Organizing Help!

Before Jacob was born, I was in a pretty decent nesting kick. All of the things around the house that were on the “someday” list suddenly became “must dos” and I was on a roll. Over one weekend, I cleaned out and organized all of my cabinets & drawers in the kitchen and the bathroom. They were nice & neat – it was wonderful!

Fast forward about three years and though my storage solutions are still in place, they aren’t quite as tidy as they once were. My latest battle is the bathroom storage. As you know, I’m on a decluttering kick and trying to eliminate a lot of unnecessary things from my life. Couple that with all of the medications and medical supplies that I need, along with all of the supplies that will soon become a regular event with the PleurX catheter, and there’s just too much.

So, I’m turning to you for HELP! I am looking to organize under all of my bathroom sinks (2 bathrooms but 3 under sink areas). In addition to the normal stuff such as lotions, hair products, cleaning items, makeup, tooth care, shaving items, travel toiletries, band aids, sunscreen, baby items, extra shampoo/conditioner/soap, etc., I also have a lot of medications. Not just day-to-day things, which I store separately, but others as well. My insurance requires that all daily medication (even if still testing out the amount), must be bought in 90 day supplies so I have quite a few bottles of medications. I also have lots of products for wound care related to my radiation burn (still not healed) and I keep all of my essential oil supplies here as well. Draining the PleurX catheter will require a station of its own supplies so I need a space to store those items as well (oops, need to add purchasing those supplies to my to-do list too!).

Add all of that together and there just isn’t enough room! I am sure there is a better way to organize things so here I am asking for help. J I’ve been scouring Pinterest and I’m surprised to say I have not found many fabulous ideas…it’s not often Pinterest doesn’t come to my aid.

What tips and tricks do you use for storing all of these different items? Is there a certain way you like to organize things? I saw stackable storage containers on Pinterest – are they the best way to store things to maximize space?

Feel free to share pictures! Any and all ideas are welcome. I am quickly running out of time before surgery and would love to have everything organized before then since I won’t be able to move my right side a whole lot at first. Thank you!

The Art of Decluttering 

When Joe & I bought our home, it was relatively scarce. There was plenty of room to grow and we spent the first few years with extra space. Over time, we accumulated extra things and eventually ended up with more stuff than we knew what to do with anymore. I wouldn’t consider us keepers of all things by any means, but our home is full. As most things do, we have taken a “some day” approach to getting rid of things over time. This year has slowly become my year and more recently I’ve been purging things like crazy. 

I started reading “The Art of Decluttering” or the KonMari method and it is awesome. She takes a wholistic approach to decluttering life so that it is done in sections and therefore only once. I started with every piece of clothing that I own and although overwhelming at first, it was awesome. She had a purpose and a plan for each article of clothing and I loved her stories behind each. Asking the objects if they spark joy was inspirational. It’s surprising how many things that we hold onto “just because”.

I am admittedly a bit of a book hoarder and have a rather large bookshelf (ok 2!) filled up. Knowing they are simply taking up space for me, I decided to pass them along. This weekend, I started posting about the sale of those books in the hopes of spreading the joy of reading a bit. At $2 a book, I was shocked at how quickly they began to jump from the shelves! Knowing that I am spreading that love for reading to middle schoolers (yes, I love YA!) and other folks in our community makes my heart smile so big! I have a serious love for reading and there is nothing quite like a good book in my hands! 

We also had someone appraise our home. I know this came as a surprise to many people, as we have lived here for years. We are simply pursuing our options to see what is available to us. The reality is that these things take time in our area and we don’t know where treatment will bring us in the future. While we are optimistic about options available, our retirement dream of living on the beach will eventually become the reality of our 30-something life. I don’t know that there is a better way for us to end each day than a walk on the soft sand while listening to the waves crash.

The decluttering of life will continue in the meantime! Lots and lots to go still. And I haven’t even thought about organizing pictures – something I think little man will love to do! Is it bad that I’m excited to continue this purge?! 😉