I am excited to be hosting the second installment of the Clear the Clutter Challenge: Closets! Each week I am co-hosting this challenge with Keri and Katie so be sure to check out their spaces! Depending on the amount of closets you have in your house, this project could have been a lot of work! I focused on three closets (and my daughter cleaned up her closet–bonus!)
Starting this week, we picked our favorite space from the previous week to feature. We selected one blogger from the link up and one member of our Facebook group! Be sure to link up (see rules below) or post a picture to our Facebook group! If you’re not already a part of our Facebook group please click here to join! We share tips for organizing, behind the scenes, and it’s a place to ask questions and join in on a community!
Keri shared “How to Organize a Small Kitchen”. I loved her tip on storing your toaster–genius!
Kate did an amazing job on her decluttering! Her cabinets looks so organized! I love the storage containers she used for her pantry.
Everyone did a fabulous job of organizing their kitchen! I got inspiration from all of the bloggers and Facebook group members! Thanks so much for participating. One of our favorite spaces was from Holly at Coordinator of Chaos! Holly has so many organization tools to keep her kitchen well organized! I love how she organized her pots and pans lids and also her cups and her Tupperware lids (so smart!). Be sure to take a look and see her newly renovated kitchen. It is stunning!
Facebook Group Feature
So many of you worked hard on your kitchens this week! We were impressed with Beth W. as she worked on a lot of cabinets in her kitchen! I love her canned goods shelving system.
Clear the Clutter: Closets
Now, It’s time to talk about how I tackled the closets in my house. I focused on three closets that were in need of the most improvement! If you have a lot of closets in your house, start small and set a goal of planning to tackle one or two every week!
My first closet isn’t a “true” closet but more of a mudroom area! A few years ago we took the doors off of the this traditional hallway closet and added a bench and hooks. I really love the function of this space but it can be a bit of an eyesore, especially after the kids come home from school!
I tackled this space by answering the five organization questions I mentioned last week:
- What is my end goal with the space? To make it easier for the family to find the things they need to get out the door. I’d like the space to not always be a mess!
- What is currently working in the space? We have several bins and containers that are great for storing gloves, hats, etc. Also, we have the kids’ hairbrushes and hair products in one of the bins which makes it so easy to get them ready before heading out the door!
- What is NOT working in the space? The kids can never find the things and there are too many items in the area for this to ever be tidy!
- What tools (baskets/bins/labels) do I already have to complete the space?I have plenty of storage bins and baskets.
- Is there anything I need to buy to help reach my end goal? I don’t think so!
First, I gathered up all of the bins and baskets and threw out or donated all of our old items. I got rid of mittens without their matches and hats that no one wears anymore! I then organized the gray bins by kids (one bin for my daughter and one bin for both boys). The third bin is used for hair supplies and dog bags! I designated the upper shelve bins for my husband and me and some seasonal items that are rarely worn this time of year (like baseball hats and sun hats).
Next, I removed all shoes and coats that aren’t worn on a daily basis and put in the proper family member’s own closet! I put back all the coats and snow pants that are necessary for this time of year.
The kids can not reach the hooks without stepping on the bench, which they will rarely take the effort to do! So, I didn’t really solve that dilemma. A friend of mine suggesting adding lower hooks which is something I might consider. For now though, I am happy that everyone can put all of the gear in the right spot and I can quickly hang up their coats when they get home!
Next, I organized our first floor bathroom closet! This space wasn’t TOO bad but we had a lot of things in there that didn’t belong.
There wasn’t anything particular not working in this space, it was just messy and unorganized. So I took everything out and sorted through all of the bins. It is amazing how much I was able to throw away (outdated medicines) and donate (extra toiletries). I used some of the shoebox storage containers that I had purchased for the Clear the Clutter kitchen organization challenge last week. These containers can be used EVERYWHERE!
One thing that really works for this space is that I keep our bathroom cleaning supplies in it! It is so convenient to have all of the cleaning products in one spot and to just take the bucket to all the bathrooms. Bonus: The big kids can easily get to it and take it to their bathrooms. #momwin
Finally, the last space I focused on was the 2nd floor linen/bathroom closet! This closet is right next to my daughter’s bathroom but it serves as a linen closet for all of the kids bedrooms on the second floor. So, I really wanted to organize this closet in a way that can maximize its functionality. As always, I took everything off all of the shelves and cleared out anything we no longer needed. This was a tough one as I struggle with wanting to keep old sheets (you never know when you might need them) with being realistic about how many sheets we do actually need.
I was able to eliminate two very old sheet sets and a few other items as well. I rearranged the space so that the things the kids use most are at eye level. The bottom level of the closet is linens for our house guests. I decided to put all of these linens in one spot, so when we need to make the bed for guests it easy to do! P.S. If you know how to fold fitted sheets, let me know! I can’t fold them for the life of me!
The closet is so much more functional now.
As I mentioned earlier, my daughter also was motivated to clean out her closet which also functions as a her play space. I am going to share all of the details on her clean up as part of the Clear the Clutter Challenge: Kid Spaces edition next week!
I am so happy to check closets off of my list! Next week, we will be focusing on kid spaces. Be sure to join our Facebook group to share your space with us or use the hashtag #cleartheclutterchallenge and tag us on Instagram!
Now it is time for our link-up! Link up your Clear the Clutter post below and follow these wonderful hosts on Instagram: Jaclyn, Kate & Keri. Please know that all off topic posts will be deleted from the link up. You must link back to one of the hosts. By linking up, you are giving us permission to share photos from your post on our blogs and social media.