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Turning the old office into Jackson’s new room

Oh ladies – this is a mess! We are trying to convert the office space upstairs into Jackson’s new bedroom. We haven’t been actively using it since we moved the home office for the business to Susan’s house and I work primarily at our kitchen table, so we decided to turn it into a bedroom. A five year old boy and a newborn girl might not be the best roommates! The problem is that although we don’t do much work in the office, it holds a ton of papers, files, etc that all need to be sorted and moved or thrown out.


It is a huge task and I just can’t seem to get a good block of time to tackle it. I am trying, but as you can see from the photo – I have a ton to still do! I need to sort all that stuff on the desk, we need to move all the furniture (and sell most of it because we no longer have room for it) and we have to move the filing cabinet to the basement. I am also going through the filing cabinet, getting rid of old stuff.

Then, we still need to buy furniture, get the new room put together and move all Jackson’s stuff over.

The depressing thing is that I don’t have time for any of it! AND that is not the only tackle we need to do before the baby comes – the house is full of tackles.

But I can’t sit here and complain – I just have to get it done! So this week, when I can find some moments, I will be working on this tackle and some of the many other tackles in my house.

What are you tackling? Link up and let us know.


Tackle It TuesdayRemember if your next tackle is a tough one… You can Ask Our Organizer Jessica for advice.

She’s a professional organizer and we’re fortunate to have her write a monthly “Ask The Organizer” column here on “5 Minutes for Mom”.


Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday

We’re making housework blog-able!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done. (It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.


  1. says

    That looks a little overwhelming! I remember when I had to tackle my office and I wasn’t even pregnant at the time! But, you can do it.

    My best advice from years of too much paper and stuff…break it down into smaller tasks. You have a lot of different areas that need to be targeted. If you choose one per day or time slot that you have, then you can feel like you’re making progress. You could even write all the smaller tasks down on a big poster board or white board and cross each one off as you get it done. Seeing those lines go through each one can be very motivating.

    Just my two cents for the day! My tackle is up…a bit different, but feels good to get it done!

  2. says

    I feel your pain! Paper is so hard to get through and there’s always so much of it. Once you get it sorted then there’s the pain of deciding what to keep. Then just as that’s done, there’s always where do you store it where it is put away, but accessible! I don’t envy you at all.

    But on the bright side, decorating for the new baby and big brother’s room sounds fun!

  3. says

    Good luck on your tackle. I agree with Tasra–break it down into smaller segments. That is going to be an awesome room when it’s done though!

    My tackle for the day is my son’s room. He’s at church camp, so it’s a great time to work on it!

    Good luck, everyone, on your tackles!

  4. says

    Oh my…that is a major tackle! Hang in there though. A step at a time, and before you know it Jackson’s going to have a fantastic new room!

    Good luck!

  5. says

    Janice have you all thought about hiring a mothers helper?

    A lady down the street from me, has hired a 12 year old girl to “help” her watch her two boys during the day for a couple hours at a time. Her boys are 1 1/2 and 3 and she’s due in 3 months! So maybe you and Susan could come together and get one person to watch BOTH kids?!

    The beauty of this is YOUR there, for anything major that comes up, and all they do is PLAY with the kids – so it can be someone that you would not always trust to be ALONE with them since your there KWIM?

    She’s paying this girl 2 dollars an hour for this, NOT bad and we are in a pretty high dollar area – the girl is working out great, she’s able to work on the house, computer or whatever!

    Just a thought, I know how MUCH you have on your plate right now! (((HUGS)))

  6. says

    So, I’m giving this a try…..maybe if I tackle a little something every week I’ll get at least part of the house clean!

  7. says

    Happy Tackling

    That looks like alot of work! Hopefully Jackson will love his new room, and all the hard work that went into turning it into making it his room.

    Good Luck

  8. says

    goodluck on ur tackle. i must say…it looks like it’s going to take you a lot of time to deal with all the papers and files but i’m sure you’ll get it done eventually, so goodluck!

  9. says

    that is still the neatest pile of stuff i’ve ever seen. my palms started sweating thinking of how you’re going to tackle it. :)

    p.s. i like the idea of a mother’s helper to keep the kiddo busy while you hire someone to come in and do it for you!

  10. says

    …..and just think, one day, when you are an empty nester…you can once again return this room to an office! We are doing just that (well, when I get home from California) now–and it’s a huge tackle! Enjoy the process though….you have so much to look forward to.

    We are in California with our prodigal….he is starting his treatment process….with a three day assessment. We learn Thursday what the treatment plan is.

    Have a great TT.


  11. says

    Looks like a nice, big job! I can’t tell if it would send me running with fear or looking slightly maniacal and muttering things about ‘containers. Need containers.’

    Good luck – I wanna see an ‘after’ photo.

  12. says

    I know it seems overwhelming but I recently tackled my husband’s office filing system and the easiest thing for me was to get those large banker’s boxes and place old files in them. I did weed out alot of items but we keep all of our old files for at least 7 years and those boxes are super handy! Good luck on your project :)

  13. says

    Well I’m not “joining” your list because I’m not posting it. But baby is 3 weeks old Wednesday and I’m just now up and cleaning again. I had 3 things on my to do list today. Empty the dishwasher, empty the dryer and put up the clean clothes. I have done the dishwasher (and refilled it), and I am about to empty the dryer and put up the clothes. I think that’s success! :)

  14. says

    Man…I thought I had big tackles! Mine are only medium-size, but still…

    Don’t you wish you could just throw it all in the trash and start over, without having to sort/trash/find new places for all that stuff?

    And for new furniture, start scouting craigslist.org in your city…I bet you could find some cute stuff for Jackson.

  15. says

    This was my first time participating and I’m a bit late with my post, but this was fun and productive. I’m already looking forward to next Tuesday!

  16. says

    It looks like my room 😉 Things are all over the place. I must say it will definitely take hours to tackle it. Secret? Just get it started and you’re on a roll.

  17. says

    This is my first time visiting here, but I am sure glad I found it! Maybe if I tackle something small each Tues my house will get more organized! Thanks!


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