If you know me, you know that I like things to be organized. My desk at work, my kitchen at home, my handwriting in notebooks, everything.
There has been a problem-spot in my house that has driven me crazy since moving in, but I managed to close the door and not worry about it – until I would open it again and I would go crazy inside. Our hall closet. A somewhat organized, yet still very chaotic mess.
After being inspired (and intimidated) by The Home Edit, I thought it was time to tackle this closet (as well as the bedroom and guest closets), and it seems to have settled my insides.
Now, everything has it’s place, and it’s easy to find. No more opening multiple boxes and moving items to find something as small as a bandaid. This was such a great time to throw away the items that were expired or haven’t been used in a while, as well as do a complete restock of medicine and other necessities.
Spring is always a good time to take an inventory of your home – the windows are open, the birds are chirping, and there’s a freshness in the air. Start small…a drawer in the kitchen, then move to the next. Thinking you have to tackle an entire room is too daunting – start small and keep going.
Here are four tips about how I tackled the closets…
Tip One: Remove all items from the space you’re trying to tackle (drawer, cupboard, closet, etc.). You can’t get a full view of the space while there are still pieces in the space, and you don’t know what you need to organize if you can’t see it all laid out.
Tip Two: Create categories for the items you’re organizing – but don’t make the categories too specific. You want to be able to give everything a home without being too constrained. In our hall closet, we have boxes for Allergy and Aches, Pharmacy, Hair, etc.
Tip Three: Label the boxes – permanent marker, paper labels, sticker labels, anything will do. It frees up the space in your mind (it really does!) when you don’t have to remember what is in each box, and where everything is.
Tip Four: Enjoy. Every time I walk by the closet I take a cleansing breath because everything looks so organized and clean. A few days after I finished the hall closet, I was just looking at it smiling and K said to me You just love organizing don’t you? It really makes you happy. And I couldn’t help but smile back at her.
I no longer have an uneasiness in the undercurrent of my daily movements, and that’s a result of these closets. Who knew something so small and simple would calm me…even when I didn’t actively know it was causing so much strife inside.