Thursday, January 26, 2012

Quick Fix: Cleaning Out the Closet

If you happened to read yesterday's post about our little yard sale, you'd probably assume that this post would be all about our process of cleaning out our guest bedroom closet. And you know what? You're assumption would be wrong. This post is actually about cleaning out our master bathroom linen closet.

Let me take a moment and reintroduce you to our master bathroom. The first time we showed you the master bathroom was shortly after our move

And then we took down the door to our bathroom to make more room when we were getting ready. 

And then we updated our master bedroom bedding when we got our new mattress, which then required us to take down the old green/brown shower curtain and replace it with something that matched our new color scheme a little better.

So, now that you've been reintroduced, let's continue on with what this post is really about. Since we first moved here, our linen closet has gotten more and more cluttered. I was starting to get annoyed with how it looked. Because we didn't have a lot of under the counter storage or a medicine cabinet, all of our meds, lotions, sprays, etc. was sitting in our linen closet. Are you ready for some photo evidence?

We've been talking about trying to reorganize the stuff that was in the closet since we first moved in. But when talks of taking in a roommate started, we knew that we would need to make more room in the guest bathroom linen closet. So, all of our linens that weren't towels would need to move into our bathroom. And can I just say that comforters & sheets take up a ton of room! So, whenever we went shopping we would keep our eyes peeled for some sort of organizational unit that would fit in the little nook below our vanity.

See, it's the perfect place to store all of our stuff! We must have looked everywhere and to no avail. Randomly I was surfing around on the clearance page on Target's website, and came across this little guy.

The hubby wasn't home at the time, so I called him up and told him he needed to get online right away and check it out. Did I mention that I made that phone call at 11 at night while he was trying to go to sleep? Have I ever said how much I love my husband for putting up with my craziness? When he saw it and saw the price - only $10! - he agreed, and it was ordered. (update: we went to Target lately and it looks like the $10 is an online-only special. It was still $20 in stores.)

Once we got it home it was really easy to assemble. Maybe took 10 minutes? And all that was needed was a screwdriver. Super simple.

Once it was put together I immediately wanted to put it in its little nook. But, there was one more thing I needed to do first...

 Do you see it? Right there above the baseboard? Yeah... that's liter. This little nook use to be the home of our cat's liter box. But the hubby and I got tired of the cats kicking out all the liter and us having to walk on it. So it moved to the other bathroom that's never really used. And that little nook needed to get a once over with the vacuum before we could put the lovely black shelf in its new little home.

Even though I had pre-measured before we ordered it, I was so happy that it fit. Once we determined that we wanted it to face outward - rather than resting against the angled wall - I started filling it up with all of our stuff from the linen closet that didn't qualify as line.

Side note: please ignore the liter still resting on the baseboard. I took this picture before vacuuming. I was too anxious to make sure it fit and was so excited that it did that I took this picture immediately. Then took the shelf was taken out so that I could sweep up the little mess we had forgotten about.

And now for the big reveal!

Isn't it amazing?! I cannot say enough how excited I am. You might be thinking that I'm crazy - it just makes the bathroom look even more cluttered. Before that shelf, we could have just shut the door to the linen closet and the mess would disappear. But, I have a plan! I want to find a little tension rod and some fabric and make a little curtain to hide the mess. I'm thinking in navy? Maybe grey... But probably navy.

But the best after shot? The linen closet itself. There is so much room now! We haven't moved anything over from the guest bathroom to ours yet, but its nice knowing that we've made a little more room.

And... I managed to throw out a ton of stuff that we weren't using or no longer wanted to keep. The bags are empty for those who are curious.

Anyone else out there have the organizing bug? It seems like all of the blogs I'm reading are doing some sort of organizing challenge for the new year. Though I admire them, I know that I have to do these sorts of things in my own time. But, oh it feels so good! And looks so good too!

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