This post is sponsored by Kimberly Clark, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. For the past few months, it’s been a priority for me to get our home in order. One of my favorite ways to do that is by delcluttering and then organizing the things I have left. So, I wanted to start this week with closets. First up, our hall’s linen closet. We live in a ranch, so the “guest” bathroom in our main hall is always the bathroom our children use. It has the bathtub so that’s where they takes baths and it’s where Blaire brushes her teeth.
We know physical health is important, but mental health is equally important. Women naturally bear the majority of the mental load when it comes to their homes, whether or not they work outside the home. Knowing about the clutter and junk we have hiding away in the storage spaces of our home makes me crazy! Without places to store the things we need in our lives, those things sit out on countertops, tables, etc. Making room for those things in my closets will make it a little easier for me to keep the rooms in our home tidier.
These are the simple steps I follow when decluttering and organizing.
1| Declutter. Get rid of the things you don’t need. If they’re in good condition, donate them. If they’re not, toss them and don’t feel bad about it for a single second.
2| Group like items. Before you put anything back into the closet, identify which items should be stored together. Can they stay grouped together on their own (towels, bedsheets, light bulbs) or do you need to put them in a baggie, basket or tote to keep them neatly organized?
3| Take inventory. When it comes to our linen closet, there are lots of items we keep in this closet that we need to have on hand for any given day. Light bulbs of all sizes, boxes of Kleenex, toliet paper and travel-sized toiletries for the guest bathroom. Add any of the items you need or are running low on to your shopping list.
4| Organize. Add everything back into the closet in an organized manner. Fold all of your towels neatly. Store sheets inside one of the pillowcases from the set to keep them tidy and contained. Baskets and tubs help to keep like items together and make everything look tidy.
In this closet, we also store the guest bathroom towels, the beach towels, the kid’s wash cloths/towels, our stock of 192 paper towels, candle/wallflower stash. We also store our nebulizer and the spare parts for it, the heating pad, and the spare humidifier. Since Christmas, I had gone through and gotten rid of some old sheets/bedding we don’t use anymore. It made room for the game Blaire received for Christmas. I also have a few of Ben’s toys in here to bring out on a day when he needs something new to play with. This is also the closet where I hide backups for Blaire’s beloved Acorn and the birthday presents I’ve already gotten for her. Lol.
Okay, get ready for these scary “before” photos.
And the pretty “after” photos!
Baskets for the win!
We always stay stocked up on Kleenex, no matter the season. Kids pick up germs everywhere, I never know when they’re going to get a cold out of nowhere. Or when they’re going to give me a cold out of nowhere. Kleenex are America’s softest tissue, which means I don’t have to worry about looking like I’m sick when I come down with a cold. We all know a mom cold never slows a mama down! They’re soft enough for even baby Ben’s tiny nose.
You can find Kleenex at Walmart, or you can order them with two day shipping from walmart.com. Two day shipping seriously makes life so. much. easier.
Okay, so now… onto the other closets for me.
What areas of your home need some organization?