Monday, July 7, 2008

Organization 101

Okay, so I'm not the most organized person in the world. Not even close. I would not call myself a pack rat (although I do think I'm raising one...you just never know what you're going to find hidden in Abby's room),but let's just say clutter never really bothered me. I think it has something to do with not being home a whole lot. When you work away from home full-time, it's really easy to turn a blind eye to closets that are not excessively organized.

But now that I'm home all the time (and I do mean ALL the time), it's really starting to get to me. As in, I obsess over it until I can get it cleaned out. As in, I can't go to sleep at night for thinking about how my linen closet is so disorganized. I know, I think I may be developing just a touch of OCD, but that's another post. Anyway, I'm about halfway through all the closets in our house, and I've discovered a few things.

First, I have enough towels to dry off an entire third world country. To put this in perspective, Burge and I have been married almost nine years. Today, I found towels that we got as wedding presents that have never been used...like about 25 of them. It is quite possible that I will never have to buy towels once in my entire life. Ditto on hand soap. Granted, we go through a lot of hand soap in this house...that's another story for the OCD post, but it will take us years to use up all the hand soap in this house. Today I found a huge jumbo refill of Softsoap that I don't think has been opened. Which leads me to the question, can soap ever go bad?

Finally, I've come to realize we've got a lot of junk. Here's a thought for the day: if you have something that you're debating on whether to keep it or not, fearing throwing it away because you MIGHT need it one day, chunk it! If there's even the slightest doubt that you might not need it, get rid of it! Seriously, if not, you will wind up with the black hole of closets like me. Since beginning my closet excavation, I have had to go out and buy plastic totes twice, because I have so much stuff to get rid of. I will be having the mother of all yard sales in the next few weeks to try to junk up someone else's home.

So, if you visit my house in the next few weeks, no, we are not moving...all those totes on my front porch and in my garage are just waiting to find a new home. And by all means, feel free to check out my closets...

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