You hear the phrase “everything should have a home” thrown around quite often. I like to say items should have a “designated space”. There are so many reasons for this. The first being the most obvious, you’ll know where to find what you need when you need it. For example, if your cookbooks have a designated space in your home where they are ALL located together than every time you needed a recipe you’d know exactly where to find it. I have one shelf in my study that I can afford to designate strictly to my cookbooks and it is full as in no more room for cookbooks and I do not have another shelf I can give up. So the next time I purchase a cookbook does it mean I must now find a completely new home for this one lonely little cookbook….do I start another shelf of cookbooks in my basement…NO! What it means is that in order for me to keep this cookbook I must make room on my cookbook shelf for it…in other words I’ll have to get rid of one I already own.
The question I ask myself now before I make my purchase is “do I have the space in the designated area AND if I don’t am I willing to get rid of something in order to make the space?”. The solution is NOT to just shove that extra cookbook (or shoes, purses, lipsticks, whatever, I’m just using cookbooks as an example) on the shelf and hope that magically the space will create itself.
If it doesn’t fit, somethings gotta go!
Keep to your designated spaces and limits and your house will remain organized.
You save time by knowing where the item is AND you save money by not purchasing items that a) do not fit in the designated space or b) you didn’t know you already had because they were scattered all over the house.
Try it, it really works!