3 easy tips to simple organization you can implement this afternoon!

To say we are living in the a state of crazy would be an understatement.

For the most part I like to focus on the pretty things we are getting done.  Did you see I made a sign?
diy wood closet doorsAs opposed to everything else.

taking a break from home improvement for some summer activities for kidsYikes!

But, it is what it is, and I’m not gonna whine about it on the blog.

Instead, I’m going to write really simply, like it happened in a split second in real life, the super simple organization tricks I used just in time to prevent this transitional period in life, that has me feeling a little more like I’m just surviving than actually living like the masses, from taking me over. (How’s that for a run on, grammatically incorrect I’m sure, sentence?)

#1 – Take the time to tackle the little things or they will add up and take over your mind and counter.

Those little things that create piles and collect dust on your washing machine and counter tops and floors.

It’s true, we have a lot of big things going on around here so when the little ones come up they tend to get brushed aside like Kris Humphries. (Boom, Kim Kardashian reference right there.)

But after a few months of brushing we ran out of counter space and I ran out of the mental ability to block it all out anymore so I actually just took an afternoon to tackle the small stuff.

Bike lights (required in Key West), bought over a month ago are finally on the bikes.

Batteries are finally put in the smoke detectors that were installed right when we moved in. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve moved to stinkin’ batteries around the counter.

And the last of the boxes were unpacked. Why, yes, we have lived here almost 5 months, but I had stashed them in a corner, out-of-the-way, so it was no problem … until I kept adding so many items to the little pile I started to trip over it.

I swear, there used to be a path around there.  It’s hard to cook dinner when you can’t get to the stove.

Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling Joel.  ;)

#2 - Give everything a home, even if the home isn’t permanent, or pretty.

Everyone deserves a junk drawer.  I have 2.  Junk baskets actually.  All those little things that need to happen at some point just not right now get tossed in there and when a basket gets full, I take the time to go through it and throw out the coupons that expired in June.

And our new closet now looks like this …

simple organization

And everything has a designated spot.

Let’s take a moment to say a prayer that these are not the long-term, final destinations for these items.

But I know exactly where to find everything and it is stashed out-of-the-way.  We’re getting creative here while we make the most of living in only about half of a 1300 square foot house.

My clothes are in there because we emptied out the master closet and bathroom so we could get started on demo in there.

“There’s never enough going on around here” seems to be our motto.  :)

#3 – Make it a game.

I know, I might be 12.  But plan a little organization during your favorite tv hour.

Fold all the laundry, or dust every nook and cranny of that room or organize that ever-growing pile of papers while half-heartedly watching the show segments.  And then like a crazy woman run around the house putting everything away during the commercials.  It’s fun, really.  :)  And it really is amazing how much we really can accomplish when we make it a goal.

I organized 3 boxes of craft/project supplies in “game mode” by making piles for all like items (adhesives, ribbon, scraps, stencils, paint brushes, fabric, driftwood, projects-in-progress, etc) while sitting on the floor watching Days of Our Lives (don’t judge) and then fit them all puzzle-style into the new closet in baskets and bins that made the best use of the space.

And the bonus tip that I keep reminding myself - it’s just for right now.

So right now I can stop stressing about those little piles every time I move them or trip over them and I can clear my little brain for the big stuff.

Every so often getting a good handle on all of the little stuff really makes the biggest difference.

simple organization trick to implement this afternoon

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has a pile of coupons that expired in June?

Oh, and it’s official … our roof is taking on a new shape this weekend.  Who’s nervous excited with me?!?!  Today I’m tackling the final demo that I can do on my own and I can’t wait to see myself, and share with you, the difference a few feet of ceiling will make in the entry and living room.  If you follow me on Instagram (thespacebetweenblog) you’ve seen some sneak peeks of my demo.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, there really is nothing we’d rather be doing than giving this old gal some hope of curb appeal, hopefully you get to do exactly what you’d like to be doing as well.  :)

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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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15 Responses to 3 easy tips to simple organization you can implement this afternoon!

  1. Carol Hardin says:

    Karah…that’s great!!! I also love to organize things and in my experience making a routine habit help a lot in home organization. So I have already made my to-do list in which I have described my daily tasks. But seriously I liked your all tips very useful and helpful and I have added them to my list already. Karah…you are really great and thanks a lot for this incredible inspiration.

  2. Traci says:

    Thanks for reminding me I am not the only one with piles and junk drawers filled to the top. I spent part to Friday afternoon re-organizing my project room. I could hardly walk in there for all the stuff on the floor. It didn’t take as long as I feared and I do feel much better for having done it. I too race around doing things on the commercials.We are installing door molding this weekend around our new front door.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Traci

    • Karah says:

      Happy Labor Day, Traci!! Hopefully the door molding went well. I agree, I always feel so much better all around when I take a little time to get organized!

  3. cwest100 says:

    Karah, there is NOTHING that changes a house like a new roof line and a new front porch! That was one of the first things we did on our massive reno and the neighbors thanked us! I’m VERY excited for you!!!

    • Karah says:

      Ahhhhh!!! I don’t know if you follow along on Instagram (thespacebetweenblog) but I posted a bunch of progress pictures as the roof was changing this weekend. It is so exciting I can’t even stand it! And we’re going to leave that front part of the living room ceiling vaulted … the change in the whole feel of the house when you enter through the front door is indescribable!!!

  4. The sign you made is cute :) And the floors look amazing in the pics. The closets are a huge accomplishment. And the new roof line sounds like it will be quite “up lifting”, hehe, eager to see that huge change. Hope you take a moment this labor day weekend and stop laboring and start soaking it all in Karah. And so glad you got the batteries in the smoke detector!!! {ya know it’s personal for me!} Robin

  5. Karen says:

    Such great ideas! I need to take some of my holiday tomorrow to get several areas of my home under control. I think #3 is my best bet to get it done. Everything goes better for me when I am in some kind of competition, even if it is against the clock. Hope you have a great holiday, don’t labor too hard!

    • Karah says:

      hahahaha, glad I’m not the only one! I often feel like I’m trying to outsmart myself … not sure what that says about me, but if it works, right?!?!! Happy Labor Day to you!!

  6. What an awesome reminder, Karah! Now I actually have to stay in town for a weekend to tackle some “small things”… and some NOT so small things. ;-)
    xo Heidi

  7. I TOTALLY make things a game too! It’s the only way to stay sane… or maybe it’s a sign that we never were? :)

  8. Very helpful and inspiring post! Organization is vital in learning.Good ideas that certainly help. I will definitely apply the #3 step as soon as I can.Thanks Karah making this post useful and interesting.

  9. Stephanie Fowler says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear. We moved into our new home a month ago and the projects keep piling up along with the other things I need to get done. I am so ready to just come home and live in my house. So, thank you again for reminding me of the small things.

    • Karah says:

      I’m so glad this was helpful, Stephanie! Sometimes it really is tackling the small manageable stuff that can help get our mind off some of the bigger things that are just going to take time. Congrats on the new house!!

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