I live at the beach. The beach isn’t supposed to get snow that traps you inside your home for 2 days. But Snowpocalypse 2014 has occurred here and since we also had snow last week and now again this week, I’m feeling a little nutty. In order to curb the stir-crazy feeling, I decided to find 5 things to organize when you’re stuck inside!
Just 5. There are plenty more, but these are doable on any day that you’re stuck inside whether it be because of rain, snow, sleet, sick kids, or waiting on the cable guy. None of this requires you to purchase a new container or contraption or gizmo. Duh, you can’t go out, remember?
1. The pantry or food cabinets-
Take all the food out or at least groups of it out at a time. Sort it into like-types; canned veggies, canned soups, canned anything, jars of condiments, boxes of crackers, etc. Then throw away anything expired or stale.
Then organize the remaining food by category. Put canned food together, group condiments together, cereals together, boxed crackers and boxed food together, and the like. If you already have a container, make a snack box. Dump all the snacky style foods into the container and call it a snack box. Snack stuff usually includes granola bars, applesauce, fruit roll ups and raisins, little packages of crackers or cookies, and so on.
2. Under the kitchen sink-
Again, pull everything out from under the sink. What’s under there that really doesn’t belong under there? Potting soil? Kitty litter? Tiki oil? I have seriously seen all of that under sinks!
A good rule of thumb on what to keep under the kitchen sink are cleaning supplies, trash can and trash bags, paper and plastic bags, and perhaps something like lunch boxes or some tote bags. Try to relocate anything that doesn’t fit these categories because it’s too easy to have it become a big junked up mess under the sink.
3. The junk drawer-
Probably one of my favorite drawers to dump out, the junk drawer is home of everything you don’t know what to do with! So, dump it out and begin to sort the junk out.
Rubber bands, Box Tops, soy sauce packets, batteries, keys, take-out menus, lip gloss, ear buds, etc. The list goes on. Throw out any real junk and gross stuff and decide what you are going to keep in the drawer. If you have any Ziploc baggies, use these to containerize any small stuff. Or use some of your plastic Tupperware-like food containers to create drawer organizers.
Make your junk drawer user friendly. It’s fine to have a place to dump stuff, but once you get it cleaned out, try to keep stuff containerized in it.
4. Kids clothing-
It seems like there is always purging to do in the kids rooms. If you have little kids, go through each closet and maybe each dresser to purge out clothes that are too small or very stained and put into a donate bag.
If you don’t have kids, do your own closet and drawers. Set a goal to fill up at least one bag from each room to donate or give away to someone.
5. Magazines, books and mail-
This is a big one. You may not get to all of these so pick the one you can finish in a day or so. I could talk about mail all day because it’s usually everyone’s problem, but if you have stacks of mail everywhere, pick a few stacks to go through and get rid of the junk! Here’s a whole post on mail if you need more help.
Otherwise, pitch old magazines that you haven’t read in over a year and same for books. Now, I’m a book junkie and have a lot of books, but you still need to organize books and stacks on the floor is not organizing! Here is more help on organizing books.
You probably will only get to one, maybe two, of these things, but finish one completely before you start another. Involve your kids and family and maybe even have a contest to see who finishes first! I would love to see your projects and hear what you did on your stuck-inside day!