How organized do you want to be?

How organized do you want to be? Guess what, it’s your choice!

One of the definitions of the word organize is “to arrange in a coherent form; to systematize.” In the world of professional organizers we say that to be organized is to be able to find your things when you need them. Beyond that, it’s up to you. In my way of thinking, just how far you choose to go is totally up to you.

Do you want things to be functional, but beyond that – well it’s not worth your time? Or, do you love opening your closet or pantry and having everything tidy and beautiful? Personally, I have some of each. My rule of thumb for my own home is open storage needs to be more attractive than closed storage. I can find my things, but I generally don’t spend extra money to make the insides of my closets magazine-photo perfect.

Small Drawer 2
Small Drawer: Before & After

One of the projects that I have just finished is organizing my kitchen utensil drawers. In this case, I decided that – even though they are closed storage – they are worth the time and money that it took to make them beautiful. (This is partly, because I love to cook and I wanted to be able to smile when I opened the drawers.)

You will see from the “before” photos that by the pure definition of “to systematize,” I could actually find what I needed prior to my project. But, I didn’t like the way they looked. So, I moved the set of knives to the smaller drawer and bought an in-drawer knife block. I got really lucky and found one that was the perfect size for the drawer and my set of knives. How often does that happen?

Next, I looked online to help me decide what I wanted to do with my utensils. I found these spring loaded dividers to create sections in the drawer without losing space like a tray does. Now, both drawers make me smile when I open them.

Large Drawer
Large Drawer: Before and After

Some examples of where or when it could be worth the extra effort are:

  • You spend a ton of time in your home office and want to enjoy being there.
  • Your favorite hobby, whether it is photography, reading, sports cars, quilting or cooking, is what brings you joy. Organizing this area of your home helps to support your hobby.
  • You have a double-duty room, which is a combination music room and guest room where friends and family stay when they visit.

It’s all up to you! My question to you is, how organized do you want to be? Which parts of your home or office are worth the extra energy, and money, that it takes to be…Maur Organized?

1 thought on “How organized do you want to be?

  1. […] The spare bedroom, by definition, it is an extra space. It tempts us to stash things there that have no other permanent home: decorations, spare linens, holiday supplies, gift items, mementos, old photos, grandma’s china, toys, etc. The variety itself can be part of the problem. Let’s assume for the moment that you have roughly twice the items that will easily fit into your spare bedroom’s storage, including the closet, a dresser, and underneath the bed. As you sort, keep this quantity in mind, so that 50% of what is there must leave the house in order for everything to fit easily. That does not mean you need to get rid of 50% of your photos, but if you keep them all, then be more aggressive in purging your vases or your gift wrap to result in an overall reduction of half. The percentage is up to you; just remember your goal of being as organized as you want to be. […]


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