There always seems to be a need to organize around my house but especially so since we’ve put the house on the market. Places that haven’t seen some hot soapy water have now experienced a bath. The cabinets have been gone through and many a trash bags have been made fat with rubbish. Even the Goodwill store benefits from my pairing down of life’s collections. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hoarder but you know how things collect over the years. Some people say that if you haven’t used the item in a year, pitch it. I don’t necessarily go by that rule but if it’s been sitting there for a while and I can’t imagine that I will need it within the next 3 or 4 months, it’s going to be evicted. There are only a few items that I want to keep even if they’ve not been used recently, such as my collection of manuals related to my job and the suitcase of clothing that I have saved since my children were just babes.
I find that even the items I use every day can be a pain to keep organized. For instance, I’m sitting here looking at my desk and I’m constantly fighting with a stack of papers that need to be kept along with all the deposit books for various bank accounts. And then there are the three calculators, the stapler, the white-out and the note pad. Such inconsequential little items that are used daily can sure make my desk look cluttered. I hate that disorganized look. Anyone who has been to my home knows that each item has its own place except for the deposit books, stapler, calculators, and etc.
I’ve managed to semi-organize my bathroom and walk-in closet with square wire baskets. In my bathroom, I’ve organized the makeup in one basket and the Band-Aids, hairspray, cotton balls, toothpaste and etc. into another basket. The same goes for my closet. Socks and undergarments go in baskets (because we have no drawers) on a shelf on top of the hanging clothes. I would be lost without baskets and bins.
The husband’s shoes now go on a wire rack for shoes that I recently purchased. It hangs on the wall in the garage and neatly displays his shoes in an organized fashion. The rest of us just toss our in a bin. I also have a worn out mesh laundry basket in the garage for dirty rags, dish towels, and any other stinky articles that need to be washed. I must find a replacement for that basket soon. If only they would make a wire basket for laundry. That would be a great idea. It would never wear out or crack. They could coat it with a plastic so that it doesn’t snag clothing.
My next project will be to go through the various chemicals in my garage. What a job that will be. I’ll need a whole day to do that.