Getting Organized

One of my super serious goals for this year is to get organized in my home. Not only organized but I want to get rid of stuff. We have so much clutter it is just beyond ridiculous

Usually when I decide to declutter and clean I make the decision to take on an entire room in one day. What can I say, I’m an overachiever. Always have been. And I’m a perfectionist on top of that.

When I began to work on this task this time I decided to begin with my kitchen. There is a ton of storage in the little kitchen that I work in but I had basically just shoved stuff in cabinets and drawers and called it good. Then I get to deal with the frustration anytime I or anyone else would open up a door to look for something.

The first thing I knew I needed to do was to figure out how to take it in bite sized pieces.

My solution: One cabinet a day.

I started with what I call my “Craft Cabinet” It is the home of most of my crafting supplies as well as the sewing machine that needs to be repaired. From there I took everything out and sorted it. Let me tell you, A LOT went into the trash.

I seriously still had cards from my wedding shower. I’m sure at some point I told myself I would scrap book them or something like that but lets be serious here. When will I ever have time for that? And when I do have that time am I going to be scrapbooking cards or do I want to focus on pictures of my family?  Simple choice there, right?

Before I put things back into the cabinet I took the time to label the shelves. Now, much to the pleasure of my husband, everything has its place. With its own label.  Hopefully there won’t be anymore random searching for things.

I did the same thing with the rest of the cabinets. Even the food pantry. Now I can know exactly what non-perishable items I have in the pantry when it comes time for me to make my weekly grocery list. To say that I should have done this a long time ago would be the understatement of the century!

Its amazing how a simple act such as adding a label to a shelf and putting things in an organized fashion can really simplify your life. I like being able to just see, at quick glance, what I have and where it all is.

Here is to hoping this organization sticks!

What about you? What kind of things have you done in your home to keep things easy and organized? Share your secrets, I’m always looking for new things to try out.



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