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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Spring cleaning for the perpetually unorganized!


Ironically, I am an organizational neat freak at heart; I buy baskets, organizers, multiple calendars, hooks, file cabinets...you name it! But, in practice, I can manage to make even those organization tools a mess! Slowly but surely this spring I have vowed to work through this and put things in their proper place. No promises, but I'm trying. And on this topic, I saw some great ways to organize some everyday items (Redbook magazine's 5/11 issue)...here are a few that I thought were really clever:

- A mesh utensil holder...
...to store costume jewelry (for earrings you can even poke them through the mesh and put the backs on to keep them together).
...to put all of your teabags in one place (really nice for guests as well).
...to organize hairbrushes, clips, curling irons, etc. in one place.

- A spice rack...
...to store nuts, bolts, nails, screws, etc. on a workbench.
...to store beads or scrapbooking items in a craft room.
...to separate pushpins, rubberbands, paperclips, etc. in an office space.

- A clear plastic bath caddy...
...to hold napkins, silverware, etc. for your picnic table.
...to hold straws, cocktail picks, twizzle sticks, paper umbrellas and lime/lemon slices for picnics or a party.

- A wire 3-tier hanging basket (not just for vegetables anymore!)...
...to hang in your closet to hold belts, scarves, etc.
....to hold kids toys in their room or play area.

Yes!!!! It just makes me want to go out and buy a hanging basket, several bath caddies, a mesh utensil holder and a spice rack or two (or three?)...Spring is in the air!

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