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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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: tricks for a more organized closet


I am intrigued by bloggers who create capsule wardrobes but I’ve never been able to create one myself.  I have, however, managed to pare down my wardrobe and simplify it a bit.

Today I’d like to share a few tips on how you can have fewer clothing items to choose from, but still have more to wear.

Basically, I have three separate occasions by which my clothes are categorized: Workout and exercise clothes, dress clothes/church clothes, and casual clothes. I also keep one or two formal dresses.


I have been bad about buying things because I liked them, not necessarily because I had anything to wear with them. Then, I’d end up with a closet full of clothes I liked, but nothing to wear with them.

1. Only buy an item of clothing if you can make three outfits with that piece. 

If you cannot think of three different things that you already have that will go with that piece, then don’t buy it. It is hard at first, but you will get used to it.

2. Clean out your closet twice a year

I always clean mine out twice a year, usually when I switch out seasonal clothes. If something is torn, worn or stained, pitch it. If something is too tight or too big, donate or consign it. I keep a consignment bin where I throw things that my family outgrows. When the bin is full, we donate it. If you haven’t worn something in a year, then donate it.

3. Know what your colors are

Know your favorite colors, favorite styles and what colors you feel most confident in. It’s ok to go out on a limb just a bit, but if you’re unsure about wearing it, you probably won’t.

4. Be ruthless

Remove any and everything that doesn’t fit or you no longer wear. Don’t keep it if there’s a chance you won’t wear it.

I was able to pare my spring/summer wardrobe significantly: I reduced my wardrobe to six dresses, four pairs of shorts, two dress pants, four skirts, six short sleeve shirts, four dress shirts, and two pairs of jeans.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my closet simplifying tips!

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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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Spring cleaning: ten steps to better closet organization

 

So I’ve been a little AWOL lately. I went back to work two weeks ago, and I’ve been trying to balance life with two children, a full time job, house keeping, and blogging. Something had to go by the wayside, so I decided to take a small step back from blogging. Things are improving, so here I am.

Most of us are in the midst of spring cleaning in some way or another. I recently was featured on Your Inspired Design for my closet organization. I have been asked for tips many times since then, so I decided to share those tips with all of you. These are in no particular order.

 

10. Include only what you wear regularly.

This one may seem like a no-brainer. I moved from a house with a HUUUUGGEEEE walk-in closet to a tiny closet. This was a huge adjustment. I learned to include only what I use regularly in my closet. I keep my out of season clothing in underbed bags under the bed, and I keep underthings, pajamas and work out clothes in dressers. Because we live in NC, and our weather is fickle, I keep a few outfits that can transition easily into warm/ cold weather. Twice a year, I clean out my closet and remove what no longer fits, is stained or torn, or things I simply no longer wear.

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9. Incorporate a “donate” bin or basket.

In the picture above, do you see the tall bin to the right of the vertical shelf? That is a donate bin. We have one in both daughter’s closets, and a small donate basket in our own closet. When we find something that no longer fits or that we no longer like, we toss it in the bin. We try to empty these bins at the thrift store donation boxes each month, but it honestly depends on how much is in the baskets.

8. Use matching hangers.

You may not think this is important, but it gives your closet such a streamlined look. I use velvet hangers because they keeps my clothes from sliding off. I use plain white hangers in my girls’ closets. I like these:

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7. How you hang is important

If you hang everything in your closet in random order, it will be harder to find what you’re looking for. I have chosen to hang my shirts not only by sleeve length, but also by color. This makes finding that blue short sleeved sweater so much easier.

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6. How you hang is important part 2

Hang your pants and skirts at eye level- it’ll make your closet look so much neater.

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5. Use your shelves

If you’re blessed to have a vertical shelf, use them to store small items in bins, shoes, purses, etc. A high shelf is a great place for storing lesser-used and out of season items. I also have a second top shelf where I store folded pants and jeans and folded sweaters.

4. Use bins and baskets

We use bins to corral scarves, purses, winter accessories, long underwear, and beach/water wear.

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3. Use clear plastic shoe boxes so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

2. If you have a deep closet, get some sort of light. We have a battery operated motion light that turns on when we open the doors. It’s nice.

1.Give your closet a weekly once over so you can ensure things stay nice and neat.

I hope you enjoyed my tips for closet organization. Do you have any tips?

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