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Operation Organization: Part 3

January 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Organizing the closet in the basement bedroom went hand-in-hand with organizing the storage closet, so that was also tackled this weekend.

The main thing that was stored here was all of our Christmas decorations. All of the decorations were in little boxes within a huge box, which really annoyed me. Having five little boxes of Christmas ornaments just didn’t make sense to me. So, after the holidays, I split all of the decorations into 3 of the wonderful PPI boxes: ornaments and lights, knick knacks, and stockings, towels, etc. Everything is now incredibly accessible and I don’t have to rummage through a dozen little boxes to find all the ornaments.

The leaf for the dining room table and the spare chairs had to stay because there is no where else to keep those items right now. There is also a bin of towels and a box of my childhood stuffed animals but, once again, I can’t really do anything about that right now.

All-in-all, a very productive weekend on the organizational front.

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Organizing the Storage Room

January 3, 2010 Leave a comment

The area under the stairs in the basement is our long-term storage. It’s where those items we don’t need to access on a daily, or even a monthly, basis are kept.  Ice skates, rollerblades, our fancy wedding china, Halloween and Christmas decorations, and childhood memorabilia all have a home here.  A lot of the boxes in the closet were ones we never even bothered to unpack after we moved.

My biggest pet peeve down there is the boxes themselves. They are all different shapes, sizes, and colors and I don’t like the feng shui of it all. In order for it to feel (and look) neat and tidy, I wanted everything to be in perfectly proportioned identical (PPI, for short) boxes.  I acquired a dozen of those several months ago, so I was all ready to go.

The next step was unpacking the hodge podge of boxes so I could figure out what exactly we had. I sorted everything into the new boxes in a very orderly fashion.  Photos and trinkets  got their own box, as did the Christmas and Halloween decorations (respectively of course – can’t combine those holidays, though I swear the stores do these days). The china, which was in nice dinnerware protectors, also got put into boxes to condense it all down.  Old home videos went in another box as did all of the miscellaneous power and electronic cords and gizmos.

The last step, before putting everything back in the closet of course, was labeling the boxes. Everything is properly labeled now, so we don’t have to paw through all the boxes before we find the one that we want. The short wall, which I have dedicated to kitchen miscellany, has a few items that are not in the designated PPI boxes, but I have it arranged in such a way that will not drive me nuts and throw off the feng shui of the closet.

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Operation Organization: Part 2

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The office closet once housed a little bit of everything: office supplies, blankets, beach towels, camera equipment, my extensive collection of X-files memorabilia, various craft supplies and all of the other junk we didn’t know where else to put.

Well, after this weekend, I can proudly state the office closet has been completely cleaned out and only office-related items were put back in.

Voila! That is one clean and orderly closet!

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Operation Organization: Part 1

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

This front hall closet was a good place to start, as all of the other closets will be much more difficult to get organized. The front hall closet is where we keep all of our jackets and winter gear. The closet was only in slight disarray, so it was relatively easy to get organized.

I purchased 3 collapsible cubes ($6.99 each at Target) to keep our hats, mittens, and scarves tucked away but still easily accessible. I cleared out all of the miscellaneous boxes and junk, vacuumed thoroughly, and I was done. I am amazed by how a few cubes completely transformed the mess that all of our winter gear created.

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