Dear Sweet Friend,
In just a few short days, Christmas will be over and we will start the counting down of days til the new year. 2016. I almost can't believe it. I am so geeked to see what the next year brings. (Can it top this year? Starting my dream job!)
January is always a welcome friend for giving motivation to start something new. Try something new. Do something new. No matter your resolution and will to do it, I find being organized is at the forefront. When things are de-cluttered and in place, it's so much easier to focus on other things, at least for me! Remember my suggestion on this book? And here's another book I recently found that I'm excited to read! So may I make a suggestion? Try one or two of these quick and easy ways to organize and see if that wasn't resolution enough.
Oh how I love shelves. I love how simple they can be. They're a great solution to small spaces, awkward spaces and tall ones too. You can buy new or repurpose with ease. Consider putting up a couple small shelves to declutter a table and fill up some wall space. Look at how cute this would be for an older boys room!
I like this next shelf as an option instead of a nightstand/bedside table. I think it's a great option to keep the necessities nearby but keep the floors clear. And tell me, have you ever thought about putting a "back" on your shelves?
If you have an older home, this next option might not work as you may not have enough space under your cabinets. However, if you do, it could be a unique way to keep the counters clear and create more storage space, because who couldn't use more workspace in a kitchen anyways!? Just mount a 6"-8" shelf halfway between the counters and cabinets. You could even hang cups under like they did below.
I don't know about you but I spend a lot of time throughout the day in my kitchen. Three meals, two snacks and everything in between and I'm in that space at least once an hour. I need a space that is organized and orderly to feel like I can get something done. I'm a huge proponent of cutting the clutter. I'm not saying get rid of everything on your counter, if you make smoothies every morning, keep the blender out! But if you don't, hide it. One thing most people are short on is space in their kitchen so here are a few solutions for that. Food storage is something everyone needs and there are so many products out there. Everything you need to take advantage of all the space you do have.One of my favorite stores for organization is The Container Store. They have everything. How about pantry door storage? Or even utilizing the floor of the pantry? My favorite though: canisters. Isn't it so much easier to feel on top of things when you know what you have and how much? Put things you don't want to run out of in clear containers and they'll always be on the shopping list when they need to be refilled.
Wouldn't this be nice too? Everything has a place, even the scrub brush!
This is an area that can cause a lot of chaos anytime you are trying to get out the door. It's very important, and easy to make this area of the home work for you, not against. Even if you have a very small space there is a solution. A simple coat tree can help keep all those winter coats off chairs and more importantly, the floor. If you're short on floor space, try something like this:
Staying current on bills and correspondence is so important and I hate to leave it just laying around. A simple wall organizer can help keep things together and off precious workspace. There are a lot of options depending on needs but I would suggest starting with something like this, at the least.
Lastly, if you have the space but lack the Do-It-Yourself ability, consider purchasing a hall tree/locker system. They're a great stopping point when you enter a home to take coats and shoes off and even offer hidden storage for winter gear or even pet supplies.