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I live in my family home that’s been in my family for generations. The things from the past are crowding me out. I’d be happy to pare down and get rid of many things, if I weren’t afraid that one or two of those trinkets might actually be worth something. I wonder if there might be value in that clutter. What should I do?
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This article was first published at ShopGetOrganized.com.
Putting things back together after a renovation can often be tough. After so much energy and decision making on the renovation work itself, restocking the closet can just be one more chore. I recently had a chance to help a client put her space back together, and I thought you’d just love to see how it looks.
These bins help to keep everything accessible and easy to find. The 1″ labels make categories easy to see.
From top to bottom, every inch is used. Plastic packaging is used to keep blankets together. The colorful stacks on the left are sheet sets folded into their own pillowcase (click to see how).
The towels are neatly folded in this organized linen closet.
It really does make a difference how you fold.
You might not think this is a lot of towels, and that’s because these are just the towels for daily use. The guest towels are organized and on display as part of the decor.
Common bathroom items like cotton balls and soaps are stored here, as well as things you might need only once in a while, like jewelry cleaner. The bins not only make it easy to find things, but are a good way to tell if you have “enough” of something. Do you really need a whole bin or more of deodorant?
Even cleaning supplies and extra paper goods are pared down and neatly organized here on the floor.
No more fumbling for the bandages or wondering if you have enough cold remedy. Everything is marked and stored neatly here. Yes, this is the one and only linen closet in the home, and it’s admittedly small, but by using every inch, it is more than sufficient.
Can you take any ideas from this organized bathroom closet to try in yours?
This fall has been unusual in a way that you almost might not have noticed…we have not had hurricanes every other week. Yeah! But getting ready for storms when one isn’t bearing down on you gives you peace of mind, and ensures that you have needed supplies on hand. A while back I told you all about my love affair with my little Ryobi generator, which is part of my overall storm-readiness plan for our family. Well, I don’t have to tell you how crappy last winter was for just about everyone. My family was spared major damage, but some neighbors were out of power for more than four days.
Down the road, things were pretty bad. Sure, the cat and her people were able to cozy up to their gas fireplace to keep warm while the power was out.
But the fish did not fare so well. After a couple of days with no oxygen pumping and no heat, things were looking pretty grim. See this orange guy on the far right? Fish are not supposed to be pointing north like that.
When I saw this, we hauled out our little generator pronto and fired her up for the guppies. My neighbor strung extension cords into the house to power 4 large fish tanks, while simultaneously recharging their extra car battery. She ran for a day or two, powered by just a gallon of gas at a time.
Not a fish life was lost from that point throughout the rest of the storm.
I’m glad this little girl got a workout last winter, and I’m glad she was there for her fishy neighbors. Some people suffered much bigger problems last winter, and I don’t mean to make light of the damage that anyone sustained. But I think there is no better ending to the story than…”and they all lived happily ever after.”
Now you know how this works, folks. Everyone go buy yourself a sweet little generator like this, and that will ensure that we don’t need them! Here’s to the rest of the fall being storm-free and a mild winter!