I'm not one for resolutions, but I do try to set some goals for the year. To build in some extra accountability, I decided to share some of my organizing goals for the year. I'm actually hoping to tackle these in the next few months so they may get checked off my list sooner, rather than later. When taking these before pictures, I had to restrain myself from cleaning things up. It's a little embarrassing, but I'm keeping it real.
Organizing Goals for 2012 (so far):
-"Junk" Drawer and Cabinet in Kitchen
Everyone seems to have a junk drawer in their kitchen, but I also have a junk cabinet. Between the two, they house glassware, office supplies, Levi's art supplies, CDs, keys, gum, candy, coupons, and a mish mosh of other things. I know that these spaces are always going to hold a variety of items, I'd just like them to be more organized.
-Mail Center on Kitchen Counter
This one goes along with the first one. My mail center is working okay for me. I don't end up with mountains of papers, but I do still end up with little piles. Also, John dumps the contents of his pockets on the counters here and it drives me NUTS! I'm hoping to develop a system in this area to keep the counter clear and things stored neatly in the cabinet above or drawer below.
-Coat Closet in Laundry Room/Mudroom
One of the things we loved about this house was that it had a generous sized laundry room that also functioned as a mudroom. There are entrances from the garage and from the outside so it's the primary spot we enter and leave the house through. It has a nice big closet for all our coats and shoes. The big issue is the shoes. It can get pretty bad after a week of coming and going. I had recently straightened the shoes, so these pictures aren't so bad. Also, the shelf above gets things piled up and doesn't really help to organize anything.
-Closet in the Office/Guest Bedroom
I love this big closet, but it is another place that has many functions. Being in our office, it obviously has to store our office supplies. However, since it is a bedroom, it is equipped with a storage system designed for clothes. I organized it last winter, but it's not working for me (obviously). I've been doing more sewing and crafting projects and those items are also stored in here. The systems I have now don't make it easy to get out what I need when I need it. In addition, I'd like there still to be some space for a guest to put some clothes and their bags in the closet.
-Toy Storage in Family Room & Living Room
We don't have a dedicated play room/toy room in our house. Instead, we have a few spaces on our main floor where toys are stored, as well as space in the kids' rooms. The storage we have in our family room and living room is inadequate, especially with the addition of the toys received at Christmas.
I'll be making a trip to IKEA in a few weeks to purchase some items to help get things organized, but I'm not planning on spending a lot. I'll be utilizing what I have on hand and repurposing items. Of course, I'll share the results of each project once I have it done.
What about you? How are you getting organized in the new year?