My whole goal when I’m organizing anything is to solve what’s not working for me. Usually it starts with something small that is annoying the heck out of me. Whether it’s something falling on my head when I open a cupboard or paper piles on the counter, I am always looking for ways to keep those annoyances from taking over the house. Often it’s a matter of purging (which I love to do!) or it’s time to create a new system to accommodate new circumstances. Life is constantly changing on us and so all we can do is try our best to keep up with it.
The best way to do that is to try and attack one of those annoying problems each day. Take a walk around and ask yourself, “what today is driving me crazy and what can I do about it?”. People tell me all the time “well my whole house annoys me, so I just don’t know where to start.”
Break it down.
Not many people I know have a whole day to dedicate to decluttering and organizing their whole house. So instead of doing nothing let’s pick one small space and just do it. Whether it’s for 10 minutes or a half hour there are things you can do in that time frame.
Here’s an example of what I did today. Took me all of 10 minutes and yet this problem had annoyed me for much longer than that.
My youngest son who is 7 has had this dresser since he was born. He has grown over the years, his dresser has not. I have organized and re-organized those drawers hundreds of times. Today I did it again.
The top drawer has always housed underwear, socks and pajamas. Not a big deal when these items were itty bitty. But as his clothes have grown in size they just don’t fit in the drawer that way anymore. Pajamas were getting squished in and then I would have to shove on the drawer just so to get it to close. OR I would just leave the clean pajamas sitting on top of the dresser (oh yes I did!) because they wouldn’t fit inside. That’s annoying!
So I decided those pjs would have to reside somewhere else. The underwear and socks got brand new baskets to live in (they are soooo happy to have room to breathe!) and I cleared the bottom drawer of summer wear to make room for the pjs. The summer wear found a new home in the closet which was easy enough to do since I’d just recently re-organized it.
My favorite basket from Wal-mart, although someone recently told me they are no longer making them anymore. Please tell me it isn’t so. What is this world coming to!! (the one above is from my “stash”)
So there you have it. A quick organizing project to solve an annoying problem. All is well.
What space is annoying you today?
Have at it!