Sorry that it’s been so long since I did my last post! I’ve been really busy lately and it doesn’t look like it will be changing any time soon, but I promise I’ll post as often as I can over the next 6-8 weeks in any pocket of time that I do get 🙂 Work has been really busy and on top of gymnastic commitments and social engagements, my diary is jam packed – however my blog is a massive part of my life now so I am determined to keep it going even if I can only post once a week for a while.
Anyway, today I thought I would do a type of post I haven’t really done yet and write all about organising. Since becoming a homeowner last year things like organising really excite me (although I’ve always been a note taker and planner at heart!) so when my good friend showed me Alejandro Costello’s channel on Youtube, I was absolutely hooked! If like me, you could do with more organisation in your home and love feeling like everything is where it should be, then definitely check her out as she has some amazing tips and tricks to get you ready for any occasion 🙂
To give you some background, I decided that I wanted to get my house completely organised by the time the New Year rolls around. In March next year, Andy and I would have owned our house for 2 years and currently it still isn’t finished (sigh). When we bought it, it needed a lot of aesthetic work done and as happens with life, whilst most of the work has been finished, there are lots of small jobs which still need completing. Although this has been a fantastic project, sometimes it can all get a bit much and I find myself doing blitzes of the house to make it feel more together and organised, however it doesn’t take long for this all to come unravelled as not everything has permanent homes yet, and as it was our first property together, we are still taking baby steps towards finding out how we want to structure our perfect property.
For example, when we moved in we decided that our spare bedroom would just be a guest room. Over the following year, we hardly used the room at all ourselves and it felt like completely wasted real estate, so we decided to shake things up a bit and turn it into a room which we could use everyday. So started our guest room-to-office transformation project which involved the selling of our spare bed and make up table and the purchasing of a desk and PC. Since then (eventhough it isn’t completely finished yet) we’ve used the room much more! It stays tidier, looks fresher and makes us both feel a lot happier and settled. This one room transformation has really inspired me to do the same in all of the rooms in our house to see what else we can do to make our lives happier and easier than before.
As this project draws to a close I was wondering what else I could do to get organised when I decided that my wardrobes are a real area of scruffiness! The fact that they were so unorganised meant that I never took the time to properly hang anything up when deciding what to wear/at the end of the day which lead to my room slowly becoming a floordrobe. There are only so many times I could hang up my entire wardrobe in one go, so one lazy Sunday I decided to make a change. I took absolutely everything out of the cupboard laid it all out, decided what I would donate to charity and what would stay and then had a complete revamp of my storage! I currently have two wardrobes; one for tops and trousers and the other for dresses and outerwear but actually still this wasn’t categorised enough. I decided on a few categories and then put everything that I was keeping back in my wardrobe, but made some DIY labels for the different sections of my wardrobe collection e.g. boxy tops, jumpers etc. so that if I was looking for a specific item all I need to do is look at the different categories to help me narrow down where it will be saving me time and making it easier to both find outfits and also organise my clothes again at the end of the day. Not only was this really simple, but also it was completely free, pretty fun and at the end of the day I felt cleansed and like I’d achieved something!
I’ll also be repeating this in my other wardrobe (only had the time to do one of them so far) and then need to establish a good method to organise the drawers we have in our bedroom, however, eventhough I’m only half way through I feel so much more organised 🙂
Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on how the rest of the house transformation goes and will also do a pic post soon about items I’ve found that I love for both organising and home decoration. I hope you like this post eventhough it’s a bit more lifestyle focussed than my previous posts! Let me know if you are aware of any other amazing organiser bloggers and please share your tips, tricks and favourite items you use to keep you organised at home or in the office!
Lots of love, Leanne xx