i’ve decided it’s time to get organized

the thought of all the things i have to organize makes me a bit stressed out. Working 9-6 every day doesn’t help either… So when I come home after working in front of a computer all day and all i want to do is collapse. I simply shove the never-ending stacks of paper and piles to sort through way off to the side and hop on the couch and veg-out in front of the tv or computer. So what to do? Where will this energy come from? The energy that will make my life much easier & simpler…. One idea is to make a master list of all the things I ever wanted to do to make things run smoother in my household & knock things out one by one at a reasonable pace. It’s just that initial push in the right direction and with systems in place things will run a lot smoother.

One of the hardest places for me to organize is my kitchen cabinets. When we first move into a *new* place, I immediately go to the kitchen (after cleaning it of course) and unpack all my beloved stuff. The husband finds all the electrical things and starts setting up his home theater…. So after ooohing and awwwing over my cute little dishwares & tiny soy sauce bowls that are in shape of flowers….I finish unpacking the entire kitchen. I live with it for a week and then immediately decide my problem areas and usually fix the most important ones right away. But then, other home stuff distracts me and I find myself 6 months into living in our new house NEEDING to really re-think my set up. I would say that 60% of my kitchen cabinets are used appropriately…but that 40% of cluttered mess hiding behind a one inch of slab of *wood* really bothers me. If I had all the time in the world, I would spend at least 2 days re-arranging everything in my kitchen and organizing my pantry. That would be the day… My goal this week is to start that list…and make a list for TARGET too!

here are just of few parts of my kitchen i enjoy



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  • Melisser

    This is SO true! We initially set up our kitchen when we moved in about a year & a half ago & as time went on it seemed stuffed full with no room for anything new. My trips to Williams Sonoma were cause stress when we’d look for places to put everything! I finally reorganized everything & life is much smoother in the kitchen – I even have a bit of spare room!
    Our next project is it utilize the blank wall we have & start hanging some things to free up even more cabinet room!

    – Do you get blueprint magazine? there’s a great kitchen makeover part you should look at. I’ll find it for you!- Tracy

  • Emily

    Yes, I realize this post is about 3.5 years old, but somehow I’m just stumbling onto your blog via a recipe for hashbrowns with avocado. And I’m seeing this post and thinking “This is so my life.” I have no baby or husband excuses (or, in the case of a husband, help?) but I find that I get home at 6 or 7 or whatever and I am just pooped. If I’m lucky, I’ve already grocery shopped and might make something semi-healthy. But exercise? Dishes? Cleaning? General organizing of my life? Unpacking from when I moved 6 months ago? Doesn’t seem to happen. I just want to read or watch a movie or something. Move as little as possible. And then go to bed.

    I am going to try getting back into the habit of setting a timer for myself – 15 minutes or something – and will try to tidy during that time. Or finish up some quick dishes. Or whatever. Because my life is sort of crazy right now, and there are so many things I have and don’t need or wear or even want. I (semi-jokingly) labeled this year the year of The Purge 2010, and I’ve gotten rid of a lot of junk – but still feel like there’s way more stuff than there is time to deal with it. And I’ve got a month and a half left before the end of the year – and more random stuff via Christmas.

  • Inspired Cleaners

    We just moved in a new home, but it was in a not very good condition. I had to clean it well and after that to organize it. My nightmare is the kitchen. There are so much knickknacks which I should organize and put somewhere. Boxes with our stuff are everywhere. But if I have to be honest, I was very satisfied with the result at the end. Yes, unpacking, cleaning and organizing takes time, but this is your home, so it’s worth it.

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