A More Functional Linen Closet

As I said in the beginning, closets work hard for us, so I guess it is fitting to spend three days on them right?  
 
Today I want to share with you my one day linen closets transformation.  This is a space in my home that has bugged me for years.  But, it is also one of those spaces that I typically just throw my hands up and shove everything in there, and do my best to shut the doors.
 
But, last week I was in a slump of sorts and needed something to jump start me.  A one day project is great for that!!
 
First things first – a before…
 
Cramped and unorganized linen closet.
 
Ugh!  Next, the emptying and sorting of all the stuff.
 
Sorting and organizing linens
 
With the closet empty, I was faced with a decision – to paint or not to paint.  For some reason, all of the cabinets in this house feel dungeon-like to me, so I decided to grab a bucket of white paint and a paintbrush and attack it.
 
Use white paint on the inside of cabinets to make the space brighter.
 
Amazing what a little bit of paint can do to brighten up a space huh??
 
Now it was on to the organizing.  I purchased these really cute baskets at Dollar Tree (really my go-to place for organizing these days).  However, I filled them up with sheets and then realized they would not fit on the shelf…
 
Dollar tree bins to store linens
 
…so I cut off the handles.  The edges are not sharp just in case you were wondering.  I did my best to cut them as straight as I could.  🙂
 
After some purging, and some organizing, and some straightening…
 
Linen closet organized
 
Yay!!  Soooo much better!!
 
blanket and pillow storage
 
The top hold blankets and pillows for guests. (Behind the pillows up top are our beach towels – these cabinets are deep!)
 
Store winter blankets in space bags to save space.
 
The bottom I am using to store blankets that we aren’t using but want to keep – either for sentimental reasons (grandma’s quilt) or just because.  These are large space bags and they are just the right size for the space.  I fit four of them in there and there is room for one or two more I think.
 
I went back and added labels to the baskets of sheets.  I don’t label for cuteness.  I label out of necessity.  It really is the ONLY way to ensure that people will put things back where they belong ;).
 
Label baskets and bins to help keep things in place.
Lines organized in plastic bins.
 
Here are the bags for donation!!
 
Linen closet purge
 
Another space down and I am now energized to keep working!!  If you are stuck, and can’t seem to get yourself motivated – pick a one-day project and get energized!!
 
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You Don’t Have To Spend A Fortune

Okay so you have your space, you know how it needs to function, you have some inspiration, now what next??
 
You need to decided how much money you want to spend on your fixes.  Yes, I said money.  Some fixes will cost a little and some fixes will cost a lot.  Most of the time I try to land on the low end of cost, because that’s what our budget will allow. At most we might land in the middle.  
 
So, what does that mean??  It means compromise.  Which as I mentioned yesterday, is not always easy for me.  It means rather than throwing your hands up and saying “nevermind” because you can’t afford to tear out the wall or re-do the floors, you compromise and do the things that you can do.  It means doing at least the things that will help make the space function, with a little bit of form.  
 
As I said yesterday – you don’t have to sacrifice design – even on a budget – not totally at least.  
 
Here is my inspiration for our entryway design.
 
Obviously, there were things about these spaces that weren’t happening.  I love the herringbone brick flooring – but flooring was not in the budget.  The built-ins the side of the bench are fabulous, but my space is too small for that.  So, I had to make some compromises to make my vision happen within my space and within my budget. 
 
Step 5:  Determine a budget

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How Does Your Family Function?

Day 7 – You’ve determined your problems, you’ve made your list, you’ve prioritized your list.  Great job!!
 
We knew our entryway was not working for us – for you, maybe it’s the kitchen, or the bathroom. No matter what room, the same ideas apply.  We needed a plan.  
 
The first thing we did was analyze how our family functions in the space.  Maybe I should say how our family was attempting to function in the space.  I knew there were some things that weren’t going to work.  Everything really needed to be out in the open, or they wouldn’t use it.

 

Step 3:  Determine how your family functions (or would function) best in the space – do you need open storage, closed storage, a place to sit, a place to hang things??  How would the space work best for YOUR family??
 

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Prioritizing The Problems

Ok, so how did you do with your evaluation?  Do you have a list of problem areas?  Ya, we did too. And it was a l.o.n.g. list.  You see, other than painting walls (some several times) we had done almost nothing to make this house our home. There was a lot of things that frustrated me over the years, but I just dealt with them thinking this was just temporary until we found ‘that house’. No more of that!!
 
The next step was to prioritize the list.  As much as we would have loved to have taken care of it all at once.  We didn’t have that kind of budget. So, we prioritized.  We decided to start with the area that irritated us the most – the entryway.

 

Step two:  Prioritize your list.  Decide what area needs the most attention.  
 
Now this can take some bargaining and compromising between you and your spouse.  I think that if you are married it is good to make these kind of decisions together.  It’s always helpful for us to bounce things off each other. Each person has their own response to a problem, or a room in this case, and it is good to take both into consideration.  Now when it comes to design…Ha!  
 
That’s all for today – prioritize your list of problem areas
 

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Tired Of Feeling Stuck

Have you ever felt stuck?  Stuck in a house? Stuck in design?  Stuck in organizing?  I did.  

Sometimes when I feel stuck I tend to just throw my hands up and say “whatever” or “nevermind” or “I give up”.  That’s where I was with this house. 

My hubby and I had been casually checking real estate listings, but really we knew it would have to be “that house” if we were going to go through the effort of moving.  

And then, “that house” came up.   

And we put in an offer.

We got our house ready to sell.

During the holiday season.

And we waited.

Of course the other contract had a 6 month contingency on it – we had to sell our house first. 

The contingency ran out.

We had not even a bite.

The sellers would not renew.

Game over.

We pulled the sign in our yard.

And then, something just clicked inside of me.  I knew “that house” was going to be hard to find and attain.  So, why in the world was I waiting??Why wasn’t I enjoying and maximizing the blessing that was before me??  

And the change began.  Change from stuck house to a functional and pleasing house for MY family.

Maybe you are in the same place.  Are you waiting for the next best thing??  In the process of waiting are you missing what’s right in front of you??  Walk with me this month and I hope to help you find JOY in the here and now of your home.  

This is our right now home and it works perfectly for OUR family (well, most of it ;)).

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31 Days Series Launch

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