Organization Tips

Start Small with Baby Steps

It’s Wednesday Tip Day and to begin our journey we need to start somewhere small. The biggest mistake that anyone can make while organizing is letting the process overwhelm or intimidate them. Until you get the hang of creating systems that work for you, pulling every single item out of your most stuffed closet is probably not the best idea. Organizing takes time, and patience so start small to make your first project a successful one so that you will keep at it.

Begin by taking a walk around your home to look at the areas where you spend the most time. Ask yourself which areas cause you the most frustration. Do things fall out when you open cabinet doors? Are you tired of wrangling tangled charging cords for your devices? Do you waste time in the kitchen searching for items needed to cook meals?

Jot down the problem areas you find on a list and then prioritize. Which projects would make the most significant impact on your productivity? At this point, you can decide if the top priority projects are ones that you feel comfortable tackling alone or if you need moral support from a friend or assistance from a professional organizer.

Today, I am going to share a kitchen utensil drawer declutter. This seems simple, but it’s a great way to explain the process. Rummaging through a drawer full of sharp objects to find the utensil you need is not only a waste of time, but it’s also dangerous! Microplanes, graters, and peelers – oh my!

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  • Remove items from the drawer and give it a good cleaning. I pulled out and discarded the wandering plastic mesh drawer liner that apparently was not doing its job. I used my mini vac to suck dust and crumbs out of the crevices and then wiped down the surfaces with a multi-surface cleaner.
  • Next, take a look at the items you pulled out.
    • Is everything in good working order? Put broken items to the side, and at the end of the task, you can decide if you need a repair, replacement, or if the item is indeed needed at all.
    • How often do you use everything? If an item is only used once or twice a year or at the holidays this is a great time to relocate those items.  If you cannot remember the last time you used a particular item, then it is time to part ways. Items in good shape can be donated.
    • What items do you use most frequently? If you find yourself grabbing for tongs, spoons, and spatulas on a daily basis, keeps those handy in a decorative crock right by the area where you do the most meal prep.
  • Make a plan for how to keep the area tidy. Practice arranging the elements in ways that make sense to you. For me, utensils used less frequently like the pizza cutter are stored in the back of the drawer. Use bins, small baskets, and boxes to separate items. Once you are happy with the arrangement of elements you can secure the baskets or bins with a generous dot of poster tack underneath to hold the container in place.

The next time you need to reach for a utensil in the kitchen, you’ll have quick, easy access.


“Remember, being organized is not about being perfect, it’s about being efficient and having the time to do what’s important to you.”
Common Sense Storage: Clever Solutions for an Organized Life. Minniapolis, Creative Publishing International, 2010. Print.

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Ready to get started? Comment below to tell me what areas you want to tackle in your home.

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