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It all started with this box.

I was at Target and I noticed it was on sale for 97 cent.

NINETY SEVEN CENTS?!?! That is better than you can get at the dollar tree! (see I can be good at math sometimes)

I decided that I couldn't pass up plastic bins for 97 cents. I didn't know what I would do with them, but I'm always up for an organizing project so I snatched them up.

I made sure to quiet that voice in the back of my head. It wasn't the holy spirit but instead it was the voice of Luke reminding me that while I was gone he didn't spend any money at Target yet I seem to spend money there everyday.

Different strokes for different folks.

I brought the 97 cent tubs home and set them aside for the moment when the organization bug hit me.

I was sitting in the living room when the moment struck me. The credenza in our living room needed to be organized. It came to me like a vision.

Good thing I had those handy dandy tubs to fulfill my vision.

The credenza had become my "catch-all" and was in need of some special attention.

After spending about 30 seconds fulfilling my vision I quickly realized I was going to need more plastic tubs.

Again, I quieted the Luke voice in my mind and made a plan to go to Target and buy tubs and ONLY tubs.

Several 97 cent tubs later (followed by coco puffs, Gouda cheese, lemonade and other necessities) I headed home to please my organization yearning heart.

I'm happy to say that I got the credenza organized.

I'm not so happy to say that I got a little over zealous and started organizing various areas in the house all at the same time.

I emptied every drawer of my desk. I dumped out the drawers on our bookshelf, and I cleaned out the junk drawer in the kitchen.

Please tell me everyone has a junk drawer in their kitchen. Or just lie to me.

So now I have an organized credenza, an organized junk drawer and piles of CRAP all throughout my house.

The Credenza before (of course I had to include a pic of my sidekick)

Credenza after:

And the junk drawer. I SO wish I had a before picture because it was bad bad bad. Full of papers and coupons and just nonsense:

These two areas in my house look so good I've almost forgotten about the rest of the "stuff" laying around that needs an organized home.

Where is that vision when I need it? 

I now have more objects that need organization than I have organization tubs and also organization ideas.

I have no idea what to do with all my sentimental cards, instructions manuals that need to be saved, old bible studies that I don't want to get rid of and so on and so on.

I feel like that was the opening scene to an episode of Hoarders.

Some of my piles that need a home, is this the beginning stages of hoarding?

Now I just need to figure out how to convince Luke that a trip to Target tomorrow is necessary. Until then please excuse the piles of random papers scattered throughout our house.

Maybe I don't need to go to Target everyday, if this is the result.


  1. What an amazing deal on those bins...Target may be calling my name. Girl, I think I have a junk drawer in every room in my house, not just the kitchen. :) Your drawer and credenza look amazing. Isn't it great to get organized? :) And I love the cute labels on each bin. Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Ok, I can help on this one! Go to my blog and click the post (on the right sidebar) called Organized Hoarding. It's the perfect solution for your cards. As for the manuals, Get a huge 3-ring binder and have your manuals 3-hole drilled. Put them all in the binder. For smaller manuals, get a pocket that you can put in there to store them. If you want to get REALLY organized, separate the items with tabs, dividing them into categories (appliances, toys, tools, etc.)

    Hope it helps!! xoxo

  3. Now I think you need a label maker! I was going to put my manuals in a binder. Right now they are in the file cabinet. It's on my to-do list. If you think your piles are bad you should see the picture of my basement from last week when I was cleaning and organizing things. It was a disaster zone!

  4. This happens to me every time I start organizing. I end up going through the whole house just searching out what I can get in order next. At the beginning of this year, I started in our bathroom and went through the whole house. It's made my life so much happier, though I really need to go back through a do a maintenance run.

  5. I Agree with Shannon. 3-ring binders! I have one for all my takeout menus and manuals. The rest of my house is a disaster, but my takeout menus look amazing :)

  6. I may have every size of plastic bin that Target makes. I even bought a huge one and filled with rice so the littles could play with cups and spoons in it instead of sand....not THAT'S stretching the plastic container addiction!

  7. HAHAHAHA I love this post! Mainly because of one line "it wasn't the Holy spirit, but instead Luke"

    I about DIED.

    That TOTALLY happens to me. My friends always laugh at me because I make up "ministries" as I buy things sometimes. . .like "ohhhhh those mugs would be perfect for a morning mugs on missions ministry" and then my friends fill in what the ministry would actually do. . .then we laugh shrug it off and say--- yeah Lee (my hubs) would look at me like I was insane and make me return them- HAHA

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    I love your desire to know and follow God in what He wants from you. And I love how you are willing to admit your mistakes.
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  9. Wow way to go! That looks so great! And manuals? I'm supposed to keep those?! Oops.


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