Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year’s Organizing Revolution – Week 2

Week two challenge over at A Bowl Full of Lemons is The Kitchen. I took on the challenge and kicked it into high gear over the weekend. I don't have a lot of space in this old house's kitchen; but I do the best with what I have trust me, it's come a long way over the years.  

So here we go....
One cabinet needing attention pretty bad was under the cook-top stove.  I decided to pull everything out and relocate the seasonal items in an cabinet I have in the "Office/Party Room".

I also started a box to take to good will and I think I even threw some things out...
Here's a pic with everything on the floor.

This also includes an adjacent cabinet's contents... I forgot to take a picture of the before, but trust needed attention too.

much much better!

I don't have a pantry, so food is kept in couple different places. The only organization I think I had before was that the canned goods got thrown in down here:
It always seems to get disorganized just isn't the best space.  I'm thinking about ordering this from Amazon.

still thinking about it though.... need to measure and need to evaluate if it takes up more space than in the mean time, here's what I did: 
Above this cabinet is where we keep the snacks, dry foods, etc.. (heavy on the et cetera) 
Here is a shot from across the room..before/after:
 (please pretend the pictures look professionally captured and not snapped by the average beancounter from Oklahoma)

Here's a before and after of the refrigerator:

One more before and after, the silverware drawer:

I still have some cleaning to do and I'll try to get that done tonight, but I did get some things crossed off my To-Do List, so this has been a victory for me.  I really enjoy getting ideas from everyone that participates, so thanks for sharing your blog/pinterest with me!

Tickler File ....Success!

I've tried this numerous times but it never really got to clicking smoothly for me...until now.  I'm really liking the set up I have and I've been checking my folders every day.  It's kept the miscellaneous papers off my know, the ones I had to keep on my desk to remind me to take action when it was due. Well, the paper in the folder has actually helped remind me a little email to myself.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Organizing Revolution...Challenge 1: Office

So I decided to participate in my my first organizing challenge...I've been sitting around wishing my home were more organized as I spent hours surfing the web for inspiration which included hours logged on Pinterest. 

When I get the email from A Bowl Full of Lemons announcing the New Year's Organizing Revolution, I decided to get off my butt and participate. 

The first of the challenge is the office.  This has always been an area I let get cluttered ...even at work, I just seem to work better when papers are everywhere. 

This is my little corner nook in the "Party Room".  While it isn't the worst there is (or has been, see below) it definitely needed some help.  So I spent a few hours on New Year's Eve  organizing, decluttering, and cleaning.

The files in the lateral cabinet are pretty organized, so I left those alone, but on top of the cabinet is a mess...  I want to keep that clear to do my weekly GTD reviews, filofax in desk.

The black and white box is my tickler file that I'm working diligently at keeping up with.  I think I've worked out a system that will help me eliminate the paperwork on the desk.  I am one of those "out of sight, out of mind" gals...but with the right mapping (next action lists in filofax), I think I'll be alright.

.....and I'm including one more picture from 3 years ago to show the true before picture.   Um, yes.....I'm pleased with the improvement!

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