Organization, One Small Step at a Time

So, did you make a resolution to become more organized for 2016?  I'm sure many of you have. Some may find in a couple months that the zest for becoming super organized has fizzled. The main reason for this is many do not adapt organizing tips and tricks to there life style.

So, as you pin all those cool organizing tips...

remember to take the time to adapt them to your life style and remember to take your time. Rome was  not built in a day...ya know?

Am I a super organized person? Oh don't make me laugh! I grew up with a mom that is a naturally super organized person. I on the other hand perfected my own type of organization...which is 1/4 of my moms!

I do have her and my fathers gene for paper lists. I have tried all the apps, but it just isn't the same as writing it down. No, I'm not poo pooing on apps; I actually have one I use for shopping...not big shopping...but run to the grocery store, hobby lobby or Lowes small kind of shopping. If I have a lot of things to buy...

I write it down!

I took this before I finished filling it out.

I have notebooks, planners and a calendar in the house.

I use a pencil, it makes it easier if I have to change something.

Notebooks are used for jotting down ideas, etc.

The planner is used for everything from chores, meals, appointments, etc.

The calendar, that hangs on the side of frige by the door, is used as a quick reference for work schedules and appointments.


At least twice a year (January & July) I go through drawers, closets, boxes and so forth to rid the house of things we no longer use or like anymore (we accumulate a lot of crap in that short time frame).

But drawers are my nemesis!

Ya know, drawers come in handy when you want to hide things, especially when you need to do a quick pick up and hide when unexpected company calls you and say the are 5 minutes away.

I know you think I've lost it calling drawers a nemesis.

I hope this didn't scare you! Sorry!
 I will show you how I go about doing this.

First gather your supplies:

*several plastic bags

*2 garbage bags

*shoe boxes or any boxes about shoe box size (if you don't have any you can use more grocery bags)

*damp rag and a dry rag

Next your going to choose a room to begin. I start with my main living areas (kitchen, dining, family room). If you start with the kitchen, do all the drawers before moving to other areas!

*Remember: DO NOT move to another area until you're completely finished with the first.

Then you will set up a work space where have enough room to spread everything out...I use my dining room table.

I love using brown paper bags when I organize.
I get them when I go to the commissary to do my grocery shopping

Label each bag and/or the boxes:
Take to: then label which room it will go to, i.e. child's room.

Grab a drawer, take it to your work area and dump it! (not literally)

Vacuum the drawer, wipe with damp cloth, then dry and set aside.

Then start sorting.

When finished, place everything that is going to stay in that area back.

Hopefully when you are finished you will have a few empty drawers...

I have found that after I finish drawers, if I take the small garbage bags and dump it in the larger garbage bag. Now move from one area to another; I know you can't dump your cabinets (use the counter top) or closets (use the floor or a piece of furniture near by); until that particular room is finished.

Take your time...
that way you don't over look, or keep anything that you don't need/want.

Hope this help you with your organization!

(part 3 coming soon)


  1. Great post Tina, I do the very same here and really love to be organized. This time of year is perfect to go through those drawers and closets and purge what we don't need or use. I just worked on my studio yesterday. Gives such a great outlook to have it done.
    Thanks for sharing your great steps and tips on how you attack the organizing. Great idea with the labeled bags as you go along.
    Have a nice day. xo

    1. Thank you Celestina! It usually takes me about a month to go through everything; then I usually do it again around July. I am always amazed at how much stuff I/we can accumulate in such a short time!
      Have a great day.

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Thank you for stopping by & commenting; I really do appreciate it! I will reply as soon as possible. Hope you have a lovely day. XO Tina

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