I've always been a very tidy person. Believe it or not, I don't see cleaning as a chore and actually enjoy tidying up and making sure that things are clean. Is that strange that I think it's fun? I find that if the space around me is tidy then I can concentrate a lot better and I feel less stressed. I definitely find it helps when I sit down to do some work because I'm not distracted by all of the things around me. Does anyone else find this?
I really enjoy looking for new ways to store things so that they are tidied away but also accessible. So here's the first part in a series of posts about 'organising'. I hope that it gives you some useful ideas and perhaps puts you in the mood to do some spring cleaning!
Every couple of months I will dedicate a rainy afternoon to clearing out my wardrobe. This includes, throwing away old things, making a pile of clothes I want to take to the charity shop or sell on eBay (the eBay pile is still sat there waiting) and throwing away old broken hangers that I find lurking at the back of the wardrobe. Every time I do this, I realise that I have so many items of clothing that I never wear and this is when I convince myself not to by any more clothes. This only lasts for a few days, but rearranging my clothes in different ways does make me wear the ones that have been forgotten again. It must be psychological!
I also find that if my shoes and handbags are all put together in a big bag or box then they never get used because I can't see them and often forget that they are there. So when I went to Ikea at the weekend I picked up a hanging shoe organiser as a way of storing shoes and smaller bags and also displaying them. This seems to work well as I find that I am more likely to wear them because they are accessible. The handbags that I never use but just can't bare to part with for some strange reason are kept in a big floral storage bag for now. If anyone knows of any ways to store or display bags then please let me know!
The things that I use or wear all the time are stored away in these little boxes, which are also from Ikea. I love the fact that they don't have lids so that I can grab things when I need them but still keep them all pretty organised. They are different sizes but all squares and rectangles so sit nicely together on the shelves in my wardrobe. Each item has it's own box which means that it is a lot easier and quicker to find something, especially if i'm in a hurry.
There are so many different ways that you can organise your wardrobe, I find that boxes seem to be the best way for me to store everything. How do you store things in your wardrobe? I'd love to hear of any other ways to keep everything tidy.