52 Weeks of Organizing- Week 5

Laura's post this morning had some great questions that really got me thinking about the organizing that I've done in this last 5 weeks.

1.  Name ONE reason you want to get organized.  It will be neat to see the variety of answers.
For me it's become the sense of calm that organizing our space has brought me. Life for the past 5 years has felt like constant chaos. Being in full time university, working, volunteering, student teaching, and planning our wedding means life was never very simple or calm. Getting rid of clutter and utilizing our small space more effectively has allowed me to regain that sense of calm. I want this calm feeling to stay with us as we transition into being new parents this summer and I know that continuing to organize and maintaining this new way of living will achieve that.

2.  What did you organize last week & were you happy with the way it turned out?

I did a very quick "front of fridge makeover" last night. 

A very messy and cluttered fridge.

A neat, organized and calm fridge.

I am most proud of this little space on our fridge. 
Our city gives us a 12 month garbage/recycling schedule.
You can see in the before picture that it is big and took up a lot of space. 
Once a month is done having it still on the fridge seemed pointless. 
I cut out the individual months and stacked them under the magnet. 
Now when each month is over I can recycle them! 
It also takes up about 1/16 of the space it did before. 

All the extra magnets went into a basket in the cupboard or on the side of the fridge.

3.  Have you had any breakthroughs or a-ha moments yet?  I would love to hear them!

My biggest a-ha moment has been realizing that maintaining the organized spaces is just as important as organizing it in the first place! I've been able to keep all the spaces I've organized in the last 5 weeks looking the same as they did the moment after they were done! 

Don't forget to check out all the other great projects from this week over at Org Junkie!


  1. Looking at everyones projects gives me great ideas! Happy Organizing:)

  2. Oooh good aha moment!

  3. Reading this makes me wish i'd seen this project 5 weeks age when i started my blog! Good work!

    Congratulations on becoming new parents soon too. You will automatically become more organised in some respects then, since it's sooo much easier that way.

    Sarah. x

  4. Great work! Congrats on keeping it up! And congrats on your pregnancy! :)

  5. I really like what you said about maintaining the organized area. I think that's where my downfall is! I'll keep that in mind!

  6. Excellent! Love your ah-ha moment. I am great at getting things organized, it's keeping them that way that always messes things up! I will get there!