It seems spring in PA is finally springing… took long enough! But with spring comes spring cleaning, not the most fun of activities. That said, we’ve had a terrible year with illness in our house and I’m actually looking forward to a whole house scrub and some open windows blowing some much-needed fresh air through the house! I decided, after reading so many blogs about cleaning and organizing I should jump on the bandwagon and the first place I thought of was our guest bathroom linen closet.
An absolute DISASTER I know! (And yes, we have fish on the walls. They came with the house and I was unanimously outvoted (by the husband and all three kids) when I brought up repainting. Oh well.) Now the mess, in my defense, when we bought our house last July we were moving from a house with one, yes ONE, closet. It was in my husband’s and my bedroom and we shared it. The kids simply had dressers and my daughters’ dresses were hung on hooks on the back of their bedroom door. Our towels and sheets were on a shelf outside our bathroom and everything else that is usually stored in a closet was, well, wherever I found a place to shove it. So, when we moved in I was like, “CLOSETS!!!! Let’s just fill them full and close the door and forget about it.” Then my wonderful, ever-loving and helpful husband completely took over the washing of laundry. I KNOW how lucky am I??? He’s definitely a keeper! Anyway, my mom (love her to pieces) would always re-fold certain articles of laundry *ahem towels* because “They only fit on the rack if they’re folded this way.” Which looking back at the number of towels we owned for a family of 9, probably in the neighborhood of 30, they probably did only fit on the rack if they were folded the way she said. But, not wanting to stifle the helpful spirit of my husband I let him fold things however his heart desires. When I learned while putting the towels away (my only contribution to the doing of laundry, putting everything but his things away) they didn’t really fit in the closet the way he had them folded, so I just started shoving. After cleaning the closet and making it so pretty, I believe a short towel folding tutorial may be in order. Anyway… back to the closets. I’ve slowly started to address the many closets, my kids’ closets are about 90% organized and my husband’s is, well… he’s a bit of a clothing nut job and when our one closet wasn’t sufficient space to house his massive wardrobe he put a rack in our attic and would make the daily trek to collect his clothes for the day, needless to say he was pretty pumped about HIS closet in the new house and keeps it next to impeccable.
Yeah, he has a problem. But back to the scary closet, after addressing this one I’ll have the coat closet (which isn’t bad at all) and my closet to do and I will have completed the closet cleanse. I love my new house with all my closets!
Ok, now to actually organize the mess. I’m a person who just makes a bigger mess in order to clean it. I’m sure there’s a better way but since I was a kid and was exiled to ‘clean’ my room (which really just meant finding my bed and floor under the piles of clothes scattered everywhere) I would just make a pile of everything in the middle of the room and methodically put it all where it went. Like I said, probably not the most efficient way to straighten up but it’s always worked for me so I stick with it. Anyway, step one… empty the closet and sweep the floor.
Well this is easy. I then refolded any sheets that had come unfolded using a method I figured out a few years ago that make even the elusive fitted sheets look lovely. Susan over at Living Rich on Less recently did a video tutorial that is great! I fold mine almost exactly like she does so if you haven’t yet mastered the art check out her video here.
Next I tackled the towels that weren’t quite right (sorry husband) and began putting everything back in an ever so pretty manner. Medicine, cleaning supplies etc. went right to the top to keep it out of the reach of curious fingers and I moved down from there. Used a trick I saw on Pinterest and organized the sheets by putting the whole set inside one of the pillowcases (great idea) and the hamper at the bottom houses our pool towels for the summer. There it is, all better!
If you’re wondering where the mess of tools went, well it was organized later in the evening and taken to the basement where it should have been all along. I’m thrilled with the result and the Mr., after pretending to fall asleep when I told him I was planning to write this post, was quite impressed as well and was really thrilled I addressed what he called the ‘death basket’ (my mess of tools that had been on the floor). It’s the little things right! Now go clean a closet!