I consider myself a fairly organized person. I have a strict policy of "a place for everything, and everything in its place." The issue is that any cupboard or drawer that DOESN'T have a designated purpose tends to become a dumping ground, in my house. I have three cupboards above my sink that I don't really need for anything kitchen related. One of them has been designated for cook books, and an assortment of office supplies as we have no office space.
The double cupboard beside it looks organized to the untrained eye. There are six labeled baskets containing everything from "Outdoor Stuff" (sunscreen, bug spray, flash lights, etc) to "Dog Stuff" (refills for poop bags, combs, clippers, etc.) to "Electronics" (mainly chargers that we don't use on a regular basis.) My issue is that, in time, it becomes so cluttered, and I find myself having to reorganize it at least a few times a year.
Furthermore, we have a FOURTH cupboard that is just pure chaos at all times. I have three corner cupboards, and hate them. If we ever re-do our kitchen, I will completely eliminate them. The one cupboard has gone through many tranformations - everything from a board game cupboard, to a craft cupboard, to a spill-off pantry for emergency water and extra juice boxes when we hit a big sale...to just a flat out dumping ground where everything gets shoved when I'm cleaning up in a hurry.
So how do I begin to tackle these areas?? I have noticed that every area of my home that has a designated purpose stays fairly organized. But these areas that I rarely need to access just become a giant mess that needs to be torn apart a few times a year.
When even labled baskets aren't working, I know i'm failing, somewhere!