I have several organizing issues I need to solve. Some of them I have foggy ideas about what to do swirling in my brain (I guess it could count as one of those organizing issues as well then). Others, I have tried various solutions and they simply did not work for my real-life, we have to live here and use this stuff family.
Then, there are those organizing issues that I have absolutely no idea how to solve and I wait impatiently for the bolt of lightening to strike an idea in my brain (or I just browse Pinterest for a couple of minutes before becoming distracted by food or party ideas).
I thought I’d share some of my organizing issues with you so you could either not feel so alone if you share them or give me a great idea that has worked for you in these areas.
My Kitchen and Pantry Area Organizing Issues:
My cleaning supply area. The supplies won’t stay organized, the area won’t stay clean (What is it with dirty cleaning supplies? Why oh why does my broom gather dust??).
It also has become a stashing point for things that do not belong. And please, do not get me started on the shelves that are an odd size.
The odd sized shelves in the kitchen. Does anyone else deal with odd sized shelves in your kitchen and pantry areas? Please, please tell me how you cope?
Bags of chips. My boys like potato chips in their lunches. We all like chips around here. However, the bags of chips multiply! I cannot figure out a good way to store these! I think if I could figure out the chips, then the rest of our pantry would fall magically into place.
My Living Room Organizing Issues:
Video Game Central
While my teenager has most his video gaming stuff in his basement hang out, my husband and younger son also like to play video games. Our television stand often becomes littered with games cases and controllers. I can’t seem to find a functional (meaning they’d actually use it) yet attractive way to contain and organize all their video game supplies (cases, controllers, etc).
Shoes and Backpacks
Our couch is the emptying zone for after school accessories and shoes tend to get kicked off right by the door. Unfortunately, the area by the door is too narrow to accommodate a shoe basket. The backpacks can go on a hook farther from the door but they seldom make it there so I don’t consider the solution a working one.
My Toy Organizing Issues
Honestly, the boys are older so this isn’t a huge deal anymore as they really don’t play with lots of toys anymore. However, there are 2 items that I seem to have been searching for organizing solutions since before they were born (okay, maybe not that long): Nerf guns and Cards (mainly Y-Gi-Oh!).
This Nerf gun rack is one of my most re-pinned Pinterest pins but I’ve yet to talk my husband into making one of these for us. Right now the Nerf guns just kind of live in a heap on the floor of J’s closet.
The cards drive me to the brink of insanity. Yes, I know about the trading card notebooks like collectors use to store baseball cards. They make decks with their cards and spread them out and my children aren’t going to take the time to slide these cards in and out of sleeves. Honestly, I don’t think I could handle that as an adult.
I’ve tried photo boxes. G does have some cards in a big heap in the photo boxes. I’ve tried hanging Ziploc bags. It worked sort of. My latest attempt which is not really working: these little drawers I found at The Dollar Tree.
Beyblades used to be another issue for us but the boys have mostly outgrown the need to constantly add to that collection. I ended up simply storing all the Beyblades in their stadiums. My husband did give the kids old fishing tackle boxes for Beyblades and parts which worked somewhat well when they were very into them.
My Bathroom Organizing Issue
It may sound silly to those of you with big, spacious bathrooms but perhaps my friends with smaller bathrooms will understand.
Extra toilet paper storage! I can’t figure out a good and convenient way to do this. My recycled container did not hold up well under the scrutiny of the husband and kids (they thought it too hard to get the rolls out of there).
My Paper Organizing Issue
Kids’ papers! I don’t mean artwork. I mean report cards and test results that I am completely torn between keeping (might need these some day) and throwing away (What if the kids want them some day? Should I shred them for privacy reasons?)
Oddly enough, the bedrooms around here aren’t unorganized so much as just rather messy. A good cleaning would be enough to put them in order.
Can you identify with any of these issues? What is your biggest organizing issue?