Yesterday and this morning I received numerous comments and emails concerning my tidy way of living.
Several gals believed that
A - they could never do it
B- never maintain it
C- afford to do it
and then a few want to do it,
but are lost as to where to begin.
Well I'm gonna knock those thoughts up with
the Mars Rover
no pretty pics, just info
The first thing I do for myself and any client is to see if shelving can be added to any closet, because it's cheap, it's easy to do.
In this laundry area I added one additional long shelf across the back and you'll soon see multiple shelves off to the right of the dryer under an eave, to hold appliances
that are infrequently used.
I also added a small shelf right above the dryer originally planning to keep soaps there but they dripped sometimes and looked messy so I changed to a basket I could easily remove from top of dryer.
I also keep a pretty woven laundry basket there but this a.m. it was upstairs waiting to be emptied.
Lock and Lock boxes and ricers/ Martha's Storage I have had for decades
Once I have additional shelving, I start my basket or bin or jar systems. Now I have been collecting jars and bins and baskets for 30 some years and always on sale, with coupons etc...
so don't expect you have to do it all at once.
Try a shelf at a time, spread it out over months. OR Use plastic shoe bins to start. They're 1.00 ea. The smaller drawer bins are sold in multiples for a few dollars also. You can use inexpensive canning jars, recycled plastic bottoms of containers.
Get as creative as your budget allows.
Drip dry Hangers accessible for hanging on door rack/ Lock and Locks/ my seldom used ricer
Why the basket or bins?
Using this system assures continuity.
In other words you would have to TRY to make it messy again.
When there is a basket for JUST drip dry hangers, or
tupperware etc, you merely toss it and everything goes where it should...and you'll find it just as quickly next time.
No shoving aside, things falling over, or shoved "just anywhere".
Another major problem for almost every client.
TOO MANY STORAGE containers
as in tupperware or saved empty butter containers.
No one EVER has that many leftovers.
Invest in a stacking set of no more than
3ea of large, medium, small.
Then three lock and locks or similar storage for cookies,
or major party leftovers. THAT IS ALL YOU NEED.
Most of you will free up an entire shelf or two.
I see it in every house.
Also never used gadgets. Purge those babies,
or give to a gourmet who might use (once).
No one needs 15 spatulas, four garlic presses,
12 mixing bowls.
no really...one client...
Muffin tins, cake pans, small cookie sheets/cooling racks tucked between baskets/ silpats cheesecloth
I also use these inexpensive plastic shelving risers to separate heavy items. If you have 10 platters stacked you have to move all ten to get out one, whereas my way each one slips right out. On top of platters are my wicker trays, serving baskets.
To the left are aprons, paper lunch sacks, laundry delicate bags,
a dustpan tucked in and a lint basket easy to remove and empty.
Some wire baskets are hung from a nail up top.
This is the side shelving, holding crockpot, mixers, cookie sheets, blender, grinder, ice buckets, panini press etc.
At the middle left are the pants hangers I use for drip dry.
I attached industrial pipe straight out from wall.
If you have the room, this is great for drip dry also .
For drip dry I use a fold down flip up rack
attached to garage door just beyond laundry.
Originally there were ugly bifold doors in laundry closet. I removed and added full length floor to ceiling ivory corduroy curtains from Ikea. Small peek at basket on floor where I throw non clothing items to be washed....rugs, rags, dog toys etc
Drip dry in use.
You can also see stick on lights I have on shelves
in dark corner.
In other baskets and on shelves I have bakeware,
pizza stones, plastic wraps etc.
The more you keep the baskets solely for one type of item, the
less likely you are to just dump anywhere.
If you are really tight on space, try to keep like items together
as much as possible.
If you need reminding, add stick on labels or tie on tags.
Added shelving to door for small easily lost items.
Wine rack on bottom actually holds long pkgs of pasta and
ramen packages. ( I see I need to add to grocery list)
Seldom used liquors fill up each side on floor.
Yes, my cans are on risers. Available almost everywhere.
The one I have contracts and expands as needed.
Baskets hold similar products.
Baking, tomato sauce products, pasta.
pull out the basket, select item, push back.
I take instant oatmeal, granola bars etc out of original packaging
and each gets it's own basket. easy to grab and go.
Easy to see quantity for shopping, nothing gets shoved to the back and expires out of sight.
Instruction booklets for appliances at the ready,
easy to locate.
These jars are two deep, holding far more product in the same space. Air tight, no critters. All dried products go in jars.
These are also two deep.
Clear jars make it easy to identify product, no labels required.
See the two shallow shelves I tucked way up top? Half the depth of regular shelves. Every inch used.
Top and bottom shelves have small lazy susan's.
Center shelf holds most used products at eye level.
Corn starch, honey, vinegar, vanilla, baking soda.
Everyday dishes use stacking shelves also.
Mini dividers in drawers.
Keep like items together as much as possible.
Are you still with me or did your eyes glaze over
I don't have to "Work" at this,
once you set it up, it takes care of itself. Honestly.
Next time a boring tv show is on, or you are waiting for a call or on a long chat, work on just one shelf or drawer.
Use those Michaels, Jo Anns and Kohls coupons for
storage containers. When they're already half off and you get an additional 25-30% SCORE!
This doesn't have to be daunting at all.
Buy lots of sizes of containers. Return what you don't use. Don't spend hours measuring for sizes etc.
Just know your width and depth.
You can spend a fortune and make it all pretty,
or use what you have. For me? tidy and pretty enough for behind closed doors.
Do I get teased about this?
Do I care?
You see I can find my brulee torch
nutcracker, bottle opener, garlic press,
egg slicer and wine stopper before you can snap your fingers.
I don't buy the same groceries over and over because I think I don't have it, or cannot find it.
Being organized keeps your life simple,
I have very little storage, so I am forced to
be creative and organized, yeah - yeah I would be anyway.
Sometimes I think these mega kitchens
and closets make things worse for some.
Nature abhors a vacuum.
I hope you have found an idea or two
or at least are inspired to tackle your storage issues
in your own way.
If you have thought recently,
"I'll just stick/shove/toss it here for now,
and deal with it later..."
uh.....you probably have issues.
More to come,
stay with me.
You're getting oldgreymare for free.