The new year is like a fresh start for many people. Maybe it’s your time to start getting active and healthy again; maybe you have a new list of books to finish. Or if you’re like me, maybe it’s time to get your house organized and de-cluttered! For the next 4 weeks I’m going to split up the house into zones for us to work on each week. I have an incredibly short attention span, so I’m forcing myself to work on this at least 15 minutes a day! If you’re like me, set a timer and get to work! I’ll take before/after photos, show what I did to organize and clean, and post helpful links and tips for those with different needs. I cannot tell you how excited I am to start this; actually, I’m dreading the work, but I’m going to be so happy with the results. We have way too much stuff in our house, and it’s time to re-organize and get rid of the things we no longer need!
This week is the bathroom and laundry room. For me, these are two smaller rooms that didn’t need a whole lot done because I don’t keep a ton of clutter in there. First I’ll start with our bathroom. It has a medicine cabinet, two drawers under the sink, and a cabinet space under the sink.
The two drawers are filled with random clutter; tons of hair clips and hair ties, random containers of floss, and a pregnancy test that expired January 2015… oops. My first order of business was to take everything out and clean inside the drawers. Pro-tip: the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are your best friend. I was just using a washcloth with soapy water to clean but the dirt wasn’t coming off. I took a wet Magic Eraser to it, and it all came off like, well…. magic! Seriously, stock up on them, they’re amazing.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I fully went through this cabinet. I took all the hand soaps and put them in the hall closet, and got rid of a couple little things hiding in the way back.
It looks a lot better! Definitely not as cluttered, and it’s much easier to find everything now.
I found these little containers at the dollar store and they fit perfectly inside the top drawer! They hang on the edges, leaving a little space underneath them to slide things under to make more space.
The bottom drawer has been filled with all the random girl stuff I found under the sink. Not pretty-looking, but efficient for now.
I also cleaned up our little linen closet outside the bathroom! All 17-ish of our deodorants are neatly up top now, with soap and lotions in the middle and towels on the bottom. I even found 2 unopened toothbrushes and stuck them in the bathroom drawer!
Okay, confession. We’ve lived in this house for almost 5 years and I forgot we had this drawer under the linen closet. It was gross and dusty, so after giving it a good clean, I found a home for my surplus of cheap/free shampoo and toothpaste!
Here’s our little laundry room! It sits in the same space as our water softener and heater, so we’re utilizing the space the best we know how. We have a cabinet above the washer and dryer, and a small space above the dryer to put things as well.
On top of the dryer sits two baskets; the left is for random dirty items like placemats and bibs, and the right basket is for clean items. We mostly used it for wet bags for Allison’s cloth diapers, and as you can see, it’s overflowing with stuff we don’t need! I’ll have to fix that.
Here’s the inside of our cabinet. On the bottom shelf is our DIY laundry detergent stuff and bubbles. The one on the left, in the old formula container, was Allison’s cloth diaper detergent which we no longer need, so that can go! Everything on the right is the ingredients for the detergent. And up above we still have leftover regular detergent as well as odds and ends.
Like I said earlier, we just don’t have a lot of clutter in these two rooms, so all I did was straighten up a bit. Makes it look a little better!
With both baskets emptied, the room looks a lot cleaner!
I also wanted to show you something neat that John did. We originally had just a closet rod hanging up here, but once we started using cloth diapers we needed something bigger. John bought this retractable clothesline and attached them to hooks on the wall, doubling our hanging space without blocking the way to the furnace and water softener! My husband is a genius.
That concludes week 1 of our 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home! Do your rooms look anything like mine? Have you found great ways to utilize your space? I, and other readers, want to hear about them! Make sure you post your progress in the comments or on my Facebook page!
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