Jan 13, 2014

Organize It: Bathroom Closet



Happy Monday loves! Let's get this year started off on the right foot. Last week I shared with you all my hopes for a better 2014 and I'm making strides to keep my targets on track. One of the ways I am doing that is by starting small. Last year I focused a lot of energy on bigger projects like painting and remodeling that I often forgot the smaller areas of our home like the closets, cabinets and drawers. This year in preparation for a move that is coming soon I am bound and determined to get every square inch organized and functioning before tackling any major projects. In fact there are only a few "big" projects on our list before we move. After all we hope to keep the dollars in our pockets and out of the house we are leaving behind. So, I sat down a few weeks ago with a master list and jotted down every single project both big and small that needs to be done before we pack up and move out.

Since we aren't exactly sure when the move will be, I have to be prepared. That means a lot of organizing, purging, and down-sizing has to happen. And even if your not planning a big move spending the first part of the year creating a more happier and clutter free home will ensure a happy family all year long.

My personal plan is to start with smaller projects that only take a few minutes to an hour and knock those out quick. And since I'm a spur of the moment type gal I don't really ever plan my projects out, I usually find myself digging or looking for something and end up organizing or sifting through drawers and closets. Or in most cases when something gets out of hand and ends up spilling over the rim, like our bathroom closet, I usually find myself laying restless in bed thinking about cleaning and sorting. Yes, I am aware that may not be normal but hey I really love that I do that.

STEP 1: ASSESS THE SITUATION

Friday I opened up the family's bathroom closet, which is mostly used to house our cleaning products and linens, and found this...




I immediately slammed the door and ran off to my happy place, which means I skedaddle into the pages of the January/February edition of HGTV magazine, and soon forgot the chaos happening behind door number one. But after a restless night of tossing and turning I started bright and early the next morning.

STEP 2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER, PURGE, and SORT

I ripped everything out of the closet. Yep...everything!


Yikes, what a mess! Random sets of sheets, cleaning product, and pet supplies came out. As you can tell by the bins and baskets I had once attempted to organize this space but failed horribly.

The closet is pretty much an empty hole in the wall. It has no shelves. I knew I needed some sort of shelving system. But in keeping with my other goals I shopped my house instead of heading out to the store. I recently purchased a new bookcase for my office but have yet to put it together. So I snatched the metal Ikea shelf, which the bookshelf will replace, and threw into the closet. You may remember this shelf from my craft closet clean out last year but since reclaiming my studio I don't have the need for the craft closet.


STEP 3: ORGANIZE AND STORE

Once I had the shelf in place it was time to load everything back in. Well not everything. I organized the linens into the larger baskets on the very top shelf. I purged a great deal of missing sheet sets and baby blankets I no longer needed. Cleaners got a shelf of their own and the first aid box got cleaned out and put back in. I don't store medications in this box just swabs and alcohol type stuff.




STEP 4: LABEL, LABEL, & LABEL

Now that I had everything back in the closet in baskets and bins it was time to create some labels. The labels on the larger green baskets were made by simply designing them in Photoshop, printing, cutting, and laminating. Easy peasy, huh? But I wanted to try a different approach on labeling. I have always loved the look of chalkboard labels but every time I try to use them my handwriting ends up looking ratchet. For those of you who were blessed with beautiful handwriting I envy you. But writing with chalk or even chalk pens leave my chalkboard labels looking illegible. But I do love the look of them.

Enter my love of vinyl labels. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait once again I cut some vinyl labels for some mini chalkboards. I used pink to add some more color. The font I used was Sacramento. I made cut two labels, transferred them with contact paper, and voila, faux handwritten chalkboard labels. I'm giddy about them. I may have had the entire family jolt into the bathroom to gander at their marvelous beauty. I know it's the small things that amuse me. And if I ever need to change them I can just cut some new vinyl. And my Silhouette Portrait was used to cut the red cross for the first aid box as well. That was just too easy!




STEP 5: ENJOY YOUR ORGANIZED SPACE

Of course once I finish organizing a space I have a tendency to keep making reasons to gawk at it. As I was jumping into the shower I just popped open the door...yep, for no reason other than to stare at the beautiful order of the closet. It's so awesome what you can accomplish in such a short time. Now when I go to move I can pretty much just grab the baskets and go.




