After reading The Happiness Project, I have gotten the itch to improve little things in my life. For me, the self-realization that I was part packrat and part clutterer was a big one. I’m definitely not a hoarder, but I knew that I could get organized and reduce clutter in my life. I dreamed of the day when I would open a drawer, know EXACTLY what was inside of it before opening, and could smile at how beautiful the INSIDE looked. Well friends, I think I’m on my way.
I have been working my way through the house and doing one thing at a time. Well, not always because sometimes I get distracted by another problem area.
So far, I’ve wrangled our DVD collection, made sense of the inside of the family room ottoman, tackled the horrid filing cabinet with its mountains of paper, made it much easier to find food in the pantry, and cleaned out the fridge.
It feels so good, I don’t want to stop! It’s amazing how clearing out clutter can really clear the mind and make you happier.
I have recently gotten hooked on some great organization blogs. My cousin Natalie pointed me to one of my now favorites, iheartorganizing.com. This girl is amazing!
She organizes with a passion but even better, she makes everything so pretty in the process. She re-purposes items she already has on hand, does a million DIY projects, and even gets her husband involved in the house decorating/projects.
The photo below is from her blog. It was a reader feature of a fabulous pantry furnished entirely with dollar store items. I fell in love!! I don’t think mine will ever look this pretty but a girl can dream, right?
To me, this next one is the perfect freezer. These bins corral all kinds of half-eaten freezer bags. They would be perfect for all the purees I’ve been making.
It feels amazing to get organized. I think the hardest part is getting started. After that, you feel so good about the first project that you can’t wait to start the next!
Don’t know where to start? Get some ideas and tips on our Happiness Matters Organizing Strategies Pinterest page.