Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I heart clearance sales and cheap stuff

The only thing I love more than Christmas, is the beginning of a new year.

After Christmas, through the month of January, is when organization takes center stage. The season where every magazine cover in the store features a gorgeously organized closet or cupboard of some kind. Storage containers go on sale. Baskets are 75% off. New ideas for how to store your toilet paper abound.

Cue the heavenly choir because organization makes me feel giddy.

Based on that statement, you would assume that I am a Penelope. Have you heard of the Penelopies? They are people who were born organized, adore lists, and have labels on anything that will stand still long enough to be labeled.

Their offices never look like this.

That would make them crazy.

Obviously, I was not born a Penelope (although that picture does make me crazy.)

I am a wannabe Penelope.

I read about them on Penelope Loves Lists  in the hopes that I can pick it up by osmosis, but most of the time it just makes me feel like a charcoal-smudged orphan with my nose pressed against the glass. I long to be organized.

To get back to my original point, though, Christmas is over people. Do you know what that means?

It means it's time to organize, and Christmas decorations are 50% off.

I have been trying to get in on the clearance bonanza for years but we never have any money left after Christmas. It's always been a party I'm not invited to. However, this year my hottie husband informed me he was prepared and I had an "after Christmas clearance budget." Shut UP! 

Awwwww yeee-aaaahhhh, 'sup Pier 1!

Glittery gold stars for 2.88? I'll take 'em all! 

And next Christmas I will hang them from my kitchen ceiling and giggle spastically because I was so on top of it 11 months before. Boom-shakalaka. 

After spending my Christmas present ($50 Pier 1 gift card... my man knows me well) on gold stars and a blue coat rack I made the risky decision to visit Target.

I have a love-hate relationship with Target. Usually it's just hate, because they always strike me as overpriced and snooty and I cannot leave that store without spending $100. Seriously, what is up with that? 

Yesterday, however, it was love. 

Shatterproof red balls to replace the 30 or so that Brecken and Rowan have broken over the last two years, and "fun" colors to decorate the as-yet-unpurchased mini tree I'm going to put in my office next year. Hee-HEE!

As if that wasn't enough, Target made up even more ground in my good graces by having all this goodness in the DOLLAR section.

What, that doesn't make you hyper? 

You never know when you might need a galvanized tub. 

Or some magazine holders. I've got big plans for these babies. 

I also bought two trash cans for a dollar each.

But the real kicker were these black plastic bins, which from a distance actually look nice. 

I put them to work as soon as I walked in the door cleaning up the top of my laundry room cupboards. I wish I had a before picture but I was too excited to think of that. Let's suffice it to say it was pretty similar to that picture of my office. Scary. 

But thanks to my dollar bins, the laundry room is scary no longer.

I added some ancient Creative Memories stickers as label tags, and then silently patted myself on the back because wasn't that so something a Penelope would do? 

Nah, a real Penelope would have printed out the labels on the computer so all the letters would be the exact same size and in straight lines. 

I said I wanted to be organized, not ridiculous. I'm an eyeballer and proud of it, thanks. 

Now that the laundry room is looking more orderly, I'm inspired to finally nail down one of these colors and paint. We've lived here over seven years. It's time.

Just so you know, a Penelope would not paint samples directly on the wall. Or if they did, they would paint perfect little boxes. Oh well, I'm a work in progress. I'm leaning towards the color on the right, but I've already forgotten the name so I hope the container was labeled.

I also bought some new ornament boxes at Target, which seems like a small thing, but amazingly it made me excited to put the ornaments away and the job was done in less than 15 minutes. It's a good thing I bought that box, otherwise the tree would still be up in February. See, organization makes the world a better place.

Yep, it's going to be a good month. 

Hold on a sec.... I just checked my receipt from last night and saw that Target overcharged me for all the stuff from the dollar bin. That's so sad because we were just starting to play nice. See what I mean about love-hate? 

**update one hour later*** I drove all the way to Target and they wouldn't refund me the difference, even though it was their mistake because the stuff was clearly in a bin marked $1. They said I could return the stuff if I wanted to go home and get it. That's it, Target, you are back on my crap list and I'm shopping at Kohl's from now on. Pffffftttttttt! 


  1. Oh girl, we so need to meet for reals. We're two peas, I'm sure of it. I cannot believe (and am almost ashamed) I did not know about Penelope, especially since I consider organization a form of recreation. I may not go to bed tonight now that I know where Penelope lives and I can snoop through her house...

    Why did I not think to check at Pier One for Christmas clearance today when I was out and about? I covet your glittery stars.

    I {heart} Target, but you do have to be careful with the so-called Dollar Spot which morphed into a $1.00 and $2.50 spot. Just remind yourself you couldn't have bought those things as cheap anywhere else. :)

    I vote for either the color on the right or the one on the left. Your laundry room will be such a soothing place to be, heehee.

  2. Oh gosh! I loved reading this post, and I love your writing. I could feel the sense of excitement (and disappointment) in your post.

    I too didn't know what a Penelope was, but I am married to one...err...the boy version...Paul?? ;)

    I agree with Melissa, the left one would look amazing with your white cupboards.

    Try not to think about your purchases too much. I was super excited about my Christmas presents (which I bought myself) and when I opened them, I was really disappointed with the quality of the items and the kicker is...they weren't cheap! So you'd expect everything to be amazing. Unfortunately, it's just how they are made, and not really a fault. Don't think I can return them, but I did spend a lot of time drafting an email in my head! Now I have kind of just let it go, but I have not used the items, because half of me still wants to return them.

    ok getting over it now!

    Hope you have a happy new year!

  3. mmm-kay...

    1) I am a penelope - fo sho (i've got a business ta-boot!)wish i could get my hands on that space in the photo!! ;)

    2) I heart Target dollar spot - I was SO just there and got nearly the same things as you!

    3) you're adorable - loved your fun and sassy post!

    the boomshakala bit just proves that you are so 'my people' !!



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