Nearly every women’s or home magazine these days has articles about organizing. They show nice neat pictures of tidy drawers, closets, pantries, linen closets and more. (Like the one accompanying this article)
And the common thing among all these pictures is that like things are grouped together.
Simple Way To Organize
For those who feel they are organizationally challenged, this is a great place to start. You can:
- Pick an area you want to organize;
- Pull everything out;
- Start grouping like things together;
- Put the groups back in the original area.
Junk Drawer Example
Let’s tackle my junk drawer in the kitchen. Pulling everything out, I found:
- Rubber bands
- One binder clip
- Push pins
- Glue sticks
- Note pads
- Plastic removable hooks and backing
I separated everything out, and starting putting like things together. I checked to make sure each individual item was still usable, tossing those things that weren’t.
Then I put everything back in groups. To help keep things in groups, I used plastic bins I found at the dollar store. One bin for pens, one for pencils, one for glue and tape (things that stick other things together), one for scissors. I clipped the rubber bands with the binder clip and tossed it in the bin with the glue. Notepads got stacked at the back. An old plastic container fit in the back to hold the hooks and push pins where they would be accessible, but not in the way of more commonly-used things.
When I laid out my kitchen, I made sure I put all my cooking utensils together, by the stove, where they would be used. Similarly, all my measuring cups and spoons were together.
In my pantry, all my condiments are on one shelf, with vinegars, wines, salad dressings and sauces lined up neatly. All the breads are together. Snacks have a designated space, as do the cereals. Pasta is tucked onto a turntable in the corner.
Half of the battle of organizing is putting like things together. It really is that easy.
Have you tried this method? What did you think? Share below.
Photo by Zayabibu. No, it’s not my junk drawer.