Welcome! Today is Organizing Wednesday here at MidlifeMomMusings. Every Wednesday I will organize some portion of my life…work, home, play or anywhere in between.
Won’t you join me?
This week’s focus was supposed to be on the kitchen. I reorganized all of the cabinets and drawers (I’ll share the results in a later post) as well as my pantry (which you’ve already seen.)
However, since discovering I had no place for these two overflowing recipe binders and the large plastic bin filled with recipe books, I thought this post would be better served to show you how I tackled my personal biggest clutter monster. Paper. I seem to collect it and not want to let it go.
I had to deal with these binders, and my first thought was to take them into the study and
dump store them there. You know, move clutter to another room instead of deal with it. But when I got to the study, I noticed it had problems of its own.
Time to deal with this mess.
At first, I thought about implementing some storage solutions in there that would prevent this from becoming a dump zone. I thought I could run out to the store and get more bins for the paper. Thankfully, I came to my senses and decided to just get rid of it.
So, I purged. And I purged. And I purged some more. (That sounded wrong, didn’t it.)
Anyway, I ended up getting rid of 3 lawn/leaf garbage bags (you know, the really big ones) of paper, binders, old school notebooks, old checkbooks, old financial papers etc. etc. (My husband brought the highly sensitive material to his office to get shredded). It took me 6 hours, but every drawer and cabinet in my study is now organized and nearly paper free. I now have room to store recipe binders but I won’t need to. After the study was done, I continued my ‘purge’ and whittled that stack of recipes down to only one binder. Yep, just one that I now keep handy in the kitchen.
Here is my study now:
Much better, don’t ya think?
Getting rid of extra paper and junk was so refreshing, and lucrative! While I was going through all of the drawers and papers, I found (5) gift cards in my desk that totaled $250.00, (a combination of restaurants and Amazon). Looks like we might be able to go out to eat after all.