I just had so much fun looking at all the participant's of our last Keepin' It Real event! Thanks so much to everyone who took pictures, downloaded them, inserted them (ug), and shared your storage solutions with us.
I was so inspired that day as I kept checking in, that I started clearing out our front room THAT VERY DAY. The girls helped me clear everything off our enormous black shelves and move them and put everything back on. I think they earned the money they did not earn earlier for all those days they didn't get their chores done. They worked hard.
So, just to keep you all entertained, I'm turning that front room back into a school room. I just really want everything in one spot. And our dining room--which I suppose is technically an eat-in kitchen--just doesn't have the space. We didn't enjoy being in the front room last year but I think I've tweaked the one thing that will make all the difference.
We are adding a table to that room. That's one thing I loved about the kitchen is that we could spread out and I was right there by each girl, able to help both at once many times. Hey, I can do "this is the number 8--Sissy is 8! Can you count to 8?" and "no, no, you need to carry it to the tens place first" at the same time. I'm talented that way.
So I've decided a table will make all the difference. BUT I'm giving myself permission to work all over the house and not feel obligated to work in there just because we worked so hard fixing it up. The main thing is we have one room to store things in. That will be worth it all.
So, I headed off to Salvation Army in search of a table. Do you know those people wanted $129 for a rickety, small breakfast nook table and 2 chairs??? It almost fell over when I put my hand on it! Then we went to some place that had "value" and "furniture" in the title and the cheapest thing they had was over $300. WalMart did not have what we needed. I was deflated.
Then I remembered something I read during the KIR event. Someone, somewhere talked about how a lady prayed for bookshelves or something like that. So I prayed. I prayed for a table.
And my answered prayer? A table for $20 that I'm picking it up from my friend Leah on Friday. God is good! And thanks everyone for the inspiration. Hope you got some good ideas as well!