Tackle It Tuesday – Tackling in the New Year

by Janice

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A New Year Tackle

Tonight as I type up this post, people all across the world are making plans and promises to improve their lives in 2008. For me, a more organized home is always at the top of my self improvement list.

So what better way for me to start my New Year than with a tackle! And this tackle is a big organization tackle – one of my least favorite things to do! But – wow – does it feel fabulous when the job is tackled and I stand victorious, photographing my work.

Organizing Toys

With Christmas comes more toys! And those new toys need a place to live.

Jackson’s room – although it usually appears tidy with the toys all put away in containers – has been getting very disorganized lately. The toys were all mixed up and in the wrong containers and it was driving me crazy.

So before I could put away the new toys, I needed to sort out all the old toys and put them back in their proper places. This of course required making a huge mess as I took out each toy, sorted and reassigned containers.

Here is my mess mid-tackle:


And here is the after shot:


This next photo shows Jackson’s bookshelf where I keep most of his toys. Jackson’s room used to be an office, hence the huge bookshelf. My father was a theologian and had literally tens of thousands of books before he died. My mom donated the majority of them to the local seminary, but we did keep a few hundred. For lack of storage space, I had to leave some of them on the top shelves in Jackson’s rooms. Jackson doesn’t mind though. He loves that he has his Grandpa’s old books. (My father died before Jackson was born.)


We hope you are having a great start to your New Year and if you are tackling a project, link up and show off.
(No worries if you are late to the tackling party – you can post whenever in the week you want. During the holidays it sure is hard to find the time to blog, let alone tackle!)

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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.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jen January 1, 2008 at 1:08 am


Happy New Years to you, Susan and your lovely families
May 2008 be a really good one for you all


2 Scrapping Servant January 1, 2008 at 5:23 am

Oh!!! My!!! Goodness!!! Very very good job!!! I am proud!


3 Liza's Eyeview January 1, 2008 at 6:34 am

Wow – lots of books!

Great job tackling the room and the toy – good for the New Year! Happy New Year :)


4 Suzanne January 1, 2008 at 9:04 am

It is always a monumental task cleaning a boy’s room! Great before and after pics!


5 Jennifer Tiszai January 1, 2008 at 10:25 am

I need to tackle my son’s room too. Just not today! Why is it boys have so many toys? I don’t have the same problem with my daughter.


6 Tyra January 1, 2008 at 10:50 am

Great job!


7 Zoe January 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Well, mine is a very quick tackle this week, only took me 5 or so minutes, but it was worth it anyway!


8 Jamie January 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm

That looks great!


9 Crystal January 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm

That looks amazing, I love the shelves!!


10 MadameMeow January 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

What a gorgeous bookshelf! I would love to have something like that in my house!

My Tackle-It Tuesday was much less impressive than yours…

But I have to take baby steps… or I’ll go crazy.


11 carolyn January 1, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Where’d you get those bookshelves? They are great and we just decided we need alot more space for books!


12 Kerith Collins January 2, 2008 at 1:14 am

that looks great. That is yet another thing I have to do tomorrow.


13 Colleen Palat January 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I need to get on the ball with this, too. An overwhelming job, but it must be done. Happy New Year!


14 Leanne January 4, 2008 at 11:34 pm

WOW now that is a tackle!!


15 DebraC February 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

Great before and after pictures. The New Year is a great time to set some goals.


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