So naturally, I grew up wanting to keep the barest material possessions. I regularly clean my closet. Clothes and shoes that have not been worn for the last 6 months are sold on ebay or given away. I do the same with Malik's clothes drawer. Twice a year, I go through his clothes to pick out those that he's outgrown. I keep some for the next baby but most I pass on to my cousin's kids.
I like to think that my love for organizing is still healthy. Hindi ko naman siya kina-career masyado. I keep a reasonable number of bric-a-brac at home. There are professional home organizers out there that can, for a fee, help you build the perfect pantry or shoe closet. But I find, in the course of my annual organizing sessions, that we can do as good a job with some items from our home. And so, here are my top five free/cheap organizing solutions.
#2 Old chocolate containers (free). These used to contain Roche Ferrero.
The one on the left is our first aid kit. The one on the right is our sewing kit.
#4 Cookie tin cans (free) for Malik's smaller toys like these alphabet magnets.
#5 Sock organizers from Saizen (PhP85 each).
We use these for Malik's socks and underthings, and also to organize my lady stuff (moiturizers, astringents etc.) on top of our table.
Here are shots of some of our side drawers after my cleaning project last week. Not bad.
|This drawer is for crafts. Notice my alphabet rubber stamps.|
|This one's for emergency stuff like medicines and band-aids.|
With kids though, we'll just have to accept that there will always be clutter. We have assigned several places in the house as collecting bins for Malik's toys. This drawer holds the toys that Malik most fequently plays with. Ganyan na yan. We just have to live with it.
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