Organizing kids’ spaces

My oldest daughter loves clothes- she loves buying new clothes, but She also loves to change her clothes. Not surprisingly, this has led to some major messing up her dresser and her closet.

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Emorie’s closet really needed some Jesus an exorcism some cleaning out. Actually I’m the one who needs Jesus- opening that closet makes me think bad thoughts.


And the dresser isn’t any better.


I finally got tired of it and decided to fix it. I started by removing anything extra, non fitting, or anything out-of-season from the closet. Then, I straightened what was left.



And suddenly, all of my mean thoughts have disappeared. Isn’t that way better?

And as for the dresser.  Some of the drawers didn’t need more than a minor straightening.


But for the ones that looked like a tornado had run through them, I took everything out of them and used my trusty drawer organizers.

When I was finished, it looked like this:


I know I’ll just be refixing the closet and drawers again soon, but in the meantime, this is so much better.

What small organizing project have you done lately?

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New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?


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You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 


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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


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Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


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How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


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How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


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I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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Make Something Monday: Closet Bins From Diaper Boxes

You may recall that my oldest daughter’s closet contains bins that I DIY’ed from diaper boxes. 

My youngest daughter is quickly nearing age two, but when she was born, her closet looked like this:

She’s getting older now and her needs are changing. I wanted her closet to accommodate that, so I made her some closet bins of her own. 

First, I spent a few weeks collecting diaper boxes. Then, I cut the flaps off the top.

Then, lay out your fabric, place the box on top and cut it to size. 

After you cut your fabric, spray your box with spray adhesive, and glue the fabric onto the box. It’s just like wrapping a present.

Then, use a colorful ribbon to hide the ugly edges. You can also use a pillowcase to line your bin.

I have not yet lined the boxes nor added my labels. My baby girl’s closet currently looks like this:

There are toy bins and a donate hamper (for outgrown clothes) to the right of the vertical shelf. A Rubbermaid tote stows her out of season clothes and her suitcase is to the left of the shelf.

Various other clothing items are stored high and out of reach on the top shelf. 

Our girl’s new closet reflects her changing needs as she grows. Have a wonderful week. 

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A much-improved linen closet


Our linen closet used to be organized. Like everyone else around here, summer has slowed him down and made him a little lazy. Wait, you don’t refer to your linen closet as a person? Well, why not? 😜

In all seriousness, our linen closet was pretty bad. Stuff everywhere and we had to search for what we needed. Take a look:


You may be thinking, “That’s not so bad!”

What about now?

This linen closet was full of junk and wasted space all at the same time. I didn’t even know that was possible.

I saw this awesome picture in Real Simple.

I thought, “I can do that. I NEED to do that.”

First, I took everything out of the closet. It’s a linen closet, but it’s in our bathroom, so it houses some other things too. We don’t have anywhere else to put our luggage, so it lives here. 

I grabbed a few metal baskets from Dollar General, a DIY basket from another room, and repurposed the brown bins I already had. I also grabbed an empty hamper from another room.


I stashed those extra pillows in that empty hamper. It takes up less space than the laundry basket and it looks less cluttered.


I stashed the towels in the built in shelves on the right, and I stashed our heavier comforter here as well.


Brown fabric drawers hold wash cloths, paper products and first aid supplies.


Metal baskets house sheets, toiletries and hand towels.


I rolled our quilt to save space. Snapping bins corral nail care supplies ($9 at Dollar General).


Let’s see that before and after:

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After:


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

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21-day challenge: closet spaces


My closet was looking good, but everyone else’s? Not so much.



Basically, like our dressers, they were suffering from “too-full-it is.”

So you can believe I worked my purge magic.

I started with my oldest daughter’s closet.

I took everything that no longer fit or was needed and made three piles:

Give away, throw away, keep for sister.

When I finished, her closet looked like this:



And as for the baby’s closet.


I took out anything not needed or no longer useful and I made four piles: give away, consign, donate, trash

When I finished, the closet looked like this:




This is our consign pile:


And Finally, hubby’s closet:


We donated or threw away anything he couldn’t wear, hung everything up and straightened things up.
That’s a lot better, isn’t it?

Three closets just got a lot less messy. Isn’t it nice?

Here’s what’s coming up next on 21-day challenge.


See you tomorrow to talk about extraneous clutter!!

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21-day challenge: our linen closet


Our linen closet actually wasn’t that bad. 


It was one of those spaces that was mostly neat, but just needed a little tidying up. 

Notice the haphazard, half-falling off labels and the leaning towel stacks. How about those overflowing bins?

Well, the first thing I did was this: throw away the things that were expired/no longer used.

And then I made new labels using the site I told you about yesterday, World Label.


And I straighted up those towels.


