Project Simplify Week 3: Closet and Drawer Results!

This week was about cleaning a few smaller areas.  I’ve been trying to keep up the general appearance of the house since we are having a birthday party here next weekend, plus the weather has been so beautiful that we’ve been spending some unexpected time outside.  I didn’t get to any other major areas as I had hoped, but I will be a cleaning maniac this next week!

I focused on the hall closet, and a couple drawers in my kitchen.  The hall closet is awkward shaped, with a laundry shoot jutting out in the middle, so while it seems like it should be a great place for storage, it’s just not.  In the future, I would like to put a shelf above the coat rack, because there is a lot of wasted space up there.  Our old house had a mud room, which I didn’t think much of at the time, but now I really miss it.  Anyway, I went through the storage bins which are full of winter hats, gloves, scarves, etc.  I made a pile for goodwill.  I put the coats on hangers (wow!).  And I took the sled back down to storage.  We didn’t even get to use it this year.

The drawers were surprisingly easy to clean up.  But maybe that’s because a lot of what was in there were odds and ends, or tools, which I simply organized into ziploc bags and put in my husband’s ‘home improvement closet’.  I’m sure he’s going to be thrilled about all the new ‘stuff’ he gets to sort through.  There were a lot of office supplies in the top drawer, so I put them in their appropriate spots in the office, which I had organized before this project began.  I tossed some manuals, and the rest were put in their appropriate file folders, which I labeled: kitchen manuals, kid stuff manuals, electronics manuals, etc.  I also made a box for left over kitchen materials (tiles, odds and ends from appliances), which will be stored in the basement.

So, here are my before and after photos.  I didn’t take a before photo of my middle drawer, because it wasn’t messy, but I did add some things to it from the other drawers and pantry so I included it here.

Click on the first photo to see slideshow.

This project is from Simple Mom.

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