Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Organizing One Space at a Time

One of my goals for 2013 is purging and organizing my home.  I have more things than I could ever need - I'm guessing we all do.  Over at A Bowl Full of Lemons Toni has created a 14 week organizing challenge.  While I'm not following it directly it is incredibly helpful!  I also love Clean Mama's blog!  She has great organizational tips and printables be sure to check her out.

Current completed projects include:
*Christmas decor organization - went from 6 plastic bins to 4!  Yay!!!
*Organizing my wrapping paper - now everything is much easier to find and access.
*Purged and redid my entire filing system - it's super easy to file and find exactly what I'm looking for - it amazing what a little paper organization can do!
*My supply closet (houses all cleaning supplies and more) here are a few pictures of the after

Imagine the before - every surface covered with something.  I pulled everything out of the closet last Saturday evening (and remembered how ugly the floor is - original to the house) knowing full well that we were having people over for the Super Bowl.  I had my work cut out for me but I was completely finished by 9AM Sunday morning.  I threw things out that were out-dated or no longer useful.  I combined soaps and filled containers.  I also completely cleaned the closet - no idea when that had been done before.  Then I started to organize and put things back in the closet.  I used the cute black polka dot totes from Thirty-One (you'll be seeing more totes in future posts).  I love how versatile these totes are.  The plaid tote is insulated and will be used for trips to Costco and the occasional summer outing.  The large tote on the top shelf holds paper shopping bags - they seem to multiply like no other.  In the two small totes I have batteries, a tape measurer, nails, screws and other odds and ends.  The tote on the bottom shelf has cleaning supplies so I or my cleaning lady can just grab it and "get to work".  I recently bought a new vacuum - a Shark professional.  I can't say enough about it!  Lightweight, swivel, tons of attachments and options, and a great price - I highly recommend it!  I found the best price at QVC but it's available at multiple retailers.

Stay tuned for more pictures of the projects to come!
Till next time - Keep Calm and Organize On!

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