Inside the Organizer’s Home {Bathroom}…

Next edition of “Inside the Organizer’s Home”.  Bathroom style! 🙂

My bathroom is not huge, but not super small either.  It is just long and narrow.  There is a small linen closet in the bathroom {huge help}, and some “under the sink” space.  The sink sits pretty tall so the cabinets underneath are as equally tall.  That sounds great, but to be honest it is a huge waste of space.  I think closet and cabinet companies should employ me to help design their stuff!  Geez! 🙂

I get sidetracked.  I installed an etagere above the toilet to take advantage of that wall space.  Check it out! 🙂

Holds: perfume, skincare, hair products, and soap

Linen Closet. Holds: shampoo, conditioner, lotions, towels, candles, and a few other misc items (light bulbs) 

I plan to update the etagere with scrapbook paper on the back.  Its helpful to use the wall space above the toilet but Im still struggling with organization inside the etagere.  Not a fan of baskets – just something else to pull out.  My current counter is VERY small, so finding room to set a basket down in order to use my face stuff — just typing it gets me worked up.  Not gonna happen.

If you have any snazzy bathroom organizing ideas, then please pass them along! 🙂

Until next time…

Organizing your Pantry…

I must admit that keeping an organized pantry and refrigerator is a challenge for me.  The hardest part is knowing what you have, what is about to expire, and what you need to buy.  My goal to managing my food stockpile is to save money!  I dont want to buy more ground beef when I have 2 lbs in the freezer, or purchase a can of frosting when I already had one in the cupboard.

If you use a closet as your pantry — I suggest building a system that works for you either with ClosetMaid shelving or built in solid shelving.  I prefer the solid wood in pantries because items dont tip over like the do with ClosetMaid.

Suggestions:

  • Keep a running list (either handwritten or electronic) of items in the freezer and pantry
  • Make your weekly menu plan from this list & buy only what you need
  • Empty everything in your pantry (you will thank me later)
  • Clean the shelves
  • Toss anything that is expired — donate anything that you dont need or even like — sort the rest
  • Store flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, etc in clear canisters with tight fitting lids (label the canisters)
  • Use risers for canned goods and spices
  • Use undershelf baskets (if you have space) to keep bread uncrushed and off the counter
  • Maximize door space (shelves that you attach to the door or corkboard)
  • Shelves attached to the door are great for items that you will need this coming week for a meal or items that are about to expire
  • Corkboard is great for keeping that inventory list handy or to showcase a recipe
What are your tricks to keeping your pantry organized?
Coming soon…organizing your recipes, organizing coupons, saving money at the grocery store with coupons and a plan! 🙂
*Image courtesy of http://www.transformhome.com

 

Q: How often do you go through and clean out your “stuff” (like clothes, purses, shoes)?

–This question was asked by a friend and I thought I would share my insights with you!

Life becomes a lot easier when your closet isn’t full of clothes that you can no longer wear, dont like, or are in crummy condition.

Imagine this: You get up in the morning, walk into your closet, and pull together an adorable outfit complete with the perfect shoes, purse, and accessories in under 5 minutes.  Sounds like heaven, right?! When you have too many options and most are items you dont really like, then its harder to get ready in the morning than it should be.  Your mind has too many things to process: “I still cant wear those jeans – why cant I just lose those 10 lbs!”, “I keep forgetting to fix that missing button on those pants — Ill save that for Saturday”, “Why do I have so many cream and brown shirts — those colors look terrible on me!”….I could go on for days!

1.  Its a good idea to go through clothes, shoes, purses, hats, scarves, etc. at least twice a year.  Rotating your clothes based on the season can help trigger the “clean out” mode.

2.  If it doesnt fit — let it go!  Most people use excuses to hold on to things: “I might fit into these again one day”, “My mom bought these for me”, “I paid $50 for these pants and barely wore them”.  You have to realize that these are just excuses and should not bear weight on your decision.

3.  If you think you might fit into it later down the road — toss it.  Even if you do get down to that size again, there is no guarantee that you will want to wear that shirt, skirt, or pants again.  Go ahead and let it go.  Besides, a pair of pants 2 sizes too small should not be your motivation to lose weight — your health should be your motivation.

*Reward yourself with a new pair of pants and blouses for when you do get back to that ideal size — thats more fun that going back to old pants and blouses. 🙂

4.  Just because you paid $50 for something is no reason to keep it.  That was money spent a long time ago.  You will never recoup that $50 — no matter if you keep the item or toss it.  If you havent worn it lately (6 months), then it goes!

5.  If you are not sure whether you still like an item, then I say give it one last chance.  Wear it one more time and see how it makes you feel.  If you like it — keep it.  If you feel uncomfortable — out the door!

6. (Lastly) If anything that you decided to get rid of is (A) name brand and (B) in good condition, then I consider it resale-able!  If its not in good condition, then donate or throw away.

And to answer the question — I go through my personal belongings every 3 – 4 weeks.  I dont consider this “normal” by any means — I only want things I use and love around me — everything else is out the door! =) I dont own a lot of shoes, purses, and jewelry for this very reason.  I also dont buy a lot of clothes, shoes, purses, or jewelry for this very reason.  Makes my life easier and saves me some money! What a great combination!

Do you have any good advice on how you go through your clothes closet?