So, for as long as I can remember, I have been an organizer. When my mom used to take me to the grocery store with her, I would sit in the cart and arrange all of the items she picked up off the shelf by type of food and shape of the container. I was 6.
For people who have met me lately, my "organized" mindset has not necessarily come across. With being a teacher and managing my life outside of work, I have allowed myself to get MAJORLY disorganized - to a point where I was embarrassed to allow even my roommate to see my personal space in our house.
So, I went for a MAJOR overhaul of my bedroom, office, and bathroom; and, lucky enough for you, I took photos of the before and after!
Are you ready for this journey?
I promise to not get too personal... :)
This was the room that I started with, mainly because it was the lesser of 2 evils, and because I found some ideas for how to organize on Pinterest.
Here are some BEFORE shots of the chaos:
|BEFORE: The top of the linen closet.|
|BEFORE: The bottom of the linen closet.|
|BEFORE: The cabinet where I used to keep my medicine.|
|BEFORE: Under the sink storage (left side).|
|BEFORE: Under the sink storage (middle cabinet).|
|BEFORE: Under the sink storage (right side).|
|BEFORE: Under the sink storage.|
|I decided that I desperately needed a neat way to organize all this stuff, so I went to Wal Mart and found these cute canvas containers for $1.97 each.||IN PROGRESS: Linen closet|
|IN PROGRESS: Linen closet.|
|IN PROGRESS: Old medicine cabinet.|
|AFTER: Under the sink storage.|
|AFTER: Under the sink storage (left side).|
|AFTER: Under the sink storage (middle cabinet).|
|AFTER: Under the sink storage (right side).|
|AFTER: Old medicine cabinet.|
|AFTER: Linen closet|
|AFTER: Linen closet.|
I used clothespins and scrapbook paper to label each of the canvas containers.
I enjoy a little humor in my day :)
While I was at it and on a roll, I also organized my bobby pins with a magnetic strip. Yet another idea breathed to life by Pinterest.
The nice thing is that not only are bobby pins magnetic, but so are a lot of the other tools I use often in my "beauty" regimen.
This is the room that I am truly embarrassed of...
Oh, God...it's like ripping off a bandaid. Here we go. My Before pics:
This is just ridiculous...I honestly used my office as a "catch-all" room for things that I didn't know where to put them.
Not as bad, but I HATED that I didn't have anywhere to put my craft stuff!
This is where I had the majority of my frustration. That pink and cream bag was where I kept all of my fabric. I never remembered what patterns I had bought and what I had just liked in the store. So, every time I wanted to use fabric for a craft, I had THAT monster to dig through!
My closet. The shoes...oh, the shoes. I have NEVER had a good way to organize those!
More of my closet. The upper storage bugs me. I felt as though I wasn't using my space to it's fullest potential!
And, finally, here are the wonderful AFTER photos:
First, I cleaned up all that mess and trash that was on the floor. My trashcan was full very quickly.
Then, I took care of the bookshelf. I LOVED organizing that bookshelf!
I took that fabric bag, and brought the fabric out in the open! I also used the same canvas containers from Wal Mart ($1.97 each) and clothespins with scrapbook paper as labels for each of the containers.
The closet with more fulfilling storage usage. Notice, that I put my closed-toe flats in the small space between the hanging bar and the shelf storage. I had been trying to figure out how best to utilize this (wasted) space. I'm pretty pleased with my decision!
A close up of the shoes storage.
My desk when from a cluttered mess to this! I am definitely a minimalist - I only like to have out what is NECESSARY.
the craft rookie