Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Slowly Getting Organized, Project #1

We've lived in our home now for almost a year, and I'm sad to say that there are many areas that have been neglected in the area of organization.  Right after we moved in last January, life sort of snowballed with various circumstances, and left me feeling behind for the remainder of the year.  Now, with a baby coming in April, I decided it's about time to get 'caught up' and organize so that life will be a bit smoother with three little ones.

My first project was pretty simple, but has made my life so much better!  There has been a drawer in my kitchen that has held gadgets, measuring cups, cookie cutters, etc., and it really looked like I just emptied a box while unpacking and dumped everything in.  It took forever to find anything in there, and drove me NUTS!  My mom was here over Thanksgiving and I suppose I was lamenting about it to her, because she very kindly gave me a drawer organizer for Christmas!  Along with the shower head from my husband, these gifts have made me a happy woman.

My husband must have been just as eager to have an organized drawer because he emptied it before I had a chance to take a picture of the mess.  So, here's what everything looked like once it was on top of the counter.

And, here is the finished product:

Many of us are cleaning out and organizing various spaces in our homes at the beginning of this new year.  Don't let it overwhelm you!  If you have many areas to organize {like me}, just take it a little bit at a time, like one drawer at a time, and you'll find that those new tidy little spaces will inspire you to keep going to the next project.

What spaces are you planning to tackle soon?


  1. Wow this looks great!! My gadget/utensil drawer is a nightmare! Sometimes I have a hard time opening it.... I think that means I should organize it! I can't wait to see what else you organize! I love a new year because it's so fun to feel like you're on top of life!

  2. I definitely have to get me a few of those because my spoons are all over the place it takes me a few tries to find something that is right in front of my eyes! this will help me ...thanks for a great idea...

  3. It's the simple things that make us happy! We reorganized our garage. I thought it was going to be a huge project but really once we got the stand alone shelves it was pretty easy.

  4. We have guests coming for a week & they are friends of friends whom we've never met. They are staying in our guest room & it now looks better on the "after" side of organization than it has in the 2 years we've lived in this house! I won't get everything organized before they get here this weekend, but after all, in a house with a husband who is active duty military, 4 girls from 2-10 & a homeschooling family, this is a house that is lived in, not a model one. Thanks for your inspiration to keep plugging away at the little jobs as much as the big ones!


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