Closet Clean Up- Part 2

Last week, I shared how I was suddenly overcome with the urge to clean & organize my bedroom closets.

In addition to the shelf dividers I got from The Container Store, I ordered some clear shoe boxes. They were perfect for stashing my ‘fancy’ shoes that I only wear occasionally, keeping them safe and out of the way at the top of this closet:

I was also thrilled with the boot-sized box, which holds both my brown & black boots and makes them easy to store through the summer.

 

It turned out that the clear shoe boxes are great for organizing anything in general. When my attention turned to the linen closet, I used two boxes to separate and organize the shell designated to bathroom-y type stuff (we do not have any storage in our actual bathroom). The bin on the left has some hair ties, etc. The pink make-up bag holds all of my nail polish, and the green is for travel toiletries. The center bin is holding razors, an extra head for my clarisonic, extra toothbrushes & q-tips. In the right corner is a plastic bin I already had, stocked with spare bottles of shampoo/conditioner and lotion that I will transfer to the bathroom/shower when needed.

 

 

I feel like everything is so much simpler and fresher, and plus- I know where everything is now! So far (a week and half since my cleaning frenzy) everything is still in place, and I must say our lives are slightly better after purging & paring things down. I am officially banning FH from bringing home any more hotel shampoo & conditioner bottles- you would not believe the collection we have! I’m enjoying the freedom that comes with just having less *stuff* to worry about!

What have you organized lately? What is your least favorite room/closet to clean? (I put off my bedroom closet clean up for FAR too long out of a general dislike of the whole process… but I’m so happy I finally tackled it!)

 

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Closet Clean Up, Part 1!

Last weekend, a miracle occurred: I had a sudden, inexplicable desire to clean.

Ask my future hubby, ask my college roommates, ask my parents- for all of my type A, perfectionist tendencies… when it comes to bedrooms & closets, I am a slob. There is always something I would rather be doing than putting things away or folding clothes. Clean laundry will sit, unfolded, in my bedroom until it is so wrinkled I have to wash it again. My dresser drawers are typically open and overflowing, and my closets are a mess.

When the miraculous cleaning bug hit me last week, I had just received a shipment of some clear shoe boxes & shelf dividers from The Container Store- and I was inspired to tackle my two bedroom closets AND the hall linen closet. I did not think to snap a true before picture- however this is the state of my closet halfway through the process (I’d already taken everything out of the cube shelving on the floor to the left.)

The picture really does not to justice to how unorganized this whole situation really was. As everything came out, however, this was the scene in the bedroom:

I used the bed to sort through everything, and at the foot of the bed I piled up sweaters & fall/winter clothing to store in a bin in the attic.

The big cardboard box was used to collect bags and other random items that I plan to sell in a yard sale this summer. The garbage back was one of an eventual three bags filled with clothes to donate.

Once closet number one was emptied, I dedicated the top shelves of this closet to my bags (a collection which has grown in recent years, thanks mostly to my future mother-in-law).

These tall shelf dividers from The Container Store were really helpful in keeping my bags upright & neat. They fit easily over the shelves in my closet, and the tall size was perfect for containing bags & unruly handles. I used some bins I already had to organize items on the second half of the bottom shelf: casual/travel bags in the purple bin on the far left, hair tools in the polka dot bin, and wallets and clutches in the clear container.

The top shelf (which you can see a portion of) holds more bags, a fabric cube filled with scarves & gloves, and a plastic drawer that holds paperwork, some pictures & memorabilia.

I then filled up the cube shelving with neatly folded t-shirts, workout clothes & cardigans, and organized the top surface to hold makeup, lotion, etc.

I’ve utilized pretty much all of the available closet space, with my hamper & a guitar taking up floor space below my hanging shirts.

And by stashing lotion, makeup & hair stuff inside the closet, I cleared off the top of my dresser for a neater look (minus the random flower that has been wrapped around that mirror since I was about 17). 🙂

This only covers a portion of what I accomplished on one Saturday. It’s amazing what a little motivation (and a great playlist) can do- and once I started, I really couldn’t stop! I moved on to closet #2, linen closet, and desk all in the same day- so come back for the jaw-dropping results! (Jaw dropping for people who know me well. In fact, FH’s jaw certainly did drop when he walked in on me halfway through my cleaning frenzy last week. He helped by lifting full bins of clothing into the attic, and taking several trips downstairs with trash bags!

Finding a Home for the Paint and the Glitter

One of my favorite things about blogging and exploring all of the creative & inspirational projects out here in the blogosphere is the motivation it gives me to craft, DIY, and go ahead and change things in our home. Many of the materials I’ve been using for my little projects are craft supplies I already had, but were scattered throughout the apartment in various junk drawers/random corners/etc. My Michael’s addition has me bringing home a can of spray paint, hot glue gun, or random wooden plaque much more frequently now. (And let’s not even get into the online orders arriving at my door lately- what used to be shoes or a new pair of jeans has now become a few yards of fabric or a box of bamboo…)

Sorry, Ryan... {Photo Source}

Besides dramatically altering the way I budget my spending money, the biggest obstacle to crafting in our little one-floor apartment is, as always, SPACE.

As crafting tools, paintbrushes & fabric remnants began to pile up on the dining room table… and on FH’s desk… and on the floor in our bedroom, I realized I needed to find my crafting materials a home of their very own.

How inspiring is this dreamy crafting corner! {Photo Source}

I have big plans for a portion of our bedroom (what we’ll call ‘my side’), which is currently not suitable for photographs. I have a pretty desk that I never use (laptop on coffee table works just fine), and some useful space that I would love to convert into a lovely inspiration corner.

In the meantime, however, I needed a quick fix for the random piles of glue sticks and ribbon lying around the house. FH and I recently cleaned out our coat closet (in our living room-area) and I had moved a cubicle-shelf into the closet with the intention of filling the bins/cubbies with hats, scarves & shoes. But crafting wins. (I’d like to take this time to point out that my mother re-purposed my entire bedroom into a crafting room after I moved out. Craft supplies deserve such treatment, I believe).

All of my crafting necessities are now located in one convenient spot- along with my keyboard & medicine ball.

P.S. I totally love my zigzag & Jerseylicious zebra-striped plastic bins…

Problem solved… for now!

Do you have any smart storage solutions for a growing collection of craft supplies & a small home?