#215 Organize your ‘tupperware’

Organization helps us to feel a sense of order – to feel in control of our lives. It’s great that we keep general appearances in good shape but superfluous if each time we open a cabinet or drawer, the chaos screams hello.

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#215

Organize your ‘tupperware’

I am using ‘tupperware’ to represent all food storage containers which, I think is a generational thing but you know what I mean. Like yesterday’s post, this suggestion is more about a tiny thing that will make you feel better each time you open the cabinet than some grand design to promote happiness. Ironically however, you may find a sense of ‘feeling good’ overcome you because your level of annoyance will be reduced each time you open the cabinet where you keep food storage containers.

Chaos

There’s an entire industry aimed at helping us keep these plastic or glass dishes with their accompanying lids under control. It’s interesting because one would think it’s much easier than most of us make it and I’m not sure where it goes so wrong. It’s true though, unless you live alone or you have anal tendencies, it seems to be a major challenge to keep any consistent organization to the food saving containers we accumulate over time.

Hoarding

Maybe it’s because this is the place we grant our hoarding desires a pass. We may tend to keep every container that is REusable – adding it to our already sufficient supply. Eventually they accumulate to the point that they overrun any good intention. And… what happens to the lids? Do they meet up with the socks that disappear? Ideally, we keep the lids and bowls together but then we run out of room quickly and so the nesting of bowls takes place and maybe, the lids get disgruntled because some of them disappear for good.

Organize

So, the challenge is to get in there again. First rule – discard any container that does not have a matching (and well fitting) lid. Next, consider how often you will use said container. If it’s a keeper, set it aside – if not, recycle or repurpose it and get it OUT of the cabinet. Once you have all the keepers together, make the choice to nest them and stack the lids or store them with the lids attached; either is perfectly acceptable.

Feel Good

Organization helps us to feel a sense of order – to feel in control of our lives. It’s great that we keep general appearances in good shape but superfluous if each time we open a cabinet or drawer, the chaos screams hello. This is one small step you can easily take to keep disorder – and mayhem – at bay. Next time you put away the dishes, take a few minutes and…

Organize your ‘tupperware’.

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#237 Clean out the Linen Closet

If I look closely, I believe there is still a SpongeBob pillowcase deep in the bowels of my upstairs linen closet leftover from my son’s bedding ensemble more than 20 years ago.

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#237

Clean out the linen closet

Why is it that the linen closet is likely at the bottom of our priority list? Maybe because it rarely gets seen by guests and it often collects those items that don’t tend to make sense anywhere else. Mine stores much more than just linens and the only truly organized ones that I’ve seen are those from emptynesters. Does that mean that having kids in the house prevents an organized linen closet that isn’t a junk magnet? Or perhaps it means that kids universally can’t seem to stack towels and sheets in a straightforward manner. In either case, there’s a chance that yours needs a little attention.

Stored Junk

If I look closely, I believe there is still a SpongeBob pillowcase deep in the bowels of my upstairs linen closet leftover from my son’s bedding ensemble more than 20 years ago. I believe there are water bottles that haven’t been used in ten but made sense to have at one point. These are typical items hiding in the crevices of sheet stacks that are better delegated as drop cloths these days. Some of those I kept only because they made for good Halloween costumes.

Let It Go

Check the top shelves too… that’s where the peach shower curtain from 2003 I thought I’d keep as a backup is hiding along with the bath mats that got replaced a few years later. I’m pretty sure the backing on that mat is now fully dry rotted and will disintegrate as soon as I take it off the shelf. They both have to go. As a rule of thumb – if you haven’t used it in three years – get rid of it. If it’s torn, tattered, or torn, get rid of it. If it’s stained or dingy – get rid of it.

As a side note… most animal shelters will take your tattered towels, sheets, and blankets. Please consider donating them when you…

Clean out the linen closet.

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#244 Rearrange Your Furniture

It takes imagination to consider how things may appear in another configuration. It employs our capacity to think in spacial terms; recognizing angles, depth, and size.

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#244

Rearrange your furniture

As strange as it sounds, one of my fondest memories as a child was coming home from school to find that my mother had rearranged the furniture yet again. It was a habit of hers and I’m convinced that she had a personal goal of discovering an unlimited number of placement combinations.

Control

Perhaps it was something unexpected that brought delight and pleasure to my young and spontaneous mind. Maybe it was the anticipation of change, something new and novel.  Maybe it’s just as simple as giving an ‘old’ thing new energy. Sometimes, if the only thing we can find to have control of is moving furniture, then it creates an opportunity to empower.

Creative Energy

Rearranging your furniture also allows you to engage your inner creative. It takes imagination to consider how things may appear in another configuration. It employs our capacity to think in spacial terms; recognizing angles, depth, and size.

Feng Shui

When we move into a space we are sometimes in a hurry, not thinking about the best layout and furniture ends up staying in its original location. Other times we replace furniture that may not fit as precisely as its predecessor. And of course there is the consideration of Feng Shui, the Chinese practice of organizing items in our home in such a way as to create good ‘qi’ – meaning good ‘energy’.  Depending on what elements (wealth, health, love) you want to attract or support in you life, you’ll want to place certain pieces of furniture in specific areas of your room. Additionally, getting rid of everything that you don’t love is imperative – even if Great Aunt Ellen gave it to you.

Take a look at the area you are sitting in now… allow yourself to imagine the space a little differently and then…

Rearrange your furniture.

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#267 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

Why is this important at all? It’s a tiny thing – literally taking less than 60 seconds when done frequently – that demonstrates a clear ‘personal’ priority.

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#267

Clean out your wallet / purse

Purses hold much more than wallets but I’ve seen a few wallets that bulge far beyond their design. For some reason, many of us tend to collect receipts, business cards, reminders, lists, etc… in our wallets. Some of us carry around store loyalty cards for stores that we haven’t visited in years. I recently found a ‘stamp card’ for a local ice cream card that had been closed for longer than I can remember. It was tucked behind another frequent buyer card for a grocery store that I rarely frequent. Both cards were removed and destroyed.

When I was a mom with little kids, my purse was a secondary diaper bag. At any point it contained a pacifier and a package of wipes. Those items may have still been in my purse when my youngest was four because I was famous for neglecting the organization of anything personal. Today, cleaning out my wallet or purse is a weekly event and takes seconds.

Why is this important at all? It’s a tiny thing – literally taking less than 60 seconds when done frequently – that demonstrates a clear ‘personal’ priority. Your wallet and/or purse is something you reach for consistently… potentially several times a day. By taking time to organize and prioritize that thing we constantly have in our presence we feel more in control, more in the know, and aware.

All of those things contribute to overall feelings of well-being. Really… it’s a collection of little things that lead to feeling the big things. This suggestion is simple and yet so effective… find out what happens when you …

Clean out your wallet / purse.

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