I have been very lazy since Christmas. You know me…I’m usually ultra productive, but every signal my body was sending me said to just rest and relax, so I did. I did totally unproductive things like playing games on my iPad (I’ve been enjoying 1010! and The Room Three), watching Netflix, combing through the 25% off clearance sale at Anthropologie to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and relying on leftovers, so I didn’t have to cook. I even painted my toenails!
It’s been a nice break, but I felt my usually energy make an appearance yesterday morning. It’s always a good sign when I start working before breakfast, while I’m still in my jammies. I finally did take a break and got ready for the day, so I was presentable when the babysitter came over.
I have a goal to purge and organize the entire house. I did this a couple of years ago and now I’m ready for round two. Organizing is something that needs to be maintained, anyway, but I find myself more and more willing to let things go, now that I’m getting a taste of living in a more organized, less-cluttered space.
I also used to not care too much if things behind closed doors were messy. As long as the room looked okay and I could find things, I was alright with a bit of disorganization. Now, I want to open a door or drawer and feel that little lift of joy that comes when things are tidy, neat, easy to see and, dare I say, even pretty. I mean, why not? Shouldn’t every cranny of your home make you happy?
Well, within reason.
So, with this in mind, I tackled all of the behind-closed-doors spaces in the master bedroom. I really want to do the entire house in one day, but I know that’s completely unrealistic, so I have to set out attainable goals. One room, even just one cabinet or one drawer at a time.
Planing to do the entire master suite was even a little optimistic, but I was focused and motivated, so I dove in. I emptied everything from my side of our little, shared closet onto the floor and then started sorting, pitching and organizing.
I have wanted to switch to all-matching wooden coat hangers for years, but buying coat hangers doesn’t seem like much fun. I finally got them, though, and I am so glad I did. They make a huge difference and my clothes look so much better! And, I’ve decided that the number of hangers I have is my clothing limit. This will force me to get rid of clothes I’m not wearing as I purchase new clothes. It’ll keep my wardrobe fresh.
Yeah, my closet walls are still mauve. That was the wall color in the room when we first moved in and I never repainted. Now that it looks so pretty, it just might be worth taking everything out and painting it a pretty color that sets off the clothes a little better.
Clearly, I like my blues, whites and grays!
I did the same thing in my wardrobe, which I use instead of a dresser. I still need to find a good way to organize scarves. Right now they are just folded on the bottom shelf, but I know they will become a jumble in no time. So, I’m on the hunt for a good solution.
I even cleaned out the magazine hoard in my nightstand.
And I cleaned out the master bathroom vanity and linen closet as well. All expired medicines and beauty products were pitched. Everything was wiped down and vacuumed. I added shelf liner and clear organizational trays. And I tried to really think through the way I use each space as I go about my daily routine. For example, I always throw my bobby pins and hair ties in the top drawer and they usually slide around, loose. I finally gave them a dedicated spot right where I naturally want to put them.
I’ve been keeping my makeup in a zipper cosmetic bag for a couple of years. It’s easy when I travel, but it’s not the best way to care for the products, so I moved them into a neat tray.
I already had everything except the hangers, so it cost $90 and a day of hard work to get everything straight in the master suite.
I think I’m going to tackle the basement next…
Does anyone else have the organization bug?