One of my new years resolutions (I have many because I can’t seem to keep any) is to be more organized. Get organized, get fit, get healthy – the same as everyone else, right? Maybe so, but organization isn’t just about being incredibly anal; it’s about improving your well being. For me, clutter and being unorganized equals stress, and I know that stress definitely affects me. Tell me that I have to move, find a new job, speak in public – and I start dry heaving. So, anything I can do to alleviate a bit of stress in my life is a win win. I’m by no means gaining a medal for my organizational skills, but I know some people that would. I envy/am a bit freaked out by them. But in ’09, I’m going to try my hand at becoming just a bit more organized. Then maybe I’ll win a medal.
Most of the existing organization in our abode is in the kitchen. It’s a room that Scott and I spend a lot of time in and it has to work like a well oiled machine, in order to keep us sane. We installed this paper towel holder shortly after moving in for the sole purpose of getting stuff off of the countertop. Anything that eliminates clutter means organization heaven for me.
Ahh, another little organization gem. Who thought I’d get excited about a trash can? We used to have a freestanding trash can in the corner of our kitchen, but with the addition of Charlie the wonder pooch, we had to put his food bowls somewhere in the kitchen. Then, my brilliant husband (who is a frequent visitor to Home Depot) remembered seeing this puppy and thought we’d install it in a cabinet that wasn’t being utilized to its full potential. About 20 minutes later, we no longer had to look at a stinky trash can… or smell it.
The infamous foil holder. I’m sure that everyone and their mother has one of these, but when we bought our house, it was sorely missing this. We picked one up at our local Space Saver store (similar to The Container Store) and popped it on the back of a kitchen cabinet door. This little number provided us with more drawer space and kept the foil and clingwrap outta site, outta mind.
This isn’t necessarily an organizational item, but I feel like it makes our kitchen seem that much cleaner. We picked up these little glass bottles with pourers at World Market and use them to house our dish soap and olive oil. The clear glass bottles reflect a bit of light around the room and let us avoid having the nasty plastic bottle of dish soap and olive oil on our nice, new countertops. Now, I say “nasty plastic bottles”, but I do still have my Mrs. Meyers soap in its original container. I may buy a swanky glass bottle for it as well, but for now I kind of like the retro text and colors that the bottle has. Any organizational tips you’d like to share? I’m dying for more ideas to become increasingly more anal. :P
P.S. Like the new header? I finally convinced by dear husband to make one for me from some ideas I had found online. Maybe if you leave enough comments about how awesome it is, he’ll feel obligated to do a full website re-design so I don’t have to use the WordPress templates anymore. Come on, peer pressure!