I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to go through waves of organization. There are times that I’m super OCD and everything must be put into place. Then there are times when I could care less and just throw things places. The cycle then repeats itself when I feel like everything is closing in. Perhaps it has something to do with the seasons. Spring and Fall for instance, I’m the most OCD. Summer and Winter not so much. With Spring quickly approaching (come on warm weather!) lets bring on the organization.
The basics of organization are simple; keep your space clutter free and if you happen to have a lot of clutter than keep it contained. Done.
Oh, well I guess I should go on….
First and foremost…throw away, donate, force upon a friend, whatever it takes to get those things you no longer use out of your house. I typically start one room at a time and leave organized bags to donate or trash in my wake. Then I line them up by the front door. I figure if the bags block the front door someone’s bound to take care of it (you’d be amazed at how talented my husband is at ignoring the trash blocking the door).
Recipes should be gone through. If you don’t handle them electronically then invest in a good recipe box with categories.
Everyone has a junk drawer of some kind. I in-fact have three. One junk drawer uses some of my favorite small vintage bowls to hold nails, paper clips, and so much more. For drawers, compartments are key. The junk drawer in my foyer for instance has an official drawer organizer in it. Which helps to keep keys in one place, important business cards, stamps and anything else we may need to find and grab on the way out the door.
I always feel like if perhaps my laundry is stored in a beautiful basket I will be more inclined to wash our clothes more often. That is not the case for me, but maybe it’ll work for you.
I have a TON of magazines. As a decorator I’m always loaning them out to clients for inspiration, so I have to keep them in tip top shape. Most are stored in the typical ikea magazine file box (doesn’t everyone have at least one in their house?) but I like to keep the ones that may help inspire a new project out where I can see them. Not only are these handy for magazines but wouldn’t bills and other immediate paper work look perfect in there?
Medicine cabinets never seem to have enough room to hold everything. Ours is always bursting open and spilling over in the middle of the night. How genius is this!?!
No words are really necessary for this one. I need it for our bathroom stat.
Someone once told me to keep spare sheets folded and stored in the coordinating pillow case. We may not have a linen closet per say, but this helps to keep our walk-in”catch all” closet looking organized.
I’m a sucker for pretty things so a bit I’m torn as to which one I want to go with to store Tucker’s toys in. Whatever I choose I know it will work perfect and add to my living room decor. Who wants to see toys all the time?
Moral of this organizing story… continually filter through your things and keep everything contained.