Having an organized home requires maintenance. I’ve said that many times before on the blog, and I’ll keep saying it – because it’s true! Several years ago, I went on a major organizing spree and put most of my cabinets, drawers and closets in order. It was a great start and most of those systems are still working for me today. One kitchen cabinet, however, was really in need of a re-do. Taking dishes out of the cabinet and then putting them away had become an annoying chore.
That’s the signal that you need to re-organize – when you have no desire to access a space or to put things away in that space because you know it’s going to be frustrating. Here’s what it looked like before the re-do. Ugh.
The items toward the front of each shelf are things I use several times a week: mixing bowls, pasta strainer, food processor and my cute little turquoise fruit containers. The other things in the cabinet were totally useless on a daily basis, from a trifle bowl to a Tupperware lid that had no matching container. Tupperware doesn’t even go in that cabinet.
I pulled out the non-essentials and found homes for them in places that were more suited to how often I needed them (that lid went in the trash). Then I re-organized what was left and in less than 10 minutes I had a really nice cabinet that isn’t a pain to access!
That’s all it takes! As with any well-organized space, I get a feeling of accomplishment and enjoyment every time I open the cabinet. What could ten minutes do for that annoying space in your home?