Let me just say right off the bat that I’m organizing impaired. I can do it . . . but it’s really hard, I don’t like it and I don’t do it exceptionally well.
I want my stuff to be organized but I don’t want to spend a lot of time and/or money getting and keeping it that way. My philosophy is that as long as I can find what I need, I don’t really care what it looks like.
That being said, I do have a few rules:
- Every drawer, closet or cabinet has a purpose.
- Everything in the drawer, closet or cabinet must relate to the purpose.
- Drawers, cabinets & closet doors must be able to shut easily.
- Nothing must stick out of the drawer, cabinet or closet.
- Nothing must fall out of the drawer, cabinet or closet when you open it.
- If the mess in the drawer, cabinet or closet starts to irritate me or make me mad, the drawer or closet must be cleaned ASAP.
See. As long as everything follows the rules, I don’t care what the inside of the drawer, cabinet or closet looks like.
Here’s an example. You know we’re remodeling our house from top to bottom and we just finished the kitchen. When the pantry was done (it still needs painted sometime), I stuck the food in there just to get it out of the way:
It was hard to find what I needed without moving stuff and digging for it. That was NOT okay. So I spent a little time on it and now it looks like this:
Not a lot different but definitely better. I did try to group some things – like baking, salad dressings, pasta, but I’m not going to be broken hearted if they don’t stay that way. When I get home from the grocery store with more food, I’m only interested in getting it put away as quickly as possible rather than taking extra time to put it in a specific spot.
Here are a few more examples from the kitchen. The first is the kid drawer. It holds their plates, plastic utensils and sippy cups.
This is the measuring cup drawer along with a few other kitchen necessities:
And this is the baking drawer. I’ll admit, the Sponge Bob heart doesn’t really belong there but I haven’t figured out what to do with it. Everything else is used for baking, though:
This is my spice drawer and this is NOT okay. Every time I look for a spice I get irritated because I can’t find what I want. David is planning to fix this when he gets a chance.
I realize that not everyone is like me and can live with messy drawers, cabinets and closets. That’s okay. Do what works for you! If you want your drawers, cabinets and closets to look like the ones in the magazines, go for it. If you don’t care, like me, don’t worry about it. I just wanted you to know that there’s no right or wrong way to organize the insides of your stuff.
More organizing articles are available in the Organizing Index.