I can’t be the only one to notice how many times the words “Get Organized” appear on the cover of a January magazine publication.
They’re onto us.
Or are we following them ?
January is representative of a fresh start – which inevitably leads to so many of us in small or large ways to declutter our nests and “get organized”.
I’ve been hard at work getting my own home organized for over a week, and I’m making serious progress. At last, the junk drawer, the pantry, the kitchen, the bedrooms and bathrooms are returned to order, with the help of a lot of baskets and colorful bins.
Aren’t baskets and bins simply the best tool for corralling just about anything ? Magazines, blankets, towels, toys (what’s left of them after my decluttering spree) all have their own place to rest. I think that is the real key to organization – actually having a place for everything.
Just a few more days tackling some problem areas, and I’ll be back to business as usual. But first I have two zones I have yet to conquer – the mudroom/rear entry and the unsorted piles of paperwork. I’ve got big plans for both.
To me, nothing represents organization in the home more than a well designed mudroom or entry.
I think if you asked any busy Mom what’s the one room she couldn’t live without, or wish she had, it would be a mudroom.
See Exhibit A to the right, courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.
How marvelous to have a dedicated dumping ground just beyond the entrance for hats, scarves, coats, boots, backpacks, sports gear, and all of those necessary items that come with having a family.
I collect images of well organized entryways. They just make me very happy.
Below is our rear entry – the Before. Ooooh, a blank canvas.
Right now, it’s just one empty but freshly painted wall that leads to the garage. I’m dreaming of shelving, and hooks, and art, all seamlessly blended together in one perfectly organized space.
Then there is the three foot niche around the corner. I’ve already added this dresser I found on Craigslist that perfectly fits the space. Shelves and key hooks are just the first step. Here, I envision a giant memo board, a charging station, and more stylish tools for organization. Opposite this niche is a great little closet which will soon be upgraded with hooks, bins, and racks for coats.
Okay, so looking at someone’s ‘Before’ pictures is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
But speaking of paint, that’s BM’s ‘Camouflage’ that’s now covering the family room, dining room, and rear entry walls. It’s a gorgeous tranquil soft gray green. Love it! Soon it will make its way into the kitchen. Yes, I said it. It’s true. I’m repainting my kitchen later this month. Woo hooo !
But I’m not allowed to even pick up a paintbrush until this little “Fresh Start” project is over . .
What about you ? Are you on this “get organized” kick too ? Could you be one of the blessed few who has a well organized mudroom ? Go on and brag, but I guarantee, I’ll be a little jealous.