Hey all! I am laughing at my post title because it sounds like I’ve never done this before. I mean in the NEW house. ? A quick post for you today about something I’ve been really excited to tackle. I’m a bit odd — I LOVE to purge and organize. Purging items from our home makes me feel lighter and breezier (ha!) and organizing things soothes me. Both give me a great feeling of accomplishment.
I’m not a stickler about it — things get messed up and it’s not always perfect. But knowing exactly where something needs to go is a very good thing. We’ve lived here about 12 weeks now and I’ve been looking forward to the day I could actually start organizing. That day has arrived!!
My first goal when we moved in was to just get us functioning. Then it was to empty as many boxes as possible — I got those done in the first month. Then the holidays hit so I allowed myself to enjoy those and not worry about organizing anything.
But it was starting to get to all of us — we couldn’t find anything and didn’t know where to put stuff when things were put away. So now that (most) of the holiday decor is down and I’m starting to recover from my back issues…the time has come!
We’re lucky to have a bunch of closets in this house — it’s just a matter of figuring out what we want in each one. We have a linen closet near our bedroom that has become my catch all, especially during the holidays. When we moved in I would just throw random stuff in there and it continued when at Christmas. Wrapping paper, gifts, toilet paper, photo boxes, candles, paint supplies, decorative items. You name it, we had it in here:
So this is a photo I took hours before a holiday party we hosted. My husband cleaned our entire house (I wasn’t much help with my back) and at one point he said, “What if people want to look in closets?” And I (in sheer terror) said, “There’s no way they’ll want to look in closets…right?!” So about two hours before our guests arrived I made a sad attempt to try to make this one better. This was after I took half the crap out.
This is the after — it was a massive improvement, believe it or not:
This, my friends, has been my Monica closet. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about look up the Friends episode.) 😉
But now it’s just lovely, and I’ll take you through my process. First up, I made a list of items we want to have easy access to. They were the following:
- light bulbs
- paper towels
- tissue boxes
- extension cords
- wrapping paper (and all of the stuff that goes with it)
- cleaning supplies
- toilet paper
I had a few other things on the list as well, but those were the biggies. (Towels and sheets are stored in our bathroom and closets.) I thought about how to organize items and decided I wanted our closet in the mud room to be more utility focused — bulbs, cleaning, batteries, etc. This closet I wanted to be easy access to stuff we reach for more often.
I started by completely emptying the closet. Some items had just been thrown in there — paint supplies went in the garage:
I used to keep these in the house (in a dresser), because our garage was a much longer walk before. Now it’s super quick for me to run out to the garage so these will live out there.
But when we moved into the house I had a whole new outlook on our stuff after living without it for two months. I got rid of a TON more and haven’t missed any of it. But here’s the thing…there’s still one item that I obviously can’t get under control. It’s so random…but I couldn’t believe how many candles we had:
What in the ever loving?? Where do they all come from? I don’t get it. Don’t. get. it. Some were in random places in our old house and now I have everything in one spot. We also had them in certain places in our decor and when I packed them up I put them all together. So that’s part of it, but still. UGH.
So. I purged all of that. I’m down to a couple shelves — most of them are electronic candles I use during the holidays. If I ever find we need more space in here I’ll move some of them to down to storage. I have some wax melt things and some oils/plug ins that I organized as well:
We have a lot of extras right now — we don’t usually have quite so many paper towel and tissues. I’ve said it a million times!! You spend more money when you’re not organized. We always used to buy more than we needed before I organized our house. I’m still using the just moved in excuse for now. 😉
I know having these supplies so easily accessible will keep that under control. But listen…isn’t it pretty?? I mean look at it:
I’ve had all of the storage items for years except the small round fabric bins. I grabbed a few of those at the Target dollar spot a couple weeks ago. Very cute.
There you go — the first organizing post in the new year/new house! It only took me three months to get going! Our Monica closet it clean and organized and feels like a breath of fresh air when we open it. NOW onto the mud room closet — I’m even more excited about that one. #nerd
Have you been purging and organizing? I recommend going through your items before organizing what you have left. But it’s such a good feeling right? Do you enjoy it like I do?
P.S. No one looked the closet. 😉
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