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…
After assessing the situation, I started from the ground up…with a vision in my head of the most gorgeous finale ever. Like this:
Wouldn’t you love to have a closet that looks like this? I mean, even the dirty laundry in the basket looks pretty!
Anyways…my method with these kinds of organizational projects is simple: plan, purge, place.
Plan: How do I want this space to look? In order for it to look that way, what do I need? Where can I get what I need and when can I get it?
I really just wanted the space to look bright, fresh and clean. I also wanted things where they could be seen, so there was no confusion when searching for any needed items.
Purge: Pull everything out of whatever space is being organized. Set out box for “keep”, a box for “donate” and a box for “trash”.
When I do this I do it fast. If you stop and think about items for too long, the whole exercise loses its effectiveness.
Place: Take everything that actually needs to have a home in the space and arrange it in a clear and efficient manner.
After dusting and wiping down all the shelves, I applied a shelf liner, and, using the organizing supplies that I purchased at their local Walmart (and my label-maker, of course!) everything was placed back into the closets.
Remember the closet in the bathroom? This is what we started with:
And look at all this wasted space in the bottom!
Once I was done…
We followed all our “P’s” and that’s what came of it!
The top of this closet was originally full of blankets, which really should have been placed in the hall closet…so I did that, and look how much room is left! You can totally put another shelf up there!
I corralled all the “little” things into these nifty drawers. Notice the space all around for extra items to be place in. It’s always great when you finish organizing something, and there’s ROOM for MORE!
My relationship with my label maker may or may not be an unhealthy one…
Even more space! And yes, I put shelf liner down on each shelf, just for a cleaner look!
And to make use of the bottom space…
Perfect! All organized with room to spare!
Now, on to the hall closet. Remember what we started with?
With the same process, here’s how it ended up:
Again, room to spare! I LOVE that! All these extra storage tubs, just waiting to be used!
Plenty of extra linens for when it gets cold in the mountains!
More clear-bin-storage so they can see things easily…
…and the perfect place for luggage and overflow laundry!
Whatcha think? My mom is thrilled with how everything worked out! Which is all I wanted, really!
If you have a space that needs a bit of organizing, just remember: PLAN, PURGE, PLACE!
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