Cleaning One Drawer at a time

organized drawerThere is something to be said about taking one drawer in your kitchen and taking everything out of it. EVERYTHING. Then give it a good scrub. Dry it. And now the trick is to put everything that you need back NEATLY. I realize I have 5 wooden spoons in this photo. I probably need only 2 or 3, but when we are all cooking at the same time and a big pot of tomato sauce is rumbling I taste test a lot so 5 it is.

However-really look at your stuff. Some of my spoons were in horrible condition. They were tossed. More is not always better. It is nice to be able to see most things at a glance.  Finding things quickly saves you time and saves you stress.

One drawer at a time.  The dollar store has plenty of little bins to help you organize.

Cut the Clutter

Shoes OrganizedWe lose a lot of time LOOKING for things.  And although it is hard to get started, if you can find a place for everything and keep your home organized it will save you time AND aggravation. When someone can’t find her sneakers, and we need to leave NOW all of us are stressed.

Have a spot where those sneakers are always supposed to be whether it is a mudroom, a hallway, bedroom – whatever works for you.  Stick to it. Don’t give in when someone is “too tired” to get something so simple done.  We want it to become a habit.  Keep in mind it takes about 2 weeks for something to become a habit.

Just clear a space at a time. Don’t try to do your whole house at once or you might fail.  Trust me. It is a big job. Try to declutter your own stuff first if you can. That means your closet, your toiletries, your purse – any place that has  lot of your stuff.  Once you start you will be better able to help others especially your children.

basket of billsOnce you declutter a space it CANNOT be cluttered again. The kitchen table and counters are terrible in my house unless I address them every day. If everyone knows where the scissors are-make sure they are always in that spot. Ask around if you don’t see them where they are supposed to be. Toys go into the right rooms at the end of the day. If that is you cleaning it all up stop yourself and make it a game instead with the kids. 10 minutes to see how much we can get done. Do it after dinner so you don’t rile them up before bed.

Have a place for mail if you cannot just stand by the paper recycle bin and shredder when you go through it.  Bills and things that need to be addressed can go into a basket just for that.  Everyone has their own hamper in their room. Clothes that are dirty go in the hamper. No where else. If you want to wear something again – hang it up or put it away. The floor is not an option.

For little kids have a some baskets in bedrooms or playrooms or the living room -doesn’t matter where – just a spot where we can quickly put all the toys in that room away.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot bother sorting little kids toys to the exact right places because they will be all over the house again tomorrow. The only time it all gets straightened out is when we are figuring out we are donating because we have outgrown some toys.


Jewelry Storage

Jewelry Storage can take up a lot of room when done well.  I think I find the chains the most difficult because they are the best if just hung separately, but I don’t have that many hooks which means I probably have too many chains.

earring standEarrings can be hung in nice little rows on a stand. After awhile you will see how few pairs you actually wear. I do wear about 20 or so pairs HOWEVER I own about 50 or 60 pairs.  You don’t have to keep gifts. You don’t have to keep the odd man out if you don’t have an extra hole for it.

jewelry storageI do think the plastic storage boxes might be the answer for things you only wear some of the time AND a pretty dish to drop your everyday jewelry in is a splendid idea.

And truly think about getting rid of things you don’t wear.. Clutter is just CLUTTER, and if you take stuff you don’t wear to Good Will someone else might enjoy what you don’t like.