In keeping with my gratitude, I have made it my business to keep our home clean and organized. I wasn't always so fanatical about cleanliness and order, but its one of those things that I've gradually adopted, and there is no turning back.
Here are some of my tips to keep everything in order:
1. Bookends for neat piles.
We have open shelves in our closet, so if things look sloppy, it's right in my face. I use the stock standard bookends to keep my stacks of clothes looking tidy.
I bought a bunch a while ago on Amazon, but I'm sure you can get them at any office store like Staples or Office Max.
I also use them to keep my purses and clutches upright, so I can easily see my options and grab what I need.
2. Kitchen Storage that matches your lifestyle
Organize your kitchen so that it makes life easier for you. The things that you use most should be easiest to grab in your pantry, cupboard, drawer, or fridge. That container of kitchen utensils on your counter? Those should be the ones you use the most, so you can reach over and grab them when needed.
3. Containers and Clips
Having containers like this creates a "home base" for items in our home. Certain categories of food all have a place and I can see at a glance what we have and what needs to be re-stocked. THESE clips are all over my kitchen! I use them for anything and everything...chips, crackers, cereal, bags of salad, dry goods, frozen foods, basically anything that needs to stay fresh. They create a tight seal and are super durable.
4. Drawer Organizers for the Win
There is nothing I hate more than not being able to find the certain something I want to wear. These clear compartments from The Container Store give everything a specific place and display everything in a row instead of stacks, so everything is visible at a glance. I've always had pretty organized clothing drawers, but the little things like socks and lingerie were a bit messy until I got these in my drawers. Now I have no excuse.
*If you are a male, shield your eyes....
My first piece of advice for your bathroom drawers is to get tough with yourself and throw away anything you you rarely/never use. After you've done that exercise, group things in a logical order and implement some sort of system.
My nighttime & special occasion make up is in the left hand container, my bareminerals is in the middle (with my 3 "regulars" in the front) and my standard daytime make up is in the right hand container. This makes my make up routine VERY routine and I can typically grab what I need without even glancing down. I also got creative and used the lid of a Tiffany's box for the middle drawer divider...organized and eco-savvy.
You have to commit to it, and make a continual effort to put things back in order. Sometimes I don't feel like it, but just like anything else, it becomes a habit and now I don't even think about it.
I will warn you, it feels good. Once you get a taste of walking into a clean and organized home/room/apt/office, having it any other way will rub you the wrong way.
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What is your most used kitchen utensil? Probably my measuring spoons or spatula.