January Cure 2017: Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a clean freak

When you live in a small house and you’ve inherited your mother’s (self proclaimed!) clean freak tendencies, surface clutter is your worst nightmare. I literally feel like the walls are closing in on me, panic-attack style. So, when Apartment Therapy’s January Cure rolled around again, I was positively giddy. Time to get (re)organized!

First on the list, I tackled our dining room storage. We have these two lovely IKEA Expedit (now called Kallax – why IKEA couldn’t just keep it the same name is beyond me…) shelves. They become a landing pad for anything and everything. Those bins were full of stuff that needed to be quickly hidden away. And then was promptly forgotten.


So, last night, I did a reorg. AND IT FELT SO GOOD. It is now the home to a lot of Alex’s toys, some of his books and our outbox.

Now what is an outbox, you may ask? Again, a January Cure item. It’s basically a place to put stuff that you need to do something with, but can’t or don’t want to decide exactly what that’ll be at that moment. Here’s the basics from their website:

  1. Anything can go in the Outbox
  2. The Outbox is allowed to get messy
  3. Everything must stay in the Outbox for at least one week
  4. After that time you have several choices
    1. Take anything back out
    2. Leave anything you are undecided about for one more week
    3. Dispose of the rest by moving to the garbage, recycling bin, or giveaway pile

And the rest of it, it’s Alex’s toys! I reorganized his room when he got a little table and chairs set (thanks Mom and Dad!) and the toys needed a new home. Now they’re in all of these bins at the perfect height for him to pull out and get into. When done, I can scoooooop them all up, toss them back in, and shove the bin back into the shelves. Ahhh. Pure bliss for my clean freak self.

Our outbox is the upper left bin



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