Sunday, April 1, 2012
Clear Your Space & Clear Your Head
Yesterday I spent most of my Saturday morning cleaning and organizing my kitchen. Only my kitchen. In the end, I was very pleased with the results. All my tupperware containers are ready to go, so I can easily grab a container of whatever size I need, stuff my leftovers in it, and put it in the fridge for my lunch the next day. I organized all my cookbooks and flagged new recipes, I found out what I had too much of, what I needed to donate, and what I didn't have.
Real Simple is probably one of my favorite online resources. The article 24 Smart Organizing Ideas for your Kitchen says to have a Lazy Susan (pictured below.) I know many people who have this and they really enjoy it. I keep all my spices in a cupboard above the stove; I like to keep my supplies where they make the most sense.
The article also suggests to keep your cookbooks away from the stove in order to avoid grease and heat damage. I strongly agree. Some of my older cookbooks are looking a little sickly these days. I keep mine on the end of my serving counter next to where I store my crock pot. (You can see that in the first picture of this post!)
Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of having drawers in my bathroom, or a mirror that opens into a medicine cabinet! I am limited on storage and space, so it's really important for me to keep organized. I like to organize my bathroom by keeping all like items together. For example, I keep all my makeup in a portable caddy, and my everyday makeup is stored in a smaller makeup bag. I keep those next to each other under the sink.
I keep all my medicine in the hallway closet. (It's a really good idea to go through your medicine regularly as it does expire.) It's also a good idea to invest in a rack that will hold extra bath tissue. It's never a pleasurable experience when you find yourself, or your guests, without proper...necessities...EEK!
This is a wicker tissue roll holder from Target.
Keep your bedroom open and free. This room is supposed to be for rest and rejuvenation; less clutter equals relaxation and a quiet mind, so make sure you have a hamper for your dirty clothes, and decorate in moderation to make the space a safe haven.
I searched around for some fun articles on living rooms. This article had two key points, and I agree with them 100%.
Rule Number One: Keep Flat Surfaces Clutter Free. (I say you avoid doing this by keeping furniture around that has storage compartments in it, like an ottoman, and keeping a separate room for books such as a study.)
Rule Number Two: Control Out-of-Control Cords. (You can use zip ties to restrain them, or purchase items with multiple outlet plugs. Make sure you keep the cords behind something like an entertainment center.)
A Room of Your Own
Make sure you have a space to retreat to. I know this is hard because not everyone has the luxury of having more than one or two bedrooms, but if that means setting down a meditation or reading pillow on the floor by the window, so be it.
"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."
--Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice