It finally happened. The miscellaneous papers were stacked too high. I had three different junk drawers. The towels were mixed in with the sheets and vice-versa. And I snapped.
I’ve been an executive assistant for nearly five years now. For those of you unfamiliar with an EA’s job description, it’s basically: “keep track of other people’s lives.” I’d gone so far down the rabbit hole of making sure that my boss’s lives were organized that I completely neglected my own.
When I want to be, I’m extremely detail oriented – I can tell you exactly how many followers each of the Kardashians has at any given moment 🙂 Kidding…sort of. But the fact of the matter is, I’d let my own personal organization fall to the bottom of my list of priorities. As weird as it sounds, I became organized in my disorganization. Sure, maybe the electric bill wasn’t filed in the proper folder in the filing cabinet, but I could definitely tell you that it was under the pile of unfolded clothes at the foot of my bed! Anyone else? Or… am I am embarrassment? Come on people – help a girl out.
Anyway – I decided enough was enough. I literally started repeating to myself “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” Slightly OCD, sure – but it worked. I resolved to get my living space organized in 2018, and I’m proud to say that it really did last the year. Now, I’m in finessing mode – I want to keep it going, and I’m excited to share the five things that have really helped me get my shit together.
baskets on baskets on baskets
You guys. These baskets from Target have been a life changer. I use them for everything. I bought a combination of wire and wicker, and you can find them everywhere in my house. I have one under each sink with cleaning products, several in our laundry room with more cleaning products, and even more in the linen closet holding towels and sheets. I even bought these to hold throw blankets in each of the bedrooms.
food storage containers
I don’t know what it is, but I’m in love with these OXO steel food storage containers. My pantry was getting out of hand. I had half-opened bags of snacks piled on top of other snacks, and it looked chaotic. I love being able to see how much of something is left. I love being able to condense multiple bags of something if I purchased extra by mistake. And let’s be honest – don’t they look so lovely?
kitchen storage containers and erasable labels
Then of course, there are cans and other things that just won’t fit nicely into the food storage containers. For these, I’ve grouped like-items using these awesome kitchen storage containers. They come in multiple sizes. I have tomato products (sauces, pastes, etc) in one, beans in another, canned veggies in another, misc. spices in yet another – the list goes on. I’ve labeled them using chalk board stickers – I’ve seen them sold at specialty stores, but I found them on amazon for a much lower price!
these need no explaining – you can buy them in pieces like this or as one large piece split up into multiple sections. I bought mine specifically for my bathroom drawer, which was way too cluttered. it’s amazing how separating and grouping things together allows you to see what you have and what you can absolutely toss.
a filing cabinet
I’m going to be real here – Mike does most of the maintenance on the file cabinet, but I’ve recently started creating my own folders in it (such a big, big girl), and it’s helped me so much. Whether it’s paperwork from the vet, car documentation, or business records for The Kind Coalition, I love knowing that I can find all of my paperwork in one spot – and not on the floor next to my bed. it’s helped clear not only my home of clutter, but my mind as well.