If you have been following along with the kitchen renovation, you know that the sunroom, which we used as the kids’ playroom, was turned into a pantry and a “mudroom”. We call it our mudroom even though it is not where we come in from the garage. It is right off the kitchen, where we spend all of our time including where we do homework. The kids needed a home base for their book bags, lunch boxes as well as easy access to things they use daily – pencils, crayons, pencil sharpener, scissors, etc.
While we were designing the mudroom, I said I needed drawers adjacent to the kids’ cubbies. We needed a central countertop for phones, chargers, and keys as well as drawers for the daily stuff I mentioned above. We decided on 3 drawers. In retrospect, I think I wish we had done 5 drawers that were a bit more shallow in depth. I feel like either too much gets piled in there OR there is so much wasted space.
After living with the countertop and drawers for a couple of months, below is their current stage…fairly cluttered and frankly, joyless.
We spent lots time and money to make our home exactly like we wanted it – light, bright, clean, beautiful and organized. I cannot let this space, one that we use more than a dozen times a day, not spark joy every time I use it. And, to be honest with you, if the kids know where things go, they are pretty good at putting them in their home. So, Tiffani, get it together and organize it!! And, why not write a post on the before so you feel super obligated to finish it…hahaha.
Top Drawer – I want to include the things that are used most often – pens, pencils, crayons, scissors, everyday tape, keys and pads of paper
Middle Drawer – this is for stuff used less frequently – household tools, extra electronic stuff (chargers, earphones, old phones (why do we even keep these??)), labeler, labeler tape and pencil sharpeners
Bottom Drawer – this drawer is for bigger items – packing tape and extra rolls of tape
So, frustrated, I reached out to my girlfriend Debra, from Philadelphia and asked for organizational help and advice. She is the owner of Sort it Out Philly and asked if she could give me a couple pointers and recommendations. She asked me to measure each drawer and show her what I want in each. I did, and before I ordered, decided to draw it out to make sure what I was ordering was correct. Here ya go…
(yes, I know I spelled handle incorrectly, no judging!!)
The first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out of each drawer. I think that’s the part that gives me the most anxiety, but I know it’s the only and best way to see what I have as well as what needs to be thrown out. Then, I can organize everything into categories to know how to put things in which drawer.
So, here we are…3 empty drawers and waiting on the organizational “bricks” to arrive 🙂 I will post as soon as I get it all in!!