Monday, December 31, 2012

Linen Closet - Part 3

I have to start my New Year's Eve post by saying how thankful I am for all of you that are visiting my blog.  I never expected to have followers on my blog, or on Facebook or so many pageviews when I began this blog at the beginning of 2012.  I hope those that are visiting are finding ideas that may be useful in their own lives or inspire them in some way.  I love projects of any kind and I'm enjoying sharing with you what I have done. 

I started posting about reorganizing my Linen Closet so I wanted to get the last post about that project up for you all.  I have been spending my holiday break from teaching working on some reorganizing and redoing of rooms around the house.  I could use another two weeks to get even more done:)  I previously posted about my bathrooms (here and here) that were part of the process that was supposed to be my linen closet.  This project ended up being more involved in terms of finding homes for items and moving some things around than I originally thought. The closet before I started...

I moved the beach towels from the top shelf to the downstairs bathroom.  This shelf now holds the guest towels.  The shelf in the middle with towels continues to hold the towels we use for our upstairs bathroom that is right by the closet.

This the shelf of medications, first aid, and make up items before I started.  I took everything off the shelf and sorted.  I made piles of like items and threw a lot of older items away.  In addition, I added some medications that were being stored in the bathroom to my piles.

I used the drawers I already had in the closet and also bought a few plastic bins from the dollar section of Target.   I put all my sorted piles into the different containers and labeled them.  The labels are just printed off the computer onto cardstock.  I trimmed the cardstock down and attached them with glue dots which you can find in the scrapbook section of a craft store.

The final shelf has a basket that holds our extra personal care items.  I like to coupon and buy items on sale.  I usually buy a few of a shampoo or body wash if I know we are running low and they are on sale.  These items are all contained in this basket so I can easily tell if hubby or I are running out of something we use regularly. 

I am loving how easy it is to find items in my reorganized closet, especially when hubby needs something and can find it without me digging for it for him.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Linen Closet - Part 2

I previously posted about the beginning of my linen closet organization project.  It involved cleaning out the vanity in our extra bathroom and moving some items around.  You can find that post here.  The next part of this project was cleaning out our main bathroom.  I knew that there were medicines and other items in the bathroom that I wanted to store in the linen closet as part of the reorganization. 

The medicine cabinet was a mess of old products, old medicines, and things we actually use.  I took everything out, wiped the cabinet and shelves down, and only put back the items we use often and need access to.

I also cleaned out under the vanity.  Again, it was a mess of bottles from products we don't use and items that could be stored elsewhere.

I tossed all old and expired products (lots of sunblock!).  I also moved some of the items that I use frequently to the medicine cabinet with my other products.  Finally, I grouped like items together so they would be easy to find.  The after...

The last two places in the bathroom that I cleaned up were the drawers of the vanity.  I totally forgot about them beforehand so I don't have pictures of them.  The first holds all my hair items and they were all thrown in and mixed together.  I sorted them by rubber bands and barrettes and put them in baskets to keep them from sliding around and mixing together in the drawer.  I also tossed items I no longer wear.

The last drawer mostly need wiped down and to have a few old items thrown away.  I have a basket that holds curling irons and my hair dryer.  I don't use the irons too often so I don't have much of a problem with the cords being tangled.    The bottom drawer also holds my make up bag and my daughter's flossers so she can reach them.

The biggest thing for me was cleaning out items that were old or we don't use anymore.  It freed up a lot of space and made everything look neater just by that simple step.  I have one more post coming that will show you what I moved around and how the linen closet looks now.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Linen Closet - Part 1

Holiday break in our house means catching up on all the things I haven't had time for over the last few crazy weeks of holidays and school.  I decided my linen closet needed some fixing up.  Here is why...

It was a mess!  Especially those shelves between the towels.  No idea what was in the baskets and drawers anymore.  The linen closet is going to cover a few posts because it ended up flowing over into the cabinets in two of the bathrooms as well.

This is the cabinet in the bathroom in our family room. 

It had assorted cleaning products and some old towels.  We have millions of towels so these were sent to the garage for hubby to use.  I also moved the cleaning products to our closet where we keep the rest.  (What?  Put them all in one spot?  What a novel idea:)

I moved the beach towels from the top shelf of the linen closet to the cabinet in the bathroom.  This bathroom is right by our back door so it made sense to put these towels here for when we play in the yard or the sprinkler instead of walking through the house all wet.

The items on the right of the cabinet are dog shampoos which we also use in the backyard.  This freed up most of the top shelf of the linen closet to give me more organizing options.  I'll post about the other bathroom and the final reveal of the linen closet in my next few posts.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reorganized Kitchen Cabinet

The kitchen in my house is pretty much the only thing left that we haven't renovated since moving in 10 years ago.  It is still 70's brown and laminate counter tops.  One day......

My kitchen cabinets are relatively tall.  I keep a step stool in the kitchen because I can't reach beyond the second shelf of my cabinets with my short little legs.  I also do not have a pantry so I stuff a lot of things into those cabinets.  I showed you over the summer my organized spice cabinet which you can find here.  My cabinet of canned goods stays very organized because I have all the similar types of cans in rows on the shelves.  However, the cabinet above the kitchen sink was another matter.

The bottom shelf, especially, was a complete disaster.  I was always digging for what I wanted or buying extra because I forgot what I had.

I started by buying some containers at Walmart.  I just wanted some baskets that weren't too expensive.  I ended up with these.

I also bought some small containers for items for Rylee's lunch.  Jen at IHeart Organizing mentioned that she used these in one of her posts awhile back and they were also inexpensive at Walmart.

I tossed anything that wouldn't be used or was old enough that I didn't remember when I used it last:)  Some of the items that would be used for Rylee's lunch such as pretzels, I put into the small Ball containers so they are ready to throw in her lunch bag.

Above is what the cabinet looked like for awhile.  I labeled the baskets with Rylee lunch, snacks, bread/pasta, and granola bars because those are the things we grab the most.  I printed labels on cardstock and stuck them to the baskets with glue dots.

After living with the cabinet for awhile, I decided the size of the baskets weren't working with their labels. I needed more room for Rylee's lunch items and less for snacks.  So, I have switched the labels around.  I have one basket that remains without a label because it doesn't have a permanent category.  It has had a variety of different categories so it is staying blank until I make a final decision.  I also had hubby pick up some wire shelves while he was out the other day to make the most of that tall bottom space.

So, the cabinet now looks like this......

A much better use of space!


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Organizing the Button Craziness!

You know how you get all those buttons with your clothes?  I assume you're supposed to save them....just in case:)  For all these years, I have thrown all those buttons in a Longerberger basket my mom gave me to use as a sewing kit, probably about 15 years ago.

Now, I don't sew.  I can sew a button on, maybe sew a rip in a pinch, but I am not one to sew much of anything.  Therefore, the basket of buttons is rarely used.  However, when I need thread and a needle, I dig...and dig...and dig some more.  Just not cutting it!

Here is the alleged sewing basket...

To start, I dumped the contents onto a table.

Scary, huh!:)  I took all the buttons out of their little packets or plastic baggies and sorted them by color.

I bought this box in the tool and outdoors section of Walmart.

Then I gave each color of buttons their own little home.  I used the other half for safety pins...woah, the amount of safety pins I have for some reason.  I also put thread and elastic on the other side.

It all fits so nicely.  I need to make a pretty label for the top, I just haven't decided how I want to make it yet (this is the time I want one of those fancy cutters to make words:).

And just because he's adorable...this was my buddy at my feet the whole time.  He was keeping me company:)  He is wedged between the couch and the table I was working on.


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