Growing up I was always the child who loved to organize. My mom was never a fan. While I thought I was helping my mom clean, she just accused me of hiding all her crap. When I say my mom’s crap, like everything she couldn’t find she blamed me. Since I am older now, a little wiser, every time we visit my mom’s house, I never even attempt to try to clean. Of course, it is because I do not want to be accused of hiding her stuff again. I am a strong believe in counter space, using cabinets and drawers to its full potential.
At the beginning of summer, my mom had a full knee replacement (check out her scar in picture above). We went to help her out for a week in July; where, I helped organize her kitchen, pantry and bathroom cabinets. I am one of those people who just enjoys organizing anything from pantry’s, closets, garages, picture albums, toys and more! I actually love organizing so much that I am thinking of starting a side business in organization.
Last week we were in Las Vegas where my sister in law moved to a new house and needed a little help with organizing her kitchen and closets. She was overwhelmed mostly cause she didn’t have the time to focus on it. See she works a full time job and is a part owner of an art gallery plus she sells on amazon and eBay. The lady loves to work and just happen to love to organize. Luckily, I have a husband who likes projects and likes to stay busy. Therefore, I put him to work to install the Rubbermaid closet systems purchased off of Amazon for less than $90 each. To complete both master closets we needed 4 systems which allowed for leftover parts.
While he installed the systems, I organized the Kitchen. For Jenny she basically had everything in the correct places to make sense, it was just taking it out and stacking items to make them fit better. I also spent the time to make sure all plastic containers had lids, all cups had matching lids or straws, etc. She was very afraid I was going to make her get rid of stuff, but really in the end I had a small pile of under 10 items. The items were mostly what I couldn’t find what it went to like too many lids for plastic containers, straws that I had no idea where the adult sippy cup was, and 3 wash rags simply cause they looked old, dingy and was starting to rip. All in all not too bad as she thought I was really going to purge half of her kitchen.
Her Master Closet
After the kitchen was done, it was off to tackle her closet. I never told her she had to get rid of anything, but rather I let her make that decision as whatever she was keeping we had to spend the time to rehang it and organize it. She wanted to switch her closet to new velvet non slip hangers which were purchased off of Amazon.
I made her do an extra step while we were putting her clothes away. I personally organize my closet this way and it makes it so easy when you get dressed. I will also say, she was not excited about this step and was ready to throw the towel in. However, we kept pushing. I like to organize closets on how you wear clothes so top rod should be tops separated in 4-5 categories – jackets and hoodies, sweaters and long sleeve shirts, shirts with sleeve (short sleeve blouses and 3 quarter sleeves), Short sleeve summer tshirts, and under and layering shirts. I also made her go a bit further by taking the time to organize by color which I don’t expect her to maintain this step but it sure looked good when we were finished. We had another section for dresses and the bottom rod was for pants divided into sections of jeans, linens, and leggings.
Behind her door to the closet was a nail polish organizer also purchased off of Amazon. Which I am excited to see how many Julep nail polishes she had since I have mentioned Julep so many times on my website. She also had a ton of purses, wallets and bags which we organized on shelves.
His Master Closet
We also tackled her husband’s closet. First step of his closet was hanging everything. The second thing was organizing his pants, shorts, shirts, hats, ties etc. Once everything was organized and hung on the new closet system, it looked like a brand new organized closet.
Toy Storage Organizer
Right before we left for vacation, I was organizing my girls’ toys and bought a new toy organizer through Wikibuy. I love organizing toys, so they aren’t just thrown all over the place. I didn’t have a chance yet to load it up, but here is a picture of the toy organizer waiting for me to organize as soon as I get all the laundry done from our Las Vegas vacation. It is making me excited to just leave the laundry sit for another day.
Also, a little tip about toy organizer shelves. Do not waste your money on one of the fabric character organizing shelves. The fabric boxes will end up loosing it shape. I prefer the plastic bin one as pictured above which does cost a little extra but will outlast the fabric ones.
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In the end, you can still be a Spenderella and shop your heart out with just a little organization you can make room to shop even more. If you see the pictures above of the new closets we installed, there is still empty shelf space, so my sister in law now has an excuse to be a Spenderella again.