When organizing a specific area, like a closet, dresser drawer, or bathroom countertop, take time to refresh the space. The following steps will help ensure that the space is clean and ready for your organizational plan.
-Empty the space completely.
-Dust, vacuum, or lint roll surfaces to remove debris.
-Wipe down surfaces with damp cloths, polishing cloths, or other necessary cleaning products.
-Add any useful shelves or hooks.
Once the surface areas have been completely cleaned, you can add final touches such as shelf liners or storage baskets. Add sachets of small soap pieces to dresser drawers or fabric softener sheets to bathroom closets to keep everything smelling fresh.
We recently refreshed the space above the toilet in our master bathroom. One of the issues we wanted to resolve was keeping dust off of our soaps and personal items. I neglected to take a "before" pic of our former system...oops! But, I am including a photo of the beautiful new cabinet we hung. Once everything was taken out of the space, I spent some time cleaning the floor, baseboards, and toilet. Once we saw all of the items we wanted to keep in the space, (in a pile on the floor!), we were able to go purchase the right shelving unit to contain everything.
What space will you refresh today?
Happy Thursday!! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!
Here is a quick tip which can save you a ton of time. Organize a gift closet, shelf, or stash.
Whether it is for a birthday dinner or a housewarming party, there seem to be endless occasions for gift giving. Make life a little easier by organizing gifts that are ready to go whenever you need them. Here a few examples:
-Keep a small supply of things like scented candles, bath soaps, picture frames, or gourmet candies that would be appreciated by a variety of folks.
-If you receive a gift that you can't or won't use and you plan to re-gift the item later, make sure that you label from whom the gift came so you avoid any re-gifting disasters.
-Pick up a few gift cards to favorite local locations to have as alternatives.
-Keep all of these items together, perhaps in a storage container, preferably near your gift wrapping supplies.
Organizing gifts ahead of time and adding to your supply when you find great prices will allow you to easily share a gift with someone whenever you like.
Do you have a gift stash? Where do you keep it? What do you stock in there? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. :D
Keep tools together in a portable caddy. They will be ready and waiting to be used for projects around your space.
Having the right tools on hand for cleaning and organizing is as important as having a hammer and nails for building a home. By gathering the right tools before tackling any project, you will greatly increase the likelihood for success.
Some important tools to get the jobs done might include:
1. Cleaning products, brooms, mops, rags, and garbage bags for thoroughly cleaning areas in the home
2. Folders, files, paper clips, rubber bands, file boxes, pens, and labels for sorting clutter in an office
3. Rakes, trowels, leaf bags, pruners, fertilizer, and garden gloves for yard work
Having the right tools for the job keeps your home running well, and saves you time in completing projects. Here are a couple of pics of the "home project" caddy I keep for little jobs around my own home.
Where do you keep your tools? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
p.s. I think calling it a caddy just makes it sound more fun! :D
Who took on my challenge and found 5 things to let go today?
I decided to take a peek in my kitchen for things I no longer, use, need or love. I will be donating a tablecloth, paper doilies, a deviled egg ceramic tray, 2 placemats, and a souvenir wine glass!
Find 5 items in your space to let go of today. This can be in any space, your kitchen, laundry room, purse, car, garage, anywhere. Perhaps a pair of aspirational pants, a spare ruler in your desk you never use, something broken... Find your items and share them in the comments below. The stuff you are letting go may inspire someone else. I will be sharing what I jettison later today! Happy hunting!