My Mission: Organization

For some reason, I’ve had the urge to organize.  It’s almost a nesting instinct, but it’s coming ten years after my last pregnancy.  What can I say?  My hormones must be slow to catch up with my life.

I actually walked into my closet with every intention of reorganizing the space to make it more useful and pretty, but after shifting around some clothes and scratching my head, I gave up in despair.  I don’t have an ounce of organizational fortitude.  I don’t know how to do it.  My mind thinks in colors and swirls, not in straight lines.  My thoughts aren’t even organized.  How did I expect to organize a bunch of clothes, shoes, books, linens, pictures, sporting equipment and a wedding dress (yes, those are really the contents of my closet).

Then today, when I was filling the dishwasher and wiping down the kitchen counters, all I saw was clutter.  I’m terrible with clutter.  I do throw things out and despite FringeMan’s long-held belief, I hate the random papers my children constantly bring home from school.  I admire other people’s order, but as much as I try to emulate it, chaos creeps in like an unwanted house-guest.

I’m going to bare my very soul mess to you in a desperate plea for help.  I need organizational intervention.  Is there a TV show for that?  I’m not a hoarder, so don’t even think about calling them and I really don’t have enough stuff to qualify for Clean House.  Believe me, I’ve thought of taking every single thing we own and dumping it all into the three rooms we most need redone.  I figured one call to Clean House and all our remodeling problems could be solved.  That plan might have worked if we lived in California, but I’ve never seen them come to NY.  Besides, I honestly don’t think we have enough junk.  I could borrow some though.  Keep that in mind when dishing out recommendations.

Example A, Kitchen Clutter

Originally I put this little wooden tray on my counter to collect the smalls.  I know I’m not the only with with smalls, but I may be the only who has no clue what to do with them.  I thought this was a step towards being better organized.  Turns out it’s a magnet for clutter.

What in the world does an organized person do with their bread?  That’s my question to you world.

First I removed the medicine and relocated it to a kitchen drawer.  It joined the vitamins, Advil, and other assorted medical type things.  Can you tell we have sinus problems?

Forget the Netti-Pot.  You can drown yourself just as easily with one of these giant size saline filled bottles, providing you’re into drowning yourself with saline.  I don’t want to assume.

I sorted and relocated.  I even threw away the garlic that began growing a new plant.  What I wonder is could that actually grow into a full plant if I just let it hang out on my counter until summer?  I mean, it’s easier than tilling a garden.  Know what I mean?

Where does an organized person keep strawberry flavored straws?  Better yet, where do you keep your bread?  I threw mine in a cabinet, but if my kids ever find it in time to make toast before school, I’m certain it will be green with mold.  I just don’t think cabinets were meant for bread, but I could be wrong.

At first I reduced my mess down to this.  Better, but not where I wanted to be, so I pushed through my thoughts of mediocrity and set my dreams on a clean counter.


But…oh, ya, there’s a big but, I’m a bit of a “closet slob”.  That’s what my husband tells me anyway.  I think I’ve become rather creative when it comes to hiding my junk, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  I’m a creative keeper not a closet slob.  Please understand that.

Until I look for a phone charger or the cord for my camera.

Please tell me you have one of these drawers?  Better yet, tell me how to clean it!

This is the face of my failure, a little cubby-hole under my counter.  It’s where I stash cookbooks, papers, the dust buster, a few bottles of Fringe Vanilla with crooked labels, and the pitchers I hate until I really want a glass of iced tea or lemonade and then I love them.  Oh, and the old irons are acting as bookends.  Can’t you tell?

Help me here.  Is this stuff even supposed to be organized?

Every time I think I’m making strides, I see something like this and realize I’m on the other side of the world from true organization.  It could take me more than 180 day trip to get organized.

At least my jewelry has stayed neat after this project.

So, how do you hide your junk?

Where do you keep your cookbooks?

Are you neat and tidy by nature or are you a recovering slob like me?

If anyone dares suggest I sign-up for the Fly-Lady program, I will be forced to clutter my counter back up.  I tried that once a long time ago and the emails telling me to shine my sink and put my shoes on almost drove me to insanity and beyond.  I wanted to email her back and tell her there’s more to life than a shiny sink.  I mean that!

I’m sure Fly-Lady is a lovely person, but I can’t handle her.  All I want to know is where to put my bread.  That’s all I ask.  Kay?

Anyone want to volunteer to help me tackle the closet?

I’m over at Life in Grace Girls talking about Fringe Vanilla if you’d like to pop over.  It’s a busy day. :-)


  1. I not only have a junk drawer – I have junk shelves and a junk room. Yes, really.

    The shelves are in our teeny tiny laundry room. I’m going to clean them out and they will house baskets containing my baking paraphernalia that is currently strewn about my house. You know, things you don’t need all the time but have a ton of – sprinkles, cookie cutters, lollipop sticks, food coloring, etc. I have a lovely kitchen but it’s not big and doesn’t have a lot of storage for much more than the basics.

    The junk room? Is my office. ARGH. It was the nursery a few weeks ago. Then my 3yo moved into her Big Girl room and I got an office. Except it is filled with the stuff that was in her current room and also the room that is now a guest room. I don’t even know where to start in organizing my office (where I am typing right now, surrounded by crap). *sigh*

  2. I’m just as disorganized and attempting a big declutter in my home this spring. The Fly-Lady and I are not on speaking terms. You do not want to know what I think of her as my thoughts are not fit for polite company, but I will tell you one thing I discovered about her: People who follow her program to the letter have dirty houses. I have proof. I can’t tell your where as her followers might hunt me down and cover me in purple.

  3. I am in a clutter nightmare at my house. And yes, I do have a drawer that looks strikingly similar to yours! :) My mission is spring break to de-clutter. :)

  4. I actually just decluttered my home a few weeks ago and was amazed at how diorganized the entire place was.. not bad as hoarders (but a close

    Everything feels so clean and tidy and I can find stuff now!!!

  5. We keep our bread in the fridge. With just the two of us, it takes a long time to go through a loaf, and it seems to last longer in there. Plus, it’s keeps it off my counter! :)

    As for the other areas… I’m no organization guru, but for me, regularly choosing just one area (a bookshelf, my kitchen counters, a desk, etc.) and focusing on decluttering that helps keep the clutter down in our house. I have no magic system though.

  6. Junk drawer? (As in singular??) No, I don’t have one… I have TWO!

    I tried the Fly Lady and wanted to kill her after the first week. The the emails… the NEVER ending emails that cluttered my inbox… oh, my.

    My personal “secret” is the Motivated Moms chore planning system. The great thing about their system is that it is not overwhelming. You simply do what’s listed for everyday (small chunks of chores) and if you can’t, no big deal… it comes back around. Sprinkled in with the daily stuff is some seasonal and organizational things. If you stick with the program for a full year, it will do wonders (miracles!) in your house. I occasionally “fall off the wagon” with the program for a few days, week, etc. But the program is set up so you can just jump back on at anytime and continue. No guilt. And no putting on your shoes first thing in the morning. Ha! And, it’s very inexpensive to purchase their calendars.

    Find it here:

    Let me know if you have questions… I’ve been using the system for 3 years now and can’t say enough good about it.

  7. My bread is homeless to. Right now it’s living on top of my microwave beside cereal boxes and a cordless phone that doesn’t work. I will be of no help to you what so ever in this department. I have pantry-envy: all those new homes with giant pantries all shelved….sigh…

  8. First, I have all of the above problems. Except I have a breadbox with the word bread written on the front of it. However, the bread only gets set on top of said breadbox never actually IN the breadbox. Second, I’ll help you if you help me! ;)


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