Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bathroom Closet: Before & After

I've been so inspired by all the cleaning and organizing posts lately on some of my favorite blogs. It makes me want to go and organize! 

Here's the before photo of the tiny closet in our downstairs bathroom.  It's hard to take a good picture in there.
I know, it's a weird jumble of stuff.  Some of it is excess kitchen stuff that doesn't fit into the pantry.  Some of it is toiletries, and some of it is cleaning stuff. 

About a year after we moved into this house, I had Handy Man take out the existing white wire shelves, and put in solid wood shelves.  I hated those wire shelves; everything fell over, or things fell through them!  It was awkward for Handy Man to work in that small space, but it was worth it. 

After:
 

Yes, we have a ton of light bulbs.  It seems like one light bulb goes out, then six more go out!  Plus, we buy multi packs to save money.
We also have lots of candles and oil lamps.  We use the oil lamps for when the lights go out.  That is a frequent occurrence around here. Don't worry, no matches are stored in this closet! 

The hooks on the wall were already there (Handy Man hung them up for me.)  The plastic bins were bought for other projects, so I had them around the house.
There it is, nothing fancy or expensive.  It didn't take long.  I  took everything out, wiped down the shelves, threw out a few things and put everything back in a way that made more sense.  I think it took about half an hour.

Here are some of our previous organizing projects, with before and after photos:


Do you want to check out some organizing challenges out in blog land?  Here are two that I'm loving right now:

Clean Mama is doing a 21 day cleaning challenge.



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Also, A Bowl full of lemons is doing a 21 day challenge. 

Do you have a spot that needs to be organized?  Tell us about it. 

Linking to: I'm an Organizing Junkie/ I Heart Organizing/ A bowl full of lemons/ My Romantic Home/ House of Hepworths/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ Beyond the Picket Fence/ somewhat simple/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/ My Backyard Eden/ We are That Family/ Blue Cricket Design/ Savvy Southern Style/ Sew Much Ado/ Today's Creative Blog/ Not Just a Housewife/ New Nostalgia/ Organize with Sandy/ It's a Blog Party/ It's so Very Cheri/ Dittle Dattle/ Keeping it Simple/ Boogieboard Cottage/ Between Naps on the Porch

26 comments:

Jenny Harris said...

Cool! Sometimes those simple organizing projects are the most satisfying, aren't they?

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

So nice to have everything organized! I have to start too reorganizing all the closets. Thanks for stopping by, hope you will visit again. Veronica

Boogieboard Cottage said...

Hi, It so nice to get things organized, you did a great job! Thank you for linking up to Masterpiece Monday! Mary :O)

Jenn said...

Hey. Thanks for the comment - visiting you back. I like your blog. I have a Handy Man too - they are priceless. I'll be keeping an eye on what you're doing. :)

Amand said...

What a great job, well done!

Megan said...

I am in love with that little closet and wish I had one in my bathroom! It all looks great!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

There is just something about this time of year that makes me want to get everything clean and organized.Now I can say that I am ready for Spring to be here! Really like your blog.

Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy said...

I like wood shelves so much better too! Looks good.
Thanks for linking to my Organizing Mission Monday link party.

Sally said...

Wow! Great job! I love my pantry so much more now that it's organized.

kaern said...

Yes we do have the same size closet, bummer right?

Karen the Suburbanite said...

and it's also bummer that I don't know how to spell my name!

Shelly said...

Love your before and after - looks terrific!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - you're right Peter Walsh missed the mark on the junk drawer! LOL

abeachcottage said...

Awesome! It is really nice to make things organize. You can easily find the things that you need.

Denise said...

You inspired me. After seeing this, I got right up and went into my craft/sewing room and organized a cupboard that has needed it for months.
It sure feels good!

Beth said...

Aaahhhh! That feels so good. Looks great. I hate those wire shelves, too. We stock up on light bulbs, too. You have to with incandecents.

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

I looks great! You can see everything and you still have space! I've been in the process of organizing some of our closets after being inspired by those in blogland....thanks for keeping me going!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks great and it is so true when one lightbulb goes more will follow. Thanks for linking up.

Chrissy said...

Isn't it amazing how just organizing a small closet can make us feel so good. It must be the feeling of a clean slate for the new year I guess. Your closet looks great and I just blogged about mine today too.

High Street Cottage said...

Don't you just love when you've finished a project like that? So clean and organized and everything in it's place. Well done. You are my neighbor to the right on Gina's linky party, so I wanted to stop by, so glad I did, xoxo tami

Tina said...

Isn't it great to be organized? You did a great job!
Happy to be a new follower!

Marty said...

Great job=) I'm currently in the process of organizing all the drawers in the house=)

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

Well done!

Amanda said...

looks awesome!

Beth's Blog said...

it looks good!

Beth Mizzell said...

Looks great! I love to micro organize so I'm a huge fan of baskets and bins!

I hate wire shelves too, but unfortunately thats all they use in base housing!

thenewme33 said...

LOVE the light bulbs in totes! I'm "tote"ally stealing that idea.

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