Greetings Friends! If you're like me, thoughts of the new year are accompanied by the desire to declutter and become more organized. The task can be daunting--where to start and how? It has taken some time, but I've conquered clutter throughout my home and today I'm sharing tips that worked for me...
Keep in mind that it took me the better part of the year. It could certainly be done in less time but I recommend breaking the challenge down into manageable tasks--a closet, some drawers, a pantry. If you are the person that can organize your whole house in a weekend, I am impressed--I am not that person! This time last year, I started freshly inspired by a new year and determined to downsize and organize my Christmas decor. Remember, I don't have a garage or basement so most of my Christmas storage is in a guest bedroom closet. My first tip for organizing anything is to get rid of what you are not using! For years, I held onto boxes that I didn't even open for several seasons--not anymore. Now I keep only what I use and a few things that hold sentimental value. Also, now is the perfect time to find clearance Christmas paper to wrap cardboard boxes for a pretty storage solution. See more details here.
Everyone I know has or has had one at some point or another...the junk drawer! Let's face it--most of it is junk! Some of it needs to go and with a little creativity, some could be stored elsewhere. In my case, I was using two drawers for flatware, utensils and junk. By getting rid of excess and storing frequently used utensils in a pitcher on the stove, I emptied a drawer for needed space. Consider the most functional use for the drawer and make it work for you. I used thrifted trays and baskets for organizing and now my former junk drawer stores the supplies I need for processing Secret Garden Herb orders. Get the details here!
Update your storage to reflect your current needs. For example, this armoire originally held the family television. With my nest empty, I found it more convenient to move the TV into my bedroom. I gave the inside of the armoire a fresh coat of paint to match the exterior I'd made over several years ago and organized with thrift store baskets and crates to provide easy to access storage with the option to close the doors. It's the perfect place for housing fragile decor when I'm not using it on my mantel or dining table. See the makeover here.
Here's another example: Once upon a time, the embarrassing out of control before was an organized sewing closet. Fast forward to an empty nest, fewer sewing projects and DIY and Etsy inventory demanding their own room. Unfortunately the closet became a junky catch all but I was determined to give the space a happy ending. This was a huge project and I worked off and on for several days. Now the space is a functional office nook for shipping Etsy orders. I got rid of a ton of stuff--see details here!
I hope you've been inspired to clear some clutter. In Part 2, I'll be sharing tips on how I resale, recreated a pantry, seriously purged my clothing closet and made my tiny laundry room beautiful and functional! I would love to hear your tips for conquering clutter--what works for you?