Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Magic bins

Surface clutter (on countertops, tables, etc.) stresses me out.

Coincidentally, I tend to build up a lot of surface clutter.

In other words, I'm frequently stressed out!

So last Friday, I decided it was time to declutter in my kitchen and dining room. The countertops, kitchen bar, table, and sidebar had gotten really cluttered. But it had been a busy week, and I knew I probably didn't have time to really sort through everything with the time I had available Friday afternoon.

Enter...the magic bins.

I grabbed a big ol' Rubbermaid storage bin from the garage and filled it up.


When it was full, I started on another.


I set them in the dining room. I barely started sorting all the stuff on Friday, and I finished yesterday afernoon.

The cool thing about my magic bins is that they themselves aren't very stressful to me. So this weekend I was able to relax, with the bar between my kitchen and living room beautifully clear of junk. I even put the flowers Chickie picked me (thanks to the ridiculous number of weeds this year) into a vase.


Thanks, magic bins, for making an onerous task feel doable.


Unknown said...

Don't you just love it when any part of the house is clean and organized? I do, but that hasn't happened to me in a while thanks to toys and husband clutter. Perhaps it is time for a bin!

Eternal Lizdom said...

We often use bins when the clutter becomes too much. I'm really bad about going back and sorting through them. Maybe you've inspired me to dig out the last bin I created- when I got rid of my Hyundai Sonata and got my minivan back in October!!

One thing we do- supposedly, I'm better at this than my husband- is if a bin sits untended for a year, it gets tossed.

Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

Clutter stresses me out too. I pile it up on the desk in the spare room and then close the door. Voila! No stress!

I like your 'magic bin' idea!

Call Me Cate said...

I need to do some bin action of my own. But first, I need to find my bins.

Traci said...

That's just beautiful. I love the weeds in the vase. My kids are always giving me flowers. Sometimes they end up shriveled litte piles on the porch but sometimes I put them in a vase. So much more special that way. I love cleaning up clutter too. Good idea.

2cats said...

I have a magic bin to quickly put things into when unexpected company stops by. As their car is coming down the drive I can clean sweep a room in seconds, throw the bin in the spare room, and slam the door shut with no one the wiser. The empty dishwasher makes a good emergency bin also.

Rachael said...

That is a fantastic idea! I have the same problem (counter clutter stresses me out, yet I seem to always have it!) Out of sight, out of mind. Only my prob. would be emptying the bins!;)