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.

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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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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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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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Out-of-season clothes storage

How do you store your out-of-season clothes?

In North Carolina, this is tricky, as it is entirely possible to experience all four seasons in one week. For this reason, I make sure I keep a long sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans handy in the spring and summer, and a short, lightweight tee or two on hand for fall and winter. The more obvious seasonal apparel, such as tank tops, swimwear and shorts for summer, and wool skirts, bulky sweaters and thermals for winter, can most certainly be stored away in its off-season. We have two ways we store out of season clothes.
In our daughter’s room, any clothing for the off-season is put into under-bed storage bags. I affix a label to the box telling what season the clothes are for and what else is needed (for example, a new winter coat).

We also have a hamper (made from a fabric-covered cardboard  box) in which we store outgrown items. Any clothing she outgrows is either donated or sorted by size into 18 gallon totes and stored in the shed for future babies.

In mine and hubby’s room, our bed frame is too low to accommodate the under bed boxes, so we use Space Bags. All of the vacuum sealed bags are then zipped into underbed bags and slid under the bed.
Out of season shoes, still in the plastic shoe box, are slipped under the bed as well. I’d never used the Space Bags until we moved last summer. I wasn’t sure how they would work, but as long as you don’t over fill them, they work well. If you fold the clothes well, they won’t be badly wrinkled when you take them out.

Here are two of them hanging in the spare room closet.

You can also buy Space Bags that look like the zip up bags I’ve used for my daughter’s clothes. We have several of those under our bed. We have those tucked into the regular zip bags and then we just slid them under the bed frame.

We are currently refinishing an antique cedar chest that once belonged to my great grandmother. It will sit at the foot of our bed. I am planning to put the Space Bags into the cedar chest. I’ll also top the chest with a cushion and it’ll be a great place to sit down and put on your shoes.

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Out-of-season clothes storage

How do you store your out-of-season clothes?

In North Carolina, this is tricky, as it is entirely possible to experience all four seasons in one week. For this reason, I make sure I keep a long sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans handy in the spring and summer, and a short, lightweight tee or two on hand for fall and winter. The more obvious seasonal apparel, such as tank tops, swimwear and shorts for summer, and wool skirts, bulky sweaters and thermals for winter, can most certainly be stored away in its off-season. We have two ways we store out of season clothes.
In our daughter’s room, any clothing for the off-season is put into under-bed storage bags. I affix a label to the box telling what season the clothes are for and what else is needed (for example, a new winter coat).

We also have a hamper (made from a fabric-covered cardboard  box) in which we store outgrown items. Any clothing she outgrows is either donated or sorted by size into 18 gallon totes and stored in the shed for future babies.

In mine and hubby’s room, our bed frame is too low to accommodate the under bed boxes, so we use Space Bags. All of the vacuum sealed bags are then zipped into underbed bags and slid under the bed.
Out of season shoes, still in the plastic shoe box, are slipped under the bed as well. I’d never used the Space Bags until we moved last summer. I wasn’t sure how they would work, but as long as you don’t over fill them, they work well. If you fold the clothes well, they won’t be badly wrinkled when you take them out.

Here are two of them hanging in the spare room closet.

You can also buy Space Bags that look like the zip up bags I’ve used for my daughter’s clothes. We have several of those under our bed. We have those tucked into the regular zip bags and then we just slid them under the bed frame.

We are currently refinishing an antique cedar chest that once belonged to my great grandmother. It will sit at the foot of our bed. I am planning to put the Space Bags into the cedar chest. I’ll also top the chest with a cushion and it’ll be a great place to sit down and put on your shoes.

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Out-of-season clothes storage

How do you store your out-of-season clothes?

In North Carolina, this is tricky, as it is entirely possible to experience all four seasons in one week. For this reason, I make sure I keep a long sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans handy in the spring and summer, and a short, lightweight tee or two on hand for fall and winter. The more obvious seasonal apparel, such as tank tops, swimwear and shorts for summer, and wool skirts, bulky sweaters and thermals for winter, can most certainly be stored away in its off-season. We have two ways we store out of season clothes.
In our daughter’s room, any clothing for the off-season is put into under-bed storage bags. I affix a label to the box telling what season the clothes are for and what else is needed (for example, a new winter coat).

We also have a hamper (made from a fabric-covered cardboard  box) in which we store outgrown items. Any clothing she outgrows is either donated or sorted by size into 18 gallon totes and stored in the shed for future babies.

In mine and hubby’s room, our bed frame is too low to accommodate the under bed boxes, so we use Space Bags. All of the vacuum sealed bags are then zipped into underbed bags and slid under the bed.
Out of season shoes, still in the plastic shoe box, are slipped under the bed as well. I’d never used the Space Bags until we moved last summer. I wasn’t sure how they would work, but as long as you don’t over fill them, they work well. If you fold the clothes well, they won’t be badly wrinkled when you take them out.

Here are two of them hanging in the spare room closet.

You can also buy Space Bags that look like the zip up bags I’ve used for my daughter’s clothes. We have several of those under our bed. We have those tucked into the regular zip bags and then we just slid them under the bed frame.

We are currently refinishing an antique cedar chest that once belonged to my great grandmother. It will sit at the foot of our bed. I am planning to put the Space Bags into the cedar chest. I’ll also top the chest with a cushion and it’ll be a great place to sit down and put on your shoes.

Continue Reading

Out-of-season clothes storage

How do you store your out-of-season clothes?

In North Carolina, this is tricky, as it is entirely possible to experience all four seasons in one week. For this reason, I make sure I keep a long sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans handy in the spring and summer, and a short, lightweight tee or two on hand for fall and winter. The more obvious seasonal apparel, such as tank tops, swimwear and shorts for summer, and wool skirts, bulky sweaters and thermals for winter, can most certainly be stored away in its off-season. We have two ways we store out of season clothes.
In our daughter’s room, any clothing for the off-season is put into under-bed storage bags. I affix a label to the box telling what season the clothes are for and what else is needed (for example, a new winter coat).

We also have a hamper (made from a fabric-covered cardboard  box) in which we store outgrown items. Any clothing she outgrows is either donated or sorted by size into 18 gallon totes and stored in the shed for future babies.

In mine and hubby’s room, our bed frame is too low to accommodate the under bed boxes, so we use Space Bags. All of the vacuum sealed bags are then zipped into underbed bags and slid under the bed.
Out of season shoes, still in the plastic shoe box, are slipped under the bed as well. I’d never used the Space Bags until we moved last summer. I wasn’t sure how they would work, but as long as you don’t over fill them, they work well. If you fold the clothes well, they won’t be badly wrinkled when you take them out.

Here are two of them hanging in the spare room closet.

You can also buy Space Bags that look like the zip up bags I’ve used for my daughter’s clothes. We have several of those under our bed. We have those tucked into the regular zip bags and then we just slid them under the bed frame.

We are currently refinishing an antique cedar chest that once belonged to my great grandmother. It will sit at the foot of our bed. I am planning to put the Space Bags into the cedar chest. I’ll also top the chest with a cushion and it’ll be a great place to sit down and put on your shoes.

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