organizing | one room down

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Organizing

I have been very lazy since Christmas.  You know me…I’m usually ultra productive, but every signal my body was sending me said to just rest and relax, so I did.  I did totally unproductive things like playing games on my iPad (I’ve been enjoying 1010! and The Room Three), watching Netflix, combing through the 25% off clearance sale at Anthropologie to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and relying on leftovers, so I didn’t have to cook.  I even painted my toenails!

It’s been a nice break, but I felt my usually energy make an appearance yesterday morning.  It’s always a good sign when I start working before breakfast, while I’m still in my jammies.  I finally did take a break and got ready for the day, so I was presentable when the babysitter came over.

I have a goal to purge and organize the entire house.  I did this a couple of years ago and now I’m ready for round two.  Organizing is something that needs to be maintained, anyway, but I find myself more and more willing to let things go, now that I’m getting a taste of living in a more organized, less-cluttered space.

I also used to not care too much if things behind closed doors were messy.  As long as the room looked okay and I could find things, I was alright with a bit of disorganization.  Now, I want to open a door or drawer and feel that little lift of joy that comes when things are tidy, neat, easy to see and, dare I say, even pretty.  I mean, why not?  Shouldn’t every cranny of your home make you happy?

Well, within reason.

So, with this in mind, I tackled all of the behind-closed-doors spaces in the master bedroom.  I really want to do the entire house in one day, but I know that’s completely unrealistic, so I have to set out attainable goals.  One room, even just one cabinet or one drawer at a time.

Planing to do the entire master suite was even a little optimistic, but I was focused and motivated, so I dove in.  I emptied everything from my side of our little, shared closet onto the floor and then started sorting, pitching and organizing.


I have wanted to switch to all-matching wooden coat hangers for years, but buying coat hangers doesn’t seem like much fun.  I finally got them, though, and I am so glad I did.  They make a huge difference and my clothes look so much better!  And, I’ve decided that the number of hangers I have is my clothing limit.  This will force me to get rid of clothes I’m not wearing as I purchase new clothes.  It’ll keep my wardrobe fresh.


Yeah, my closet walls are still mauve.  That was the wall color in the room when we first moved in and I never repainted.  Now that it looks so pretty, it just might be worth taking everything out and painting it a pretty color that sets off the clothes a little better.

Clearly, I like my blues, whites and grays!


I did the same thing in my wardrobe, which I use instead of a dresser.  I still need to find a good way to organize scarves.  Right now they are just folded on the bottom shelf, but I know they will become a jumble in no time.  So, I’m on the hunt for a good solution.


I even cleaned out the magazine hoard in my nightstand.


And I cleaned out the master bathroom vanity and linen closet as well.  All expired medicines and beauty products were pitched.  Everything was wiped down and vacuumed.  I added shelf liner and clear organizational trays.  And I tried to really think through the way I use each space as I go about my daily routine.  For example, I always throw my bobby pins and hair ties in the top drawer and they usually slide around, loose.  I finally gave them a dedicated spot right where I naturally want to put them.


I’ve been keeping my makeup in a zipper cosmetic bag for a couple of years.  It’s easy when I travel, but it’s not the best way to care for the products, so I moved them into a neat tray.


I already had everything except the hangers, so it cost $90 and a day of hard work to get everything straight in the master suite.

I think I’m going to tackle the basement next…

Does anyone else have the organization bug?

organizing | one room down

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