January Organising Challenge ~ Part 2 ~ Inspiration

 During the week I wrote about IDENTIFYING a space in your home that needed some organisation and love.  In particular that little place that your sheets and towels call home! That my friends is the easy part!  Now, with your brave hat on, have a really good look at the area and….. IDENTIFY what is the problem? That’s right I forgot to tell you that Step 1 has 2 parts to it!

Does it just need tidying?  

Is it over full and you are in need of more space?

 Is it a disaster zone that hasn’t been touched in years that needs sorting, culling AND reorganising?

For me my linen and towel cupboards  have three problems;

1.  It just looks generally messy as nothing has been folded properly or organised into piles. (FOLDING/SORTING)

2. It starts off looking ok but quickly disolves into a mess as I am never sure which size sheets are which (LABELLING)

3. The kids towels get a bit crazy as they get into them and just grab from the too high pile spilling the rest of them all over the floor! (SORTING and SYSTEMS)

Now that I have IDENTIFIED the problems, I can start thinking about some possible solutions.  The most common problems are;

Space. Do you really NEED everything that is in the cupboard?  Could some towels and sheets be relegated to the bin pile?  Does everything have to be in this cupboard?  Maybe there are some items that could find a home elsewhere?

Folding/Sorting. If you only do one thing, sort.  Well actually sort and fold.  Put like items together.  Fold them so they are a similar shape and size so they look neat and tidy.  This little tidy makes all the difference to your space.

Storage.  Although folding and sorting helps sometimes there is just soo much stuff that you need the assistance of baskets, dividers or containers to keep everything in it’s place.  Storage could also mean storing rarely used items like winter bedding into containers and moving them to another location like an attic, ceiling cavity or garage.

Labelling.  If your cupboard starts off tidy but never lasts that way maybe you need labels.  Label the shleves, baskets anything to help your sheets return to their right space and find that items you are looking for without going through everything!

Systems.  There is no method to the madness!  You need to establish some systems when it comes to the space.  For me it is separating the towels so that adults and children’s towels are in different places.  I am also going to move the children’s towels and washers to a lower space where they can grab them easily without rummaging through the whole pile!

Now that I have thought about all of that I need some INSPIRATION!  My favourite part!

Step 2. Inspiration.

I use Pinterest to search for solutions to my organising problems.  I simply type in problem in the search engine and reveal a wealth of images that may help solve my problem!

Labels.  I love that these labels look so much nicer than the ones I make with the labelmaker!  Oh and how neat are those dividers between the towels!

How to fold towels so that they are neat and tidy!  This is just too clever!

You have to check out this easy way to fold fitted sheets so that they are neat and tidy!

This is a brilliant way to store sheets so they all stay grouped together!

For these and many more clever organising ideas check out my PINTEREST boards.

With the problem identified and some inpsirational solutions on hand….it’s time to get to work!

What are your problems with sheets and towels?

Tina Gray {dot} Me

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Organising Challenge ~ Straighten the sheets and Tidy the towels

It is with much excitiement that I introduce the

“My Pigeon Pair” Organising Challenge!

 Towards the end of last year, I decided that this year, would be the year we created a HOME.  We have a beautiful house but it is lacking warmth, decor and ORGANISATION!  So I set myself a challenge.  Room by room, month by month I WILL MAKE OUR HOUSE A HOME.  

Unfortunatly even the best laid plans get sidetracked and it is practically the end of January and not much progress has been made!  But now with such overwhelming support of the “My Pigeon Pair” flock it is time to start!  It was so nice to know (via our Facebook Page) how many other poeple are hoping to organise their lives too! We are all in this together! So here it is……

The Challenge for January –

“Straighten the Sheets and Tidy the Towels”  

This challenge is completely personal!  You take it on to whatever degree you want!  A little tidy up or a whole cull, organise and style!  Think about…..

  • The Linen Cupboard
  • Tablecloths and Placemats
  • Bath and Beach Towels
  • Tea Towels
  • Sheets
So like all challenges and projects I have taken on it’s all about the steps.  You can’t do it all at once. So……
 
STEP 1. Identify.  What needs to be changed?  Are one of these areas bugging you? Identify what you are going to tackle.  Now take a before pic to use as motivation!  Even better take a pic and post it on the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook Page.  There is nothing like putting it all out there for everyone to see to make sure you start the job AND finish it!  
 
To ensure you get the job done you need to set a time limit.  So Step 1 needs to be done by Saturday.  That’s right two days to start the process!  Schedule some time in your diary for the weekend to start on the hard part! 
 
STEP 2. ……Well I can’t tell you all the steps now or that would spoil the fun (and overwhelm you!)  That part will be here on Saturday!
So will you join me on this room by room journey?