Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spring is on its way...

Oh yes, I can smell it in the air. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are slowly getting longer, and the snowdrops are just about starting to make an appearance. I do realise we are a few months away yet, but it's getting nearer. You don't only have to look outside to notice these things... generally I can feel my energy levels slowly rising and that feeling to sort out the house is thawing.

On Saturday I was meant to do nothing, just take a day to relax, read and do a bit of quilting. Instead I had the slightest urge to sort something out in the house. In the end I spent the entire Saturday unpacking my drawers and re-folding my clothes neatly. Now, I know some of you must think that I've wasted a chance to do nothing - a chance to have some 'me' time. But actually folding and re-organising things can be very therapeutic. I also realise that at this point I am sounding like I may suffer from an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for organisation. But truthfully I am a born 'untidy person'. If you don't believe me, go ask my mum on her MammaLalla blog - she had years of trying to get me to not step out of my clothes, leave wet towels on the bed and simply rummage through my wardrobe as if it was a big laundry bin. So that is how I know Spring is approaching, because in the Spring even us 'born untidies' have the urge to straighten things out.

Drawers have always been my downfall. I can never see what are in the stacks of folded clothing, and as a result my impatience gets the better of me and I mess up the folded items. So this time I thought I need a different solution. I did a bit of 'folding clothes' research again, and decided that side-by-side stacking of all my tops and jumpers (the ones that don't need hanging) is the solution. Unfortunately I forgot (on purpose) to take a 'before' shot. But here you can see how I've folded and lined up my 'tops' drawer. And yes, I would like to point out that if I was Obsessive, I would arrange things by colour - but I'm too much of a realist, and know that that system won't last long.

But I didn't stop there, I continued until all the drawers that belong to me were sorted out... including my underwear drawers. There is however no way that I am going to post photos of my nickers drawer on a blog, but I will show you a peek of how I've stacked my bra's in an IKEA wardrobe organising box (yes, I wear flesh coloured bras when the occasion arises and that is a 'shock absorber' at the front, now lets move on please).
Phew, so after all that folding, I have become very familiar with various folding techniques. Coincidentally, Ivy from Little Ivy Cakes left me a comment asking about folding socks. So for all you Spring organisers, and for Ivy, I will be posting at the weekend about different folding techniques (not just t-shirt) for drawer and wardrobe organisation, including socks, trousers, underwear etc. All of that just in time for a bit of early Spring Cleaning.

Have a lovely week!


Caroline said...

I love the way you have your Tops are they rolled or just folded??
So easy to see them all.

Vintage Tea said...

I've just posted about organising my wardrobe! I need to get some of those draw organisers from IKEA so i can carry on what I started!

Victoria xx

Judy said...

Good girl and good job!! I just finished my kitchen cupboard inside and out so my next project will by my bedroom sorting, cleaning and putting all those drawers in a more organized manner. I hope you do the sock thing before I do my sock drawer.

LaundryBasketCase said...

Hi Caroline, my topd are almost inbetween being folded and roled. I'll make sure to detail how I did them in my next post at the weekend.
Judy; I'll try and get the post up as soon as possible on saturday just for you! x

MelMel said...

Hiya, how are you?
Neat drawers..!

I really enjoy your posts!x

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

wow love the tops folded in the drawer like that! do you hire yourself out as I need some help LOL
looking forward to folding techniques as mine is very haphazard except my special t shirt folding of course :-D
Lesley x

Ivy said...

It feels so great to get organized doesn't it. You just sleep better at nignt knowing your things are in tucked in place and your towels are fluffed and folded properly. Can't wait for the sock folding. :)

Mamma Lalla said...

I can't believe my eyes!! To all moms with untidy teenagers .......there is hope!! I can remember complaining about her room and getting the answer that the best for both us is to just rather close her door. Mrs L I am very proud of you!! Luv ma xx

The Vintage Kitten said...

Its sooo tidy, please come to my house and do mine!!! LOL! I have made a start today as we have been left a Barnardos bag and they want clothes only so after reading your post it has inspired me to get rid of clothes I will never fit into again (I buy things too small hoping I will lose weight and then I never do) so Ive had to say goodbye to some nice things, but it feels quite good too X

A note on perfection

Many of the posts featured on this blog are about doing household chores the correct, or so to say perfect way. My intention is not to make readers feel that the way they are running their households are wrong. So if making the bed, or ironing shirts in a certain way doesn't fit your lifestyle, do not feel guilty about it. But by learning the correct way of doing things it might just come in handy for those times when special guests are staying, or when you need to iron that shirt perfectly for a job interview. So enjoy the learning, but skip the guilt and LOVE your homes. x

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