Let’s establish some organizing ground rules —
It doesn’t have to be perfect!
It doesn’t have to be new!
It doesn’t have to be fancy!
It simply needs to work for you!
It is very tempting to assume that shopping for matching containers is a good way to get started on an organizing project. Actually — not true. Why buy containers for items you do not need, use or want? How can you determine what size to buy when you don’t know how much you will keep or where you will eventually put them? I follow a simple process with any area:
REMOVE all items from the area.
REDUCE the number of items you will keep.
REPURPOSE and reuse items in clever ways.
REARRANGE items to match the purpose of the area.
Here’s a clever secret—
You will save time and money by learning to creatively repurpose items in your home!
What exactly does that look like?
Here are just a few examples!
Mason canning jars for tea bags
Ice cube trays for earrings
Buffet table for entertainment items
Garbage can for sports equipment
Vintage stool for a plant stand
Old ladder to hang towels
Old rake to hold garden tools
Mint tins for needles & safety pins
Plastic dish tubs for sorting toys
Window frame for photo display
Old door for a craft table top
Ceramic cookie jar for receipts
Glass relish plate for necklaces
Stack of suitcases for games
Glass jars for refrigerator leftovers
Magazine holder for boxes of wraps
Over the door shoe organizers for office supplies
Sewing cabinet for end table
Travel souvenir mug for pens
When you have decided that it doesn’t need to be perfect or new or fancy or expensive,
you allow yourself the freedom to be creative! And with freedom comes fun!
Don’t put pressure on yourself to design custom labels from a Pinterest template.
Simply use colorful painter’s tape or index cards and a black Sharpie.
Sometimes we make organizing more complicated than it needs to be. Go on a treasure hunt in your own home. See what you can discover and repurpose!
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