Creative organisation

by kath_red on 27/01/2012

in Community + Creativity, Home+Decor

I have been interested lately in all the creative ways that people find to recycle and reorganise the little things and the big things. I constantly battle with disorganisation in my house – I blame the kids! But seriously it is a problem that we need to tackle together – I live in a house full of messy people. We have tons of book shelves and yet books find their way onto every spare surface. I have a filing system for paperwork and yet there is a pile of to-do papers on top of my desk, on top of the piano and on the kitchen bench. I have lots of drawers and boxes and jars for craft supplies and yet they never get put away. I have coat hooks on every possible spare wall and yet coats and bags and hats still get tossed on the entryway floor. What is with that?

So hence my research to find out how others are solving their organisation issues – check out my creatively organise board on pinterest – here are some of my faves though:

  • I love the use of old pottery or old tins as pen and paintbrush holders
  • I love how they have winched up these old crates and used them as bookshelves (and scrolling up a bit – don’t you just love the world globes used as light shades). On thea’s blog she also uses crates in a much more ordered and colourful fashion.
  • I love a chalkboard calendar – we have a much simpler version than this and it works so well to keep track of our weekly schedule – our weekly planning board is a bit like this chores board (great idea too). I think the idea here is to create a family command centre - don’t you just love that! Here is an organizador (available on etsy) that combines the command centre approach with the blackboard planner – love it.
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1 Rachel January 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

THANK YOU for admitting your house looks like mine. Seriously, the coats, the books, the papers–just like my house! Sometimes reading all these blogs is so depressing because everyone’s house is so organized.

The thing that gets me, though, is what to do if you are inherently messy. Or inherently unorganized. I could do all those things I see on pinterest or on blogs and my coats would still end up on the chair backs. It’s like someone forgot to activate the part of my brain that puts the ibuprofen back in the medicine cabinet after I take some instead of just leaving it on the counter.

Ugh.

2 kath_red January 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I know – being inherently messy is a tricky one – I just go for weeks ignoring the pile up until suddenly (mmm once a month!) I get a burst of annoyance and then do a major pick up. Another idea is to force the family to help tidy up once a week – that has been working for us – at least the house is tidy for half a day.

3 Heather January 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

Oh, I love organization, but I feel like I am thwarted at every step! You have found some beauties at pinterest. I use pottery and tins for my craft supplies and glass for the kiddos. Those crates on pulleys are very cool.

4 Dace January 28, 2012 at 2:09 am

As a disorganised person I try to spend 5 minutes before bedtime either putting away as much as possible in the kitchen (put the timer on, you will be surprised how much you can achieve in 5 minutes). Or/and I walk around and pick up all discarded clothing, hats and shoes and put them all in a spare washing basket to be claimed in the morning. I do actually sneak my own stuff out before turning in!
worth a try!

5 Canvas & Canvas Art January 30, 2012 at 6:52 am

On the computer it’s ok for me..

Outside the computer it’s a struggle to break into the small daily habit of keeping on top of it all.. Seeing the creative approaches like this is inspiring to conquer the disorganisation vortex!

Thanks..

6 Seanna Lea February 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

My house is a bit of a mess fest. I’ve never been good at the small daily tasks that would help me keep on top of it.

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