People ask me all the time about organizing the home. As a professional organizer, they usually follow up their questions with, "I bet your home is perfect." Typically, my response is, "It's organized but far from perfect."
Let's tap into my love for the junk drawer for a second here. I preach that every kitchen should have ONE junk drawer. You've got to have somewhere to dump odds and ends that you don't know what to do with. Being organized doesn't necessarily mean you'll suddenly know what a random tiny part is or what it goes to, but it does mean that you'll put all the random tiny parts together where you can find them again if need be.
In the photos below, you'll see that our home is organized (of
course), but you'll also learn how to stay relatively tidy when life
happens. Be sure to read THE JUNK DRAWER THEORY in the right column, which explains the difference between being organized and being perfect. Enjoy!
You know when you wear something and it's not quite dirty but not quite clean? What to do with it?! I contain these clothing items in limbo in a basket by my bed (and there's one on the other side for my husband). It looks tidy and creates a home for these clothes that don't belong in the laundry basket nor with the clean garb.
Our Multipurpose Station
This table is in the dining room by the kitchen. There are 2 open baskets on the bottom - 1 holds pet accessories and the other holds cook books, recipes and takeout menus. The turquoise file box in between them stores my husbands active files and serves as his mobile office. As you can see, there are some piles of books and paper on the table's surface. Those are currently being used by my husband, and he goes through them every few weeks. If we have company, I can simply put the piles in his turquoise file box for an easy clean up.
Having your memories in order is a big part of organizing the home. This closet holds our memorabilia. Each bin is labeled for the contents inside like "Nealey's Childhood Memories." Clear containers make for easy recognition of what's inside as well.
Our Kitchen Cabinets
I love containers! In my home office, I utilize colorful boxes to store office supplies, greeting cards, art supplies and more.
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The Junk Drawer Theory
I say it loud and proud - every kitchen must have a junk drawer! A professional organizer not only allowing but encouraging a junk drawer? How could this be?
Actually, I think it's quite practical, useful and necessary for optimum kitchen organization.
Just to be clear - ONE junk drawer is what I'm suggesting.
Top 3 Reasons To Have A Junk Drawer
1. Remember, organization does not equal perfection. Putting everything away all the time is unrealistic, especially in the kitchen.
2. Clutter is usually the build up of stuff you don't know what to do with. Contain all of these things in the junk drawer and keep your counter tops clear. Also, the very existence of this "home" for random things will increase the likeliness that you'll put them away.
3. The junk drawer is for all those items you don't know what to do with. When you figure out what that little screw is for or what that little piece goes to, you'll know just where to find it.