We had decided that our summer would be relaxing and close to home. I also wanted my summer blog posts to be inspiring, but not time-consuming. I really needed to relax my brain and wanted to tackle and present bite-size projects.
So this is how the summer went.
A long time ago I bought a small shoe rack so Dave could organize his shoes at the front entrance. Why I also didn’t buy one for myself is still a mystery. We tried to find the same at IKEA, but it didn’t exist anymore.
No matter, I was determined to find something that would fit the bill so we would stop stumbling on my shoes in the entrance.
What I bought is not even a shoe rack; it’s a little kid stepladder, proving once again that cheap, easy solutions always win in my book.
Building on my shoe rack success, I moved on to the one kitchen cupboard that was bothering me. It’s way up high (for me) and I can only access the first two shelves, but they are super deep ones.
So what to do? Buy Dollarama plastic bins and group things together. The content is now much easier to access by pulling one container at a time.
This is still a work in progress, but I’ve finally started sorting through my music CDs. Music tastes change though and I sill have music I’m not as keen on anymore.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to buy music online now, however, there are still CDs I want to keep.
All our CDs were in the basement just waiting to get sorted. We brought them all upstairs and did a quick run-through for the music we know we don’t like anymore and deposited those in our donation bin.
Then I gathered the rest by my desk and plug a CD once in a while on my laptop while I work and see if I still like it. If so, I burn it on my computer and keep the entire CD or only keep the one song I like and donate the CD.
Some people are able to go digital solely, but I haven’t been able to get there yet.
I knew I wanted to write a blog post about camping, but first I needed to organize my camping gear.
Planned camping trips made it super easy to see what was working and what wasn’t. For example, our cooking utensils kept falling to the bottom of our bin and it drove me crazy. To solve that challenge, I bought a toolbox and put everything inside. It’s another thing to bring, but it makes cooking much easier.
We also were able to get rid of some older gear and add a few handy gadgets that make life easier.
Nails and Screws
Part of our shed organization made me realize how many screws and nail boxes we had. After we were done the shed, and since I was “stuck“ in front of the TV, binge-watching the Olympics, I decided to sort through the whole thing.
Again, nothing fancy and probably a temporary solution, but at least all of that stuff is now organized and where we might actually use them; clearing out another shelf in the basement.
Storage Space in a Small Apartment – Organization Refresh
Two years ago, I helped a friend declutter and organized his condo, so he could sell it and move into a smaller space. Feeling like he was reverting to his old habits, he asked for some help sorting through a few specific spaces, specifically storage spaces.
What did we get rid of? Mainly empty boxes! We kept a few related to electronics but I estimate we emptied 1/3 of his storage space, making it way more usable. I guess he only needed permission to part with the original boxes. So here is yours.
“If you’ve bought an item, used it, like it and are not planning to move in the next 6 months … you have my blessing to recycle the original box.“
One afternoon of working together and we rearranged his storage closet, cleaned up is (super limited) counter space and organized his photography gear so he can pour himself completely into this creative outlet.
Projects don’t have to be grandiose to have a positive effect on your life. I would actually say that small projects usually have the biggest impact on me anyway. Plus, multiple small projects lead to bigger changes.
So go ahead and pick one small thing you will improve on, simplify, declutter or organize this week and tell me about it in the comments below.