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Conquer Your Closet! 3 Essentials for the January Closet Organizing Challenge

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ClosetOrganizingDid you know January is Organization Month? You know what that means? It’s time to start tackling those closets, cupboards, storage rooms, and even under the beds. To “celebrate” this month, I decided to tackle our upstairs linen closet. 

This closet is bad. 

It has sort of become a household catch-all area. A place to stash things when we want them out of sight. It ended up being a hodgepodge of linens, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and other various things. It was becoming so bad cluttered that I wasn’t able to find things or effectively use the space. That’s when I decided to roll up my sleeves and get started. 

Jumbo Space BagOne of my organizing essentials are Space Bags. I use these for so many things, but when it came to this linen closet I had so many big, bulky items taking up much-needed space. I had two comforters, bed linens, and pillows all stuffed in the closet.

The Space Bags are able to compact all of those things down into a size that’s more manageable for storage. If you have a lot of plush items, you will want to go with one of the Cube Space Bags. These bags allowed me to compress the comforters, pillows, and linens small enough to fit them on the top shelf. 

Storage CrateThen, I used two storage crates to hold all of the sheets. This keeps all of the sheets contained. This way, they won’t spill everywhere when I try to take a set out. The crates fit nicely on the top shelf and it looks so much neater.

Cube Crate with LidMy next task was tacking all of those loose bottles and toiletries on the second shelf. We have wire shelves, so the bottles don’t necessarily sit evenly on the shelves. To hold all of these bottles, I purchased a set of Cube Crates. I love these cubes because unlike many other fabric cubes, these have lids so you can put all of your stuff in them, close the lid, and no one sees it. This is perfect because, let’s face it, my boys don’t want to see tampon boxes when they open the closet!

The cubes also fit perfectly on the shelf and now I don’t have to worry about bottles falling over and falling out of the closet. Plus, these cubes come in ten cute colors! 

This wasn’t something that I bought, but at the same time I was organizing I was also cleaning up the Christmas decorations. I had all of these tubes of wrapping paper that I had left over (along with some new ones I was able to score for a killer clearance deal!). I discovered that the wire shelving for the first shelf ended up being the perfect height to secure the wrapping paper in an upright position along the wall!

ClosetStorageCollageAre you also struggling with taming your closets? Before you start pulling out all of the contents of your closet, there are a few things to do beforehand. 

  • Do you need to purchase anything? Do you need to purchase storage cubes, Space Bags, or anything else? Buy these things ahead of time so you aren’t left with a huge mess on the floor in the meantime.
  • Have a plan. Either in your mind, or even on paper, plan out what you want to put, or what will fit, where.
  • Get rid of things. If there are things in your closets that you don’t use or want anymore, throw it out! There is no point to keep these things around taking up space that could be used for other things. Either throw stuff out, or if it can still be used, donate it to your local thrift store! 

 Hopefully, this post has given you some encouragement to start getting your own closets and storage spaces organized. What sorts of spaces are you planning on organizing this month?

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Yasmin

Thursday 21st of May 2015

Really cool ideas! When doing my spring leaning I missed the closet on purpose. Unfortunately I cant avoid it forever so thank you for the ideas and the inspiration! I feel ready to clean out my closet! :)

Izzy

Tuesday 10th of March 2015

This definitely is a challenge! I need to do this too! Thanks for the post!

sharon

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

You did such a great job! I need to take that challenge, too! I have so many clothes in the closet that when I open it they literally falling on top of me! It is horrible! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

Kimberly

Friday 13th of February 2015

The post is awesome! I wish that my closet would someday look so organized! I really love the purple storage crates! They are lovely! Thanks for the post!

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