Last month, I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Before reading Marie Kondo’s book, I never thought that having an organized beautiful home would be possible for my family. There are several areas of my home that are a breeding ground for clutter and my hall closet was one of the worst offenders. This picture says it all…
The closet was stuffed so full of bedclothes and blankets… it was literally busting the hinges. The kids liked going in there and “playing,” otherwise known as “making a huge mess.” At least somebody was having fun with this. It finally exploded into the hallway and I had no choice but to make it my next project. My Mother-In-Law Judy was over at my house on Saturday, and said she would help me with it. I was relieved because she is the most organized person on the planet and I knew it was a two person job. We got everything pulled out into the hallway and started sorting what I was going to keep, give away, or trash. It’s that simple: keep, give away, trash. We only kept two sheet sets per bed. I don’t think either one of us realized how much stuff was in there. We planned on a couple of hours. A couple of hours came and went and then she had to leave. For a moment, I wanted to crawl into the fetal position. She had this fancy way of folding sheets that she was going to show me. I stood there for a couple of minutes and then just told myself “You’ve got this!” and just started putting stuff back in. Honestly, I surprised myself. This is what I wound up with!
I knew I wanted a linen closet that was well labeled and obvious to the kids where stuff went. I didn’t want to spend any money. I have a million other things I would like to spend money on besides baskets in my closet, so I used stuff I already had. A perfect example is this basket I used to organize my extra twin sheets and pillow cases. I made the label with my Cricut Expression, scrapbook supplies, and then I laminated it.
I had to get creative with space because I was committed to only keeping what we truly needed. For example, one of the kids favorite blankets is a twin down comforter. It is bulky and well-loved. Who knew pillowcases were the original space bags? I just kept folding it down until it looked like it would fit into the pillowcase. Then I literally squeezed all of the air out, after I put it in the pillowcase!
Another idea I had seen on Pinterest, was putting a dirty clothes hamper in the bottom of the closet. Until I cleared out the closet, I had no idea I could fit two hampers. We only have two full baths in our house for eight people. The kids bathroom is not huge and there was no real space for a laundry basket. Another major issue was wet towels getting thrown in with the clothes. Ugh! So I used my Cricut Expression and made vinyl labels for the baskets, in order to simplify things. Again, I didn’t buy anything. I just used what we had.
We have friends over frequently. With 6 kids, we are at full capacity. So we keep blow up mattresses on hand. They are great for sleepovers and the kids love being in the room together. The problem was we could never find the mattresses, pumps, or sleeping bags. We would literally have to pull everything out. It made a huge mess and made me want to cry. We don’t have that problem anymore. The mattresses and pumps are in a bin together and the sleeping bags are neatly next to them in their packages.
I stored my king sheets and a vintage twin set that I love, in their own pillow cases. It is right next to the extra twin sheets. In the back of the shelf, I put two extra king pillows with the cases already on them. It is pretty and functional.
I love this space so much now. It works perfect for my family. I can’t wait until every room in our house looks like this. When I pass by my closet, sometimes I just open the door up and stare at it! Organization comes easy when you only keep what is useful and beautiful. I have found with 8 people in a home…less is definitely more!