One of the best features of this new house for us is the storage space. It is every where. Most of it I need a ladder for, but it is there! Most people have a junk draw, we were creating a junk room. What a mess! When every thing stated to calm down and most of the boxes were out of the way it was time to tackle the “backroom”.
1st Everything, and I mean everything was removed into my breakfast nook. Then everything got a wipe down. I love that the prier owners gave us such a deal, but man this house was gross!
2ed This is the fun part, well for me. Organizing like things. Not only from what was in my breakfast area, but what I wanted to add back into.
I found it easiest to group like items first, then go through a second time and toss. I also tossed a bunch of stuff that no longer worked or was never used. Like old broken crayons got re molded, dried up markers- tossed. Random bits of nasty- toss. Old coupons, expired food, dead batteries, you name it. Divide and conquer!!
This way I had plenty of room for things I like. Such as my daughters art stuff and tools I use inside the home .
When grouping, start thinking of what you want to put where. Keep it simple!! We are short therefor reachable things we want to keep within reach. Things I don’t use often are up high. Things you want to see vs things you don’t. These are the thought that should be going through your mind as you sort. A in motion plan I would think. Like they always say “look before you leap”.
3ed Putting it all back. Whooo Hoooo!!! Almost done!!!
So thanks to Loews for having those super cute and colorful buckets on clearance for $5. I took the buckets I purchased and the number of draws and cabinet added them up and started organizing what I had. I divided crayons, markers, paint, stickers, glue and so on, into appropriate buckets. Things that needed larger buckets got them. if my math did not check out or I found yet something else I wanted to add to the back room I adjusted and grouped things with less items together. No sense in wasting space.
Food stuff went in the cabinets above the counter top. Art stuff went in the cabinets below and tech, tools, and books went in the draws. My little Princess is now able to remove and clean up in little to no time. I say mission accomplished.
Things I did not want her to have easy accesses to: ie permit markers and paint are all the way in the back behind the bins. Makes for not only a challenge, but I usually can hear her struggling. That way I have a little more control over the messy things.
As you can see I have tons of space I had no idea I could use. So what to do… pull in more random things around the house!
Most of the kitchen stuff : Entertaining items that I use occasionally were pulled into this back room, as with extra paper products. Plus all our Beer making items! What! I had a hole floor to ceiling cabinet just begging to be filled!!
I even used the space behind the door for the things that I grab the most. As you can tell lunch bags, coffee, and tea.
That set up use to be in the old house’s pantry. It is just an over the door shelve holder I picked up at Walmart a few years back.
For very little money I was able to pull together an amazing storage area by re using many things and shopping the sales.
Even after about 6month of using the completed section it is still very functional and keeping clean. We have learned where everything is and are no longer wasting time looking for random items.
If you take the basics of organization, remove the emotional attachment and plan you too can have a functional space that you can enjoy. Now all we need in there is a beer fridge and fresh painted walls. Well that and blinds/curtains to make it part of the home.
Happy Organizing!! And as always find me on FB and YouTube.