Monday, September 9, 2013

Real life Organization #1 - Kitchen and Bath

I wanted to title this post "Real life organization from a real life girl who lives in a real life house" but that was a bit long.

I'm not known as the most organized person in the world, but I do try. I like to think of it all more as an organized MESS.  I love organization articles and blog posts, they are very inspiring, but for me, not very realistic - and I don't even have kids!

I know a couple of people who are professional organizers. They would probably shudder at my house. But, we're real people with real jobs and real stuff that we use regularly. So, I wanted to share some things that have helped me and won't leave you feeling inadequate while reading yet another organization post, room by room. Let's start in the kitchen!

The kitchen is probably the most organized room for most of us because of the cabinets, shelves, and drawers that come with it. The only organization that many people may have though, is the silverware drawer. That used to be me, but I added a few things to make it all a little prettier.

I made the most of a little corner between the pantry cabinets and the doorway to the living room with some pieces that fit the decor and are functional.  I shared the key holder in my initial kitchen reveal, but the corner cabinet has since been found and holds the garlic, onions, and potatoes.


We also have an island that is currently our "catch all."  I would love to replace this piece with something that keeps things hidden better, but I haven't found anything that can do all that this workhorse can do!  In the meantime, I use more baskets!  Dog food, cutting boards, and random things that simply don't have a home all live in baskets on our kitchen cart.


The last tip for the kitchen is that magazine holders aren't just for offices!  I use one alongside my cookbooks to keep any smaller books - or magazines - that have recipes I'd like to try.  I also love the little "Recipes Shared" binder we received as a gift when we got engaged.  It had some family recipes already inserted, but it's a great place to keep pages I've printed from the web and handwritten recipes too!

And yeah, my J.A. Henkel scissors went missing long ago!

Onto the next most used room in any home... the bathroom.

Most bathrooms don't have near enough storage.  For a long time, people have had to find ways to use baskets and bins and have just crammed stuff into the under sink cabinet, if you're lucky enough to have one. In each of the last two houses I've lived in, I had pedestal sinks which causes more issues in a bathroom without enough storage.

The first order of business is to take everything out that you don't use on at least a semi-regular basis.  When I redid our bathroom, that was two trash bags full of stuff. Two. Expired medicines and sunscreens?  Toss them! That hair product or makeup that you bought six months ago and it didn't work/look right?  Give or throw it away.  It's not doing you any good taking up space.

Once I cleaned everything out, I put it back based on how often I use it.  Bottom shelf is daily use and top shelf is rarely used.  (and yes, this is AFTER it was cleaned out - I probably could go through that exercise again myself!)

Do the same thing with your husband's side of the cabinet (mostly just to free up more room for yourself!) Or, just put all of the medicines in his!  (I don't know about you, but my husband has a toothbrush, deodorant, a razor, shaving cream, and a comb.  Must be nice!)

All kidding aside, the basket on the top shelf makes me very happy.  Can you imagine having to get a step ladder and move everything, certainly ending up with some of it falling on the floor, just to find your "for desperate times only" allergy medicine?

I, of course, also have a basket in the bottom of this cabinet for monthly necessities, if you know what I mean, and that way there aren't boxes and pamphlets all over the place.  (how do those pamphlets end up everywhere?)

If you checked out my bathroom redo, you should have seen that the toilet is across the room from this cabinet. I also have a small cabinet over it to hold our soap and first aid stuff - band aids, cotton balls, alcohol, peroxide, etc.  This little basket on the toilet lid, though, is our life saver since the linen closet, where we keep the big packs of TP, is in the hallway, so this allows us to keep some on backup along with some air freshener and some reading material.  

Finally, I use suction cup hooks in the shower to hold random things like a squeegee, soap and razors, because otherwise, they would be falling off of the itty-bitty shelves that are already holding my gigantic bottles of DevaCurl products.  They really are fantastic - and no muss, no fuss.  Just stick 'em where you want 'em. Just be sure to clean the suction cups too when you clean the tub.

Hope this was helpful and leaves you feeling better about how organized you really are!!  My living room and home office are up next!

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