How’s that for a title? Are you intrigued now? Are you READY?!
I honestly think the most shocking stat about getting organized is the fact that the people you THINK are organized perfectly are NOT. It’s true. I have people tell me all the time they can’t believe how organized I am, and all I can think is of my nightstand drawer, that is a hot mess right now. Or the fact that our guest room closet has turned into a catch-all closet. And don’t get me started on the pile of disposable gardening pots that’s on the side of the house…out of sight, out of mind, right?
Are you shocked?!
I’m not. In fact, millions of Americans have a hard time getting organized. Don’t believe it? Let the statistics do the talking.
- On average, we spend 1.5 hours a day looking for things.
- 80% of what we own, we rarely use.
- Can you guess the item in the house that both men and women look for the most?
Thanks to the amazing Stephanie over at Monkey Bar Storage, who put together some information for us, we can SEE some of the shocking stats and hopefully use that knowledge to CORRECT our biggest organizational problems!
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About a year ago, my hubby and I went on a spontaneous road trip to a city quite far from our own. In another state, actually. We were seriously thinking about moving there, and wanted to check it out. We met with a realtor, viewed a few houses, looked at the building where he would work, and in general familiarized ourselves with the surroundings. It was definitely a productive weekend!
But when we got home, and I began to walk through our house, the overwhelming feelings of “look at all this stuff we’ll have to PACK and MOVE!” took over. I mean, we aren’t people who keep clutter at all, and still…there was SO MUCH STUFF! I didn’t know where to begin in a moving process. After all, we’d only ever moved one city over…and then one neighborhood over!
My husband ended up taking a different job that didn’t require us to move, however, his company offers opportunities for work all over the United States. The possibilities are endless…and they’re not off the table at our house!
So I decided that it might be a good idea to at least KNOW where I would even begin if we decided to move. Always good to have a backup plan, right?! And in our case, it’s one thing to be moving to a nearby location. But when you’re uprooting your life and moving cross-country, you want to make sure that you’re thoroughly prepared. Since you won’t be able to hop in your car and come back for anything or tie up any loose ends, you’re going to want to make sure that you dot your i’s and cross your t’s. I’ve assembled a few organizational tips that should certainly help a cross country move to be smooth sailing.
All right, folks, NOW I’m excited. It’s September!!! And while I can hardly believe the time is going so quickly, I LOVE September. Any guesses why? (Think September 23…)
FALL! Fall comes in September! And fall is my most favorite of all! So Happy September, everyone! Oh, but first, help me bid a fond farewell to August. These are the top five posts here on the blog last month!
I’m pretty sure that everyone this side of the moon knows I LOVE organization. A basic organization post here on the blog is normally geared towards organizing for a specific event, like going back to school, etc. But you know what? Sometimes I find it hard to KEEP my home organized, either after I organize it or when it’s not so important that it BE organized! Do you ever feel that way?
So when Jenn Grabowski contacted me with some tips for staying organized all year ’round, not only did I put them into practice myself, but I wanted to share them with all of you! Are you ready? Here we go!
As the seasons change, it can be easy to let stuff accumulate around the house. We all have the habit of buying things as we need them, but we don’t tend to think about how we will store all of the things we buy. This can make it very easy to discover that we’ve let things pile up and that we now have a clutter situation on our hands.
With the cooler weather coming, and not to mention the holidays, now is a good time to work on your home organization system so that, by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have a good system in place.
I did a post a while back about the brand new Container Store that came to my neck of the woods – remember that one?
While I LOVE The Container Store, they are not always as cost-effective as specific projects require. When I’m working on something like I’m working on now (I’ll reveal once it’s complete, no worries!) and I need more items than normal, I don’t necessarily want to spend upwards of $10 for one container.
I often purchase things that may only be used once or twice at the Dollar Tree – items for centerpiece bases for parties, baskets for give-aways, gift boxes, etc. So I was aware that they probably had what I needed for this particular project, but when I walked in, they had MORE than I needed.
Well, I didn’t need any hangers, but if I did I think I could have them a different color for every day of the week!