I had a "baskets!" moment about … baskets. A while ago I mapped out a basic cooking roster for my partner and myself, based on our schedules. Then I got thinking about how I'm going to make sure we actually use all these ingredients so I don't have to scrape them out of the vege drawer in a month's time. Also how to make this easy for us both…
This is Offbeat Home's archive of organization posts.
For years, I insisted on using a paper planner to keep track of my schedule. When my husband finally convinced me to try Google Calendar instead, I was an instant convert. Now I'm a flat-out evangelist. For my fellow schedule-lovers, here are some of my favorite tips for creating the online calendar system of your dreams…
I have a few things that always seem to be in use, like my laptop, mobile phone, and a jug I use all the time. The sensible-to-me place for these things is wherever I am right now. Which is fine, except when people come over I don't have anywhere to put them. What solutions do my Homies use to store these things that are "always" in use, without giving up valuable space for the odd times these things need put away?
I've been searching the web for a cute wall-mounted makeup storage unit, but could not find anything. So, I just made one! Here's how…
A couple years ago, my father gave me a trunk that had been gathering dust in his storage shed.
"I think this is yours," he said. I wasn't sure, but I took it because I'm a pack rat and even if it wasn't mine, doubtless there was something interesting inside.
And there was! Under my entire childhood collection of ElfQuest comics (!!!), I found a relic of my high school theater days — a vintage CABOODLES makeup case. It still had two yellow post-its taped onto the top that said "ARIEL'S MAKE-UP" and "RUM-TUM-TUGGER IN CATS," relics from the last high school play I was in.
I experience a lack of motivation like any normal person. I can ignore a mess for weeks, even months on end. For example: It took me nine months to unpack every box when we moved into our apartment. We referred to the living room as the "Room of Requirement" for almost a year. But when I'm truly honest with myself, I know that I'm happiest and live my best days when I'm in a clean and organized environment. So if you're like me and need a little step in the right direction? Let me help! Starting with… THE BATHROOM.
What systems do you have for storing shoes by the entrance to your home? All of those cute little 12 x 12inch cubby systems or baskets in a drawers don't work because I can fit one (if that!) of my husband's shoes per basket. And boots don't fit in those cubbies, either. How do you avoid the mountain of shoes by the door?