My mind works on a school calendar: I think of September as a new beginning..  Which means I clean time to take stock and regroup.  I go through closets and drawers and purge what I no longer want or need.  I also look at problem areas and try to fix what isn’t working.  Many people don’t realize this pesky fact of organization: as time goes on your needs change and you must come up with a better way of doing things. This year I have identified three areas to work on: my desk (seriously- I can’t figure out the best way to organize this area) my bathroom storage, and my all purpose closet.

Let’s start with my desk, because it’s my little tiny corner of the world.  I like things to be easily accessed, and I like clean surfaces.  When you have limited space these things to not coexist easily.  I can not make it work.  Yet.  I am going to put my energy into trying to bring my desk to a calm and orderly state.  I don’t know if that means I will throw everything out except my computer…

Next is my bathroom.  Three people share the very tiny bathroom, and no- we do not have a double vanity.  My daughter and I can exist sharing a bathroom, but we can not exist without a plethora of hair, face and body and bath products. Alas, this plethora takes up a plethora of room.  Yesterday I bought a slim rolling cart to slide in between the vanity and the tub.  It is not aesthetically pleasing, but it holds all of our extras.  We will no longer go out and purchase a hair masque only to return home and realize there were two under the sink.  I need to organize it better, but I think it’s going to work out great.

Finally, the all purpose closet.  I know those of you with large homes are asking what a multi purpose closet is.  Well, as we have extremely limited closet space it must hold coats and vacuums and laundry supplies and cat litter and spare whatevers and a tool box and tennis rackets and….It basically holds all the things that you need to run a household.  Needless to say- this is an almost impossible feat for a relatively small closet.  I go through it every year and constantly try to make it work better, but it’s sort of like putting 10 pounds of something into a 5 pound bag….it just never fits correctly.  My goal is to come up with a better solution.  Or I’ll just throw out our winter coats.  Maybe it will be a mild winter…

I will keep you apprised of my progress, and I’ll regale you with stories of my frustrations and missteps.  And I hope to tell you that I have found the perfect storage solution.

 

49 thoughts on “A Fresh Start

  1. I struggle with this. The family doesn’t appear bothered by piles of random things on the floor, or bins…I want stuff put away and, more importantly, in a designated spot so all know where it is. Logic.

    But kids grow out of stuff, get bored with stuff, seasons change …so yeah. Here too.

    And I bet my desk is tinier than your desk!! 🙃😉

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    1. That’s it exactly! I want thinks put back in a logical orderly fashion. They wonder why I can find things and they can’t!! I hate it when they leave stuff out!! I meant to take a pic of my desk but I forgot

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  2. Your problems sound a bit like my problems. Sunshine likes everything where he can easily access it. That seriously doesn’t work in small spaces. We lived in an RV for 8 years and he still expects to be able to have all the things he wants to be right in front of his face without having to open a cabinet and move something out of the way.

    Life doesn’t work like that, Sunshine.

    I look forward to seeing your solutions!

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      1. I just worked on the bathroom shelf….our issue is the amount of samples and travel size things…we just throw them under the sink. I just corralled them and I’m going to make people use them!

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  3. My vote would be to trash everything on the desk except the computer. 🙂 Sometimes that’s best. I feel your pain sharing a small bathroom. We’ve had two small and one big with double vanity’s. The large bathroom helped us accumulate more stuff, so the small bathrooms work best for us. Less stuff. I love the cart idea though!

    Living in restored farmhouses taught us about closets. Those houses don’t have them. We haven’t enjoyed the luxury of a closet in years. Our bedrooms have a standing wardrobe. It’s easier being on the minimalist side of life without them. Walk by and hug your closet. 🙂

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    1. We actually don’t have a lot, but it storage solution isn’t good you can’t find anything. There has to be method when you live in a small place. We only have three closets in our apartment, so we’re always looking for creative ways to store things. Most of the time we’re ok. I also admit we’re not really shoppers…if we do buy something we get rid of something else, and before someone buys something we make sure we love it and need it! It’s a process!

