Nov 30, 2007
My Linen Closet: I did a few things with my linen closet. One thing I found when I was going through it was that there was a lot of old clothes that belonged to Princess that somehow ended up in there. I purged all of that. This clothes was piled up on old bags and empty suitcases. I took the bags and suitcases and filled them up with things I don't use that much like old fabric samples.
There were also some narrow shelves which I didn't get a good picture of before that were basically empty because I couldn't figure out what do with them. This time I though it through. The top one, I put bathroom cleaners and extra shampoos and soaps. The second one which was on the same shelf as the sheets was piled with extra pillow cases. the third one which was on the same shelf as my extra not as nice towels, was piled my extra not as nice face clothes.
Because I truly took this challenge to heart. I took it as a challenge to organize not just one room buy my whole house. I am so proud of how amazing the whole place looks and considering that I ended up not having any money to buy more containers, I am proud of how my improvisations improved my use of space.
In the process of getting organized I tackled my kitchen. The lower cupboards were not really getting used other than to cram as much clutter as we could into without any real though to organization. So I decided to put organization to work. I put the pots in the pot drawer on the stove and in the narrow cupboard next to the stove. I put the appliances in the narrow cupboard on the other side of the stove. I put all the plastic containers and sandwich bags and such in the corner cupboard and I put all the extra food storage in one side of the other lower cupboard with the other side being reserved for serving dishes and mixing bowls. I put the fridge in the nook that my shelves use to be in. By correcting my use of space my plan was to make better use of my lower cupboards by condensing things and putting them in zones. Thus, freeing up the two large shelves to use in my room organization project. My kitchen looks huge!! I am so pleased with the difference.
I do wish I had gotten a better before shot of my kitchen as a whole, because the biggest difference is how much large it looks now :
Here is attack on Princess's room. I had to find a way to contain her movies and her books that wouldn't end up with them being ripped up and all over the floor. She has this large table in there that she uses for playing, for art projects and all sorts of things. I put the shelf on there and it left lots of room for her to play. Now she can reach some things and she has to ask for others. It gives me better control. She has never used her closet for much. She would just hide stuff in there that she didn't want to see. So I put whatever wasn't on the shelves in the drawers of her captains bed and her dresser and then moved her bed over that way to give her more room to play. Overall her room is much neater and much better organized and it is a lot easier for me to clean up.
And it even spilled into my living room. I found that the couch placement made the living room seem smaller and my entertainment center was always cluttered and messy looking. It seemed silly to have all those movies there when we don't even own a vcr anymore. So I purged my little heart out. I got rid of 5 large boxes of movies and I love how clean it looks now.:
And in the end, I did the only room left to do. I was in the organizing spirit and the rest of my house looked too darned good not to do the spare room as well.