ORGANIZATION AND SELF-INVESTMENT, PART I
GET YOUR HOME ORGANIZED
Lately I find the organization, or lack there-of, in my home at the forefront of my attention. This relates back to the beginning paragraph of my first blog post of 2018 (read it here!), wherein I discuss how the new year brings on re-evaluation of our homes and the desire to refresh. This does not only need to apply to design and decorating, but to creating new order throughout our homes as well. So I decided to tackle a small project, which I will share with you today, that now has me itching to resolve other unorganized areas of my home.
I had this absurdly long entry hall closet (83"W to be exact) with only a small 30" door on one end to access it. Needless to say, it was completely useless. While I tried my best to implement organization, nothing worked, because really, there was no way to make that space function as it was supposed to. So I enlisted my good old dad to help me put up a wall to divide the space making a 36"W coat closet where I could actually install a closet rod, and open the back of the closet into the adjacent room to create a built-in bookcase. It is still in progress, but here are some photos.
Now, there are many spaces in my that are organized. My kitchen is by far the most organized. I truly cannot function without organization in the kitchen, and although it has pretty much always been organized, we have had to change and evolve to accommodate Lucas. There are some things, though, that have not changed, that I swear by, and probably will never go without. First are the dividers in my utensil draw. Call me OCD, but we use this drawer every single day, and I can easily grab what I need without giving it a single thought. My cooking utensil drawer and "junk drawer" look basically the same.
I chose to go with bamboo dividers because the color matched the inside of my drawers, but there are many great options out there. I recommend starting with one large piece that already has dividers, and then filling in with the smaller ones. Don't forget to measure, measure, measure! It may seem like a mind twisting math puzzle at first, but you want to utilize as much of the drawer space as possible. Here is what I used.
Second thing in my kitchen that will never change is my pantry storage. Yes, this is actually what my shelves look like. I swear by these containers (get them here!). I will say they are one of the best things I included on my wedding registry. I have since added to more containers to the original set of ten, and I would recommend them to anyone!
The next space on my list that is high priority in organization is the closet. Deciding what to wear should be the only dilemma when getting dressed, not searching for the top, belt, or pair of shoes you want to wear. Everything should be visible and easily accessible. I have my mother to thank for this mindset, having instilled in me the importance of having a closet organization system from the time I was young. This was largely due to the fact that we were a large family living in a small home. Again, the goal is to maximize every inch possible.
There are a variety of places to purchase closet organizing systems. My personal preference for a moderate budget is the elfa system by one of my favorite places on earth, The Container Store! This modular system so easily fits into a variety of closet spaces, and almost every closet in my home is outfitted with one. Most recently, I moved the master bedroom upstairs in my little cape. That means slanted ceilings and the shortest, most narrow non-closet to house my wardrobe. So, I used the elfa system to create a closet. It may not be my dream closet, because, well that's a glamorous dressing room, but it certainly makes me happy.
If your closet is stuffed, overflowing, or chaotic, chances are you are lacking proper organization or its time to purge. I highly recommend reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo to get you started (get it here!). At the very least, I encourage you to at least purchase matching hangers, and to get rid of any hangers from the dry cleaner. Many recommend the thin, felt hangers. I personally find that this allows you to stuff so many garments together, which may at first sound like a good thing, but then you can't see what you have. I use wood hangers. It allows your garments some breathing room, and the space to see what you own.
I hope I have inspired you to make some small changes around your home, and to begin to get more organized. At the end of the week I will be posting the second half of this topic, self-investment, and why these two relate. If you have any great tips you can share on how you organize your home, please share!