Sunday, January 16, 2011

Organizing SOS

Tomorrow I am revealing my kitchen organizing project. Stay tuned on Tuesday and you can check out my laundry room reveal. I have been hard at work getting things organized around this place. I did finish my charging station so cords have all been put into one location. I am really excited with how my house is coming together.

Simplify 101 has been a huge help with this endeavor. I first saw them when they did a give away on Centastional Girl's blog. I have spent lots of time reading the articles. I signed up for one of their seminars, but I decided to cancel because I have been having so much success on my own. Just from using the tips given in their newsletter, 2 freebies they gave me, and the articles on their web cite, I was able to really understand how to get more organized.

Here are a few things I learned along the way that are not on the cite:

1. Plan exactly what you want the space to look like, how it needs to function, storage you will need, etc. Plan EVERYTHING. Then purchase any storage containers or items you may need to create that space. It was a pain to have to go to the store to get something I needed to finish while I was still in the middle of the project. Plus, it left a bit of a mess that I couldn't get cleaned up until I had everything. Sometimes I didn't know what to do, so I browsed the storage solutions at Target and Wal-mart. It got me thinking of ways that I could improve the usage of space.

2. Square or rectangle containers work best in kitchen cupboards. They just organize better and fit closer together so you get more usage from your space.

3. Do a little bit at a time. My kitchen was really over whelming. You will see this from my photos tomorrow, but it needed a lot of work. But instead of trying to do it all at once. I did one area at a time. It took me 3 days to finish it because I did a little each day. I organized all the counter tops first. That way I would have room to work when I did the cupboards.

4. Lastly, just do it. I kept putting it off because I didn't know where to start. Eventually, I just started and did one counter top at a time. When I saw how things were coming together, it got me excited to continue.

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