Today’s post is a little story about what happened to me last week when I became frustrated with the lack of storage space in one of my kitchen cupboards. It is a situation where the solution was right there in front of me the whole time. I just had to stop and look for it. And while my annoyance is a simple one, I share it because the steps I took to rectify the problem can really be applied to any organizational situation that might be causing you frustration right now.
As I opened the cupboard door last week and had something fall out on my foot yet AGAIN, I said to myself, enough is enough already. This is not okay and what am I going to do about it?
Identify the storage problem:
My problem occurred months before where in an effort to keep my family from eating my Paleo snacks I started stashing them in a cupboard that normally doesn’t hold food. I just started throwing them in on top of the organizational set up that was already in place.
It’s a problem that slowly and steadily grew as I realized this solution was working really well for keeping my family away from my stash (it’s not a cupboard they normally go in). My current storage solution though was not happy with the additional demands I put on it. It basically rebelled by spitting things out at me every time I opened the door. It took me awhile to get the hint but finally I was like okay, this system is a good one, but I need a more organized way to contain it all.
Determine what is needed to fix the problem:
What I needed was a proper Paleo snack basket (the rest of my family has their own snack basket in another cupboard). I wanted to keep it in the same cupboard I was using but wasn’t sure where to put a basket. So I basically opened that bank of cupboards and stared at it for awhile. I turned my head this way and that.
What could I declutter to obtain the space I needed?
What could I part with that I didn’t regularly use to make room for this thing that I know I’ll use every day?
That’s when I saw it. Right there in front of my nose.
See those sugar and flour bins at the bottom?
I have two flour bins because for many years (before I went gluten-free) I needed one for whole wheat flour and one for regular flour. More on my sugar and flour bins HERE. However because there are only two people in my household that can eat these flours, I only buy small bags of them now and they both fit into one tub. I haven’t used the second tub in years and yet have never thought to take it away. I haven’t needed that space. Until now that is.
Make the necessary changes:
So I got to work. One flour tub was decluttered and the coffee pot moved down as it’s also rarely used. With a little more shuffling in a short amount of time I was able to make space for a Paleo snack basket. A basket that I already had on hand in my “containers in waiting” stash. They get so excited when they hear me coming and I can hear them chanting, “pick me, pick me!”. These Sterilite bins (affiliate link) that I used are some of my favorites.
Monitor the situation:
After you adjust or implement any new system, keep an eye on it for awhile to be sure it’s working how you hoped it would. Make necessary tweaks as needed.
How many of are in a similar situation? Whereabouts are you frustrated with your lack of storage space? Maybe it’s time to take another look and consider the space right in front of you that may be filled with something that isn’t quite as important to you. And I get that decisions between two things can be really hard sometimes, read my stories HERE and HERE, but sometimes we have to make hard choices to make storage room for more current needs. Our needs are constantly changing which is why no organizing solution can be considered a permanent one. Not adjusting to these needs on a regular basis will only leave you feeling scattered, unfocused and disorganized.
It all comes down to paying attention to those frustrations so you can make necessary adjustments before a small storage problem turns into a huge one.
These steps above are a condensed version of my more popular PROCESS steps. If you have a larger space you want to tackle, you may want to check out that post.
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