We are focusing on a quick burst of organizing, only 10 minutes! I am always amazed at all you can accomplish in only 10 minutes! We also ponder the question– is it possible to be too organized? Plus we share the podcasts we have been loving lately.
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In case you’re looking for a few new podcasts to add to your queue, here are a few we mention in the episode. Bethany has been loving From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl, The Minimalists, and S-Town.
Also in Episode 15 Taking Action: Shedding Light on a Pesky Problem, Bethany shared a problem she had been tolerating, almost without even realizing. That idea of a “toleration” came from a podcast episode she heard 3 years ago and she realized it totally applied to a recent pesky problem. Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast is a great podcast and resource for organizing as well as tips for those with ADHD.
My long time favorite is The Dave Ramsey Show. His show helps to keep me on track with money management and I never tire of those debt free stories! I have also really been enjoying Young House Love has a Podcast, even if I fail in my own attempts to be more like Nate Berkus.
Do you have a favorite podcast or a new one you have been loving lately? Share away in the comments below! We are always looking for new shows.
Monthly Challenge: 10 Minute Tuesdays
We are bringing back a series that used to occur regularly here on Space for Living Organizing, 10 Minute Tuesdays! For this challenge, you choose one small space and spend 10 minutes organizing that area. Set your timer and after a short intense focus, you are done. It is always surprising what you can accomplish in such a short amount of time!
Hopefully you will join in on this weekly challenge with us. We actually take a little pause in our conversation so Bethany could tackle her 10 minutes. No excuses! You can do anything for 10 minutes, starting today!
The Many Benefits of Organizing
Bethany and I got into a little disagreement whether or not folding and putting away her laundry counted towards organizing for 10 minutes. Of course, I can see her point, what does it matter what you do as long as you actually set aside 10 minutes and do something that improves your home?
My counter argument comes from my love of the long term effects of organizing and the fact that when you organize a space, not matter how small it is, clutter is cleared and you create an area that is easy to use and maintain.
The longevity of an organized space really wins me over, as opposed to chores and cleaning. Daily and weekly household chores start over again, day after day, week after week. It doesn’t matter how well you cleaned the kitchen last night or put away all the laundry last week, it all starts over again! Many times, this can feel defeating.
But when you put in the effort to organize, it lasts! I would even argue that organized spaces are easier to keep clean. Have I convinced you yet?
No matter what you decide to spend 10 minutes of focused organizing energy on, we hope you join in with us! That small amount of time can make a difference and if you don’t believe me, give it a try!
Burning Question: Can you be too Organized?
As much as I love the many benefits of organizing and frankly just staring at beautifully organized space (I’m looking at you Pinterest), there comes a point when I question whether you can actually be too organized. Is there a line where an organizing system crosses over and actually becomes too inefficient and impractical to maintain?
This question first popped into my head as I looked for pantry inspiration. I found so many amazingly, organized pantries. But then I had to wonder, are matching air-tight containers for packaged dry goods maintainable in everyday life? I keep thinking “That is a lot of groceries to unload into containers.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I have pretty containers in my own pantry that I unload bulk items into. I do understand the benefit of seeing what you have with clear containers! However, if your whole pantry involves decanting your groceries, that might soon become impractical. I am encouraging us to find the balance when it comes to organizing solutions.
Take and use those images as inspiration but find systems that will simplify and make things easier.
If you are spinning your wheels, wondering why you can’t maintain a similar picture perfect system, maybe it is not the right organizing solution for you. The wrong system can actually make things more complicated and inefficient.
An organized space should be easy to maintain! Here are few of my favorite low-maintenance pantries.
I love this real-life organized pantry from Kelsey Granda. She shared the “before” on Instagram if you want to check out her organizing skills. I love the use of open bins to categorize food. Talk about super simple spaces to use and maintain!
Although this next pantry has as good amount of clear containers (again I love a good air-tight bin), it also shows systems that could work well even if you do keep your food in their original packaging.
The pull out wire drawers allow you to find items even if you have deep shelves. The top shelf holds extra supplies with extra vertical shelves, like these, that can multiply your space. Of course, the over the door shoe hanger adds even more storage.
If you don’t have a pantry closet, this picture is a good example of a cabinet turned pantry with a few baskets to help sort and contain.
Then of course, built-in drawers can take any cabinet up to the next level! If you don’t have built-in drawers, you can mimic this same idea with bins that sit on the shelf.
I hope you are feeling inspired! Your space can be organized to suit your needs. And if your pantry is feeling a little cluttered, in Episode 9 Less is More, we answered a listener’s question about her pantry and suggested some organizing tips.
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