Jenerally Speaking

organization tips, organization questions and answers

1. Any tips on how I can organize sentimental items without throwing them all away?

We understand it is difficult to get rid of sentimental items that carry a lot of memories with them. Take your time when going through these items and give yourself permission to get rid of anything that may not be as important anymore or are strictly being stored. Ask yourself a few questions; what is significant about this particular item? Can you condense and keep one item that represents many? Would a photograph of the item/space suffice? Do you love it enough to display it? We encourage clients to enjoy sentimental items and display them in a shadow box or frame instead of storing them in a bin forever. Another option is dividing up pieces that would be loved by other family members or friends. Keep sentimental items in a plastic bin and store in a dry and secure place.

2. I can never seem to keep my sock and undergarment drawer organized! Any ideas?

We are filled with ideas! Drawers with various items inside can easily get mixed up and that is where drawer dividers (or honeycomb dividers) come in. They allow you have separate compartments within your drawer, making sure things never cross over unintentionally. There are also folding methods that keep items in their specific place and allow you to see every item, instead of stacking items on top of one another. Take a peek at this video online to learn the basic folding method by Marie Kondo (author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up).

3. We have so many kitchen utensils; any storage options you recommend? 

Keep the most frequently used cooking utensils close to where you constantly use them. Storing utensils in a fun jar close to the stove makes for easy accessibility, just be realistic about how many spatulas (and so on) you really need stuffed inside. If you have a free drawer, they can be separated into categories within compartments. Short on space? Use hooks inside of cabinets or a pegboard to hang utensils.

4. I keep hearing about washi tape, but still not quite sure what it is and how to use it.

Washi tape is essentially a decorative paper tape that can be easily removed without leaving a sticky residue. It can be used in so many ways, but some of our favorites are for labeling folders, cords, and containers, as well as decorating walls, planners, and cards. As you can tell, you can get pretty creative– check out LIJ on Pinterest to see all the ways to use washi tape.

5. We have a large DVD collection, but no place to store them. What to do?

If you do not have enough room to store them all, there are some great options that really cut down on the amount of space they take up. If you prefer keeping them in their original case, a wall mount holder that can be stacked side by side or lengthwise is a great option. If you want to condense them even further and do not mind taking them out of their cases, grab a DVD sleeve case and store! PS. A great way to organize DVD’s is either alphabetically or by genre!

Do you have any organization questions? Comment below! In the meantime, check out our previous Jenerally Speaking posts here, here, and here.

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