January might be over but I have to say I’ve been able to use this month to get myself mentally and physically organized. I think it’s always good to use the beginning of a new year for planning and organization. This is why I haven’t really made any new year’s resolutions. We’ve only been in our new home for about 3 months now and with that comes a lot of adjustments. Now that the holidays are behind us I can focus more on this “organization thing” and I have Carrie Higgins Book, “Organization Hacks” with over 350 simple solutions to organize your home.
That first week of January I knew there was a lot I needed to do to get the clutter we accrued through the holidays under control. My number 1 top pet peeve is countertop paper clutter! When the kids come home from school or when Scott comes home from work it’s the dumping grounds for everyone’s things! It’s annoying! I needed a system to get the paper clutter under control. After all, my kindergartener cuts down a small tree every day with the amount of paper that flutters out of his backpack. So I headed off to grab supplies for this task!
With the above bins and supplies, I was able to organize my counters, pantry, entertainment center and provide storage options for our new bookcase in our master bedroom.
While This isn’t even close to how I’d like our pantry permanently organized, that day it made progress from its usual dysfunction. It’s really hard going from a really spacious pantry to a closet. You tend to need better organizational skills with smaller spaces.
While this still isn’t Pinterest pretty, it’s a step in the right direction. 😉
I like Carry Higgins Ten Commandments of Organization. I’ll list them here but you’ll have to buy the book to get full details.
- Do Not Organize Junk – Okay how many of you have a junk drawer? How many of you can’t find a damn thing in your junk drawer! Do away with the junk drawer!
- Start With Easiest Space First to Gain Momentum
- Keep Flat Surfaces Clear – <Like the kitchen counters!!
- Gather and Sort First, then Organize
- Make it Attractive
- Give Everything a Home
- Group all the Like Items in Your Home Together
- Finish Each Task <— How many of you have unfinished projects at home? Finish them! You’ll be happy you did.
- Do What Works Best For You – Meaning don’t buy something to organize something you found on Pinterest just to find it doesn’t work in your home. Look at your home first and see what fits in that space and go from there.
- Make Organizing a Part of Your Daily Routine – If you stay organized, cleaning up is a breeze. If there is a home for everything, cleaning up should be mindless. It’s when there’s no specific home for something that it becomes clutter.
Some of the things I want to tackle soon in Carrie Higgins book creator of Makinglemonadeblog.com are making a command center notebook and tackling our garage clutter. Basically, when we moved in, all things that didn’t have a home went out to the garage and there’s an entire side of the garage we can’t use or park a vehicle in because of this issue. I will be using some of Carrie’s tips to tackle that project!
Our Kid’s New Closet Organization System:
Tackling our kids’ closets was by far the best take away from Carrie’s book! I was so excited to get my kids’ clothing crisis fixed! Every week my kids put perfectly folded clothes in their drawers, by Wednesday, it looked like this:
A heap of clothes and a mother crying, “why… why… why!”.
Now with this system, my kids can set out their clothes in advance and leave those drawers alone!! No more messy drawers! It felt like a light bulb went off in my head when I read this! I immediately had to run out and find these closet organizers. And guess where I found them? Walmart for $6.84! I was expecting these things to costs between $15 and $20!
I grabbed two, came back and got my kids’ drawers cleaned and their clothes set out for the week! So it went from this:
So much better right!?
I also feel like my kids will be able to appreciate the compartments for each weekday and it will simplify things for them and I won’t always be getting on them about the state of their drawers.
I know you were thinking underwear 😉 The state of their underwear…well that’s a different story and a scary one at that!
These are just a few of Carrie’s tips. She has amazing garage organizational tips for a stylish yet functional garage space. Buy Carrie’s book of Organization Hacks here.
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