Baskets? Oh. I Get it Now.

Finally grasping how to REALLY use baskets to stay more organized. ASlobComesClean.com

I used to think baskets would solve all my problems.

So I bought them.

And then bought some more.

And a few more just in case.

Then, I’d get home and the Organizing Energy I had before I left for the store was gone. The baskets would sit in their bags on the floor or on a shelf for . . . like . . . . forever.

They became part of the clutter.

A big part of my progress in this whole deslobification process over the past five years has been realizing/accepting that it’s best for me to JUST declutter. To get rid of the stuff that we don’t need and/or that won’t fit in our home.

JUST decluttering makes the house feel 1000 times more organized.

Because Just Decluttering makes so much sense to my brain, I’ve found myself a little fearful of containers.

But now, more than four years after the lightbulb moment when I finally grasped the Container Concept, I’m using a basket.

And I’m pretty sure I’m using it correctly.

This is a big deal, people.

When I would hear someone say that the best way to keep countertops tidy was to use baskets, I’d nod on the outside and cry on the inside. All my own attempts at this totally obvious and logical solution had failed. I needed SIX baskets to hold all my stuff and then the stuff never made it back into the basket so my counters were covered in not only STUFF but in empty baskets.

Now I get it. I needed less stuff, not more baskets.

And once I had less stuff, the function of the basket finally sank into my Slob Brain.

The basket is where I put the stuff when I clean the kitchen.

Now I’m pretty sure a Normal Person would disagree and say “No, the basket is where you put the stuff after each and every time you use it so your kitchen counters never get out of control.”

Yay for them.

That’s just not how I roll. (Unfortunately.)

But with less stuff (ONLY what will fit in the basket) I find that the basket removes my frustration over my cluttered countertop since there is no decision to make, only a job to do. Move the stuff into the basket.

And if the basket overflows, then the natural limit of the container has been met and it’s time to see which bottle doesn’t deserve to be there. I’m using that basket ONLY for the vitamins and things that get used consistently. Random other bottles can go in the cabinet.

Don’t worry. I totally get that all these things are INSANELY OBVIOUS to most people.

They weren’t to me.

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--Nony

Fighting Forgetfulness – A Back Door Command Station (and a Giveaway!)

This is a sponsored post, but the experiences, forgetfulness, and expired-last-year coupons are all mine!

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Surely I’ll start the school year with more presence of mind than I had when the last one ended.

Right?

You know that period when school feels new and exciting, and you remember everything you’re supposed to remember (permission slips, supplies, tests-to-be-signed, etc.)?

That period seems to get shorter and shorter each year.

I decided to make use of some of the ultra-cool products sent to me recently from the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand.  (They’re all available at The Container Store.)

This project was easier than my Fridge Makeover, simply because my starting point was a (mostly) blank space.

Out the Door to School Command Station at ASlobComesClean.com

That is the door we go in and out of six or seven times . . . each morning. 

Yep. That’s right.

1.  Go out to the car to head to school.

2.  Come back in for whatever we forgot.

3.  Repeat as needed.

First, I cleaned the door.  (How in the world do doors get so nasty?) I also purged the handy-dandy shelf nearby.

Expired Coupons Decluttered at ASlobComesClean.com (600x448)

There wasn’t much other than some empty shoe-boxes (why?) and prizes from the summer library program of 2012.

Yes. 2012.

Anyway . . .

I used the Dry Erase Planner and the Dry Erase Message Center, both by Post-it Brand. I LOVE these products.  First of all, there’s something so satisfying about a dry erase board, isn’t there?

But a board attached by a nail would never work on this oft-slammed back door.

These “boards”???  They’re stickable!  They have an adhesive on the back, so they don’t fall to the ground every time the door closes!

Not that I would know anything about that . . .

I also used one of my very favorite products they sent:

Post-it View and Go Pockets at ASlobComesClean.com (600x400)

My plan is to use this Post-it View and Go Pocket ONLY for things that have to go back to school. I don’t want it to be a Graveyard for Random Papers. I generally try to sign and send papers back immediately, but some things aren’t supposed to go back right away.

This pocket will help us keep those in one place.

So cool, right?

I placed the dry erase marker in the handy dandy shelf next to the door, and also used that as a spot to store my VERY favorite of the products they sent me.

Post-it Home Collection Reminder Tags at ASlobComesClean.com (417x600)

Post-it Adhesive Reminder Tags.

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These things . . . are made for me.

The Adhesive Reminder Tags are sticky at the end so they can easily be placed on a handle, or a doorknob, or whatever you’re going to grab as you leave the house in a mind-numbing hurry!

I used one within twenty minutes of the package arriving in the mail. I attached it to the handle of my son’s camp bag, reminding him to grab the things he needed to put in his bag at the last minute.

For example, the last pair of shorts that still had to go in the dryer . . .

I love knowing the tags are right by the back door, ready to be attached to backpacks and purses and such.

I’m so excited to see how this system works for us!

And now for the giveaway! Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand have agreed to send one winner the following:

  • One package of Post-it Adhesive Reminder Tags
  • One Post-it View and Go Pocket
  • One Post-it Planner & Perforated List Pad (seen in my Fridge Makeover)
  • One Post-it Dry Erase Planner
  • One Post-it Dry Erase Message Center
  • Two Scotch Display Frames
  • One Scotch Restickable Display Strip

Wa-hoo!!!

