I've been a fan of Apartment Therapy for quite awhile. Earlier this week they sent an email with the subject line: Getting Organized: The Big Picture. The article is great and is full of the perfect tips for me in my quest to gain control over our home again.
I especially like the comment: "Before you buy one more thing for your home, just observe, for a week, how your home works." I've been mulling over that comment and thinking how we operate in this house. A few of my observations:
- When he comes home hubby puts his briefcase next to the couch and his keys on the bar.
- When I come home my work bag and purse get put on Mr. E's table in the dining room.
- I'm awful at throwing away junk mail. It usually gets left on the table for several days before getting put in the trash. Since I walk by the dumpster from the mailbox to the house you would think I would immediately tear up the junk and throw it away. Nope, not yet as a practice.
- I am good at storing things where they used. Toilet paper and bathroom cleaning products are in the bathroom. Mr. E's arts and craft supplies are in a bookcase next to his table.
- My creative materials can be found all over the house, not just in the studio. In all fairness, the only materials not in the studio are most likely current projects. Although I do tend to leave my crocheting and needlepoint on the fold-down table on the couch which is annoying to hubby. Currently my book making supplies are on a table in the Man Cave and should be put away.
- I have a great new custom built storage area downstairs that isn't being used to it's best capabilities. That's not good. Especially since it's been there for a year. I think that is where I need to start. Don't you?