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Getting Organized: 2010

So, my new year’s resolution for 2010 was to get organized. In fact, I even made a tag line for it: “2010: the year to get organized”.

Now that SIX WHOLE MONTHS have gone by I haven’t done much more than think about getting organized. I can’t believe that it is already July, but I decided that since my wedding planning is over and it is still summer so I have no classes that now is the time to actually get something done.

A while back, I took advantage of a free Amazon book download of Living Organized: Proven Steps to a Clutter Free and Beautiful Home. I haven’t read it yet because I forgot all about it until I went to download some of those books I mentioned in an earlier post. I’m very excited to start reading it though. I have also been reading a few organization blogs, but I haven’t really delved into much though.

I’m an Organized Junkie has a lot of good information including a getting started post.

Organizing Your Way is also pretty interesting, but I only really read it occasionally.

So, this past week, I got a little bit frustrated with my dining room being the catch-all for our junk and with my craft “room”. I decided that since we don’t really use our dining room for “dining” and I usually do my crafting in the dining room, why not make the space more useful?

We have a “floating” cutting board/island that was in a cabinet in the craft room. We moved it out and into the dining room to use the cabinet space in it for some of the appliances we received from the wedding. I then decided to get a shelving unit to organize my craft stuff in that would still look presentable when we have guests over. I also cleared all the junk off the table (it moved to other tables, but I’ll tackle it another time) and washed the table cloth. We also had a lot of gift bags left over from the wedding that were still in a corner in there that I moved (but still haven’t found a home for).

The only non-dining room things that are still in there are goodwill items that I need to take on my next trip. I also bought some clearance fabric from Joann’s today that is red, white and blue that I will throw over the table for the 4th of July. There is a really pretty antique looking buffet at the Salvation Army store that I’m thinking about getting for in there as well.

These are the shelves that I bought from Target. They were on sale for 39 dollars. It was a little bit more than I wanted to spend for the cheap-ish quality of them, but I really wanted to get it done and there wasn’t anything at the Salvation Army Store that would fit what I wanted. I was originally looking for something taller with a couple of doors on it.

The shelving has those baskets (kind of like the pink one on the top) that can go in the squares and be pulled out. They were 11 dollars for 2! That was totally not something I was going to pay for them, so I decided to go through my house and re-purpose some things to be used instead. I have a lot of crystal-type bowls around and lots of mason jars. I decided to use some of those to organize small things. I also used a leather purse from my trip to Italy that has been sitting in my closet to organize my circular knitting needles that don’t have a home. I am planning on covering the shoe box and the oatmeal container with some pretty scrapbooking paper so that they look a little nicer.

Honestly, the nicest thing is knowing where a pad of paper and a pen is without having to search all over God’s green earth to find them. I have been a disorganized, cluttered person for my entire life and it really was such a joy just to go get a pen from it’s own home. It is the motivation I need to tackle other parts of the house.

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