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Thursday, February 9, 2012

My plans for our new place...

Our lease is up at the end of March, and believe me, I am counting down the days!! We still don't have much of an option though. All of the apartments around here that have 3 bedrooms have a waiting list of at least 6 months. Most of the houses are out of our price range. So that leaves duplexes and trailers. We don't really want another trailer. We are willing to do another trailer if it is on private land, not falling apart, and is at least 200 sq. ft. bigger than where we are now, but we would rather have a house. And there aren't many duplexes we have seen with three bedroom. They get taken fast. There is one option... it is a big maybe. I don't want to say much about it because I don't want to jinx it, but it is pretty much our only option, so I really hope it comes through.

Anyway... I have lots of plans for when we do get a new place.

My first plan is Grace's room. It is probably the room that needs the most attention. Her dresser is falling apart (cheap wood). My mom has an extra dresser that she is going to give us when we move, so that is the first big change. Then I am going to take her book case down off the dresser and drill it into the wall so it won't fall over on her. Then, I'm going to move all her breakables to the top of the bookshelf, move all her books to the top two shelves, then I want to get storage bins to organize her smaller toys in and put on the bottom three shelves. That way she can reach them. I would like to get the plastic kind that have lids on them, so that she has to have me open them. That way she can't pull them all out at once. I also want to get her one of those larger plastic circle tubs with the handles on it. That would be for her bigger toys. And I am going to put her giant foam ABC puzzle that she got from my mom for Christmas in her floor.
I also need to go through all her clothes and get rid of the ones that no longer fit her.

For Brentley's room we don't need to do much. Pretty much all I need is a plastic tub with a lid, so that I can put all his clothes in it that don't fit him, but I want to keep, then I need to get rid of all the clothes that I don't fit him that I don't want to keep. Oh, and I am going to put Grace's toy box in his room. It's brown so it would fit in his room better. That will take care of most of his toys. And I want to put up his toy net in a corner of his room so that we can put his stuffed animals in it.

For our room, my dad is giving us the bed, mattress, and box springs out of his garage. It is all brand new. So we are going to store our old bed in his garage until one of the kids is old enough for it. We also need to store our Christmas tree, Christmas decorations, TV box, and Chris old car seats in my dad's garage (he offered to let us store it there). That will de-clutter our room. You can barely move in there right now because of all that stuff. And I need to go through mine and Chris' clothes to get rid of anything that doesn't fit or we don't wear. And I want to go through all our papers (bills, birth certificates, etc.) and organize them, so that when I need to find something, I will know exactly where it is.

For the living room, there is not much. Basically I just want to change out some of the pictures in our picture frames. They are all of Grace because I have never gotten around to changing them. I want some of Brentley in them as well.

For the the kitchen and bathroom I basically just want to organize the cabinets completely. They are cluttered too much. Also, if we have room, my dad has a kitchen table that he is going to give us.

And the last couple of things are that anything we have that does not have a place now, I will find a place for it in our new place. If I can't find a place for it, I will either donate it or sell it (depending on what it is). And anything that the kids don't use anymore (Grace's old stroller, Brentley's bassinet, Brentley's swing, etc.) will be going to my mom's because she prices everything for the consignment sales.

Some of this I am going to start doing now.. like taking the things to my dad's that we need to store, going through the kids clothes, going through our clothes, getting rid of unused items, and taking the kids old things to my mom's. That will give us a jump start on moving because I won't have to worry about all that stuff then. The rest of it will have to wait until we move.


  1. Sounds like a good plan. Walmart has their storage tubs on sale. Maybe an accordian folder could help organize all of your important papers.

  2. Do they really?? I'll be going to Wal-mart today! Lol.
    An accordian folder might be a good idea. I'll have to look at some of those as well.

  3. Sounds great! Storage tubs are a life saver! You can get some really cute ones from Target for about the same price as the regular white ones. (I have some that have a fall pattern on them for my fall decorations.) And if you go to the Ooltewah Dollar Tree, you can get some cute plastic and fabric bins like the ones in Sam's room and her school closet. It is cheap and makes things look a lot nicer.

    I hope you guys can find a place. It sucks, I know. We were wanting to move, but we are so picky as far as placement and such goes. We really like this place, just not the landlord, which is why we opted to stay here. I will keep an eye out for you though, and I hope that whatever it is that you don't want to jinx goes well. :)

  4. Hope you find a place!! I know it can be hard with more than one kiddo.
    That is a rules live by. I can't stand clutter. So if we don't use it or babies have outgrown it it's out of here. Drew is the opposite and keeps everything but I go behind him throw it right out! Haha!

  5. Thanks girls!
    It's really weird because used to I didn't mind clutter. I don't like things being dirty as in like gross, but I didn't use to mind things being out of place. But my nesting symptom never went away with Brentley, and it's been killing me because it was really hard to keep up with the clutter. He is just now getting to the point where I can sit him down and clean.
    Chris doesn't care about keeping things, but he is terrible at cleaning. When he tries to help he just makes it worse, so I would prefer he just not even do it. The only problem with that is that it leaves it all to me lol.

  6. I know what you mean. I always liked things neat, but I just wanted it neater and neater as I got older. Now I cannot stand if the remotes sit at the wrong angle.

    Jessie is in the middle. I am one of those, if we don't use it in so many months, it is gone. Jessie doesn't have much that is "his", but what he does have, he just tries to stuff in his car or in a box and leaves it there-until I throw it out. lol