The Organization Proclamation: Thousands of Tampa Bay area residents do it every New Year’s Eve. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, we find ourselves making resolutions on things we would like to change or fix over the next year. One of the most common resolutions is the promise of becoming better organized. Yet when it comes to creating a game plan to make things easier on ourselves, we usually get stuck not knowing what to do or where to start.
The annual spring clean is a great place to start. With the season almost upon us, those living in the Bay Area who participate all know what that means. It’s time to write out a list of chores and ask ourselves, “Why do we do this every year?” Some say it is because spring is a season of renewal, making it a nice time to wash away the trials and tribulations of the previous year in order to start fresh. However with this rejuvenation comes the sinking realization that we are swimming in tons of junk that we have had the unfortunate compulsion to buy over the past year.
The best way to begin this grueling task of getting organized is with preparation. Take the time to go through the house, room by room. Make a list of things to throw away and things to sell at a garage sale or donate to charity. Generally, we all know exactly what the worst parts of our homes are.
For some it’s the bedroom and for others the garage. If you take the time to identify the most offending areas, you’ll know where to start. Plus when you begin building your piles, it will be easier to detach yourself from what you want to keep versus what you should keep. Also, when formulating your plan, make sure to set reasonable goals. It makes the job seem less overwhelming.Another great way to get you through cleaning is to schedule your time. This helps to provide a sense of accomplishment under the guise of a deadline.
Be sure to include “distraction time” as well. It always happens by way of a phone call, a quick snack or even just by glancing at the latest news headline. If you add in an extra half an hour, you won’t feel like you’re not getting to the point you anticipated after a few hours of cleaning and organizing has passed. Conversely, if you get done earlier than expected, you will feel all-the-better about your day’s worth of work.Remember to check your cleaning supplies and make a list of any other items you may need to purchase to help with the process. This stops you from getting frustrated and exhausted with constantly having to run back and forth to the store. It also helps to save money.
If you have a list of items you need to buy, you can find the appropriate ads or coupons to cut some of the cost.Here are a few space-saving ideas for your list of things to buy. These items will help to keep your home organized and free of clutter.
Door Hangers: These wonderful items are great for providing discrete storage for oddly shaped boxed items or anything else that manages to take up valuable space. These hangers are wonderfully inexpensive with an average cost of around $15. Door hangers help to give more working room in your drawers and closets and are easy to install and keep out of sight. Many of them just hang right on the back of a door, saving space in any room.
Storage Bins: There are many kinds out there in great colors and patterns that will appeal to the style and decor of any room. The simplicity of packing items away into bins serves as an excellent way to get your children to clean up their messes. Most bins cost anywhere between $10 to $20 and can be found at just about any retail outlet.
Solid Shelf Dividers: These handy gadgets slide effortlessly onto a closet shelf, creating a structured area to place the messy piles of towels, linens, shirts or sweaters as well as many other household items. Prices for this product vary between $6 and $15.
Shoe Tree’s: This is a funny name for probably one of the world’s best organizing tools ever made. However, you won’t be laughing once you notice how effective these trees can be. There are many types to chose from as well as many colors and finishes. They are relatively, inexpensive depending on how fancy you want to go. The best thing about these organizers is that you never have to worry about tripping over a shoe on the floor again. They range in price from $8 and up, and can be found just about anywhere.
Key Racks: There is nothing that will save the day more than a key rack. When you come home, hang your keys up so that when you leave, you always know where they are. Never worry about the frantic key search again. The cost on these racks typically ranges between $5 and $20.
With so many retail stores out there, sometimes it is hard to determine where the best place to shop is when looking for select items. Here are a few suggestions of local providers.
Blue Moon Trading Company
4129 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33611
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – Noon to 5 p.m.
Gulf Oaks Center, Suite A
1435 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33771
Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon to Sun – Closed
2567 Countryside Blvd # 4
Clearwater, FL 33761
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
My Favorite Things
330 Main St
Dunedin, FL 34698
Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.The Blue Dahlia Marketplace
409 Cleveland St
Clearwater, FL 33755
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Denise Roane lives near Tampa Bay, Florida and is always on-the-go searching for fun new ways to make ‘Home’ exciting. She fully believes ‘your home is where your heart is’ and is constantly coming up with affordable new ways to turn her home into a palace while finding practical, economical solutions to help with every day household problems. Find her work here.