A few weeks ago, I posted about my horribly messy closet. Here are the piles of stuff I removed from the closet.
Once I had everything out, I realized how incredibly yucky the walls inside of the closet looked. Since I had a quart of white-ish paint that I never used, I decided I would paint the inside of the closet. My husband’s statement of support was, “Good luck with that!” so I knew I was on my own.
When I mentioned on Facebook that I was celebrating our three-year anniversary in the house by painting the inside of the closet, some people (my brother) seemed to think I was a little crazy, but I sure am glad I did. It was so easy, and fast, and makes the closet look so fresh now!
I only put the things I wanted in the closet back. Instead of trying to find places for all the junk I don’t have any other spot for, I looked through my stuff and made a huge garage sale pile, and threw a lot of stuff away. Then I put like items together.
All of my serving platters went on the very top shelf along with leftover baskets from last summer’s CSA experience. You’ll see more of those in a minute.
I put all of the paper plates, cups, etc. in a crate. I put all of the cleaning supplies into a cardboard crate. It’s not a great fit, and I’m still looking for something that will work better, but it serves its purpose for now. I put our coffee maker and some measuring cups that are waiting to be used on that shelf, along with rubber gloves and some insecticide that Jeff likes to keep close by. I’m not crazy about it being in there, so I might have to find a better spot for it. I’ve been debating if that would be better under the sink, but that’s an organization project for another day.
On the rack on the door, you see the little baskets from my CSA last summer. I kept them around knowing they would come in handy for something, and they really did! They fit perfectly in the door and allowed me to sort things into little containers by category such as batteries, small tools, flashlights, twist ties and zip ties, and so on. They also came in handy in my junk drawer reorganization, but that’s a different story.
I left a great big spot, for my paper towels; even though I’m running low now, I usually buy big packs that last us a long time. I have two more crates: one for my plastic bags from the grocery store that we use to bring lunches to work, to line our trash cans, etc and one for rags. Both of the crates were totally overflowing so I took a bunch plastic bags to the grocery store to recycle. We use reusable bags when we remember to bring them to the store, but we forget often enough that we have a good supply of plastic. Tucked in between are the paper bags that we have. I went through the rags to find the most worn-out ones to get rid of. I still have a pile that I didn’t throw out and didn’t put back in the crate, either. I hate to throw them away, so I’m still trying to decide what to do with those. I’m open to suggestions! On the floor, I have my less-frequently used cookbooks. My more frequently used cookbooks are on my kitchen counter, but there is room for them on the floor in case I want to tuck them away for a special occasion. Also, our grilling utensils are in the case down there. That makes its home on our deck during grilling season.
So there you have it, our organized closet! Jeff even helped a little bit by helping me get the shelves back in after the paint dried. It took less than 24 hours from start to finish, with 8 hours of sleep, some time to let the paint dry, and a visit to the gym and some internet time in between. If I had been able to do it start-to-finish without stopping, it probably would have taken two hours. There are still a few things I want to do to perfect it, so another update may be forthcoming.
I just open the closet up every once in a while and gaze into it to admire it and remind myself how good it feels to be organized.
Now, on to find a spot for all the stuff that has been relocated to the basement since I don’t want it in my closet anymore…