My illness

I will admit that I have a touch of OCD. I'm highly functional with it but I do have to work to keep it under control. Wait, I take that back.  I don't have OCD, I just like to have everything in order. It keeps me focused and we all know that I need all the help I can get in that area! I can't tolerate disorder for long periods of time. Now that I am a parent, I have let go of some of my control desire to keep things neat and orderly. Kids and husbands will do that to you. However, I do make my boys responsible for cleaning up after themselves. That way they will make some girl very happy once they are married! Well, the other day I came home to this...

This is only one side of the playroom. The other side had bins, toy kitchen accessories and dirty underwear on the floor and I refused to post the picture!

So I ordered my boys to CLEAN IT UP! All of the smaller toys are organized in bins by type. Cars with cars, tambourines with keyboards, etc. Large stuffed animals are in tubs and sentimental bears are on a bookshelf. Large toys are stored in a toybox, and so forth and so on! The boys already knew exactly where everything went! I raised 'em right!

Here's a picture of their book shelf. The books are arranged by paperback vs hardback, larger to smaller on each shelf with all spines facing outward for easy selection at bedtime. I had them all thrown into a bin at one time but the boys would pour all the books out on the floor each night in search of the perfect bedtime story which would of course be at the bottom of the pile! Plus this way the books last longer and it teaches them to take care of their things.

Here's a picture of one of my kitchen utensil drawer. I have my utensils seperated by color. I know. It's a sickness. But I know where everything is. Black handled items in one drawer, wooden in another and stainless in yet another!

Check out my kiddie utensil drawer. Originally all the stuff was dumped in the drawer all cattywampus until I discovered these cheap white bins. I love them. They are all over my house from the bathroom to the office.

Bins in use in the junk drawer

Second junk drawer

My spices are organized by type in nice little rows. I am currenly searching for an easier organizing method with my spices because keeping them all in line is a bit of a chore. I'm open to any suggestions in this department.



  1. Great background! Have you thought of one of those spice organizers that attaches to the inside of your pantry door? Mine works great and frees up a shelf.

  2. Wow. I can't show my husband this post because if he knew there were women like YOU out there, he'd leave me. =) My utensil drawer does not look like that...

  3. Crazy, crazy Shanita. How are we friends??


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