Get Clean {Closets}

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Hello everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying your first week of summer so far!  We had extreme heat and then lots of rain.   We already started our summer activities,  I know that this summer will be a little crazy with everything going on.  This is the first summer that the kids are in a lot of activities.  The older kids are in gymnastics twice a week and in vacation bible school.  Michael will also be in T-ball and all the kids will be in swimming lessons.  They are loving it so far.  I will let you know if it gets to be too much.
Welcome to Week 15 of our Organize your Life series!
Organize your LIFE
Anyway,  I am still following my plan to organize one thing a week!  I did change my plan again this week, lol!  I am following the book, Organize Now! and loving it but I skipped to organizing my storage areas this week.  It started with me going through the kids summer clothes and then I ended up going through  2 kids’ closets, my closet and a storage closet, ha!  Even though, I just had another garage sale, I still ended up going to the Goodwill several time to get rid of more stuff!  It felt great! :)
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I went through and organized my closet again!
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I went through all my clothes again.
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And shoes, purses, etc.
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I use this shoe rack to keep things organized.
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I keep all my long-sleeved clothes on one side.
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And the rest on the other side. 
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I went through my jeans and sweaters.
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I got rid of a lot of my hangers and I am switching to the plastic ones. 
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I am changing them out one load of laundry at a time so I can see what I am wearing and not wearing.
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This is my husband’s side of the closet. 
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I had helpers, of course! :)
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I just hang up my purses for now.
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I usually keep my laundry basket on the floor but it was in the laundry room when I took these photos!  I have been really good about laundry lately and I am trying not to let it pile up.
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Our closet is off of our bathroom so it is easy to put our dirty clothes in there.
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Next, I went through my daughters closet.
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I went through all her clothes to get ready for the summer.
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I keep a lot of her stuff in bins.
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In these bins, she keep her play clothes, baby stuff and play food.
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Here is an extra blanket if she needs it.
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I moved everything into bins because I think it is easier to put away and keep organized.
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She has some puzzles and a basket of stuff on her shelf.
2011 06 09_5426  I added this little set of hooks (that I bought at a garage sale for 50 cents) for her purses and stuff.
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Next, I did Michael’s room and closet.  I
just love his new “M”.  (I know that has nothing to do with his closet but it is so cute, lol.)
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I went through all his clothes.
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And his WHOLE closet!!  I got rid of A LOT of his stuff!!!
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Here are some of his puzzles.
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Ok, yes, I did get rid of a lot of his stuff but only because he just had a birthday and got a TON of new toys that we now keep in the basement.  The toys that were in his closet were not used a lot so I am keeping this space open for new things.  I don’t want you thinking that they don’t have any toys, lol!  TRUST ME,  they still have WAY TOO MUCH, haha!  I just wanted to clear out before summer since they are outside almost all the time anyway.
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Here are more bins.
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I keep a lot of his clothes in this dresser too.
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Let’s move on to the last closet that I will show you today.  Yes,  this is a long post.  I have been busy around here!  I just want to start the summer off with a organized house so I can be outside with the kids and not worry about the house.  Does that sense to anyone else?
Next, I organized our storage closet.  I will show you the before picture in another post.  I am not done with this closet yet but this is what we did so far.
We added shelving to a coat closet and turned it into a storage closet.
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Now everything has a place!
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I keep the kid’s keyboard up top shelf and the tool box on the second.
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I bought all of these bins at Walmart  and they fit perfectly!
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They have different sizes so I can take advantage of the space.
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I filled up a lot of the bins.
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But I still have a lot of extra space to fill!!!  YAY!
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I love having everything organized!
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In that bin in the middle, I have our swimming gear…the water wings, sunscreen, water shoes, etc.
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In these bottom bins, I am keeping towels and other water blow-up toys!  I plan on switching these bins out seasonally for easy access!
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Here is one last look, lol~!
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*Organizing Tips*
Get rid of stuff.  Toss, donate or sell items that are broken or unused.  Take a bin and try to fill it up with stuff to donate.
Go Through.  Go through clothes and check seasons and sizes. 
Remove.  Take away everything that is not needed or used.
Empty.  Take everything out to see what you have.
Decide.  Only keep what you really need.
Refill.  Be careful when putting everything back in.  SIMPLIFY!
Replace.  Replace items with ones that you need.
Designate.  Have a spot for everything! :) 
My challenge for you this week is to go through your closets and post about it here! 
I can’t wait to see them! :)
Please post up your organizing project of the week below!
(You can link up any organizing project that you have been working on!)
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Have a great day! :)