How Organized Are You?

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    I'm not all that organized with some things, but I do try to stay on top of some things. A few years back, I decided I was sick of never knowing what was in my pantry and refrigerator. The pantry is deep, but the shelves are not high, so sometimes I would have to stick my arm (which isn't long) in, and use a utensil to try to retrieve cans from way in the back. I would have difficulty planning meals because I never quite knew what was in there. My kitchen is tiny, and the fridge is wedged in the corner between the counter and doorway, without an inch to spare. When things would spill, which of course happens sometimes, I would have to inch the fridge out slowly, and turn it around slowly as I inched it out, in order to be able to remove the shelves and crisper drawers, to clean it.

    Needless to say, that would frustrate and irritate me. Finally one day, I decided I'd had enough. I went to the store (Garden Ridge at the time, but I think the name has changed) where I knew I'd find a good variety of kitchen products at decent prices, and purchased a bunch of what I thought I'd need.

    I bought two-burner metal covers with a lip, and a variety of clear lucite bins and trays. When I got home, I emptied out the entire pantry, and discarded whatever I didn't want or need, and cleaned the pantry from top to bottom. I turned the burner covers upside down, so they looked similar to jelly roll pans, and slid them onto the shelves that are really low. I organized the canned goods by type, fruit versus veggies, canned pasta versus beans versus tomato sauce, salsa, related products. I have a separate one for baking goods and another for soups. Now, instead of having to reach way back into the shelves where I can't see what I'm doing or what is back there, I simply slide out the tray, peruse the contents, and select what I want. It's also much easier to keep track of what I'm running out of and need to purchase.

    I couldn't do it all in one day, but the next day, I emptied out the refrigerator and cleaned that thoroughly. I then organized the contents into categories, so I would be able to find where things are located. I was always somewhat organized with the fridge, but now each product category is sorted into clear bins and trays, and if something spills, all I have to do is pull out that particular bin or tray and clean it, instead of having to move the entire refrigerator. I no longer have spilled juices and other liquids dripping down from the top shelf throughout the whole fridge and making a big mess before I realize what's going on.

    This is what some of my trays look like. I have some like this, and some deeper ones. I also use some in the pantry, particularly for smaller items like puddings/jello packets, so I can find them more readily. Are you an organized person? Do you have any tips of projects you've undertaken that can help others?

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  2. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member
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    Brilliant...I have a similar problem to you...I might try this..if I get time :D
     
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  3. Chrissy Cross

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    My pantry is neat and clean, I use baskets on some of the shelves. I live alone and never stock up much because I usually go to the store everyday.
     
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  4. Babs Hunt

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    Although I do have the gift of organization I have to admit I haven't been using it that much in our home lately. Everything does have it's place but when I'm involved in some interest of mine, things that have their place tend to end up any place until that interest has passed. Now that there is just my Honey and me living in our home...I don't have to be as organized as when I was raising kids, back then if I left something out my kids would be fooling around with it in no time! :) My Honey on the other hand is very good about not messing with or trying to straighten up my things when they are not in their regular place. Right off the top of my head the only organizing tip I have is get rid of things you really don't care about, don't have any use for, or never wear, etc. and then you will have plenty of space to organize those things you do care for, use, and wear! :)
     
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    I can be much more organized than my wife, but thru persuasion from me, she is getting much better. :D I got much of my "organizational skills" from the Navy. The military doesn't put up with messiness!
     
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    I am organized fairly well as far as cupboards and drawers go. My kitchen pantry has changed over the last few years, and is mostly storage for kitchen counter items, like the blender and juicer, etc.

    I buy very little to store in the pantry. So the cans, boxes/ bottles in there are visible at a glance.
    And my refrigerator looks like a skinny person lives here ..NOT:D
     
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    Thanks for the great idea of putting all appliances in my pantry, Bonnie!! I have so much room in there.

    Now why didn't I think of that? :)
     
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    My fridge and food cabinets are well organized, but pots and pans, appliances, seasonal decor ugh, it's all over the place. some stuff in the linen closet, some stuff in the bedroom closets, pots and pans slide all over the cabinets, I can't stand it!

    Now, I'm inspired to get organizers for the pots and pans. Maybe then, I can get the kitchen appliances and extra serving pieces back downstairs in the kitchen, which is small.

    I have two small lazy susans good for spice and herb containers.
     
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    I always aimed to be organized but after a lifetime of failed attempts I finally gave up :(:rolleyes:

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    Terry, where did you get that picture of my house?
     
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    I'm going to let you very organized people come and organize my house..lol. I am reasonably organized..but I'm not going to win an award. If my husband puts the groceries away or unloads the dishwasher..well..I tend to go hunting for things. :). I love him dearly, but the garage is testament to his hoarding instincts..lol.

    I bought a nice Kitchen Aid stand mixer about 4 years ago..gave my husband the old one (a nice Sunbeam)to donate ....I look in the garage and in back of something else..neatly boxed..what did I find last week? Yep, you guessed it. I personally drove it over to the women's shelter thrift shop.

    And so it goes...I Have learned to let this kind of thing go. Life is short.
     
