Small Functional Space

Hello Darlings, 

I am no rookie to spicing up a closet space, and neither are you if you've tried tips from my Closet Clean Up.  Todays challenge is to make this small space functional, it happens to be my husbands closet. Boys are already messy and having a small closet only makes matters worse. I wanted to make the small space functional, easy, and appealing to the eye. 

I used the same foundational steps I used for my pantry and got to work. One thing that played a major role in my planning was making a rough sketch of what I wanted my end result to look like. I took five minutes and a post-it note and boom I got my idea on paper. I highly recommend this because it will eliminate any doubt of "will this look good" or "what should I use, this or that?"  It will also help you shape your budget! 

As you can see, my husband is a 'grab n' go' kind of guy. Sleepy eyes early in the morning doesn't help. Efficiency is really the key here: 

With a budget of $55, I needed to make this space functional. Target was my go-to store, and with the Red Card savings of 5% I came in right on budget at $54. 

It’s better to have extra time on your hands and extra money in your pocket than extra stuff in your closet.
— Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist.

There you  have it, in only 60- minutes I transformed an eyesore into a clean and efficient space. Subscribe for more organizational ideas/tips and please feel free to share some of your ideas! I look forward to hearing from you. 

SMR

 

 

Clutter-Free Pantry

Hello Darlings, 

Today, I will be walking you through 5 easy steps on how to organize your kitchen pantry. If you read my last post you know that in this series we are transforming our homes into a tranquil space in every way we can to set the tone for 2018. I have found that being organized in my home has brought on a very zen-like feeling. Now like any good thing, it takes a little time, and some grunt-work in the beginning but saves you ample time in the long run. 

To get your house in order, I suggest taking on one project at a time. It’s easy to focus on one area so you can really get it exactly how you want it, and its a lot less overwhelming. This weekend I decided my area of focus was to organize my pantry, it had been out of hand far too long. I broke it down in 5 easy steps:

 

Before

Before

 

1. Plan Your Process. Always have a plan of attack! Visualize what you want your area to look like, and make it practical. Take your idea to Pinterest and find a visual to work off of that mimics the goal for your space. 

2. Set Your Budget. Go into each project knowing exactly what you want to spend, and stick to your bottom line. If you don't find what you need in your price range, be patient and keep looking I promise a cheaper solution is out there.

3. Shop Around.  Never underestimate the power of the Dollar Store, I went there and found everything I needed for under $15! You can also check online for sales happening in your area or online at Amazon, Wayfair, World Market, etc., compare prices and get the best deal. 

 

Tools

 

4. Label Everything. A label maker, every crafters dream. But really, this is a necessity, if you don't have a label maker don't stress, I found mine at Target for a better price than any office supply store I looked at ($15). If you want to get super crafty, get a pack of cute chalk labels and get your calligraphy on. Now that everything is labeled, you can easily task your husband or kids to help clean up and they'll know where everything goes without having to ask you every three seconds (relaxation for the win!).

5. Organize. Now that you have your plan, you’ve stayed on budget, and everything is labeled you can start putting things away in a practical and useful manner. If you use your spices every day, don't place them in the back of the pantry behind everything, make them easily accessible. Remember to keep the labels facing outward for quick reference and fast clean up.

 

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This process has helped to save me a ton of time in the kitchen. Hope this helps you to take one step closer to having a happy and clutter free home! Next week, I’ll show you how to repurpose your old furniture to make your child’s closet oh-so-dreamy :) 

 

SMR