Getting Organized

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Last week was my first full week of summer vacation and since my goal is to clean out closets and get organized, I decided it was best not to procrastinate.

I started with the laundry room.  It is actually more like a closet so at least it isn’t a big area.  A few months ago I removed the one wood shelf and added two of the white wire shelves that can be adjusted.  This added some much needed storage.  But then I quickly found that I just filled these shelves with more junk and I still couldn’t find stuff when I needed it.

I decided to add some canisters to the shelf using shower hooks so I could drop stuff in and then easily reach in when I needed it.  I was originally going to reuse coffee cans but then my husband wanted to use them in our garage for something (who knows what for??).

I went to the Dollar Store and found the canisters and shower hooks so it was an inexpensive storage solution.  I drilled a hole through one side of the canister about 1 inch down from the rim.  Then I just put the shower hooks through the hole and around the wire shelf.  Super fast and easy!

I’ve already decided I can use one for loose change and stuff I find in our pockets.  The other one is empty for now but I’m sure I won’t have any problem filling it with stuff.

We have these shelves in all our closets so I’m definitely going to be adding more of these.   I have plenty of shower hooks left so I just need to save my empty coffee cans or go back to The Dollar Store.

I also bought some shoe organizers because I love the idea of using them to organize the small stuff.

I put one in my guest bedroom closet to organize all my craft stuff.  I had plenty ofpockets left over to store random junk I had in the closet.  Now I can easily find and grab stuff that I need.

I just wish I would’ve done this years ago.  It is such a quick and easy way to organize things.

I found this shoe organizer at The Dollar Store (can’t beat the price!) and decided to hang it from hooks in my kitchen pantry.  I now use it to store all my little packages like spices, popcorn, hot chocolate, etc.  This actually freed up so much space in my pantry because I was able to throw away all the boxes that held the individual packages.

So at least I can cross a few things off my summer to-do list.  Now we are off to relax at the beach!

What are some creative ways you stay organized?  I’d love to hear from you.


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  1. I loved this post! Very creative ways to make life neat and organized and easy for mom!!!!!

  2. I like this post! I need all the help I can get with organizing! I am horrible with that and decorating. I’m here from the top it off tuesday blog hop! Hope you can come by and say hi!

  3. Good for you! One of my goals this summer was to get organized too, and so far I haven’t done that at all. I am a new follower from the weekend blog hop. Visit my older daughter and I at our blog, Says Me Says Mom, http:/ where we talk about anything and everything.

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  5. I used baby formula cans in a similar way to what you did with the canisters. We put screws in the pantry to hang them from, and they hold clothespins, baby outlet covers, screws, nails, etc.

  6. Now that winter is upon us, we use the shoe organizer on the back door to hold all the mittens, gloves, scarves and hats. No more sorting through the bin to “find the matching glove or mitten.”

  7. i use the shoe organizer inside my bathroom closet. great for cotton balls, hairspray, bandaids, etc. etc.

  8. Brilliant ideas! I save my dryer lint, no I don’t knit with it like my husband thinks. I make fire starters out of it. I take a wad of lint, usually the size of what is left from two dryer loads, and I put it in a strip of waxed paper, twist both ends of the paper like it’s a piece of penny candy and it makes a great fire starter for the fireplace or BBQ grill. If you have time you can always put the lint in an old ice cube tray, pour melted wax (from wax melting units like Scentsy burners after they have lost their scent) over it and then wrap in waxed paper. The wax helps the fire starter last longer.

  9. I have used the shoe organizer on the doors for a few years. I have used mine in the kitchen pantry to hold all the tin foil, plastic wrap, ziplock bags and such. It also is a great idea for the bathroom closet to hang and put medical supplies into. SO handy to see and grab an item should and accident happen. Great ideas for the imagination.

    January 23,2012

  10. I use the shoe organizer for my bathroom to hold every thing from razors,brushes, small travel items,extra toothbrushes and small toothpaste. anything i us in bathroom. Its so easy to justget it fast and it cleared up some of my drawer space. Its like going on a shopping spree when you are going on vacaton.

  11. love the shoe organizer for bits n bobs of craft stuff. When I can see them I use them, but hidden in boxes or totes covered by stuff I forget that it’s there, or buy more cause I’m so tired of searching and just want to get on with it!

  12. I use a shoe organizer behind the bathroom door. All of my bath related freebies – and there are a lot of them! — go in there, making it easy to find and use the products I want.

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