November 13, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
As with the rest of you, January is the time I urgently feel the need to organize. Not just organize, but O-R-G-A-N-I-Z-E. Afterall, a cluttered room is a clutter mind, so you can imagine what this completely chaotic, unorganized house of mine is doing to my psyche.
Oh, and a sort of song parody for a good measure, I always hear the word ‘organize’ sung in the Chemical Brothers’ fashion of their song ‘Galvanize‘. I know, I’m weird.
So, on with the little things. One day I managed to keep both of the little ones occupied whilst I cleaned out our entire hall closet. As a family of five, I find that I need to reorganize this hall closet at least once a year, if not twice, as our family’s needs change often. Well, that, and my children like to dig everything and anything out of the closet only to fail miserably at returning items to their proper place. They try, they do, but I guess no one in my home sees organization the way I do. Not even my husband understands my organization ideas.
So, here is our hall closet as it started out this year:
As a reminder, we don’t have a garage, nor an outdoor space where such items may be stored. A mudroom? No, not even a mudroom. I know, I really need the basement finished.
So, what is a girl who never gets out and really has no organization budget to speak of to do? Well, I’ll tell you. For $9, a one-hour trip to Big Lots and Dollar Tree (vacation to me), ‘using what I have’, and a day of pulling everything out and reorganizing, this is what I have left:
So, let’s break it down. The biggest change is the over-the-door organizer purchased from Big Lots for $8.00. I got the idea from Christa via her blog Controlling Craziness. Of course, if you check out Christa’s blog post, she picked up her organizer for a mere $5.97 at my nemesis, Walmart. Sorry, but I am not much of a Walmart, nor Target, shopper. I also grabbed a clear, shoe box container from Dollar Tree, for, well, $1.00.
The first step was to empty the closet.
When we moved into our home, this closet only had the wood shelf at the top, the metal hanging bar, and the wood shelf that is midway. All ‘hand-crafted’ by none other than my husband’s paternal grandfather; the former owner of our home. Since moving in, I have added in miscellaneous wire shelving pieces that I found on Craigslist. I have quite the collection of miscellaneous wire shelving pieces that I trade in and out amongst the various closets/storage spaces in our house. One can pick up quite a lot of shelving for just a little bit of cash. Remember Claire’s closet score for $30 (and I still have pieces leftover)?
I knew I wanted the kids to have their own hanging bar for their coats and jackets, so I rearranged the shelves. Firstly, I removed the wooden shelf, as it completely bisected the closet vertically and my husband and I have quite a few floor-length coats. I swear, I did dress fashionably at one time in my life. One of the wire shelves doubles as a hanging bar, so I decided to use that shelf for the kids’ hanging items. Here is the layout that was left before weeding out and reloading the closet:
Putting it all back was easier, simply because I left out the outdoor toys that are now on a shelf in the basement.
I know it looks overrun, but trust me, it is very organized and the over-the-door hanger is organized from youngest to oldest as one starts at the bottom of the door and moves up. This makes it easier for the kids to reach their hats, gloves, and scarves. The scarf basket on the shelf is only for Mommy and Daddy. My husband is a runner and the bin on the floor houses his running watch, his iPod, running gloves, etc….
Much better, wouldn’t you say? I know it is a small achievement, but a measurable achievement nonetheless. Now, if we could only get some serious snow here in Baltimore.
Until next time…, happy Organizing!