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.

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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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.

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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.

get 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: dressers

Our dressers in our home were looking a little shabby after Christmas. Some of them were actually pretty decent.




But then some of them were looking like this.


That’s my daughter’s pajama drawer. This is a classic case of “too much in this drawer-itis.”

You see, my sweet girls have both recently undergone a growth spurt and now there are both outgrown jammies and the new ones in here, too.


See that drawer organizer? Busting at the seams.

I decided to employ my favorite antidote. Roll up your sleeves and get to purging. Just call me Dee. Short for Dee-clutter.


When I went through all four drawer organizers and put back what fits,I was left with this huge pile of jammies that are too small.

I put back what does fit, and this was the result.


While the organizers are still pretty full, they aren’t busting at the seams and there is still room. Side note: I plan on replacing those organizers soon.

Let’s see that before and after again:


Way better, don’t you think?

We also purged and sorted our baby’s dresser, and our dresser.

We got an entire garbage bag of outgrown pajamas, old t-shirts and such from mine and my hubby’s dresser.


Also, we filled a diaper box full of outgrown baby items from my youngest daughter’s dresser.


Isn’t it incredibly freeing to get rid of things you no longer need or use?

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

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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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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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21-day organizing challenge: Week two recap

21-day challenge: Week two, days 8 through 14
8. dressers/chest of drawers
9. kid spaces
10. Media storage
11. Laundry room
12. Garage
13. Vehicle
14. Purses/diaper bag/ gym bag

Usually, our chests of drawers and dressers stay pretty organized. Of course, they do need a good straightening up every so often. In mine and my husband’s room, we each have a nightstand with two drawers. We also share a six-drawer dresser- he uses three drawers and I use three drawers. 
Here’s where it gets a little unfair: we have a TV cabinet in our room with two drawers on the bottom.  As of right now, (at least until we can add a shelf), the TV cabinet is used only be me. I keep my hosiery, my workout clothes, and my unmentionables here. We need to add some shelving so we can make better use of this cabinet. In the meantime, to organize our clothing storage in our room, I have been using dollar store drawer dividers. This is helping not only to divide the drawer, but to contain some of our smaller items as well. 
I also combined the dressers and kid spaces tasks to re-organized Emorie’s dresser. Here is the hot mess we found in her pajama drawer. 
I used some wipes boxes to create drawer dividers. I put her favorite pajamas in the boxes so they’d be easy to find. I also re-folded her pajamas so they’d be easier to stack. I think this looks much better, don’t you? 
The next item on the list was kid spaces. We did a general “de-clutter” of her two rooms, as we are in the process of moving her from the nursery into a “big-girl room.”This organizing challenge started right on the heels of Christmas, when we were cleaning out the outgrown toys to make room for all of the new ones. We have had her toys categorized and organized into labeled bins since we moved into the new house. This system has worked really well for her; she knows exactly where to find things and put them away.  I donated and packed away some of her outgrown toys and made new labels for her toys. We also re-organized her bookshelves.
All of our scrapbooks, music CDs and DVDs are stored in the bottom of the TV armoire in our living room. We use mini milk crates to organize our DVDS by category (“chick flicks,” comedies, TV series, kid movies). Our most frequently watched DVDs are our daughter’s. These reside in the top of our TV cabinet next to our DVD cabinet.
Pictures are the hardest thing to organize- we have the majority of our pictures stored on our external hard drive. They are separated into folders by year. For example, all the pictures in the 2014 folder are then separated into more folders by event (example: 2014-àEmorie’s third birthday).
Day 11 should have been about re-organizing the laundry room, but this summer, we are planning to install cabinets and some sort of counter top. I have a nice-sized laundry closet but like most of the closets in my house, they aren’t utilized very well. I think installing four cabinets and a rod will work nicely.
Day 12 was dedicated to organizing our garage. We have plans to get some different buckets to house Emorie’s toys, but for now, we used different left-over bins we took from other areas of the house. I sorted Michael’s tools and Emorie’s outdoor toys much like I did the playroom toys. I sorted everything into various categories and put them in the bins based on what they were (ex. Paint supplies, screwdrivers, sand toys, etc).  I also created new labels for them.
 
Day 13 involved organizing my vehicle.  One of the biggest issues we have with our vehicle is having kid items strewn everywhere and leaving trash in the van. We have this great underfloor storage compartment, where we keep our emergency kit (it contains things like pen/paper, bandaids, a blanket, hand wipes, baby wipes, lint roller, wet bag for wet clothes, tissues, etc), and a small first aid kit. We also put a small container for trash and a basket to hold Emorie’s car toys and coloring books. Hopefully, this will solve both issues.
Day 14 involved organizing my purse. All I really needed to do was clean out my purse, as I had just organized it over the summer. You can read about that here.
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