Organizing and Preparing Go Together
My own organizing hysteria!
After 2 months of intense training my husband and I are ready to do in-home dialysis. This would allow us to make our own schedule, going and coming as we please.
We would recapture our social life. We. were. ready.
PANIC SET IN WHEN THEY TOLD US THAT AT LEAST 30 CARTONS OF SUPPLIES, SOME QUITE LARGE, WOULD BE DELIVERED TO OUR HOME ON A MONTHLY BASIS!
How much more space can I squeeze into a 2 bedroom apartment?
How much of my possessions do I have to give up to accommodate this new venture?
Our apartment will look like a warehouse!
My strategy: I hired myself!
I gave in to my panic for a day and then sat down to strategize.
I really went through our closets, (which are plenty for an apartment like a house). There were actually things I could get rid of or put someplace else.
I moved things around and saw that I could clear up floor space, allowing for tubs of bagged liquid supplies.
I reconfigured the tops of the bedroom closets and found 4 spots for stackable cartons.
I moved shoe racks to one side and found 2 spots of 12" wide, big enough for 14 shoe box size containers.
Inch by inch:
I realized that transferring the contents of the cartons to plastic bins would take up less room and eliminate that warehouse look. Clear plastic bins would allow me to label everything nicely.
I measured each newly freed up space, width, height and depth and made a concise list.
I got the measurements of the contents of the biggest items we'd be getting, (aside from the machine itself). We knew ahead of time what our general needs were.
I took a trip to the dollar store and bought 20 clear plastic containers, some very large, some medium and some a little smaller.
The plastic bins fit in absolutely perfectly in the spaces we made for them.
I still have 5 extra shelves that can fit at least another 15 plastic bins of varying sizes!
I decided to wait for the delivery to arrive before running out and buying more bins.
I sat and had a cup of tea feeling very pleased with what I had accomplished.
I learned first hand that even a seemingly insurmountable project can be conquered. Just strategize, be clear headed, and take one step at a time.
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