I think we can all agree that Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. As a whole it provides amazing ideas, recipes, inspiration and laughs (I could spend all day on the humor page), but it also gives an incredble influx of information that not everyone can handle and sometimes (okay a lot of times) makes us ungrateful for what we have, jealous for what we don’t have, envious of someone else, and sometimes we spend more money than we should, just to keep up with what we see on Pinterest. I’ve searched MANY Pinterest pages and boards looking for ideas and inspiration for my clients and if there’s one thing I’ve learned , it’s that, when it comes to organizing, you have to create your own system. You can’t copy someone else’s work and expect it to work flawlessly for you. Yes, you can grab ideas, find bins, labels, organizing tools and more but don’t find a picture on the internet and say, “This works for them therefore it will work for me.” It’s not going to happen. Each space is as unique as the person/family using it and should be organized that way.
Here’s why – your space won’t have the same items the other space has, your needs and expectations are different from the other person’s needs and expectations, and your space as a whole is probably different, even if it’s just slight. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s a cookie cutter build and you have an exact match to a space you love but guess what, you’re not that other person! You’re you! With your own life to live and with your own life that will fill that space differently. No two closets I’ve worked in are ever the same. My clients have different preferences. There may be similarities, but never identical in the items they hold. No two pantries are the same. Again, there may be similarities but I have never come across an exact match for any pantry I’ve seen or worked in.
And I don’t know about you, but I love that. I love the challenge of coming up with new ideas that will work for my clients. I love the process of transforming their space to fit their specific needs. I love seeing the satisfaction on their faces when it’s done and they realize what we’ve done can be maintained after I leave because it was organized with them in mind!
So yes, do your research, find ideas that will work for you, get inspired! But when it comes down to it make sure the way you’re organizing fits you and your lifestyle. You’re unique and your space needs to reflect that.