Hocus pocus make it go away-organized home! I have to admit I detest clutter, junk, piles of scraps and bits however; I seem to have collections of it all. It hides in my basement calling my name daily. I’m the David Copperfield of temporary hiding spots for junk until I have time to properly take care of it. Having junk around me makes me anxious and I can’t seem to be able to focus, walking and thinking in circles, until it’s gone. My hiding spots seem logical at the time, but they really aren’t because when I go to retrieve an item I can’t seem to find it and it takes me several days to locate it. As I write I am sitting at my dining room table I am distracted by the piles of books, a calculator, my calendar and paint samples; even my water glass is giving me the stink eye. My husband thinks I’m nuts; his tolerance level is much higher than mine.
Friends who come to visit wouldn’t think my home is messy; I’m the one who knows I’m not hitting the mark. I’ve always been like this even as a teenager if my bedroom was in a tip I wouldn’t be able to do my homework and I’d procrastinate until the very last minute which then I’d have to do a whirlwind cleaning job before settling down to get my assignments done. Funny thing, I’ve always done much better under pressure and I continue to be this way. Oh, the reason I’m at my dining room table writing is because my office is completely unorganized and I can’t stand to be in there at the moment; another job waiting for me to tackle and fast.
I’ve lost focus of why I’m writing about de-cluttering; back to work Niina. A few days ago I purchased a magazine, the title caught my eye “A Year of Organized Living”. Yes! That’s what I want and I want to start now.
If I feel I have an organized home then everything will fall into place; making more money, I’d be more relaxed and carefree. Huh! Who am I kidding. My personality is to over think, analyze and worry myself way before anything happens just so that I’m ready for when I really need to worry.
After feeling inspired I decided to tear into my kitchen cupboards. My kitchen has a terrible layout with corner cabinets through out except for one cupboard. Corner cupboards are difficult to keep organized and they are a waste of space which never seem to stay tidy. To try to combat this problem I went out and bought wire racks to use up the height of the cupboard, a tiered spice rack was added to avoid buying multiples of cloves; I think I counted three different brands of clove and I don’t particularly like cloves, but my gingerbread recipe calls for it which I only bake once a year. At first it was hard to find a starting place and once I started to feel I was building momentum everything fell into place. I began by emptying out one cupboard at a time, wiping out any crumbs that found hiding spots in my cutlery drawer; this process took me a day and a half. Now I have cupboards fit to be shown in the movie “Sleeping with the Enemy”, remember Julia Roberts controlling husband? When I first saw those cupboards and perfectly level towels I was in awe, Mr. Controlling Husband and I could get along famously!
If you’re feeling inspired to take care of your clutter and create your own organized home once and for all, follow the check list provided; hocus pocus…. here’s your check list to start purging your pantry courtesy of Real Simple magazine:
Empty and Categorize
The first step is to get everything out of your pantry so you can see what you have and start sorting. Separate items into these four categories:
• Items you use every day
• Items you use less frequently
• Unopened items that can be donated to a food pantry
• Expired or suspicious items to trash
Clean the Shelves
Now that your pantry is completely empty, take this opportunity to vacuum any crumbs off of shelves and the floor. Then wipe down each shelf with a damp cloth and let dry before reloading. If you need to buy extra containers or organizers to corral items like spice jars, now is the time to do it.
Refilling your pantry in organized zones is the best way to ensure you don’t have to do another pantry overhaul in a couple of months. Start by putting baking items (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.) in one section and breakfast items in another. If you have kids, set up a snack zone so they can find what they need easily and don’t rifle through the other shelves. Keep heavy items, like jugs of olive oil, on the bottom shelf, and the stuff you reach for every day—lunch ingredients, pet food—at eye level.
Finally, stash a steps tool in the pantry, if you have room, or nearby to make reaching high shelves easy. You’ll be amazed at how much time you can save by being able to locate the couscous on the first try.
Good luck, stay focused and you will win this one! Now I’m off to my office to make some real magic happen once and for all.
I’d love to hear how magical you have become and if you have any de-cluttering, or organizing tips of your own send them along; every bit helps.
If you can’t seem to do it on your own give me a call and I’ll whip you into shape.