Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments yesterday about the flood in my home town. I really appreciated the kind words. Such a tough situation. My mom and I talked several times throughout the day and she was constantly overwhelmed by how many people jumped right into the mess to help. It's always so touching to see a community come together during times like this. I am so proud to come from such an amazing little town full of some of the nicest people you could meet. I wish I could be there right now. But somehow I have a feeling that "my crew" wouldn't be that much of a help. :)
I've been in a total funk ever since I heard the news about the flood (and especially about the state of a very close friend's house) so to cheer myself up a bit tonight I decided an organizing post was in order. Organizing (and posting about organizing) is always an instant upper for me. My secret go-to drug. :) I always say this, but my house really is the most organized when I'm feeling sad or stressed. Organizing lifts my spirits instantly and I turn to this quick fix time and time again. Today is no different!
I try to stay on top of my kids' closets and drawers by constantly getting rid of clothes that don't fit or that they aren't wearing. You've seen Ellie's closet before:
I'm happy to say that since this closet makeover last November we've stayed on top of this space and haven't had to re-organize it since. Addison's closet was another story. I don't have before pictures to share, but because of Addison's love for fashion combined with the fact that she gets all of Ellie's hand me downs, her closet and drawers were BUSTING at the seams. I spent a few days over the summer and completely re-organized the space. I got rid of a lot and took bags of clothes to goodwill. Felt SO good.
Here's what her closet looks like now:
SO much better!
A quick breakdown of how I've organized her clothes -
I hang these clothes with their "accessory sacks" on the upper right side of her closet where they are easy to grab and layout for each day.
There is a shelf above these clothes where I store the girls' pillow pets.
I make every ounce of space count!
This is the right side of the closet.
The right side of Addie's closet is for all of her dresses.
This girl loves a good dress. :) I put the fall/winter dresses on top.
Below the shelves are some drawers that were way too stuffed full of clothes before. Not anymore! The drawers in her closet hold:
Ballet clothes and tights.
Beach summer camp suits on the right and our sad "winter wear" on the left.
HA! Yup. That's all we've got.
Addison also has a dresser in her room so I went through those clothes as well (seriously, this little project took several days!).
Top drawer holds pajamas.
Next drawer holds skirts.
I use the Dream Drawer Dividers in a lot of my drawers. In this drawer they separate leggins/capris from Ad's socks and underwear. Do you love the cloud over her underwear? Figured I don't need to air all of our dirty laundry on this blog.
K. That was a bad joke. It's past midnight right now so I get a pass.
Next drawer down holds pants. Which my girls don't love so I don't buy much of them.
The bottom drawer is still where we keep the barbie dolls.
When I straighten things up they look like the picture above.
Enjoy your Thursday everyone!