Some people dread the due diligence of home ownership, but for me, organizing and caring for
one’s home is one of life’s simple joys. That’s not to say I don’t suffer from a messy garage like
everyone else, but given limitless time and resources, I would trick out my garage until it looked like
a feature in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Honestly, I think being organized is a lifeline to sanity.
Sometimes, in fact, when my life gets too chaotic and I feel like I’m losing control, I find one small
project – like organizing the kitchen junk drawer – and suddenly life feels much more manageable.
It seems I’ve been tackling a lot of small projects lately. Upon the completed renovation of the new
Huntley & Co. office space, we were besieged by three floods in 6 weeks. Furniture was damaged,
walls warped and the carpet had to be ripped out and replaced on all three occasions. 2011 has
certainly been a bit stressful thus far. The silver lining? I have the most organized design studio in
the city. Every container and every drawer is labeled. The office supplies are sorted, the tools are
sorted, the light bulbs and cables are sorted. We even created thumbnail “cheat sheets” for the
boxes containing our accessories. Aaahhh. Type A? Definitely. A little neurotic? Probably.
I may have gone a little “Martha” in the past few months, but it’s better than going postal!
The aforementioned – and now organized – kitchen junk drawer.
What woman doesn’t want her beauty supplies in order? My new house came
equipped with a long vanity and lots of drawers in my master bath – a rarity for
many residences in Georgetown. I delighted in sorting and organizing my products
after years of stashing them away in closets and in baskets under the sink.
The Huntley & Co. library is much more pared down these days because we
do so much work on the internet, but there is still a lot to keep organized. Elfa
shelving, storage boxes, magazine caddies and plenty of hooks make it possible.
The “handyman” storage area in my office complete with tool belt, drill, toolboxes, light bulbs and cords.
Love me my toolbox.
We can’t keep everything in our toolbox, nor do we need to. This
2-tier drawer caddy sorts all the miscellany in our designer bag of tricks.
This 8-drawer Bisley cabinet is great for sorting small and/or thin items
that can get lost on a shelf – labels, stamps, file folders, photo sleeves, etc.
The label maker. Whether you love or hate this machine will tell you a lot about
what kind of person you are. Perhaps a good litmus test for potential hires?
For my own office, it’s important that things are organized, but I also need the
space to be bright and cheery with personal touches that have meaning for me.
And perhaps the biggest challenge of all – my desk. I like to have things visible and at
my fingertips, but my desktop can become cluttered quickly. I rely on a vertical file divider,
small dishes and bowls for small items, and the all-important tray to contain the chaos.
While in my sort-file-purge mode, I’ve clipped several articles and made note of other ways I can keep
the “Martha-train” going and fine tune it even more. Check out the resources below for helpful tips.
article, The Washington Post
article, The Washington Post
daily deal, Living Social
I just purchased a 2-hour professional organizing session for my boyfriend
as a gift. Check out Rachel’s website to see what services she offers.
I own these two books and love to flip through them for clever ideas. Both
offer stylized solutions for a simplified, beautified home/office/garage, etc.
Good luck and happy organizing!