Clutter is unrelenting. The drive to declutter our homes is a journey. But need pushes us to live a more simpler life. The first step to organized calm is to tender our treasures, value our vital documents, and contain that clutter. There are many ways contain things such as boxes, baskets, buckets, plastic bins, jars, vases, drawers, bins, decanters, even suitcases!
Organizing doesn’t happen in a day. Start with what area you really need to use or what annoys you the most. What do you need that space to do for you and your family? There are ways to organize counters, junk drawers, filing cabinets, video games, books on shelves, and dirty clothes to make life easier.
Keep life simple!
Select a specific space to organize.
Schedule the organizing.
Time the organizing
After organizing the specific space, deciding what to donate, recycle, or throw away, it's time to choose containers. First, search you home. What do you have that you can repurpose into a container for the items you wish to keep. Items that will be in a closet, attic, drawer, bathroom, or cupboard should be clear. That way you can see what is inside without opening all the bins.
Next, what types of jars, basket, crates, bins do you have that can be repurposed into containers for what you would like to keep. Let them match the need and space it will fit.
Match the bag or basket to its specific need.
Only after you've exhausted your own supply of buckets, bins and bags should you venture out to shop. Shop with intention. Take a list of what you need specifically to put away or store in plain view. While shopping, if you can't find what you need, then leave. NO browsing you are on a mission. A mission to strategically and beautifully store the items you treasure and contain the stuff you need to keep.
There are large bags that are really baskets with handles! Hang one on the door to the garage to take with you when you shop for clothes or food. (Use a dedicated bag for food.)
A Beach bag packed with pool or beach necessities; towel, sunscreen, aspirin, shampoo, hat, band aids, change for the parking meter, and some cash for lunch.
In addition, an activity bag in the car for the kids will always be a hit. Include coloring books, crayons, small books, paper & pencil, and some noiseless hand toys.
Keep an emergency “go-bag” for each family member in their room.
Include a flashlight, emergency blanket, poncho, basic toiletries, 3 pair of socks, books to read, cards, hat and a small blanket. If needed, when an emergency occurs they would just add clothes for 3 days, water bottle, phone charger, emergency battery charger, and anything else they could grab & go. Keep a list tacked to the wall.
(This is a sample list of a go-bag. Pack appropriately to the given emergencies that are common to your area.)
Metal baskets with a fine mesh pattern are great for onions and potatoes. Metal baskets with larger openings can house bread, bagels, and biscuits.
There are picnic baskets, flower baskets, raffle baskets, laundry baskets, numerous games that involve baskets. How do you use baskets?
There are also designer
baskets that can add a touch of style to your home!
SK Simple Solutions can help you reorganize and choose the appropriate container for your specific item and the specific space in your home. Contact us, Shannon & Kim.
Our process is hands-on, collaborative, and stress-reducing. We strive to increase your self-confidence to maintain your own simplified life. We can organize FOR you or WITH you.
The SK Simple Solutions Way!
We listen without judgement to the strategies you have tried.
Plan sessions to declutter & organize your space.
Implement the plan using SK Simple Solutions.
Follow up to answer questions and/or share their success!
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We look forward to working with you. Shannon & Kim, Your Personal Organizers!