Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Summer Organizing

At Costco yesterday, I was enticed into purchasing the newest copy of Real Simple Magazine. With a cover article entitled “Easy organizing – 99 affordable ideas” who could resist? I was hopeful to motivate myself to do the all important and extremely necessary spring cleaning I’ve been putting off, so I excitedly cracked it open and began to page through it. After a few bunny trails down Jennifer Garner’s make up recommendations and the perfect menu for a garden party I finally found the article I was looking for. Low Cost Organizing! Here is a sample of the "helpful" tips I read…

1 – "Repurpose colorful ribbons from gifts to tie around bed sheet sets so that they don't stray."

  • Are they serious? I have 2 kids, 2 dogs, a husband and a business to run. I don't need to decorate my linen closet - I need a bigger linen closet with a lock so that I can shove more stuff in it without worrying that it spring out and assault my family and any friends that come over.

2 - "Repurpose ice cube trays in your desk drawer as organizers."

  • Can I repurpose the ice trays to gag myself with instead? How many times in my life do I have to read this stupid idea? Who are these people with thousands of tiny things rolling around in their desks? Paperclips, pushpins, I’m out!! Where can I buy giant ice trays to organize the kids and the dogs in a drawer? KIDDING!!!

3 – "A wine rack might store magazines and news papers."

  • What?

4 – "Stash a flashlight in your lingerie drawer and it will be easy to tell the black tights from the navy ones."

  • If I’m digging through my drawers for a pair of tights in the pitch black of night - color coordination may not be my biggest problem.

5 – "Ensure that your favorite purses remain free of dust and within easy reach by arranging them in a 10 compartment polyester hanging handbag organizer."

  • Finally! This is great advice! I plan to use it to convince my husband that I really do need to buy 9 more purses.
OK – seriously I know we can do better than this. I really am ready for a little spring cleaning. I’d love to hear some practical BUSY MOM organizing ideas that are tested and actually work for all you pros.


Chris said...

Ha ha ha ha..... I'd love to read your own article... I loved the color coordination and purse comments... way too funny.

I have strung string up in the laundry room and clothespinned the stray socks hoping for a pair, but it ended up looking like a middleaged singles bar.... not too successful in comebacks.

Clutter box is an invention I usurped and love. Place a basket in a common area, and instead of putting away every little thing on a rampage, send it into the clutter box and, when full, assign it to the child who is antagonizing all the others. Presto!

Since space is coveted, I swap out the boys toys in groups... animals for a month, then trains, then cars... only books and lego are permanent.

I try to relegate library books to one bookshelf, and keep a fabric bag there to transport them when the time is up.

Hope these are a little more practical.

ooh... and this goodie I made up myself. Potty mouth is rewarded with a free cleaning of the bathroom...sinks and toilets scrubbed by my 4 & 6 year old!

April said...

Excellent Excellent tips! I love the clutter box idea. I guess I've used a form of it which is carry a laundry basket from room to room and throw in whatever doesn't go in that room. By the time I make it around the whole house it's all been put in the proper place. However - using clutter as a motivation for my child's behavior is ingenious!! And saves me a lot of work! I LOVE it!