We’re on week 4 of our organization challenge! How is everyone holding up!? This is usually about the time when we all start to lose steam. Anyone feeling a little behind/defeated? Honestly don’t! If you’ve been joining me and working on your checklist.. just keep going! It’s ok to get behind. Finish up a previous week or start on closets. Something is always better than nothing! We’re making progress and that’s all that matters. I’m so excited.. I finished organizing my downstairs laundry room! During laundry and kitchen week because my kitchen is already organized. ;) Oh my word you guys.. it was seriously such a chore! BEYOND cluttered. It about killed me and is the reason I didn’t get more blog posts up last week (I have so much to share!). But it’s done and now I just need to find some time to take pics! Coming soon. :) As far as closets go I’m sharing lots of fun before/afters to get you motivated. You’ll notice that the only closet I’m not sharing today is my master closet. Just like my downstairs laundry room it’s a spot that has really been put on the back burner. I am determined to fix that and will be working on it this week! GO CLEAN CLOSETS! We’ve got this. :)
Ok.. let’s start with the closet next to my stairs..
This spot can get out of control quickly because it’s such a random catch all closet. This is the only messy “before” I could find of it, but trust me when I say.. it has looked a lot worse than this over the years!
Here are some pics of it clean! It looks very similar today. I use a wall organizer similar to this to hang mops, brooms and other cleaning items.
I have a small built-in inside of this closet for cleaning supplies and one of the things on my closet to-do checklist is to add a few more shelves inside of it! I originally thought I would stack mops and brooms inside but ended up hanging them instead so there is a lot of wasted space. I’ll take an updated pic when I get this finished!
On the other side of our stairs is another little closet (we had so much space under our stairs that I had our builder put up a wall to make 2 smaller closets vs. one crazy large closet). This is the one I lovingly refer to as our “hobbit closet” because the door is so small. :) Excuse the garland.. this Christmas pic was all I could find of it at the moment!
We all remember this little makeover! I used to have such a hard time keeping this coset clean with all of the luggage and bags and outdoor stuff I have to cram inside!
Happy to say that is not the case anymore! (Notice my kids’ school work bins.. going through those during our office/paper week!)
Add hooks to any closet you can! Vertical organization saves so much space.
Total game changer for my hobbit closet!
Remember this fun before of our outdoor pool closet?
So much better! These stackable baskets were the key to keeping this outdoor space clean. I’d still love to add some vertical shelves in this spot someday. But my master closet has to take priority this week. :)
Kids closets can get messy in no time! We do mini closet clean outs 2-4 times a year but this last time with Addison she had grown out of so much and her closet was such a mess that we had to do a major overhaul.
When spaces are that messy just pull everything out!
So nice to start with a clean slate. Get shelves and rods all wiped clean and then see if there is anything you can add to help with function.
Hooks for the win with this closet makeover. We have Ad’s new paint up and I need to take pics and share that too!
Feels so good starting a new season with a clean closet, doesn’t it!? El and I are working on hers right now too.
This is an older pic of Ad’s closet when she was younger. I always had my girls lay out their clothes for school on the Sunday afternoon before the week started. Saved so much morning girl drama about what they were going to wear! You can find lots of fun hanging closet organizers here. This would also work great for seasonal sweaters or other clothes you want to keep separated.
I cut these circles out of scrapbook paper and used my label maker and mini clothespins for labels for her closet years ago too.
An inexpensive way to label baskets. :)
Drawer dividers have always been a go-to for me for clothes drawers. I’m a huge fan! These are long time favorites and I just ordered and used these in my laundry room drawers and love them.
Kole’s closet has certainly seen some scary days!
You can read more details about whipping it into shape in this post. One thing that has been nice is having bins labeled “too big” and “too small” in his closet. I buy multiples in bigger sizes of things like shorts that he loves because he grows so quickly! I keep them in the “too big” for when he gets big enough to wear them. He puts clothes that feel too tight in the “too small” bin and then I can just grab those to donate when I’m making a Goodwill run. They know me well at our local Goodwill drop off! ;)
If you have closets that store blankets/linens go through those too! It was emotional for me organizing this closet! I had lots of old baby blankets in other bedrooms I was hanging on to and knew I needed to donate some of them. I wanted to fit all of our extra blankets in this one closet (this wasn’t all of them!) so I had to be ruthless.
I kept some special blankets and the quilts my grandma made, but reminded myself that I have pictures of the other blankets wrapped around my babies. They served their purpose and it was time for someone else to enjoy them. Some things pull at our heart strings and are harder to say good-bye to but here’s the thing. Do you think for one second after I dropped those blankets off I’ve thought about them or felt sad they were gone? Nope. And to be honest as my kids get older I think I could go back and say good-bye to a few more and be just fine with it. Because at the end of the day.. it’s just stuff. People matter.. stuff not so much. If you’re really struggling to let something go that you know you should, just tuck it away for a while. Put it in a box in your garage. If a few months go by and you don’t use it or miss it or think about it, say good-bye. :)
This pic is over 10 years old! From my towel/linen closet in my previous home. It was upstairs and I also used it to hold some cleaning supplies and wash cloths. You can see I added the clothes pins and scrapbook paper labels again. An oldie but a goodie. ;) If you remember this picture and post we are LONG time friends and I’m sending you a huge hug! :)
Even though we can close the doors on most of our closets and pretend they are clean and organized..
we all feel and function better when they actually are! My decor closet is organized, but I’m still going to go through it and get rid of anything I’m not using and loving. Time to purge! It’s going to be a great week. ORGANIZE THOSE CLOSETS! Let’s do this.
Below are some fun Daily Deals I shared in IG stories last week! Favorites I own that are on sale (I’ve shared most of them before like my beloved favorite sweater!). But don’t buy things just because they are on sale or a great deal. Buy them if you’ll use and love them like I do.
Or they’ll just end up in a sack going to Goodwill next month. ;)