It is incredibly easy to blow 15 minutes: checking updates on facebook, admiring organizing ideas on Pinterest or, for me, playing Risk on my (secondhand) iPad.
We all need time to unwind, I'm the last person to knock a bit of that. But, an inspiring post by Rita from This Sorta Old Life got me thinking:
What could I accomplish if I took just one of those 15 minute blocks of time each day to improve something in my home?
Well, I've tried it for a couple of weeks now and I'm hooked! (I'm groaning at myself as I type this, on account of this post, which is about hooks. You groaning now, too?)
It's a little bit embarrassing, but this has been our "storage solution" for our family's lunch bags:
Yep, a big old pile on the floor. Every single time I dropped a bag on the floor I said, "I've got to come up with something better than this."
Finally, I did. Is it gorgeous? Nope. It's not going to garner a spot on anyone's "Organizing Inspiration" Pinterest board. But it's something more important than lovely to look at. It's done!
Enter Command Hooks from 3M. (They aren't a sponsor or anything. We aren't getting anything from telling you about these products, we just think they're super-duper.) There was a 30% off sale on these beauties at our local hardware store. Inspiration + Opportunity = no longer kitchen slobs!
|We splurged on the pretty, shiny ones. We're all class.|
Then we just followed the directions. We cleaned the wall with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.
|No cupboards were harmed in the making of this post. Thanks to you, 3M geniuses!|
I put a tiny pencil mark where I wanted the top of the hook.
|Here I'm testing out where the lunch bags will hang and marking the spot with a pencil. Scintillating stuff!|
We added the adhesive strip to the back of the hook.
Then Ed just peeled the strip off the back and held the hook in place.
|DIY in a shirt and tie. Like I said, we're all class.|
|So tidy! I wonder if we'll miss finding stray dog hairs in our lunches?|
Such a simple project. 15 minutes just erased 5 years of frustration and embarrassment. The reason we're so dressed up in the photos is that we did this after work on a weekday while making supper. It was that easy.
I've been inspired by 15 minute projects lately. They are so accessible!
It can be overwhelming to look at a whole kitchen that needs organizing. But one drawer? That could take only a few minutes. It's a great place to start. And really, isn't it usually the getting started part that is the hardest?
Here's some of the things I've done lately, and most didn't even take the whole 15:
- Organized my son's sock, underwear and pyjama drawer. I had been over-thinking how to section the drawer for months. In 5 minutes I dropped 2 shoe boxes in the drawer, one for socks and one for underwear. Jammies live free range in the open area. Done.
- Inspired by my underwear success, I went through my own drawer and tossed all the pairs that were begging for it. (Too much info?)
- Put away our summer clothes in two 15 minute sessions: 1) summer shoes 2) summer clothes.
- Tidied the junk drawer. Made the commitment to stop saving bread ties. I have never once reused one, but have saved them for years.
- Purged some old toys. Washed them up and added them to the Donation Station to go out with the next pick up.
15 minutes can be powerful! Is there a project at your house that you could finish in 15 minutes?