Sunday, August 21, 2011

I have the organizing bug!

Do you have any idea how exasperating it is to have caught the organizing bug when all your household goods are currently crammed in boxes on a moving truck somewhere between Washington and Texas? Auggghhhhh!

As much as I've been looking forward to having my stuff back, a little part of me was dreading it. We don't have a ton of stuff as far as furniture goes, but we do have a lot of other stuff (ie, clothes, Army gear, books, camping equipment, papers, etc.). Our new house has a few rooms that are the same size or bigger than our old one, such as the kitchen, living room, and bathroom, but the rest of it is going to provide more of a challenge and truth to be told, I've been worrying about trying to fit into a slightly smaller space.

That changed when I found IHeart Organizing and discovered there are plenty of ways to make a small space work! The key is to organize that space effectively. =) I have found so many perfect ideas and put a handful of cheap organization items in wish lists online so I can order them and get to work right away when our stuff arrives. Here are some areas I'm excited to work in the most:

As I mentioned, our new kitchen is a good size with a lot of cabinet space. However, being a cooking and baking enthusiast, I have a TON of kitchen stuff. And if I don't purchase some tools to keep it all displayed and stored effectively, I'm going to feel like I'm bursting out of the seams again. Particular collections I need to work on are my pots and pans, baking pans, plastic food containers, and herbs/spices. I have plans for all of them! For example, I'm getting 2 of these for my herb/spice collection:

Oh my gosh, we have SO MUCH PAPER everywhere in our house! I have always sucked at keeping paper organized. We have one small and overflowing file cabinet that we may not have room for now, so I am going to clean that out and utilize a binder system instead that can be stored on our bookshelves. I'm also going to come up with a better system for sorting and storing things that come in the mail. And one more thing that is a top priority: magazines! One whole bookshelf in our bookcase is taken up by several years' worth of Real Simple and In Style magazines! Ridiculous. =) I'm going to go through them all, tear out any pages I want to save (both magazines have lots of ideas and pictures I would like to have filed somewhere for reference), store them in an indexed binder, and then get rid of the magazines. If I make a habit of doing that as magazines arrive in the mail, I'll never have to deal with this problem again. I've already done this with a cooking magazine I subscribed to for awhile, and it has worked out amazingly. Plus I actually end up trying the recipes. Go figure! ;-)

Our new master bedroom is a little smaller than our old one, and the closet is definitely smaller. However, it's still a good-sized closet and if both mine and Andrew's stuff won't fit in there comfortably, it obviously means I have too many clothes. =P I've gotten a lot of ideas for making the most out of a small closet space, so I'm excited to implement them and do some more purging. I've also decided I'm going to sell my cedar chest. It's this model exactly:
It makes me kind of sad to think of getting rid of it, because I wanted one for a long time growing up, finally got it for my birthday about a year before I got married, and used it to store stuff for my future house. But...we are not going to have room for it, and it's not the finish I would pick now. Cherry completely clashes with all of my black furniture and it has bugged me for awhile. One day I'll get another one, in a lighter finish so that it complements the rest of my decor.

So, as you can see I have my work cut out for me! =) But I have the next few months off from work or school, which makes this a great way to use my time. I will be putting up pictures and status reports of my progress, so stay tuned!


  1. Could you paint your chest and re-purpose it? I see a ton of internet sites on how to best paint furniture. You could use it in a dining area or as a coffee table? Throw some pillows on it and make it a window seat? Just a thought! I too have always wanted a cedar chest and I still don't have one, so I know it must be hard for you to give up!

  2. Hmm, that's a good idea to paint it. I am going to wait until I set the house up before I decide 100% to get rid of it, but I really don't think I'm going to find a place for it. =\ It's kind of big and wall space is what I am lacking in this house!

  3. I love all your ideas! When you put that site up on fb, I bookmarked it then. I plan to go through and find some ideas to help me get (and stay) organized. Especially with me homeschooling the girls, I need to do this.

    I'm sorry you have to get rid of your hope chest. I always wanted one, too. I hope that when the time comes for you to get a new one, you find the perfect one. :)

  4. I'm going to read through that blog. I'll need once(if) Jonathan gets his house because I have the feeling I'll be responsible for keeping it neat :P

    Can't wait to see pics when you get all your stuff in!

  5. Next up Im going to fly you to Savannah and let you organize my house too - we all know Im not famous for being neat :/ Maybe if you keep posting all these fantastic ideas Ill finally figure out how you make it look so easy!

  6. So, that site is amazing! I love tidy, organized spaces but get stuck on making it work out so often. Plus, I've been a terrible house keeper lately and let things slide while I've been working so much. Must fix before I go crazy! :-|