Last year I did a challenge with Janine over at My Pennies, My Thoughts for 52 Weeks of Less Stuff, which was 1 item per week you had to either donate, sell or toss. I loved the challenge and it really shifted my mindset about how I viewed want and need; rethinking how I make purchases and why I keep useless items.
The year is now over and I want to keep going with something I just have nothing fully fleshed out of what that will be. I probably will continue to do 1 item per week (as really the routine of de-cluttering is a good one) but there are drawers/closets/rooms in our house that I want to de-clutter and reorganize. I think will be my project for this year. I don’t know how many updates I’ll do per month but I will definitely keep you posted as I go through out house.
I am going to start with our linen closet, as it has been on my list for a long time. When we moved the previous owners left all the decor for the window seats that are in both the girls rooms. The decor, while nice, was not even close to my style but I had left it thinking I would re-fabric it (who was I kidding!? That is so not me) but it’s been a few years and it’s still be sitting in the linen closet along with all the decorative pillows.
I cannot believe I am posting the mess of this closet. I am embarrassed for myself, but what is the point of doing this if I don’t show the crazy parts. I am not perfect and I think this picture really gives a visual for that.
I started by donating all the stuff in the top left. That was all the decor that was left, along with the large form pads for the window benches (not pictures) that were still in the girls’ rooms.
After that I pulled everything out and started sorting. Stuff got donate and reorganized. I am not 100% happy with the end result. Part of me wants to get bins to fold the towels in for an even cleaner look but that may not be functional either and I wouldn’t mind a spot/bin for backups (shampoo, conditioners, body wash, toothpaste…etc)
Here is the finished look. Like I said above I am debating getting some white fabric bins to put some of the smaller items in for a cleaner look. I don’t often have to touch the linens so it’d be safe to put them in something. Also I have an air mattress I keep for when guests arrive and I am hoping to eventually do a trundle in one the girls’ room. That way when we have guests with kids I will have a spot for the little one(s) to sleep and then I can move the air mattress back to the garage.
I wish I had snapped a picture of all that I donated because it was a rather large pile of miscellaneous stuff. If I do any more organizing AKA bins I will snap another picture to update. What are your thoughts on the bins, good idea?