Last week I read a post on House Beautiful online called Six Places You’re Better Off NOT Organizing. I had a few opinions from a Professional Organisers point of view on what they wrote so thought I’d share them with you (and House Beautiful).
The junk drawer
We all have them (yes, even me) but I don’t think they should be full of junk. Sure there’s a mix of everything in there from bandaids to rubber bands to take away menus and goodness knows what else, but really, it doesn’t need to look like a chooks breakfast.
Organise your junk, put like with like, and you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for faster (and maybe, just maybe, it will be less likely to attract ‘real’ junk). I have an episode of Clutter Rescue TV on organising your junk drawer – check it out here.
Photos from last summer’s vacation
In this digital era I’m sure you’ve taken photos on your digital camera or smart phone while on your last holiday. Now if you’re super organised (and a little bit of a perfectionist) you probably want to download all your photos, look through them all, delete the ones you don’t want and rename the ones you want to keep.
Now this is all well and good if you have nothing better to do. But chances are you don’t.
Create a folder on your computer with the name of where you holiday’d, download all the photos and drag them into this folder. Back them up if you want to but otherwise that’s it.
The laundry room
The House Beautiful article says to have your detergent and bleach handy and that you need access to your clean clothes. Yep, I agree with this, but there is one major reason you HAVE TO organise this space – and that’s your children.
Kids and chemicals don’t mix.
I would go as far to say ‘be a control freak’ in the laundry – the last thing you need is a trip to the hospital.
Your kids play area
If toys end up in a bin at the end of the day you’ve won (according to the article). Yep, I agree 100%. But if you want your kids to grow up and move out you need to teach them to organise themselves – and starting in the toy room is as good a place as any.
Label boxes and cull old toys at least once a year.
You’ll thank me in ten years when your teenager actually knows how to pick up their stuff off the floor and put it where it belongs.
Your nail polish bin
Now, I am not a nail polish officionado (I think I have three bottles in total) but if you are, like my friend Sherry and her daughters, feel free to do what suits you.
I think a great way to organise your nail polish bottles would be to store them in a spice rack on a wall or in a drawer, or a basket on the shelf that you pull out as you need them. Just an idea.
Your serving spoons, spatulas and other kitchen tools
This to me is a little like a the junk drawer. Do you really want to scramble through it for five minutes trying to find that random small kitchen tool you know is there but just can’t find?
Unless you want to spend hours searching and have your cooking time blow out because you just can’t find what you know is there – organise it!
- Step 1 – declutter your kitchen tools (ie get rid of the ones that have seen better days or that you just don’t use). If you need help check out this nifty idea (and short video) by Peter Walsh.
- Step 2 – get some tubs, trays or containers to organise the rest in.
- Step 3 – put the tools back where they belong.
So, what do you think? Do you agree with House Beautiful’s list of areas NOT to organise – or are there others? What about my opinion on each? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time, happy organising!
About Helen Butler
Helen is an AAPO Accredited Expert Professional Organiser who is passionate about helping Mums get organised in their home, schedule and life. She has developed the Mum Organising Styles, a personality test to help busy Mums get organised in a way that works for them and their family, and discovered the Eight Traits of an Organised Mum.