You may have heard me mention that my parents recently moved…NINE HOURS AWAY. Oh yes. It’s been a bit of an adjustment from living less than half an hour from them, that’s for sure! But they’ve always wanted to retire to the mountains, and that’s what they were finally able to do! Exciting times!
Their new house in the North Georgia mountains is very cottage-esque – there is a space right behind the house and in between the mountain that’s behind the house that I’m DYING to get my hands on and turn into a little shady English garden…but that’s not what this post is about! (I DO get distracted by that little shady spot!)
The house is a 3-bedroom 1.5 bath, with a living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, a bonus room off the laundry room, a 2-car garage, and a bonus room off the garage! It’s “vintage”, so it’s got all those great nooks and crannies…and it’s not so great on closet space. So when we took our first trip up to see my parents at the beginning of the summer, my mom requested some organizational help with her two large closets: the hall closet and the bathroom closet.
It hadn’t been long since they moved when we got there, so these closets were still in the shape all closets are in soon after you move. “Oh, I’m not sure where to put this, so, for now, I’ll just put it in the closet.” I know y’all know what I mean, right?!
Here are the befores…
If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time, you know how much I LOVE organization! I don’t mind organizing just about anything – something I’ve organized countless times before or a brand new challenge – I care not! Bring it on! But, I have to say, two of my favorite organizing tools are boxes and baskets.
Why, you ask? Okay, so you didn’t ask, but I’m gonna tell you anyways!
1. They’re great for cubbies! (This is from my home office)
A few weeks ago, our worship pastor’s wife shared something with some of the ladies on a retreat. She shared that she recently learned that “good enough is perfect.”
See, she had these bookshelves that she was trying to organize, and she couldn’t get them exactly the way she wanted them. Eventually, she realized that she had become obsessed with making these bookshelves “perfect”, and she was tired. She finally decided that they were only “good enough”…and then decided that “good enough is perfect”.
Her revelation turned into a bit of a standard comment around our church ladies circles – good enough is perfect. And ladies started posting pictures of their bookshelves on Facebook. And it all turned into quite the thing.
So I took a look at the only set of bookshelves we have at the house. And I must admit, I was a bit appalled.
(First of all, at the quality of the pic, I’m appalled, ha! It’s a cell phone pic, please excuse it!)
So here we go with Part II of the Around the House Organization post. Remember, I’m taking a little walk around my house and photographing some of the “organizational items” I have in play, just to show you how easy it can be! In fact, you probably have some of these things in your home already! I’ll tell you a little bit about my thought process and reasoning, as we go along.
Let’s continue on in the kitchen.
I can’t even tell you how many times people tell me that they wish they could be as organized in their home as I am. I normally chuckle over this…because, believe me, I don’t feel all that organized. But I thought I’d take a little walk around my house and photograph some of the “organizational items” I have in play, just to show you how easy it can be! In fact, you probably have some of these things in your home already!
I’ll tell you a little bit about my thought process and reasoning, as we go along. Are you scared yet? HA!
Please note: I ended up with a few more pics than I intended, so, rather than blowing you away with photos, this has now become Part I of II.
This is our guest bedroom closet.