Ladies and gentlemen I know if you’re reading this you don’t have a lot of time. You’re looking for quick ways to live a more organized life. You are my people. Whether you have a ton of kids running through your house (SOS) or a demanding job, time is of the essence. But that does not mean you can’t organize your home. By doing a few small steps (like what I’m about to tell you) over the course of a few days, weeks or months you will have an organized home in no time.
Speaking of time, if you’re short on it set a timer and spend only that amount of time on this. I know you’ll be shocked at how much you can get done in a half hour when you follow this plan.
Before we jump into the good stuff I want to mention one thing that is super important in this process. Once you organize an area, be it a drawer or a closet, do everything in your power to keep it organized. You are going to create places for all of your things, once they have a home be sure they go back to their home and nothing else moves in. Otherwise you will be doing this over and over again!
Step 1// Pick one area or category of your kitchen to focus on today- for example drawers, pantry, lower cabinets, refrigerator etc.
Step 2// Empty out everything from your chosen area. I recommend clearing a kitchen table or counter space ahead of time for this step.
Step 3// Group like things together. For example if I was organizing my drawers I would have a cooking utensils pile, a measuring spoon/cup pile, a spices pile, a “mail stuff” pile and an eating utensils pile. If you have a junk drawer, we’re getting rid of it…yikes I know, kinda harsh but hear me out. The things in the junk drawer are just things that weren’t taken back to their home in the first place. No squatters in the kitchen, mkay? If you want a note writing drawer, that is totally cool. Just make sure everything in that drawer serves that purpose. For example in my “mailing drawer” I have stamps, envelopes, thank you cards, return address stamp, a few pens and some tape. That’s it.
Step 4// Throw out anything broken, expired or stuff that you don’t use. I want you to be relentless here, sure that pasta spoon thing was a wedding gift but it’s rusted (gross) and you never use it. Throw it out, throw it out, throw it out 😉 And do you really need 4 wooden spoons? Probably not, leeettt it goooo.
Step 5// Decide where you’re going to put the grouped items in. I want you to really think about how you move through your kitchen. It’s likely that the drawer next to the stove is best for cooking utensils. Or the cabinet closest to the sink is best for drinking cups. Try and put the items in places that will serve you best. Now you can put everything that you’re keeping in their new homes.
Hopefully you notice that you have a lot more space in the areas that you organized. In fact you might find yourself with an empty drawer or cabinet. That’s ok, fight the urge to fill it! That is space you have freed up in your life.
A great way to organize your whole kitchen in a week is to do this process daily, focusing on a different area every day. By the end of the week you will have a completely organized kitchen! Baby steps friends, baby steps. This process can be repeated in other areas of your home too. Just remember my advice, once you’ve organized fight the urge to buy more or put stuff where it doesn’t belong. Because once you do this throughout your home every thing will have a place!