Friday, January 18, 2013

Home Management Binder - The Plunge

In the many blogs I subscribe to, a home management notebook keeps popping up.  Upon exploring such a dreadful-sounding thing, I have discovered this is exactly what I need.  And it's right up my alley!  Mama always said I spent more time getting organized to study than I ever did studying.  This will be an undertaking of getting more organized to be organized!

Our home needs better organization.  And not just physically.  Important information needs to be collected in one place, for example.  I hope that this project aids with other goals I've set for the New Year - meal planning, decluttering, crafting, and becoming fiscally fit.

I look forward in the weeks and months ahead to share the Journey of my Home Management Binder with you!

. . . but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."  Joshua 24:15

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thomas the Train & the Mini Blind

That's right, Thomas the Train saves the mini blind in Little Jack's room.  Well...not Thomas himself, but one of his friends, Belle, the fire engine and her fire house.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
James 1:5
We purchased a room darkening mini blind when Little Jack was a little baby.  And had it custom cut for the window.  Our desperate attempt to get him to sleep longer in the morning (hasn't worked, by the way).  I meticulously measured that window and headed to Lowe's with confidence.  I guess my inches and Lowe's inches are different.  Or the window expanded while I was gone.

It worked for a while and then every once in a while if you looked at it wrong, it would fall in the floor.  And that's where it has been since Christmas.

Little Jack received lots of Thomas the Train collectibles for Christmas.  One being Belle and her Sodor Fire Department #36.  If you have bought any Thomas the Train toys lately or probably anything of that nature, it comes screwed to the box for security purposes.  That's a shame, but that's how Belle saves the mini blind.

the wooden attachment securing the Sodor Fire Department #36

I took the wooden attachment that secured the Sodor Fire Department #36 in the box AND used the screws to attach to the window frame.

mini blind bracket
Then I attached the mini blind bracket to the wooden attachment.

finished project
Now our mini blind fits in the window!  There is a little gap where light can squeeze through, but for the most part it will function well.  Surely better than on the floor.  And our frustration level will surely diminish (at least with the mini blind).

And if for some reason our window frame expands again, we have the other wooden attachment AND more screws!

Belle to the rescue, in Sodor and Rabbittown!