Disorganized Organization in Your Home

by Niz Brown 05/12/2019

You’ve read all those articles on how to organize, how to arrange, how to store, and yet your home still looks a mess. Perhaps you’ve tried to follow too many ideas and consequently haven’t succeeded at any of them. Here are a few “organizational hints” that you can do without so that you truly succeed in your goals.

Countertop containers

Despite the lovely magazine spreads and reality TV reveals, piling the top of your counter with jars, floral arrangements in vases, decorative cake-stands and other beautiful pieces readily contributes to even more clutter. If the item on your countertop isn’t something you use regularly, it’s likely to collect dust and water spots. If it’s near your meal prep and wash-up areas, you’ll often find it has interesting food spatters too. That just means more washing, dusting, cleaning for you to do.

Empty landscape

Of course, making the countertops too clean can make life, in general, more of a chore. So, if you make smoothies every day, keep that blender on the counter in a handy location. If you always bake, make room on the surface for your mixer. And if you’re a crockpot or insta-pot chef, keep it right where you use it. Otherwise, you’re regularly cleaning, clearing, and putting things away that you’ll turn right back around and take out just a few hours later. Instead, be sure to wipe your countertop appliances down every day in case they caught some of those food splashes.

Glass-front glare

Installing beautiful glass-front cabinetry can add value to your kitchen, but unless you have room in other cabinets for your regular stuff, mismatched items piled into your cabinets add to a messy look. If you have glass-front cupboard doors but not enough space, simple line the glass with a decorative film to give it a frosted look while it hides your clutter.

Rethink your space

Just because your mom always kept the dishes in the cabinet to the left of the sink and the glasses on the right doesn’t mean you have to. In fact, if your kitchen has large drawers, stacking plates and bowls in them. Having dishware lower down allows children to participate in setting the table and emptying the dishwasher. If you use plastic ware for extra storage, put it in a plastic basket along with the lids in a lower shelf to make it easier for little ones to reach it when they’re being helpful.

Of course, if the only solution to finding more organization space in your kitchen is to have a new kitchen, talk to your real estate agent and start looking today.

About the Author
Author

Niz Brown

Born in San Pedro, California, as a first generation Croatian, I graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry and then earned a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. In 1960 I married native San Franciscan Jim Brown. Jim, was a high school teacher before becoming the owner/chef of La Lanterna Restaurant in Kentfield from 1985-1992. He is now retired. I combined substitute teaching in Marin County with the rearing of our four children, all of whom are grown and have settled in Marin. I became intrigued with the world of homes when we acted as the general contractors in building our own home in Woodacre and another home in the San Geronimo Valley. I began to work the carpet business, and became licensed to sell real estate in 1976. I was an associate realtor with other companies before becoming an independent broker and opening my own office in downtown Larkspur in 1991.

Decades of experience in real estate, plus a passion for details, executed in a creative manner allows me to serve in an exceptional manner. I advise my clients on the preparation of a property for sale and use my skills to assist sellers in arranging for staging, clean up, etc. Then I begin the marketing by having the home professionally photographed I create a property website and create fliers and print advertising. The MLS places the listing on all media site. Then when a offer comes in, the negotiation skills and attention to the details of the transaction take over. Other agents often say "you have the nicest listings". I care deeply about the quality of service I provide. When it comes to representing buyers I am patient and tenacious. I am just as excited as the buyer when we find the right home. I love my job!

I network with agents from diverse brokerages. I operate a "bus tour" with 25 professionals from 15 different brokerages. Operating my bus tour is my way of establishing close relationships with colleagues and gives me the opportunity to serve more effectively. Real estate is a unique community of competitors who work together with love and respect and cooperate to serve our clients.

I have developed a passion for photography and painting larger-than-life images of flowers. I am a signature member of the National Watercolor Association. At close of escrow each of my clients is given a choice of one of my prints for their home.