Who likes organizing? Most people don't. I actually love organizing, but I enjoy it most when I am in a new space and need to set up a new system. That is what organizing provides for me. I create a system that works for others or myself and then when life gets hectic, which happens a lot, there are no decisions to make I just put things back in their home. Making tons of tiny decisions that don't have much weight can be draining. Leave all that thought and effort for something that truly needs careful thought or thinking about things that you love.
What I love most about organizing, is that it is a cheap and a fairly easy way to bring good design into your home, while showing off your stuff. Your things don't need to be put away to have a beautiful home. You can show off your things! And creating nice arrangements or groupings can highlight the items or that area, and bring in lots of character. Personally I live a very fast jam packed life and I function best when I have things out. It flusters me when I need to dig into a box inside the closet to get something when I am trying to leave the house 5 minutes ago. BUT in addition to that I really like showing off my own and other people's things. You spent money on it, it enhances your life, its perfectly ok to show it off as if it were a piece of art. In some ways it is. And most of our things when paired the right way show off a lot of character, and what is important to you. That is beautiful.
I've just moved and am in that process of deciding where the home for each of my things will be. Its also a very tiny studio and so I really need to maximize the space that I can. It was kind of a surprise to me, but what I noticed while deciding where things would go, is how much I enjoyed making my girly stuff pretty. When I finished and everything was in a good spot, I noticed how much love I felt. I felt loved from taking the time to make my things nice. It was a really great feeling, and because of this feeling I wanted to share my experience with you. I'd like to encourage you to organize something in your home, really put effort and money into it, see how it may make you feel. Maybe even hire a professional. There is a lot of value in hiring a professional. Yes a professional is expensive, but they will help you achieve what you have been wanting for years - within a few hours. You are worth it.
Most importantly just pay attention to how you feel while you are creating a home for each of your items. You may find things you thought you lost, OR you may find things you really don't care about, toss, and voila, now you have more space! When you are finished notice how good it feels.
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I'd like to share something that I use in my home or when helping friends that want to be more organized without spending too much money. I go to the Kitchen! Yes, the pantry :) I have found that using clear zip-lock bags, jars, or cute tins are a very easy, cute, and cheap solution to help you get organized immediately. There is no need to wait until you have the time to go to the store. You can just start right now. Then when you do have the time or money to go buy the cute boxes and containers that you really want it will be a very quick switch.
I love zip-lock bags because they are sturdy and easy to group. And we almost all have them in our homes. I'll put things like extra electrical cords, for example past cell phone chargers, in one bag. Maybe thumb tacks in another small bag, and clips in another bag. If they all go in the same area, I'll put all of those in a larger zip-lock bag. The other reason zip-lock bags are great is the variety of size. They can accommodate almost anything. And you can group things easily. Then when things get chaotic again... I know its hard to keep things perfect all the time... that item you are looking for is easy to find. There is no need to open up all the bags or boxes to find it! When I am helping out a friend, this is a very fast way to organize, and I don't need to explain too much since its all visible right there.
I love jars. Mason jars have been popular for a while, but I just love them, they bring a lot of character into any space. Personally they remind me of my grandma canning, and being on their ranch in east Washington (state). So there is the added benefit of a fond memory. But with jars or tins, its easy to separate things and still have it look cute. For example I will put pencils and pens in a jar so that I can leave it out. If its in the bathroom, I will organize my jewelry in a shallow dish/tin/jar. Really anything that would work better for me in a container. For example I found a square tupperware container that fits perfectly in my top drawer. I use q-tips a lot, so I put my q-tips in there, now its always easy, and I love it.
Hope these clear solutions bring some ease into your home <3
Is it frustrating to get your kids or kids you take care of to eat their vegetables? I know it can be a very big struggle to get kids to eat their vegetables, or even any vegetables at all *^$#@!
I'd like to share a trick that has worked like magic for me over the years. Its more about timing, and passivity. When they get home from school or before dinner is served, I'll put an assortment of fruits and vegetable on the table on a plate or two, if dip is applicable I'll set out a few dips for them to choose. Then I don't say anything. That is the trick. No announcement, no saying they have to eat it.
When they come into the kitchen complaining
Kid - "I'm hungry!"
You - "Alright (smile), there are some snacks right here, you can have as much as you like"
Kid - "I don't like that stuff!!!"
You - "That's fine (smiling), I guess you're not that hungry"
They may walk off huffy & puffy, but they will come back, and they will clean the plate. Even the most difficult kids. Of course, you need to put some things that you think they will like. I like to put at least 5 different things, maybe 2 different types of fruit, and 3 different types of vegetables. For example, some cut up apples, oranges, baby carrots, celery, and broccoli, or cucumbers. Then I'll put out two or three dips, like ranch, peanut butter, or hummus. I will put it out when they get home from school, then leave it out until dinner or the plate is clean. Sometimes I'll add some sliced meat, or cheese too. It depends on what is in the house.
Hello! I'm excited to share all that I have learned over my 20 years of working with kids, and some interesting perspectives and ideas relating design and organization. May this blog bring more happiness and ease to your home. <3