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.
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.
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!
In Sunday’s Kitsap Sun, I wrote about a big purging of clutter in my basement. To me, it always feels so good to let go of unneeded, unloved and unwanted things, and it’s a great way to start the new year. I’ve also got lots of new posts over at my blog Creating Your Space. I hope you take some time to check them out, and that you are also inspired to clear the clutter out of your home!
I’ve been a busy little organizer over at Creating Your Space again. Check out my latest posts on using vintage containers for organizing, ideas for getting a handle on all of your kids’ toys, and managing your kitchen junk drawer. Also, for subscribers, give my feature for the month a read on the Kitsap Sun’s website. I offer a bit of insight on why using vintage furniture is a good thing, and some great ways to incorporate vintage furnishings into your home decor, thereby adding character and history to your home.