After twenty years of not functioning well, my mother-in-law’s closet was ready for an overhaul. In this month’s feature for the Kitsap Sun, I’ll give you tips and tricks how to purge and re-organize your hard working hall closet so that it functions more efficiently.
Here are a few photos to inspire you!
BEFORE: The over-the-door hooks were useful, just too full.
AFTER: Only the items that get used most often were returned to the hooks.
BEFORE: The bins on the top shelf were too small for the items they needed to contain.
AFTER: Three large bins provide just the right amount of storage for seasonal accessories, and with each a different color, there is no confusion as to whose is whose.
BEFORE: The coats and tablecloths were hard to access with the folding chairs in the way.
AFTER: With the chairs moved to the back of the closet, and out of season coats moved to another closet, there is now room for in-season coats and to hang guests jackets. Hanging cubbies organize the tablecloths.
BEFORE: The wire drawers at the back of the closet were hard to get to and disorganized.
AFTER: A new shelving unit with clear bins is much easier to access.
AFTER: A large basket holds bags that are used everyday for work and volunteer activities.
AFTER: The awkward angled wall space is put to good use with Command hooks for hanging hats.
This month, I talked to three local designers and shop owners about their favorite ways to switch up decor for the season. Here is a link to the Kitsap Sun article here, and a few photos to get you inspired!
Air plants add natural spring color at Conservatory Coastal Home.
Gorgeous green and white watercolor inspired throw pillows at Conservatory Coastal Home.
Springy accents at Conservatory Coastal Home.
An inspirational collection of spring design elements.
Mise en Place Design in downtown Bremerton.
Photo by Valley Vintage Market.
Photo supplied by Valley Vintage Market.
It turns out that our small house can actually live a lot larger than it’s marketable square footage suggests. In an effort to find some more space for the kids to play, I transformed an area of our basement that was previously cluttered with junk and depressingly dark and ugly. Read my latest feature in the Kitsap Sun for more details on how I organized the space. We now have a bright art studio and small play area as well, giving us room to breathe and grow, for a few more years, anyway. You can make the most of the space you have too, with a little creative thinking and DIY ingenuity.
Here are some photos of the new area, before and after the changes.
BEFORE: This area was a cluttered dumping ground.
AFTER: Now it is a cheerful art area for the kids.
BEFORE: Unloved, cluttered space.
AFTER: A little extra play space for the growing kids.
This month for the Kitsap Sun, I wrote about the importance of taking time to be crafty with your kids and of slowing down to appreciate time with family and friends. Making a mason jar snow globe with your munchkins is so simple and creates lasting fun. Decorating the table for a holiday meal can be both easy and elegant, while enhancing your enjoyment of spending time with loved ones! Have a lovely, cozy holiday.
If you are like me, you avoid dealing with your paper clutter until it reaches a critical point. In my November feature for the Kitsap Sun, I walk you through the process of purging and provide some tips for moving forward with a little less paper in your life. It may not be a pretty project, but it is definitely worth it!