Organise Your Kitchen

Storage Glass © Erik Back 2012

I have two links I thought you would enjoy. I wrote a couple of posts on my other blog Good Sense of Living about what kind of food ingredients to keep on storage.

1. Spice up Your Food Like a Gourmet

2. Basic Food You Need to Have in Storage



Ditch it or Fix It

Doorbell © Erik Back 2012

I live with my girlfriend in a flat on the second floor of a building with four floors. We have an entry telephone at the street-door because it is always locked. This way guests and carriers can press a button to announce their arrival.

The entry telephone is a clever arrangement that my girlfriend and I appreciate a lot, because it saves quite a bit of money if the alternative is to throw rocks at the windows.

But sometimes a neighbour or a deliveryman who is already in the building wants to say hallo. They have two options; they can either press the doorbell or knock repeatedly on the door. Most people knock the door and those who choose to ring the doorbell usually have to leave with unfinished business.

It’s not that we don’t like people who ring our doorbell; we simply can’t hear the bell. Why not? Because it’s not working!

If you have a doorbell that is not working then make it work or take it down. There is no point in keeping utilities that doesn’t work. It is inconvenient to press the doorbell a couple of times and then knocking the door hoping that someone will hear you.

The guest or carrier risk getting impatient or irritated and that’s an unfortunate start of the visit. Make it easy for people who are coming to visit you, that will create better energy.

Not Just the Doorbell

It’s not just the doorbell that has to be working. If you have anything in your house that is not working then ask yourself: Am I going to repair it? If not, then throw it out; get rid of it. If you don’t want to expel your malfunctioning appliances then fix them.

Gadgets and objects that do not serve their purpose will end up cluttering your life; they will bring bad energy and give you worries that you don’t need.

My Socks Are Hiding in the Back of the Bedroom Closet

Hiding Socks © Erik Back 2012

I don’t understand why closets have to be so deep. Standard depth of a bedroom closet is 60 cm in most of the world. Some even prefer the closet depth to be up to 75 cm.

I don’t know about you but I never reach behind what I can see in the front of the closet unless I can remember what’s hiding in the back of the shelf.

I’m not the most patient person in the world and I tend to be a little bit absent-minded. Hence, I can’t remember what’s luring behind the coloured pile of t-shirts and if I by some miracle actually remember having a piece of clothe that doesn’t spring to my eyes the second I open the closet door, then hell breaks loose.

My problem is that I don’t know if that one sock chose to stay in the dryer downstairs or if it has crawled to the back of my closet. Well, it could also be hiding in the laundry basket – who knows?

What would you do in this situation? – I take out the clothes that are comfortably sitting in the front row of the closet, covering about half of the shelf. The clothes jump up and down unfolding themselves until they are all piled up on the bed. Now I turn on a flashlight to get a better view of the back of my closet.

Sometimes I find what I was looking for … last year! But usually I don’t find anything but items that are so old I forgot I had them. Now my next challenge is to fit the pile on the bed into the front row again. It usually doesn’t fit unless I refold it and if I don’t have the time to fold up my clothes then I stuff it all into the closet again and some of it ends on the back-row to be forgotten.

We wear 20 % of our clothes 80 % of the time! Yes, I know! That’s because 80 % of the closet is covered in darkness – you never see what’s in there!

Clothes that are resting on hangers need the space in the back of the bedroom closet, but I don’t need extra space for clothes that I don’t wear. My dream is to find a set of shelves with doors that is about 30-40 cm deep. I would decorate a wall in the bedroom with these practical and functional shelves and get rid of all the clothes that are stored in the back of the 60 cm deep bedroom closet.

Great Tips to Declutter

It’s time for some great tips on how to declutter. I have found a couple of videos on YouTube that you can use for inspiration.

Oprah’s organising guru shares his tips to declutter

Peter Walsh is an organising guru and in this video he gives some great ideas to declutter your kitchen drawer, your closet and you writing table.

What I like most about this video is the way Peter Walsh suggests that we focus. We tend to focus on the things that clutter an area or space, but instead we should focus on the function of this space.

I’m going to try out his tips on one of my drawers where I keep … well, I don’t really know what’s in there but I intend to find out.

Desk Declutter

If you have a bunch of cluttered wires then here is some good advice from Derek Johnson.