Step One: Purge
Maybe you have heard, “if you don’t know the contents of the box, toss it. You don’t need it.” I can’t go to that extreme because I followed that advice and now don’t have the baby book for my son. NOT MY FAULT. A random item may end up in a weird place when you don’t have cupboards or cabinets. A box is your best friend when surprise company show up on your doorstep. Not the best way, I admit, but I have utilized this trick. So, open the box, look and toss if nothing catches your eye. Of course many things will. Just be strong. If you haven’t needed it in a year (Christmas stuff is used once a year. But if you purge in January, you used it just last month!), toss it or give it away.
If you haven’t worn something in a year, get rid of it. Don’t keep sweaters that may fit. Toss items that have needed repair for a while. Chances are, if you haven’t mended it yet, you are not going to do so. If your favorite skirt is way too big or way too small, grab the chance to find a new favorite. I purchased an adorable denim a-line skirt I found on clearance with an additional 50% off. Can you see why I have to purge periodically? Shopping, no closet space, and a small house don’t mix.
Step Two: De-Clutter
This step is very similar to the first; you get rid of stuff. But de-clutter means the little items on your shelves, the extra books on the floor, the multiple cake pans in random shapes. De-cluttering takes into account your space and making it eye pleasing. The more things on a shelf or in a house, the smaller it feels and the more dusting you have to do. (But if you have the cool swifter duster, life is so much easier.)
Nicknacks and collectables are cool. We all have them, we all “need” them. But there has to be a limit.
Step Three: Organize
This is the step where the adorable organizers come in. There are so many GREAT ideas for organizing. I put my son in a loft bed, took out the twin bed, and placed his desk and legos (on a shelf) under the loft. I am still amazed at the space.
Here is my goal for my closet:
I think it will really solve my lack of space problem. Can’t you just envision all the clothes neatly hung up on the multiple bars provided?
I love this idea from Shoe Organizer turned Car Caddy — from Decor-organize Crafts via Thriftynwmom.com. It isn’t for the house, but it helps with the overwhelming clutter feel.
I love my IKEA baskets that I bought eight years ago, originally as a dresser idea for my son. I have a large squares and smaller squares. Two large and one small or three small fit perfectly on the bookshelf! Now they serve whatever capacity I find for them. But they are still in GREAT shape. I think I need another trip just to get more great organizing ideas. My daughter’s room is vomiting clothes. (I need to purge all the smaller sizes.)
What great affordable ideas are you finding to organize?