Getting Organized

by Courtney El-Ghoul
getting organized

Today I want to talk about getting organized! AHHHH isn’t it the best feeling in the world!? I mean I feel like we all love the idea. Getting there can feel so daunting. But, if we are being honest, the hard part is maintaining it. I like to consider myself a pretty organized person, in general. However, when I start looking around my kitchen and the “junk drawer” looks like a bomb went off… I am like, okay, I have a problem! Haha. Truthfully, I am not that bad. But, ever since I had the twins I feel like things have gotten a little out of hand. Kids accumulate so much stuff! Then when I see things getting a little haywire, it’s easy for me to use the excuse that I am so busy with them that I just don’t have time to get organized. Which is entirely untrue – but it is not a great excuse.

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True story, when we moved into our new house about a year ago I told Khalil “we are decluttering and we are going to be on point with our organization!” I swear I lived at the darn container store. The problem is, which I am sure you can relate to if you have been there, is how crazy overwhelming that place is! I was like a kid in a candy store! Everything just looks so great. It was all – “Oh, I can totally use this, yes!” or “I have to have that!” Oh man, not even kidding I spent an embarrassing amount of money in there. But, of course, it got out of hand again. Some of it is AMAZING, but then a lot of it either isn’t practical or maybe I am just using it in the wrong way. I really tried. I got all the labels and cereal/food containers. Somehow, it still looks nothing like Khloe Kardashian’s pantry! ha! At first, it was nice… like, the day I did it all. it is just SO HARD to maintain. This is JUST the pantry. Never mind the whole house. 

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I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s pretty much the same story for the other rooms in our home I tried to organize. But, recently I had to come to terms with the fact that I just didn’t have the time or energy to do it the right way. So, we decided to have a professional come in and help make my organized home dreams come true! Since I’d already purchased half the darn store when I attempted to do this myself… we asked her to try and use the products I already had, to save some money.

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Getting Started With The Organization Process

Khalil and I agreed that our closet was the number one priority to start on. We desperately needed some help. Neither of us could ever find half our things. This is the one area that we never even came close to getting right, from the time we moved. But then, Carly, at theevergreenmethod.com , made our closet dreams come true! Guys – it is SO GOOD. (Fun fact: Khalil went to college with her brother, but we had never met Carly before.) Immediately when she came to our home to meet us, and take a look at the project I knew I loved her. She was so warm and I felt like she truly got my vision. She even made me a Pinterest board for inspirational ideas of what we had discussed. We decided to start with the master closet, and then move on to other rooms in the house that needed attention.

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Well, she got our closet done in 1 day! AMAZING! I am so in love with it. She knocked it out of the park. I found clothing, jewelry, even shoes I totally forgot about – BONUS! Don’t even get me started on Khalil’s side, ha, oh my gosh like one billion times better. You guys can see the before/after pictures I included. If you are local to the DC area and require some organization in your life, hit her up. She Rocks!

For all of you on the fence about hiring someone, my advice is YES! I am so glad we finally did it and can’t wait for our next project. Stay tuned for more spaces we are decluttering in a future post.

XO

Courtney

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