Organizing soothes my anxiety. It’s so calming to have something I can fix in my life when there is so much I can’t fix – ya dig? I prefer the anxiety over depression: it’s so much more productive! A planner with color coded projects and post its and to do lists? Ahh – makes my soul sing. Opening my bedroom closet and seeing my clothes hung in order and all facing the same direction? Ugh: glorious. I could go on. Unfortunately life gets in the way and ruins those baby blissful moments.
A few weeks ago I binged The Home Edit on Netflix because of course I did, and guess what? For once I found a home decor/organizing series that didn’t stress me out and make me feel terrible about myself and super poor, but rather inspire me. When I say inspire, I mean inspire. I might be doing light stalking on their Instagram and have their book in my Amazon cart. But I digress.
What’s happening around my house right now in bits and pieces is a beautiful mishmash of anxiety, inspiration and motivation. When near crippling and persistent anxiety propels you to do some great things, do them.
the linen closet
I took my inspiration to the hall closet. My closet wasn’t in hopeless need of repair, because, as I mentioned before, I do like to organize. But I’m never 100% satisfied and it always falls apart in some way, shape or form.
Clearly, (no pun intended) I cannot afford a load of acrylic or lucite boxes and the pretty baskets they use are totally out of reach financially (I have an idea for my bathroom though). What I do have is a label maker. And your girl can find a suitable dupe like no other. Target has some great shoebox sized Sterilite boxes that I snagged. Perfect size and every lid is matching.
After completely emptying out the closet, I sorted all my stuff into piles. Then I grabbed some bins and spent some quality time with my label maker. Every organized pile now has a pretty little bin home and each little bin home is properly labeled so the system doesn’t fall apart this time! Also, label maker labels make me happy. (Truly. For a few hours the dogs were running around with labels on their tales that said “dog butt”. I might have a problem.)
I reorganized everything on my shelves in a way that made sense to me. And I love it. It’s not quite The Home Edit worthy, but I think it’s a nice budget version. And oh so very calming. Truly: organizing soothes my anxiety.
Now, let me see what else I can label and organize.
Note: I’ve linked a couple of the items I wrote about. I don’t make any money off the links. I just really love my label maker and how my bins look!