I haven’t updated you lately on Project Organize 2010, but I assure you it is alive and well. I actually have fallen in love during the process – this week I’m love with labelling! The thing about this whole house organizing project is it’s fun and instantly rewarding. You can’t beat that! I actually look forward to having a few hours to organize a new little area. That’s the beauty of it. Only have a half hour? No problem! Just do a quick drawer or two.
The key to successful organizing and maintaining it is having a place for everything and everything in its place. I probably owe my mother an apology. I would just roll my eyes when she would say “where are my scissors”. She instantly knew that they were missing because she had a “home” for them and if they weren’t there, chances are I took them! I “get” this now. So sorry mom xoxox
Anyway, labelling is a beautiful thing. It’s the finishing touch to a newly organized area. Plus it really does help you find things easier. Especially when you’ve re-located things. For example, remember the messy, messy closet next to my kitchen? Well yesterday, Ashley called me at the office and asked me where the food coloring was for the red, white and blue flag cupcakes that she was making. They were inspired by the way by Thrifty Decor Chic and 17 and baking . Ashley’s creative twist was that she layered red, white and blue cupcake batter, iced them white, put them in a cupcake carrier and decorated the top left cupcake with blueberries (to represent the flag’s blue block with stars) and the remaining cupcakes with a red strip of strawberry (representing red and white stripes). Yep, If I was a good blogger, I would have taken photo’s when I got home, but I had other things on my mind. We were in a rush to get to see Edward and Jacob – it was a movie night last night! But I digress…
Back to labelling. Ashley asked where the food coloring was and I said “in a plastic bin on the shelf of the closet next to the kitchen. It’s labelled Baking Decorations. And guess what? IT WAS THERE! Really, it was a pretty special moment for me… haha!
I’m using a Brother P-Touch for my labels, but you could also use clear file labels printed from your computer, although I do think the labeller is definitely the way to go. It’s a bit less time-consuming and I’m all about saving time!
And guess what? Remember my messy hall closet from a few months ago? Have it reverted back to being messy? Nope, nada, no way baby! It looks like this…
The thing is that once you get going, you discover it’s about layering. Things evolve and change, but it’s all about getting started which is the hardest part. For instance look at the before and after shots of the closet when I first began and then the one above from today with labelled bins. You can see the progression. One of these days I’ll organize the box with candles as well, but not today. I have bigger things to tackle at the moment! xoxox Amy