Sunday, June 29, 2014

How I'm getting my small space organized...

Today I spent the day procuring containers and labels, and sorting out our pantry and spice/baking cabinets. The finished product is above....I think it turned out pretty well. There is a lot more room in my very narrow/tall pantry now, and everything is easily visible and sealed in an air-tight container.
Another area that I recently organized was our master bathroom. I have two counter top baskets in which I keep my "easy access needed" stuff...makeup, brushes, hair ties, bobby pins, and cotton balls. I use the medicine cabinet for all my skin care, nail polish, contacts, solution, dental stuff as well. I have my hairbrushes in the only drawer we have, and my blow dryer and straightener underneath the sink. The towels and washcloths are in a cabinet above our toilet. There is actually a lot of empty storage space in our bathroom, which is refreshing to me. Dan stores his stuff in the kids' bathroom, since he usually gets ready in there.
I have also organized my side of our closet. We have a pretty large walk-in closet, which I love. My shoes have their own set of shelves, and their own window. I have my socks, undies, and bras in plastic storage drawer bins, but everything else is hanging. I cannot stand folded clothes. They give me anxiety. My closet is split into two sections: my HR lady clothes (dresses, suits, slacks, blouses), and my mom clothes (lululemon, jeans, casual stuff). I know, I know....I need a "sexy date night" or "girls night" section, but sorry, that's not something I've got at the moment. Maybe when my kids are a bit older, and can spend the night away from mommy and daddy every once in awhile, I'll get a few of those items.
And finally, our living area is also organized (or at least has the capability to look organized if all the toys are placed into these white cubes). Everything we put in here has to serve a functional purpose. We have very few items that are for pure decoration. That is both our own minimalist desire as well as necessity from living in a small space. These storage cubes from IKEA are our best friend at the moment. They serve as what looks like an entertainment console, but hold ALL of our kids' toys and most of their books. Any overflow gets put into the kids' closet, as we like to rotate toys out.

If you are looking to get your stuff organized, here are some things that I've found to be personally helpful:

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:
1. Focus on one area at a time. Organize your most-used area first, and then move on down the list.
2. The best way to be organized is to have less stuff. Get rid of crap you don't use. Only keep your favorite of any "multiples" you have.
3. Containers are key. It's kind of hard to organize stuff if you don't have a designated place to keep it, separate from other stuff.

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