I’m the type of person who constantly looks for household spaces to improve: I want a better-organized desk, better-organized cabinets, better-organized closets. But the one household space that drives me absolutely up the wall is the refrigerator, because negligence of the refrigerator can be both disgusting and costly.
I worked in grocery retail for more than three years, specifically in food production. That means that I spent an average of an hour a day, but up to my entire 8- or 9-hour workday, organizing refrigerators, freezers, and dry food shelves. But it’s one thing when your employer gives you all the tools you need to organize an industrial-size refrigerator, and quite another when you’re trying to keep tabs on your food in your own home. Most of us don’t grow up doing anything but sort of shoving food away, treating the refrigerator as a procrastination tool (“I’ll get to this later, maybe, or maybe not, I don’t know, I can’t see what’s in there so I don’t care anymore”) rather than, say, a health tool. Keep reading »
So, you want to get your stuff organized in 2015 but you have no idea where to start? I feel you. I’m the kind of person who has a tendency to look at a mess, start panicking, and then ignore it so that I can just stop panicking. It takes every iota of strength I have to just put my stuff away sometimes.
That being said, it really is a worthy resolution. Having a home or workspace (or in my case, both) that’s tidy, efficient, and streamlined saves time and emotional output. Once you have your spaces organized, it’s easier to find the things you need, it’s easier to put things back where they belong, and it’s easier to relax and enjoy your life, knowing that there isn’t a pile of junk six feet to your left that you really should be taking care of. Life moves freely and faster when you don’t have messes to jump over. Keep reading »
I’ve been trying really hard to live a more minimalist lifestyle lately. I’m super choosy about the clothes I buy, have been cutting down on clutter like whoa, and am aiming to live in a super cozy storage container within the next 10 years. Now, that being said, no matter how much I trim down my earthly possessions, you will never catch me without a massive stockpile of cute greeting cards and a wallet full of fresh stamps. There are some things that, no matter how much you simplify and streamline, you should always have on hand. Always. Here are 10 more of them: Keep reading »
When TJ Maxx got in touch and asked if I’d like to be part of their Spring Organization Challenge, I jumped at the chance. The mission: pick out a few items from the TJ Maxx/Marshalls home goods section to help organize a messy spot in my own home. There was no question in my mind which spot I was going to organize, because I was already sitting in it when I got the email: my office. Thanks to that whole “selling all my possessions before I moved” thing, my house doesn’t have too many clutter or disorganization issues right now, but all the issues I do have are confined to my office. I’m really bad with paperwork, files, and mail especially, and since I just close my office door at the end of every day, it’s been easy to put off figuring out how to organize everything. Read on to check out my embarrassing “before” photos and the super cute storage solutions I found, not to mention a life-changing time management trick! Keep reading »
I would be lost without my daily to-do list, but I’m not a very linear person, so sometimes just jotting down my tasks one after the other doesn’t really resonate with me. That’s why I’m pretty psyched about these pie chart sticky notes, divided into different size sections for different size tasks. I would say they’re 60 percent clever, 30 percent cute, and 10 percent ridiculous (in a good way, of course). [$7.50 for 50 notes, Poketo]
You have too much stuff, girl. And worse than that, you don’t even know what you have. Figure that out, and declutter your life, by cleaning out and organizing your closet. Don’t worry! We’ll show you how!
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