I feel like a fraud writing anything on organization because I am a messy girl at heart. Only recently have I really embraced organization. For the last month or two I have been reconfiguring drawers, cupboards and closets, purging toys and other unused "junk", and learning how to keep it tidy. I'm a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot kinda girl, so when I got the urge to organize the house I just went for it and tried to do a little, and sometimes a lot, each day. Wouldn't you know, it got a little easier, and a little fun even! Here is what I learned, and some tips on tidying up your space if you're a messy girl too...
Please don't judge me for my cruddy looking cabinets, I am getting ready to paint the kitchen cabinets and waiting 'til then to deep clean the cupboards and drawers
I realized that the reason things are everywhere is because there's nowhere to put them! Duh! Stock up on baskets, bins, trays and other cool organizing tools from the dollar store. I got several of these white bins that hold quite a bit of stuff. I use them in the kitchen and laundry to hold the small stuff that I don't use very often, and that I don't want crammed in a drawer or lost in the back of a cupboard (like my Cuisenart blades and Magic Bullet accessories, and baking supplies like food coloring and paper liners).
|kitchen (please don't judge!)|
|medicine storage in master closet|
Also get several of these small trays which I also found at the Dollar Tree and are great for corralling small things like measuring spoons and toothpaste (or chip clips, or hair elastics, etc.):
|I'll be lining these drawers when i paint the kitchen :)|
|my new and improved junk drawer.|
notice the command hooks for future organizing
Use stacking bins and risers to maximize vertical space, also found at the dollar store. This may not be exciting to you but I got rid of 7 boxes of snacks by putting the snacks in these bins!
the basket is on top of the riser
Another thing I did is install this Closet Maid wire shelf in my hall closet (which I found at Good Will but then needed to get the missing hardware at Home Depot). The hall closet is still in progress but I did the tedious sorting and purging my gift wrap and now I have lots of room for all of our boardgames and reusable totes and whatnot.
Now that I have taken the time to organize, I'm more diligent about keeping it tidy. Once I get a better handle on the daily/weekly chores to keep the house clean on a regular basis, I'll share my tips!