Creating an Organized Home

In our last post we suggested that we start creating harmony in our lives by creating that within the walls of our homes. So let’s begin….. divide the tasks up by daily or weekly goals depending on your available time. One step at a time and before you know it you have completed the entire project!

Now, where to begin…..Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago suggests you ask yourself this question…”What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable?” Start with the most annoying area, give it an hour, you will be amazed at what can be done in that amount of time when focused on one task!

(1) Do that task! Create an “Order of Priorities” for the tasks allowing 1-hour for each. Be realistic and determine if you can spare 1 hour daily or weekly, but schedule it and keep your schedule.

(2) Create a “Give Away Box” put everything you want to donate, give away, or even sell on a local garage sale board in that box. Put the box in a convenient location that you can easily see it and take with you in the car to the local donation drop box.

(3) Organize your Decorations- set aside an area in your storage for decorations by holiday. Hang your wreaths on the wall of the storage area, as you can throughout the coming year, purchase storage containers that coordinate to the color of the holiday; red or green Christmas; Pink or Yellow Easter; Orange Halloween; Blue Chanukah; etc.

(4) Create a Home Entryway that has a System – it should include hooks for coats, bins for shoes and boots, a place for mail, hooks to hang keys, etc. Don’t forget to create a place for pet supplies that make leashes handy for walks, toys, feeding. Make the entry to your home efficient.

(5) Organize Spices- choose the way you complete this task based on your use habits. Alphabetize them, group them by type, or even size and brand. But make it work for you.

(6) How Many Peelers Do You Really Need?  Get rid of duplicates, unused utensils, non-working items, and do you really need silverware service for 24 in your kitchen drawer?

(7) Use that “Giveaway Box” for unused Pots & Pans- If you haven’t used that amazing pan you bought in over a year….. give it away, throw it away, sell it! You clearly don’t need it. Downsize your volume of pots and pans to what you really use often.

(8) Throw Away Expired Foods! Get rid of outdated foods in the refrigerator, the pantry, and your food storage area. You might need to stop shopping at the Big Box Stores, you end up throwing away more than you saved.

(9) Stack Your Pantry Supplies- Reduce the boxing and packaging in your pantry by using stacking air-tight containers. You will double your available pantry space by reducing boxes and bags. Your food will stay fresher and last longer as well.

(10) The “Giveaway Box” is also perfect for unused Kitchen Gadgets- get rid of all those gadgets you purchased with the best intentions of healthy cooking and now they just take up space! If you haven’t used it in a year……. you know what to do!

We have much more to cover to get your home organized in a month…. we will cover ten more “1-hour Projects” in our next post. Don’t put it off, set a goal now, schedule the time, and DO THE TASK!

What now? Can we build a better Future?

As we look around our communities, we see changes that may or may not be welcomed. Never in our wildest dreams did we envision a possibility that the world would shut down. Even when it did, we kept thinking it would only be for a few weeks, or on the outside may a few months, certainly not a year or more. What now? Will we ever get back to “normal”?

This world-wide pandemic was and is the most massive catalyst for change I have experienced in my lifetime. As we begin to assess the ways we have altered our way of doing things, maybe we can also suggest new and better ways of moving forward.

What was the norm prior to the pandemic was already experiencing a shift in many areas of our lives such as the way we shop, the way we communicate, the way we recreate, and what types of entertainment we enjoy. It seems as though the pandemic ignited the rocket ship that would transport us all to a “new normal”.  We have been carried along on this journey unwillingly for the most part, now what can we do with our current circumstances to create a future of joy and fulfillment?

I believe we can help each other find joy, we can magnify our opportunities to experience fulfillment, we can open the door for others to create a better “new normal”. But we must do it together. Together we were thrust into the most massive change the world has ever known, together we can make that become the common ground we needed in order to recognize our commonalities and begin to tolerate and even embrace our differences.

Let’s first discuss our most immediate area of influence; within the walls of our own homes. We have been inside these walls on a constant basis almost without relief for a year. What are some of the suggested starting points in and around our homes that we can begin to create a “new normal” for everyone in that home?

I’ll start this open conversation; let’s lighten the load and open our environment! Clean out all the old clothes, boxes of storage that have not been opened in the past year…get rid of them, organize our homes to be more efficient, clean out closets and drawers, CLEAN OUR HOMES. Once we have done that, we can lighten our environment by painting the walls a new color, fixing what is broken, and making our homes a place of peace and harmony in all ways. These are physical ways to create a more harmonious place to live. We have to start somewhere, let’s start there.

I am open for positive suggestions from everyone, remember, we can do this TOGETHER!