Easy, quick and effective organizing tips, courtesy of Debbie


My friend Debbie is a blogger extraordinaire, a writer, a mom, a volunteer, a busy person (that goes without saying, I suppose) and a smartly frugal person. So when she had her kitchen remodeled, she came up with some inexpensive (read: IKEA) solutions to keep her kitchen’s small items tidy and easy to find. Check out her descriptions and photos of how she tamed clutter and created simple, practical systems.
Debbie’s strategies show that organizing isn’t about spending thousands of dollars (or even hundreds) on products. Instead, it’s about making your space work for you.

You can see that she’s grouped like items together, such as all cookbooks on a shelf and spices arranged in a pullout spice rack, which I’m coveting. None of her drawers or shelves are crammed with items, either, so she can quickly find what she needs.

And she admits in her post that the IKEA Rationell drawer dividers didn’t fit perfectly into her drawers, but she’s OK with that. Sometimes people get so caught up on having the perfect system in place that they lose sight of what that system is supposed to do. Debbie’s system works for her and her family, and she’s not digging through clutter to find her melon baller and her egg slicer. Really, that’s what organizing is all about.

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Professional organizer June Bell (www.organizesf.com) combats clutter and chaos with sage advice, tested techniques and good humor.
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