Today we have Melissa from Melly Sews. She is a rising star in the sewing blog community! If you haven't already seen it, she just did an AMAZING Summer Sundress Series with 30 days of sundress tutorials! She's so awesome, she even made a Tricks of the Trade button:
Love her! Take it away Melissa!
Hello I Make Stuff readers! I'm Melissa, and I blog over at Melly Sews.
I certainly don't have everything together, but there are two things I am good at that I guess are my Tricks of the Trade.
I am a firm believer that everything needs to have a place. And then you have to train your family to put things back in their place.
Every time I see clutter piling up somewhere that is a sign that we need to find a place for the things piling up. We have a tiny hall closet, and I noticed shoes piling up by the door, so the next picture was my solution.
The picture below is next to both my garage door (where we tend to enter/exit the house) and our back door. I designed the bench and the wall board, and then Hubby and I built them. My goal was to get all the shoes off the floor and give everyone a place to put their shoes.
The hat rack is a recent addition - because I noticed hats piling up on the bench.
The wall board was designed for things piling up on my counter. I was finding small electronics and their chargers, keys, mail, and things like invitations and birth announcements. The little cubbies have holes drilled into them that hide their chargers, which are plugged into the surge protector that is behind the door at the bottom.
Here's the whole room. You can see I use the shelving to store all my yarn and fabric so I can keep surfaces clear.
DVD storage - these are IKEA boxes and my most recent organization project. I got tired of looking at the shelf full of random DVDs and VHS tapes (yes, I still have and watch VHS).
First you take all the clothes from the dryer to the basket. (Make sure and check that you got them all).
And don't forget to drag the laundry basket to the stairs so that Mommy or Daddy can carry it up.
Now before you think I have super kids, let me assure you, I have normal, rowdy boys. Who were refusing to get dressed on this particular morning. The secret is that I have started them young (but if your kids are older, it's never too late) and I start with things they can handle, making a game of it. Tater started with helping me unload the dishwasher before he was 2 because he liked sorting the silverware. Now he has taught Bean how to do it, and Bean does silverware while Tater unloads the rest. As you can see, they also do laundry. Recently we also taught Tater how to make his own waffles for breakfast. After practicing that for a few days, he progressed to serving his brother breakfast too. His words, "I got it Mommy, you're fine, drink your coffee." And before you think I'm the meanest mom in the world, you should know that they love to help, and that their chores usually take them less than 10 minutes. Do you see the pride of accomplishment on Bean's face dragging that basket? "Mommy, I dwag it supah fast!" (translation: Mommy, I drag it super fast) Yes, it took forever to unload a dishwasher while I was teaching Tater to do it, but the time spent teaching them to unload dishes and do laundry has saved me time now that they can do it themselves. Kids are awesomely capable, and I think we as parents need to recognize and celebrate their capabilities. Especially when it means less housework for me :)