I guess this will tell alot about me in a strange kind of way. One of the things that makes me VERY happy is organizing. Yes, today I splurged and bought some organizers for less than $6 a piece at Walmart. They are the things that hold shoes on the back of closet doors. I have added them to every space that you can possibly imagine. I'm in the process of moving some rooms around to make the kids better situated for our new arrivals. I am pulling down all the shoes and deciding who needs what. There are very few sizes of even shoes that won't be down and I need to be VERY organized for things to go as smoothly as possible with our new arrivals on the way.
I have almost the entire house completely organized!!!! The only thing left is to paint one of our unused bedrooms that I am moving some of the boys into. Then I can move those boys, rotate a couple other kids into that room, and put together the last crib. :) I can find every pair of shoes in the house and all the clothes that should fit Ahnja, Anita, and Aleshia are in the appropriate closets. Even my room (always the LAST on the list) is even clean and organized. Keith's tiny clothes are hung in the closet and the bibs are being added to the drawers. Nicholas and Cody wear the same size shoes and clothes (which works perfectly since we have other boys who have two and have double clothes in that size!) and those have been divided between the two boys closets.
My kids all jumped in and helped move things around and organize. I heard Denzell saying in the laundry room that he was really glad he had learned how to organize from his mom. He must have learned well too, because he did a great job reorganizing in there! Forrest and Jose along with some of the other kids took everything off of the shelves that were in the spare room and then put them back on in their new location.
Dayton used the shoe organizer to get all of his small items up, so that the little ones coming will have less to get into and did all on his own. Keith is going to be his little buddy and share his room. We moved Cody into a different room that he will share with two of the other boys and Nicholas since they are the same size in what was our old master bedroom before we added on. I think they will be great friends and I need to keep Keith in a room where there is no chance of him getting hurt while he gets stronger. Cody is a rough and tumble little guy and I know he wouldn't hurt him on purpose, but Keith is likely going to have very fragile bones for a while due to the severe malnutrition he has suffered. Dayton's room is situated right off the school room, which will also allow him to have a quiet place when needed while still being where I can see him during the school day while he adjusts to life outside of isolation.
Yes, that is what makes the Mama of 18 children happy. :) I don't know if its the fact that it is organized, the fact it feels like I accomplished something of use to the kids coming, or the fact that so many of my kids jumped in and showed some WONDERFUL organizing skills that made me the happiest about it, but I sure do love that "organized" feeling and the feeling of knowing that my kids have the life skills that will make their lives easier as adults. :)