Tuesday, December 9, 2008

There's A Happy Feeling Nothing In The World Can Buy

I truly love to be organized. It does make me happy. But I am not naturally an organized person. So any amount of organization I manage to obtain is hard fought.

It's not just an aesthetic thing either. My frustration level rises when I have to search for things or try to accomplish things with random objects cluttering my workspace. And since I have an almost 2 year old, the last thing I need is something else zapping my patience when Lord knows Asher requires the bulk of it.

To this end, I have enlisted the help of a professional organizer. My friend Michelle, whom I have reconnected with through that blessed social networking site,Facebook, is a professional organizer in Dallas. Now obviously, financially, there is no way I could pay someone to provide this service, but she was very kind to give me a few minutes of her time over the phone. She gave me lots of great ideas and tips, one of which was to have an organized "command central", or a place in my house that is sort of the gateway of information that I need to keep track of. For me, it is receipts, contact info, recipes, pending items, bills, and several other categories.

So here is my "command central" before I implemented Michelle's suggestions.



Note the complete absence of order. Things tend to pile up here because a) I still need to do something with it, so I don't want to put it away and risk forgetting about it or b) I have no idea where else to put it.

And here is the after.



Aaaahhhhhh. I can breathe better now. I know this seems like a really small project, but it's a start. I love that everything has a place now. No more random piles and unnecessary clutter.

I have many more hills to climb, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

***To see more great organizing ideas, please visit I'm An Organizing Junkie!***

12 comments:

Rachel www.jackandcoledesigns.com said...

Wow. That looks great. Pass along any organizational suggestions to us!

Robin said...

Good job! I like things to be organized, too. Messes stress me out, so if you came over now, you would be able to see that this whole place is stressing me out.

Katelin and Jason Boles said...

looks great! so share with me what she told you if you don't mind. is that a filing aparatus on your counter? like for bills and reciepts.........i don't have alot of counter space in my kitchen but i do have some shelves.

Mandy Crowell said...

I loove organization..my husband even says I'm a little ocd about it, even though I've tried to back off a little this year..your area looks great and I'm always interested in hearing more ideas! Pass along!!

Kathryn said...

Well you are going to change my mind, so quit trying.
"If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, Of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein

I just use this to console myself. I'm actually pretty proud of your clutter free zone. And jealous. And too embarrassed to show you a picture of mine. Help!

Laura said...

Way to go! Baby steps leads to big steps. =)

susanna said...

Yes! I love this! Can you give us a detailed explanation of what everything is? I need something like this.

Rebecca said...

Nicely done. I have a counter like that, and it's my nemesis. I do like having a spot where everything lands when we come home, but why doesn't all that stuff get put away properly? Yours looks great today.

Laura said...

Well done! I hope you find it eases much stress for you.

Thanks for linking up!!

Laura

Laura said...

I'm back to tell you that you have won the monthly prize! Please send me a quick reply with your address and I'll get that out to you soon!

Thanks,

Laura

Buffie said...

Great job and congrats on your win.

Penny said...

I love it - it looks great!

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