organizing inspiration

20 Nov

Apologies for the lack of posts. Busy weekend and also I had a difficult time thinking of something to write….

I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV lately. It all started when I was flipping through channels while eating dinner and this show called “Urban Suburban” was on and featuring Vancouver. Drawn to anything that has to do with Vancouver on national TV, I started watching it. The show is hosted by a brother and sister team with crazy blue eyes. The brother specialises in urban real estate and the sister, you guessed it, suburban real estate. They showcase 3 homes each to home-seeking couple to persuade the couple to choose a suburban or urban home at the end.

Since then, I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV – Urban Suburban, Property Virgins, House Hunters, and Holmes Inspection! I’m at that point in my life where I would like to find a place to live in for a while and it’s neat to see  the different styles of homes across Canada. It also makes me sad when I see how expensive houses are in Vancouver compared to…somewhere in Nova Scotia.

Anyways, all of these homeshows have gotten me into the re-decorating/organizing mood in my own rented apartment. Show homes always look so nice because they aren’t cluttered. Besides when I have a paper and assignment due this week, cleaning always seems more fun. De-cluttering serves two purposes where it makes my place look nicer and also reduces the amount of stuff I will eventually have to move when I leave my current place.

In this post, I will be posting some of the things and thought processes I go through when organizing and de-cluttering. Some of these are pretty obvious but I’m writing about what I do.


  1. If you buy something new, get rid of something equivalent to it. Works best for clothes. If I buy a new sweater, I’ll donate/consign/give away a sweater I no longer wear.
  2. Use twist ties to keep cords tidy or for big cords try folding the cord and inserting it into a toilet paper roll.
  3. Hide stuff but try to keep it organized still! Stick it in drawers, put similar stuff into baskets, rubbermaids, clear plastic boxes, etc. I have my couch up against the wall and I’ve stuck flattened boxes that I need to keep for electronics and moving behind it.
  4. Organize drawers and bins by purpose rather than a random collection of stuff. I have a basket for electronic stuff, candy drawer (hehe), toiletries, etc.
  5. When doing a major de-cluttering, examine each piece and really think about whether you need it or not. My problem is that I always think I will use something one day which is why I accumulated quite a bit of stuff. I have 4 brand new beeswax tealight candles that I bought last Christmas that I haven’t used. I don’t want to get rid of them cause they are good quality so I decided to make an effort to make use of them.
  6. Think about future plans when de-cluttering. I’ll be graduating this year so I won’t need as many pens, pencils, paper, etc as I currently have. Knowing this, I leave these drawers alone because I’ll do a big purge in May. Same concept applies to clothing. In the next year, I plan on working and wearing work clothes. I am trying to transition my wardrobe to something more “adult” and work appropriate. I’ve stopped buying hoodies (save my UBC one cause every alumni needs something right?), sneakers, graphic tee-shirts, etc. and opt toward “business-casual” pieces that can be worn now like cardigans, ballet flats, and button-downs.
  7. I spent 15 minutes at 2:30AM last night detangling about 10 necklaces. I can’t believe I had the patience to do it, but I did. These necklaces got tangled cause the hook they were on fell down and somehow they got all tangled up. Doing this reminded me of my tip about traveling with a bunch of necklaces. Gather all of the necklaces with all of the latches together. Tape around it. Now the necklaces won’t become magically tangled.
  8. Re-purpose! I’ve turned my metal book stand into an iPad stand which props it high enough so I can plug in the charger. I reuse glass jars to hold small items like cotton balls or Qtips. I bought a nice towel rack stand at Winners to hang my jewelry on when hanging towels on it wasn’t practical.



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