Sunday, December 29, 2013

Organising my kitchen

I am, so far, still very enthusiastic about my organising challenge. I have decided that I will spend January getting my kitchen organised. It takes 30 days to form a habit, apparently, so I am hoping that taking time to really sort it will help it stick. 

I don't feel I am yet in a place to be issuing challenge advice, but I can tell you what I have done, and if you fancy getting involved, or have tips to share - amazing, you are absolutely welcome - and thanks!

Here is my kitchen organising & de-cluttering process so far....

Day 1

I started by analysing my kitchen as it is now. Looking at what is there now, where everything is, what I like and don't like about it. What works and what doesn't. I drew these sketches to help. 

Day 2

I started planning where I wanted everything to go. Changing what doesn't work, including what I want to bring into the kitchen. I drew this sketch.

Then I went shopping for some organising stuff - boxes, plate racks, etc. 

Didn't get what I wanted, but there's time. 

Finally, the bug got me, and I wanted to make progress, so I started moving my kitchen around. From this:

To this:

Not a big change, but should make the shelves more usable.

Tomorrow I'll be going through the drawers and cupboards one by one. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 will be my year!

Hello dear reader.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I had a really wonderful time. 

As always it is time to reflect on the year that has totally flown by, and plan for the year ahead. As I am sure you know by now, this is the time when I make promises I don't keep, make lists, resolutions, and life changes. This year is no different!

2013 has been amazing. There have been a lot of changes, especially in the last few months, and I am actually really excited for 2014. I feel I am now at a point in my life where I appreciate it is time to start acting like a grown up and take some responsibility. I can't keep blaming my laziness. I need to take action. 

There's a lot I need to sort out. Including a cleaning schedule, workable routines, money saving, time with family and friends, organising, decluttering. Basically a whole life plan. 

My intention is to do one thing every day towards my goal - which is to feel organised & happy by the end of 2014. Yes, I am giving myself a year - Rome wasn't built in a day, after all. I will do my best to keep this blog updated regularly and to post some useful stuff, but I am not going to stress about it. Keeping this blog updated is not going to be a priority for me, getting organised is. 

Today's one thing was to get a family calendar for the kitchen, which I have ordered and should be with me tomorrow. 

My main tool in my getting organised mission is my new iPad mini - a totally unexpected, yet fabulous Christmas present. I feel this will make me super efficient in a way my Filofax, iPhone, diary, laptop, notebooks, etc just haven't quite achieved!

I have so far started using the calendar to manage all of my appointments & Wunderlist for my to do lists and routines. I'll post more about this again. 

Any tips let me know, or if you write an organising blog I should read, post it below. Here's to an organised and orderly 2014!