Over the course of the last year I’ve slowly started to realize something about myself. As hard as it is to admit it and as much as I’d like to just pretend it’s not true I think it’s time I finally tell you all. I mean, the truth shall set you free, right?
Okay, here it goes. I’m a stuffer. I stuff things away so I don’t have to deal with them. Now I’m not talking about feelings. Lord knows I don’t stuff those away. Most of the time I’m an open, emotional, wear my heart on my sleeve book. I’m talking about things we possess. Instead of finding proper homes or better yet, getting rid of it, I stuff it away so I just don’t have to look at it. Out of sight, out of mind. But I’m not so sure that is actually true. Even when something isn’t in front of you it sits there in your conscious always lurking around the corner waiting for you to open that cabinet or look under the bed, ready to jump out at you and say HERE I AM!
We live in a big old home. It has many places for me to stuff things and I’m realizing all of those things I’m just hiding away will eventually come back to haunt me…like if we ever decide to move. I’ll have to pack it all away, move it to a new home and stuff it away someplace there.
So here is what I’ve decided to do. Go through my cluttered little world and finally, really, truly, organize it. If it doesn’t have a home and I can’t think of a way to make a home for it, I’m throwing it out! Ek!
In the effort of getting me excited to de-clutter our home, which I’ll be starting immediately, I have put together a list of some ways to stay (and remain) organized. Actually, what I’m realizing is if you just take the extra few minutes to put something away or throw it out it will save you in the long run. It’s baby steps though people…baby steps.
Top 5 Inspiring Ways To Stay Organized (that I am actually going to use!)
1. Crafting Cabinet/Dresser
I think my jaw dropped open to my desk when I saw this! How incredibly adorable. Just seeing this makes me want to run out to the nearest thrift shop and buy an old dresser, fix it up, and organize all my craft supplies in a neat and tidy way.
2. Organizing THE KITCHEN!
This is a never ending battle with me. Sometimes I am moving so fast that I use something then just throw it back in the pantry or cabinet. You should see our spice cabinet. Oh man! But here are a few ideas that will definitely save my time (and my sanity) and keep me more organized.
3. Entryway Closet
I already semi-organized this about a month ago but it still drives me nuts! Too much is stored in there and to be honest, it’s not very cute. I want cute when I got to grab a jacket. One day I’ll have a mudroom! Now I just need to get D on board with this idea!
4. Winter/Summer Clothes
Let’s face it, I have WAY more clothes sitting in my closet then I ever use. It’s seriously time to pack up the winter/fall clothes and store them someplace safe… and give D back some space.
5. The Garage. Ugh!
Let’s put it this way, I’d be so utterly embarrassed if any of you opened up our garage door right now. Fixing up and organizing our garage is a TOP priority this summer. First of all, the garage doors don’t even work nor does the light in there. We basically use it as a place to throw stuff…well, I do that is. And it’s creepy. Super creepy. In fact, my cat once got locked in there and when I opened the garage door he came shooting out of there with huge bug eye and his hair raised on his back I wouldn’t go in there for a long time! But, I think it just needs some serious TLC.
So there. I’m really doing it this time. I’m letting go of the junk and getting serious about getting organized!
Do you have any organizational secrets to share? Please do! I need all the help I can get!