Castle Revival Challenge Phase II – Organizing What Remains
Congratulations! You have been consistently purging your home for at least 15 minutes a day since Part I – Power Purge was posted. Next up? Eight organization principles that help you avoid common mistakes…
1. Frequency of Use
There are areas in your home that are high use and low use.
Take kitchen cabinets for example, the upper shelves and hard-to-reach nooks in cabinets should hold low use items.
Likewise, the drawers and cabinet shelves that are between shoulder height and knee height should contain high use items that are touched daily.
Infrequently used items, like seasonal décor, paint cans, and off-season sports equipment, can be stored in the basement.
2. Life Made Easy
Clear containers simplify life!
Since the containers are clear – glass or plastic – you can see instantly whether you need to purchase more of the item or not.
Clear containers also reduce the messy and boldly colored packaging – a good choice on open kitchen shelving.
When necessary, cut instructions off the box or bag and pop it inside with the contents or tape it to the under side of the lid, if necessary.
I’m visual, so I use my camera before shopping to snap pictures of all my food zones and household product storage areas before heading to the grocery store. If I see something of interest in the store, I can reference the picture to see if I’m low in that item.
3. Think “Zones”
Items that have a similar characteristic or category should be stored in the same zone.
Story Heavy Items in the Low Zone and Light Items in a High Zone
This principle over-rides all others that might conflict with it. Safety comes first. Items over 20 pounds should be stored below shoulder height or preferably lower.
This is also true if you live in earthquake country. Store items above shoulder height that could cause injury if it fell on someone’s head.
Prepare a Drop Zone or Two
You will always have things in transit. Your friend’s casserole dish she left behind or items that need to be taken up or down stairs, so plan for this and have a temporary drop zone for these items.
It might be a basket on a shelf and a couple of hooks. Keep it handy, visible, and as pretty as possible.
Adapt Your Zones
My drop zone is my car because it’s going out of the house anyway so why clutter up my entry.
When it comes to drop zones at the stairs to our basement, my personal solution was to eliminate it.
I purged to the point that everything we needed from the basement could be brought up to our closet on the main level. The rest is gone – saving us constant trips to the basement. We would rather exercise outside. 😉
4. Simplify Cleaning
My castle quickly clutters up if my storage system isn’t super simple.
Purge Your Linens
After receiving an over abundance of bedding and towels for shower and wedding presents, I started resenting my messy linen closet. When the linens wore out and were purged, I didn’t replace them.
My rule since then has been to have one sheet set per bed, wash the set, and put them back on the bed from the dryer – no need to fold fitted sheets! I no longer need a linen closet since my Power Purge.
I keep our towels in our sink vanity drawers and re-purposed the linen closet in our ensuite bath as a closet for my hubby. He likes having his clothes handy right out of the shower.
When I was a young mom, I observed that dressers were not working for us. Clothes were hanging out of them or items were always disheveled inside.
My solution was using plastic stackable bins on the closet floors. They had a slanted open front that allowed our children to put socks and underwear away by themselves even when very young.
Their tops and bottoms were hung above the stackables. I have never converted back to dressers because it saves space and keeps the clothes in one place.
If you struggle with cleaning, this post will help you simplify your cleaning efforts throughout your castle refuge!
Open shelving with baskets hides the mess and makes tidying up super fast. Tie pretty labels, shown on this post, on each basket with a ribbon so you know what is missing when the basket is empty.
Wall hooks help with home organization in many ways, like storing coats in a mudroom or jeans in a boys room.
For example, since boys hanging their jeans neatly on hangers is the stuff of dream, industrial-styled hooks will hopefully get them off the floor. Just bein’ real. 😉
“One In – One Out”
All areas must be mini-purged with a one-item-in-one-item-out mentality, so you don’t end up having to go back to the major Power Purge step ever again.
5. Well-Fitted Dividers
They can transform your drawers – even junk drawers – into a high-functioning zones.
Be sure to take measurements of your drawer, and pictures of the items that will go into the drawer, so you make the best use of the space.
From high-rise apartments to book cases, we see how making use of vertical storage is a wise use of space. When you have the opportunity – go verticle.
7. Properly Sized Containers
To save space, containers should be full. Either switch the size to fit or add more contents until it is full.
8. Make It Pretty
Open bookcases, glass-front cabinets, the top of buffets, and side tables are highly visual and can contribute to a cluttered look. If you must store items in visible areas, keep them neat and attractive as this post demonstrates.
Cover books in decorative jackets if they draw the eye with their bold colors.
Corral your loose items into baskets. Label them attractively with tags and ribbons that match the aesthetic of your space. This is the fun part of home organization!
Use a lidded basket if these items look messy.
Happy organizing, and please don’t forget to pin!
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