The Thrill of It All: Packing Perfection.

Packed Suitcase with Rolled Clothes

Late one night before the July 4th holiday I got an interesting text from loyal reader and coworker, SP (also known around here sometimes as Dirrr).  But this one wasn’t about taco trucks or free coffees at Wawa.  Using tips from my packing post, she was able to pack a killer suitcase for 2 adults and 2 children going to the shore for 5 days.  Check it out in the pic above from her text.

And the kicker – this wasn’t even all she ended up with in there.  Tightly rolling everything afforded her enough space to ALSO add 6 beach towels, 3 sets of queen bed sheets, a folding hair dryer, a flat iron, and one pair of casual, dress, and beach shoes EACH for the gang.  Insane, right?!

Congrats to SP on a job well done (and a bag well-packed!).  One last question though – did you “Superstar” when you zipped this puppy up?!


The Thrill of it All: Label Love.

Group Excitement

If you’re doing a double take on the title and image for this post, it’s not you, it’s me.   You’re probably recalling this previous post by the same name, in which I expressed my excitement over my coworker’s organized kitchen pantry re-do.

Well today I’ve got another reason to be excited about spreading the organizational love, which has sparked “The Thrill of it All” to become a new blog segment in which I’ll be sharing these stories and tidbits as they come up.

Normally on daycare days, B does morning drop-off and I do evening pick-up.  There’s much debate in our house over which end is more fun, but that’s beside the point.  Today we had to switch it up because A had an evening doctor’s appointment and I wasn’t going to be able to leave work early enough to take her.

Well.  You know me and my routines (and my perspirational tendencies) so you can imagine how ‘off’ I felt this morning…and just how sweaty I was.  I’ve got pick-up down to a science, but drop-off is a different world.  I took things out of her bag and just stared at them trying to remember where they go (clean pacifier in her crib, bottles and food in her fridge bin, teething toys in her freezer bin, back-pack on her hook – oh, and baby on the mat with toys!).  It’s a lot to remember at 7:15am!  As I was holding her bottles staring blankly, one teacher looked at me and said, “by the way, we LOVE that you label her bottles so nice like that – we always know which ones are hers!”.  Yes, she said that.  It’s a direct quote.  Trust me, I’ve been replying it in my mind all day.  I love compliments on my never ending quest for efficiency almost as much as I love organizing things in the first place.

So just like that, my stressful, sweaty, off-the-routine Thursday morning turned into a pleasant drop-off at daycare, followed by a clear and sunny walk to the office 3 blocks away.  It’s the little label things.

The Thrill of It All: Co-Worker Kitchens.

I am so excited to be inspiring some of my friends and readers to be more organized.  Check out the recent comment by the elusive “An Elf” on this post.  By the way, Elf, I’m 99% sure I know who you are…but keep leaving clues in your comments, I do enjoy a good riddle.

Another case in point: this morning had potential to be a totally crappy Monday.  I haven’t settled into a good groove yet with this whole working mom thing, which is tiring and stressful (more to come on that later this week though), and I was wondering how I was going to get through the day, let alone the rest of the week.  But my friend and co-worker LBR cheered me right up when she said Keep It Neat inspired her (and her husband) to do a kitchen pantry clean-up and reorganization project over the weekend.  They even went to The Container Store to get fun new storage containers.  I got so excited just thinking about them purging old stuff and organizing the rest into nice neat rows, and I don’t even have a clue what her kitchen looks like!  It made my cranky morning much more tolerable.  And the fun didn’t stop there.  Later in the day LBR told me that her husband called, and I quote her from intercompany IM, “he said he was feeling a little stressed at work, but when he thought of our newly arranged cabinet, he felt a lot better.”  And that’s coming from a dude.  Love it.