There is an extra closet in the back of the girls’ room that has been neglected for far too long. It has some wonderful shelving installed, but it hasn’t been used well. It became a “catch all” kind of place for whatever the kids were doing and I think it had been a few months since I had actually even walked into it. Of course, this could have been because it was so full of stuff that it was impossible to step inside anyway. This was a sad and neglected space. To put it simply: this closet needed a mommy.
Crazy, right? So I spent a Friday evening and a Saturday morning deciding what to save, what to give away or sell, and what to throw in the trash. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the biggest pile was the trash pile. Eventually, the closet came back to life with everything in its place. I must admit that getting this corner of our home organized gave me a great feeling. Like a breath of fresh air!
Much Better! You can see the floor! Do you notice the tiny runaway green lego piece on the carpet? If not for the redo, that little guy might have been lost forever. There are two bins on the bottom level. Now the girls each have their own bin for any big toys or dolls. I thought about making some cute labels for each of the shoe boxes, but the boxes are clear and you can see what’s in them already. The boxes are organized into categories or types of supplies: a science kit I took out of the packaging and consolidated with a few other science supplies, math (dice, flashcards, rulers), art, crafts, crayons, colored pencils, pencils & erasers, markers, little phonics reader books for Lauren, notepads, and one hiding in the back that has the entire Narnia series in paperback. There’s one tall bin with a big craft project that Emma hasn’t finished yet. The purple box in the middle has writing and construction paper. The rest is pretty self explanatory. I purposefully left some of the shelves empty. I know it won’t take long to need them. I like to call these “shelves-in-waiting”.
I don’t need this closet to stay picture perfect all the time, but I would like to be able to at least walk into it when needed. Now that this space has been conquered, maybe I’ll be brave enough to tackle a few (or a lot) of the other clutter collecting corners that sometimes develop in a home.
I wanted to include a few pictures that probably don’t need their own blog post, but they make me smile. The first makes my mommy/teacher heart go all aflutter. The second is a cute and clever little sign at one of our favorite local eateries, Jackson’s Corner.
And now I’m off to find another place for a before and after makeover. Happy organizing!