As I began this organizing project, it was SNOWING…on May Day. The cold succeeded again in removing energy from myself and my husband, and we are blobs on the sofa. I finally decided that my plan to organize our phone cords was something that I could do without exerting too much effort, and still plant my bottom on the couch and watch Modern Family. (What I need to be doing is exercising an hour every day, but sans sun and warmth, that hasn’t been happening.)
We are blessed in our home with several cute built-ins, most of which have served us well for storage. (Excluding the one shelf I want to tear down for my dream entryway project, which by the way I am still bugging the hubby about.) In our “middle room” (also sometimes referred to as the “green room”…because it’s painted green, in case you didn’t get that), there are two hutch-type built-ins that flank the door to the kitchen. (I refer to this room as the “middle room” because it’s between the kitchen and living room. It’s also where the daycare toys are kept and where the kids nap, so I have also called it the play room.) Anyway, in this room of many names, in these hutch-like cupboards, I store things that we use fairly regularly. The contents of the cupboards have changed and evolved in the five years that we have lived here (WOW…five years? When did that happen?). The contents of the shelves I will share later (currently working on determining the best use of the baskets I have on there). The cupboards below house cookbooks, pitchers, and small appliances. My focus for today, though, is the drawers.
There are four drawers total, and for the most part they have been fairly organized all along (I couldn’t stand it otherwise!). But like every-other-space, over time things get tossed in and mixed up…particularly in the cell phone cord drawer. Usually my hubby doesn’t even put his cord away, and I find it in all sorts of other (irritating) places. Before I get into organizing this drawer, though, I’ll show you the original state of all of the drawers.
|Phone cord drawer: MOST in need of help|
|Lighters, matches and electrical outlet child-safety plugs|
There are a total of four drawers. Besides the drawer with matches and the one with cords, I had all my candles and Scentsy burner items in one. The other is where I keep phone books (not very photo-worthy).
Note about the phone book drawer: I am always sure to toss the old phone book before putting in a new one, I keep one address book of my own, and also have the current church directory as well as the most recent photo directory in this drawer. If you don’t toss the old before adding the new, a space that shouldn’t require any organization could easily get out-of-control.
I recently moved the Scentsy bars and my candles to a basket on the shelves above. The drawer worked fairly well, but as I would add more bars, they would start to shift and get stuck as I opened the drawer. I also wasn’t able to keep candles in the same spot (had them where the big box of matches is in the above photo). Moving them to a basket freed up the drawer, made it easier to see what I have, and allowed me to put all those “smelly” things together.
|Candles and Scentsy bars|
First I separated all the cords, removed ones we no longer need, and started color coding the rest with washi tape. My phone cord has turquoise chevron (but of course!), Brad’s has red tape, shared household items (like the iPod cord) have yellow, and Faith’s is a slimmer turquoise tape (she is, after all, a mini ME).
I put a little “tag” of tape on each cord, and in some cases, like my iPhone cord above, I decorated a little further. Can’t have enough washi, you know?!
The drawer dividers that I have been using are from Wal Mart, and are attractive all on their own. The drawers themselves didn’t need much done, except minor rearranging and vacuuming out. However, my recent quest for color led me to get my shelf liner out and add some to the bottom of the drawers. Since the dividers are made to be snapped together and aren’t an entirely smooth surface, I decided it would be more trouble than it was worth to try covering entire containers.
|Now doesn’t that make you smile?|
There were some minor wrinkles. I’ve decided for most projects like this scrapbook paper will work better, but I wanted the liner to stick to the bottom, and only temporarily. I wanted to also label each compartment, but as I went to finish up a label for another project, this happened…
Label tape ran out. Very sad moment in my house. I started an Amazon order for more, but in the meantime had to finish what I started without labels. (sigh)
Once the drawers were lined and the cords marked, I put everything away.