If you looked at this picture of the kitchen you might think it was organized.
You’d see the counter I just wiped oatmeal off of.
And the floor I picked pieces of plastic cheese wrappers off of.
And the basket that just minutes ago was full of coffee cups.
I cleaned it all up just for you.
You’d think it always looks like this.
You’d think it was clean.
Behind those drawers is this kitchen’s Achilles Heel.
Are you ready?
Are you sure?
Can we please still be friends?
You might want to cover your eyes if you think you can’t handle it.
Because every time I pull open this drawer it looks like…..
The kitchen is embarrassed.
It’s hanging its crystal doorknob in SHAME.
This is the state of the junk drawer in the kitchen.
Just between us, I’m not even really sure how this happened. Have you ever noticed that clutter multiplies? Somewhere between November and now those pens had children.
Want to see some of the treasures I found in here?
This snowman pad.
But it’s spring.
This set of vintage keys.
I used them for a project.
I just picked the hot glue off of them for this picture.
These post-it notes with my name on them.
They are left over from the La-z-Boy Design Dash.
You can see the before and after of that room here.
This business card that’s secretly a seed packet.
It came from a restaurant called Harvest.
You plant the business card and it grows flowers.
This cute i-phone lens,
It attaches to your phone and takes different types of pictures.
Someone gave it to me as a gift and I stuck it in the drawer.
And sweet notes like these.
We are a note family.
We leave them everywhere.
I read it and stuck in away in the drawer with the snowmen and the keys and the camera lens and the pens and the rulers and the level and the sticky notes.
AND FORGOT EVERYTHING WAS IN THERE.
And then my friend Melissa (who I love and adore and am a little in awe of) came along with her incredible new book, Simple Organizing.
She inspired me and challenged me and encouraged me to take on that Achilles Heel.
So I squared my shoulders and faced my fears and the entire pen population of the state of Texas and:
1. Took everything out of the drawer.
2. Wiped it down.
3. Found some old silverware drawer organizers.
4. Sorted everything and threw some of it away.
5. Grouped like with like and put everything into one of the parts of the organizers.
It looks like this.
Full of joy.
The kitchen is celebrating with me.
Hold on a minute—those countertops just whispered something to me.
There are more drawers and Achilles Heels to conquer?
Just look at the shiny floors.
Let the rest of the drawers wait for another day. 🙂
A giant shout out to my friend Melissa for inspiring me.
Every. Single. Day.
For more organizing ideas and tips and incredible photographs—this book is where IT’S AT.
Be sure and stop by her blog to win a copy of the book and a $250 Container Store Gift Card.
PS Tell me I’m not the only one. Tell me your kitchen or your living room or your hall closet has an Achilles Heel, too.
Let’s be friends. 🙂
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