Organizing is one of my favorite hobbies so I love this time of year when it feels like you get a fresh start with everything. Time to make new lists, accomplish new things and tackle inside projects that are hard to do when the weather is great. I think I'd really enjoy going to people's houses and reorganizing their spaces for them. I love containers, note pads, systems and I know my house runs better when things are organized.
Here's how I keep myself and my family organized on PAPER:
My favorite types of note pads -
yellow legal pads - bought in bulk from Sams
magnetic $1 note pads from Target or Michaels
Various sized post-it notes
Printable blog calendar - I write blog posts ideas at the bottom, blog post titles on the day and then note link ups, guest posts, holidays, etc.
My beloved Gallery Leather Planner - I always find these at TJ Maxx for under $10 and any bookstore carries them. My husband always gives it to me for a Christmas gift with a note about all the exciting things coming ahead in the new year. It's sweet to go back and read his messages to me year after year.
I love the format of blank days and a week at a glance.
I write daily to do lists,
keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.
make note of appointments or outings in pink
and my husband's schedule in blue.
I'd seriously be lost without my planner because I'm not good at memorizing birth dates and just remembering important events in my head.
Organizing My HOUSE:
My sister sent me a text last week that said she cleaned out her spice cabinet and was grossed out to find spices that expired in 2010! I couldn't remember the last time I looked at dates on my spices so I made a note to clean out my spice drawer asap. Turns out I had some that expired in 2008. Thankfully, it was nothing that I used anymore, but gross none the less.
Here's my cleaned out spice drawer
(with a fresh dusting of cinnamon sprinkled throughout thanks to one toddler)
Throwing out all of my expired spices gave me plenty of room in my drawer.
This one project inspired me to look around my house and get busy organizing any areas that were:
1. no longer working well for us
2. any areas that were feeling messy and neglected
My list with no specific timeline to complete.
I hunt it in my office area to constantly remind me of things to be done.
My husband was even inspired to start working on going through his closet after all of my reorganizing.
The worst closet in our house was definitely our hall/coat/craft closet. In our previous house each of those things had their own separate area so it has been a mess trying to combine all of them. I've been putting it off for months and decided I had to work on it.
You see chaos in the bins, coats on the floor, blankets a mess and I was not really 100% what had made its way into this space. It had kind of become a dumping ground/hiding spot.
I didn't relocate many items. I just organized the contents of the baskets so they made sense and made sure that everything had a spot. I'm happy to report that I now know what is in the closet and can easily access it anytime.
The last spot I worked on was our pantry.
We've got a nice, tall cabinet that's really deep for a pantry, but things tend to get lost or buried.
I pulled everything out of the baking section, took inventory and reorganized the space. The most used things were moved to the front and the items that were rarely used moved to the back.
I made a list of all the desserts/treats I had on hand to make so I wasn't tempted to buy duplicate items the next time I was at the store. Since this picture was taken I found a small container to hold all of the chocolate chips you see up front.
What areas of your house bug you?
Are there certain organizing projects you've been putting off??
Make yourself a to do list and start working on it in the new year.
I wish I could show up at your houses to help you :)