Back in September, I set up a list of household organizing projects that I wanted to complete during the fall: cleaning out the cabinet under my bathroom sink, organizing my all purpose closet and making my desk more inviting to work at. I am happy to say I have mainly succeeded.
Lets start with the closet and cabinet, because I found I had a similar issue in both areas. To begin the task, I literally emptied everything out. In order to really organize a space, you must see what you are hoarding and then you can figure out the best way to fix it. And I do mean hoarding. The first thing I realized when I emptied both of these areas, the most noticeable pattern was, I had multiples of a lot of products. I had an unopened container of tide pods. I had thirty half used travel size bottles of shampoo and conditioner. 15 travel size lotions that were probably barely opened. Twelve 40 watt lightbulbs. A lot of coats. Seriously – I think I have a coat addiction- but that will be a spring project… So my first revelation was that a disorganized space means you don’t actually look to see if you already have something tucked away in the back…you just buy a new one… And then I realized something- storing stuff in the back of anything is not a good way for me to organize things that I need.
So- I actually used the same solution for both areas. I bought two three shelf carts that are only about 6 inches wide. And Then I just started putting all the sundry items on it. I love the fact that it’s portable and narrow…I can slide it around and it makes it much easier to see what’s in there…Then I bought this little thing that allows me to hang my broom and dustpan on the door of the closet. Brilliant. Instead of hunting for the broom, it’s so easy to find. (how often I use it is another thing…)
Now, as I realized how many dupes I had, I have not been able to organize the cart properly or with any sense of logic. When I use up some of the things that I have I will begin to think logically where things belong on the cart. It’s the same with both the bathroom cart and closet one- too much stuff.
Now- the desk….This was difficult for me, because I like everything accessible, yet I like clean surfaces. My lack of space makes this difficult, so I had to rethink my priorities. I have a desktop file box of papers and family binders that I like to keep handy. These are things I reference and go to often. But here’s the thing- often means once or twice a week- not daily. Do I really need them on my desk? The answer was no, but I had to come up with a creative solution. I have a wall unit in my living room. I cleaned off one of the squares and made this section my personal filing area. It’s easy to access, but not in my line of sight when I’m working. I’m not known for my mental flexibility- I tend to be stubborn about changing up my routine. But once I thought out of the box I was home free. As my desk doesn’t have drawers, I bought a little box that is supposed to be for storing paper. I found it perfect for my tape, stapler and other little sundry desk items.
Now here’s the big thing. Setting up a task, no matter how small or mundane, and completing it gives you a huge sense of satisfaction. I felt much better mentally as I worked my way through organizing and straightening and problem solving. And being able to find things saves a lot of time and effort. And having efficiency in high used areas just makes it easier to get things done. I don’t dread changing a light bulb because I no longer have to crawl inside my closet to find the light bulbs…
And because I have made my life a little easier…I’m going to have coffee with my friends. Happy Friday.