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That deep dark abyss…

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Under the bed storage is valuable storage space. And everyone can utilize it. And you can have it without hiring an architect and contractor to build you an awesome bed frame with awesome drawers of all different awesome shapes and sizes like you see on pinterest. *Sigh* Instead of just shoving whatever you have under your bed and giving up on the whole awesome bed/storage duo, consider what you want to store and find the best container to hold it.
If you’re not in to the whole “plastic-see- through bin” look, a bed skirt is the perfect way to hide those ugly containers. If you’re not in to the whole “bed skirt” look there’s plenty of trendier options to choose from – wooden storage boxes, designer boxes, roller “drawers”, or even DIY storage with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper. Whatever your budget or desires, there is something that will work, so dig down deep (or in this case, reach way far away to the middle of the floor under your bed) and make it happen.

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One way to not end your life miserably

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Do you have a messy desk in your home office, spare bedroom, or, as in my parent’s case, kitchen? One way to stay organized in this area is to give each drawer its own category, however broad or limited that may be. This will come in handy when you’re on the hunt for that one item you desperately need. Too many junk drawers will make it almost impossible to locate it and then you’ll get frustrated and if you get frustrated you’ll get angry and if you get angry no one will like you and you’ll lose all your friends and be miserable for the rest of your life. Don’t end your life miserably – organize your desk drawers!

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One of these things…

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Here’s a helpful little tip to go along with last week’s tip (hint word – consolidation): If something doesn’t fit categorically with the other items, remove it. Think of the old Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong.” Let’s say you’re moving (Ugh, if you’re like me that immediately caused you to tense up and you may even have a headache now. Relax! You’re probably not moving… But if you are, call me!).

Anyways, you’re not going to throw your kitchen stuff in with play room items. Not only is that going to create an extra step when you’re unpacking (and let’s be honest, there’s enough steps when moving, extra steps aren’t needed), but it also doesn’t make sense. So why do that when organizing your home? Play kitchen items don’t belong with arts and crafts. Spices don’t belong with Tupperware. Make up doesn’t belong with household cleaners. Are you getting my point? It’s a little dramatic, but if you want to organize a space or an area, this tip will help you get started.

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A small step

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Here’s a tip once you’re in the organizing process – consolidate items. In a play room, put stuffed toys together, dress up clothes together, art supplies together, etc. Create a space for everything. In the pantry, put canned goods together, baking supplies together, snack foods together, etc. Create a space for everything. Store owners, is your stock room unorganized? Start by consolidating your items. Put like with like. if you’re not organizing for the purpose of displaying the items, consolidation is key.

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First steps – Taking the initial step

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Okay so here we go with the first post. It’s not going to be much, but I believe this tip is the basis for every other tip that will be provided on this blog. So don’t forget it! Ok, let’s just get to it – Focus on one room, or even one area of a room, at a time.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look at the entire project (aka the whole elephant), but if you focus on just one room, or even one small area of a room (aka take one small bite), it’s much less intimidating. And as you do this the vision will come and somehow, I promise you, everything will end up in its proper place. So take a deep breath, square your shoulders, and give it a try.

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