As much as I would love to tell you that I am an expert on being organized, I am just not. I’m a piler. I make piles. It drives my husband nuts. He is an “everything has it’s place” kind of person.
Last year we moved into a smaller home. It’s very nice, in a great area, well taken care of by the owners. But because it’s a rental, we aren’t allowed to paint or make any major changes to the house. And because it’s smaller, we have bigger organizational challenges than we did before.
But I am determined to get a hold on our space this year. There are too many important things that are getting lost in the shuffle. Too many unfinished projects. Too little room for quiet. 2012 will be the year that I get organized.
I went searching through the interwebs to find out how the rest of the world organizes their stuff, and came across some great resources. (side note: what would I ever do without Pinterest?)
I also asked you on Twitter and Facebook to share your tips. Here’s what you had to say:
Sarpreet said that step #1 is to purge, purge, purge. I totally agree with that! I went on a purging spree after Christmas, and need to do it again as I get started.
Janice suggested using wire CD organizers for organizing plastic storage lids in cupboards and drawers. This seems like a great idea because I am always fighting to find my pot lids in the kitchen. She also suggested visiting Flylady.com for more tips.
Carey and Tanya told me to get scarf hangers and jewelry organizers. Have they seen my closet???
Robyn suggested looking around and seeing what really needs to be saved (like tax records, bank statements, etc.). We did this last year with our filing system, but I know we could do it in other areas too.
Holly, Annie and Chelsea encouraged me to make it fun. They said, “If it’s fun, you’re more likely to keep up with it. Get printed containers or quirky items to spice up your space.” Great advice! Now to find some quirky containers…
Elisa told me to have a place for EVERYTHING! Elisa, have you been talking to my husband?
Lesley‘s tip had to do with getting organized with your calendar. She said to get out your year planner and write out important things on it (holidays, meetings) and then review it regularly. Jeff and I do the Google calendar because it’s easy to see what each other have planned and we can add or delete things from anywhere. I would like to have a dry-erase calendar that I can see posted up in our house though as a reminder.
I appreciate all of the tips and plan to share my organizing adventure with you as I go, complete with photographic evidence. Just please don’t judge me for my piles. Now, I’m off to purge, purge, purge.
If you have any tips or resources you’d like to share, please do so!