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    Wednesday
    Apr062011

    Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    Before we continue with organizing and sorting, I would like to invite you to preview my newest journal page:  Kids At Home.  My mind is reeling with all the ideas for great times with the kids in your life!  You can get to this post by clicking on the link here, or the Kids At Home title at the top of this page.

     

    One of the hardest parts of reorganization is finding the space for your neatly contained items.  Especially those that are to be stored.  If you decorate your home for the seasons, or the holidays, then you know how taxing it is to decide where to keep the evergreen garlands, American flags, or grapevine wreaths.  Sometimes the Spartan way of life sounds wonderful…nothing but a bed, maybe a chair, and unadorned walls.  Nothing to dust or keep uncluttered.  But, back to reality.  We do have our things, and our things should not take over our lives.  Unless you keep your wicker pumpkins or birds’ nests out all year, they must go somewhere when their display time is over.

    Here is where tubs or other large containers come in handy.  I hesitate to endorse cardboard boxes for long-term storage, as they are insect magnets.  Depending on where you store your goodies, paper and carboard do not do well in damp or even humid conditions.  There is a way to dress them up, though - cover with contact paper, shelf paper, or fabric.  You can even paint or decoupage them.  In this way, even plain brown boxes look great as file drawers, photo organizers, or any number of household receptacles.  Reusing and updating is much cheaper than buying new and you can coordinate with your room decor.

    I do put out seasonal and holiday items; and when it’s time to store them, they each have their own container (sometimes more than one).  Spring/Easter, Summer/Patriotic, Autumn, and Winter/Christmas.  Birthday, and miscellaneous holiday, party, and decorating gadgets go together as well.  Our sons’ keepsakes, our family yearbooks and memory albums, as well as extra family heirlooms (those that are not in use or on display) all have containers; and are stored out of the main living areas.  I watch for sales on plastic tubs and bins, because shelling out big bucks on storage is not how I want to spend our hard-earned money!  Yard and estate sales, thrift shops, and discount stores are all good stops.  Remember that these are storage containers and do not need to be neat, cute, nor clever.  A garage, yard shed, upper cabinet, basement, cellar, closet, etc are great places to stash your occasional use bins.  Oh, don’t forget under the beds.

    The keys are to keep like items together and give them a permanent home (which may change along the way).  If your space is small, there is nothing wrong with stacking your storage.  If they are out in the open, then ‘neat, cute, and clever’ can come into play.  Or, drape a lovely cloth or scarf over them, add a lamp, and you’ve got an extra side table.  Think outside the box and remember that sometimes you must be brutal in the quest for an uncluttered life.