Organizational Tip # 1:
As a formerly messy person who (long ago) decluttered her home and became quite organized, I have learned a lot over the years about how to stay organized. One simple thing I’ve noticed that really helps me keep my space (at work and at home) looking good is this: wherever little pockets of clutter build up, that’s exactly where there is a storage need that has to be addressed.
Whenever I start to notice that there is an area in the house, or in my workspace, where “stuff” starts to build up, I pay attention. What kind of stuff is it? Do I need it? If yes, what would be the easiest way to keep it organized?
Usually, the place where that clutter builds up is also the most logical place to create the storage solution. Maybe this is really obvious to some people, but it took me a while to figure this out. And boy does it have its benefits.
The (Unexpected) Benefits of Organizing My Costume Jewelry:
Recently, I noticed that my jewelry was collecting messily on top of my dresser. My old system was clearly not working anymore, so I decided to reorganize it. I wasn’t particularly creative about my new system, and maybe at some point I will beautify it more, but I will give myself credit – I sure was practical.
I bought an elegant black jewelry tree for 15.00$ (What a deal! And I wound up buying a second one, too, when I realized just how much jewelry was stored in my boxes on a shelf). I spent quite a few hours sorting through all of my old jewelry, but when I was done, I had a real sense of satisfaction.
First, there were the obvious benefits:
– I’ve cleared out more space on my shelves.
– The top of my dresser now feels oh-so-zen.
– It is easy to find the jewelry that I want to wear. Bonus: It isn’t tangled up in a big knot!
Usually, I don’t wear much jewelry. I just have a couple of earrings that I like, a couple of necklaces, and I wear them on shuffle and repeat. But after organizing all of my old jewelry, I discovered the following…
– I found some fun pieces that I had completely forgotten about.
– I found some cool thrift store finds from my university days that I had never even worn.
– Most surprisingly, it is amazing to me how by adding one accessory, I can tie together an outfit that might not have worked without it. Having all of these forgotten pieces of jewelry out in the open where I can remember I have them has made dressing in the mornings way more fun!
– I’ve saved money! I have more outfit combinations, and I don’t need to buy much jewelry!
As you can see, organizing something as simple as my jewelry has helped change the way I feel about my bedroom, and it’s helped me get more creative… and not only with my wardrobe.
Another unexpected benefit:
– There was also a small portion of jewelry that was not wearable (broken in a small way), but still had fun designs and colours. Those pieces went into a plastic ziplock bag, and into my studio. On the day after I decluttered, I used some of that old, damaged jewelry to make a collage. It wasn’t the first time I’ve used old jewelry in my art, but it sure was fun.
By the way, I called my little collage “The Tragic Transformation”. Can you guess why? It’s a bit of a statement on our culture of consumption. The comedy stand-up routine by Seinfeld (below) actually explains my thinking behind the piece. It’s a pretty funny bit, but the message is quite thought-provoking.
Organizational tip # 2:
Seinfeld says in the stand-up routine linked below, “All things on earth only exist in different stages of becoming garbage. [Our] homes are a garbage processing centre where [we] buy new things, bring them into our houses, and slowly ‘crappify’ them over time…”.
That is part of the reason why, whenever I declutter and organize, I am reminded of the most important tip for keeping clutter to a minimum: It’s a good idea to be aware of what I bring into my house in the first place, and buy less stuff to begin with.
The less stuff we buy, the less resources from nature that we use and the less garbage we create.