As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2: 4-5

Monday, January 18, 2010

Getting Organized- Week 3

The first two chapters were like psychotherapy for the disorganized. Why are you so disorganized? What deep psychological issues are fueling your messiness? What did your mother do when you were an infant that has made you disorganized and affect your family forever? (just kidding on the last one, mom!)

Anyways, in week three, we take baby steps into reorganization. We're supposed to set the timer for 15 minutes and do an inventory of the kitchen--what can be thrown out, replaced, put to better use. Then, make a list of what you need to buy. Yes, that's As in spend money. With no cheaper options suggested and heavy free advertising for The Container Store.

So, according to Regina Leeds, I need the following:
shelf creators
shelf dividers
drawer organizers
drawer liners
two-step step stool
lid storage unit
grid totes
spice rack (s)
roll out drawers
under the sink caddies

And, I can color coordinate them for each room, or just stick with clear (and can I say that the inner OCD wannabe LOVES this idea)

I, however, did a quick mental inventory, and think I need to find cheap (or free!) versions of these:
lid storage unit-whether it be for tupperware or for the pots and pans, my lids are everywhere. And as with the mystery of lost socks, I have about 40 lids and 10 pieces of tupperware type stuff, nolne of them matching.

spice rack-we have tons of spices, thanks to me never remembering if we have something when I am at the store and Daryl's excitement in preparing for the international dinner at church. We keep them in the cabinet next to the stove and every time we look for one, they usually fall out. We have too many for a traditional spice rack. Ideas?

Cleaning caddies-they suggest putting them all in color coded caddies, by room of use. I don't want to spend the $$ to do this. Right now, they are all stored under the sink or in one of three high shelves in the pantry.

We are also supposed to organize the pantry this week. If you have ever been to our house, you know that we have a HUGE pantry. What you haven't seen if you have been to our house is the inside of it which is embarrassingly cluttered. This will be a huge undertaking, and I am thinking that it will be next weekend before I get around to it.

But I will. It would be so much more fun, though, if I could make a trip to The Container Store.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so delighted you're having fun with the book and using your own creativity in the process! Of course it's not about buying tools you don't need. It's about picking up good quality items that will last forever and will continue to serve you. I like the quality of the items at The Container Store. I also appreciate that they keep things in stock so if I or one of my clients need additional pieces, they will be there.

    Your children are beautiful by the way!

    ps I neither work for nor am I reimbursed by The Container Store in any way.