Time does fly when you’re having fun.  And definitely when you have your hands full!  That’s how I’ve been since the onset of summer days when we finally submitted our last quarter’s requirements, had our portfolio review, and the girls took their year-end test.  So, summer hasn’t really been much of a vacation for me because after having the fun part (which was a short R&R trip to Palawan last week of March), the busy-ness took over!   

My kind of vacation!

My kind of vacation!

As soon as we settled down, unpacked from our beach trip,  I was instantly back to work mode.  I immediately started our summer cleaning and it was only yesterday when I told myself that I’ve covered 98% of the areas in the house which needed purging and reorganization.  I think I’ve done a good job already!  That was about two weeks straight of back-aching work from morning till evening (insert trips to Manila in there, too)!  Add the intense summer heat and dust to that!  (I need a massage!!!)  From the pristine white sands and vast, open, tranquil space with the blue sky and turquoise water enveloping me, I was back to reality. I now have to work my way through the different rooms of the house, from corner to corner and pack away stuff in boxes.  And I am indeed back home because I could hear the construction workers doing their job in our back garage (no more silence which was music to my ears for 4 days).  Gotta start Project Clean-up!

If you’re like me and our girls, who just can’t throw or give away or resell our used things just like that, (especially BOOKS!), then putting them away in boxes is the best thing to do for now.  At least putting them together and labelling the boxes would make locating and retrieval easier and faster. There are only four materials I needed to have with me to do this task:

  1. sturdy boxes (I either get mine from the supermarkets or wholesale groceries, and directly from the supplier of Merit boxes, which is my favorite storage box of all!)

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  1. packing and/or thick masking tapes (duct tape, if you wish)
  2. a pair of sharp scissors
  3. thick markers

 

The reason why I like love Merit boxes is because:

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  1. they’re made of thick material
  2. they’re packed flat

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3.  they’re easy to assemble and assembly instructions are printed on the box (love this!)


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4.  they can fit letter and legal size files

5.  they have strings to secure the top cover in place

6.  they have holes on the sides where you can slip in your hands to carry the box

7.  there are spaces to write down labels or notes on the box

8.  there’s no need to use tape for extra reinforcement especially at the bottom of the box and to seal the cover

9.  and the size is just right to store, carry, and transport

 

I can always choose the used and cheaper boxes from the grocery (which I also use) but most of the time, they just don’t give me the right size (especially for documents, homeschool portfolios, and some books), sturdiness, and convenience that I need (for someone who has minor scoliosis, prone to lower back pains…and I admit, I am an organization freak 🙂 )

When I did end up using boxes from the grocery or even “balikbayan boxes” (which was way too big and VERY HEAVY(!!!) to carry books if full to the brim), I still had to do some extra work to make sure that the boxes will be able to hold the contents I put in them:

  1. I made sure that I folded the bottom panel of the box securely and even generously tape it afterwards.

  1. I taped the corners which were usually dented or torn.
  2. I covered punctures with tape as well.

 

Now, that was extra work for me; the time for which, I’d rather allot for something else in my to-do list.

Since most of what we packed away were books, this was how I put them in the boxes so I can easily see the titles and pull them out.  Book spines were visible from the top, especially those placed at the very bottom of the box, which is the harder-to-reach area.  Then, I filled up the remaining space on top and along the sides with books in whichever way they would fit and maximize space. 

 

You may be wondering why such a mundane or non-sense post?  Well, somebody’s gotta do the job! Fact of life is… organizing and storing away our things is something we (especially the homemakers AND homeschoolers) will certainly be doing for sure, whether we like it or not 🙂  And this chore can be a drab, so might as well create a sane way of doing it! 

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