You may also remember a while ago that I mentioned we decided to rent a storage shed. Our house hunt continues, but in the meantime we are running out of space in our current house so renting a storage shed is our temporary solution until we find "the one." Ellie currently sleeps in our guest room but the closet in the guest room was a catch all for random extras. Things we weren't using, but didn't want to get rid of.
The right side of the guest room closet held old Halloween costumes, coats, and old prom dresses and dance team outfits from High School. My high school memories are so dear to me and I just can't seem to part with this stuff!
The left side of the closet held other random items. "Organized clutter" is what I called this closet and it always bugged me. It looked messy and I knew we weren't maximizing the space. Meanwhile, the closet the girls were sharing in Addie's room was bursting at the seams and there was no place for the girls' small toys. (Kole has completely taken over the playroom and the girls have too many little toys/accessories that he can choke on.) Clearly a closet make-over was in order! (Do you hear my squeals of joy at the thought!?) :)
First step was to empty out the closet completely.
Then I boxed A LOT of stuff up for the storage shed.
Next I moved all of Ellie's clothes into this room and started sorting and organizing them.
Then when the girls were in school I
threw away half of organized their toys.
Then my favorite part. Creating a place for everything!
So are you ready for the "after" pictures?
Ellie's closet on the right:
Ellie's closet on the left:
A big improvement!! Aside from the fact that it looks so much better (and seriously makes me giddy every time I put something away in it) this closet is completely functional and a perfect set-up for my girls' toys. I used every possible ounce of space plus it's so easy for them to put things away and keep everything organized. I triple exclamation mark LOVE it!!!
A place for everything and everything in its place. And suddenly all is right in the world.
Or at least in the closet. :)
I found these simple labels at Michael's (I think they're for wedding invites?) to organize all of the girls small toys. I wanted something simple I could just write on and change out when necessary.
Break down of the toys:
My girls have LOVED having their toys so organized and accessible AND away from Kole! They can pull out a box or two and make a big mess and then clean up is a cinch. The best part is that I don't have to deal with "mom! where is Tinkerbell's purse!?" (A purse that is smaller than a penny) We now know that if we still have it around, it's in "doll accessories" -- of course!
The right side of her closet has short sleeved shirts on the bottom rack and bigger toys to the left in storage containers from The Container Store which used to be on the floor in Addison's closet.
Because everyone needs a designated place for their fancy shoes.
Dresses hang in the middle.
And long sleeved shirts are on the top. There is also an additional top shelf that I used for larger toys/blocks.
Once last glance at each side. Because it makes me happy. :)
And one more before and after to see how far this baby has come.
Nothing like a cleaned out closet.
And now my week is off to a good start! :)
Hope yours is too!