SOME MORE ORGANIZING TIPS

Last year I joined a group called The Silhouette Challenge on Facebook. It's a group of crafting, scrapping, and several bloggers that work together to master the art of Silhouette using. It's been a Godsend this past year for all sorts of Silhouette issues good and bad. Last year, a group of bloggers from the group got together for a 12 projects in 12 months challenge. Each month we showcased one project on the blog and linked to each others as well. You can check out some of my past projects here...Canvas Date Art, Makeup Organizer, Gold Foil Art, Personal Birthday Gift.

Since starting the Facebook group, The Silhouette Challenge has grown tremendously. We now have over 30 bloggers participating and each month it grows. This year we are doing something a bit different. Each month a topic will be chosen and with that topic we will have to create something unique. I am really excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to try different things.

This month, for January, our topic was organization. Of course that's one of my strong points. And the first thing that comes to mind when I cross my Portrait and organization is labels of course. Faux handwritten chalkboard labels!

Now like I said we have over 30 blogs partaking in this month's challenge so I hope you are prepared for some more swoon worthy organizing goodness.


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Create
  35. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
These projects are so A-mazing! Happy clicking and pinning of course!

Are you taking this month to get organized? What's your latest project? What's next? Have a Silhouette project to share?


20 comments:

  1. Wow, what a difference!! I've got quite a few of those dollar store bins waiting to be used for a project just like this :-) And those little chalkboard labels are too cute!

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    1. Thanks so much. It is so much better right? And dollar store containers are the best! I love them. In case your wondering about the chalkboard labels, I picked them up at Joann's. 3 in a pack for under $2.00. I'm going back for some more soon.

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  2. Oh my, what a difference! You did a great job with your labels. I've got some organizing plans in the works, but really, I need to let go of stuff and make some room to breathe! Best wishes for your move!

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    1. Meredith, thank you! Letting go of stuff used be so hard. I have come to the understanding that you just have to do it. If I think about it to long I'll find some weird attachment to everything. Just the other day I was purging some of the kids toys and oddly enough I was having a harder time with letting them go than they were. So don't over think it...just do it. If it's something you haven't used, seen, or thought about it a year it's probably better off with a new family. I find it easier to donate than to throw away. At least the stuff is going to people who want it and need it more than I do. Happy purging and good luck!

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  3. Wonderful improvement! I have a lot of spaces I need to work on just like that. Thanks for the inspiration! I love your approach to it! I get stuck in the planning stage tiptop often and need to take things more!

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    1. D, I know what you mean about getting stuck in the planning stage. I have hundreds of projects in the "planning stage". It's hard to finally do it. Finding time and energy is defiantly an issue with me. I think if you start with all the smaller five to ten minute projects like cleaning out a junk drawer or folding your t-shirts neatly it's easier to move on to larger ones.

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  4. Very nice transformation. It really does make us feel good when we get these spaces in our homes a little more organized. I've found that starting on the smaller spaces make it easier to tackle the bigger ones. Great job!

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  5. I must get some of those chalkboard labels! I saw that you got them at Jo-Anns! Eek! Your closet looks so great... I really need to get motivated to clean up some of the areas in my house that I'd rather run away from ;) Good work!

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    1. Don't run Janice!!! Run to the nearest JoAnn's and pick up some labels. That will motivate you, right? ;)

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  6. Oh man, awesome job, your final results looks great!!

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  7. I agree with the ladies above, what a difference a bit of organization makes! Great job, and good luck tackling the rest of your house!

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  8. Wow! What a transformation! definitely there is nothing that shelving and labeling can not fix right!... Love what you did. Now there is so much space! Pinning!!!

    XOXO
    Cami

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  9. I wish I had a bathroom closet to do this to! But seriously it looks amazing!

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  10. I love what you do with your Silhouette and Photoshop…I was curious, which one would you recommend if I can only afford one for now? I would love to create cute designs like you have done and create planners. Could I do all that on the Silhouette? I wasn't sure, but I knew the silhouette came with software and I figured if I didn't want it cut, I could just print it out like I normally would if I just wanted cute designs on a piece of paper. But I also wasn't sure if I could do as much on the silhouette software as I could with photoshop…just would like some input. Thanks!

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    1. Amberly, I love them both but honestly if I had to recommend one over the other Photoshop wins every time. The possibilities with Photoshop are endless and ultimately that's where I make my living but the Silhouette is essential for working and cutting material. Obviously they both have features the other does not and I personally find it a bit more challenging to design in Silhouette Studio and most of the time I design in Photoshop, save it as a png file. and use my Silhouette for the cut only. I would highly suggest to buy Photoshop first, learn the basics of designing like layers, etc, and then work your way into the Silhouette Studio. Hopes this helps.

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  11. I like what you did with this space. Very organized! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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