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Operation Organization: Part 4 of 4

The project I have undertaken to get organized in my home has kind of taken on as an overwhelming flavor. Since I started this project, I have moved around the living room entirely, shifted the organized bookshelf to the foyer, and then moved onto the upstairs den AND cleaned out the entire basement. If this was some trick to get me to clean my home from top to bottom it totally worked. Because here’s what I’ve accomplished:

1. Cleaning out old books, clothes, and generally getting rid of things that had no place because they were obsolete.

2. Creating a new space downstairs in the basement for storage that I didn’t want elsewhere in the house.

3. Moving all the bills to a central location (they were everywhere before!) and using the den desk for only that purpose. All our formal/legal documents were already there and now it works better.

4. Sweeping, mopping, and cleaning the baseboards throughout the house. The baseboards, people. I thought only neat freaks did that.

5. Finding a home for everything and getting inspired to stay organized.

That may not be much, but for me it’s a huge deal. I had precious little time this summer to accomplish some things and this was at the top of my list. My mother used to always tell me that if I cleaned a little bit every day then it wouldn’t seem so overwhelming. While that’s good advice, there are days that I come home from work and don’t want to even polish a coffee table much less do a full-out cleaning. When I have some concentrated time to feel like I have really done something I try to take full advantage of it and getting a little push from Home Depot was just what I needed. There are always some things that always have a place like car keys and purses and bags, but things like sunglasses and gift cards and birthday cards seem to float around my house until I get tired of looking at them and shove them all in one spot. Of course, this doesn’t really fix the problem at all.

Since the living room is all moved around and now the television is on the other side (I have yet to hide the cable cord because I dread getting under the house in the crawl space! Yuck!) I have taken an obscene amount of pictures of where things are now and how I’ve hidden some things to look organized. For example, since The Cuban and I are playing volleyball twice a week we have each gotten a cooling towel that we use and we need it at our fingertips when we walk out the door, but there’s no good place for it. I’m using one of the baskets on the bottom shelf of the new bookcase I got to house it right now and that’s working well. When winter comes I’ll be sure to put it away in the coat closet, but for now I need to be able to get to it easily.

Some of the things on the bookshelf are old and we just re-purposed for the sake of organization and others are new. I had been meaning to get organized and I have a weakness, a debilitating weakness, for baskets and crates and hat boxes so it forced me to put things in new places. Still, I’m very happy with the outcome and I’m ready to re-do my den now. Just last night my youngest brought me a handle from one of the drawers and said, “Hey, mom. This just came off in my hand.” Yeah, kid. It just came off. I think he’s conspiring with Home Depot on his own to get me to organize some more.

 A big thanks to the folks at Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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    In the foyer
    Ultimately, we put the bookcase by the front door to keep our daily things organized.
  • Bookshelf closeup 2 of 7
    Bookshelf closeup
    We didn't put too much on the shelves to keep a nice de-cluttered look to it.
  • closed-book-containers 3 of 7
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    Stacking the faux books this ways helps make the space look pretty.
  • open-book-containers 4 of 7
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    I found these books a while ago that are hollowed out. Miscellaneous items fit here perfectly.
  • rattique-shelf-tote 5 of 7
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    These baskets are also available at Home Depot and a trio of them would be pretty. This is my next purchase.
  • so-pretty 6 of 7
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    Close up of the shelves. Pictures, flowers, and small things for organization.
  • new-config2 7 of 7
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    The living room minus the shelves. We moved everything around and stayed focus on the task or organizing.

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