Houses & Homes: Ignore the Big Picture: Small Steps to get you Organized

Getting organized doesn’t need to be about a complete overhaul. Sometimes small tweaks can have a significant impact. A top complaint I get from clients is they are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. The thought of reorganizing their home all at once is such an undertaking that they get stuck. The truth is that sometimes looking at the big picture can be overwhelming.

 

Let’s tackle a small project today; the dark abyss under the kitchen sink. It tends to be one of the most ignored spots in the kitchen. It’s easy to assume that musty smell is normal and that some unknown product (or creature!) way at the back will live out the rest of it’s days there. It really doesn’t have to be that way, I promise.

 

Take it all out

Get everything out. You really want to see what has been lurking under there. Cleaning products, wet rags, garbage, and extra sponges, whatever it is get it out.

 

Wipe it down

Give the space a thorough cleaning. The bottom, sides and inside of the doors as well. When your all-purpose cleaner won’t do the trick I rely on my magic eraser as my pinch hitter. It gets the job done.

 

Make it pretty

I am a huge fan of cheap and easy solutions. Contact paper is one of my BFFs. It looks good and makes the surface easy to clean.

 

Sort it

Remember all that stuff you pulled out from under there? Now is the time to deal with it. Put Like with Like.

 

Declutter

What do you really need under your sink? Try to make the goal to keep only what you are actually using in that space. Find another home in your house for the bathroom cleaners, light bulbs and other randoms that have found their way there.

 

Get some gear

Now that you know what is staying you need some products to help keep it organized. Plastic is great for this space since it is easy to clean. Find bins that work for what you’re keeping and try to not make it a tight fit. Remember to use the vertical space. A sturdy plastic shelf, stackable bins, tension rod to hang spray bottles, hooks on the inside of the door; all great ways to increase your storage space.

 

Label it                                                                                                                                                                             

I’ve said this before but labelling is a great way to keep organized, look nice and ensure that the other people in your home don’t mess up the system.

 

Live with it

You may have to make some tweaks to your system. Our needs change over time so don’t be afraid to adapt. A good organizing system should be relatively easy for you to maintain.

 

Starting with the easy stuff first isn’t the lazy way out. Sometimes it is  just the motivation we need to move forward. Choose a 10-15 minute project and just get ‘er done. It may just start the snowball effect you need to deal with the rest of the space!

 

Happy Organizing!  

Do you have an organizing question that you want a Professional Organizer to help you with? Email Allison at allisontheorganizer@gmail.com. We may feature your question in an upcoming post!

As a Professional Organizer and owner of Everything In Place, Allison Weigensberg has a passion for a minimalistic approach to organization and decluttering. She loves to share the tips and tricks she has implemented in her own life, with her clients and MList readers.

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