Closet clean-out

While the girls are getting mentally ready to go back to school – I was getting their rooms ready for the school year. I wanted their rooms ready for the fast pace of life once school, sports, and activities take over. I like starting out the school year with a clean slate, no distractions, or extra clutter.

Quinn’s room received a makeover and her toys and closet got cleaned out too. She loves changing clothes and getting everything out so it was imperative that that she could reach her dresses and all the things that she likes access to – since she’s the one who will have to put it all back.

Sawyer’s room is still a work in progress – check back later, but for now we sorted through her closet. We found some clothes that were too small, and some toys that she hasn’t played with for years, and some odd things tucked in odd spaces. Plastic storage bins and boxes are great for storing keepsakes and things that aren’t used often. And the fabric bins are perfect for accessing things that don’t store easily (i.e., ski goggles, gloves, hats, shin guards, etc.). One of the techniques we use for Sawyer to help her keep track of her clothes is that we hang warm weather clothes on the top rack, and cold weather clothes on the bottom rack.

I hope our closet clean-out inspires a little closet cleaning in your home. It feels really good to clean out those closed off areas of the home that often get neglected (check out our linen closets here). Now I can focus on some more exciting projects, and I hope you’ll follow along to see what’s next!

Here are some closet organizers to help get the job done.

If you have any questions or tips about cleaning closets, please leave a comment below or post your ‘after’ photo on Facebook.

Linen closet organization inspiration

I don’t know about you, but for me the linen closet is easily the least important place to be organized and one of the places I used to dread even looking at. While these closets may be made for linens, they’re also a pretty great place to store ‘other’ things and just sort of forget about it. But once my linen closets were tidied up and cleaned out, there was this huge weight lifted that I didn’t even realize was there.

Bedroom linen closet – bedding, sleeping bags, and extra pillows.

I think the closets were always on the to-do list in the back of my mind, but they weren’t a priority. But I tend to get a little irritable when I can’t check off those to-do boxes (even mentally).

Organizing the linen closet is so easy with these 3 simple steps!

  1. Remove everything – grouping like-items as you go. Create a donate pile for items you don’t need. Dust and wipe down shelves.
  2. With your like-items gathered, you can determine how much space you’ll need when returning items back to the shelves. Start with the top shelf (items you don’t use often or are light weight).
  3. Use baskets and these bins to collect and store items. I used bins to collect duvet covers, pillowcases, and tablecloths. Adding labels to the bins looks cute and helps other family members put things away.
    Check out more closet organizers here.
This linen closet is used for everyone’s bedding.

Once you begin, it won’t take long to finish and with items organized (and maybe even labeled), it shouldn’t be difficult to keep the closet tidy.

This closet is next to the family room. It’s a great place to store
throw blankets, throw pillows, board games, and DVDs.

Before life gets busy with kids back to school and the hustle and bustle of upcoming holidays, I know you can get those closets done – it’s so worth it once it’s done. Check out our bedroom closet clean-out for more inspiration.

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