Thursday, October 13, 2011


I don't have any new organization projects to share this week.  Not because I don't have quite a few things left to do on my list but because I just didn't have the time or energy to do any of them this week.  I was feeling a little tired and l-a-z-y this week.

What I would like to talk about thought is sustainability.  Sustainability is, for me, the most important part of the organization project.  How many times have you cleaned out the same drawer only to find it messy again in a few weeks? 

Here are some examples of what I've done to help with my sustainability.
  • Baskets - I'm not a huge fan of baskets but I've really found them helpful in my sustainability quest.  The cheap baskets that I picked up at the dollar store allow my items to stay put and not spread all over the place.  I've used the baskets in the bathroom, pantry and storage area.
  • Shelves - By adding shelves I've created a spot for items that didn't previously have a home.  Having a place for everything helps with sustainability.
  • Changed processes - Sometimes the way you are doing something just doesn't allow for sustainability.  I've written a couple of articles on laundry (you can read the latest one here).  Changing our laundry process has been the biggest sustainability factor in our laundry/storage room.
  • Purge - Do we really need all the things we have?  Purging is one of the most important factors in all my organizational projects.  I had written earlier about my linen closet project.  I've already taken it a step further and purged more towels.  Our laundry process allows us to have significantly fewer towels which helps keep the linen closet organized.  How much of the items in your cabinets, drawers and closets do you really need?
  • Think outside of the box - I've said it before but the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.  Try something different and commit to the process.
You want to know the best part of sustain your organization projects?  You can have the dryer repair man and the appraiser come to the house without freaking out about all the cleaning that needs to be done!

Yeah - you heard me right about the dryer repair man.  My wonderful solution from a couple of weeks ago wasn't sustainable so the repair man is coming on Monday.  I'll let you know what the damage is next week.

I'll be linking this up over at I'm an Organizing Junkie and Organize with Sandy

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  1. Sustaining is the hardest part, I think. So good for you for doing some of that even when tired or feeling lazy!

  2. Ah, that stinks! I was totally impressed that you fixed the dryer yourselves.