It seems like every summer I go on an organization binge. This summer, I had to scale back my expectations since we were gone for so much of the summer. I still managed to fit in a project or two before we left and I have a project or two in the works. I have so many more to do…but I guess I will either have to fit them in during the school year or suffer as is.
Just before we left, I gave our small linen closet a polish up. It wasn't in that much disarray, but the inspiration hit me one day so I went into organization mode. I totally love organization mode. It just makes me have warm fuzzy feelings! 🙂
As with many homes, our home has a serious lack of storage space. Our house is 1,950 square feet. It is the largest home we have owned and it seems to have the least amount of storage space. Can someone explain that to me?
We have one small coat closet downstairs along with a small pantry in the kitchen. We also have one small linen closet at the top of the stairs. Then we have a closet in each room and that is the vast expanse of our storage space. I have to work to attempt to maximize the storage space.
I know some of the pictures are a little odd. It is really hard to take pictures of a small linen closet that is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. This is the linen closet before I got started. It was about as bare as it ever is. We were low on toilet paper, tissue and the laundry hadn't been put away…so this picture is a little deceptive in that it looks like we have lots of extra space. We don't.
Another angle to give you a different view of the closet as well as show you that Mr. T keeps his tools in the bottom of this closet. These are just the tools that we access more often. The rest are in a shed outside.
As you can see, everything got labeled and rearranged in my organization. Had I had the time, I probably would have finally painted this closet. Having a white closet would make it feel more spacious and look more modern even if it isn't.
The labels will help so much because I rarely put towels away. Usually, the kids fold the towels and Mr. T puts everything away. He tends to be messy and can't seem to remember what goes where so labeling everything makes it fool proof. Now, he can't tell me he doesn't know where things go. Or if he does, we will take him to the eye Dr. LOL!
Let me show you in more detail.
The top shelf, which is the most difficult to access, holds our beach towels and the extra supply of tissues along with the humidifier.
I totally was about to get rid of the humidifier because we never use it since we moved to a humid state, but then my oldest daughter had a cold and it seemed to help. Glad it helped, but secretly wish it hadn't because I want to get rid of things and it gets used so rarely I hate taking up space for it.
The next shelf has Mr. T and my towels along with all our supplies for doing nails. Placing our towels up higher works for us and allows the lower shelves for the kid's things.
This little bin keeps all the nail polish, etc. contained in the corner of this awkward closet. It maximizes the space and allows up to easily get out what we need.
The middle shelves of the closet contain baskets of extra supplies along with the kid's towels, washcloths, and the all important toilet paper.
I like to keep an extra of every toiletry that we use. Everyone knows that when they pull it off of this shelf it is to go on the grocery list. That system allows us to budget these items out over a few weeks if we need to. Also, we usually don't have the problem of totally running out of something. There are certain people in the house that are really good at this and some that forget. Then they end up without what they need.
Oh and by the way…yes I am a product hound. I have my own basket. Enough said. 😉
The following shelf has a bin with the extra things for the kids along with their towels and washcloths for the whole family.
The girls have a bin with their extras. They know that they are to let me know when they have taken something out of the bin. They get that about half of the time. Just looking at this picture, I see a few things I need to add to the grocery list. Oh well… they will learn eventually, right?
I love this storage idea! I saw this in a Better Homes and Gardens Secrets of Getting Organized magazine (affiliate link). Genius! It is an office supply product. It is just a file sorter (affiliate link). Roll up your washcloths so they fit and voila…no more mess of washcloths on the shelf. Works like a charm.
As you can see, this is our small closet at the top of the stairs. I'm pretty sure I maximized every square inch of that space.
In case you are wondering, we keep our sheets in the closet in the room to which they belong rather than here. I'm good at organizing, but I'm not that good. Couldn't figure out how to make them fit as well. Though I have the idea of putting a shelf up in our bathroom for our towels. Then we could possibly fit the girl's sheets in here, but not the extra mattress pad…so their closets work for now.
What tips do you have for maximizing small spaces with organization? I'd totally love to hear! I'm a total organizing nerd like that. 🙂
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