Organizing The Little Things

6 Oct

Sometimes it is easier to start on a little project and then work your way around the room to get to the monster project. Or, maybe slowly work on bits and pieces of that monster project over time, breaking everything down into more manageable chunks. Manageable chunks are good. Overwhelmed homeowners are not.
The easiest way to do this is to take a small job and plan it to perfection. And, then actual implement it. Here are a few examples.
1. Spice cabinet or drawer: First of all, spices do not last that long, less than a year. If you can’t remember when you actually bought it or the last time you used it, toss it. Another test is the smell. If you can’t smell it, toss it. Clean out the drawer, especially the spilled vanilla. Try and group like spices together. Sweet ones, ones you use more frequently than others. Alphabetize it, if you want. Aaah! Doesn’t that feel better. Baby steps. You spent all of 10 minutes getting that drawer or cupboard to shine. Good job.
2. Another easy project should be your craft area. Obviously, this will be fun for you but separate out each “type” of craft paraphernalia and group together. All the pens in one spot, the markers in another and the scissors last. You could even get everything out that you need for your next project. In fact, if your project is scrapbooking, you need to get to work. The less time you wait to crop the better, Those stacks of pictures are only adding to your clutter and disorganization.
3. Those dog gone computer cords are always tangled and exposed to little hands. Head over to your favorite organizational store and get the right gear to tie up all those loose ends. You can separate cords behind the desk as well as label them for easy identification later on. You can also run a protective cover up or down the wall. You can even paint it to match your wall color, now that’s impressive.
4. Another great place to start small on your organizational journey is to pack up your child’s out of season clothes. Going through the drawers can bring back a lot of memories but take this opportunity to learn something about yourself. How fast can you sort, purge and pack? How fast can you get the next tub of saved clothes and sort for the wash and the new drawer space? Actually, pulling out all the items that our older children wore is always fun. You can pack away what is too small or out of season, or you can donate it to a friend or a shelter. They always appreciate the extra effort.
Get more tips like these in 30 Days to an Organized Home


2 Responses to “Organizing The Little Things”

  1. Crystal October 7, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks SO much for giving me the heads up on MB's book bins! I made the correction and left her a comment!

  2. Chaotic Mom October 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Lol no problem at all! 🙂 Glad I could have helped!

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