? Seriously though yaay for getting things cleaned out. I always feel better after cleaning and organizing… makes me wonder why I can’t just keep it that way!


  6. Way to go, Angel Girl! This must be the same stuff we went thru together and packed away before you moved. I can only imagine all the creative items you can make now that you know what you have to work with!

    I remember that cupboard and walked very softly passed it when I was working in the area!

    I know what you mean about colors–still have a box from your growing-up years that the next generation are using, might even be some in the box from when I was growing up, too!!
    Nana Shirley


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