I had been putting off doing some organizational projects for a while now. Sometimes it is out of sight and out of mind, and for me that is exactly what was the case for behind my cabinets and inside my drawers. Everyone has that dreaded kitchen junk drawer that gets a little bit of everything, and part of the problem is figuring out what to do with all the junk!
Since I was already working on a drawer that needed work I decided work on my messy underwear drawer too. The Container Store came to the rescue with helping me complete these overdue projects.
Then when I was feeling even more productive I decided – why not do my kitchen cabinets? HAHA. The problem with my kitchen cabinets is that my oldest, Cameron, puts away the dishes as his chore. And clearly he has not cared about the way he puts up dishes.
Here are the before of each project: Please make this a judgement free zone because I will fully admit that this needed some work.
Even though these are 3 different spaces to organize, the steps to complete them are the same. Use the tips I will provide to complete your next organization project.
After the tips there will be a full product list of everything used.
I know that I love purging and just dumping everything in the trash. PUMP the BRAKES before you do that, and don’t run out to the store just yet. First, you want to assess all the items in each unorganized space. That last thing you want is to start dumping items you actually need in the trash.
Once you have assessed the situation, now is your time to purge. I always ask myself the following questions: “When was the last time I used this?” “What is the dollar value?” and “When do I plan to use it again?” If the item doesn’t hold value or hasn’t been used then it is time to part ways – Especially when it comes to your junk drawer. I had receipts and expired coupons from 1 year ago. If you are a person that holds onto items, ask someone to come in and help you part ways from items that need to go.
Now cleared out the clutter, now is your time to take inventory. This will help you make your shopping list and know exactly how many containers and shelves you will need to buy. I also recommend sorting all the items in categories to make it easy when it is time to put everything in containers.
I always grab more than what I may need as a safety net, because the last thing you want is to have a groove and be in the middle of a project and have to stop. I recommend writing out a list or making a mental one so you do not forget anything.
After you have gotten all your organization items, it is time to place everything. You don’t have to overthink this. I start by putting in all my bins to make an outline and frame. Once I have it all place the way I like it then I start adding my items.
If you have taken the time to organize then work to keep it up! Once a week I will go back through and reorganized so I never have to be back at square 1 again.
I want to challenge each of you to complete 1 project by next month! If I can do it you can do it! Let me know in the comments which you will be completing.