Thursday, March 14, 2013

5 Organization: Linen (and more!) closet

We've officially hit the 32 week mark!  Only 56 loooonggg days left to go.

Part of my almost obsessive "nesting" has included trying to get storage areas organized so that once baby girl is here I don't have to spend time searching for anything.  It's amazing how much more efficient you can be when you know exactly where to find what you are looking for.  Who knew organization could be so beneficial?  First, I started with the kitchen pantry as I shared a couple of weeks ago.  Moving just barely out of the kitchen there's a narrow linen closet in the hallway between the kitchen and baby girl's room.  It makes sense that that's the next stopping point to organize, right?

I've lived here for 4 years now, and somehow never managed to getting around to hanging shelves in this tiny little closet.  It's been on my to do list, but never quite made it to the top.  So the before picture below shows the closet in all its useless glory.  There were no shelves to put anything on, just a vacuum  a Swiffer, and some other odds and ends shoved in.  What a waste of space, right?  Oh! You can even see a wire shelf I put in here, with the intention of hanging it "one day"



I decided to move the vacuum and Swiffer to the much roomier coat closet (which also meant I had to organize that closet, more on that later), so that I could hang shelves all the way to the floor in this little closet.

The good thing is since there wasn't a whole bunch of junk to take out of the closet and organize into piles, I was able to get straight to hanging shelves in the closet and deciding what I actually wanted in there!  My original plan for this closet was to put all of our extra sets of sheets in here, but after further thought this didn't make sense.  The guest rooms and guest bathrooms have plenty of space in their dressers, cabinets, and closets for towels and sheets.  It's much more convenient to have those things in the room they're actually going to be used in anyway.  So now came the step of figuring out what the heck goes in this tiny closet?!

There was a stack of rags and beach towels in laundry room on a shelf that's about a million feet above my head.  Seriously, only my 6'5" husband could reach them.  This meant whenever I needed a rag for cleaning or a beach towel for the pool I would jump up and down until I could grab a towel on the bottom and pull the whole pile down.  Not very efficient, right?  So right away I moved those items to this closet.  Now, they're easily accessible and stored in baskets so they don't have to be perfectly folded.

One thing I realized when I first started organizing some of our messier spaces is that for me, labeling is essential.  If I have a basket full of beach towels, I can throw a regular towel in it and not think twice.  If I have a basket full of beach towels and it is labeled with the words "beach towels" I WON'T put anything but beach towels in it.  I don't know why my mind works this way.  It just does.  It's like there's an alarm that only goes off in my mind that things are out of place if there's a label saying what goes in that place.  Weird, I know.  So I immediately labeled every container I put in the closet.

Using a basket turns the floor into an instant bottom shelf!
Since this closet is in such close proximity to the kitchen, I also created space to store baby bottles and baby food.  I figure I'm going to need a space for these in the very near future :).  Our dish towels that were taking up nearly a whole drawer in the kitchen (and drawer space is valuable!) also got moved here.



Next I went about finding other items that were "in the way" in their current homes.  All the table linens we have were stored in our hutch, taking up valuable room that I'd rather use for other things.  So to the new linen closet they went!  Batteries and extra air fresheners were scattered about the house because we always buy them in bulk, so I used the extra room on the shelves for these smaller items.


The best part about the baskets for the table linens is that since they're on a higher shelf, it's easy for short little me to put my fingers in a couple of the holes in the side of the basket, and pull the basket down to my level to get what I need out of it!



Now, where did all the storage items come from?  Here's the run down.
  • Two khaki baskets for beach towels and rags - I bought these at Lowe's 3 or 4 years ago and they weren't being put to good use so I grabbed them = Free for this project
  • Boxes containing the dish towels and batteries - I covered a Lipton Tea Box and an old Shoe box in contact paper from the $1 store.  Find the tutorial on how to do this here. = $1 for the contact paper
  • 2 green baskets for table linens - $1 each from the Dollar Tree = $2
  • 1 green solid basket for baby items - $1 from the Dollar Tree = $1
  • 2 small green tins for air fresheners - $1 each from the Dollar Tree $2
  • I used chalkboard contact paper and a chalk marker I already had to do all of the labeling, except for the rags and beach towels where I printed cards off of my computer

From nothing to something!

View from the kitchen


5 comments:

  1. Ooohhh... chalkboard labels. I see you've converted!
    Looks great! Loving the green theme too! You're so good at keeping things color-coordinated!

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