I just returned from a wonderful weekend leading a women’s retreat on the topic of happiness. It was fun to explore the idea from many perspectives and a delight to meet so many interesting, passionate, caring women. Being away from my little tribe always makes me appreciate them more, but coming home to a mess cuts those warm fuzzy feelings short every time. Except this time! This time I came home to a relatively clean home. What a nice change. The children are growing up. Either that or my hubby’s getting better about cracking the whip!
This morning as I sorted out the piles left on the counters and laundry dumped in the laundry room, I thought about one of the topics that came up over the weekend. We agreed that an organized home makes you happier. Most of us feel more content and energetic when our surroundings are not overwhelmed by clutter and chaos. I whole-heartedly agree on this one. Lucky for me I married an engineer who works for a tool company. He can build or fix nearly anything. I cannot. But I have lots of ideas! We make a great team.
Let me take you on a pictorial tour of some of the ways we’ve organized our family life. Maybe it will inspire you to organize something in your home which just might make you happier! (please note that I didn’t clean up for the tour. I figure we’re all friends here and you won’t hold the cleanliness of my counters/walls/floors against me!)
This is a simple key rack just inside our door. Easy to build, but saves us hours of frustration. We alwaysknow where the keys to the cars are. As we are about to launch a third driver into the mix, this will undoubtedly save much stress (but certainly not counter the stress of worrying about that driver!)
Our regular compost is set up as part of the trash system (remember the comment I made about designing my own kitchen just for me?). Compost can also be in a bin that hangs inside the door below your sink. There are a million brilliant ideas for collecting your kitchen compost. All you need to is open up pinterest.
We have racks like this all over our house. I’ll do anything to get things off the floor (which is eternally covered in cat/dog hair and barn/garden dust. We have racks above our hamper for clothes that can be worn again but we’re too lazy to put back in the closet. Racks inside the entry doors to be used as actual coat racks (we have a coat closet, but it never seems to get used except when there is company). Racks along the stairs down to the basement (mostly used to hang things I'm too lazy to carry down there). We have racks in the bathrooms because it’s much easier to toss a towel on a hook than fold it over a bar. Coat hook racks are cheap and if installed well (they need to be able to support the weight of what you hang), they will save time and give the illusion of neatness.
Which is the bottom line for me – saving time and the illusion of neatness. What could make a girl happier?