Look for 'after' photos and a few words on what got me there below the jump.
The post basically said the following:
- open shelves are for things used daily or weekly
- cupboards and closets are for things used monthly
- everything else goes into storage (garage, attic, basement)
I realized that I wasn't using a lot of the things on my open shelves and at the same time my cupboards were packed with things I used every day plus things I use once a year. Everything was mixed up, piled up and falling over on to other things. Extreme clutter was starting to happen.
While I was at it, I decided to paint my shelves the same white as my kitchen so that they would 'disappear' and even further reduce the visual noise. One coast of primer, two coats of Swiss Coffee and a few hours on a quiet afternoon was all it took.
At first I thought I would miss all my pretty things, but then a friend reminded me that it's a lot of fun to rotate collections, that unwrapping and rediscovering old treasures can almost be like Christmas. I'm still playing with the over all look, but the organizational rules really help to keep things in control. The shelves aren't perfect but I suspect they never will be. They're a work in progress, just like the rest of my life!
PS If anyone remembers the post which referenced the above organizing formula, please say something in the comments so we can give credit!