Welcome back to the second installment of my residential cleaning adventures. I think that you will find this somewhat informative, but mostly ludicrous! What can I say, being ridiculous is one of the things that I do best. Another thing I do very well is cleaning.
When I really commit to it, I can turn my slop trough of a home into a sparkling haven that smells of fresh linen and citrusy accents. A picture-perfect image that lasts maaaaaybeee half of a day after I finish cleaning it. One of my not so strong suits is keeping things clean. When it comes to this, Organization is the name of the game.
So instead of cleaning tips, today I thought it would be better to explore some fantastic organizing ideas to help me from keeping my house from looking like a funhouse image of the upside-down.
If you think that your home is pristine and that you have nothing to gain from reading this then I’ve got one word for you!
I mean most of us guys already have this figured out.
But this organizational method only works for the single man who lives alone without the constant shift of personal belongings that can only be induced by the presence of a better half. In other words, your girlfriend comes over and moves all your crap around. So maybe it’s time to find some new organizing ideas to help yourself cope with the change and avoid a lot of nagging.
Preferably, I would have liked to have read Organize it 2: Engage with Zorp, in order to gain some truly stupendous (and reasonable) organizing ideas… BUUUUUT it turns out the book isn’t actually real which is rather disappointing to me and the rest of my fellow Parks and Rec fans. I suppose some google searches and good housekeeping will have to do.
There’s a lot of good organizing ideas with this link but today I am going to focus on three areas in the house: the bedroom closet, the bathroom, and the kitchen.
The key aspects of Organization are to declutter, cut the fat, organize like items, and create PERMANENT homes for all your belongings. These next articles will give some insight on how to better go about this painstaking journey in these three areas of your home: The bedroom closet, the bathroom, and the kitchen.
I know it is far from perfect but if we can start with these three areas it will go along way into keeping a clean and organized a home for once in your life.
CLOSET ORGANIZING IDEAS
I know you’re wondering why I chose a bedroom closet instead of just a bedroom as a whole. For one it’s less work for me to do right now and I’m feeling particularly lazy at the moment. And also, because it is the lifeblood of your room! Think about it if you can organize your closet and maximize the utilized space you won’t need to have your crap strewn about in an attempt to cover every inch of floor space. Let’s start, this may take some time so you may want to practice some self-discipline, turn off the tv and put on some sweet tunes. I’ll give you a step by step
BATHROOM ORGANIZING IDEAS
Next Stop, your disgusting bathroom. Riddled with germs and fecal matter, it’s time to spruce this place up a bit. If you’re a guy it pays to have a clean and organized bathroom for your lady friend. If you’re a girl, well chances are you have a lot of hygiene products that need a permanent home other than the kitchen counter. I’ve scrounged up some organizing ideas to help you on this journey, that is if you have even bothered to put up with me this far. If you’re still reading, great! Let’s do this.
As always, the first step is to DECLUTTER! I can’t stress this enough, especially if you’re sharing a bathroom with a roommate clutter is how all our nightmares begin! The first rule of a clean and organized bathroom is to keep the counters clutter-free! Use only 1/3 of the back of your counter for storage. Here are some more organizing ideas to help you maintain your bathroom.
The last area I want to go over is the Kitchen! It can be a real hassle trying to cook anything when there is no semblance of organization. You can read my last blog post to get a better idea of my lack of sanity as well as how to clean a kitchen. Here are some of the organizing ideas that I found most helpful in regards to the kitchen.
I may not be a miser, but I am certainly guilty of being a bit of a hoarder at times. It only makes sense that my house has one of these, as I’m sure most households have one, so it seems like a nice and easy place to start with my fantastic organizing ideas.
I am, of course, referring to the Junk Drawer. More than half the time you try to open it and it gets jammed and when you finally do open it you would swear Hermione Granger cast an undetectable extension charm on it because surely the contents of it would never have fit in there without a little bit of magic.
My advice for this drawer is to take a little time to sort out everything and to use Ziplock bags, bowls or containers to manage the clutter a little. Easier said than done but maybe next time you need a paperclip it will be neatly tucked in your junk drawer in a Ziplock baggy full of different shapes and sizes of them rather than underneath your dresser!
The organization is one hell of a beast and there is certainly no one perfect way to conquer it. It can be very overwhelming and the hardest part knowing where to start. I found this article very helpful in calming my pre-cleaning and organizing anxiety.
Well, that’s all of the organizing ideas I have for you today. It was much more confusing than I thought and I’m not sure that it was of any help to you at all! But if there’s one thing you should take away from this article it is the One in, one out rule.
Having everything organized and put away in a proper home is only half the battle if you’re not disciplining yourself to maintain the organization you worked so hard to put together. Good luck to all my fellow scatterbrained messes out there, and I hope to continue to climb out of our abyss of unorganized bad habits together!