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    Too ashamed to post a pic of my own so found a toned down version on the web ;)
     
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    The only space that I really needed to organize was my kitchen cabinets. They are tall to me and I didn't want to keep reaching for my 3 ft step ladder. So I found some of those stacking stands which I can place smaller plates and bowls on and the plates underneath. They also were handy for staples and other condiments and again in the lower cabinets for pots, pans and lids. I just hate seeing all the empty space not being utilized.
     
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    I'm always trying to be more organized and I think as I get older I'm doing a better job of it. Maybe. My desk was messy so I emptied it in 3 boxes and gave the desk to my grandson. Now I have a simple plain, tall computer table with no drawers at all. It has 2 shelves on top. The tallest one I had my grandson put pretty hat boxes and a few stuffed animals (used to be the grand kid's) up there since we live in EQ country. (EQ = Earth Quake). The next shelf down I put a few computer books and DVDs. I'm at my daughter's now but the next time I'm home I plan to go through the 3 boxes of "stuff" that used to be in my desk and put them in a dresser drawer in the bedroom and what I can't figure out what to do with I'll put in a plastic storage container and store it in my shed along with about 20 other storage containers full of stuff I've yet to organize and sell. I have given a lot of it away already.
     
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    @Ruby Begonia lazy susans are so helpful. I have one two-tiered one in the pantry, for the majority of the spices. I keep the most frequently used spices on one that sits on top of the kitchen counter, close to both the sink and stove, where I can easily reach them when I'm cooking. I have another one on the table, and on that one I keep salt and pepper, napkins, and a few other things that come in handy during dinner.
     
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    Organized? Really!? I, yes I, am probably the most organized person I have ever met.....in my most humble opinion. I am sooooo well organized but so humble that I can't help but give some credit to those who helped me with my unbelievable life of parallel living and linear thinking.

    When I was younger I knew that I was lacking in something so I joined the Army. A top notch agency built just to make sure that lads such as myself knew the true meaning of the topic in question. Why, when I first joined they even paid me a whole $63.81 a month to be neat, tidy, clean, and instead of teaching me how to just simply shoot at people, they taught me how to "accurately" shoot at people! Such lessons cannot be had unless one is willing to be organized by someone with your best interests at heart.

    Then, after I got out of the Army I not only got married but joined the American Legion. Two organizations with some conflicting views but organized nonetheless. The problem with each though is I had to pay them so I could be organized as well as they and one of them had to be paid again, as well as an organized legal institution to leave the consortium. The American Legion changed a bit and I decided to leave that also but I just had to quit paying my yearly fee in order to quit.

    Since all of those examples, I have been through college, a seminary, several jobs, another marriage, the Moose club, the Eagles club, just to mention a few more active learning opportunities bent on providing me the best of lessons in the fine art of organization.
    Just a note: After learning as much as I could I left each and every one of these and finally struck out on my own organizing everything I could touch until I eventually re-married to a non-organizing lady whom I love and eventually retired to a life of unforced self discipline, which "some" might say is haphazard at best but to me a bit of heaven.

    Thus, if guilt by association is a valid point, just by sheer elbow rubbing with all of the organizations I have listed above I am now, by my own standards, the epitome of the afore mentioned topical lead.

    So organized that I am the only one in the world who can tell heads or tails from anything I have in my shop, much less find anything one might be looking for unless guided by this personage.
     
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    @Bobby Cole. Okay, so are organized or not, I can't really tell.:D First I'm lead to believe that you are and then there is a 180 degree turn that I missed somewhere:confused:.
     
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    See how organized I am!!? So well that even you are aghast! I have indeed mastered the art of disoriented marshallality so well that my style of parallel living befuddles even the best of minds such as yourself. :)
     
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    @Bobby Cole. Thank you for the compliment, I think.:rolleyes:
     
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  20. Sandy Wood

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    Organized ya, right. I used to be very organized and everything had it's place. That was before I moved into my mother's (now my) house. This house is so cluttered I don't know where to begin. I will say in my defense I know where the important stuff is and my kitchen is orderly. I am attempting to clean out the other rooms and still finding important papers mixed with junk. But back to the subject my office is stacked with papers and my computer desk is where all my ideas for writing notes are piled. I am hoping to get things in order this summer. By the way this is a great question for the forum, @Diane Lane.
     
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  21. Diane Lane

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    @Sandy Wood It's difficult to function, let alone be organized, in someone else's house, amongst their belongings. I also used to be much more organized, but this house is separated into way too many small rooms and tiny closets here and there, but it's difficult to stay organized, which is one reason I focus on the kitchen. At least that's manageable ;). Thanks re: great question, I'm glad some found it useful, and hopefully some of the tips here will encourage others (including myself) along the path to organization. I know my mother was very unhappy with how much she was left to do after my dad died, and that tends to stick in my mind, so I go through my things periodically and donate/discard/organize, but there's still work to be done.
     
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  22. Terry Page

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    I am well organized in my day to day living, all my banking and utility accounts etc., are online and I have a more or less paperless life in those areas. I organize all my travel/vacations/holidays for about 12 months ahead. I have a computer diary and accounts so everything is well ordered.............but in the material world I live in a state of chaos for some reason. :(

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