Monday, March 23, 2020

Quarantine Organizing: 5 Minute Organization Projects

Happy Monday friends!

I know this is a crazy world right now and you are probably spending more time at home than you normally do. I'm very blessed to be able to work from home in this craziness but it is certainly an adjustment being home day after day. 

If you are at home like me and are looking to get your house in order hang around because I'm sharing some five minute organization projects today! I know that starting a huge organization project can feel like an overwhelming task but sometimes if you just start with ONE drawer you can make a huge impact in just a few minutes.

First up: Office supplies. Specifically writing utensils.

I will be the first to admit that I have a hoarding problem when it comes to useful things. If something works and I can use it up I will hold onto it until I use it up. That's the case for pens, pencils, hilighters, markers, etc....

When we moved in I basically shoved everything into drawers in the office, made sure the drawers could shut and then moved on. I don't have a before picture of this drawer but one of the big Alex 9 drawers was full of writing utensils and it was insane. 

I took the time to organize all my writing utensils into categories. 

It's not beautiful, but it's organized by category and once I can get some matching bins in here I will be able to separate everything into containers and it will look much better!

I know I have a bit of a problem but like I said, I love to use things up. If I ever pull something from this drawer and it doesn't work I will toss it, I don't hoard old useless things. Since I am working at home currently this will help a lot because I can find what I'm looking for and potentially use up a couple of things while I'm home.

In the drawer that originally held everything, now I only have coloring supplies inside.

Markers, colored pencils and crayons fit in here nicely! From time to time Tim and I will do adult coloring books and it's nice to have these around.

Next up, in our guest room nightstand were two drawers filled with cords, electronics, and other things that we hadn't seen since we moved in last September. 

Honestly most of it we kept because it was electronics for Tim's video games, or we can always use an extra power cord but I managed to weed out a few things that were donated or listed on Poshmark to sell. 

Most of this stuff just simply didn't belong in this room. Anything electronic seemed like a better fit for the cabinet under our living room TV.  Organizing doesn't always mean getting rid of a ton of items, sometimes it can mean just moving things to a more appropriate place. You need to set up areas that work for you and keep all like items together. If we had been looking for a power cord I would've looked in the TV cabinet, not the guest room so now everything is nice and together!

The drawers in the nightstand are looking good!

The top drawer holds some extra coasters (and since this picture was taken the blue ones were moved to a side table in our living room), the remotes for the tv and dvd player in this room, and all of our Norwegian freebies! I'm not quite sure what to do with all these freebies from our honeymoon cruise but I can't bring myself to get rid of anything just yet.

The bottom drawer is completely empty! I created space in this room which is exactly what I wanted to do when I started this project. 

Like I said before, just find a drawer or a small area that you can sort through in five minutes and you will feel so much better! It truly makes a difference in your home environment and makes you feel less stressed. 

I'm hoping to get some other projects done while I'm home but I am still working during the day M-F. However I'm able to keep up with things like laundry and cleaning much easier now that I don't have a commute and can use my lunch hour to clean up a bit. I'm not going to lie, I'm totally digging this work from home life and wish I was able to do it every day!

I hope that you are healthy and know that I'm thinking about everyone as we navigate through this crazy time. I hope that you can visit my little corner of the internet for a quick escape and know that I'm definitely nervous in this scary time as well but I'm going to try to keep things as normal as possible around here (posting on Mondays and Wednesdays) with a little bit of everything :)

Have a great day!

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