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      1. Storage is an issue. We’ve either had way too much, and empty kitchen cabinets, or not enough in the right rooms. My daughter looks through Pinterest for storing ideas. Storage can be pretty now!

        We have the same philosophy darling. Exchange something new for something tired, and ‘Do you love it?’ before making it a part of your world. xxx

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  4. First of all, I agree September is the start of the year! Not only is it the school year, it’s the Jewish new year and my birthday! 😊
    We do not have a shortage of space here but for reasons I cannot understand, my desire for minimizing clutter is being choked by my BF’s desire to hoard. 😡

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      1. TBH, I don’t always follow that rule, but I’m talking about saving things/bringing things home that he finds. There are currently 4 vacuums in the garage. This does not include the 2 in the house that we had when we moved here. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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      2. Oh…I would just get rid of them. I have little patience for that. My mom is like that…at one point she had 4 blenders. Thing is…she doesn’t blend anything…

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      3. Lol! Getting rid of things here is a challenge because we don’t have garbage pickup. It involves putting it in the car, driving to the dump, paying to leave it there.
        He keeps saying he can sell stuff. I haven’t seen one thing sold. 🤔 He also saves stuff for “parts.”

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  5. I am a minimalist. I enjoyed living overseas because I kept so little and knew where I put everything. In our home, we have many closets and I go through them when I am alone wondering if I can’t get rid of some of it. Funny. As I have to carry many things en route to work, I try to be as compact as possible.

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  6. I would start by taking everything out of the closet or the desk and then add back in only what should be/you want one at a time then you have a better picture of the problem and how to solve it. I have a small pantry closet that has become a catchall for everything so I will start on that soon in just that manner. Things accumulate without knowing. I got rid of most of my sample size things by giving them away or donating to a shelter for women. I only kept what I knew I would use and bring no more in. Good luck!

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    1. The sample things are crushing me. I’m going to stop taking samples. We don’t use them. The problem with the closet is that we need everything in it. It’s the vacuum, and litter and laundry products and mop, broom…you get the idea. Things we use well at minimum

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      1. I know my pantry has to house my vacuum, cleaning supplies, dry goods, bags, returnable cans and bottles, but I have noticed that I have too much of some items that I am not going to use. Idid find that id I grouped like things together on a shelf in a basket or the like it helped.

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      2. See, I did that. One basket holds laundry stuff, one basket for first aid, baskets for light bulbs and extras of things like toilet paper and tissues. I know there’s got to be a way, just haven’t figured it out

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      3. It sounds as if you have done what you can, maybe one or two things have to find a different home. Apartments with lack of storage are a challenge, maybe the cat litter lives with the litter box? Won’t look as nice but then you are trying not to have a Monica Geller closet!

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      4. If we put the litter next to the box we would not be able to walk into bathroom…it’s just a puzzle that I need to arrange. But you are right…I am going to take everything out and start over!!

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  7. I have been living with boxes of things for rummage sale or donations for months now and this weekend I have a table at a local flea market to try to get rid of it. I am going to scour the house today looking for more “treasures” to take. I can’t work properly in an unorganized space. It doesn’t need to be neat, just organized. Good luck with your endeavors.

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  8. Sounds great! I have a bit of an opposite problem with too much space but I still love everything to be where it makes the most sense.
    We rotate through storage areas with winter coats, extra food, and less-used supplies. Maybe that can work with your basement and The Closet?

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    1. We don’t have a basement per se…we have a small storage locker but that holds suitcases, holiday decorations, skis, scuba stuff and extras of bulky stuff like paper towels, toilet paper and tissues. There’s not much room left after those things

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      1. Unfortunately, while great ideas, under bed area is already being used, and literally no place for another piece of furniture. It’s a small apartment. Can’t make it bigger.

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  9. I take advantage of all the opportunities to start over, even my 62 1/2 birthday. I still use those big pink erasers and I carry 3 calendars because I wrote something in ink on the first one and it got cancelled because of snow. Sometimes I start over in the middle of breakfast.

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