Speed Bumps and Suggestions
Dear, dear friends. I wish I could tell you that I'm 100% done with the kitchen, but I'm not. It's a long battle, this one. All I'm going to say is, maybe I should have done the cleaning supplies before a huge project like the kitchen. I got really overwhelmed. Lesson learned, everyone. Start small. Really, really small. Don't get overconfident about your decluttering skills on your third category. This statement in NO way says I'm giving up, or have no confidence that we can do this! I'm just trying to throw out a helpful suggestion for success!
I did manage to make this happen though:
I really love that all the pans fit in the oven drawer now! It frees up a ton of space in the cupboards.
What Do I Do Now?
As I slowly work my way through the kitchen, here's what I'm doing on the side. I'm collecting boxes. Okay, not to add to the clutter. I'm just gathering organizing tools that already exist in the house. Like some of the Christmas gift boxes and a few other random boxes. For my sock drawer! By the way, Marie actually suggests doing this, so really, I'm not breaking the rules.
Remember how nice and neat those socks were stacked (from two weeks ago)? Well, they're easy to keep that way when the drawer is full, but the closer laundry day gets, the harder it is for those legless socks to stand up straight. Which could spell failure if you find that your socks are migrating to the other side of the drawer (mess ensues).
So, What About Boxes?
I'm going to try organizing the socks by putting boxes in the drawer, as Marie suggests. This is supposed to give them a very specific area to live, which should keep them from sneaking out of place. I did this for the hubs a while ago. I can't say that it's helped him much - sorry hubs, but I want to try it for myself. I'm actually pretty dedicated to a neat sock drawer, so I think this might work for me. For those of you who aren't (like my hubs, no judging here), I imagine just having actual sock pairs (no pair-less floaters) will help you keep that drawer in check.
I used my favorite kate spade box, bottom and lid, to organize. See how, even if the socks on the left fall, they'll still be contained within that one area of the drawer? Plus, now they're all so easy to see, I don't have to rummage anymore. And, there's a pretty box to look at.
I Want to Hear From YOU!
Now on to the questions! I'd love to hear how your decluttering projects are going, and also how you've managed to stay focused and encouraged or not. No shame or judgment here, so tell it like it is! Let me know in the comments below!
Friends, thanks for stopping by (and joining the conversation)! Next week, I'll be taking a short break from the decluttering series. I'll be giving away secrets on how to make neutrals NOT boring! So make sure you come back if you're a neutral decor lover! Cross my heart, I'll get back to posting about my mess the week after that.
See you next week! xoCarole