It can be easy to think of organizing projects only in terms of kitchens and closets. After all, these spaces are two that benefit GREATLY from having a functional system in place to make the day-to-day run more smoothly! Clothes and cooking are vital for our daily lives. But there’s so much more to organizing! This week, we’ll dive into 3 organizing projects that I love doing and why.
Project #1: Pantries
The pantry is not the kitchen. Let me say that again: the pantry is NOT the kitchen. The kitchen typically houses the tools needed to cook, while the pantry houses the food we consume. I think of the pantry as an extension of the refrigerator, containing shelf-stable foods that are beloved family staples. Now, if we have larger pantries, we can absolutely include some of the tools we use or even backstock, like paper goods. But I love organizing pantries because when you do, it’s a kind of love letter to food. Not only does a well-organized pantry house your food, but it helps you prioritize goals around cooking and eating! And I’m not talking weight loss goals, necessarily, because I have strong feelings about that. No, I’m talking about how you fall in love with home cooking again. My winter pantry looks different than my spring pantry. Winter is more full of earthy grains—and if I’m doing Winter in India, or another challenge for myself to love winter cooking, then it houses ingredients I don’t often use throughout the rest of the year. Pantries are always in flux based on our moods, our interests, our season of life. To truly organize a pantry considers change, and that’s a pretty fun challenge in my book!
Project #2: Kids’ Spaces
I will never forget the year that I decided to be wildly intentional about my elementary music classroom setup for an entire month before the school year began. I named how I wanted my classroom to feel, which was joyful, and then researched the heck out of how to make it feel that way. Simple to follow systems that empowered students to make the space theirs, access to daily tools in a way that facilitated playful learning, and oh so many circles in bright colors were the key. Their jaws actually dropped when they walked into my classroom. I taught them how to access different instruments, and the entire school year was actually so much more fun. Fast forward to PLAYROOMS and oh my golly, could I be more in love? Bright colors, tiny toys, play pretend costumes, art stations, and general space for FUN exploration of the world! It doesn’t get better than that. When a playroom is organized in a way that is truly inspired by the child, it can lead to pursuit of interests, independent exploration of new things, enhanced creativity, and—you guessed it—improved organizational skills over time! Kids are fantastic, and so are their spaces.
Project #3: Offices
While you might think that this is the exact opposite of the previous project, office spaces are fun to organize because it’s an investment of time and resource into improving employees’ lives. Not only does a well-organized office increase productivity, but it decreases stress and expenses on items that simply couldn’t be found, even though they were already in the inventory. An organized office, from quality paper management systems to office supplies, to new-employee setup, can significantly improve the workday experience and put the people who work in those spaces more at rest. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they can find what they need to excel—they should focus on connecting with others and excelling at their projects! And—newsflash—offices can actually be fun, too! I loved organizing Tara’s bookshelf at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, because it was an opportunity to bring to life her cheerful personality through colorful organizing supplies. System implementation doesn’t have to be boring in an office! It can actually be a source of playfulness and creativity.
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