Thursday, January 3, 2013

Organization Round Up

This time of year, everyone is thinking about getting organized. Start of a new year, start of new goals. It's a ritual we all seem to follow.

This year, it seems D has gotten on the organization band wagon for things he really has nothing to do with. He's coming up with ideas that HE thinks will help the functionality of the house.

For example, he thinks it would be brilliant to move the laundry room into the master bedroom and convert the small laundry room into a pantry.

So...I'll explain the two plans we have:

D's: Move the laundry room. This includes plumbing, vents, etc. Put shelving in the pantry and do nothing to the kitchen.

My plan: Get stackable front loader washer/dryer, and using the space opened up for a folding area and also food storage. Putting in a much needed counter and cabinets in the kitchen were we currently have a long bookshelf taking up the same space.

Keeping in mind this is the total of my kitchen counters and cabinets:

This was taken before we moved in. Cabinets got a bit of a facelift but the counters are the same

We have a decent sized house but no real closets or counters. Mainly because they didn't need them when the house was built. For us, that means we have to get creative with organizing. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

Reuse what you have!

Find small containers like these crystal light containers and use them to keep the little stuff contained. 

Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose!

I know it's a real buzz word these days, but it works. Take something old and make it in to something new. 

Take an ugly old entertainment center and turn it into toy storage! It's nothing a bit of oil based primary, some paint and new drawer pulls can't handle. 

Have an old changing table sitting around? It works perfectly as a buffet in the dining room, holding dishes, linens and extra food storage. That's exactly what this beauty is doing after I gave her a much needed face lift.

I even stashed an old dresser in our office to hold my craft supplies and canning jars.

OK, so you've repurposed and recycled...but you still have things you need to put away. That means it's time to hit the dollar store.

I love plastic bins to store things. And I love fabric baskets. Both are readily available Dollar Tree and won't break your budget.

To organize fabric, I started with one of those inexpensive cubbie systems from Target. It cost me about $30. I folded the fabric and into the canvas dollar store bins.

The dollar store has canvas containers of various sizes...holding magazines, recipe cards, and pretty much anything else that doesn't need to be loose in the kitchen.

We were using them to store DVDs but even that got to be too much and moved over to tossing the covers and putting them in a large zippered CD case.

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  1. I'm on the organization kick too! Love these tips... My first step is decluttering.

  2. We switched to the CD books for CDs/DVDs a few years ago and I LOVE it!! Everything is together, easy to see, and so much space is saved!!! Thanks for the great organization tips!

  3. Micki Is like you read my mind...I need a DVD organizer since my little monster (he is 4 and fan of Lady Gagga) has turned out to be a movie critic and is scratching every DVD we own!!!!Where did you find yours? I was starting to think it was a thing from the past...but alas, so yours and there is Hope. Visiting your blog, returning some bloggy love and following!

  4. Great work! I am a sad excuse for an organizer, but these tips seem do-able! Thanks so much for joining our hop! Be sure to follow so you can be reminded to link up in the following week! We would love for you to join the fun every Sunday!
    xoxox. Jordan

  5. I love the idea for reusing Crystal Light containers. I can't tell you how many of those get wasted here. Not anymore! Thanks for sharing these ideas at Frugal Crafty Home!

  6. Hi Micki!Great job!! Everyone seems to be on the organizer bandwagon. If we were all organized we wouldn't have to do it every year. My goal is to stay organized. Better said then done I'm sure.

    I'm having a GOOGLE + Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Google +. If you don't have Google + it's ok, come link up your blog or favorite post.

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week beginning in January. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

  7. Great tips and fabulous job! We lived in a Victorian house once -- lots of space but no closets, cupboards and a tiny kitchen counter so things could get cluttered really quickly. Your plan sounds perfect! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!


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