April 15, 2009

Getting Organized {3 easy tips!}

I don't know about you, but 99% of the time, I'm totally unorganized. I usually think that I can keep track of everything in my head, without even writing it down. I think I know where everything is, then when I go to look for it, I can't find it, or I'm scared to look for it with the fear that I won't be able to find it. For example, my passport. I know I keep it in a particular place, but I'm scared to look to make sure it's there, just in case it's not there, as if it's not there I will totally freak out, go ballistic, and literally turn into a puddle of tears.

With our bundle of joy on the way in less than 12 weeks now, (OMG!), I'm terrified I won't be able to even find the diapers in the chaos of those first few days/weeks, so, I'm going to stop procrastinating and am going to start doing! Our home office could use some help too.

Here are a few organizing tips that I find useful, and thought that I'd share with you today.

1. Look Up! Before my husband and I moved into our current 2 bedroom condo, we lived in a tiny loft, with no doors. The only place we had to put our stuff was up, or on the walls! If you lack floor space, or have simply run out of room elsewhere, look at wall shelving, or tall furniture items. Don't forgot that spot on top of your armoire or kitchen cabinets either, it's a great please for items you need to access on a not-too-often basis.

image from Dwell

2. Sizable options. If your living room is tiny, don't buy an overstuffed 3-seater sofa or sectional. If your living room is HUGE, buy a larger than average piece. But your furniture to match the size of your room. Small spaces = condo-sized furniture. Large Spaces = multiple pieces.

image from Style At Home

3. Hidden space. Under the bed, or under the sofa are awesome places to store out of season clothing, board games, the kids toys, or anything that comes to mind that can be flat packed. These spaces are easily accessible to the kids as well.

Do you have any simple and easy organizational or storage solutions at your home? Please feel free to comment below, I'd love to hear what everyone has to say, and hey, we can all learn from each other, right?


Patricia Torres said...

OMG... in 12 weeks... congrats!!! You'll do just fine.. dont you worry!!

You make this being organised sounds really easy..

The first few pics... are truely unbeleivable!!

DesignTies said...

I TOTALLY relate to the "don't look in case it's not there" philosophy!! I just hate it when I'm sure about where something is, and when I look there for it, it isn't there. Then I panic and wonder where can it possibly be?!?! Most times, I find what I'm looking for -- but not always. And sometimes, I find it months after I stopped looking for it.

I'm not a very organized person, so I don't really have any storage tips to share. The only thing I'm good at not losing is my passport -- I keep it in a little safe in the closet. Hmmm... maybe I should just keep EVERYTHING in there!! ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Jamie said...

Hi! I'm a fellow student in the decor8 class! I really loved this post. I have not one artistic cell in my body, but I can appreciate the beauty you share! And I need all the organization help I can get!

I look forward to stalking your blog!

Daniella said...

The CN tower in the background of that pic looks so cool. What a view!