Are your mornings hectic? Do you have trouble finding your clothes for work? Are you always looking for your keys? Do you have piles of mail?
If this is the case, let’s face it, we all have places like this. These are our trouble points or pain points. Whether you have 1 or 10 trouble points, you know that these points can cause you stress. They can cause you to be late. They may really start affecting your vision for your home, how you feel, or how your family operates. Great news is that there are solutions.
Paper, Paper, Paper
Paper tends to pile up. It gets cluttered on the front table, on the kitchen table, etc. We all hate reading mail and there are certain things that you may need or want to save. These things may include receipts, junk mail, and bills. Use your technology. Scanners can be used to organize your important papers on your computer or tablet. These are easily accessible and can always be re-printed, found, and will not add to clutter on your counter. A shredder is another great item to own. Shred mail that has your personal information or junk mail, if you prefer. Keep the shredder in a place that makes sense. Where could this be placed? Well, look at your home and see where you tend to place mail to shred. Set up a shredder there or a tray to place mail in for review. Do not forget to review it and remove it or file it.
Children’s Drawings and Memories
Whether it is your child’s newest creation, or a family member’s latest craft, sometimes it can be hard to know what to do with it. I always recommend hanging it up or displaying their artwork on the wall or refrigerator. A place that makes sense for you. Try using a shadow box or a frame that shows off the recent artwork and can be changed out monthly. After that month, send off the artwork to grandparents or family members. You do not need to keep everything. Set up a memory box for your child and save important pieces. Or scan in or take pictures of crafts to be placed in a book on a platform like Shutterfly.
Your closet can be a time capsule for clothes or items that we once loved. They also can be a hot mess of clothes, items, and things that need storage. Maybe it is your place that things get stuffed in your room because the closet has a door and you need things out of your way. There are many reasons for the clutter in this space. But this space is important for your ability or your child’s ability to get dressed with ease. Consider organizing your wardrobe by color and type of clothing. If you are looking for a black skirt, you will know exactly where to find it. Turn the hanger on your clothes when you were them. At the end of the season, donate what you do not need or wear to a person or location. Always ask does this serve you or your family? Less clutter will help you keep organized. Keep too small and too big bins in your child’s closet for clothes as they out grow them or that you purchase too big for next season.
The kitchen counters can be a source of clutter. One person in your household may desire working in a kitchen where everything is visual and within hands reach. Others may prefer everything is tucked away in a drawer. If you need a visual of the utensils or items that you need, consider using trays to create structure and organization to what is on the counter. This designates a location for the items to be and keeps the rest of the counter free of clutter.
You heard me. A junk drawer. Many houses have a catch all drawer. These are sources for a disaster. The drawer you cannot close because it is over flowing and the daily items or consistent items that may be in there cannot be found. This leads to purchasing items you do not need or you cannot find the items you need when you need them. Either way the drawer can become a source of FRUSTRATION. Try organizing the drawers with drawer organizers, small baskets, or even repurpose cereal containers to create designated spaces. This can be cost effective and keep things easily organized.
The bathroom shower, cabinets, and drawers can be a cluttered mess. We have a lot of little items for skin care, hair care, etc that just pile up. It can be hard to determine the best way to organize. Try a shower caddy, baskets, or shelves that can inexpensively added to keep shower necessities off the ground and ledges. Drawer organizers, bins, and other items are great for holding miscellaneous bathroom accessories. Always consider what can be repurposed. Your house is a gold mine of items that can be repurposed.
This only scratches the surface of all the trouble spots in a home or in your home. Remember to be creative and look for solutions. Organizing is trial and error. Get motivated by looking at Pinterest or watching your favorite HGTV program. However, understand that you have to be able to maintain and live that organization system. If it is great! If not, do not be afraid to challenge the norm and organize in a manner that only makes sense to you or your family. Does it work for you and your family?
If you are having trouble getting started or need a little direction, reach out to me for a brief 15 minute call. You can schedule one and we can briefly discuss 1 or more of your trouble points. I have lots of solutions or creative ways to curb your dilemmas and get you on track to living intentionally.
Thank you for reading another post. I hope this resonates with you or someone you know. Keep motivated to find your intentional life. Remember, I am here to walk along side you.