While I had prepared myself for the transition of job culture from my last job to this new one, or so I thought, it has been a surprisingly frazzling first two weeks. My schedule is all thrown off, I don’t have much work to do, I’m still getting used to wearing “grown-up clothes” ….. the list goes on.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still extremely excited for what the future may hold, and grateful for all that I have, but I’m drained. Hence, the short post today. I promise I will be much more on the ball next week.
I came across this quote the other day. I think it will help me to justify my current mental state and the physical state of my closet.
One person’s mess is merely another person’s filing system.
– Margo Kaurman
Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!
Posted in Closet, Dynamic Design, Inspiration, Organization
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The step I am sure many of you have been waiting for; this is certainly my favorite part.
Hopefully you have picked up and made note of some ideas of what you may want to do with your space from you search for inspiration. If not, get going and then get back to me.
Now that you have some ideas, its time to start seeing what would be feasible in your own space and on your own budget. To do this efficiently, under budget and effectively here are a few key recommendations:
- Know the space: It is important that you take thorough measurements of the spaces you are reorganizing. This includes, but is not limited to, cabinets, closets, floor space, etc. Make sure to measure every dimension (length – width – depth). I find it helpful to draw the space on graph paper so that I can better visualize how to use different organizational tools.
- Solve problems: Look at everything you have taken out of your kitchen and see where you could condense storage of an item (ie. cereal), make items more visible (ie. canned goods), make items more accessible (ie. spices) or simply need to create storage for something that previously did not have a home.
- Know your budget: If you end the project having the most amazing organizational items on the market, but stressed out because you have overspent, the project really hasn’t achieved its full potential. Have a budget and stick to it. Make sure your budget is reasonable – for your finances and for what you think you will need to purchase. Remember that you may have things already that you can re-purpose to better organize your kitchen.
- Research: This is vital to staying on budget. I am a fan of using Microsoft Excel. I typically set up a spreadsheet to keep track of items that I think I want to purchase. This way I can get an idea for what the end cost will be before making any purchases. This helps to prioritize purchases when you near the end of your budget and helps you find the best deal for your purchase. Here is an example of the spreadsheet I use:
If you are like me, and are pretty tight on your spending, here is one piece of advice when organizing. Sometimes you need to spend the money to make your life simpler. Sounds silly and like a shopaholic justification, but hear me out.
My best example would be my lower kitchen cabinet that I use to store my baking ‘stuff’. My biggest pet peeve with this cabinet is that I would constantly have to dig through everything to find the right measuring cup; every time I would organize the measuring cups by stacking them in one another, I felt it never lasted very long at all and was hard to keep organized. I really didn’t want to purchase new measuring cups since I already owned more than one set, but I finally got fed up enough and purchased a set of collapsible measuring cups and got rid of all of my other ones. GREAT IDEA! This has saved me time, frustration and space. It is now simple to keep that cabinet organized and I never have a hard time finding just what I need. Just some food for thought.
When looking for solutions to your organizational problems, keep in mind that you can find the perfect solution. There are so many stores and items out there that you don’t have a reason to settle. Also, think outside of the box a bit. You don’t only need to buy organizational items that are labeled as being used for the kitchen or even labeled as being organizational tools. For example, I used a clothes hanger to help organize my umbrellas. When working in a small space, like my efficiency, it is important to utilize as much space as possible. In my pantry, for example, I have a clothing rod across the top and a decent amount of unused space between my storage unit and the top shelf. To find a way to utilize this empty space I have been looking for closet organizers since they are often made to hang in a space.
I hope that helps get you started. Patience is certainly a virtue for this project. I certainly need practice in this area, but it is better to wait and find a perfect solution than to settle for something that will do for the moment but you will end up buying a replacement for – and spending more unnecessary money – later on.
Posted in Budget, Do-It-Yourself, Kitchen, Organization, Pantry, Room Makeover, Small Space
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