Monday, November 4, 2013

Drawerganization

This weekend was a big one in terms of productivity and home organization. If this isn't your bag, you may want to stop reading now. If you're like me, though, you might be excited to live vicariously through a weekend of drawerganization.

My gal pal Dina came over, having offered to help me organize the craft cabinet. It was in dire need of help, which has become clear to me when planning recent Crafternoons and realizing I can't find thing I know exist. Now that it's time to start planning Holiday Crafternoon (and pull my knitting needles out again), I figured I should take some time to get the lay of the land, supplies-wise.

Before: It was a mess in there
Not pictured: middle drawer, since it's just yarn
After: Two drawers, organized easy peasy!
Special Thanks to the IKEA drawer inserts, without whom this would not have been possible. But bigger thanks to Dina (and Reed, and baby Parker) for their moral support as I got rid of things I've had for 15+ years. Like the plastic office supplies cart (like this, but black) and scrapbook supplies drawers I've had at least since college, possibly longer. There's now room for almost everything from both (which used to live in the guest room) in the craft cabinet, because I also got rid of a grocery bag full of school supplies (spiral notebooks and folders that I clearly do not need). I put the two plastic organizers and the school supplies out on the street, and they were gone within 15 minutes. Magic. I also threw out two grocery bags of trash, and bagged up boxes of old checks to take to the bank for free shredding. A little more progress made on Mission: Get Things Out Of The Guest Room!

Oh, and I also put together my new laundry sorter, finally replacing the one I've had since 2006 (one of those flimsy mesh-and-plastic ones where the poles always detach from the corners). The new one is super sturdy, and I love how I can just pull the bags out to carry them downstairs. The fact that the bag is compact, with handles on top, makes it super easy to carry them down our narrow, winding staircase (when I carry the plastic hamper, I have to hold it over my head to see where I'm going). It has a smaller footprint than the mesh one, but the bags hold the same amount of clothing. So far, I'm in love.
oooh fancy!

See also: I am obsessed with the Target Threshold line. The end.

16 comments:

  1. Wait. Tell me more about this laundry sorter, because I am in dire need of such a contraption. You indicate that the bags slide out from the front, easily? Like, no messing around? And then you just carry the bag right downstairs to the laundry room? You don't have to transfer the laundry from the sorter to a laundry basket first? And everything is already sorted? TELL ME MORE.

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  2. IT IS AMAZING!

    I linked to it in the post -- it's from Target! And apparently it comes in a 4-bag option too (totally wish I had seen that one)! It was a little weird to assemble alone b/c of the way you have to hold and screw at the same time, but it still only took like 20 min.

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  3. I am super impressed and inspired by your craft organizing!

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  4. Thanks! Next Crafternoon is going to be epic, I can feel it!

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  5. Looks like a great idea.

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  6. hello Kim
    Thanx very much but i would like to be together with for some good time i hope you will like it in my country am Emmanuel and my friends call me Hades.
    Nice time thanks

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  8. This is a great idea! I totally want to try this!

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  9. I totally thought of you this weekend when were organizing the closet in our new apartment. My goal was to create a space that even you would approve of. :)

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  10. I envy your organized drawers! I got two hampers (lights and darks) and it is the same idea but of course I don't have to walk down the narrow stairs. I think yours looks sturdy and sleek. Good job!

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  11. Aww thanks Shonelley! I'm sure it looks great! And I want to see pictures :)

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  12. They are SO much easier for going down those stairs!

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  13. please can you explain how it that easier for going down stairs?

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  14. Because the bag is more compact, and the handles are vertical, it's easier than carrying a traditional hamper down the narrow/winding stairs.

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