Getting My Life Organized

It’s that time of the year when I start to think about getting my life organized and all the home organizing and home improvement projects I want to do this year.  I always tend to start of with lots of plans,but just like resolutions, a lot of these plans somehow seem to fizzle.  Not this year!  This year, I really need to get organized.  Sounds easy right? Well for a disorganized chick like me, it’s pretty hard.  I mean, my desk is a mess, my drawers are chaotic and don’t even ask about my closets!   Well, the other day, Phil who is a neat freak, told me that he wanted to help me get more organized this year.  Therefore, I’m sure I’ll get more organized since I’ll have a little help.

To get a little inspiration, we went browsing around at one of my favorite stores, Duane Reade.  I wanted to see what they had that could possible help me get started on this home organizing journey.  I want to start small and work my way up to bigger organizational tasks so my focus starting out is on smaller trouble spots.

Z.E.N. loves to color and draw. When he gets into his artsy mood, he’ll sit down to color and draw for hours.


I love the fact that he’s starting to unleash his creativity, however, his crayons seem to wind up all over the house.  So I need to find a way to corral his crayons.

I also need to clean out my desk drawers.  I can’t seem to find anything in them, because it seems as if they have become a repository of a smattering of cables, earphones and other miscellaneous stuff.

I wasn’t sure what I would find at Duane Reade.  I didn’t expect to find a “home organization” aisle, but was hoping that they did carry some items that would help me tackle the task at hand. I am happy to say that I was impressed at what I found.  They had a whole section filled with items for the home!


I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, but as I was browsing, I thought that these might possibly come in handy:

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Plastic containers and Ziploc bags are great for organizing.  They can be used to store just about anything, so as I continued to browse, I started thinking about how I could use these products to accomplish my goal.

I continued to browse and then came across this:


How funny is it that Family Circle has a feature on organizing your life? Coincidental?  I so needed this and starting thumbing through the magazine right there and then.  Of course I purchased it.  I was eager to read more about how to organize my life!

Of course, whenever Phil and Z.E.N. tag along, they always seem to wind up in the food aisle.


I was happy to see that Phil was checking out some of the healthy options like the Good & Delish Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix.


Z.E.N picked out some yogurt covered pretzels.  Good choice!

We then wrapped up our shopping trip and headed home.


When we got home I decided to tackle my mini projects. First up were the desk drawers.  This is the stuff that needed to be organized:


These are the tools I used:


I sorted everything that was in the pile and then neatly coiled them up using the twist ties to secure them.


I then labeled the Ziploc bags using the sharpie pen and then inserted the items into the bags.



Here is the end result with everything sorted all nice and neat into their own individual Ziploc bag.  Doesn’t this pile look so much better?


Next up, I wanted to tackle the crayons.  I figured they could all fit into a plastic container like this one:


I was right!  Now Z.E.N. can find all his crayons easily in one location.



So there you have it. Two easy organizational projects tackled.  Getting my life organized is a big step for me, but I can’t wait to do some more projects!

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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at


  • Nice job with your mini org projects! I think it’s a really good idea to divide into small organizing tasks, rather than try to organize an entire garage or pantry.
    My desk drawers are stuffed with random cables too. I should have bought Ziploc bags at Duane Reade 🙂

    • Thanks. For me, if I try to tackle a big organizational task, I either get tired or fed up and usually just stop halfway through. I have to take baby steps! I need to get to my pantry though. I’ll probably do it shelf by shelf instead of doing it all at one time.

  • I agree with Jen that breaking large tasks into much smaller ones tend to be much better than thinking about the entire beast of a job (like my storage area in the basement! LOL)

    I am going to take your lead and do one section at a time 🙂

    Thansk deary!


Getting My Life Organized

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