Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Organized Entry: Creating a Drop Zone {for the little things}

About a week ago, I posted about my new console that we have in our entry and how I would like to eventually create a charging station as well as add a lamp. So I posted about ways to possibly manage the cords. (Read more about that here.)

While I haven't gotten there quite yet, I did have some fun and started organizing the drawers. Yes that is totally my idea of fun.

And yes, the drawers were needing some direction. 

See how stuff just accumulates if you don't designate a space for it? 

You may be wondering why I didn't organize it as soon as I got it. Well, I decided I wanted to let our family "live" with it for a bit to see what it really got used for as well as the kinds of things that sort of landed there.

Once I'd given it a little time, I decided to jump in. 

 First step: Empty everything out. 

 And by that I mean I:

  1. emptied everything 
  2. got rid of things that didn't belong 
  3. sorted them into like categories. 
I then used one my favorite tools, a notebook, and wrote down everything that I could come up with that we may possibly need in our entry (and that would fit in the drawers). I tried grouping my list into categories as well. I consulted with hubs too in case there was something that I hadn't thought of. 

Another important step : measure everything. 

I measured the drawers' height, width, and length with another favorite tool, a tape measure, so that I could find containers to fit. I have learned one too many times that SO much time can be wasted when you don't measure. I have also learned, if you aren't sure, always buy more than what you think you need because that too wastes SO much time when you have to keep returning to the store. 
If you have take things back at the end of the project, 
then it is a one time trip and you're done.

The containers came from a few places: Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Target---all of which were very inexpensive. Yippee!!

I also bought and cut rubber gripper shelf liner. Not only does it make the drawers a little prettier, but it helps keep containers and such from sliding around.

The larger clear bins fit perfectly. (Remember the measuring?) I like these because I can remove the whole container of something if I need to take it somewhere else for a quick second. I can also wipe them down when needed.

The smaller containers from Target fit perfectly side by side. 

With a few labels, they make the perfect spot for keys, phones, etc. Hubby and I each have our own drawer for those types of things.

The top-middle drawer got a small desk supply organizer that I already had and just so happened to fit (lucky). This drawer holds not only supplies but some stationary, notepads, envelopes, checkbook, and stamps. All of this comes in very handy when you are dealing with things as you're heading out the door.

The kids each have their own drawers as well for things like the Leapster, their sunglasses, gum and...we'll see. I'm sure it will evolve over time. But I figured they needed a little spot as well to call their own. And it is never too early to start teaching organization! :) (Okay, off my soapbox.)

The middle row, middle drawer holds essentials such as a lint roller, sunscreen, lotion, sanitizer, and chap stick.  

One of the bottom drawers contains my camera, Camera Coat (which I love), exra lens, and extra memory cards. I do have more that goes with my camera but it is stored somewhere else. This is what I use on a daily basis and makes it easy for me to store and grab on quick notice. (Obviously I couldn't put my camera in there for the picture or the picture wouldn't have existed. :)

So that is it for now. I actually was left with TWO empty drawers-- which I am totally fine with. I know it won't be long before they get used --especially since as a family our needs are always changing.

Still not completely done with this little space but it is definitely a lot more functional. I can't tell you how excited I get about little spots that pack so much punch. Gets my heart all a flutter. :) And I can assure you that it won't be long until I'm working on it some more. So many little time. 

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  1. great job!! love those small black tubs

    Natasha x

    1. Thanks Natasha! Yes--gotta love Target's $ spot. :)

  2. I love this. Where did you find the console?

    1. Thank you. I found it at a place called American Furniture Warehouse here in Denver--although you may be able to order online as well.

  3. This is a great piece of furniture for an entryway, I love how you organized it. Looks great!

    1. Thanks Morgan! I'm sure you would agree that the organizing is the fun part! :) It really has been nice to have drawers for all those little things that don't always have a home.

  4. Great job of organizing. Love that you 'lived' with it for a while so you could organize effectively. I also love the furniture itself and the color scheme. Just beautiful.

    1. I think organizing is fun too. I'm glad you do too. I'd rather do it than going to the movies (i.e.) like some people do. I went to see Green Lanterns on a date and was bored to tears.

    2. Thanks Christa! I've been really happy with the console table. And all the know. :) Thanks for stopping by and dropping a line!


    3. Hi Peggy! Sounds like we have some things in common. I love meeting others who enjoy organizing the way I do. (Although I do like a good movie as well. :)




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