Another Closet, Another Organization

Everyone has a closet that is stuffed full of stuff where you can’t see what’s in there.  You know, things like wrapping paper, clothes, suitcases, sheets, and other stuff.

No…just me.  Okay.

Anyway.  So in my apartment, I have a closet in my bedroom and a hall closet to put all of my stuff in.  Now, this may seem like I have a lot of room to put stuff in and store everything.  Unfortunately, I have so much stuff that this doesn’t really work out.  Because this, is what my hall closet looks like.

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There is so much stuff in this closet that I never want to open it because it isn’t clean.  I don’t actually know what’s all in the closet, but it is a mess.  I had everything from kitchen stuff I wasn’t using to a tool box to jeans because they didn’t fit in my closet or my dresser.

Step 1: Clear out everything in the closet.  I literally pulled out everything that was in the closet and set it on the floor and the stairs so that I could see what I all had.

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Closet Empty

Look!  It’s Empty!

Step 2: Find little things that can be stored in other things.  So, I had extra sheets for my bed that I kept in the closet.  I had my printer box that was still in the closet, so I was able to fit all of the sheets in the printer box to make more room for other items.  I also put all of my gift and Christmas stuff (so gift bag, wrapping paper, a small Christmas tree, a tree topper, you get the point) into my big suitcase.  It worked out perfectly!

Step 3:  Fit everything on shelves about the same size.  I put a few of the bigger items on the shelves that they were originally on.  I kept the top shelf pretty much the same, printer box, movies, and a bag of craft stuff.  I also kept the suitcases on the bottom shelf because they didn’t fit on other shelves.  I did move some things, like me jeans, to the floor where there was more room.

Step 4: Put everything back in the closet.  Now, it’s time to fit everything else on the shelves.  Surprise!  You may now be able to fit more stuff in the closet!

Step 5: Step back and admire how nice and neat your closet looks!

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I am so happy that I took this apart and back together.  It looks much cleaner and organized.  I was actually able to place more things in the closet to make my bedroom a little cleaner.  Now, if it can actually stay that way, that would be fantastic!

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Living Room Corner and Down the Hallway

My time off this summer is going by way too fast! I feel like I still have too much to get done! Remember the scrapbooking I was going to work on. Not happening! But I did manage to work on a couple of places in my house.

Back in February, I participated in a Finish-It-Up Challenge. One of the projects I worked on was to paint the trim in my hallway. I painted all the trim, plus 6 doors! Whew! That was a big job! I had hoped to get the walls done soon after, but it just didn’t happen. I finally found some light grey paint on the clearance spot at Walmart. I figured I would make it work. It still took a couple more months before I got the painting done, but it is finished!

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I also got a new rug! I had been thinking about a sisal rug, but then decided I wanted more color since it is pretty dark in the hallway. My mom and I went shopping and found this one. I knew right away this was the one I wanted! Thanks Mom!

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There was a part of the wall that was peeling off. Well, it was scraped and sanded and then sprayed with texture. Then I was finally able to paint over it. It is not anywhere near perfect, but it sure is better!!

I really like how this space looks!

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While I was busy painting the hallway, I was chatting with Haley and asked what she thought of taking the dresser we just took out of her room and using it as a tv stand. She said, definately, yes! So in the middle of painting, I took a break and we moved furniture!

Here is the piece we took out! Haley started moving stuff before I could even stop painting and get the camara out! Yeah, this was from back in the day of very big tv’s!

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After getting everything disconnected and moved out of the way, we took the old piece out. Boy, was it heavy! We could barely get it out the door! We managed to just get it out of the way and I said, good enough! Leave it there! It was much easier to move the dresser in!

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We got this piece from our neighbors (thanks P & G) quite a few years ago. It has lived in both of the girls’ bedrooms and been painted several times too. We had just moved it out of Haley’s room about a month ago, but I really like it in here! We put movies and Wii games in the drawers. I added a bit of my beach decor too!

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My last piece is this wonderful metal doggy I bought from Hobby Lobby! I have to have my little dog touches in each room!

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I hope you enjoyed this little update and tour! Next week we will venture a little bit further down the hallway to my bedroom. I think it’s finally done (for now!)!

Sunshine and Blessings