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30 Minute Closet Redo April 18, 2010

Filed under: Closet,Organizing — trntm @ 12:18 am

One thing about me is that I have, as one blogger put it, DADD (Decorating Attention Deficit Disorder) and I actually have ADHD, so needless to say I jump from project to project and am constantly changing things around.

I had 30 minutes while something was cooking in the oven, so instead of settling down to watch a TV show or wash laundry, what did I do?

Yep, reorganized the linen closet.

I must confess, the closet was pretty well-organized from before and I tend to purge quite frequently, so the only difference is that most of the items were scattered about all the shelves.

The top shelf holds Christmas decoration from the under-stairway closet. I had to make room in that closet for the Christmas tree which I am proud to say has finally come down-just in time for spring! Next to that is my secret stash of gifts-mostly things I stock up on during the after-Christmas sales and parcel out during the year for those birthdays or just thinking of you treats.

Next is an…empty shelf! YESSS, I love empty shelves, they hold the promise of being filled with beauty.

Underneath is our personal pharmacy. Four clear bins hold medicines and the cute labels read-Pain & Stomach; First Aid; Prescriptions; Cold & Flu and Allergies. Crammed next to them is my guest box-which actually now is turned the other direction after I purged the closet of toliet paper and put plenty of extras in the bathrooms around the house. The toilet paper is on the other side of the medicine bins and looks so cute stacked in their cottony pillars. Next to the guest box are extra supplies-light bulbs, dryer sheets, toothpaste and hand soaps. I suppose a basket for those items would be nice.

The next shelf holds the linens of the linen closet. The hubby and I keep our queen sized sheets in clear fabric shoe boxes underneath our bed, so these linens are strictly for guests. Everything from extra pillows, blankets, sheets and towels. All for the guests.

Then, wait for it…an empty shelf!

The bottom of the closet is mostly my hubby’s fault. There are two large bins of files of some sort from our days in university and plenty of laptop cases and extra duffel bags thanks to our donations to charities. The random pillow and clear bins irked me to no end, so I quickly found a new home for them, which I promise you will see.

What part of your linen closet drives you crazy?


Shopping from the Closet November 30, 2009

Filed under: Closet,Organizing,Saving Money — trntm @ 12:21 am

Ok, another article prompted me to write a post about shopping from your closet, well-shopping from our closet.

We are blessed enough to have a fairly large closet. In fact, we joke that we can fit a full size bed in there (we actually can). However, I wanted something a bit more. I love design and I tend to express myself through various outlets, including my clothing. Considering this, I decided that our closet needed to become a store in a sense. I wanted to enter in each day and be able to shop from my items and put together outfits and simply play around in there.

  1. Take inventory of the space: what are we working with really?  

    Originally we had only one clothing bar and shelf around the room. A big waste if you ask me, so I quickly added a second bar. Since the room is so large, we’re treating it like a dressing room instead of a closet.

  2. Decide on a system that works.We needed a place to store shoes, but we can’t use those hanging bags since we’re more of tossers instead of placers; double rods for shirts and tanks (mostly for me, since hubby mostly owns long sleeves and the placement of the initial bar means the second bar to closer to the floor. This creates a situation where his shirts drag on the floor, not so for most of mine.) ; an area for long dresses; an area for jackets/outerwear; an area for accessories such as jewelry, belts, scarves, purses, etc; an area for hubby’s keys and badges;  a place to sit down to put on shoes; a place to air out the clothes of the day; a basket to hold sewing kit/shoe polish/lint roller/etc for quick repairs; and of course a mirror to make sure you look spiffy.
  3. Get the right materials. 

    This doesn’t always mean expensive. For our shoe center we used cinderblocks and pre-fab shelving (if you can get to the store by yourself, definitely go with some basic wood planks, not the pre-fab stuff, but hubby insisted), pegboard and bulletin boards for accessories and the additional rod was from a discount store.

  4. Sort 

    Since I’m the organizer, I did the sorting while hubby wisely stayed out of the way. I made several piles: seasonal for clothes that we didn’t need at the moment, trash for clothing and items that I would be too ashamed to donate in their current state, donate (or have a swap party) for clothes that were great, but just not great for us, keep for stuff we wanted to keep, and need repairs for items that needed simple repairs.

  5. Decorate. 

    Add a picture (even framed calender photos look nice), a full length mirror to see the latest creations, an ottoman to sit and take off shoes, maybe even a pretty light fixture or paint on the walls.

Finish! Enjoy shopping!