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 whether or not you can be too organized and we share the podcasts we have been loving lately.
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Here are a few of our favorite podcasts that we have been listening to in case you would like to fill up your queue. 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 we can’t recommend it enough. 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. Even though I am never surprised by his answers anymore, it keeps 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 sad attempt to be more like Nate Burkus.
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 listens.
Monthly Challenge: 10 Minute Tuesdays
We are bringing back a series that use 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 a our conversation so Bethany has time to do her 10 minutes organizing since she had a super busy week. 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 oppose 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 so 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? Lucky for me, Bethany doesn’t write the show notes to share her side!
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, try it, just once to prove me wrong!
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 systems crosses over and become inefficient and impractical?
This question first popped into my head as I looked for pantry inspiration. I found so many amazingly, organized pantries but are matching air-tight containers for all your packaged dry goods maintainable in everyday life? As much as I love this pantry, I keep thinking is, “That is a lot of grocery 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 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 maintain this 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 to use and put away food!
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 package.
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 multiple 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 as a 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-ins 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 whatever that looks like. And if your pantry is feeling a little cluttered, in Episode 9 Less is More, we answered a listener’s question about an overstuffed pantry.
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