Yesterday, I did a lot of organizing. Let me show you what I did!!
The linen closet: This place was a MESS! I mostly needed to fold everything again and then organize all of the crap I had been throwing in there. One of my tricks was to put each complete set of sheets into one of the pillow cases for the set--that way nothing gets misplaced or mixed-up, especially because we really like white sheets and they all look the same!
I also labeled some containers that were becoming catch-alls. Once something is labeled, I have a harder time throwing whatever I want into it.
The dining room/kitchen: My sister gave us this great IKEA shelf!!! It provides a lot more storage than the dresser we had in here before, and more space to serve food when we have guests. I found the brown storage boxes at Joann's for $7 each, and two of them are still empty! I also emptied out some cabinets in our kitchen by moving things around and giving old things away, because we will be getting lots of new goodies for our wedding!
My craft space: The dresser that was in the dining room is now home to all of my craft supplies that I was squeezing into a little rubbermade chest. A few baskets on top keep our day-to-day things corralled so that my table stays neat and ready to work on.
I love organizing and making our home easy to enjoy. Here are some of the "rules" I follow:
- If something doesn't have a place that it can "live," I really consider whether I need it or not. I do not leave things lying around and consider them "put away."
- I'm a collector and a sentimentalist, so I have a hard time parting with things. For this reason, I need to honor the items that are really important to me by making sure that they have a place that keeps them safe and easy to find and use.
- If I haven't used something in a year, I usually give it away.
- If something is really important to me, but I don't use it anymore, I try to find a way to re-purpose it into something I will use. When all else fails, giving something I used to love by don't have a use for anymore to a friend or family member always makes me feel good!