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I’m back on another organizing jag. Do you ever feel like the world is set up to drown you in papers? I spend at least one hour of my day browsing papers, some junk, some from school. If I ease up at all, by the end of the day I am behind and my kitchen and dining room are covered in various papers. It’s just me isn’t it?
Funny enough this has very little to do with my post today. Today I thought I’d share a couple organizing ideas which have inspired me in the last week.
First at Unclutterer, this idea for storing small packets in your kitchen. You know taco seasoning, ranch mix, hashish….those types of things that get lost in your pantry pretty easily. Try putting those packets in a plastic index card file box. The only question is how do you file the hash? ‘H’ or ‘J’ for just kidding?
I’ve been trying to get my kids more independent since the summer. I’m a person who likes things done quickly with as little frustration or mess as possible. In light of this personality trait I have been far too involved in my kid’s everyday tasks, like tying shoes and zipping coats.
I want them to be responsible for getting their homework done, I’ve gotten a good start but when I say, “Get your homework stuff and start working.” The pencils are in a cabinet they’d have to climb on the kitchen counter to reach and the paper is so high up, they’d often yank 30 sheets of it down leaving a pile of ruined paper on the floor behind them. This is why I liked this homework kit idea at Kiddley so much. All their supplies in an easy to grab and carry to their workspace container.
Here is where I like to keep all the kid’s stuff, just outside the kitchen in a cabinet in the adjoining family room.
The top shelf is devoted to craft stuff and the wooden drawers are from Ikea about 9 years ago.
I decided to use the bottom longer flat drawer to keep all homework supplies. The inside is very simple because my kids aren’t taking quantum physics…yet.
Next on my inspiration tour, gift wrap. Look at this mess I have left in my basement office.
Look at that? It’s so gross. Keep in mind I have gift boxes in there along with a few shipping boxes. But really, I’m so annoyed by that box every time I go to the basement. I’ve got to do something about it.
I loved this round up of gift wrap storage at Unclutterer but even more so I loved this post about the minimalist approach to gift wrap. Select brown craft paper and three rolls (black, white and red) of high quality ribbons and voila! You’ve got your signature look.
I’m mostly on board with this idea, I keep a roll each of a pretty green, a blue and a nice bright fuchsia paper for all purposes and just use white ribbon on all of it. However, I get caught up in Christmas wrap for some reason. Does it make my gifts more exciting to open? Maybe that’s it. I’m not sure I’m ready to skip holiday gift wrap, but I am sure I’m ready to get it out of that horrible box in the middle of my basement.
I’ll keep you posted as I tackle the mess.
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