Every year around this time cabin fever starts to set in. Since it’s still too cold to get outside, I’ve decided to start spring cleaning earlier than usual. It’s a good thing too because we are planning to move this summer and it will be the perfect opportunity to get our house organized and ready to sell.

Since we’ve been in our house 10 years now, we’ve really outgrown it. While we loved the house when we bought it we never planned to stay here more than 4 or 5 years and didn’t think we’d be raising a family here. Now that time has passed, Kora & Logan are getting older and need their own rooms and honestly in this house it’s just not possible.

a1I have to say over the past 10 years, we’ve really settled in and accumulated a lot of stuff. We are also doing some remodeling so while that is very exciting, it’s displaced most of our closets temporarily. This means we have areas of the house that are a bit out of control.

Spring Cleaning Kids ClothesOur house is a bungalow so our second floor has sloping walls. The area in the picture above would be an amazing walk-in closet if the wall/ceiling wasn’t in the way, as a result it’s sort of an odd storage space that I use for the kids outgrown clothes and keepsake school papers and projects.

Each year I do pull out the clothes and get them ready for our summer garage sale or a local PTA mom-to-mom sale. It leaves our living room looking like this.

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a16My plan is to do something more productive and organized with this space. To make it easier to access everything and to make it look less like a free-for-all.

Speaking of free-for-alls and slanted walls, check out what we call “The Alcove.”

Spring Cleaning WrappingIsn’t it a cute room? It’s been so many things. A bedroom (which would be so great if you didn’t hit your head on the slanted ceiling every time you got out of bed), a play room, a sitting room, and now it’s my gift wrapping station.

Spring Cleaning Gift WrapI love my holiday ribbons, papers, bags, and bows and used to store them in our closets but now they are in the alcove. I kind of like them here because they are pretty and fun to look at and it makes it easier to find what you are looking for, however as you can see in the chaos of the holidays I sort of just started putting things up here without thoughts of organization.

Spring Cleaning RibbonThis room could be a real seller for our house so I want to get it in great shape and restore it to it’s former cuteness. I also can’t wait to finally have my gift wrapping items as organized as my mom’s!

I also have a number of other projects that I plan on tackling as well. The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy but exciting around here thanks to my Brother P-Touch Labeler.

Spring Cleaning Brother Labeler

Brother LabelerHonestly, I’ve never had a labeler before and I’m excited to see how using one will help me get the rooms mentioned above organized as well as tackle other projects around the house including:

Our Mudroom (or lack of one)

Spring Cleaning Mud Room

The Endless Piles Of Mail On Our Kitchen Counter

Spring Cleaning Kitchen

The Kids Art Buffet (It used to hold dishes and serving wear)

Spring Cleaning Art

Spring Cleaning Kids MarkersThese are more of the areas around the house that are all essential to organize in order to get our house ready to sell. They are a bit daunting but they are also great spring cleaning projects that I can’t wait to tackle.

Now that you’ve seen the before pictures be sure to stay tuned because at the end of the month I’ll be sharing the after pictures and my thoughts on how the Brother P-Touch Labeler stood up to the challenge.

In the meantime be sure to visit the Brother Office Facebook Page for more conversation on organization and to check out posts from other bloggers who are using labelers to get their homes in order too.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.