This giveaway is now closed!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me which of these products gets your organizing juices flowing!!

See my giveaway policies here. Also please note that email subscribers will need come to the blog (just click on the post title) and leave a comment. Replying to the email won’t count as an entry.

This giveaway is open to U. S. residents only, and will close at 9 p.m. Central on Monday, September 23, 2013.  I will email the winner, and he/she will have 48 hours to respond. If I don’t get a response, I’ll have to choose another winner. 

This is a sponsored post. I was sent the products to review and was compensated for my time. However, the thoughts, opinions, experiences and extreme forgetfulness are all mine. 

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--Nony

The Messy Fridge Makeover (Using Fun New Products from the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand)

The following decluttering/organizing project is a sponsored post:

The Messy Fridge Makeover Using New Products from Post It and The Container Store at ASlobComesClean.com

How is it that the single largest object in my kitchen somehow becomes invisible to me?

School is about to start. (Blech.)

Soon, we’ll start collecting random notes and reminders to stick on the fridge, so it was time to look at it with fresh eyes and remove last year’s random notes and reminders.

I also had the added motivation of some lovely (and fun) new products sent to me recently from the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand. This particular collection is available at The Container Store, and the products definitely made me start daydreaming about a prettier and more organized fridge to start the new school year. 

New Home Collection from Post-It at ASlobComesClean.com

My goal was to clear off the fridge, decide what actually needed to be there, and use some of these products to help me avoid re-cluttering it so quickly!

Before Picture of My Refrigerator Decluttering Project at ASlobComesClean.com

First, I took everything off.

Second, I cleaned the fridge. It’s harder to ignore fingerprints when all the stuff is gone.

Then it was time to decide what to pitch and what to keep.

Decisions Decisions from the Fridge Makeover at ASlobComesClean.comOut of all that was on there, only three things made it into the Put Back On the Fridge Category.  I “filed” things I didn’t want to throw away (but that didn’t deserve a permanent place on the fridge).

(Filed = Put in the bottom drawer of my china cabinet.)

The vast majority, though, was trash. Flyers for camps that already happened, charts for resolutions that fizzled long ago, and Mother’s Day gifts.

What? I trashed Mother’s Day gifts???

Ummm, yes. I’m all for homemade gifts. And I do treasure things my kids pour their hearts and souls into. But . . . paper butterflies that were mostly created by a teacher and then glued together as a class project? They don’t make the cut. 

I’m not heartless, people!  Mother’s Day was in MAY and it’s now AUGUST!! They had their day, but don’t deserve a place of honor (or precious fridge space) for years to come.

Now for the fun part: Using my new organizing products!

After Decluttering the Fridge at ASlobComesClean.com

On the front of the fridge, I used a Scotch Display Frame to put up one of my favorite fridge photos. (I love how the photo is protected, but can be easily changed out when a new favorite comes home.) I also used the Post-it Planner & Perforated List Pad on the front. I think this pad will be ideal for meal and general week-planning, with a tear-off-able shopping list at the side!

Somehow my to do lists and shopping lists are always getting jumbled together. I like the idea of them being together, but not.

And then, my very-favorite thing? The Scotch Restickable Display Strip.

Scotch Restickable Display Strip at ASlobComesClean.com

During the decluttering process, I did have a DUH moment when I realized all the pieces of paper with so-and-so’s Mom’s phone numbers were unnecessary if I just PUT THE NUMBERS INTO MY PHONE.

But . . . there are still random things I can’t imagine NOT putting up on the fridge.

Like birthday party invitations.

It’s just . . . where they go. The Scotch Display Strip is perfect for this. First of all, no magnets are necessary. It sticks to the fridge (even my stainless steel one), and the cards stick to it.

And, best of all, it provides one of my ever-so-necessary limits! A definite (and finite) space means that as a new invitation comes in, my brain will register that it’s time to pull off and throw away the old ones.

After decluttering, the side-of-the-fridge was almost empty. I decided it was the perfect spot for some of my favorite products.

Dry Erase Boards on the Fridge by Post-It at ASlobComesClean

The Post-it Dry Erase Message Center and Dry Erase Planner are directly across from the drawer with my dry erase markers.

I put my nagging to do list on the Dry Erase Message Center and used the Dry Erase Planner to map out our week. Obviously, my daughter loves this idea because she added “Clen my room” as soon as she saw this new set-up. I will NOT be erasing that one!

The Big Fridge Makeover at ASlobComesClean.com

It looks so much better now. My daughter asked if we got a new fridge!

I’m excited to start the school year fresh, and to hopefully keep it less cluttered by having some new tools in place.

What do you think? And I’d love to hear your ideas for using some of these new products. What would you plan on the Post-it Planner and Perforated List Pad? How would you use the Dry Erase Message Center?

And FYI, I did move things around to experiment.  Any marks were easily cleaned off with my stainless steel cleaner.

 

This post is sponsored by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand. I was sent these products to use, and was paid for my time. The opinions, experiences, messy fridge, and tendency to keep invitations for parties that happened last year? Those are all mine.

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--Nony
--Nony

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