Back on the organization train

Hey, hey!  Hope you had an absolutely fabulous weekend 🙂

Just a super quick post to share a video that I put together of an organizing project I was working on over the weekend.  My dresser drawers were a hot mess, but I’ve straightened them up a bit.  Here is a link to the spring-loaded drawer dividers that I purchased from Target if you’re interested (I couldn’t find this item on Target’s website, but I found it on Amazon and other sites).

I’ve decided to get back on track with organizing projects, as this is one of my big goals for 2012.  Do you like or hate these posts?  Let me know!!  🙂

Organization: Hall coat closet

Hi friends!  Just wanted to share a quick post on how I organized our hall closet.  They’re not the prettiest photos, but you’ll get the idea 😉

Behold, the closet:

I went through and took out any coats that we don’t wear anymore, and hung everything on my favorite Costco black velvet hangers.  It’s hard to see, but there’s a hanging shoe holder on the right hand side for all of my hubby’s baseball caps:

I have one big basket on the floor that holds anything that needs to be returned to a store or donated, and then another basket holds all of our larger tote bags:

Then I put a basket on the other side for umbrellas.  I also keep my laptop case in the closet:

On the top shelf, another big basket holds all my handbags:

And finally, smaller baskets hold hats, scarves, mittens, and dog sweaters for chilly days 😉

Every time I do one of these organization posts, I realize how badly I want to paint the inside of our closets – they are so dingy looking!  Maybe that will be my next project 🙂

What are you organizing today?

Organization: Linen closet

I was recently shopping at Michael’s and they had so many cute baskets and containers for 50% off!  So I decided to pick up some cheery orange baskets and do a quick organization of our linen closet.

Here’s the before (ewwww):

Linen closet before

And about 5 minutes later, here’s the after!

Linen closet after!

I was really pleased with what a difference this quick organization project made.  It makes me happy to see those cheerful orange baskets 🙂

Organization Goal: My closet

I am really embarrassed to share the following photos, but I thought it would be nice to see a true before and after of my closet.

First, let me preface this by explaining that I have entirely too many clothes and shoes for my closet.  In fact, I can only keep half of my clothes and shoes in my closet at a time (I switch it over to warm weather clothes in the spring and summer).

The other thing is that my closet is just too darn small.  And I HATE the fact that it has stupid sliding doors, rather than the kind of doors that open out.  Ever since we moved into our house, I struggled to organize my closet.  In particular, I’ve always had to dig under my clothes to get to my shoes that were stacked on the floor.

All that being said, here are the before photos — this is as bad as it gets, folks:

Note the jumble of shoes on the floor and the tower of hats threatening to topple over at any moment.

I am somewhat of a neat freak (believe it or not!) so it really pains me to put this embarrassment out on the ‘net for all to see.  But have no fear, a quick trip to Costco and Home Goods for some supplies, and voila — the afters:

I decided to use all of the shelves on the right to hold my taller boots. The two drawers hold my workout clothes.  Socks are in the basket at the bottom.  On the left, I hung two cloth shoe holders to hold the rest of my shoes.

All of my clothes are grouped by color on matching, space-saving black velvet hangers.

The baskets at the bottom hold my leggings, my baseball hats, and my scarves.

Tops are all on matching hangers!

And pants are all neatly hanging together.

Aaahhhh….one more organized spot in our house brings me a step closer to achieving my 2012 goals.

What are you organizing this weekend?  Any helpful tips for organizing my house and its tiny closets?