Many people roll socks together into a ball. The balls take a lot of space in the drawer. Rolling also causes socks to lose their elasticity. My mother rolled our family’s socks and I will admit that until a few years ago I did the same thing. Now I fold and file my socks. Folding and filing socks in a drawer saves space and allows you to see every pair at a glance.
Folding and Filing socks
1. Lay the pair of socks flat – one on top of the other.
2. Fold the toe on top of the heel.
3. Fold again toward the top (long socks will need an extra fold)
4. Stand the socks upright in the drawer with the fat fold showing.
I organized my husband’s sock drawer
My husband does his own laundry which I appreciate so I rarely get involved with his systems. He used a variation of the ball method; a ball with a tail. I use past tense because I decided one day that his sock drawer would be the perfect example for a blog post.
The photo is the before picture of my husband’s colored sock drawer. There isn’t room for another pair.
Caught on Facebook
This is the after picture from my husband’s Facebook post on the day that he discovered what I had done. Continue reading →
How do you feel when you open your garage? Satisfaction? Mild embarrassment? Perhaps you don’t open your garage because it’s impossible to park a vehicle in there. No matter the current state of your garage this post will give you some ideas about how you can make it better.
I love organizing garages especially when the weather is mild. As the title implies I use what I call the Big Box Store Method for organizing garages. Big box is an often used nickname for stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and Target.
Imagine that your garage is set up like a Big Box Store
The first step to organizing anything is visualizing your result. Sometimes you need a little help creating that vision. This is where the Big Box Method comes in. Think of your garage as one of those big box stores and divide it into departments or zones. Continue reading →
What is hiding behind those attic curtains?
It might be a functional, beautiful and organized space.
More likely it’s a space that is crammed with old furniture and household items.
What is in your attic?
No attic? How about a basement or spare room; you have one of those right?
Of course you do. It’s that space in your home that contains bags and boxes of items that you use seasonally, along with more bags and boxes of items from long ago.
You know, those things that are still good, too good to throw away. Let’s not forget the big stuff. The lamps, the furniture, the toddler toys and those home décor items from your last house.
When you open the door to this space you feel overwhelmed. Walking into the space is dangerous and nearly impossible.
Is this sounding familiar?
Congratulations. You’re normal. You have a storage space filled with mindless clutter. Continue reading →
What’s in the box? It’s Sweepings™.
We find it in closets, spare rooms and garages. Sweeping is the act of quickly removing clutter from a surface or vehicle and sweeping it all into a bag or a box. This habit of sweeping, in my opinion, causes a lot of chaos and overwhelm in homes and offices.
An event usually triggers a quick clean sweep of surfaces
Nearly every time I work with a new client we uncover forgotten bags or boxes of sweepings. The discovered stash is the result of a clean sweep of surfaces in a home or office. A phone call announcing the impending arrival of guests or the excitement of a new project that requires a work surface can be common triggers for sweeping.
Have you swept away items on these lists?
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Don’t you think it’s time to tell your mail where to go? If you have worked with me on getting control of your paper clutter then you know that I am an advocate of Permanent Action Files.
These are physical file folders – usually hanging – that hold the papers necessary to complete routine actions. I urge clients to put these in an attractive box in the area where the mail enters the home or office. Continue reading →