I've been totally lazy lately... my work schedule has been sporadic and mostly evening shifts, so I've been doing a lot of sleeping in, drawing, and reading lately. (Finished two books this week: The Help, and Becoming Odyssa, both of which I recommend.)
On my last day off I felt suddenly inspired to organize the drawers in our apartment that have been driving me crazy. It was one of those, "this really needs to be organized, but I haven't bought anything for it yet, so that will be a project for another day..." kind of thought. Also, what is it about cleaning that makes the house get cleaner and more satisfying as you go along, but organizing just makes it messier and more frustrating?
As it turned out, I finally found the day for making a mess of my house. (Hooray) One very productive (and rather expensive... I got carried away) trip to Target later, I was home and reorganizing most of the house. Here's the magic:
First of all, our junk drawer was a total wreck. It contained anything from screwdrivers to batteries to inkless pens to twist ties. With no mode of organization, it has been building up in excess and making me wince every time I opened the drawer.
Oh, yeah. That's just painful.
After taking a couple measurements, I found the perfect junk drawer organizer at Target -- it even had a specific slot for batteries! -- and used it to keep everything neat and tidy. The reusable grocery bags I moved to a lower drawer with the ziploc bags, and thus, my junk drawer makes me smile, now!
The top part even slides back and forth, so it's two-leveled for more organizational goodness.
The second project was our guest room computer desk. This also doubles as my craft desk, so inevitably, all my pens, pencils, tape, glue, hole punches, markers, rulers, staplers (why do I have three??) and other random craft supplies get shoved in this drawer. Some of them I have organized on top of the desk, but everything else finds its way into the abyss of the drawer.
A few pen organizer buys later, and the drawer makes a transformation...
Not only that, but I picked up some underwear drawer dividers for our dresser. I'm not sure why it took me 27 years to discover clothes dividers, but let me tell you, they have saved my life. I own entirely too many pairs of socks and undergarments, and trying to find them in the smallest drawer of the dresser is a total pain. A few fabric dividers from IKEA later and voila!
Feeling on a roll with this organizing thing, yesterday I tackled the hoards of memorabilia stuff shoved in our guest closet... yearbooks and notebooks and plaques from our high school years. I managed to clean up a bit, but in the long run I did more harm than good, as our guest room now has a closets-worth of junk all over the floor. C'est la vie! A project for another day...