Let’s see that before and after, shall we?


Not a huge change, but still an improvement. 

Here’s what’s coming next:


Don’t forget to use the #ons21daychallenge if you join!!

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21-day challenge: a simplified pantry



Christmas is hard on our house. Add traveling  and a four day hospital stay to the mix, and things really get crazy…and not in a good way. 

I started by putting away some of the coats that were in here. While there are still a few too many, at least we have room. 


Then, I straightened up the cans. What I found was before, when we had all of the cans just jumbled up, I bought lots of duplicates because I didn’t know what we had.



I also emptied all the baskets and made sure things were in the proper places.


Speaking of baskets, I also downloaded these handy dandy printable labels from Wordlabel. Then, I printed them, laminated them, and I labeled away. 

I addressed the missing label problem and I made my space more beautiful. Win, win.


I also pared down our pastas and baked goods to things we regularly use. It felt wonderful and it made more room.

Let’s look at the before and after again:


Not too shabby, huh?

Here’s a look at what’s coming up next: 


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Switching seasons: tips for organizing your closet 

My closet was well-organized,  thanks to an organizing binge I had earlier this year.

And while it has been fall here for at least two months, our weather here in NC is terribly fickle.

We have had so many warm days this fall that we opted not to change our closets to fall and winter clothing…until this week. We’ve had such cold, rainy weather the past few days and we knew it was time to get out those sweaters!!

I removed my winter clothes from my totes, threw away the worn out  clothing and donated what didn’t fit anymore.  I put my spring clothes in the totes to be packed away till warm weather returns.

I put our sweaters and long sleeve tees on the middle shelf in our closet.

The bins on the top shelf which held winter clothes now hold short sleeve tees and sweater shells.

My closet now looks like this:

You’ll notice I left a few warm weather outfits…since our weather is fickle here.
What seasonal organizing projects have you completed recently?

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Mommy Mondays: Arranging your child’s clothing to encourage dressing themselves

My daughter just turned five this past weekend. She loves clothes and is independent in a lot of ways, but in other ways, she still needs lots of help.

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My daughter’s bedroom closet, while large, only boasted one high shelf and one closet rod. Last summer my dad and I made a vertical closet shelf and installed it in the middle, as well as adding more rods along the bottom. You can read about that here. 

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I decided to create a system in which she can reach everything she needs on a regular basis. Her winter hats, colored tights and coat hangers are all stored on the top shelf, since she doesn’t need them often. Her gymnastics clothes, swimsuits for swim class, underclothes, jammies, tops, bottoms and shoes, though? Right in her wingspan 🙂

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The boxes are actually diaper boxes that I covered in fabric. I made the labels with MS Word.

Her undies, jammies, swimsuits, hair accessories, shirts and shorts are stored in this dresser.

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Each drawer has a different function. Here is what her pajama drawer looks like. Her undies drawer is the most organized, but I’m not going to show my daughter’s undies on the Internet.

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We use drawer organizing baskets in the other drawers, but the tops and shorts don’t fit in them. I do try to keep them in neat folded stacks, but as I’m sure you can understand, my kiddo does actually get clothing out of these drawers, so they often look like this:

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Yikes. That’s one thing I’ve just had to let go of, but I do encourage her to help me re-fold and neaten up the drawers every week.

Having your child choose their own clothing and have access to all of it is a great help to them. Don’t forget, though- they do still need guidance in making presentable outfits. Check out my child in this colorful get-up:

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Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you tomorrow for a back porch retreat 🙂

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Small organizing projects: closet spaces

Usually, this is the time of year I re-evaluate my spaces and reorganize. However, this year, my attentions are elsewhere.

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Still, that doesn’t stop us from trying to make our day-to-day spaces function better. Usually, when we change over from our summer to winter wardrobes, we stash the out-of-season items in underbed bags under our beds, and put some unneeded items in the tops of our closets.

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You see, we have some really high, tall shelves in our closets. In the summer, you can find our winter scarves, thermal underwear and winter hats here. In the winter, this is where you’ll find our swimsuits.

Something was wrong with this picture: here it is February, and what was in the top of the closet? Thermals.  And what was on this vertical shelf, within easy reach? Well, the only thing useful to our current weather was my collection of toasty socks 🙂

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I began by pulling out all the baskets from the top of the closet and the vertical shelf. The summer clothes and swimsuits went on the hard to reach top shelf. Mine and hubby’s thermals were separated into separate baskets and placed side by side on the vertical shelf. This was an improvement over putting all the thermals in one basket.

By the way, I had this floral paper on all the baskets but it keeps peeling off 🙁

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The other baskets on the shelf contain winter socks and winter shirts with a donate basket on the bottom.

Tune in next week for more organizing projects!!

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