I started with my kitchen counter which looked like this:
I have to admit that this isn't that bad compared to what it was a week ago - I had already worked on it quite a bit. But I never seem to completely tame the mess - until now! My counter is my dropping spot, and it's driving me crazy because it looks so messy! So I decided to make that my priority on Friday. I used several of the tips I found in the GO organize! book I wrote about in my last post.
Well once I had manageable piles, I needed a way to contain them. So I went shopping - in my own antique store. :) At least that's what my husband called it when he created it one day while I was at work. You see, this past Spring I dragged him to a couple of antique shops, and he started noticing that I already had a few items not in use at home. So he made me my own antique shop - in our basement. Think dark, dirt floor, low ceiling, a bit spooky - I think you get the picture. Well, I have to admit that he did me a huge favor! He got all my things organized for me and in one spot. (At least the ones he knows about.) Here are a few pictures of my antique shop:
What's that? I should have warned you that it's not pretty? Ooh, sorry about that!
I knew there had to be something down there that I could use to help me tame the paper piles. There was!
I decided to use this old tool carrier. I had no idea where it came from, but I thought it might have belonged to Mark's grandfather. But Mark came clean when he got home and saw it on the counter. "You know I made that, right?" What? It's not an antique? It can't be an antique because he is younger than me, and I am certainly not vintage - yet.
Here's a shot of the counter now. Please forgive the 3 watermelons. I was in charge of cutting up the fruit for a graduation party on Saturday - and yes, I didn't even think of moving them for the picture - nor any other random item you might spy.
I used two old bed-springs to help me "file" the papers in the toolbox:
I am not positive that I will continue to use the tool carrier, partly because I keep picturing it full of leaves, pumpkins, and other festive fall items. But I know that I at least have a workable system for now. I just need to make taming the paper a daily habit rather than monthly or - gasp - bi-monthly.
One of my next areas to work on is the laundry room. I posted some lovely pictures of my laundry room a while ago - here. At that time, the counter was relatively clutter-free. Here it is today:
Yup - another catch-all spot. Out of control, unsightly, annoying - you get the idea. I think I am ready to tackle this today.
Here is a close-up of one of the issues to be dealt with on that counter - warning it's not pretty! We have been calling it "the carnage":
They were all on the windowsill when a wind storm blew in and they were knocked to the ground behind the washer. I think they have been headless long enough...
Hope you all have a great day! Stay cool!