The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
You might be wondering, “What is macro-organization?” It is something I have done my whole life, but did not know it had a term until recently. Macro-organization is when you look at the bigger picture in your decluttering journey. You are more concerned about getting everything corralled and in the same location rather than the tiny details. And, let’s be honest. There are some things in our homes that do not have be organized to the smallest detail. Today, I am sharing some of the areas I macro-organize in my home.
When it comes to cleaning up toys in my household, I am doing a good job if I can get them gathered up and placed in the same area by the time I go to bed. It seems like I think my kids are done with their toys for the day, so I put them up. I turn back around and out a new tub comes.
My kids play with their toys a lot and they do not play with one type of toy at a time (hot wheels, for example). They like it best if all of the toys are out at once. I guess they want to feel like they have a buffet of toys. So, I have learned to place them all in tubs and be done with it. No more separating by type because it does not work for us. It takes a lot of time to separate them out and the kids do not care. If I just get them off the floor, then the kids are happy, and I am less stressed.
2. Socks & Undergarments
This is an area that I have tried so hard to micro-organize, but it just doesn’t work for me. I have tried neatly placing them in nice little stacks in my drawer. Then, by the end of the week, it looks exactly the same as before I went through all of that effort. So, I have decided that if I get everything in the same drawer, then that is good enough for me. Sometimes, you can be too organized and I think that was almost where I was heading.
3. Lids to Pots & Pans
When my husband and I bought our first home, I did not know how to organize kitchen items. And, I still feel like I am learning every day, even though I know a little more now than I did then. I didn’t have any organization at all for pots and pans let alone the lids. I had the open the door, shove it in, and hope nothing falls out mentality. Then, it got to where I couldn’t find anything and I would have to reach all the way to the back of the cabinet to see if the lid I was needing got shoved back there.
Now, I have all of my lids in a basket in my pantry. If they are all in that basket, then I am happy. I don’t mind searching through one container looking for a lid. At least I know where they are all located.
How many of you have your medication in a cabinet? And, when you go to open the cabinet and grab for something, it all falls out in your face? That is what my medication was looking like until a couple of months ago. I decided that it would be easier if it was all contained in one basket or bin. Now, I have a container for band-aids, ointment, etc. and two small plastic bins with the bottles. I did not organize the contents based on cold and flu, sinus, pain reliever, etc. because honestly, I thought that was going overboard and a little confusing.
So, if I need a type of medication, I can pull a single bin off the shelf, grab what I need, and place it back. No more medication flying at my face.
I have seen some awesome organization systems where the ribbon is hanging nicely on a rod, color-coded, and beautiful. I tried that and it worked for a little bit, but then I accumulated too much ribbon and my organization system went from cute to way too much. So, I decided there are some things that do not have to require such detailed organization. Sometimes it is fine to place everything in one confined basket or bin and call it a day. This statement definitely rings true for my ribbon.
What are some things that you macro-organize?
My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!