52 Weeks: #36 Finding a System that Works
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You would think I’d have some kind of editorial calendar set up for writing this 52 weeks series so I’d know what I was going to write about each week in advance. But I don’t. Each week I just sit down at the computer and write from my heart. Many times I take inspiration from the participants that have linked up the previous week or, like this week, I am motivated by what is going on in my own home with regards to organization.
This week I’ve been on a roll organizing small things here and there and everywhere. Small things that I’ve noticed lately were making me a little growly. For instance, ever since we moved into this house a year ago I could not seem to find a system that worked for all my hair products and at the same time took into consideration my morning laziness and my desire to have a clutter free countertop. I have tried many different solutions and was irritated by all of them. I just didn’t have the space on this countertop for my blow dryer, straightener and all my hair products (of which there are many – more on my hair obsession here and here) at the same time.
So I tried having two baskets on top of the counter, it was too much. I tried having a basket underneath the counter yet that didn’t work for this visual girl and my lazy factor (I won’t even try to deny it). I like things out and easily accessible. And until the Styling Station I’m drooling over comes onto the market, I knew I had to come up with something to tied me over before I lost my freaking mind :)
So in a moment of desperation I simply stood there and looked around the room. What areas weren’t being utilized to their fullest? How could I solve my dilemma while meeting all my criteria (this would include budget if this is a factor for you as it was for me)? What was I okay with? What was a deal breaker?
I knew I was okay with one basket being on the counter and that was it. A deal breaker for me was having my products strewn all over every which way…I’m a pretty messy groomer when I make my daily transformation. Trust me, I need every single one of those products :)
So as I went through this mental process, a light bulb went off. On the back of the door I had two 3M Command Hooks. Only one was being used and that was for my son’s bath towel. If I moved that to the back of his own door it would leave me with an entire door free. How could I utilize the back of the door to solve my situation?
A shoe organizer!!!
This is where I wish I had before pictures for you but when I get in the zone, I get in the zone. Watch out, a woman on a mission is a pretty powerful thing! :)
Off to Walmart I went where I purchased myself a $6.00 shoe organizer to solve the dilemma of messy countertop clutter. That’s pretty inexpensive for a whole lot of sanity! Unfortunately not as pretty though as the ones I carry through Opensky, hopefully I’ll get those in again soon. This one was all I could find and I wanted it done right away…again the whole zone thing :) Functional over fabulous.
Down came the hooks and up went the organizer which hooks over the door (and yes the door still closes):
With all these pockets I had room for not only my hair products but my brushes and combs as well:
plus my face creams and toners:
This allowed me to stick to having just the one basket on my counter like I wanted. I used this for my hair dryer and straightener. So easy to maintain!
Look how handy my products are to my fingertips while doing my thing each morning:
- There are many solutions for each particular space, don’t get frustrated if the first one doesn’t work.
- Be honest with the personality you have and the time you have to devote to something.
- Ask yourself a handle of questions (similar to those I asked myself above) about what is working and not working for you in the space.
- It’s important to give each new system at least three weeks to allow new habits to form.
- Every system should allow for easy maintenance in order for the system to succeed. Don’t over complicate things.
*****You can read more detailed information about creating systems here.*****
What organizing dilemma is irritating you right now and what kind of solution do you think you can come up with to solve it?
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