1) First Impressions Are Everything
Have you ever cleaned your cabinet fronts? No? You are not alone, but your cabinets are dirty.
|SO much better!|
If you don't get it, we have much less work to do. If you are scared to open a drawer, cabinet, or closet for fear of being buried in a useless crap lava flow, we need to talk. Ideally, your cabinets and drawers will have a theme already - if the theme is "huh?" we'll start from scratch. Typically, kitchen cabinets get messy easily - lots of random gadgets, too little space. I like to organize my cabinets around the steps of a meal. Step one for me is prep, so let's use that as an example. Here are my prep cabinets and drawers:
Mr. Foreman, the lean-mean-fat-reducing-grilling-machine, is clearly in the wrong place - Ol' George needs to be with his small appliance friends Blender and Toaster.
|Friendship is beautiful.|
|...lemon squeezy. Poof!|
Follow suit with the other cabinets and drawers (remember to edit):
|Recognize this prep drawer?|
|Or this one? (Now a bottle opener/wine key/koozie drawer)|
|Did you even see the knives??|
|AFTER! There's my glue gun!|
|Don't stumble over random items!|
A) Extension cord? There's a bag of you guys in the laundry room. Go home!
B) Inhaler? You keep me from dying, so let's live in my purse!
C) Snake cage light clip? To the pet drawer from yesterday!
D) iPod? You're my backup, so let's put you in the technology drawer in my bedroom.
E) Tape? Utility drawer in the kitchen.
F) Dayquil? Medicine drawer in the bathroom.
G) Extra key? Key hook.
H) Hair band? Hair accessory drawer in bathroom.
I) SD card holder? Technology drawer.
J) Paper clip? Let's go back to the office!
Get the picture?
3) Overwear, Underwear, Anytime, Anywhere
Clothes closets need organizational love, too. The biggest help for me is ROYGBIV. That's right folks, let's go back to 1st grade art class and color organize our clothes. No more searching for that cute purple camisole or your navy blue french cuff shirt. Presto!
Dresser drawers should also follow suit - underthings, casual shirts, jeans, socks - whatever categories make sense for your wardrobe and lifestyle. Pick a theme for each drawer. This is my sports team shirt drawer:
|Geaux Saints! Go Jackets!|
AND.... speaking of laundry, check back later today for a bonus post on my secret to clean, soft clothes on the cheap!!