As I’ve been adding posts to this blog, I’ve wished that I still had the entries from my old blog, Addicted to Organizing. That blog was short-lived (set my own expectations too high and life got too busy) but there were some decent organizing ideas on there. So, while I’m working on some new posts (have projects in progress this week involving crock-pot freezer meals, snack bins, and green cleaners!), I thought I’d post the photos from my last blog.
My daughter has two bedroom closets, and this one is over the stairs so it’s about a 2′ step up, there’s open space and racks on both sides. She and the daycare kids love to play in here. I made it her dress-up storage (the existing rack made that easy). I have changed things several times since taking this picture, but the dress-up clothes are still on the left.
I used bins for categorizing smaller toys, and left a spot on the bottom for coloring books & paper, and the markers, crayons, stickers and pencils were in the pink plastic boxes.
On the right side of the closet I hung canvas hanging shelves from the other rod. This held hats as well as extra baby wipes on top.
Our hallway isn’t very big (the whole house isn’t very big) so storage is always a challenge (one that I enjoy taking). I used what hall space there was for this shelving unit (from Target) to make diaper cubbies for my daycare kids. I color coded each bin with a ribbon so that I know which bin belongs to which child (the color corresponds with their hand towel and washcloths as well).
Another storage solution in Faith’s room: Barbies in an over-the-door shoe organizer. The top two pockets are wider, so I put small accessories (shoes, purses, etc.) in a clear cosmetic zipper pouch and put it in one of the top pockets. The other holds loose extra clothes. (Side note: I tried the clear plastic kind and my daycare kids had it tore within a day or two. Kids naturally pull the Barbies out towards them rather than up and out, especially the ones up high, and the pockets will come with them!)
Medicine cabinet organized! I labeled by typing the categories into Word, printing the sheet, cutting the words out and taping onto the bins using packing tape. When you want to change labels, the packing tape comes off perfectly clean!
Below the medicine cabinet in our hallway are two deep drawers that are tough to use efficiently and keep organized. For smaller things that tend to fall over and roll around, I used checkbook boxes, small baskets, and child-sized shoe boxes to corral the clutter.
The bottom of the two drawers is where I keep my hair dryer, curling irons, etc. I have changed things in this drawer since this photo, too (I have a habit of that!) but the hair dryer and irons remain. Baskets keep them together, while taller items stand alone in the empty spaces.
Media storage before…
LOVE these baskets from Signature Homestyles! I use them in every room of the house and have used each size basket for so many different things!
My pantry needed an overhaul (as it does every few months or so), so last year I did just that. This is before…
I took everything out and dumped it on the kitchen table and counter. (You really realize just how much stuff fits in there when you lay it all out!)
The pantry door wasn’t too bad…it didn’t require much change.
After incorporating some Tupperware Modular Mates (LOVE them, too!), plastic shoeboxes (Wal Mart) and some rolling carts (Menards), this is what I came up with…
This is the cupboard above my stove. It doesn’t change much. I’ve had the sugar, flour, etc. in Modular Mates for years and think they’re just wonderful!
I have a few more pics from last year’s blog that I will share in a separate post. I think this one’s long enough!