Stay-at-Home Projects for When You're Stuck at Home: Organizing




"For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned."

~Benjamin Franklin



If you are like most of the world right now, you are probably barricaded in at home. Social distancing and self-quarantine have become the new normal. Face masks and gloves an international uniform. Jobs are being performed at home, or work-at-home jobs are being hunted down. Careers once demeaned are now essential, and every parent is a homeschool teacher.


It may seem like everything is going out of control, but there is one place you do have control—your home. Even though being stuck at home may be driving you crazy, this is the perfect time to set some things in order.


The truth is that many of us now have either excess or extra time. Whether you used to work at home, now work at home, or are on extended leave, there’s time now available that would have been swallowed up by something else, usually not a priority. Previously during that time, you might have allowed your home upkeep to fall by the wayside. Staying safe at home presents the opportunity to maximize time for management of domestic affairs.


So, what can you throw yourself into right now?


Well, that’s easy. You’re already in it.


Your home.


Of all the things we can work on right now, we can start right at home. Your home should be your sanctuary and if you are like me, being stuck at home every day, I’m seeing all the things that I need to work on from organizing to decorating. It’s time for the dust bunnies to go, piles of books to be organized, and blank walls to be filled. This means—home projects.


Remember all those times you said you were going to do something for your home? You were going to replace the wallpaper... change the hose behind the washing machine... Now’s the time to get it done! In fact, there’s probably no better time. So, let’s get started on refreshing and updating your home.


This “Stay-at-Home Projects” series is broken up into parts to easily cover various target areas for sprucing up your home. The target areas are cleaning, organizing, and designing. Let's move onto the second target area.





We will, now, get into one of the bigger headaches when it comes to the upkeep of a home—organization. For many, it is just as hard to get organized as it is to stay organized. However, for your home to be functional and not cumbersome, organization is vital. You want cleanliness for purity and you want organization to add fluidity and function.


ORGANIZING


... putting everything in order.


Pantry overhaul and cupboard clear out. Over time, our pantry and cupboards collect so many things, it’s impossible to know what’s actually in them. One would think we would use everything in them, but we don’t. Usually, this is because we don’t have time, overbuy, or impulse buy. Who eats that many Oreos anyway? It never surprises what I find in them during spring cleaning.


Go through your pantry and cupboards to discard expired items or other items you no longer want. If they are still good, I suggest donating them. After this, you are left with the food items that you extensively use—or a lot of space. Decide how you want to keep your goods. You may want to put everything into clear containers or keep them in their original packaging. How ever you do it, make sure there’s a place for each item and a structure.